Classroom Procedures

Discipline Policy
Since lifelong success depends in part on learning to make responsible choices, Mrs. Brett has developed a classroom discipline plan which encourages every student to make good decisions about his/her behavior.  Your child deserves the most positive educational climate possible for his/her growth.  Together we will make a difference in this process.  The plan below outlines our classroom rules, positive recognition for appropriate behavior, and consequences for inappropriate behavior. 

Classroom Rules:

  1. Follow directions quickly.
  2. Raise your hand for permission to speak.
  3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.
  4. Think first.
  5. Keep your DEAR teacher happy.
  6. Show your SPOTS.

Classroom Clip Chart

To encourage positive classroom success, I use a clip chart.  The clip chart is a visual way for students to acknowledge their behavior.  Students can move up in a positive direction or down in a negative direction.  Incentives like Class Dojo and Brag Tags are offered to encourage positive movement.  

Positive Recognition

To encourage students to follow these classroom rules, I will recognize appropriate behavior with praise, good news notes home in student planner, BRAG Tags,  student of the week/month, Dojo Points, and/or good citizenship grades.


However, if a student chooses to break a rule, the following steps will be taken:

First time: Warning

Second: Conference with student/loss of recess 

Third: Send to buddy teacher and parent phone call/conference

Fourth: Principal’s office

Severe disruption: Principal’s office


Birthdays are a special day in a child's life.  It is natural for your child to want to celebrate his/her birthday with friends in the classroom.  We welcome and encourage this optional celebration!  However, due to limited time and a large number of excited students to serve, some guidelines have been established.  Please follow these guidelines when planning your child's birthday celebration.

30 Students-We have health concerns.  Sugar free and/or treat free goody bags are highly encouraged.

  • Please arrange a date with me in advance, so I can plan accordingly.  Our schedule changes daily.  All celebrations will be held at  the lunch tables from 2:20-2:35
  • Treats need to be ready to serve and STORE BOUGHT with ingredients on package and in individual servings.  I will not be able to cut a whole cake or cookie cake and have time to serve it.
  • Sending napkins or plates is optional, but helpful.
  • Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend the party, yet not necessary.
  • Due to our limited time schedule, if parents/guardians are coming, it is essential that you come on time and not be late.  The children will be ready for the party, and we can’t be late for dismissal.  We will meet you at the lunch area at 2:20.

Summer Birthday Celebration Schedule

June birthday- celebrate in January 

July birthday- celebrate in February

August birthday- celebrate in March

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Make Up Work Procedures

Students are responsible for the work they miss.  “I didn't know what to do,” or “I didn't know I had any make-up work,” are not acceptable excuses. There are several procedures in place in Mrs. Brett's classroom in regard to make-up work.  Please send in a note excusing the absence or call the school at (951) 490-0350.

When a student is absent a red “ketchup folder” is placed on his/her desk.  Copies of any handouts given that day are placed in the red folder.  A student or I will record what the absent student has missed on a "While You Were Out Form".  I will look over the form to insure that all necessary make up work was recorded. When the student returns to school, he/she removes the handouts and returns the folder to the box on the counter.

Students will have one day per absence to make up his/her work.  When make-up work is completed, the student must turn it into me.  Please note, Fridays are usually our assessment days.  If your student is absent on Friday, he/she will have to make up the test (s)/quiz (es) on Monday.  This does put students behind on Monday.  Please continue to help your absent student study and review over the weekend if she/he is absent on a Friday.  If you know in advance that your student will be out, please contact me so that arrangements can be made in advance.