Holmes Primary School
“Where HoneyBees Soar”
PBIS Parent Handbook
Holmes Elementary School
5800 Holmes Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Mr. Dominic Sepich, Principal
2012-2013 PBIS Team Members
Natalie King----Team Leader
As we enter another school year, we are happy to let you know we will continue to utilize the PBIS system (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) at Holmes School. The premise of the program is to create a safe, effective, positive learning environment for every child by explicitly teaching behavioral expectations. Research has proven that schools are successful when they help students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and holding students accountable for the following school wide expectations, we are confident we will see an increase in student learning and a decrease in classroom disruptions.
Our staff has been able to develop a unique system to ensure student success at Holmes School. There are four basic components to our program:
· The Behavior Matrix-Specific expectations for every student to follow
· School Wide Tier 1 Behavior Management System-An acknowledgement system to recognize when students are following Holmes School expectations and a classroom management system to increase student learning.
· Cool Tools-Lessons used to teach students the behavior expectations for every physical setting in the school
· Office Referral Forms-Communication between school and home to open dialogue on how children can meet expectations
This booklet is a brief overview of our system. Our goal is to continue to have open lines of communication between home and school. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team if you have questions. We ask you to read through the information in this booklet as well as the handbook included with the district calendar and discuss it with your child. Please return the last page of this booklet to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, September 6th.
Thank you for your partnership in teaching the children. We are looking forward to a fabulous year!
Holmes School PBIS Team
Matrix of Holmes Behavior Expectations
The Honeybee Expectations are summarized in the three short rules that we expect everyone in the Holmes community to follow:
It is our goal to make the Holmes Expectations as clear and specific as possible. What you will find on the matrix is what you would expect to see happening in every physical setting at Holmes School. Since the system is set up to promote a positive environment, you will find it is written to advise children on what it looks like to be caring, safe, and ready to learn at Holmes School. Our staff will continuously help our children understand and learn the behavior expectations we have in place. We will explicitly teach, model, and practice the behavioral expectations in order to ensure our students are able to apply them in all settings.
Please review the matrix with your child(ren). It would be wonderful if you could post the matrix in a visible place in your home. This will serve as a continuous reminder for your children.
Holmes School Behavior Matrix
School Wide Tier 1 Behavior Management System
Classroom HoneyBee Charts------An Acknowledgement/Reinforcement System
Research indicates that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to not only change behavior but to encourage and maintain continuous appropriate behavior. Another component of the PBIS system is the use of consistent, positive reinforcements to celebrate students’ success with the Holmes Expectations. Students who demonstrate behaviors outlined in the behavior matrix will have opportunities to receive immediate reinforcement from all Holmes School staff members.
Each student will have a visually posted bee chart in their classroom. HoneyBee charts allow each child to earn an unlimited amount of bees throughout the day/week/month/school year. When bee charts are full, students may choose from a list of rewards that may take place either in their classroom or outside of their classroom. If you would like a copy of the PBIS store items, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. We are always looking to add to our items in the store, if you have any suggestions or would like to make a donation, please contact a member
of the PBIS team.
“Daily Bees” --- Classroom Management System
Each student at Holmes School will begin each day with four “Daily Bees”. These bees will serve as a visual reminder for each student to track how their day is progressing. The expectation is that each student will keep all four of their bees each day. Many children may require redirections, this will not result in the loss of a Bee. Some children may require reminders to follow classroom or school expectations. This may result in the loss of one of their Daily Bees. When a child is given their first warning, they will lose their Green Bee. If a child requires a second warning in that same day, they will lose their Yellow Bee. The loss of their Yellow Bee will result in the loss of their “Bee-Havior” Gram for the week. (Sent home weekly on Fridays). If a child requires a third warning in that same day, they will lose their Orange Bee. This will result in a classroom based consequence. If a child requires a fourth warning in that same day, they will lose their Red Bee and this will result in a consequence and a phone call home. Consequence options may be,
1. Loss of 5 minutes of recess
2. Apology Note
3. Time away from a preferred activity
4. Classroom apology
5. A written note to parents stating their actions
6. Reteaching/retraining on a specific expectation
Teaching Honeybee Expectations
One of the most important parts of the PBIS system is that behavior and expectations are taught directly to the students. In this way, students know exactly what is expected of them and how we expect them to behave at school. The teaching of these expectations will occur during our annual KICKOFF the second week of school. The children will model and practice how to behave at lunch, in the classroom, hallways, bathrooms, assemblies and playground. This is continuously reinforced throughout the school year.
The Office Discipline Referral
Unfortunately, there will be times when some students misbehave even though we have explicitly taught them our expectations, offered reminders of the expected behaviors, and used the positive reinforcement system. When this occurs, the staff will use the Office Discipline Referral Form (ODR). These forms look at “major” behavior infractions that may disrupt student learning or create an unsafe environment for others at school. Staff will document what has occurred in writing. Teachers and/or an administrator will make telephone contact with parents to discuss the issue of concern so that a plan can be formulated if needed to help the student correct these behaviors. Our goal is to keep the lines of communication open between school and home.
The Check In-Check Out (CICO) process is a strategy to assist those students who are struggling with inappropriate behaviors. Its primary goal is to identify students early and provide frequent feedback to prevent future problem behavior. It provides a daily system of support and monitoring of student behaviors and increases school-home communication.
If it is determined that your child could benefit from this program, a letter will be sent to you outlining the CICO process. A certified staff member will meet with your student every morning and afternoon. During these brief meetings, the teacher will touch base with the student and talk about a daily goal directly connected to our Holmes expectations. These meetings are meant to provide a positive and encouraging start and end to each day.
To keep you informed and involved in your child’s progress, there will be contact with the home on an on-going basis.
I have read through the PBIS Parent Handbook and the District Handbook with my child. We understand the expectations for Be Caring, Be Safe and Be Ready at Holmes School. We will do our best to follow the Holmes School Expectations.