Essential 55

Essential 55 for 2018-2019

Week of August 27th

Rule 1:  When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying “Yes ma’am or “No sir.”  Just nodding your head or saying any other form of yes or no is not acceptable.

Week of September 3rd

Rule 2:  Make eye contact.  When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times.  If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person

Week of September 10th

Rule 23:  Quickly learn the names of other teachers in the school and greet them by saying things like, “Good morning, Mrs. Graham,” or “Good afternoon, Ms. Ortiz.  That is a very pretty dress.”

Week of September 17th

Rule 9:  Always say thank you when you are given something.  There is no excuse for not showing appreciation.

Week of September 24th

Rule 7:  When you cough or sneeze or burp, it is appropriate to turn your head away from others and cover your mouth with the full part of your hand.  Using your fist is not acceptable.  Afterward, you should say, “Excuse me.”  *I told the students to cough into their elbows to help contain the spreading of germs.

Week of October 1st

Rule 16:  Homework will be turned in each day for each subject by every student with no exceptions.

Week of October 8th

Rule 44:  When in a line, walk single file, two to three feet behind the person in front of you with your arms at your sides.  You should face forward at all times.  There will be absolutely no talking.  

Week of October 15th

Rule 15:  Do not ask for a reward.  It is rude to ask if you are getting something for good behavior.  You should be good and try your best because you are trying to better yourself, not because you are anticipating a reward.

Week of October 22nd

Rule 24:  Flush the toilet and wash your hands after using the restroom.  When in a public restroom, get a paper towel before washing your hands.  After washing your hands, use the paper towel to turn off the faucets and to press the dispenser to get another paper towel to dry your hands. 

Week of October 29th

Rule 26:  Do not save seats in the lunchroom.  If someone wants to sit down, let him or her.  Do not try to exclude anyone.  We are a family, and we must treat one another with respect and kindness.

Week of November 5th

Rule 27:  If I or any other teacher in the school is speaking to or disciplining a student, do not look at that student.  You wouldn’t want others looking at you if you were in trouble or being reprimanded, so don’t look at others in that situation.  If you are the students I am talking to, do not get angry or fuss at students who are looking at you.  Let me know and I will handle the situation.  

Week of November 12th

Rule 30:  After we eat, we will clean up after ourselves.  This includes cleaning off the tables and making sure we haven’t left any trash on the floor or around the eating area.  It is important to be responsible for your trash no matter where you are and to be sure not to litter.

Week of November 26th

Rule 36:  If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door.

Week of December 3rd

Rule 37:  If someone bumps into you, even if it was not your fault, say, “Excuse me.”

Week of December 10th

Rule 45:  Never cut in line.  If someone cuts in front of you, do not say or do anything about it.  Let it happen, but let me know about it.  I will handle the situation.  If you fuss with someone who has cut in line, you could get in trouble as well.  Please handle all disputes with other classmates in the same manner, by coming to me with any problems before you take matters into your own hands.

Week of December 17th

Rule 48:  If any child in this school is bothering you, let me know.  I am your teacher, and I am here to look after you and protect you.  I am not going to let anyone in this school bully you or make you feel uncomfortable.  In return, I ask that you do not take matters into your own hands; let me deal with the student.

Week of January 7th

Rule 49:  Stand up for what you believe in.  You shouldn’t take no for an answer if your heart and mind are leading you in a direction that you feel strongly about.

Week of January 14th  

Rule 50:  Be positive and enjoy life.  Some things just aren’t worth getting upset over.  Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life.

Week of January 21st

Rule 51:  Live so that you will never have regrets.  If there is something that you want to do (and it is God pleasing), do it!  Never let fear, doubt, or other obstacles stand in your way.  If there I something that you want, fight for it with all of your heart.  If there is something you want to do, go for it and don’t stop until you make it happen.  If there is something you want to be, do whatever is necessary in order to live out that dream.

Week January 28th

Rule 52:  Accept that you are going to make mistakes.  Learn from them and move on.

Week of February 4th

Rule 53:  No matter what the circumstances, always be honest.  Even if you have done something wrong, it is best to admit to it.

Week of February 11th

Rule 54:  Carpe diem.  You only live today once, so don’t waste it.  Life is made up of special moments, many of which happen when caution is thrown to the wind and people take action and seize the day.

Week of February 18th

Rule 55:  Be the best person you can be.

Week of February 25th

Rule 3:  If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person.  

Week of March 4th

Rule 4:  During discussions, respect other students’ comments, opinions, and ideas. 

Week of March 18th

Rule 5:  If you win or do well at something, do not brag.  If you lose, do not show anger.  

Week of March 25th

Rule 10:  When you are given something from someone, never insult that person by making negative comments about the gift or by insinuating that it wasn’t appreciated.

Week of April 1st

Rule 6:  If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return.

Week of April 8th

Rule 11:  Surprise others by perform random acts of kindness.

Week of April 15th

Rule 8:  Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes, or show disrespect with gestures.

Week of April 22nd 

Rule 18:  You will make every effort to be as organized as possible.  

Week of April 29th

Rule 19:  When I assign homework, there is to be no moaning or complaining.

Week of May 6th

Rule 17:  When we are in transition from one subject to another, the change will be swift, quiet, and orderly.

