Saturday, January 21, 2012

Launching PBS: Parent Notes

At the beginning of each year a sheet is passed around at opening meetings. This sheet encourages involvement in two committees. I usually pick a big committee (math) and a smaller one (PBS). A year later my “small committee” is not so small! Somewhere between then and now I’ve become the head of PBS in a model PBS school. 

If you’re like me and are having visions of Big Bird and Snuffy dance in your head, we are a little off. Instead, PBS is a behavior model much like RTI. Positive Behavior Support (PBS)  positively praises students to yield desired behavior. Here is a link explaining more than you would ever want to know about the program! Beware: Information overload ahead! 


I thought I would share some of our launching PBS documents for schools that are working within the PBS framework!

PBS Kickoff Note:
Each September this note goes home to families during Open House. We use returned slips to create a parent contact list. We use these parents to help facilitate our PBS Store and Parties throughout the year. (Our school has the most amazing parent that does the bulk of our PBS footwork for us!)


Monthly Notes:
Each month students bring home a note similar to the one attached. Our goal is to explain our behavior expectations and monthly incentives to parents. Each note is a half sheet and helps us to enforce consequences.

Oh well! Back to the report card grind!! Ours are due Tuesday at noon…. I’ve done pretty much everything to avoid productivity! Hope these PBS notes could be of some use to you! 


Haley said...

Seems pretty interesting :) Nice to have such good parental involvement and support!

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Miss T said...

Most of the schools I sub for have PBS and I love it. They are thoughtful enough to make 'special' reward slips for subs. Regular ones are white, but the subs get golden ones and the kiddos covet them! Makes my life easier when I pull them out :)

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Lisa at Stories From Second said...

We are a PBS district but I feel our home link isn't as strong as it could be!
Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. :)
Stories From Second

Lori said...

Thanks for posting these on PBS. Our principal wants us to move towards PBS. We already do RtI. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on PBS and how it is going for you all.
Conversations in Literacy

Tara said...

This is the first year we are doing PBIS... and I too am on the committee... How do you incorporate the prizes that they are supposed to buy with their tickets? I would love to see how others do it. We have a huge weekly wagon that goes around and students "buy" toys and such off each Friday with their Bronco Bucks, but is soooo expensive... is there another way to do it that doesn't incorporate so many things to "BUY?" Any ideas would be great! Thanks!

Primary Junction said...

Thank you for these! My school uses PBS but it needs A LOT of work. The only rewards we have are an award and pin at quarterly award ceremonies. It's very helpful to see how your school uses the program.

Primary Junction

Sara S. said...

I'm on the PBIS team at our school. The kids put their tix into a bucket every day and at the end of the month we have an assembly where we choose 2-4 winners per grade We strive to give away non-materialistic rewards. The kids can win: principal for an hour, visit a classroom of your choice for an hour, sit at the "special" table at lunch, lunch with a teacher, etc. They love it (and it's free)! I think the program has made a huge difference at our school.

Sara :)

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