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October 18th, 2017 – Welcome 2nd Quarter!

Good Morning Families,

I hope you all had a nice relaxing fall break.  The weather was fantastic, to say the least, so I hope you got a chance to soak in a little sun before Old Man Winter rolls into town.

This week we begin the 2nd quarter of the year.  We’ll continue with Unit 2 Week 3 in reading, but there will be no spelling due to the shortened week.

Next week are Fall Conferences.  Your child will be bringing home a conference time reminder this evening.  If the time listed does not work, please let me know and we can reschedule.  The times are also posted on our class web page, under the conferences tab.

Book orders did finally arrive, as well.  All of the books came in, with the exception of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book.  Those won’t arrive until their national release on November 7th.

Thanks for reading and have a good rest of the week!

Eric Wachter

October 9th, 2017 – Quarter 1 Ends

Good Day Families!

This week we will conclude the first quarter of the school year.  I don’t understand how time has flown by so quickly!  Even with a shortened week, we will have spelling words from Unit 2, Week 2 of our curriculum.  The kids will learn about immigration, and understand how/why so many people have immigrated to America.

The next time you’re at school, please stop by the bulletin board outside the third grade pod, as our completed U.S. Flag Mural is on display.  It’s really neat to see, especially in person.  So many kids decorated their section with flags and symbols  from around the world.  It’s a nice way to honor those immigrants that have come to America for opportunity and to help build our country.

In Math we’ll continue our seemingly endless pursuit of mastering multiplication and division facts.  We’re also using our Intervention section of the day to practice subtraction.  It’s a nice review of what they learned last year, as well as a refresher before we practice addition and subtraction in a few short weeks.

Thanks to all of you that ordered in our first Scholastic book order!  I was able redeemed points for $25 worth of free books for our classroom library!  I have a bad feeling the books won’t arrived before fall break, so the kids may have to wait until next week to received their order.  I’ll keep you posted!

I hope you and yours are doing well…have a great week!

Eric Wachter

October 2nd, 2017 – October Already?

Good Morning Families!

It’s hard to believe October has arrived!?  How we are already into week 8 of school is beyond me.  I guess when you’re having fun, time truly does fly by!

This week we will begin Unit 2 in Literacy.  It will be a nice return to normalcy, of sorts, as we had so much testing last week.  We will have spelling this week, so expect a practice list coming home Monday evening.

In Math, we’re working our way through all the numbers from 0-10, and practicing multiplication and division.  This week we’ll explore 8s and 7s, as well as continue to practice word problems.

Don’t forget Picture Day is on Wednesday.  If you have any picture order forms, send them with your child this week and I’ll make sure they get turned in.

And finally, our first Scholastic Book Order is due on Wednesday, if you choose to order any books.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week!

Eric Wachter

September 25th, 2017 – Testing, Testing, Testing!

Good Morning Families!

This week your kids will wrap up Unit 1 in Reading, and Unit 1 in Math.  The reading test is loooooong, so we break it up over several days this week so it’s more manageable.  There will be no spelling words this week due to the test, so your kids will have a bit of a break!  In Math, our Unit 1 test will take place on Monday and Tuesday, which means we will not have homework those two evenings.  With all the testing they’ll be doing this week, I’d say they deserve that break!

Hard to believe we are already into week 7 of the school year!  I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the progress of the class so far.  This group of kids is perhaps the kindest and friendliest group I’ve ever had the pleasure to teach.  Our “problems” have been very minor, and are outweighed by so many wonderful moments it’s hard for me to count.  This is clearly a credit to you all, and you should be so proud of your children!  Thank you so much for all you do.

Have a great week!

Eric Wachter

September 18th, 2017 – Patriotism Week

Good Morning Families!

This week the kids will celebrate patriotism in several ways.  To celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th, your child’s class has been learning about the U.S. Constitution and how our country came into existence.  We’ve been watching a slide show, and this week the kids will begin a flag mural project.  Each student will have the chance to decorate a small rectangle that will be assembled with 151 other rectangles to make a large U.S. Flag mural.  It is really cool to see the finished product, which will be on the bulletin board outside the third grade rooms.  Be sure and check it out the next time you’re here at school.

In reading, we will read several patriotic stories, including a guided reading book called, “The National Mall.”  The story teaches the kids all about the monuments in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall.  The kids will then practice answering a “Text Dependent Analysis” question.  We will also reflect on a story called, “The Wall,” which is about the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.  Finally, the kids will have an opportunity to memorize the preamble to the constitution.  If they can recite the preamble in front of the class, they can earn a patriotic prize!

In Math, we’re nearing the end of Unit 1, and we’ll test next week on Monday and Tuesday.  This week we’ll explore 1s and 0s, as well as the associative property of multiplication.

