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Kindergarten "Clip Chart" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:30

We have hopped into school are busy learning names and becoming friends!  We are also learning how to "do school"  by learning and observing the rules.

Grades K-4 all use a clip chart for a behavior/guidance plan.  So the good news is once you know how the system works you won't have to worry about learning another one for 5 years!

At enrollment I gave each of you a kindergarten handbook.  I hope you have had time to look it over.  If you haven't, now would be a good time to do so.  EVERYTHING you would ever want to know about our class is in it, including how the clip chart works. However, what I neglected to tell you was that I found an adorable frog themed clip chart on-line this summer so I decided to upgrade mine.  The wording and the points on the chart is the same but the colors have changed.

Everyday each student begins on green (ready to learn).  The next color moving up the chart is blue (good day), next is purple (great job), and finally at the top is pink (outstanding).  When bad choices are made students have to move his/her clip down the chart. The first color down from green is yellow (think about it), then orange (teacher's choice), and at the very bottom is red (parent contact).

During these first 2-3 weeks I will give more than 3 warnings since we are still learning the rules.  And I'm finding good behavior quickly so that I can reinforce the behaviors I want to see.  Almost everyone is cathcing on!  As the year goes on and the kids know the rules I will only give 3 warnings for inappropriate behavior  before a clip is moved down.  And it will be a bit more difficult to move a clip all the way to top.  It takes hard work to be outstanding and get something out of the treasure box!  But that is what I like to see!!

Remember anyone who moves his/her clip up at least 1 time during the week will get something from my treasure box on Friday!

Here's to "TOAD"ally awesome behavior!!!!  :)

Prayer for Catholic Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Dear Lord,

Bless those who work and learn in our Catholic schools.

Give our teachers the grace every day to be models of you to all they meet.

Give our students the desire to learn their lessons, and also to grow closer to you through our Mother and our older siblings, the Saints.

Give our administrators the guidance they need, to balance the needs of the school with a life modeled on you and your compassion.

Give our school parents the understanding, to make the most of school based on you for the academic and spiritual lives of their children.


Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight? Let's Figure it out mathematically! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Student A reads 20 minutes/five nights/every week.

Student B reads only 4 minutes a night (or not al all).

Step 1:  Multiply minutes per night 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 X 5 = 100 minutes.

Student B reads 4 X 5=20 minutes.

Step 2:  Multiply minutes per week times 4 weeks per month.

Student A reads 400 minutes/month.

Student B reads 80 minutes/month.

Step 3:  Multiply minutes per month times 9 school months/year.

Student A reads 3600 minutes/school year.

Student B reads 720 minutes/school year.


Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 whole school days each year.

Student B gets the equivalent of only 2 school days of reading practice.


By the end of  sixth grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.

Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.


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