Irving Eagle Express

October 15th, 2021


Who are the People of Irving School?

Throughout this school year, we are going to explore just who makes up our Irving Community! Every student, staff member, and family is important at Irving School.

As we strive to create a strong sense of belonging, students will be engaged in:

  • reflecting on their identity as well as the other People of Irving
  • connecting to others in our community
  • contributing to our classroom and school communities at Irving

Each newsletter will now highlight some of the People of Irving so we can become more familiar with, and develop a greater understanding for, the many individuals who make up Irving School. Here are a few new faces to Irving School.

Irving Elementary Homework Survey and Responses

The results of the parent homework survey are in! Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience and ideas with us. Here is a summary of the big take-aways from the survey:

What do you feel is an appropriate amount of homework for your child’s grade level?

  • 76.7% responded 10-20 minutes in addition to the required reading minutes

Can your child complete homework on their own without your help or supervision?

  • 23.3% - Yes

  • 26.7% - No

  • 50% - Sometimes

What could teachers do to make the homework process better and less stressful for your child? (Top 4 choices)

  • 77.4% - Make sure my child understands the homework

  • 64.5% - Give parents guidance on how to help with homework and how much to help

  • 54.8% - Make sure my child has written down the homework assignment

  • 48.4% - Give clearer instructions to students about homework

As a staff, we are reviewing the survey results, looking at available research, and creating a more universal homework expectation for our community. We truly value the input of families, students and staff. Our goal is to have our universal homework expectations rolled out at the start of Quarter 2. Classroom teachers will communicate any updates or changes to their homework expectations and procedures within the next few weeks.

If you are interested in looking deeper into what the research is saying, check out this article from Reading Rockets Key Lessons: What Research Says About the Value of Homework.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Dreske,

Thank you again!

Mrs. Dreske

Running Club!

A big shout out to students Aubrey Knoll and Izabella Neumueller who initiated the start of our running club. This is an excellent example of student leadership & empowerment. Over FIFTY 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students are participating in Irving's first running club. Thanks to coach Hazelton, Milroy, Miller, Hebert, and Deinhammer for meeting with this group on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.
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Standard Response Protocol

Safety drills are practiced each school year including monthly fire drills, a tornado drill, as well as a lockdown and evacuation drill. In addition to these drills, the following standard response protocols are in place in the event of an emergency.
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Building Our Community!

This past week, the entire school community reviewed what it means to be RESPONSIBLE, SAFE, and ENGAGED at Irving School. Specifically, on the playground, in the cafeteria, and in the hallway. As a school, we discussed the Eagle Expectations in our classroom community circles after watching several video presentations from Ernie. In our Community, the People of Irving use . . .

■ Kind words

■ Calm bodies

■ Focused minds

■ Watching eyes

■ Listening ears

■ Inside voices

■ Walking feet

■ Helping hands

■ Problem Solving