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May 21st, 2018 – The End

Hello Families,

It’s with a heavy heart I formally address you one more time as your child’s teacher.  I have enjoyed your children so much this year, it’s hard for me to articulate.  I am so sad our time is coming to an end, and I will truly cherish the time we spent together.  You should all be so proud of the children you are raising!

This week, we will wrap up the year with a number of fun activities.  On Thursday, of course, we’ll walk across the street to go fishing at Bowling Lake.  We’ll eat early around 11:40 that day, then head over to fish around 12:30.  We’ll return to school around 2:30 or so, pack up, and say our goodbyes.  That will be the hardest moment of the year for me!

While Thursday breaks my heart, tomorrow will be a GREAT day.  Your child will receive his/her “School Days…” portfolio.  In it is a collection of their hard work, photos and all kinds of memories from third grade.  It’s a keepsake I hope will be cherished and saved for years and years and years to come.  We’ll also watch the “School Days…” video, which is a collection of photos from the year set to music.  It’s so neat to see what all they’ve done this year, and it always brings a little tear to my eyes reflecting on all the fun we’ve had.

The kids will get a DVD copy of the video, and I’ll send out a digital link, as well.  I hope you can sit down with your child tomorrow night and look through their portfolio and watch the DVD.  I think it will be as much fun for you seeing how much they’ve grown in such a short time.  And, if the DVD doesn’t work for some reason, please let me know and I will happily replace it!

Thank you all again for an amazing year of school.  I just can’t believe it’s over.  This is a group of kids will never, ever forget.

Most Sincerely,

Eric Wachter

May 14th, 2018 – Career Day Week

Good Morning Families,

This week your children will wrap up units in both Reading and Math class with Unit Tests.  We’ll begin the week testing reading, and end the week testing math.  Both tests are long, so breaking them up a bit each day won’t be too overwhelming.  We are done with spelling, so you won’t see a list coming home.  In my Math class, you can expect review homework to come home Monday and Tuesday.  I may also send home a practice math facts sheet at some point, as well.

On Wednesday, Arnold will celebrate the fact we earned 50,000 Character Coupons during the course of the year!  Your child is encouraged to dress as his/her future career for Career Day.

Your child likely brought home a note regarding our last day fishing trip to Bowling Lake.  If you’re planning on joining us, just fill out and return the bottom form, and then register as a volunteer.  That will give me an idea of who to look for on May 24th.  If you have already signed up to be a volunteer recently, there is no need to do so again.

I typically spend May preparing the kids’ “School Days…” portfolio.  They are just about finished, as is a DVD collection of the year in pictures.  The kids will receive these items on May 22nd.  This is a labor of love, but a couple of keepsakes I hope your child holds onto forever.  I will also send out a link to the video, so you can download it onto your computer.  I would also be happy to transfer it to a flash drive, if you would like.  Just send one to school, and make sure there is 2 GB of memory free.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

May 7th, 2018 – Mother’s Day Flowers Week

Good Morning Families,

Time really is flying by in room 702.  This week we’ll wrap up our last “normal” week of the year in Reading.  The kids will have one more spelling list this week, as we tackle Unit 6, Week 5.  Poetry will be the theme of the week, and the kids will ready a variety of different poems for our lessons.

In Math, we’ll continue to learn about Geometry this week.  Parallelograms, quadrilaterals, rhombuses and trapezoids will be dancing in their heads as we’ll learn the difference and similarities of those and other shapes.  This can be tricky, so my goal is to help the kids with the first portion of their homework.  Hopefully by the end of the unit the kiddos will become experts on shapes.  We didn’t get Friday’s lesson finished, so I anticipate homework tonight, Tuesday, Wednesday and perhaps Friday.  As always, as the lesson goes, so goes the homework!  🙂

In Social Studies, we’ll dive into the history of Lincoln during the next couple of weeks.  Our trip to Memorial Stadium was a great success, and an awesome way to kick off learning about how Lincoln came into existence.  Thanks to all the parents that joined us on the trip!

Finally, the Student Council will be selling Mother’s Day Flowers all week for $1 each.  Your child will have an opportunity to purchase flowers every day this week, if interested.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter