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A Monday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen!

September 24, 2012

I love this time of year, when the cool mornings arrive and the leaves on the trees begin to change into beautiful shades of red, green and yellow. October is almost here and hopefully that means we have fallen into our daily routines: waking up, getting to school, and participating in after school and evening activities. Returning to a new school year can create extra stress, especially when homework begins.

The word homework alone brings an assortment of feelings including anxiety. We hope we have created a homework policy that helps balance school work and family time. The homework we assign aims to reinforce skills and help students learn better study habits. In the early primary grades, almost all children need their parents' help to complete their work. In the middle and upper elementary grades students are encouraged to do more work independently. Fifth graders should expect up to 50 minutes of homework per night, 60 minutes for 6th grade students. What kind of homework should you be seeing? We expect all our children to be reading at night—students in the upper grades may also have literacy, math and/or social studies assignments.

You can help your child by watching the time he/she spends on homework. Be aware of daily assignments and make sure to check your child's folder/assignment book each night. Some children work faster than others and some assignments can be longer and more difficult. An occasional feeling of overload is normal, but if you have concerns about the amount of time your child is spending on his or her homework, please don't hesitate to contact us. Homework should never be painful or defeating. Encourage your children to always try their best.

 

Greetings from Gail

September 24, 2012

As I walk through the Westshire building and visit classes (Thursday is my day at WES), it is hard for me to believe that it is only September. Students have settled into routines and are hard at work. Even the 5th and 6th graders have figured out their schedules and are moving through the different classrooms effortlessly.

The beginning of the year is the best time to establish those work habits that are important for success, not just at school, but for life.

School starts at 8:00 and it is important that students be here on time. If they are late, you must sign them in at the office. Important information is shared at the beginning of the day. Morning meetings and Advisory for sixth graders help the students understand their day. When a child is late they are always playing catch up. Did you know that a child who is late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year? Therefore, we need to work together to help children be on time for school. If you need help with this, do not hesitate to contact Tammy or me.