We have three rules at Westbrook- BE KIND, BE SAFE and BE READY.This sets school-wide expectations for everyone. All of our staff use the same language and we teach specific positive behaviors across environments. We encourage conversations about how to be kind, safe and ready while in the classroom, on the playground, in the hallways, in the bathroom and while moving throughout the building. Our emphasis is on providing positive expectations and clarifying behaviors that we would like to see. Kindergarteners and Early Childhood children are able to understand and demonstrate their ability to meet the expectations.
This approach, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a nationally recognized, comprehensive, evidence-based program that links academic success, behavior and character development. This thoughtful approach will assist children in developing a sense of security and safety in our school environment as well as developing respect for themselves and others. Through positive interactions in a caring atmosphere, these techniques and strategies are utilized: clearly stating behavioral guidelines, setting limits, being consistent and modeling appropriate activities.
Parents are encouraged to use the common vocabulary of Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Ready when talking with your child at home. Please use this language to demonstrate to your child acceptance, understanding and appreciation. Children learn from watching all of us, so let’s be the best role models we can be.
We will continue to update you on this program throughout the school year!