The Color of our Worlds: 10/2016

Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students

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Parent Power - Build the Bridge to Success

To parents, we can’t tell our kids to do well in school and then fail to support them when they get home. You can’t just contract out parenting. For our kids to excel, we have to accept our responsibility to help them learn. That means putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour. It means attending those parent-teacher conferences and reading to our children and helping them with their homework. —President Barack Obama, July 17, 2009


The purpose of the Martin County School District Parent Checklist is to support parent’s involvement in their child’s educational progress by identifying actions and linking to resources that:

• Strengthen the child’s academic progress, especially in the area of reading;

• Strengthen the child’s citizenship, especially social skills and respect for others;

• Strengthen the child’s realization of high expectations and setting lifelong learning goals; and

• Emphasize communication between the school and the home.


Homework can be a hot-button issue for both you and your child. Setting up a homework contract is a good way to defuse some of that tension and avoid homework battles. It’s also a way to make sure you and your child both know your responsibilities.

What Is a Homework Contract?

A homework contract is an agreement that outlines what you and your child will do to make sure her homework gets completed on time and well. It addresses the issues that are specific to your child’s homework struggles.

For example, if your child has issues with time management, you can specify the time of day she’ll do homework. If she leans on you for help more often than you think she should, you can outline when and how you’ll help her with homework.

Your child’s homework contract may also outline rewards and consequences for following or failing to follow the contract.

How Can a Homework Contract Help Your Child?

Developing good study habits is an important part of learning. Those habits don’t always come naturally to kids with learning and attention issues. A homework contract can help reinforce the skills your child needs to be an independent learner.

Using the Sample Homework Contracts

You can use the contracts as a guide to create one that meets your child’s unique needs. Keep in mind that you may have to revisit the contract as your child’s workload changes or if things aren’t working as you expected.

(Retrieved from, September 2016.)

About the Author

Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Learning Together at Home: Math

Math is everywhere! When you measure an ingredient for a recipe, tell time, pay a bill, or look at the daily temperature, you are using math. These activities offer ideas on how to make math fun at home and start building some math skills that kids will use as they get older.
Las matemáticas en casa
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Hispanic Heritage Books

Whether they are learning their letters, colors, or nursery rhymes, little ones will have fun with these books! These titles for young readers celebrate Latino/Latin American cultures, and many of the books are available in bilingual editions or Spanish-language versions.

Coffee Talks, A New Program for SeaWind Elementary School is Off to a Great Start!

This year SWE is hosting monthly SWE Coffee Talks for its community friends, parents and guardians. Parent input for topics of conversation at our monthly talks is always welcome. Coffee Chats will alternate between the mornings and early evenings.

At the September 26, 2016 talk:

Topic: Supporting Literacy and Math at Home

Our guests learned ways in which to assist their children with literacy and math at home.

K-2: Making the most of reading aloud to children

K-2: Math at home: shapes, grocery shopping addition, cooking - measurement

3-5: Supporting independent reading

-5: Math at home: grocery store estimation and decimals, time, cooking together – measurement

The next Coffee Talk is October 25, 2016 at 6:30pm. Hope to see you and share some good coffee and good conversation!

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J.D. Parker Elementary Pre-K Class Paints American Flags in Honor of September 11

Mrs. Bees Pre-K class at JDP painted American Flags during the week of 9/11. Alice McClay's mother sent the flag Alice painted at school to her father CW2 Michael McClay who is deployed until next summer. This is a picture of CW2 McClay with Alice's flag and the Chinook aircraft (CH-47) that he flies in Iraq.

David L. Andersen Students Engage in Problem Based Math Lessons

7th Grade AMS students are working on Problem-Based Math Lessons for the next 17 weeks. These rigorous lessons require interdependence, focus, and attention! WAY TO GO 7th grade MATH TEACHERS and STUDENTS!

Peer Tutoring Between Pre-IB Students at IMS and IB Students at SFHS

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Title I - Migrant - ELL Services Department of the MCSD

The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:

Anderson Middle School

Hobe Sound Elementary School

Indiantown Middle School

J. D. Parker Elementary School

Pinewood Elementary School

Port Salerno Elementary School

SeaWind Elementary School

Warfield Elementary School