November 1, 2012

I can’t believe it’s November already!  Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner–I can’t wait to see the students lead those conferences in confidence and enthusiasm!  Thanks for signing up!
Also, the staff was just given more training on Love & Logic, our approach to discipline here at Providence Hall, and we established our core beliefs in its application.  I thought I would share these core beliefs here so you can get a better feel for what we strive for at Providence Hall (my comments are in parentheses):

1.  I believe that every attempt should be made to maintain the dignity of both the adult and the student.
2.  I believe that students should be guided and expected to solve the problems they create without making problems for anyone else. (I think the kids get sick of me talking about their becoming “problem solvers,” but I’ve already seen so much growth from so many kids who realize their own capabilities & who take ownership over their choices & learning)!
3.  I believe that students should be given the opportunity to make decisions and live with the results.  (Students are learning this especially in taking care of their responsibilities such as homework and classwork, and living with the consequences of detention when it’s not completed).
4.  I believe that misbehavior should be handled with natural consequences instead of punishment whenever possible.  (This one can be tricky; 5th grade does the fines/bonuses system which serves as a good motivator but can sometimes be difficult to serve as a natural consequence.  We seek for these natural consequences as often as possible, such as detention to give them more time to complete homework or losing a couple minutes of recess because they wasted a couple of minutes of class time).  
5.  I believe that students should have the opportunity to tell their side of the story when consequences appear to be unfair. (I hope students feel comfortable with discussing issues with me in private any time they feel my actions are unfair!  I am always happy to discuss matters at appropriate times and ways).
6.  I believe that misbehavior should be viewed as an opportunity for individual problem solving and preparation for the real world as opposed to a personal attack on the school or staff. (LOVE it!  We can all grow, and I try to help students understand the longterm and essential ramifications of their choices, such as preparation for Junior High next year)
7.  I believe it is best if the student does most of the thinking. (They are SO capable!)
8.  I believe that there should be a logical connection between misbehavior and resulting consequences.

Homework: 
1) Math (3-19): p. 83 all, p. 84 evens.  Please also remember to redo low-scoring quizzes!
2) Read 20 minutes and get it signed–remember that every day read must be signed!! 
3) Missing Work:  It’s a new term, so be sure to get that missing work under control from the beginning!  Please get it done and signed for Friday Fun tomorrow!

Items of Business
*Class Store: If you have any extra soda, candy, trinkets, jewelry, or toys that you would like to donate to class store, please send it with your child!  We would like to do one more often to serve as a motivator for positive behavior!
*Pizza Money: If you can donate $3 or more to help make our pizza parties possible, please send it in as soon as possible!  Thank you so much!

Upcoming Events:
*November 5-8: Parent Teacher Conferences!  Click here to sign up!
*November 5-8: Fall Book Fair in the library!  (Mon-Tues: 3-5 pm; Wed: 9am-7pm; Thurs: 10am-8:30pm)  Click here for more info! (online fair is from Oct. 31-Nov. 16)
*November 8:  Early release 1:45
*November 9: No school for the elementary school only!
*November 15: Picture day make-up
*November 15-17 (7:30):  Seussical Musical at the Jr. High.  Tickets are $5 for students & $8 for adults and can be purchased 2 weeks prior to the performance.
*November 20: 12:30 dismissal for Thanksgiving Break!
*November 21-23: Thanksgiving Break–No school!
*Dec. 4-5: Christmas Concerts.  Students with last names starting with A-L will perform on the 4th and M-Z on the 5th.

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