Homework is assigned to reinforce class work and to encourage the habit of responsibility and self-study. The Department of Catholic Schools suggests the following daily homework schedule. Times may vary depending on student ability and work habits. Homework is expected to be completed on the evening that it is assigned unless stipulated by the teacher. Suggested time allotments are:
Prekindergarten 4 times a week (weekly packets)
Kindergarten 4 times a week (weekly packets)
Grade 1 and 2 20 to 30 minutes
Grade 3 and 4 30 to 40 minutes
Grade 5 and 6 45 to 60 minutes
Grade 7 and 8 60 to 90 minutes
Parents can help students by:
•providing a quiet place for study away from other activities
(T.V., distracting noise)
•supplying reference books if possible, especially a dictionary
•scheduling a regular time for study each night
•not doing homework for your child
•reviewing the quality of work/encouraging neatness, accuracy, spelling
If a student has no written homework, quiet reading should be done so the habit of a regular study time is formed. Homework should not be so excessive that a student does not have time for home responsibilities or leisure. If your child is experiencing homework that exceeds these guidelines on a regular basis, please contact his/her teacher.
Weekend homework may include completing unfinished assignments, past due assignments or working on a long-range project. Assignments will not be made available to students prior to absences due to vacations. Upon return to school, students will be given a reasonable period of time to complete missed assignments. Please do not ask teachers to provide work for vacations taken outside of school-scheduled vacation periods during the school year.
St. Leander School provides a supervised after-school Homework Club for students in Grades 3-5. Older student volunteers tutor younger students with their homework. In addition, a quiet space and time for homework is part of our Extended Care (SLED) program for students in Grades 1-8.
Students are expected to complete and submit all homework assignments on time. If a child is unable to complete a homework assignment because of an emergency, please send a note informing the teacher and extra time may be given.