August 22 and 29
|Grades K-1: August 29
Back to School
Dear Parents and Students,
pens to notebooks, from hats to shoes, it's the time of
year when parents are beginning to gear up for the first day of school
by purchasing new clothes and school supplies for their kids. If you have
kids in school, you're undoubtedly already gearing up for registration
and starting to jot down items your child may need. This is an exciting time of year for parents, students and teachers
Here are general lists of supplies needed for elementary students and middle school students. If a teacher requires additional supplies, that information will be passed along at registration and to parents as needed.
Setting up a homework station
Does your student have a space available for the sole purpose of completing
nightly homework? If not, you may want to establish good homework habits
setting up a homework "station" -- a quiet, comfortable, well-lit place
where your child can go to focus on the tasks at hand. This location
enough light and plenty of desktop or tabletop space.
And, if the homework space lends itself to decoration, let your child
fix it up with artwork or
posters. Also, keep school supplies on hand in this
area -- items such as pencils, pens, erasers, paper, an assignment book
or calendar and a dictionary.
Once your student sits down to work, he or she shouldn't
have to hunt for basic supplies.
Establishing a study schedule
Statistics show that students who spend more time on homework get better
grades and score higher on tests than kids who don't put in enough study
time. Set up
a study schedule and try to study at the same time
each day -- at a time when your child is most alert. A nightly routine
will encourage responsibility and
study habits. It also reinforces your commitment to
your child's education especially if you involve your child in setting
up the routine. Teachers often
assign "homework" for younger students just to establish a routine and
a sense of responsibility. If there is no assigned homework, encourage
your child to
read or look at a book. And, when its time for your
child to work, turn off the television and stereo and enforce quiet time
in the homework area. Also remove
distractions and discourage telephone calls during
Your interest in your student's education is critical to his or her
success in school. At the beginning of the school year, ask about the
policy. What kinds of assignments will be given?
And, after your child has completed an assignment -- look it over, show
an interest and ask questions.
Make it easier for your kids to avoid last-minute
cramming by helping them determine how long an assignment will take
and what resources will be needed.
And finally, praise your child for effort. This can
go a long way toward motivating a student to complete assignments.
Enjoy your child's enthusiasm for the "back-to-school" season! We look
forward to seeing all of our students on the first day
Carol Comeau, Superintendent
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