Grades 5 & 6 - Lee Van Dine
Students will typically be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. These assignments will generally stem from the academic day, essentially work that may not have been fully completed or in need of additional student investment. At the end of each school day we will spend time filling out assignment books and packing carefully to make sure what is needed at home gets there. Here are a few homework reminders:
- Students are expected to take the responsibility for getting their work done well. While it is fine (wonderful, in fact) for a parent to be involved, they should never feel the need to have conflict with their child about doing homework.
- The homework book is a means of communication for parents to be able to "check-in" with their child's workload. Students should be using this tool as an effective way to communicate with their parents while staying organized and use good time management with weekly assignments.
- There may be times during the year when a student can not get their homework done. This could be due to a special family event, an illness, or another unexpected reason. There may also be an assignment that a student attempts to complete, but finds too difficult for some reason. It is always appropriate for a parent or sibling to help, but please stop if the student reaches an unhealthy level of frustration. Just put a brief note in your child's assignment book (or E-mail me) stating that they tried but need some help at school. This shows that the student took the responsibility for their work, and communicated their need for help. Communication is the key for successful ownership when difficulties arise and student self-advocacy is an important part of early middle level development.