Why I assign homework:
I believe that homework is an important part of your child’s education. I assign homework because it reinforces what is being taught in class and prepares students for new lessons. Homework assignments will help your child develop good study habits and teach him/her responsibility. I assign homework because I believe that it is a valuable aid in helping students make the most of their experience at school.
When homework will be assigned:
Homework will be given most nights, including a few Fridays. Your child has been given a homework folder and agenda. He/She will record all assignments on the agenda and will place everything inside the folder. Assignments should take no longer than one hour to complete. Spelling tests will be given each Friday.
Student’s homework responsibilities:
I expect students to put forth their best effort on all homework assignments. I expect it to be neat, legible and completed in pencil. I expect students to do the work on their own and to ask for help only after they have given their best effort to complete it independently. I expect all assignments to be handed in on time. I expect assignments missed due to absences to be completed as soon as possible.
Teacher’s homework responsibilities:
I will provide time in class for students to write the assignments down in their agenda. I will correct and keep record of all homework assignments. I will return homework assignments, provide positive feedback and offer incentives for students who complete the homework on time. Completion of homework assignments is part of your child’s grade.
Parent’s homework responsibilities:
Parents/Guardians play an important role in making homework a positive and beneficial experience for the child. Therefore, I ask that you make homework a top priority in your daily routines and check your child’s agenda and homework folder daily. Please set aside a time each night to focus on homework in a quiet environment and to be available to assist your child if they ask for help. I expect parents/guardians to support, motivate and praise their child for his/her efforts. I would greatly appreciate any feedback about areas where your child is struggling with homework and ask that you notify me if there are any problems, questions or concerns with the homework assignments.
If students do not complete homework:
If students choose not to complete the homework assignments, they will need to make up the assignments during the first ten minutes of recess that day. If the assignment is not fully completed during that time, it will be sent home again for homework that night. If your child fails to complete three assignments they will be given an incident report. If there is a legitimate reason why your child cannot complete the assigned homework, please send a note home with your child on the date the assignment is due stating the reason why it was not completed.
Please read and discuss the homework policy with your child. Please ask your child to show you his/her homework folder and agenda and then sign the bottom portion of this letter and return it to school. Please do not hesitate to call me, email me, or send a note to school with your child if you have any questions. I am looking forward to a fantastic and rewarding year!
Phase II: 3rd and 4th Grade
In order to provide a safe and productive classroom environment, we will be using a color coded system to monitor student behavior. Each day all students start on the color green. The first time a student breaks a classroom rule the student is asked to move his/her name card to yellow (level 1) and 5 minutes of recess will be owed. On the second occurrence, the student will be asked to move his/her name card to orange (level 2) and 10 minutes of recess will be owed. On the third occurrence, the name card will be moved to red (level 3), and an incident report will be filed.
Beginning Level: Green
All students begin the day on this color
Level 1: Yellow
Students owe 5 minutes of recess
Level 2: Orange
Students owe 10 minutes of recess
Level 3 : Red
In addition to the classroom discipline plan, we will implement the SVRCS Student Behavioral Standards. If any child displays inappropriate or intolerable behavior he/she will be written up in the form of an incident report and further discipline will be implemented as deemed appropriate for their actions. Please take a few minutes to review the basic classroom rules and SVRCS behavioral standards with your child to reinforce what is being implemented in the classroom.
Our Classroom Rules
1. Show respect to everyone
2. Keep hands, feet, and all objects to yourself
3. Stay in your seat, raise your hand, and wait to be called on
4. Follow directions the first time they are given
5. Use and store materials correctly
6. Use a low level voice in the classroom
7. Use appropriate language
8. Always try your best!
SVRCS STUDENTBEHAVIORAL STANDARDS
We listen when the teacher or our peers are speaking
We raise our hands to speak
We never argue with our teacher
We remain in our seats during class
We speak and act with respect to our staff, peers, and teachers
We come prepared to work in class
We keep our feet on the floor and our chairs upright
As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your teacher. Together we can assure your child has a rewarding and successful year!