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What IS My Child Learning?

It is important to know what your child is learning but sometimes it can seem like a secret! Well, it is not! Below is a link to some very important information that will help you understand what your child is learning:


The link above will take you to Onslow County Schools Standard Division Documents.These documents serve as a guide for what to teach and when to teach it. Some variations exist school to school but overall, these documents guide our teaching.

After clicking on the link, scroll down until you see the different grade levels.

Where can i get help if i don't know how to help my child?

There are a LOT of resources to help but sometimes finding the best one can be tough. Below are links to various sites that can help you to help your child at home.

  1. https://www.khanacademy.org/ The Kahn Academy Offers support for free. Grades K and up in all subject areas.
  2. Websites for Parents This link will take you to a page with many websites and apps recommended to support literacy in the elementary classrooms.
  3. Math and More This is a list of math-specific, and sometimes comprehensive, sites that support learning at home.

The best resource is your child's teacher! Ask them for help if you need help understanding what is being taught.

The Debunking of Two Myths

  1. I need to help my child get their homework correct. This is no longer the way we do things! We assign homework to check how much understanding your child has retained from the day's learning. If you help them to get it right, then the teacher will never know that your child really needs some more support. If your child cannot do the work, circle it and write a note to the teacher letting them know that your child tried but needs more support. Help your child by guiding them and reviewing their notes and learning but don't give them the answers.
  2. The work needs to be easier. My child is struggling! The struggle is GOOD. When we struggle, we learn. Teachers are experts at helping students stay in the ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT where there is a struggle but not frustration. This is where the magic happens.

Keeping in Touch

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Need to know

Keeping On Top

Did you know that you can get immediate access to your child's grades? See their absences and their tardies? Onslow County Schools offers a Parent Portal that allows you to stay up to date on your child's academic progress.

As a parent, you are the greatest teacher and influence on your child's academic and life success. Ask questions and find answers. Just asking your child how their day was is not enough. Aske them specific questions. You can find some good ones below.

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Come on Time, Stay All Day

We need your help! Students are losing enormous amounts of time to late arrivals and early checkouts. I know that for many of us we went to a school where there were a slow start and slow finish to each day. Here is a normal daily schedule for classrooms at SWE:

7:45: Morning Activity

8:30: Writing

9:00: Math

10:30: Recess/Restrooms/Prepared for lunch

11:25: Lunch

12:00: Literacy/centers

1:25: Specials

2:10: Science and Social Studies

2:55: Prepare for Home/Snack

As you can see, if your student is late, or if they leave early, they will miss important learning.

fun run

Great News

We are so excited to announce that we are doing fundraising in a whole new way! This November we will be hosting our first Fun Run. On October 30th your child will be bringing home information on our Fun Run. Each lap of the run will have a fun theme. Children will gather pledges for each lap completed. Family far and near can contribute through our online platform and everyone is invited to come and cheer the kids as they run. We are excited about our new event and look forward to a great time staying active, learning about good choices, and supporting SWE.

Important Dates


Thursday 12: Fall Pictures

Tuesday 17: CICI'S Pizza night

Thursday 19: Early Release for Professional Development

Monday 23-27: Book Fair

Thursday 26: Fall Festival

October 30-November 7: Fun Run Fundraiser

October 31: Grades close

November 3: Fall Makeup Pictures.

November 7: Fun Run Day

November 8: 2nd and 3rd grade Field Trips