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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 DeMello School Take Home Folders to carry homework and notices to and from school.  Please check this folder every night.
  • Students in Grades 3-5 also receive agenda books to record homework assignments.
  • For safety and security reasons, children and parents/guardians are asked not to retrieve forgotten homework or materials from classrooms after school hours.
  • Homework assignments are at the discretion of the individual teacher. The following homework times are suggested for each grade level:
 
Grade Level Time it takes to do homework
1st   0-25 minutes each night
2nd   20-35 minutes each night
3rd   25-40 minutes each night
4th   30-45 minutes each night
5th   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.
 
  • 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.