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October 22nd, 2018 – Red Ribbon Week

Hello Families!

This week, Arnold School will celebrate “Red Ribbon Week.”  Red Ribbon week honors fallen DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.  In his honor, the kids will learn about the dangers of drugs, and be encouraged to stay drug free their entire lives.  Your child can celebrate the week by dressing up in the following ways, on the following days.

10/22 Monday – Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week

10/23 Tuesday – Put a Cap on Drugs (Hat day)

10/24 Wednesday – Sock it to Drugs (Crazy sock day)

10/25 Turn Your Back on Drugs (Wear your shirt backwards)

10/26 Be on a Drug Free Team (Wear your favorite team gear)

In reading this week (Unit 2, Week 4), the kids will learn about endangered animals, and how people work to protect those animals.  We’ll practice the comprehension skill of rereading, and focus on the author’s point of view in each story we read.  We will resume spelling this week, and you can expect a list to come home Monday.  Remember, you can always find your child’s spelling list by clicking on the spelling tab of the class web page.

In Math, we’re nearing the end of Unit 2.  We’ll continue to practice more complex word problems, and keep building fluency with our multiplications and divisions.  I anticipate my math class will have homework on the following nights.

Monday – No Homework

Tuesday – Homework 2-11

Wednesday – Homework 2-12

Thursday – Homework 2-13

Friday – Homework 2-14 (Possibly!)

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

October 17th, 2018 – Welcome Back!

Good Morning Families,

I hope you all had a great Fall Break, and were able to spend some quality time with your families.  Like most of you, I spent my weekend mowing, shoveling, scraping windshields and then basking in the sun.  Oh, Nebraska!  Ha!

This week we’ll have a normal, albeit abbreviated week of school.  Our theme this week is about voting, and how government works.  It’s always a timely week of lessons with the fall elections coming up.  We will not have spelling due to the short week.

In Math, we’ll continue to practice multiplication and division word problems.  We’ll also explore the “order of operations” and try some more complex problems with more than two factors.  I anticipate we’ll have homework on the following nights in my math class.

Wednesday – Homework 2-9

Thursday – No Homework

Friday – Homework 2-10

Looking ahead…next week is “Red Ribbon Week.”  The kids will learn about drug safety, and can celebrate staying drug free by wearing different themed clothes on each day of the week.  If you so choose, the spirit days will look like the following.

10/22 Monday – Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week

10/23 Tuesday – Put a Cap on Drugs (Hat day)

10/24 Wednesday – Sock it to Drugs (Crazy sock day)

10/25 Turn Your Back on Drugs (Wear your shirt backwards)

10/26 Be on a Drug Free Team (Wear your favorite team gear)

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

October 8th, 2018 – First Quarter Ends

Hello Families!

It’s hard to believe the first quarter is coming to a close.  It seems like the year just began, yet here were are, wrapping up quarter one.  Amazing!

This week in reading (Unit 2, Week 2), our focus will be on immigration, and how and why people immigrate to new places.  We will practice making predictions, finding a theme/message in our stories and learn about similes.

In Math, we have finally practiced all the multiplications and divisions for numbers 0 through 10.  We’ll continue to build fluency with 6s, 7s and 8s this week, as well as learn about square numbers.  I anticipate my Math class will have homework on the following nights.

Monday – Homework 2-6

Tuesday – Homework 2-7

Wednesday – Homework 2-8

Thursday – No Homework

During Interventions, we’ve been practicing subtraction strategies.  We’ve covered subtraction with number lines, and will continue practicing subtraction with regrouping with 3 and 4 digit numbers.  We also began a bonus Intervention last week focused on comprehension.  The kids have been rotating to different teachers to practice finding specific text evidence in stories to help them answer comprehension questions.  Extra practice with both of these skills will benefit the kids when they take their state assessments in the spring.

Thanks for a great quarter so far, and have a great week!

Eric Wachter