Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents. Can I send birthday invitations to school?

A student may only bring invitations to school if the entire class is invited. It is also acceptable if a boy invites all the boys or a girl invites all the girls.

Do I send in a class treat on my child's birthday?

Children do not bring in treats for the class. Instead, SJC treats your child to a birthday ice cream, a birthday pencil, and birthday card!

How is my child graded?

Most objective tests receive percentage grades. "Essay" type schoolwork is given a Teacher-judgement grade based on a scale of 1-5 with 1 as the lowest and 5 as the highest. Often Spelling and Handwriting in writing projects will be judged as well. A rubric will usually accompany each writing assignment.

Report card grades are the same scale as last year. Outstanding work means your child does very well on tests, classwork, and homework in that subject area. Successful means your child is succeeding in learning the content although some problems may exist. Needs improvement means your child requires extra help in that area in order to succeed.

How long should my child take to do homework?

Third graders should take about 45 minutes for homework. This must include some time for studying. If your child takes much longer than that, there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Please see me about it.

How often do you assign book reports?

Book reports will vary throughout the year. Therefore, you need to check your child's homework sheet for further information.

When are tests given?

Generally, Reading, Spelling, and Religion tests are given on Friday. Chapter tests in subjects such as Math, Science, and Social Studies are given whenever we complete a chapter or unit. Quizzes may be given at any time.