Dear Colfax Families,
I hope you had a great winter break with your child/ren! Now that my children are nineteen and fifteen the holidays are different but not any less magical. They no longer wake me up to open presents. I am the one waking them up! It’s so special seeing them embracing the family traditions we have created through the years and ensuring we don’t miss any. Children grow fast! Enjoy every moment with them!
I have to make a confession, one of the times I enjoyed the least as a mother was doing homework with my children. We argued about getting it done and helping them complete it was torturous sometimes. But I learned that homework does not have to be so difficult. It’s beneficial for several reasons. It teaches them:
- Time management
- Perseverance- An essential skill for successful students.
- Self-esteem- Regular accomplishments like finishing homework build self-esteem, which aids students’ mental and physical health.
- Provides extra practice time
Here are some tips to guide the way:
- Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
- Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
- Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
- Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
- Make sure kids do their own work. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it’s a kid’s job to do the learning.
- Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
- Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice.
- Praise their work and efforts. Encourage them through the process and their effort. Having them start all over because the work is not up to our standard will actually discourage them instead of encourage. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
- If there are continuing problems with homework, get help.Talk about it with your child’s teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.
Sandra Berumen, Principal
Jan 15th – No school
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 16th- CSC-3:30-4:30 Library
Jan 18th –PLT-8:30-9:30 Library
Jan. 18th – Skate City
Jan. 25th – Kid Sight
Vision Screening -ECE & Kinder
Feb. 2nd – No School
Non Student Contact Day
Jan. 8th-Feb. 19th
“ACCESS” is an annual assessment that assesses social and academic English language development in the areas of Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. It is a state required assessment that meets the federal requirements for monitoring English Learners. When scheduling appointments for your student please be mindful of these dates.
Jan. 16th- Jan. 17th –Group Testing – Please Schedule appointments for students outside of these dates. We’ll be testing in groups and these tests can’t be interrupted.