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From the Principal
We had an Intermediate Family Night in September and it was well attended by many families. I truly appreciate all of the support we get from our parents. We have these family nights to keep you informed about what is going on in the school and how you can better help your child. We will have a family night in November for our parents who have students in the primary grades (kindergarten, first and second). I cannot stress enough, the importance of you making sure your child does his/her homework. We have had a large number of students staying in for recess because he/she did not do their homework. I am not sure what is going on but this year it seems like there is a lack of motivation in our students. I can assure you that we do not assign busy work for homework. Everything they do is practice of what they did in class so they should be able to complete the homework assignment. We do not like to keep students from recess because we believe they need the exercise and the fresh air. However, we cannot allow them to not turn in homework. Again, it is practice of what they did in class and they do receive a grade for it as well. Please check with you child to assure that they are doing their homework. Homework should not take more than an hour to do and this includes the 20 minutes of required AR reading. If you are having difficulty at home with your child not doing their homework, please call me and we can work together.
The first quarter of school will end on October 9th. I am concerned that some students will not be getting the kind of grades they are capable of getting due to a lack of homework and motivation. Please have these conversations with your child so that he/she knows how much you value education.
You will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress during parent-teacher conferences which will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 23rd. We hold these conferences in the evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accommodate parent’s working schedules. It is my hope that you will plan to attend. You will be receiving a notice from your child’s teacher soon regarding the time set for your child.
We are honored that you trust us with your child's education because an education is what is going to help your child succeed throughout his/her life. We do not take that lightly and we are doing everything we can to give your child the quality education he/she deserves. There is a quote that says, "Teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible." When you think about that statement, it is true. However, I also believe that learning starts at home. We, as parents, are our children's first teachers. With that being said, I just want to thank you in advance for your support this coming year. We cannot give a child everything he/she needs in the short time we have them. We need you to reinforce what they are doing here by insuring that your child is doing his/her homework. We purposely don't give a lot of homework because we know that there is more to life than the academics, but we do need them to practice what they have learned in school. What we do require, however, is for all children to read 20 minutes per night. Children cannot become better readers if they do not practice. Again, the teachers and I thank you for your support.
Together, we can make a difference for our children!
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