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April 30th, 2018 – Memorial Stadium Tour Week!

Good Morning Families,

This week your child’s classroom will have the opportunity to tour Memorial Stadium!  As you know, the tour for our room is on Wednesday, May 2nd, from 10:30 to 11:30.  We’ll leave the school by 10:00, and return right by noon.  This trip supplements our study of the history of Lincoln, and we’re so excited to bring one of Lincoln’s most historical landmarks to life!  Please have your child dress for the weather, wear Husker gear if you have any, and definitely wear comfortable shoes.  Hopefully we’ll get good weather, but regardless, we’ll get to run out on the Memorial Stadium field rain, snow, sleet or shine!

In Reading, this week is Unit 6 Week 4.  We’ll spend the week reading about a variety of animals, and how we can help protect them.  We will have spelling this week, so expect a list to come home tonight.

In Math, we’ll continue to learn about customary and metric measurements.  By the end of the week we’ll move on to study geometry and learn about various shapes.  In my Math class, I’m expecting to assign homework on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  I always wait to see how the lessons go, but that is my plan.

I have spent a lot of time the last few week preparing the kids’ year-end portfolios, and I have to admit I’m getting pretty nostalgic!  I have enjoyed your children immensely this year, and will be devastated on the last day of school.  This is a group of young people I will never, ever forget.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

April 23rd, 2018 – Goal Setting Week

Hello Families!

This week, your child’s class will be working on goal setting.  Our “Essential Question” for Unit 6, Week 3 in reading is, “Why are goals important?”  We’ll be addressing that question all week, and the kids will write a personal goal to work towards.  Even though it’s a short week, we will have spelling words to learn.  Hopefully your child brought home a list this evening.

In Math, we’ll begin our final Unit of the year on Tuesday.  In Unit 7, we’ll discuss liquid capacity and weight with customary and metric measurements.  We’ll also spend time on Geometry and learn more about shapes.  This week, I anticipate my Math class having homework on Wednesday, and perhaps Thursday.

Just a reminder that our field trip to Memorial Stadium is coming up next week.  I did a poor job of proofreading the field trip note last week, and the dates and days didn’t match.  To be clear, our trip is on Wednesday, May 2nd.  If you can attend on May 2nd, that would be great!  Just be sure and sign up as a volunteer via the link below, and you’re good to go!

Level II Field Trip Chaperone/Volunteer

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter



April 16th, 2018 – Happy Winter?

Good Morning Families!

I hope you all had a nice “spring” weekend and didn’t freeze!  Ah, Nebraska.  🙂

This week will be a fairly normal one for your children.  We are in Unit 6, Week 2 in reading, which means your child will bring home a spelling list this evening.  How ironic given the current temperatures, that our theme of the weak is “weather.”  Most of our stories will center around weather, and how devastating severe weather can be.

In Math, we’ll conclude the week with our Unit 6 Test.  We’ll review in the days prior to the exam, and you can expect review homework from my class on Monday and Wednesday, most likely.

I hope you all had a chance to look at the photo links I sent over the weekend.  I heard from a couple of parents this weekend they did indeed work, so you should be able to save photos of your child, if interested.

Just a reminder that in a few weeks on May 2nd we’ll be touring Memorial Stadium.  We’ll leave school by 10:00, tour from 10:30 to 11:30, and return to school by noon.  I will be sending home an informational letter soon, but keep that date in mind if you want to join us for the tour!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

April 9th, 2018 – Test Season…Concludes!

Hello Families!

The calendar says spring, the temperature says winter, but to your kids it’s the end of test season!  🙂

This week most kids will complete the Math portion of the state assessment.  These tests will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30, approximately.  I’m a little nervous about these exams, because our curriculum is new, and the test is new, as well.  I’m crossing my fingers we have prepped the kids in every way possible for this challenge!

The most important thing is they try their best, and let the scores add up in the end.  Since this will be a big test week in Math, there will likely not be any homework in my Math class, with the exception of perhaps Wednesday.  I’ll play that lesson by ear and see how the kids do during the lesson.

In Reading, we’re starting Unit 6, our final unit of the year.  We will have spelling this week, so the kids should have brought home a list today.  Crazy to think we’re in the stretch run of school!

Thanks for reading, and thanks again for doing all you can to help your kids come to school ready to learn, especially on test days!

Eric Wachter

April 3rd, 2018 – Test Season Continues

Hello Families!

I hope you all had a great break and were able to spend some quality time with your families…in spite of the snow.  Grrrrrr!

This week the kids will continue with spring testing, which feels like a season in itself!  We’ll conclude Unit 5 in reading with our Unit Test.  As a result there will be no spelling words.

In Math we’ll continue our practice solving various word problems.  In my Math class, I’m anticipating homework on Wednesday for Lesson 6-6, and Friday for lesson 6-7.  I’ve allotted a bit of time on Friday for the kids to work on their assignment, so hopefully they can finish most of the work in class.

I will be gone on Thursday and Friday this week, as my brother and I will attend the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA.  It’s a lifelong dream for me to attend, even though it kills me to be gone from school!  I’m sure the kids will be fine, but I’ll sure be thinking of them while I’m gone.  Hopefully those will be the only remaining days I will be gone this year!

Have a great week!

Eric Wachter