One topic that is always at the forefront of families’ minds is homework. There is much controversy about the value of homework. Research provides strong evidence that, when used appropriately, homework benefits student achievement. (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001). In our Lower School, teachers assign homework to meet students’ needs. It is often differentiated, and it’s intended for students to work on needed skills or practice concepts learned in class.
Homework is a type of formative assessment. Families should know that if an assignment is too difficult, they should not spend an excessive amount of time beyond what is expected on the task. Instead, please notify the teacher of the situation. Please do not do the work for your child or correct errors. Seeing the student’s errors or knowing they struggled allows the teacher to adjust their instruction. Make sure you are aware of the teacher’s specific homework requirements and policy regarding late or missing assignments.
Students work at different paces and may take more or less time than suggested. If your students take more time than suggested on assignments, you are encouraged to communicate with the classroom teacher.
Please remember not to leave your car unattended when dropping your child(ren) off in the morning. If you would like to walk them to class, park in one of the parking spots north or east of the office.
Mark your calendars and plan on attending the Effective Financial Planning Night, presented by Dennis Stewart of Educational Funding Solutions on Thursday, October 24th at 5:30 pm in the MPR. This informative meeting will show you how you can develop a plan to meet your children’s college education and your retirement needs.
Wednesday, September 18th: Wine Down Wednesday at Acqua California Bistro from 5pm-7pm
Friday, September 20th: Spirit Shirt Day
Monday, September 23rd: New Families’ Coffee with Mrs. Rice- 8:15 in the MPR
Tuesday, September 24th: Third, Fourth, Fifth Grade field trip to the McCallum Theater
Friday, September 27th: All-School Buddy Assembly- 8:20 am in the Gym
Friday, October 4th: Free Dress Day- please be mindful of the Free Dress Day guidelines
Wednesday, October 9th: Student-Led Conferences (no school this day, mini-camp is available)
Monday, October 14th: Professional Development Day (no school, but mini-camp is available )
Thursday, October 24th: Financial Planning Evening, 5:30 MPR
Head of Lower School