The parents of my kindergarteners have complained to me that their children are afraid to sit in the cafeteria. One parent told me that the staff yells at them. Yesterday I strolled into the cafeteria before they were excused and was very shocked to see approximately ten students lined up with their face against the wall for a "time out." One of the workers was screaming at them to face the wall and turned around. He yelled at one little "I don't want to see your face! Turn around!" Apparently, these students were talking to much. It looked like an experience one might have at boot camp. One of the kids facing the wall was my student. He is new to school, and is having a hard time staying in his seat. He constantly wants to get up and craves adult attention. It was horrible. It took me a long time to get him comfortable in my classroom. Today he was crying and throwing a tantrum. He didn't want to go to school. I had several other children who were dreading going to lunch. Today I sat with them during lunch. Well, I can understand their frustration (but I don't really approve of their methods). The lunch room is very noisy (with 120 kindergarteners and first graders). When it was time for the kids to line up to go to recess, they tossed their trash into the dumpster (some of the missing) and rushed to the door. They were pushing, running around, playing. It was chaos. The first grade students were causing most of the chaos. We currently have two first grade teachers that are out on sick leave . . . which means that out of three first grade classes only one has a teacher. The other two have substitutes, and unfortunately they have had many different substitutes. This lack of consistency can explain a lot of their behavior. I talked to one of the staff in the cafeteria. She does not like all the yelling, but she is clearly overwhelmed by the situation. They try releasing one table at time, but the kids are out of control. Any suggestions?