Tell them that if everyone is talking at full volume, the canteen employees might be forced to make it a “leisurely lunch,” which is really no fun for anyone. If everyone does their part by taking advantage of the time to chat with friends without adding to the chaos by screaming or shouting, the world will be a much happier place. Okay, the dining room will be a much happier place, but still. It is basically the same thing. Students are not allowed to use laptops in the canteen. The school cafeteria is a fascinating place. For some, it`s the best time of the school day. For others, it`s a migraine waiting to happen. Here, your child can work on social situations and learn how to make healthy food choices.
This was a topic of discussion in many parent meetings. But why? If you haven`t been to the cafeteria in a while, I recommend checking to see if your child`s school allows visits from parents at lunchtime. Then go out to eat with your child! They get a glimpse of their day and can more easily tighten the rules at home. Think about it: why do we care about “proper etiquette” in the first place? It`s not because following the rules makes us look better in public. (But hey, that`s a nice perk too!) We care about etiquette because they are our guidelines for showing basic kindness to others – respecting them as individuals and honoring them for who they are. This one is great because it works everywhere: at home, when you eat with your family in a restaurant, and yes, in the school canteen. Teach your child to clean up their garbage and wipe away any mess they may (probably) have caused. (My children practically turn into a crumb monster at the table. What is it!?) What should you strengthen at home? Cafeteria rules often include volume restrictions, because, let`s face it: canteens can be very noisy places! Hundreds of happy and energetic children are suddenly multiplied by 1000 db.
(God bless the cafeteria monitors. Amen.) This is one of the few times kids can socialize during the school day, but you should remind your child to be reserved. And it should be noted that in many schools, teachers take turns performing the tasks of supervision of the cafeteria. Remind your child that these teachers sacrifice their typical lunch break to help with meals. So students can at least afford to treat them with a little respect! (Don`t let me go out and sing the R-E-S-P-E-C-T Aretha style. I`m not afraid of it.) Breakfast can be purchased in the cafeteria between 07:00 and 07:25. Lunch time is on each student`s schedule. The food court is designed for the enjoyment of all students. Lunch is considered a school assignment and attendance is mandatory.
Students must arrive at the dining room IMMEDIATELY and are not allowed to leave the cafeteria during the lunch break without permission from a principal or teacher. Hopefully, your child`s school clarifies the expectations of the school canteen. Tell your child to look for the rules on the walls of the cafeteria so they know what to expect in the cafeteria. Guidelines can also be established by teachers or cafeteria supervisors at the beginning of the year. You can say a lot about your child`s character, how he treats the cafeteria staff. The “midday woman” may have a reputation that precedes her, but that doesn`t mean your child should treat her unkindly. A simple request or a thank you goes a long way. Remind your child that these workers are not his servants and that he must respect all adults, especially those who wear a hair net. At all times during the school day, food and beverages must be consumed in the cafeteria, not in hallways, classrooms or lockers. Glass bottles are dangerous and should not be transported to school.
Food brought to school must be kept in lockers until designated lunch time. During the lunch break, students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and are expected to be civic-minded when using the cafeteria. Students who cannot demonstrate appropriate behavior and decency will be assigned special places or areas where they can eat. Serious misconduct will result in special arrangements for lunch. Absolutely no food or other objects can be thrown in the cafeteria. I still remember the ladies in my primary school canteen. They were firm but friendly, understood their work beyond preheating the ovens, and ordered enough tender chickens for the month. They always put children first.
View tax information for the current and upcoming year Includes upcoming budget approval deadlines, operating and capital budget amounts Conclusion: What is your best chance of having a polite child at school? Well, you could become their shadow or you could do something much easier: start at home. The secret with that? Well, there is no secret. But you should practice, practice, practice with your child. I still have to remind my 6-year-old to do his dishes often, but I do it with the hope that he will remember to do it more and more as he grows up – and yes, he does it in school too. Read more about COVID AND POST-COVID GOVERNMENT-FUNDED SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION On February 7, 2018, the Education Council approved the new AACPS Strategic Plan, which sets the direction for the school system to 2023. What`s the turn of kindness here? Well, tidying up after yourself shows respect and kindness to the school staff, who would otherwise have to clean up the extra mess. Some schools even share the responsibility of setting the table with children, which I think is a brilliant step in teaching children to live with awareness of others and the worlds around them. (I mean, in some Japanese schools, students are responsible for cleaning everything up at school. It seems like a real preparation to me!) READ MORE: 9 Back-to-School Quotes You Can Share With Your Friends Today Two-Hour Early Release – No ICE in the Afternoon, PreK – Project Unity So this back-to-school season, when you`re getting school supplies and coming up with lunch box ideas, don`t forget to talk a little bit with your child about how they should behave in class. Your attitude can really make all the difference! Well, I`m not talking about your child taking a tablecloth and a candelabra and a full table decoration to school. There is no tilt or bending. Promise.
That`s right. Modeling and teaching table manners at home actually works! Here`s what you should do: Learn more about the Joint Opportunity Gap Initiative, a partnership between AACPS and the Anne Arundel County Government. Well, every parent wants to have polite kids. (That said, I have yet to meet the parent who says: This kindness is good and all, but it is not for us.) But when they come out from under your watchful eye, it`s easy to wonder. Do they know how to act? How can you be responsible and treat others with respect? All schools are open and operating on a normal schedule. Notices of delay will be published as they become available. I know we talk a lot about kindness here. But it`s super important, so it`s often worth mentioning, both on our blog and at home.
In fact, the heart of our Polite Kids 101 program is to show kindness to others. It all comes down to that, because kindness is really what good manners are! As a child, I think having lunch with a parent would be a bit weird and could be laughed at you, I`m sorry you feel that way! In some schools, it is quite common – and even an honor to be invited to lunch with your parents at the “table d`hôtes”. I guess it depends on the school and the environment. to each his own! 😉.
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