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Dear Parents,

The first quarter of the year has flown by and the children continue to amaze me. We are ahead of where were last year at this time and understandings and competencies seem very strong. Fourth Graders are adapting well to the new expectations and, from what I have heard are loving the challenge. Fifth Graders are becoming so independent, improving their ability to problem solve and remain engaged in learning goals.

I would like to once again encourage you to keep in touch with me if anything arises. I check my email when I arrive at school and at about 5:00 and 7:00 most evenings and will respond as soon a possible.

I find that, most often, concerns are about homework, and the guidelines remain the same:

I never want children to stress about homework. If there is any confusion or frustration, stop the work and just sign the paper. I can usually clear the confusion in just a few minutes in the classroom.

I often give the children a time limit for homework, 10, 15 or 20 minutes. This will be stated on the homework page. I believe that 20 minutes on math should be the maximum for fourth and fifth graders. If your child is showing effort and still has not completed the assignment after 20 minutes, consider the assignment complete.

IXL practice on a specific topic gets harder as the student progresses through the set. I do not expect that the entire set will be completed, just that the assigned time has been met or exceeded.

I do not grade homework but do mark it for completion or submission.

Here's to a great second quarter

Barbara DuPont