Mrs. Rayburn's Class Blog

August 4, 2008

Homework Policy

Filed under: — Mrs. Rayburn @ 4:53 pm


Homework Policy

There is no such thing as “I HAVE NO HOMEWORK.

Your child will have homework every day Monday-Thursday, never fail. I do have a family with two children of my own in school and I firmly believe that family time, church, and other extra curricular activities are extremely important. Therefore your child should only have between 30-60 minutes of homework a night.

Please let me know if your child is struggling, or needs a lot of extra help to get his or her assignments completed.

All homework is due at 8:00 the next school day after it is assigned, unless otherwise noted.

What to expect for homework

  • Your child is expected to read 30 minutes AT HOME Monday – Thursday and fill out their reading log. We do read a lot during the day, however, this is an at home reading assignment. Therefore they should never come home and say they did it at school. Please supervise or check on your child while they are reading to make sure they are staying on task. After they have read and completed their reading log, I do require that it is signed by a parent or guardian. We will begin reading logs around the third week of school.
  • All other homework should be assignments that they did not finish in class. If your child uses their time wisely at school, they shouldn’t have very much. It may take them a while to get adjusted so be patient in the beginning.
  • From time to time your child may be assigned a project to complete. If this occurs, I will send home a note with all of the details and due dates with plenty of time to complete it.

Agenda Books

Your child will be given time in class to write down all homework in their agenda book before they leave school. So it should never come home blank.

  • When it is time to do homework at night, please look over all of your child’s work and make sure they have completed everything. This includes their reading log. Once everything is checked and placed in the homework folder, please sign your child’s agenda book. This lets me know everything was together and ready to be turned in before they came to school. Please have your child be responsible for completing all homework, getting their homework binder together, making sure their reading log and agenda book are signed, and packing their backpack. They are old enough to do this by themselves and it will help them learn how to organize themselves before going to the Middle School next year.
  • Students must complete all assignments neatly and on their own.  They should only ask for help when they have given it their best effort first.
  • On all assignments, students are expected to answer open-ended questions in COMPLETE sentences.  Failure to follow this expectation may result in lowered grades on assignments.  Specific oral and/or written instructions will be given for assignments that do not require complete sentences.
  • When they arrive at school, I will check their homework binder, collect all homework and make sure their agenda book is signed. If you need to send me a note, the agenda book is the best place to write it because I will see it first thing every morning. I will also write notes home to you in the agenda book.
  • If your child does not have an assignment, I will highlight the assignment so you will know it was missing.

Hopefully this system will keep us in contact with each other on a daily basis so you will always know what is going on.

Constantly Missing Work

Turning in homework on time is very important for your child to keep up in class and make good grades. Failure to do so will result in them being out of Blue Paw for the nine weeks.  If your child constantly has a problem turning in their homework, I will contact you to schedule a conference. If the problem still is not resolved, your child will be sent to the office for disciplinary action.


Anytime your child is absent I must have a written note explaining the absence. Without a note, the absence will be unexcused. For everyday your child misses, they will have two days to make up the work missed. For more details, please see attendance guidelines in the agenda book.


If your child is not able to complete homework for a legitimate reason, please send me a note stating the reason why and I will work with them to complete the assignment. I appreciate the time you spend helping your child with his or her work.


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