"BE A BUCKET FILLER!"
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
The character education theme for this school year at Versailles Elementary is ‚ÄúBe A Bucket Filler‚ÄĚ. ¬†The theme comes from the book, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?‚ÄĚ by Carol McCloud. ¬†This story, along with others from the series, will be used with students in grades K-4 throughout the year. ¬†Each book explains to children that we all have an invisible bucket that we carry around with us. ¬†This bucket contains the feelings we have towards others and ourselves. ¬†When our buckets are full, we are happy. ¬†When our buckets are empty, we are sad. ¬†We can do things to keep our bucket and other‚Äôs buckets full. ¬†We can also do
things that dip into our buckets and others. ¬†
What are bucket fillers? ¬†Bucket fillers are those who help without being asked, give hugs, compliments, and generally spread kindness and good feelings to others. ¬†The simple metaphor of a bucket helps students understand the importance of consideration and caring.
What are bucket dippers? ¬†Bucket dippers rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. ¬†When talking to your child about things they have done, we encourage you to use the language of ‚ÄúWere you being a bucket dipper or bucket filler?‚ÄĚ ¬†If they have made a poor choice ask them what they could do to fix their mistake and be a ‚Äúbucket filler‚ÄĚ the next time. ¬†
Students will recite the ‚ÄúBucket Fillers‚ÄĚ pledge during the daily announcements:
Pledge: ¬†I promise to do my best every day to be a bucket filler, not to dip, and to use my lid for myself and others at home, at school, and everywhere I go.
Bucket Filler Rules:
- Be a bucket filler.
- Don‚Äôt dip.
- Use your lid.
- When you fill someone else‚Äôs bucket, you fill your own.
- When you dip into someone else‚Äôs bucket, you dip into your own.
- When someone dips into your bucket, your lid controls how much is taken out.
You will see signs of our character program throughout our building. ¬†The teachers have created hallway displays. ¬†In addition to the pledge, each week on the announcements students will hear a new idea they can try to fill their own and others bucket. ¬†Some examples include: ¬†be the first to say hello, smile at people you pass in the hall, say please/thank you, give a sincere compliment, encourage someone, understand how someone else feels‚Ä¶to name a few. ¬†Miss Tipton will also be teaching the students a song to go along with being a Bucket Filler. ¬†
It our hope that through the proactive measures of our character education program that we have less discipline issues and bully type behavior in our building. ¬†On the back of this sheet is our rubric for addressing bully type behaviors. ¬†It would be a good idea to review this with your child. ¬†Bullying is defined as repeated, unwanted, harmful acts on another and an imbalance of power. ¬†If you have any concerns with your child‚Äôs safety or well-being at school, please call me immediately. ¬†
Yours in education,
Brenda Braun, Principal