This page will answer questions commonly asked by students and parents.
- My child said he/she does not have homework. Is this true?
- My child said that he/she cannot bring home textbooks. Is this true?
- My child said he/she cannot leave anything in the desk. Is this true?
- Does my child need to have all of his/her materials at school daily?
- Does homework have to be signed by a parent?
- Is homework due back to school the next day?
- Do I really need to check the reminders on the website daily?
- Is there a penalty for late assignments?
- My child left a worksheet at school that he/she has to complete for homework tonight. Can the teacher fax that worksheet to me?
- Can I write a note if my child's assignment will be late or can I call or email the teacher if there is a problem?
- My child usually rides the bus home but I plan to pick him/her up this afternoon, do I need to notify the office and/or teacher?
My child said he/she does not have homework. Is this true?
No. Your child has homework every day. On Fridays the homework will usually be a book report but it may be Science, Math or Social Studies. Please check the website or your child's yellow assignment sheets that will be sent home every single Monday. There will be 2 assignment sheets; 1 for Reading/Language Arts & 1 for Math/Science/Social Studies. On the one for Math/Science/Social Studies your child will be writing down most of his/her assignments. The assignment will be on the board & your child will be copying it onto his/her sheet. The Reading/Language Arts sheet will list all homework assignments from Monday to Friday. Homework is to be completed daily & handed in the next day. Homework should not be completed ahead of time because the lesson will not have been taught yet. Homework provides consistent reinforcement & practice for concepts/skills taught & learned that day. In addition, students are also required to spend time reading & studying daily.
My child said that he/she cannot bring home textbooks. Is this true?
Your child can bring home any textbooks at any time. The only books, he/she cannot bring home are the Reading Mastery 3 Storybook & Workbook. The Reading Mastery 3 books are part of Disney's Direct Instruction program that supplements Harcourt- they are not the Harcourt Storytown books that students can take home. Students are also allowed to bring home notebooks so they can review/study notes taken in class or so they can use these notes to assist them in doing their homework.
My child said he/she cannot leave anything in the desk. Is this true?
No. Students may leave books, supplies, etc., any materials in the desks. Students should not leave valuables or food in their desks; valuables should not be brought to school because if they are lost, damaged or stolen, the school is not responsible for their replacement.
Does my child need to have all of his/her materials at school daily?
Yes, your child should have all of his/her materials daily. Textbooks, notebooks, supplies, etc. should not be left at home or your child will not be able to use them. All of the supplies that are listed on the supply list should be brought to school. They may be taken home at any time but NOT left at home. Students must be prepared daily with books, notebooks, correct folders, looseleaf paper, sharpened pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers, hole puncher, scissors, highlighters, covered pencil sharpener, etc.
Does homework have to be signed by a parent?
Yes, we expect for parents/guardians to check over all homework assignments and sign each page daily to indicate that they have seen the assignment.
Is homework due back to school the next day?
Yes, homework is assigned each night & it is due the very next day unless otherwise indicated on the yellow assignment sheets/website.
Do I really need to check the reminders on the website daily?
YES! Please check the reminders on the website each evening when you get home because there will be current updates about assignments, activities and important notes to parents.
Is there a penalty for late assignments?
Yes, 5 points are deducted for late assignments.
My child left a worksheet at school that he/she has to complete for homework tonight. Can the teacher fax that worksheet to me?
No, the teachers do not have a personal fax machine to fax worksheets to parents. Most Reading/Language Arts worksheets can be obtained through Think Central which is a website that provides access to our Harcourt Reading series to parents/students. There is information about Think Central & how to log in on our classroom website. Students will be receiving login information for Think Central and will be taught how to use the website once the logins become available for the 2012-2013 school year. There isn't a website for our Math, Science or Social Studies worksheets/texts. Students must be responsible for their homework and make sure they keep up with their assignments and any notes they receive in school & are required to bring home.
Can I write a note if my child's assignment will be late or can I call or email the teacher if there is a problem?
YES! You can write a note to the teacher any time and you can email or call the teacher any time with any questions or concerns. If your child's assignment will be late and you send a note with your child or email the teacher, that assignment will not be marked late by the teacher & points will not be deducted.
My child usually rides the bus home but I plan to pick him/her up this afternoon, do I need to notify the office and/or teacher?
YES! If your child normally rides the bus and you plan to pick your child up instead, you must send a note to school with your child that morning notifying the teacher or drop a note off in the office to inform them of your change. This is extremely important, because without a note, teachers are required to put that child on the bus. Students cannot just come to school & tell the teacher that someone is picking them up when they normally ride a bus. There must be written authorization from the parent.