Mrs. Fregoso's Newsletter
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January 16, 2018
The new year is in full swing, and all of our classes have a lot of academic content to cover. This often includes homework assignments. I sometimes hear that homework completion can cause some stress within the home. We don’t want to create tension in the home because of homework. It is our goal for our students to feel proud of what they did in the classroom and to practice what they learned at home. Homework can benefit our students in many ways. It can help children develop good study habits and organizational skills; develop self-discipline and independence; develop a sense of responsibility; practice and reinforce skills and concepts learned in the classroom; and provide a communication link between home and school. For the first part of the school year, we completed learning about the habits of successful people that include: 1) Be Proactive, 2) Begin With the End in Mind and 3) Put First Things First.
Homework assignments typically should not require a large amount of parental involvement for completion. It is most important that parents create a learning environment in the home that allows children to complete their homework. We encourage parents to:
- Establish a physical space for your child to complete their homework in an area where you can monitor them and they are free from distractions (cell phones, t.v., etc.), such as the kitchen table;
- Set an alarm clock and have the whole family observe quiet time during homework time;
- Provide general oversight of the homework process, ensuring that your child is completing their assignments; however, it is important for your child to be doing his/her own work;
- Let your child struggle with their homework. Our students have learned this year that struggling is an important part of learning and helps to grow their brains. However, if your child has given his/her best effort, make sure you communicate with the teacher that they struggled with a note written on the homework page or an email to the teacher. This allows the teacher to see where your child needs additional support.
While we want all students to develop good study skills and practice their learning at home, it is very important that our students should not be sitting at home doing homework for an extremely extended period of time. Students in grades K-2 should not be doing homework more than 30 minutes a day, and our students in grades 4-6 should not be doing homework for more than 60 minutes a day. If there is a problem with homework completion on a consistent basis, please work with your child’s teacher to come up with a plan to support your child. Our students are off to a great start this year. Thank you for supporting the home/school connection.
PrincipalDonations Needed by 1/25/19
for Kindness WeekWe need river rocks approximately the size of your palm and acrylic paints, any color.We will be painting random rocks of kindness.Great Kindness Challenge is the week of 1/28/19.
Coffee + Conversations
at Solana Pacific
Thursday, January 31
The Effects of Screen Time and Strategies to Manage It
With winter break behind us, kids may have received new devices as hoiday gifts. Will this mean more screen time? Join us on Thursday, January 31st to discuss the effects of screen time and strategies that focus on balance. This is open to all SBSD parents and we will meet in the Solana Pacific theater.
Blanket & Jacket Drive
CDC is collecting gently used or new
blankets and jackets.
Jan. 14 thru Mar. 1, 2019
For the month of January, we will be focusing on Habit #3, Put First Things First. Put First Things First means to decide what is most important and to take care of that first. Thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow or by the end of the week can be overwhelming, especially for children. Learning to think of which things are the most important and taking care of them first allows children (and adults) to be less stressed. Your child uses a planner at school, which is a great organizational tool to Put First Things First in writing. By writing down his or her responsibilities and planning ahead, last-minute trips to the store, missed events, or missed homework are avoided. If your child does not use a planner, having a weekly log would also be helpful. This could simply be a piece of paper that is used each week. Modeling this behavior is one of the best ways to teach children.
GLOBAL EDUCATION PARENT NIGHTThurs, Jan. 31, 2019@ 6:30 PMSkyline Theatersee flyer for more information
See attached flyers for more information
Martin Luther King holiday
Globel Education Parent Information Night
SBSF 5th grade Movie Night information