Rules that may not be for all grades

Rule 13:  When we read together in class, you must follow along.  If I call on you to read, you must know exactly where we are and begin reading immediately.

Rule 14:  Answer all written questions with a complete sentence.

Situational Rules

Rule 20:  While you are with a substitute teacher, you will obey the same rules that you follow when I am with you.

Rule 34:  Whenever you are offered food, whether it be on a buffet or treats in class, never take more than your fair share.  You never want to be greedy and try to get more than you should, not only because it is wasteful, but also because it is disrespectful to others when you do not leave enough for them.

Rule 35:  Whether we are in school or on a field trip, if someone drops something, pick it up and hand it back to them.  Even if they are closer to the object, it is only polite to make the gesture of bending down to retrieve the item.

Rule 40:  During an assembly, do not speak and do not look around and try to get the attention of your friends in other classes.  We must uphold an image that shows we have our act together.

Rule 41:  When you answer the phone at your house, you must do so in an appropriate manner.

Rule 29:  There are several manners dealing with food that you must follow.

The ABC’s of Etiquette

  1. When you first sit down for a meal, immediately place your napkin in your lap.  If your silverware is wrapped in a napkin, unwrap it as soon as you sit down and place the napkin in your lap.
  1. When you are finished eating, place your napkin on the table to the left of your plate.  Place it loosely beside the plate.  Don’t crumple it up because you don’t want to seem untidy.  Don’t fold it too neatly, because you don’t want the restaurant to think you assume they are going to use it again.  Never leave your napkin on your chair.  This implies that the napkin is too dirty to be left on the table.  Also, in some cultures, leaving the napkin on the chair is known as a way to say that you don’t intend to return to the restaurant again.
  1. Never place your elbows on the table.
  1. Use one hand to eat, unless you are cutting or buttering food.  Never have your fork in one hand and a glass in the other.
  1. Do not lick your fingers.  There is a napkin provided for the purpose of cleaning your fingers.  There is no need to lick yourself clean.
  1. Do not smack your lips and chew noisily.
  1. Do not chew with your mouth open.
  1. Do not talk with your mouth full.  Sometimes people will place a hand over their mouth and talk anyway.  Don’t do that.  Wait until you have swallowed your food to speak.
  1. If something is caught in your teeth, don’t go in after it; wait until you are in the restroom to remove it.
  1. Do not slurp.
  1. Do not play with your food.
  1. If you drop your fork, napkin, or anything else on the floor, do not pick it up.  It is very rude and unsanitary to place something on the table that has been on the floor.  If you pick up something that has dropped and hand it to a waiter, then you will need to excuse yourself and wash your hands before continuing with your meal.  The best way to handle a situation when something has dropped on the floor to ask a waiter for a replacement; leave the old one on the floor.
  1. You are to use your utensils for eating almost everything.  Here are ten types of foods you may use your hands to eat:
    1. Pizza
    2. Bacon
    3. Cookies
    4. Bread (Always tear off a bite-sized piece to eat.  If you are going to use butter, never butter the whole piece of bread; butter the piece you tore off, and eat that before tearing another piece.)
    5. Corn on the cob (It is appropriate to eat across instead of eating around.)
    6. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, and breakfast biscuits
    7. French fries and chips
    8. Fried chicken
    9. Asparagus
    10. Small fruits
  1. Never reach over someone’s plate to get something.  You should say, “Will you please pass the salt?”
  1. Never start eating off of your tray until you are at your seat.
  1. When we are eating at a restaurant, you are not to begin eating until everyone at the table has received their food.
  1. You should never complain if the line is too long, the food isn’t good, or if there is a wait.  You don’t want to be negative to the point where you spoil the enjoyment of the event for others.
  1. If you are unsure which silverware to use, simply start with the fork, knife, or spoon that it he farthest from your plate.  On the left, you will have your salad fork on the outside and your dinner fork on the inside.  On the far right, you will have your soupspoon.  Beside it you will have the spoon you will use to stir your coffee or tea, then your salad knife, and then your dinner knife.  The utensils above your plate are to be used for dessert.
  1. When you are finished eating, do not push your plate away from you.  Leave it where it is in the setting.  If you want to show you have finished eating, you should lay your fork and knife together diagonally across the plate.  You should place the fork with the tines down, and you should have the sharp side of the knife facing you.  Of the two utensils, the fork should be closest to you.
  1. Never place a piece of silverware that you have used back on the table.  Leave it on a plate or saucer.
  1. If you didn’t use a utensil, do not place it on a plate or saucer when you are finished.  Just leave it where it is.
  1. Always look a waiter in the eyes when you are ordering, asking a question, or saying thank you.
  1. Make a point to remember the waiter’s name when he introduces himself to you.  Use his name as often as possible throughout the course of the meal.
  1. If you have to go to the restroom, you should stand up say, “Excuse me,” as you leave the table.
  1. When you are offered desserts or asked a question such as “What sides would you like?” or “What dressing would you like for your salad?” it is best to ask, “What are my options?”  That way, you aren’t going through a process of naming things the restaurant might not have.  
  1. Never talk to waiters or waitresses as if they are servants.  Treat them with respect and kindness, and remember, they are the ones who are fixing your food and bringing it to you.  You do not want to be on the bad side of a waiter.