Students will bring home a binder Monday through Thursday. This binder MUST BE BROUGHT to class EVERY DAY! The first sheet will be the directions, list of homework for the week with due dates, and News and Notes for Parents to READ!
I STRONGLY recommend that you review the week's homework with your child on MONDAYS. Then, assist your child in planning out the week around their extracurricular schedules. Possibly create a calendar that includes their practices, playdates, family events, holidays, and then insert homework due dates in order to best complete it on time. This is an incredible gift you can give your child to teach them to manage their time and be responsible!!!
IF students are unable to complete the homework on their own, they should send me an email with a specific question about it. I will get back to them either that evening or early in the morning. If I do not get back to them, they are off the hook for completing it until I meet with them in class. They need to advocate for themselves, take responsibility for their homework, and avoid any tensions with you at all times. The Parent's ONLY JOB is to check their work for accuracy AFTER it is complete. I check their work briefly for completness and timeliness. I rely on you to check for accuracy. Homework is also a mode of communicating what we are currently learning/discussing in class.
Please, please, please avoid dropping off homework binders AFTER the school day has begun. I know it is painful to watch your child "suffer" from the natural consequences of not being responsible for it on their own, but I PROMISE you, you are only hurting them by taking care of it - even if you feel it was your fault. The "consequence" may be a talk with me, a strike if this has happened more than a few times and we have put things in place to support their success, and if they continue to turn it in late, incomplete, or not at all, they will complete the homework during recess in the Media Center or at the office - but that is worst case scenario after we have worked as a team to ensure their success.
Homework is a communication tool, should only be for practicing a skill previously taught, increasing skills and confidence, and is intended to help establish and encourage life skills for time management and organization that will benefit your child for the rest of their lives!