Monclova Primary

Weekly Bulletin

Events for Week of April 23 - April 29


Monday, April 23

Tuesday, April 24

4th grade Math AIR - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stop the Bleed training - Monclova Fire Station - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 25


4th grade Math AIR - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, April 26

Staff Meeting - Gr. K - 3, only - work on class lists for next year

3rd grade Math AIR - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

1st grade music program - 7:00 pm

Friday, April 27

3rd grade Math AIR - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opera Program - 1:20 and 2:20 - see schedule below

Father Daughter Dance - 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Thank you:

to those staff members that took time to stop in and talk with families at muffins for moms and the book fair.

staff for a great first week of AIR testing!


Opera on Wheels will perform two shows on Friday, April 27. 1:20 pm is for grades 3 and the 2:20 pm show will be for grades, K, 1 and 2.

Once you have accumulated your 3 hours of parent contact, please turn in the log to Betsey.

April 24 - 27 - 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Field Day - May 1

Wellness Day - May 2

Professional Development Day - May 8

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 7 - May 11

Generals 5K/ Health Expo - May 12

Right to Read Week - May 14 - 18

Words of Wisdom and Action..............................

Homework can be a hot topic and even assignments during class raise some concern. Are you starting with the end in mind first? What do we want students to accomplish and learn, is this packet or worksheet after worksheet necessary for the end goal?


Allison Behne

I have always enjoyed word finds and word scrambles. They don’t take a lot of thought, and they keep me busy when I need something to pass the time. However, when my daughter received one for homework a few years back, it wasn’t enjoyable for her or anyone around her. It was very challenging, due the next day, and took her an hour and a half to complete—time that could have been better spent finishing math homework, studying for an upcoming test, or reading a book.

My husband and I wondered, “What is the purpose of this assignment, and what value could it possibly be providing?” And it made me reflect on the assignments I give my own students. To be respectful of the students’ time, I need to be sure I am only assigning work that provides meaningful, authentic practice.

Before I hand out a worksheet or assign a number of problems or pages in a book, I ask myself these questions:

  • Will I take the time to grade this? If not, what is the value of having students do work on which they will not receive feedback?
  • Is it a good use of time? What benefits will the focused effort on the assignment provide? Would students be better off doing something else?
  • How will this assignment help children move forward? Answering this helps me validate my decision to have them spend time completing the assigned task.
Most importantly, I have to remind myself that fair is not always equal and that what is good for one student is not necessarily good for another. Gone are the days when I had to follow a practice book in chronological order and pass every worksheet out to every child. Instead, I have the opportunity to provide each student with individualized work that is a valuable use of his or her time.

Did you figure out the scramble? Let’s save trees, time, and brainpower by refusing to assign worthless worksheets.