Ram's Horn
November 3, 2017

Homework Battle
The homework battle is an ongoing one in the world of education. Research shows conflicting arguments that are in favor of more homework and others that are in favor of less homework. While this debate has been ongoing for decades, research is clear about identifying that more homework does not equal academic rigor and that quality of homework matters more than quantity of homework.
 
At Shepherd, we value homework as a teaching tool to practice class material. Its purpose is to promote mastery of specific course objectives. It is also our intent to develop study skills and life-long learner habits. Homework should be assignments that the student is capable of completing on their own as the instruction has already been given in class. While we ask that parents be supportive of a student completing their homework, it should not require their assistance. Homework may or may not be assigned every night. Your child has often been very involved in learning all day long and may need the mental break to reach better performance long term.
 
As stated above, research has been unable to prove that homework is an indicator of academic rigor. While we value the above reasons for homework, we would rather you spend your time doing things that are actually proven to correlate with student success. Spend your evenings eating dinner together as a family, READ TOGETHER, play outside, and get your child to bed early. 
 
Below is a link to an article that I found to be very helpful in setting up parental involvement with homework.  Homework time guidelines should be:
 
Grades K-2: 20 minutes per night
Grades 3-5: 30-50 minutes per night
Grades 6-8: No more than 1.5 hours per night
 
*Please recognize that these are approximations and can vary for each child, depending on environment, family dynamics and individual focus factors. These times do not include reading on a daily basis which has also been proven to be one the highest indicators of academic success long term!

Click HERE to read the article.

-Mrs. Jennings
Parent Talk Series
Does saying no to your child cause disappointment, tantrums, a feeling of guilt? Do you want to learn the positives of saying no and negatives of saying yes to much? Do we have an answer for you? YES.  Jack Lipski, our church and school counselor, will be presenting a class called, "Learning to say NO!" This parent class is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2:30-4:00 pm. Babysitting and a movie will be provided for children infants-5th grade. Youth 6th-8th Grader will attend Koinonia during this time.  Please sign up at the church & school office, online at our website under Upcoming Events (beginning Monday, November 6), or inform Jodie Stoltenow. 
 
This event is sponsored by the Shepherd of the Hills Family Ministry, wanting to walk alongside parents to teach our children to Know and Love Jesus as their Savior, be deeply rooted in the Holy Scriptures, and Standing Firm in their faith in our present-day culture.
Are You a Veteran?
Do you know someone who served our country either on the front lines, or on the home front? Our school is hosting the first annual Thank You Veterans breakfast on Tuesday, November 14 from 9 - 10:30 am. Veterans, spouses, and spouses of the fallen please join us for a hot breakfast prepared and served by our day school students! Friends and family may join us for $3 a meal. Program will begin at 9:30. Questions? Please call the office and ask for Molly Poppe, or email  MPoppe@sothfamily.org.

Singing in Church 
Our next opportunity to sing in church is on November 12 at the 8:00 Traditional service in the church.  We will be singing "Here We Stand" based on our theme verse, Ephesians 2:8-10.  Save the date on your calendars.  Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord!

Art News 
Last call for Original Works orders!  Orders were due on October 27 but you still have a chance to get those late orders in!  Original Works cannot guarantee late orders will be done in time for Thanksgiving but they should have them in time for Christmas.  Please get your orders into the office or to Mrs. Hoza by November 10!  Thank you for supporting our school!
 
Would you like to practice your advanced art techniques? Come join Advanced Art Club!  Grades 6th-8th are welcome to sign up! Art club will meet on Fridays in the art room from 3:30-4:30 p.m. We will begin next Friday, November 10, and continuing through December 12. The cost is $12 to join.  Please bring a sketchbook.  If you would like Mrs. Hoza to supply a sketchbook, please let her know before club begins. There are limited spots available, so please email Mrs. Hoza to reserve your space today,  ahoza@sothfamily.org.
 
Do you love art?  Do you have a great imagination?  Do you want to practice your art skills?  Are you in Kindergarten-5th grade?  Come join Mrs. Hoza in the art room for art club on Mondays starting November 6-17 and continuing through December 18. The cost is $15 to join. There are limited spots available, so please email Mrs. Hoza to reserve your space today,  ahoza@sothfamily.org
Piano Lessons at Shepherd 
Did you know that private piano lessons are available at Shepherd during the school day?  Nancy Duensing has been teaching piano to Shepherd students for 30 years. For more information, email Nancy, Nancy.Duensing@gmail.com.

Bookfair Thank You  
A HUGE thank you to everyone that attended the Book Fair and made purchases!  A profit of $750 was larger than last year!  It was, in large part, made possible by all the wonderful volunteers, both students and adults! There were 12 FREE book winners and 25 books purchased from the teachers wish lists to use in their classrooms, in addition to a collection for All For Books for hurricane victims!  Missed the Book Fair?  Click HERE to shop online t hru Monday, November 6.  How fantastic of all of you to generously support the library in a such a wonderful way!

Street Smart at SouthGlenn   
It's easy to help our school earn $250 to $2500. Just shop and log receipts from any of The Streets at SouthGlenn stores and restaurants between August 15, 2017 and April 30, 2018. Our school earns five points per dollar spent, with many additional bonus points opportunities. Receipts can be logged at the Retail/Residential Management Office or dropped in the collection box in the Concierge Lobby if you do not need them returned. Remember to tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to log their receipts. Anyone can support your school in the Street Smarts program. Questions? Contact Audrey Monson, AMonson@sothfamily.org.
Miss a Newsletter? Wonder When the Next One Is?
The school newsletter is published on the first and third Fridays of each month. If you missed one or would just like to go back and read a previous version, click HERE
Jack's Corner
QUESTION:  My parents raised me to be "good."  Today, it seems many parents are more concerned with their children's happiness than good behavior.  Is there some kind of balance in this area?
 
ANSWER:  I believe it has more to do with priorities than balance.  Most of us over 55 were raised by parents who believed it was important for us to "be good".  Meaning, we were to be responsible, hard-working, considerate and polite.  Our behavior was more important than our feelings. 
          When we got to be parents...