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How Full is Your Bucket? Be A Bucket Filler!

Bucket Filling

Bucket Fillers




Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our Pre-K is implementing the idea from the book, "How Full is Your Bucket?" by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, in the classroom to encourage positive choices.

The purpose of “Bucket Filling” is to improve social & emotional learning. It is based on a simple concept where we each have an invisible bucket with the singular purpose of holding good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. When we are happy and good to others, our buckets become full. When we are sad or unkind to others, our buckets become empty. Bucket Fillers fill both their own and others’ buckets. Conversely, if a person is unkind or hurtful, they are referred to as “Bucket Dippers”. Like Bucket Fillers, Bucket Dippers dip into both their own bucket and others’ buckets when they choose to be mean or hurtful to others.

When using this book as teaching tool, children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful as well as dip into buckets and remove those good feelings if they choose to do and say things that are hurtful. This simple yet profound concept teaches children that actions and words affect both ourselves and others.

During this school year we are encouraging, reminding, and recognizing everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at home, at school, and everywhere they go. As parents, you can help reinforce this by discussing this further with your child and using some of the terminology – being a bucket fillers and bucket dipper. There is also a website www.bucketfillers101.com that has free resources and newsletters. 


Hope you have a bucket filling day!

Mrs. Krom

Good Choices & Bad Choices


CGood Choice J

·    Raise your hand catch your words

·    Listen

·    Follow Directions

·    Share

·    Be Nice

·    Helping

·    Keeping Our Hands to Ourselves


DBad Choice L

·    Talking in the Hall

·    Hitting

·    Kicking

·    Not Listening

·    Not Sharing

·    Ignoring People

·    Using mean words

·    Fibbing















Things to Remember

  • Label everything: Backpacks, clothing, and lunches all need to have first initials and last names on them.
  • Lunch money: Place lunch money in an envelope or ziplock bag and write your child's name on the outside. Teachers will keep lunch ticket booklets to distribute during school.
  • Tardies/Absences: Late students need to get a "late slip" from the office before coming to class. Absent students need an "admit slip" the day they return to class.
  • Birthdays: To prevent hurt feelings, birthday invitations may not be distributed at school. Your child may celebrate his/her birthday at school by bringing a treat for all. Check with the teacher for appropriate times. Children with summer birthdays can celebrate half birthdays or can have a joint school party in June.
  • Parent Volunteers: For safety reasons, parent volunteers sign in at the office and wear a nametag while on campus during school hours. Any parent wishing to drive on field trips must have an insurance form on file.
  • Conferences/Progress Reports: Conferences are held in the Fall and Spring. Additional conferences can be made by special arrangement with the teacher. Progress reports are given three times per semester.