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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Bishop Luis Secco visited the Sr. Borgia Elementary School on Tuesday October 28th, 2014.
The children gladly welcomed him. He sang with the children while we got blessed by the rain. The children were curious and impressed by the Bishop.
It was a wonderful visit.




This year our theme is: 

“We are called to Serve one Another”






Refreshing remainders:
* On Mondays we start our week together with the children in a week opening. During this week opening we sing the St. Martin’s Song. While singing this song we show respect by standing and facing the flag while it is being hoisted. If you are dropping your child during this period we except you also to show respect by standing and waiting until we have finished sang the song.
* When your child is late you should pass by the office and collect a late pass. It isn’t far that some children do and some doesn’t. Late is when you arrive at after  7:30a.m.
* If you want to speak to your child class teacher or deliver an item to your child you should always pass by the office and inform the Secretary. She will then decide whether you are allowed to go to the classroom or not. A parent pass will be given to you. If you go to the classroom without a parent pass the class teacher will send you back.


Looking forward  to your cooperation





Homework Policy


Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten recognizes regular, purposeful homework as an essential component of the instructional process in all Catholic schools. Homework is an integral factor in fostering the academic achievement of students and in extending school activities into the home and the community.

Regular homework provides opportunities for developmental practice, drill, the application of skills already learned, the development of independent study skills, enrichment activities, and self-discipline. Homework should provide reinforcement and extension of class instruction, and should serve as a basis for further study and preparation for future class assignments.

In light of the major purposes for homework, it is not to be assigned as punishment for students for disciplinary reasons.

No homework will be given in groups one and two.

Responsibility for homework should gradually increase for students in groups three and four. In Cycle Two, homework assignments should recognize that more time and individual student initiative are expected in order to meet increased instructional demands. Homework assignments to challenged and exceptional students, should reflect the special needs of such students.

In general, homework assignments will be completed for the following day; however, long-range assignments and/or special projects in groups seven and eight should provide students with an opportunity to develop and refine research and independent study skills and the ability to work independently. Teachers should review evidence of progress periodically before the student submits a long-range assignment.

Teachers shall consider the following factors when making homework assignments: 1.   The grade level of the student
2.   Level and degree of difficulty of the subject being studied
.   The maturity level of the student
4.   The instructional needs of the student
5.   The purpose of the assignment and its relation to the objectives of the course under study 6.   The length of the assignment and the amount of time that will be required to complete it.
7.   Homework demands being made in other subject areas
8.   Materials that are readily available to students and do not create a financial burden
9.   Holidays, as well as Spring and Winter breaks
10.  Evaluation of group projects based on individual student participation    
11.  Provision of ample time in class for completion of group projects

It is the responsibility of the school staff to assure quality and value in homework through making assignments which are: 1.   An outgrowth of classroom instruction
2.   Clear and definite in purpose
3.   Clearly related to the objectives and competencies being pursued in the classroom

School Managers will be responsible for:
1.   Communicating the Policy on homework to staff members, students, and 
2.   Reviewing the Homework Policy with the entire school staff
3.   Encouraging parents/guardians to communicate with the school if a student's homework
assignments are excessive or not sufficiently challenging to the student, according to the
    parents’/guardians’ views
4.   Monitoring the implementation of the homework policy
5.   Emphasizing reading as an integral part of the school’s homework policy

Teachers will be responsible for:
1.   Ensuring that students record assigned homework properly in their school agenda
2.   Teaching independent, planning and study skills (book reports, project assignments)
3.   Making specific assignments
4.   Checking, reviewing, evaluating, and/or grading student homework, according to the
teacher's individual methods, in keeping with a system that is clearly explained to the
5.   Giving feedback on homework assignments in a timely manner
6.   Making instructions related to homework clear and providing, when necessary, a short
    period of supervised study or a period of questioning to insure that the students
    understand the assignment
7.   Assigning students homework that includes at least 10 minutes for Groups three and Four
    and 15 minutes for Cycle Two, that will be devoted
each day to reading

Students will be responsible for:
1.   Recording assigned homework daily in their school agenda
2.   Completing assigned homework as directed
3.   Returning homework to the teacher by the designated time
4.   Submitting homework assignments which reflect careful attention to detail and quality of
5.   Devoting at least 10 minutes (Groups 3 & 4) and 15 minutes (Cycle Two) to reading as part
    of the homework assignment

Parents'/Guardians responsibilities include:
1.   Providing continued interest and concern for the child's successful performance in school
    through encouraging and supporting the child in his/her performance of homework
2.   Indicating an interest about assignments and assisting, if possible, when requested by the     child, but not to include performing the work for the child
3.   Supporting the school in regard to the students' being assigned homework
4.   Requesting assignments for students when short term absences are involved
5.   Assisting the school in stressing the importance of reading and its benefits
6.   Assuring that students read for a period of at least 10 minutes each day for Cycle One
    and 15 minutes each day for Cycle two in addition to any other assigned homework.
7.   Signing the child’s assigned homework on a daily basis


It is understood that it is not the parent's/guardian’s responsibility to have to give a great deal of assistance to the student in completing homework. Parents or other family members should, however, make every effort to read to students who are emergent readers during the assigned homework period.

It is the school's responsibility to make instructions related to homework clear and to provide, when necessary, a short period of supervised study or a period of questioning to ensure that the students understand the assignment.

Frequency and Quantity of Homework Assignments

Each Catholic school, when implementing this homework policy, should consider the below mentioned guidelines as daily averages.


Grade Level





3 & 4

20 min




Thurs- Fri


No homework to be assigned on Wednesdays

·         1 Subject Written

·         1 Reading

Cycle 2

40 min



·         1 Subject written

·         1 Subjects  Studying

·         1 Subject Reading



Class teachers should synchronize the giving of homework with the subject teachers

Reading is recognized as a universal skill that relates to all subjects. Therefore, when specific homework assignments are not given, or when the homework assignment is completed in an expeditious manner, every student will read, minimally, for the amount of time specified in this Homework Policy.

For Groups one and two, it is recommended that parents/guardians read aloud to their children.


Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday
We are having a Freaky Friday on Friday, October 31st, 2014. The students will be able to dress up in a colorful and wacky way. For example: they may come in mismatched clothing, socks and shoes. The clothing can be of any color. They are also allowed if so desired to spray paint their hair in different colors, use colorful ribbons or clips. They can be as creative as possible.

No offensive or aggressive art work on blouses or t-shirts. No spaghetti straps, no leggings, shorts or extra mini skirt or dresses. Bermuda length shorts is allowed.

The fee is $2,- or Naf. 4,-. (to be paid on the day of Freaky Friday)

Contact Info

Sr. Borgia Elementary School

Address : P.O. Box 294, Philipsburg
Country : Sint Maarten
Phone/Fax : 5423440
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