Community Building


School-Wide Programs

PAWS

(Positively Awesome Woodview Students)

Woodview strives to help students develop positive character traits through the PAWS program.  Each month the school focuses on a specific character trait, such as friendship, patience, perseverence, etc.  Students are awarded tickets when an adult witnesses them exhibiting the highlighted character trait.  Each class collects the tickets throughout the month.  At the end of the month each classroom chooses one student who best represented the trait throughout the month.  This student is honored at the monthly school-wide assembly.  If your student is chosen for this honor, you will be notified by Mr. Novinska and invited to attend the assembly. In addition, at the assembly, one ticket is pulled from each classroom's bucket and that student receives a small token for having displayed the trait at some point during the past month. 

Another part of the PAWS program is the pairing of younger grade classrooms with older grade classrooms as buddy partners throughout the year.  Kindergarten through second grade are the younger buddies, while third through fifth are the mentor buddies.  A student in the mentor classroom is paired up with one student from the younger classroom.  The buddies get together periodically to read, play math games, make craft projects, and practice the monthly character traits. 

Golden Awards

Golden Awards are a way that Woodview recognizes whole classrooms for their efforts to exhibit positive behavior and character traits throughout the year.  Awards are given on a monthly basis, presented at the monthly assembly by special area teachers or the principal.  The awards are as follows:

Award Awarded for...

Golden

Shoe

best meeting the criteria set forth by Mr. Darmody during Phy. Ed.

Golden

Paint Brush

best meeting the criteria set forth by Mrs. McMurtagh during Art.

Golden

Book

best meeting the criteria set forth by Ms. Stuckens during Library.
Golden Harmonica best meeting the criteria set forth by one of the Music teachers during Music.

Golden

Ruler

following the school rules.
Golden Broom having a clean classroom.

Golden

Lunch Tray

helping to keep the lunchroom clean.

Golden

Ticket

good participation in the monthly reading program.


Classroom-Based Programs

Rainbows & Backpacks

Rainbows are our way to recognize and encourage individual behavioral success.  Each child's name is placed in the pocket chart.  As the adults in the room witness them exhibit positive behavior, they are allowed to add another piece to their rainbow.  Once their rainbow has all 7 pieces, the child may select one of the blue backpacks to take home for the evening and return to school the next day.  At that point, the child removes the colored pieces from their rainbow and can begin earning new pieces towards their next rainbow.  We always try to encourage positive behavior, however we also feel that it is important that children understand negative behavior has negative consequences.  As a result, on occasion, children may also be asked to remove pieces from their rainbow.  The rainbows are your child's visual chart to help them track their own behavior.  Therefore, when your child adds or removes rainbow pieces you will not be informed. Please rest assured that you will be contacted if there are more serious concerns, but we feel that it is important for your child to be responsible for his or her own behavior at school.

When talking to your child about rainbows, please keep in mind the following:

1.  This should be a positive experience for a child to learn to regulate their school behavior.  Rainbows should not be used as a home-based behavior monitoring system.  Just because your child did not earn a rainbow for the day, it does not indicate that your child had poor behavior.

2.  Children typically earn rainbows more rapidly at the beginning of the year as we are rewarding children for learning and following the classroom routines.  As these things become ingrained, the children tend to earn rainbows more slowly.  The criteria for earning a rainbow piece moves from meeting expectations to exceeding expectations. 

3.  There is no one set of expectations for earning rainbow pieces.  In essence, each child has their own behavioral plan, earning them for the things that they need to work on individually as determined by the teachers. 

4.  These backpacks are for use by your child.  Please try to make sure that younger siblings are not allowed to use them and that they are returned to school with all of their components.

5.  The backpacks need to be returned the next school day.  Many of them are very popular and there are often other children waiting to take them home.  We understand that life gets hectic and unforseen circumstances can arise.  However, if your child earns a backpack and does not return it to school the next day on two occasions, your child may not be allowed to bring home school backpacks in the future. 

 

Rainbow Chart

          

Sample Blue Reward Backpacks

Superbee

Superbee is another way that we recognize and encourage individual behavioral success.  Each day the teacher will select one child who has had the most super "bee"havior of the day.  That child will get to take home the Superbee backpack which contains Superbee and a coloring book.  Your child may keep him for one night, during which time they may color one page in the Superbee journal. 

When talking to your child about Superbee, please keep in mind the following:

1.  This should be a positive experience for a child to learn to regulate their school behavior.  Superbee should not be used as a home-based behavior monitoring system.  Just because your child hasn't earned Superbee in a while, it does not indicate that your child has had poor behavior.  Remember, please celebrate the times that Superbee does come home, and don't worry about the times that he does not.  Superbee has many friends that he needs to visit. 

2.  There is no one set of expectations for earning Superbee.  In essence, each child has their own behavioral plan, earning him for the things that they need to work on individually as determined by the teachers. 

3.  Superbee and his backpack are for use by your child.  Please try to make sure that younger siblings are not allowed to use it and that Superbee and his backpack are returned to school with all of their components.

4.  Superbee and his backpack MUST be returned the next school day.  Other children work very hard in hopes of taking him home and deserve to have him present on the day that they earn him.  We try to send home Superbee as often as possible.  However, if your child earns Superbee and does not return him to school the next day on two occasions, your child may not be allowed to earn him in the future. 

Working together to Reach Our Goal

Our classroom goal chart is one way that we recognize and encourage whole-class behavioral success.  The entire class brainstorms prizes that they would like to earn throughout the year, such as an ice cream party, cupcake party, pajama day, home toy day, movie at rest time, etc.  The class votes on a prize that they would like to work towards and it becomes our goal for the amount of time it takes to earn it.  The bulletin board is set up like a road with colored blocks.  The class works to move the bus along the road until it reaches the school.  Each colored block represents positive behavior by the class.  Once the goal is achieved a new goal is selected and the trip begins again.  Just like real road trips, sometimes the class has setbacks, which helps the class learn the importance of making decisions on the path towards a long-term goal.  As a parent, you will only be notified when the goal is something that requires your input, for example sending your child to school in pajamas instead of regular clothes on a specific date. 

Lost Tooth Backpack

As a community, we feel that it is not only important to recognize positive behavior, but also important events in each child's life.  For this purpose, our classrooms send home a backpack designed to celebrate that monumental event of losing a tooth.  This backpack contains stories about losing teeth and a journal.  Please help your child record the experience of how they lost their tooth and return the backpack with all of its contents the following school day. 

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