Classroom Rules and Policies


Curriculum Time: Our school day officially starts at 8:00 a.m.  If you would like your child to participate in all activities, please have them in school before 8:00 a.m. Each morning at 7:50 we join the rest of the school in the hallway for daily prayers, the pledge of allegiance and any messages for our school day. Your child will be marked late if they come in after 8:00 a.m.  A newsletter is sent home each month listing the academic and skill areas along with important parent information.  Every two months your child will also bring home a word list.  Please review the words with your child and have him or her use the words in sentences.  In class we will be using the words for various activities.  The monthly newsletter and word lists for the school year are available on the Bishop Dunn website.

Discipline: We feel that it is best to relate to the children in positive ways.  They will receive lots of praise and positive input for good behavior and hard work.  We do expect the children to obey the rules in the classroom and outside.

Classroom Rules:

  1. Listen carefully.
  2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  3. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
  4. Be kind with words and actions to classmates and teachers.
  5. Raise your hand when you want to say something and wait to be called on.

A strip chart behavior management system is used.  Each day your child starts out on green.  If we need to speak to your child about following the rules, you child will be asked to pull a strip and will now be on yellow.  If we need to speak to your child again about a rule, your child will pull his or her next strip and will now be on red.  If this should happen again, your child will pull his or her last strip.  When this happens a note will be sent home letting you know why all three strips had to be pulled.  A note is only sent home after all three strips have been pulled.  Please note that each time a strip is pulled we discuss with your child why he or she is pulling a strip and what behavior would have been a better choice.  Each day that your child does not pull all three strips, he or she will receive a sticker on his or her chart.  When the sticker chart is filled, your child will be able to go to the “Prize Bear.”  Also, if your child does not pull all three of his or her strips from Monday through Friday, on Friday he or she will receive a small prize from our “Bear Treasure Chest.”  It is very common for the children to come home each day and tell you who has pulled strips.  This is your child’s way of telling you “look at me I am doing the right thing.”

We also have a “Caught You Being Good” sticker basket.  Throughout the day we are looking to reward the children who are doing kind deeds as well as those who are listening and following directions.  To help promote working together as a class, we write the word SURPRISE on the board and if the children, as an entire class, work hard and follow directions all week and keep the letters in the word up on the board, on Fridays the class will earn a bear.  When the children have earned three bears, they earn a surprise such as:  extra recess, extra toy time, a special movie, or a special snack.

Homework and Projects: Children will receive weekly homework assignments. These assignments should be worked on during the week and returned on Friday of that same week.  Please allow your child to work on the assignments at a leisurely pace.  Homework will be sent home beginning Monday, September 18 . Each month your child will bring home a different project to complete.  The projects are set around the different topics we are working on.  A note will always accompany the project explaining what needs to be done and when the project is due.

Daily Folder:  One of the folders that you supply will serve as your child’s parent/teacher folder.  This folder will serve as a means of communication between you and school.  Your child will be responsible for bringing his or her folder to school and handing it in on a daily basis.  Please be sure to check and empty the folder each night.

Drinks and Hot Lunch: Info about our hot lunch program is on the website.  You may send in items to be microwaved.  Please do not send in the microwavable store bought cups of macaroni and cheese.  These items take a very long time to microwave (3 ½ minutes).  We do ask each child to eat at least half of his or her lunch each day.

Snack: The children will have a snack each morning between 9:00 and 9:20 a.m.  Please send your child to school with a juice box or water and a nutritious snack i.e.:  fruit, vegetables, crackers, yogurt, etc.  Please do not send in glass bottles for snack or lunch drinks.

Dismissal: If you are picking up your child after school, please be sure to wait for him or her in the car dismissal line.  Dismissal is at 2:15 p.m.  Please be sure to send in a note if there will be a change in your child’s regular dismissal procedure.  Email is not the best way to inform me of any dismissal changes as I do not always check email during the school day.

Seats at the Table and Rug: Seats at the table are changed after each first Friday of the month.  Spots on the rug are changed at the end of each quarter.  This gives the children the opportunity to work and play with different friends each month.

Birthdays: Birthday treats…gladly.  Please let us know a week before to avoid any conflicts.  On the morning of your child’s birthday please bring the treat to school and place on the table by the windows.  We will pass out the birthday treat during snack time.  Goodie bags and balloons are not permitted.  If your child has a birthday in July or August, we will contact you in June to make arrangements to celebrate your child’s birthday.

Attending Church Services: We do attend the Thanksgiving Prayer Service as well as the mass before Christmas.  We start attending first Friday mass and any other services after Easter.

Uniforms: Uniforms may be purchased at Little Darlings in Wappingers Falls or from Donnelly’s, the uniform supply company that school uses. Please also visit the uniform exchange table for extra pieces.  The table will be available during the first few weeks of school.  Please see the Bishop Dunn handbook for approved uniform combinations for your child.


-Please call school by 8 a.m. and inform us if your child will be absent.  Also, please send a note to school with your child the day he/she returns from an absence.  In the note please state the reason for the absence.  Without a note your child’s absence is recorded as an illegal absence from school.

-If you are planning a vacation during school time, any class work missed will be made up after your child has returned.  Some of the work will be completed at school and other work will be sent home for you to complete.  The only work we may be able to send home ahead of time is the homework packet for the week.  Please keep this information in mind for your planning purposes.

-Sharing starts in October.  A monthly calendar will be sent home each month listing your child’s sharing day.  This is your child’s opportunity to bring in a special item, souvenir, toy, photograph, book, etc. to share with the class.  The item will be left in your child’s bookbag.  The sharing schedule will also be available on the Bishop Dunn website.

-Children are not allowed to bring home toys to school unless it is your child’s sharing day.  Toys get broken and given away without parent or teacher permission and many times there are also disputes of ownership of the toy.

-On a half-day of school, dismissal is at 11:15 a.m.  On those days, the children will still need to bring a snack to school for snack time.