Each month, we will focus on a ‘big idea,’ that will allow us to really learn about, “Knowing the good, loving the good, and doing the good.” We are cultivating a climate of kindness and safety that is so critical to helping our young students succeed. We celebrate our students in their accomplishments with developing good character. Selected students are chosen each month as either “Superhero of the Month” or “Bucket Filler of the Month”. These students are recognized in front of their peers during lunch time and are given special bracelets as a reminder of their good character achievements. Their photos are displayed in one of our two school showcases.
Our year will look like this:
September- RESPECT acceptance, kindness, courtesy
October- HONESTY integrity, truth
November- RESPONSIBILITY self-discipline, reliability, trustworthiness
December- COMPASSION generosity, sensitivity, sharing, caring, love
January- COMMITMENT loyalty, effort, perseverance
February- LOVE friendship, sincerity, committed caring, kindness
March- WISDOM knowledge, insight, understanding
April- HEALTH holistic living, good choices, well-being
May- HUMOR joy, enthusiasm
Although each month has a focus, we will practice living and modeling these values each day. We will work to catch each child doing the good that we wish to see in our classroom and school. You will also hear us talking about, “being a bucket filler”. The bucket filler is an easy way for us to explain what it is to be treated with respect and to treat others with respect. When you are a bucket filler or your bucket is filled, you may have good feelings. When your bucket is empty or dipped, you may have sad or angry feelings. We will work to try to build a common language that allows everyone to express themselves. Please join us in using these words and celebrating being a bucket filler at home.
Olweus Anti Bullying Prevention
In addition to our everyday bucket filling, we have a district wide anti-bullying program that we use as a vehicle for tackling the very real behaviors that may be considered bullying. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages five to fifteen years old). Once a week, each classroom participates in a class meeting that serves as an open discussion about solving conflicts, telling and tattling, equality, and working together in order to accomplish our goals.