GMS PAWS Parents

  • How can you help our program? Encourage your child to show their PAWS at home. Below is a basic matrix with examples of appropriate expectations for your child.

    PBIS Home Guide for our Students

    Getting Up in the Morning

    Help Out

    • Make your bed
    • Clothes in hamper

    Own Your Behavior

    • Get up on time
    • Get cleaned up and dressed on time

    Manners Count

    • Try a morning SMILE
    • Thank your parents for helping

    Getting to School

    Help Out

    • Have your back pack, lunch, notes, and keys ready to go

    Own Your Behavior

    • Be ready to leave on time

    Manners Count

    • “Thanks for the ride”
    • “Have a nice day”

    Cleanup Time

    Help Out

    • Do your chores

    Own Your Behavior

    • Clean up after yourself

    Manners Count

    • Ask politely for help

    Time to Relax

    Help Out

    • Clean up after yourself
    • Play quietly

    Own Your Behavior

    • Ask before you borrow
    • Ask to change the station

    Manners Count

    • Respect others belongings
    • Offer to share

    Homework Time

    Help Out

    • Put your things in your backpack when finished

    Own Your Behavior

    • Complete your homework on time
    • Do your best and be proud of it!

    Manners Count

    • Ask for help respectfully “Thanks for the help”

    Mealtime

    Help Out

    • Set the table
    • Put away dishes

    Own Your Behavior

    • Use kind words and “I” statements
    • Recognize mistakes and apologize

    Manners Count

    • Please and thank you

    Getting Ready for Bed

    Help Out

    • Brush your teeth
    • Put dirty clothes away

    Own Your Behavior

    • Get to bed on time

    Manners Count

    • End the day with nice words and thoughts

    Use Common language

    Our school’s mantra this year is: “What is the expectation at this location?” We are asking students to practice more self-monitoring. Expectations are different in different places and students need to be aware of what’s appropriate in their behavior (how they act, what they say, how they dress, etc.) As our students are in the transition phase at GMS (moving from child to young adulthood), we are helping our students grow by not telling them the answer but asking them to communicate it on their own. Asking them to tell you what is expected puts the responsibility on them to make the right choice. 

    Be Involved

    Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to become involved in discussions and activities to promote your child’s education. Join us! Also, reach out to your child’s teachers, sign up for the Connect Ed calls and Remind 101. Show your child you’re interested in what he or she does at school. If you need further ideas, please contact any PBIS Committee member. 

    PBIS is about finding the good in things and recognizing them. Three of the most important things you can do to help promote our program are:

    Take an interest in what your child is doing. Acknowledge the positives!
    Be consistent with your expectations!
    Lead by example!