Because much of what we do in class is hands-on or discussion-based, assigning make-up work for family trips or student absences is not realistic. Instead, if a student needs to miss school for an important family event, we ask that the student keep a journal of the trip in which he or she writes a paragraph about significant moments. We also like to see kids take photos, which they can then use to create a Power Point or a special webpage about their trip when they get back to school. Absent students also need to keep up on their nightly homework reading. Other work, such as worksheets, can be completed upon their return. Students can also do extra credit work. For information about extra credit, click here.