Meadowlark School Newsletter
The School Newsletter is essential to inform parents of school and community events and activities and to provide another format for parent feedback. A newsletter will be issued each month which can be accessed through SchoolZone (parents can request a printed copy). It will include items of interest from the school as well as from the community.
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Supporting Your Child’s Learning
Here are some of the ways parents can support their child’s learning.
- Make sure your child gets the most out of the school day by helping him/her to arrive at school on time, healthy, and well rested.
- Encourage your child to take part in school activities and education and to take pride in the school community including its building and grounds.
- Be supportive of your school. Communicate with your child’s teacher and principal by visiting the school, phoning, or sending notes. If you have a concern, ask for a meeting.
- Encourage your child by talking about and showing your interest and appreciation for his/her efforts at school and at home.
- Attend school events such as orientation nights, parent-teacher meetings, and concerts.
- Help in the classroom, on field trips, or on committees when volunteers are requested. Also, you may wish to participate in your School Council.
- Read your school newsletter.
- Read with your child regularly from a wide variety of books.
- Reinforce self-esteem by listening to and praising your child.
Attendance and Punctuality
Good attendance habits are extremely important. If, however, your child will be late or cannot be in attendance, please email the school office, or call 780-489-5200 before 8:41 a.m. and 12:27 p.m. We operate a telephone check program if a child is absent and no notification has been received. The purpose of this program is to ensure that no child has become lost or had an accident on the way to school. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we have current home and work phone numbers and the numbers of babysitters and day care centres.
Students who are late are required to report to the school office. A child is considered late if he/she arrives after attendance check at 8:45 a.m. or 12:23 p.m. You will be contacted with a concern if your child has an unusual number of late arrivals as this is disruptive to the whole school.
We recognize the value of homework in furthering students’ learning, improving academic achievement and developing good study habits. All students must work on developing good study habits.
Some of the reasons your child receives homework are:
- to give students extra practice in an area such as math facts
- to teach students to budget their time
- to help students develop self-reliance and good study habits
- to enable parents to see their child’s progress and to show interest in their child’s education
- to give experience in research techniques
- to strengthen the ties between home and school, particularly when parents can help with assignments in some way
Homework will vary but could include things like doing ten questions that reinforce a new math concept, practicing basic facts, reading an assigned selection or writing a paragraph. The amount of homework that students have varies according to many factors including the grade level of the child, the time of year, the child’s overall achievement and his/her ability to finish work during class time. The priority is always on reading at home silently, aloud, with a family member or being read to by another. Homework will be posted on SchoolZone or students will write assignments in their student agenda. If homework is not assigned, then time could be spent on review, reading or discussion with a parent about some current event issue.
Your child’s teacher will clarify specific homework expectations. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
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