Essential 55

Essential 55 for 2016-2017

Week of August 22nd

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


Week of August 29th

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 5th

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 12th

Rule 9: Always say thank you when you are given something. There is no excuse

for not showing appreciation.

Week of September 19th

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 September 26th

Rule 16: Homework will be turned in each day for each subject by every student

with no exceptions.

Week of October 3rd

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 10th

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 17th

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 24th

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 October 31st

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 7th

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 14th

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

Week of November 30th

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


Week of November 28th

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 5th

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 December 12th

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 December 19th

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 9th

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 of January 16th

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

move on.

Week January 23rd

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 January 30th

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 6th

Rule 55: Be the best person you can be.

Week of February 13th

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

congratulate that person.

Week of February 20th

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


Week of February 27th

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


Week of March 6th

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


Week of March 20th

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


Week of March 27th

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

Week of April 3rd

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


Week of April 10th

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

Week of April 17th

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

Week of April 24th

Rule 17: When we are in transition from one subject to another, the change will

be swift, quiet, and orderly.

Week of May 1st

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.

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 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

A. 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.

B. 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.

C. Never place your elbows on the table.

D. 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.

E. 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.

F. Do not smack your lips and chew noisily.

G. Do not chew with your mouth open.

H. 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.

I. If something is caught in your teeth, don’t go in after it; wait until you

are in the restroom to remove it.

J. Do not slurp.

K. Do not play with your food.

L. 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.

M. You are to use your utensils for eating almost everything. Here are ten

types of foods you may use your hands to eat:

a. Pizza

b. Bacon

c. Cookies

d. 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.)

e. Corn on the cob (It is appropriate to eat across instead of eating


f. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, and breakfast biscuits

g. French fries and chips

h. Fried chicken

i. Asparagus

j. Small fruits

N. Never reach over someone’s plate to get something. You should say,

“Will you please pass the salt?”

O. Never start eating off of your tray until you are at your seat.

P. When we are eating at a restaurant, you are not to begin eating until

everyone at the table has received their food.

Q. 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.

R. 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.

S. 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.

T. Never place a piece of silverware that you have used back on the table.

Leave it on a plate or saucer.

U. 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.

V. Always look a waiter in the eyes when you are ordering, asking a

question, or saying thank you.

W. 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.

X. If you have to go to the restroom, you should stand up say, “Excuse

me,” as you leave the table.

Y. 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.

Z. 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.