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April 24th, 2017 – Winner, winner, chicken…embryos!

Good Morning Families!

Your child probably reported to you that our growing little chicken embryos are doing great!  They were candled last Wednesday, and thankfully all twelve of our little buddies are growing properly.  If all goes well, they will begin to hatch on or around May 3rd.  Keep your fingers crossed they keep developing!

This week is Unit 6, Week 3 of reading.  We’ll have spelling this week, even though it’s only a four day week again.  In Math we’ll wrap up Telling Time with our Unit Test on Thursday.  We’ll spend most of this week practicing elapsed time, which is always tricky to master.  Any extra practice at home regarding elapsed time questions would greatly support what we’re doing in the classroom.

Just a reminder that our field trip to Memorial Stadium is coming up next week on May 3rd.  You may have noticed the typo in the letter I sent home, in regards to volunteering.  Should you choose to volunteer, please let me know by this Friday.  (I think one of the dates listed last Saturday, by accident.)  If you want to review that note again, it’s listed under the “Events” tab of this web site.  Or, I can send another home with your child.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

April 17th, 2017 – Return to Normalcy & Memorial Stadium Field Trip

Hello Families!

I hope you all had a restful weekend and got to enjoy time with your family during the four day break from school.  It was so nice to feel the sun and a little warmth this weekend!

This week we’ll return to a degree of normalcy for most students.  There are a few that will be taking the NeSA-M test still, but most have finished those exams.  We will have spelling this week (Unit 6 Week 2), but I’ve decided to end the Literacy Homework for the year.  That weekly assignment was designed to prep the kids for the NeSA-ELA test.  Considering those are over, I think we’ll consider that assignment over, as well.

In Math, we’ll turn our attention to Telling Time.  This can be a tricky concept for some kids, so any extra practice at home is helpful.  We also received our eggs for our Embryology Unit last week.  They will be “candled” on Wednesday, and we’ll learn if they are developing properly.  Keep your fingers crossed!

This week your child will also be bringing home a note regarding our field trip to Memorial Stadium on May 3rd.  If you are interested in joining us that day, please read the requirements on the note on how to become a volunteer for the day.  (I also attached the note to the web site under the “Events” tab)  It’s a pretty simple process.  Hope you can join us that day!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

April 10th, 2017 – NeSA Math Week and Embryology Begins

Hello Families!

This week most kids will take the Nebraska State Assessment for Math (NeSA-M) on Tuesday and Thursday.  Like the reading exams, these tests can be very trying and energy draining.  Please see to it your child gets good rest the night before, and a good breakfast in the morning.  I’ll do my best to cheer them on and encourage each student to give his/her best!  If the kids do that, I’ll be content that we did everything in our power to bring out their best!

We’ll begin our Embryology (Baby chicks!) science unit on Wednesday.  This will serve as a nice break to all our testing!  A dozen eggs will be delivered, and the kids will enjoy a short presentation as to how they will become “mother hens” over the next three weeks.  🙂  If all goes well, we’ll have some fluffy little pets to enjoy beginning around May 3rd.

Since most kids are wrapping up testing this week, we will again not have a spelling list or Literacy Homework.  Math homework will be very limited, as well, with all the exams.

Thanks for reading and thanks so much for all you do for your child!

Mr. Wachter

April 3rd, 2017 – Testing Season Continues

Hello Families!

Wabbit season! Duck season!  Wabbit season!  Duck season!  TEST SEASON!  If you recall the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, those words ring true in your child’s classroom right now.  🙂  Most kids have finished the NeSA-ELA Test, or will finish it up this week.  There is no rest for the weary, however, as we now embark on a condensed version of our Unit 5 Test in reading.  Thus, the kids will have no spelling this week, nor will I torture them with a Literacy Homework.  Next week we’ll shift gears to the NeSA Math Test, which we will be prepping for all this week in addition to our other exams.  If I melt your child’s brain, I apologize.  🙂

With hard work comes fun, however.  Last Friday we enjoyed a break with a movie and some treats.  This Friday the kids will become paleontologists for a day and excavate a fossil out of plaster of Paris.  This will take place Friday afternoon and will be a nice way to end a hard week.  The plaster can get a bit messy, so you might consider sending them to school wearing clothes that might get a bit dusty.

Thanks for reading, and thanks again for all you do to help your child succeed in school!

Mr. Wachter