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School News & Events

Principal Notes – 9/7/18

We had our first official assembly today. During the assembly we reviewed PBIS and our monthly virtues. During the month of September teachers and students will focus on the virtue of faith. It is our hope that during this month students will reflect on how we, as Catholics, live out our faith every day.

Our faith is about a person – Jesus. Faith is hard because it means believing in something that we have not seen. If we could see it then it would not be faith – it would be proof and knowledge. God made us to live together as a family community. Together our faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Our faith is an attitude which encourages us to involve God into our lives and helps us to maintain and develop our relationships with God and others when things are going well and when they are not. We should remember Pope Francis’ words, ” Faith is not a gift just for me. Faith is given to be joyfully shared.

Health Forms – The deadline for turning the forms in is Tuesday, September 4. If you have not turned in your forms by this date, you must contact the school office ASAP.

Green Club – The permission slip for Green Club is attached. The meetings will begin on Wednesday, September 12.

Stamp Club – Attached is the information for Stamp Club. Stamp Club will begin on Wednesday, September 12.

Homework – School and homework is in full swing! As a rule the school tries to follow the 10 minute rule. Students should be doing, on average, 10 minutes of homework per grade level. For example – if your child is in 5th grade he/she should be getting about 50 minutes of homework each night. Homework reinforces concepts taught throughout the day and helps student retain information.

Tips for helping homework time go smoothly: (adapted form Scholastic Parents)

Do It as Early as Possible: Best for Everyone

On days when there are no afternoon activities, give your child a time frame — say, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — to get down to business. This gives her some control over her schedule (some kids need a longer break after school, and others need to start right away to keep the momentum going). The only rule is that 5 o’clock is the latest time to start. If you work, that means homework duties will fall to the after-school caregiver. This way, the bulk of it can get done before your kiddo’s too pooped — and you can just review and wrap things up once you get home.

That’s right — you can make an executive decision to lighten your child’s load for a night, if:

  • She doesn’t understand the assignment.
  • The assignment is vague or touches on a topic she’s not ready for.

What you can’t skip is informing the teacher. “Have your child write a note explaining,”. If she’s too young, write it yourself (with her input) and have her sign it. If you don’t hear back from the teacher in a few days, or your child is still clueless on the next assignment, follow up with an e-mail.

Most teachers will be understanding if a student does this once in a while, says Grace, but if your child frequently fails to finish her assignments, there will probably be a consequence.

Keep the Positive Feedback Coming: Best for the K–2 Set

Little kids need instant feedback, so it’s okay for parents of young grade-schoolers to correct mistakes, says Grace. Then emphasize what your kid’s done well. After he’s finished, take his paper and say “Hmm, I’m looking for something . . .” After scanning it for a minute, say “Aha! Look how well you wrote your letters in this part!” or “This sentence is even better than the one you came up with yesterday!” If you praise specific improvements, your little learner will become more inclined to try to do a good job the first time around.

Plan, Plan, Plan: Best for 3rd- to 5th-Graders

Many teachers will break down big projects into a series of deadlines so that children learn to budget time. If your kid’s teacher doesn’t, show your child how to “scaffold” the assignment yourself. Together, divide the project into steps, then help her estimate how much time each will take. Get a weekly or monthly calendar, and then write down which steps she’ll tackle when — and for how long. To get the most out of your calendar, include everything — from basketball practice on Mondays to the reading log every night so you both can plan realistically.

Let ’Em Vent: Best for Everyone

When your routine is upended — and your kid hasn’t even started his homework — ease frustration by letting him complain. Listen, empathize (“Wow, that is a lot of work”), and state his feelings back to him (“You sound upset”). Once your child feels understood he’ll be more likely to accept your suggestions — and better able to focus on what needs to be done.

Plus: Your Way vs. The Teacher’s

Your child’s tearing up over a long-division worksheet and you remember how to get the answer. But the teacher’s instructions are different. Do you show your kid your method — so at least she’ll have the correct answer?

Hold off. Your process may confuse her even more. You can help your child by talking to her about what she remembers from class and steering her to the textbook. If she’s still lost, just have her write a note to the teacher explaining that she doesn’t understand.

*Remember that school and home is a partnership. Communication is key to that partnership.

Dates:

9/7 Preschool/Kindergarten/New Family Welcome Dinner

9/10 Band Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

9/11 Advisory Board meeting at 7:00 p.m.

9/17 Picture Day

9/19 Mid Quarter

9/22 and 9/23 Oktoberfest

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Brenna O’Hearn
Principal

God is Good….All the time.
All the time…..God is Good.