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Monday, October 22, 2018

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A Monday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

September 23, 2013

At today's community meeting, students shared their classroom rules. These expectations were created by them and outlined what they believe needs to be done to create a safe and respectful learning environment for all. Many of the words and phrases I heard from the different classes were the same—work hard, be kind, give your best effort, do quality work, be safe and have fun. Rules of the class and school need to be followed in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning for all. When rules not followed, the teacher handles the problem. However, at times, the teacher will refer the child to me. The best way to handle when a classroom or school rule is broken is to respond with reasonable, logical consequences. Helping a child create a plan that requires him/her to fix the problem or issue may be necessary. Sometimes loss of recess or other school activity is appropriate. Other times, when the problem is a more serious behavior or a reoccurring issue that doesn't seem to be improving, I will call you directly. Coming to my office shouldn't always be seen as "getting in trouble". I can act as a mediator to help students work out problems or to listen to their concerns.

Please know that my door is always open to students and I encourage them to come see me with "good news" or to share something special. Knowing who I am and feeling safe visiting my office is important to building quality relationships. I want students to always feel comfortable talking to me or visiting the office.