Don’t forget Curriculum Night is this Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00.  We hope  you can join us and learn a bit about the things your child will be learning in third grade this year.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

 

September 11th – A Day to Remember

Hello Families,

Good morning!  I hope you all had a nice weekend, and are ready to crank up a new week.

It’s hard believe 16 years have passed since the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.  Like many of you, I will never forget that day.  A teacher right across the hall from me lost her niece in the attack, and I will always remember the sadness and pain as she overcame that event.  I wanted to let you know that your child will be learning of the events of that day on a very modified, third grade (less scary!) level this week.   I will also read “The Tin Forest,” a very uplifting book about changing the world in a positive way.  We will end our week by enjoying a Reading Rainbow episode that features a group of kids and their school that were directly effected by that day.  The message is emotional, but the episode does a beautiful job reminding kids all the good things that can come from tragedy.

In Literacy, we are in Unit 1, Week 4.  The kids will have spelling this week.  Among other things, we’ll practice cause and effect, metaphors and proper sentence structure.  We focused on sentence subjects last week, and will focus on sentence predicates this week.

In Math, we’ll continue our journey mastering Math facts, and the concepts of problem solving multiplication and division word problems.  We’ll explore 4s, as well as review 2s, 3s, 5s, 9s and 10s.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Eric Wachter

September 5th, 2017 – Full Steam Ahead!

Good Morning Families!

I hope you all had a restful, relaxing Labor Day weekend!  Mine went too fast, as usual, but I am ready to go for a new week!

This week, your child’s classroom will officially be in full swing.  We are in Unit 1, Week 3 of our reading series, which is the halfway point of our first Unit.  All our preliminary assessments have taken place, and Guided Reading groups will be up and running for all students.  Guided Reading groups will take place every day of the week leading up to our weekly assessments on Fridays.  Guided groups are where instruction can really be individualized to meet the needs of each student, while still working under the umbrella of the week’s whole group reading objectives.  I love them, because they give me a great opportunity to work closer with each child, and do all I can to help them learn each week’s skills.

We’ll also begin our first Intervention rotation of the year this week.  Our topic, Genre, is one that is very prevalent on the NeSA reading exams in the spring, and a topic we put a great deal of time and effort into mastering.  During this Intervention, your child will either practice the genre’s they have yet to master (based on a pre-test), or enrich their knowledge by delving deeper into a variety of genres.  This is one of our “Power Standards” for the year in Literacy, and we’ve set our goal at 92% of all kids showing proficiency in the subject.  Our initial pre-test results showed 64% of kids were proficient, so we have some gaps to close in the next few weeks.  You can help at home by quizzing your child on the genre of book he/she is reading, and helping them understand the meaning of each.

In Math, we’ll keep adding more numbers to master in multiplication and division.  This week we’ll explore 3s and 4s, as well as review 2s, 5s, 9s and 10s.  Any practice at home with Math Facts is always beneficial and appreciated.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

August 28th, 2017 – Settling In

Good Morning Families!

We are have had an amazing first two weeks of school!  I’m not sure I’ve ever had a class that has settled into the routines of third grade as quickly as this group.  Very impressive, to say the least!

We are in Unit 1, Week 2 of reading this week, and the kids will bring home a practice spelling list for the week.  If you don’t see a list, remember you can click on the spelling tab of this site and find the words for the week.  We’ll continue to practice visualization, along with synonyms, antonyms and different kinds of sentences.

In Math we’ll continue practicing how to multiply.  We’ll introduce a few new numbers this week, including 10s, 9s and possibly 3s.  Any extra practice with Math facts at home is always helpful.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

August 21st, 2017 – Solar Eclipse Day!

Good Morning Families!

The Solar Eclipse Day has finally arrived!  I’m so excited for this amazing experience!  I hope we have great weather, and the kids have the chance to make a life-long memory.

This week we’ll begin Unit 1, Week 1 of our Wonders reading program.  That means we’ll have our first spelling test on Friday, and you can expect a study list to come home today.  Please remind your child to study a little bit each night, so he/she is ready for the test on Friday.

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to explore the class web site.  If you’re curious about Wonders, spelling lists, the Math Expressions curriculum, please click around on the tabs and see what your child will be working on in the coming weeks and months.

I have to say, we had a wonderful first week of school.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your kids and I’m so excited for all the fun we’re going to have learning this year!

Thanks for reading, have a great week, and enjoy the eclipse!

Eric Wachter

August 10th, 2017 – Welcome Families!

Hello Families!

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  I am very excited to work with you and your children as they begin their journey through third grade.  Please bookmark this site and refer to it throughout the year.  Hopefully this page will help keep you in the loop with all the happening’s in your child’s room.

Thanks for checking out the site and please tell your child I can’t wait to see them Monday morning!  🙂

Eric Wachter