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December 21st, 2020 – 1st Semester Ends

Hello Families!

We made it!  Hard to believe, but the school year is halfway through.  I’m so glad we have been able to stay open, and have been able to be as “normal” as we have been.  With the vaccine being rolled out, let’s hope our return to real normalcy comes sooner, rather than later!

Reading and Math

This week, the kids will simply wrap up any unfinished assignments, tests, reports, etc.  There will be no spelling and no reading homework.  I may have a bonus Math homework assignment Monday, but for the most part we will try and enjoy our time together the next two days, stress free.

Tuesday’s Adjusted Schedule

On Tuesday, please note the remote learners will have quite an abbreviated schedule.  There day will not begin until 10:30, and will look like this…

9:00 – Assembly in Cafeteria (No Zoom)

9:40 – P.E. – (No Zoom)

10:30 – Integrated Studies

11:00 – