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Patricia Fiene

Patricia Fiene
Email Address:
Phone number: (510)792-3232 ext 62004
Best time to call: after 3:00 pm

I have been teaching over 15 years for the Fremont Unified School District.
My classroom goals are to provide excellence in academic instruction, study skills, and enjoyment in the process of learning.My expectations are to have students that are well-rested, well-nourished, and punctual. I expect parents to reinforce what I am teaching in the classroom and to help their child master the skills that are being taught in class.

Homework Policy

Homework packets go home on Monday and are to be returned on Friday in the blue Wednesday folders.  Please sign the cover of the homework packet so that I know that you have checked the work.

My rationale for homework is:

  1. to reinforce skills and information learned in class and
  2. to help students develop self-discipline and responsibility

Students and parents should work on homework for 20 minutes each night.  Your child should complete 2 pages of homework worksheets each night and it should take  about 10 minutes to complete.  Twenty minutes should be spent reading. Students should read, or be read to, for at least 20 minutes every night. In addition to this, there are math games that are included in the math section, as well as literacy activities that are included in the  Open Court parent letter. These games can be saved for weekends when you have more time to devote to them. However, daily practice with the games is what will strengthen you child's skills.   As the year progresses, the homework routine will change slightly.  You will find more hands-on activities and language activities in addition to conventional paper/pencil worksheets.   This will require you to spend more time working with your child while they complete their homework.

My expectations regarding homework are that it must be complete, neat, and on time.  Any work not finished in class must be completed at home and returned the following day.  I will correct all homework and return it to you in your child's Wednesday folder.

Completing homework is to your child's benefit.  If what is taught in class is not reinforced at home, it probably will not become automatic information that your child can retrieve and use when they need it.  Homework is part of the grade that I will assign your child in the Organization and Citizenship section of their report card.  If your child receives all +s in these sections, they will receive Organization and/or Citizenship awards at one (or all) of our end of trimester Awards Assemblies.

Homework that is not completed will lower your child's grade in Organization and Citizenship. 

Please make sure that:

  1. you establish homework as a top priority,
  2. your child has a quiet place to do their homework,
  3. you establish a daily homework time,
  4. you provide positive support when homework is completed,
  5. you do not allow your child to get out of doing homework,
  6. you contact me if you have questions or concerns.