Etiquette

Verbal Expectations

  • When greeted, stop and respond to the greeter making eye contact with the speaker, e.g. “Hello, how are you?” “Fine, thank you, and you?”
  • When addressing adults, a title such as Mrs. Senaga will be used.
  • The words “yeah” or “yup” will not be used when addressing an adult. “Yes,” “I see,” or “I understand,” are respectful responses.
  • Use polite words in conversation, such as “excuse me,” “I am sorry,” and “thank you.”
  • Apologize sincerely when you have made a mistake or hurt someone’s feelings.
  • Positive feelings are promoted by avoiding put-downs, name calling, gossiping, or whispering about others.
  • Express your disagreement or anger with appropriate words and tones of voice. If you are having a problem, seek help from an adult.
  • Say “yes” when asked to help.

Action Expectations

  • Hold the door open for others.
  • Stop and listen when someone is talking to you.
  • Treat people with respect.
  • Make an effort to include others.
  • Take turns when appropriate.
  • Walk around people who are engaged in a conversation.
  • Include everyone in play.

Lunch and/or Snack Manners

  • When passing food use “please” and “thank you.”
  • Choose appropriate meal topics.
  • Eat with your mouth closed.
  • Do not talk with your mouth full.
  • Put your napkin in your lap.
  • Use a soft voice in the cafeteria.
  • Clean up thoroughly (i.e. not splashing food on the walls and floors).
  • Remember to throw away your garbage in the appropriate receptacle and to recycle whenever possible. Stay seated while eating.