April 22 was Earth Day, and some industrious grade 5 students (Janae, Zach, Edgar, Ana Paula, Jacob, and Ian) helped me clean up around the sign at the front of our school property. It felt good to get our hands dirty, trimming back perennials and cleaning up twigs and nuts from the hickory tree. The entire 5th grade will have additional opportunities in May to enjoy the sunshine and beautify Hubbell grounds! Students K-5 have made some recent treks into the woods around the school during Nature Walk with the Principal, a PBIS reward option. I teach the kids a few things, and they always delight me with their smiles and excitement of discovering something new outdoors, velvety green moss, bird feathers, or busy red ants under a log. Think Spring!!
Dear Hubbell families:
We are taking a very proactive approach this year in establishing new school routines, largely influenced by our PBIS (positive behavior interventions and support) program. Our method is simple: We post and explicitly teach the expectations for PRIDE, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY in each location in our school so children understand what is expected of them in the classroom, the cafeteria, the playground, and on the bus. Children are rewarded when they follow these expectations! One routine that is different this year at Hubbell School is the sequence of recess and lunch. We used to do lunch, followed by recess. This year we are doing the reverse, for many reasons. First and foremost, students enjoy a better lunch! They go out, play, and then settle in for a meal; they are hungry and ready to eat, and we see less food thrown away! It is also easier on the digestion! Second, we go out the back doors directly from our classrooms for recess, a safe and smooth exit (we used to line up and go around the front bus circle walk, where we were close to possible car traffic). Finally, more time is available for active play with less time in line proceeding from one place to another! Our PBIS team will continue to monitor this routine to see if we have all the kinks worked out, or perhaps other improvements can still be made. We meet monthly to discuss how our entire year one implementation is going, and our core team of five staff members will attend three additional days of training at the State level this year!
As always, thank you for your interest and support in your child’s education!
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