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Homework Policy

Purpose of Homework

Homework should foster self-discipline, independent thinking, positive family interactions. It also reinforces the concept that learning takes place outside the school, as well as in the classroom.

Homework enables students to learn organizational and time management skills, helps to develop good work and study habits, and offers many opportunities for independent learning.

Teachers assign homework for one of three purposes:

  • The most common type of homework is that designed to practice a skill already learned in class. Finishing work that has begun in class falls into this category; as does the regular review of notes for tests in older grades.
  • A second purpose for homework may be to help students prepare for lessons taught the next day. Reading a story or chapter in a text would be an example of this type of homework. When used effectively, this type of homework allows more class time for discussion.
  • Homework may also be assigned to extend learning into new areas not possible at school. These assignments may encourage some creativity on the part of the students.

Guidelines for Homework


The amount of homework your child receives from his/her teacher will vary by grade level and how well your child utilizes his or her class time.

Responsibilities of Students

Students should become responsible for:

  • requesting assistance from their teacher(s) before leaving school if they are unclear about the work to be done.
  • making certain that all materials needed are taken home.
  • completing the assignments and bringing the work back to school at the appropriate time.
  • keeping track of due dates and informing parents about tests and long-term projects. All homework assignments should be recorded in the agenda book and sent home for parent signatures. Many teachers post homework and due dates on the website.

Responsibilities of Teachers

Teachers are responsible for:

  • Assigning homework that is reasonable and manageable for the students.
  • Ensuring that the student knows what and how to complete the homework assignment.
  • Assigning homework that is consistent with the expectations in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) if applicable.
  • Seeing that homework is checked regularly for completeness and followed up in class.
  • Ensuring that all assigned homework is consistent with this policy.
  • communicating with parents if homework is not being completed, or class time is not being used wisely.

Teachers should avoid assigning homework on weekend or holidays.

Responsibilities of Families

As a parent/guardian, you are your child's primary teacher. If there is no assigned classroom work from the teacher in the agenda, then have your child work on things that they may need practice in such as reading, writing, cutting, drawing or any other skills that you feel would help them.

Helpful Tips

  • Make a special time each day for homework. Try to make this practice time a daily habit, a family time where you and your children can learn together.
  • Provide a quiet, well-lit area for your child to complete his or her homework.
  • Check your child's agenda each day.
  • Reading together is probably the single most important way in which you can help your child do well in school.
  • Encourage your child to write letters, diaries, stories, go to the local library, to read out loud to you or talk to you about the school day and how it went?
  • Play games as a family (card games, board games, puzzles, etc) to promote academic skill development, build cooperation and collaboration skills.
  • Please remember that we would like you to support your child with praise and encouragement. Your child should be able to complete homework tasks independently.

General Guidelines for Homework



Primary JK to 3

Junior gr. 4 to 6

Intermediate gr. 7 to 8


Maximum of 10 to 30 minutes daily

Maximum of 30 to 60 minutes daily

30 to 80 minutes daily


  • Reading alone or with parents
  • Practice word lists in English or French
  • Prepare for tests and dictations
  • Practice computation or measurement skills


  • Completion of any unfinished class work
  • Reading alone or with parents
  • Reading assignments and book reports
  • Practice spelling, using a dictionary, thesaurus, grammar and writing skills
  • Practice math facts
  • Research projects in various subject areas Longer projects will be "chunked" into manageable pieces that can be completed in a few days
  • Test preparation
  • Novel studies
  • Completion of any unfinished class work
  • Reading alone or with parents
  • Reading assignments and monthly book reports
  • Practice spelling, using a dictionary, thesaurus, grammar and writing skills
  • Practice math facts
  • Research projects in various subject areas
  • Test preparation
  • Novel studies

If a child is having trouble completing homework on a regular basis, either because of the volume or difficulty of the work, a parent/teacher conference is recommended. Please don't hesitate to call your child's teacher or leave a note in the agenda book. Homework should be a positive experience and an opportunity for growth!

~ Board News ~

Senior Kindergarten Starting September 6, 2018(Posted:6/26/2018)

A note to all parents and guardians of Senior Kindergarten students. This year, all Senior Kindergarten students will begin school on Thursday, September 6, 2018. This is a change from our previous practice of Senior Kindergarten students beginning on the first Monday of the second week in September.

Transportation arrangements will continue to be available as per our past practice and will begin on the new start date of September 6, 2018.

Back to School Learning Technology Drop-In & Exhibition(Posted:6/7/2018)

Involving parents in their children’s progress in the classroom has long been shown to significantly increase student outcomes. With parent engagement top of mind, we invite parents and their children in grades 4-8 to participate in our Back To School Learning Technologies Drop-In Session, August 27, 2018. Experience the ‘hands on’ ways parents can help their child succeed in the classroom, by using technology at home to enhance and support student learning. Register today!