Dogwood Agreements

We are working toward becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, which prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. 

Our teachers and students see themselves as a community of learners. As our students are encouraged to develop behaviors of successful learners, they strive to be caring, principled, communicators. 

Here are some specific behaviors that our students practice:

  Caring Principled Communicators

They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


Transition Areas

  • Use a whisper voice 
  • Look at displays with your eyes, hands to yourself.
  • Be a role model for other students
  • Walk safely, on the right
  • Stay with your class or buddy
  • Take a direct route for a timely arrival
  • Wait patiently to enter a space
  • Use the Dogwood Wave to acknowledge others
  • Choose calm and friendly words

Learning Environments

  • Be safe with your body
  • Include and help others 
  • Take care of our supplies and  learning environment
  • Stay in your learning space
  • Be an active, productive, and collaborative learner
  • Be honest
  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Follow directions 
  • Commit to growth 
  • Be mindful of your words, body, and actions
  • Use appropriate volume
  • Be an active listener 

Recess Areas

  • Play safely
  • Include others
  • Leave nature as you found it
  • Wait patiently and take turns
  • Honor personal space
  • Stay in designated areas at all times
  • Use good sportsmanship
  • Use equipment and space as taught
  • Clean up trash, return equipment, and retrieve personal belongings
  • Line up quickly when signal is given
  • Use cooperative and kind language
  • Recognize and report  dangerous and harmful behavior/situations


  • Respect others’ privacy
  • Keep our restroom clean
  • Use only the bathroom supplies you need 
  • Flush toilet and wash hands
  • Return to class with buddy promptly 
  • Use a whisper voice 
  • Sign in/out bathroom log
  • Communicate concerns to an adult


  • Keep hands, feet, and materials to self
  • Remain seated for the entire ride
  • Be a role model for other students
  • Listen to and follow patrol and adult directions
  • Electronic devices remain off and away 
  • Keep the bus clean- take off what you brought
  • Speak in a calm voice to those around you
  • Be mindful of your words and actions

Dogwood Cafe

  • Maintain personal space
  • Enjoy your own lunch and allow others to enjoy their lunch
  • Get all items before sitting down
  • Work together to cleanup eating spaces
  • Sit safely in your chair with knees under the table
  • Remain seated until class dismissal 
  • Speak in a calm voice to those around you. 
  • Be mindful of your words and actions


  • Use kind words to interact with each other
  • Protect the information and images of yourself and others
  • Use only teacher approved resources
  • Maintain integrity 
  • Protect and care for equipment
  • Leave personal devices off and in backpacks
  • Maintain FCPS provided settings of hardware and software
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Recognize and report harmful situations