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Family Holidays During the School Term

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Family Holidays During the School Term
by Mrs. S. Zryd - Friday, 1 November 2013, 9:16 AM
Each year we are approached by an increasing number of parents who wish to take their child out of school for extended periods of time. Usually this is for reasons associated with family plans or family business. We do not have a procedure for granting students a "leave of absence". Rather it is assumed that parents will make decisions in the best interests of their own child. We are respectful of the fact that many of our families have family members far away, and spending time with them is important. Difficulties arise, however, when parents wish to have some sort of reassurance that their child will not be "behind" in their work when they return. If your child misses school for extended periods of time, he or she will be "behind" in classroom work. Students may well have other cultural and travel experiences that contribute to their overall development, but the many varied daily classroom activities they will miss cannot be duplicated through worksheets or workbook!

We are not in the position to provide assignments for children who have extended absences due to family plans. Rather we are providing a list of suggested activities that are designed to assist parents with planning for their child's educational needs while traveling.
* Set aside a time each day for reading books.
* Have your child keep a reading response journal in which he or she records this reading activity and thoughts about what has been read that day.
* Keep a scrapbook of special places or sightseeing.
* Have your child keep a "math journal" or ledger, dealing with changes in time and currency, distances traveled, cost of fuel and meals, etc.
* You may wish to purchase a math workbook that will help your child keep in daily practice with basic math skills.

We will be happy to see what your child has accomplished upon his or her return, but will not be evaluating or marking these activities. It is your right to take your child out of school due to family circumstances, but once you have exercised that privilege, you must also accept the responsibility of your child's education by ensuring your child understands the concepts he/she misses during that absence. Numeracy is especially important as there are many building blocks. You can help your child by using text support yourself, Khan Academy lessons on the internet, other internet lessons or by hiring a private tutor.

Thank you for time and consideration in this matter.