Dear Amy Belle Families,
While students’ academic performance is a highest priority in schools, at Amy Belle we also place a high priority on the social-emotional needs of our students and the climate of the school. This Learning Community Guidelines and Agreement booklet is designed to explain our goal of creating a school community which values and respects each individual, but also has expectations for all members. In order to create and support this type of community, we are committed to providing instruction and modeling behaviors which we feel provide a positive and supportive environment. This will be accomplished through the use of two different frameworks and processes; TRIBES and PBIS.
At Amy Belle, many staff members that are using the TRIBES process, created by Jeanne Gibbs, as the foundation for building our school and classroom community. The mission of TRIBES is “to assure the healthy and whole development of every child so that each has the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.” The staff feels that the TRIBES mission and goal supports the mission and purpose of our school, “preparing students for life!” Based upon TRIBES, some classrooms have developed classroom agreements. We will also be using Monday Meetings to begin each week by recognizing and celebrating our school and staff.
All Germantown Elementary Schools have implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Consistent expectations for student behaviors have shown to have a positive impact on student achievement. This positive approach is teaching children how to be responsible and respectful students in our school. The PBIS system has 4 components:
- A guide of behavior expectations (which are in this packet)
- School wide lessons plans and videos used to teach student behavioral expectations
- Rewards and individual acknowledgement of positive behaviors
- Office documentation of negative behaviors
Please take time to read through our Learning Community Guidelines and Agreement booklet. It contains additional information about TRIBES, PBIS, school recognition events (Bellefest), Monday Meetings and school spirit. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or myself. Thanks you for working with us to make Amy Belle Elementary School a great place to learn!
On behalf of the Amy Belle School Staff,
Responsibility by Lillian Katz
“Each of us must come to care about everyone else’s children. We must recognize that the welfare of our children and grandchildren is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people’s children. After all, when one of our children needs lifesaving surgery, someone else’s child will perform it. If one of our children is threatened or harmed by violence, some else’s child will be responsible for the violent act. The good life for your own children can be secured only if a good life is also secured for all other people’s children.”