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Homework

  • Homework is a necessary and important extension of the school day. It allows each child to develop a sense of responsibility for his/her work outside of school, to begin to organize their time and to reinforce and apply skills taught in school. For parents/guardians, it provides them with the opportunity to become acquainted with the school’s curriculum, become familiar with their child’s learning style, and to assist their child in developing independent study skills and work habits.
  • To help students organize their materials, all students are given Take Home Folders/expanders to carry homework and notices to and from school. Please check this folder every night.
  • Fifth, fourth and several third grade teachers utilize the agenda book where students record their daily homework. The agenda book is also an excellent communication tool between school and home.
  • Homework assignments are at the discretion of the individual teacher. The following homework times are suggested for each grade level:

Grade K:
Occasionally
Grade 1:
0-25 minutes each night
Grade 2:
20-35 minutes each night
Grade 3:
25-40 minutes each night
Grade 4:
30-45 minutes each night
Grade 5:
35-60 minutes each night
  • Homework is usually assigned Monday through Thursday nights. However, some long-term assignments or projects, such as book reports, science or social studies projects may extend over the weekends or holidays. It is helpful to divide the time spent on those long-term assignments into equal amounts each day. If students wait until the last minute, they may have to spend more than the time allotted per night. In addition to daily homework assignments, unfinished class work may be sent home for completion which could extend the allotted homework time.
  • It is extremely important that homework be completed on a daily basis. Failure to do so may result in loss of recess, notification to parents and grades could be negatively impacted.
  • If your child is absent and you wish homework to be sent home, please contact the school office by 10:00 A.M. of the day that you will be coming in to pick up the homework.
  • No formal homework will be given in Kindergarten. However, children may be expected to bring in items to be used in their class for a project or for sharing time. Kindergarten teachers may also request that parents review and/or reinforce some concepts taught in class at home. Parents/guardians of Kindergarten students can lay the foundation for home study in the later years by setting aside time for reading to their child each night, or having their child read to them, and by reviewing any work sent home with your child from school.
In order to assist your child in completing his/her homework, the following reminders for parents/guardians are listed below:
  • Provide a quiet place, free from distractions, such as television and other family activities, if at all possible.
  • Do not “do” homework for your child but provide encouragement and assistance when needed.
  • Check each assignment to see that it is complete and done to the best of your child’s ability.
  • If your child is having problems completing homework, do not put undue pressure on him/her, but contact your child’s teacher to discuss your concerns.
  • On those nights that a homework assignment has not been given, some suggested activities include: READING, studying spelling words, reviewing basic math facts, reviewing work sent home previously from school, writing in a journal and/or researching a hobby or special interest.