LOGOS SCHOOL UPDATE – Week 7

LOGOS SCHOOL UPDATE – Week 7

General

Label your Items: There are more clothes being found with names in them. “Hurrah,” says Mrs. Carroll. Do so more and more!

Next Week: Next week is the last week in the first quarter. Encourage your child to finish strong! Next Friday, October 17, is a teacher work day (no school for students). Teachers will be wrapping up the first quarter (grades and report cards) and preparing for the second.

Elementary

Elementary Speech Meet: Friday, October 24. Selections should be memorized this Friday, October 10.

Volunteers Needed: The 2nd grade class is looking for volunteers to read with a small group of students. There are openings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 AM. Please contact Mrs. Courtney if you are interested.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Parent Teacher Conferences will take place October 23rd and 24th in the morning and late afternoon. Sign-up sheets will come home this Wednesday to families with three or more students in the elementary. Next Wednesday sign-up sheets will come home to all other families. We are looking forward to meeting with you!

Secondary

High Protocol: The juniors and seniors will be attending Phantom of the Opera in Spokane on October 22 for their protocol event this year. The next Protocol Training will take place next Tuesday at 10:15 AM.

Secondary Speech Meet 7th-9th: We have moved the Secondary Speech Meet to October 31. This should provide an adequate amount of time for the students to memorize and polish their pieces.

Study Tip for the Week

There are at least two different approaches that parents can take when it comes to homework. Choosing your approach is not always a self-conscious decision, but we all have a philosophy of homework regardless of whether we realize it or not.

Let’s call the first philosophy the Mastery Approach. Parents operating according to the Mastery Approach require that their child spend as much time as necessary to fully master the material each week. If there are 20 spelling words on the list, Mastery parents will demand that their child spends whatever time is necessary to achieve a 100% on Friday’s test. If the child of a Mastery parent is of average intelligence and ability (speaking hypothetically of course!) then that child will end up with an above-average amount of homework each night in order to meet the goal that has been set by the parents. This is fine if your child loves the work and your family has extra time to invest in this way.

The Time Management Approach is what we’ll call the second philosophy of homework. In this model the parents establish a certain homework routine that they think is reasonable for their child. This homework liturgy takes into account the work to be done, the abilities of the child, and other priorities that may be competing for the family’s attention (family devotions, music lessons, athletics, etc.). If the spelling list has 20 words on it, the Time Management parent devotes 15-20 minutes of diligent study each night and leaves the results to God. This sounds easy enough, but the scary part to many parents, is the possibility that they may have a child of … average intelligence and ability. Terrifying, I realize. If this is the case, then our hypothetical child may bring home “B’s” or even a “C” or two. If this prospect is unacceptable, it may be time to reconsider how high you have placed the “bar” and who could be suffering for it.

There are times when parents can be frustrated with a teacher for assigning “all of that homework” when instead, the reason for the unwieldy amount of work might stem from the parents’ unwillingness to settle for anything less than perfection.

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All the best,

Matt Whitling