Parent Resources » Fostering Independence

Fostering Independence

Dear Parents,

The best part of teaching  is watching each child grow academically, physically, socially and emotionally. We as parents and teachers, nurture, protect, and guide them throughout the year. Each year they are more aware of themselves and what they can do.  We continue to provide for them, but also encourage them to become more independent. Listed below are a few things that we are asking the students to work on to help them become self-reliant. We would really appreciate your support by encouraging them to do these things as well.

Independent pick up and drop off

Students should begin to feel more comfortable lining up on the blacktop by themselves each morning and leaving the classroom to meet you.

What you can do to help:
Say good bye to your student at the drop off points in the morning and remind them when the bell rings they need to line up in their class line. After school, have them meet you at their grade level dismissal locations (see locations here). This will help them become more independent and build self-confidence.

Packing and Unpacking backpacks

The students should pack up and unpack their backpack by themselves each day. This includes getting library books, homework, take home folders, reading books, and snacks.

What you can do to help:
Although it might be easier for you to unpack and pack up for your child each day, please encourage them to try and do it by themselves first. Verbal reminders are helpful instead of doing it for them. This will help teach responsibility, organizational skills and problem solving strategies.


Homework should be somewhat independent. The goal for homework is to read each night, review concepts taught in class and practice the discipline of doing homework.

What you can do to help:
Help them get started with their homework but then leave them to do the majority of it on their own. When they are finished, spend the time reviewing the work together and answering questions they may have.

Forgotten Items at Home
Please review instructions for our Pick Up Table here.

Thank you for your continued support.