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Recently, there has been discussion in the press and on social media about the merits of homework. While there are important factors to consider, Springbrook Elementary must adhere to Westerly Public Schools' homework policy. The policy is as follows:

For children in the upper elementary grades (grade 4): average of 45 minutes; 
Also, an additional 20 minutes of reading or being read to (across grade levels).

A few suggestions to make homework a success:
  • Establish clear and consistent expectations for homework time.
  • Maintain a routine that is easy for your child to follow.
  • Ensure that your child has a quiet place to work.
In fourth grade, our homework consists of:
  • A weekly math packet (assigned on Mondays and due on Fridays. Students may complete this at any pace they wish- all at once or a little each day.)
  • 20 minutes of reading each night
  • A daily reading log with 2 comprehension questions to be answered each day in complete sentences.
  • 1 Wordly Wise exercise per day
Our grade 4 team has worked together closely to ensure that our collective assignments do not amount to an excess of work, and should fall well within the district's nightly time limits. Please remember, homework is your child's responsibility- not yours! Our goal is to foster independence and responsibility, and as a result, we provide a consequence when students do not complete assignments. After 3 missed assignments, students receive a notice that must be signed by a parent or guardian. Student Ambassadors will lose their ambassadorship after 3 missed assignments, as homework is part of academic responsibility. They have the opportunity to be reinstated at the end of each quarter if their work habits improve. 

Thank you for your continued support, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!