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Rules, Procedures, and Discipline
Classroom Principles
In our lives as Christians, we will “Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).  In our classroom we will always try to love one another, as a way of thanking our God for his forgiveness and love. 
In our classroom, we will follow these principles when interacting with others:
  1. Students and teachers will honor God with their thoughts, words, and actions.
  2. Misbehavior will be handles with repentance, forgiveness, and natural consequences instead of punishments.
  3. There will be a logical connection between student behavior and resulting consequences.
  4. Students will do most of the thinking.
  5. Mr. Ivan will not argue.
Morning Routine
Every morning, students will follow this Morning Routine:   
  1. Arrive in the cafeteria for breakfast with Mr. Pagel.
  2. At 7:45, meet Mr. Ivan in the cafeteria and walk in a line to the classroom.
  3. Enter the classroom in a respectful manner.
  4. Empty their backpacks at their desks.
  5. Hang up their backpacks on their hooks in the back of the classroom. 
  6. Return to their desk and quietly work on the morning work.
  7. At 8:05am, participate in the morning meeting (devotion, brain boost, morning work recap).
General Procedures
Because the 5th and 6th grades share a classroom and a teacher, there will be times when your child is not in a particular class (example: a 5th grader will not be partaking in the 6th grade math class).  Therefore, it is necessary that your child follow these procedures: 
  • From the beginning of the day until school is dismissed, students must ask permission to leave their desks using these hand signals:
    • Thumbs-up = restroom 
      • students may use the restroom only during recess and work time, not during a lesson
      • students will be dismissed to use the restroom one at a time
    • One-finger = sharpen pencil
    • Two-fingers = work with a partner
    • Three-fingers = get a drink/fill water bottle
    • Four-fingers = leave desk to get a book, piece of paper, art project, or go to their backpack.
    • Five-fingers and point = leave desk to go work at a study station    
  • While in class, the student must be paying attention and taking notes. 
  • While not in class, the student must be completing their homework at their desk. 
  • If the student is completed with their homework, they may ask permission to…
    • Visit the “Now What?” station
    • Visit the Reading Corner
    • Visit the Math Center
    • Visit the classroom library
    • Complete a classroom chore
    • Work in the class garden  
  • With two different grades in the same classroom, it is necessary that class transitions are quick. 
    • When Mr. Ivan announces that it is time to start a new class, the students will have 30 seconds to transition
    • Pack away current activity in folder and desk
    • Pull out appropriate textbook and open to page number written on the whiteboard
    • Pull out appropriate notebook and open it to the next blank page
    • Make sure pencil is sharp
    • Look up at Mr. Ivan to signify “I am ready” 
Recess Procedure
Sharing the playground with other classes necessitates sticking to a schedule.  Lining up quickly models good behavior to the kindergartens that are learning our school culture.
  • During the last five minutes of recess, Mr. Ivan will blow two short whistles, signifying that there is five minutes of recess left, and students need to plan their restroom use accordingly.
  • At the end of recess, Mr. Ivan will blow one long whistle, signifying the end of recess. 
  • Students have 30 seconds to line up on the stairs, in line order, will all recess equipment in hand. 
“Hallway” Procedure
 When the students are on the sidewalks outside, they are will help other classes stay focused by: 
  • Keeping their hands to themselves 
  • Remaining silent
  • Remaining in their line order 
Lunch Procedure
  • At lunch time, the students will be dismissed by pairs to line up in line order.
  • Students will sanitize their hands and say the common table prayer.
  • The students will follow the line leader to the cafeteria and grab a tray.
  • “Please” and “Thank You” is expected from each student to the cafeteria workers. 
  • Once served food, the students will sit at their assigned table.
  • While eating, talking is allowed but it must remain at a tolerable volume.
  • The students must remain in their seats. 
  • When the students are finished eating, they will ask Mr. Ivan to check their tray.
  • Each student is expected to eat two bites of each item served.  
  • Then the students will clean their trays off in the trash bin and stack them on the table.
Homework Routine
Students will have Reading, Grammar, Spelling, and Math assignments every day.  Students will have two Religion, History, and Science assignments every week.
  • All homework will be assigned at the end of a lesson and written on the assignment board
  • The student will write down the assignments on the daily “Assignment Sheets” and put them in their “Homework Folder” 
  • Parents/Guardians are to check their child’s “Assignment Sheet” and homework folder every day and make sure all homework is completed well
  • The students will hand in completed homework to Mr. Ivan at the beginning of class
  • If a student is not finished with their homework by the beginning of class, they will receive a disciplinary check mark and will finish the assignment at recess
  • If there is an exceptional circumstance in the home that caused the student to not complete their homework, the parents/guardians may contact Mr. Ivan for an extension
End-Of-Day Procedure
Students need to build up their organizational skills and self-control, so it is important to have a clear procedure of what to do at the end of the day, and in which order that should be done.
  • At 3:00, Mr. Ivan will announce that students may put away their SSR book and begin the end-of-day procedure.
  • Students will place a book-mark in their book and place the book in their desk or check it back into the classroom library.
  • Students will then walk to the assignment board and complete an assignment sheet.
  • Students will then show me their assignment sheet to be checked over and initialed.
  • After I initial their assignment sheet, they may get their backpack off their hook, bring it back to their desk, and pack up their homework.
  • After their desk is packed up, they will complete their respective classroom job (sweeper, mail, whiteboards, garbage, library, class manager, rotating weekly).
  • Then, students may stand behind their pushed in chair, looking at Mr. Ivan to signify they are ready for their desk-check.
  • After Mr. Ivan checks their desk, they may line up in line order.
Despite living in Christ’s love, the devil, the world, and the sinful nature will work continually on each member of our classroom to tempt us into sin.  Christ tells us we must deal with sin and fight it with God’s Word.  God tells us to “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).  When students or teachers sin, they will be corrected with God’s Law.  When they repent, they will be forgiven of their sins because of the perfect life, innocent death, and amazing resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
The school has a “checkmark” system curb misbehavior.  See the Student Handbook for details.
Our classroom has a stoplight system to curb misbehavior. Each student begins the day on green.  If they are disrespectful to another student or Mr. Ivan, they will be moved to yellow.  If another incident happens, they will be moved to red. If a student ends the day on red, they will receive a checkmark. If a student’s behavior gets to a point where they can no longer be a benefit to our classroom, they will be sent to the principal’s office or another classroom to calm down. 
Also, if a student is disrespectful to another student or Mr. Ivan, they will move to the “Peace Table” at the back of the room and complete a “Six Questions to Cool Down” sheet.  After they complete the sheet, they will discuss their behavior with Mr. Ivan and their parents/guardians.
When a student shows a positive Christian attitude through their words and actions, they will receive positive reinforcement from Mr. Ivan.  This includes verbal affirmation, fun activities, and extra recess time.

Ending Notes
God has given you, a parent or guardian, a great responsibility:  raising children.  Along with the responsibility of raising children comes authority.  You have the authority to correct, rebuke, and encourage your children.  By sending your child to Peridot-Our Savior’s Lutheran School, you are conferring that God-given authority to me, the teacher.  I take that responsibility seriously, and will work hard to ensure your Christian values are being taught to your child. 
Take heart in your job as a parent, and remember God’s Word to you:  “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
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