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Old 10-18-2005, 04:35 AM
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Have any of you had problems with things being stolen at your children's school? My children are in 2nd and 3rd grade and both of them tell me that things are stolen in their classes fairly frequently. The stolen items are usually new school supplies or rewards received from teachers (tokens or tickets). My son's class was actually banned from spending their "dollars" for a while because they had such a problem with them being stolen. I want to go speak to the principal about the problem because it seems that not much is happening to deter the behavior but I'd like to have some solutions in mind before I go. So far, all I can think of are ways to make it harder for rewards to be stolen (writing names on the "dollars" as they are handed out, using a chart system instead of actual tokens/tickets/dollars) but I'm at a loss beyond that. Any ideas? anyone??
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:58 AM
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I dont have a solution but I wanted to let you know that you are not alone.

My son came home yesterday and told me that he needed more pencils and pencil top erasers. Now I knew that we had given him 6 pencils and 10 pencil erasers to start the year and that no matter what, he should still have enough supplies. When I asked him what happened to them, he told me that kids would go into his desk, into his pencil box and take things without even asking him. He said that he told his teacher and she said for him to deal with it. ( I know that at times his room is very chaotic so Im thinking that this must have been one of those times for her to say that to him. Believe me, I will find out when I volunteer in his room next month).

I told my son to start sticking up for himself and to not let the other kids have his supplies. We'll see how today goes.

We started off the year with a list of supplies that they were supposed to have. 1/3 of the class didnt show up with anything. I bought extra supplies for the class too so I dont appreciate this kind of behavior.



I think they should write the name on the awarded money too. My son's class receives homework passes with their names on them. They also have a star chart on the wall in their class. ( He is in second grade too). The teacher keeps their rewards in a plastic tub with a lid on it so I dont think they will steal from it.

Im planning on talking to his teacher about this problem. I would suggest that you start there too and if she/he doesnt have a solution to try to stop this behavior, go to the principal.
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Old 10-18-2005, 06:11 AM
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wow--I didn't know if this happened elsewhere or was a product of the area we live in. I will probably bring it up during parent teacher conferences with the teacher but since it seems to be happening all over the school, I was thinking it might be more of an issue for the principal. I thought, if we can come up with a system for the teachers to hand out their rewards that will be a little less prone to stealing, the PTA could maybe provide the materials (charts or a file to file the dollars for each class or markers to mark on the dollars or whatEVER) and try to do as much of the work involved as possible (cause I don't want to create more work for the teachers!), then maybe there is something that could be done school wide (but I don't know WHAT) to some how curb the problem--I don't know, a program similar to what is being done with bullying: they have assemblies and a person visits each classroom with a lesson on ?? "whatever it is they think kids need to understand to not be bullies or to stand up for themselves if they are being picked on!"

This is where I'm so blank--what can be done? I mean, I've wondered about having a police officer come and visit with the kids talking about how important it is to get in the habit of making good choices now so they don't end up running into him later in life?????
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I work in a public school & many kids in tall the grades leave there stuff laying around. You would not believe what the night crew throws away after sweeping the floor. that said we also teach character devolpment & take a trait a month to work on. It helps when that character devolpment is also done at home. Parents are the childs first teachers & we should try to work together. cau
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It's a pain in the butt when you buy the equipment and more often than not they reason bits are stolen is that their parents either can't or won't buy their kids the right things.
I name everything, big letters and wound with lots of sticky tape.
High school seems to be better or the kids are old enough to hold onto their own things, I'm so glad my youngest is almost finished with school!

I think the teach needs to be made aware
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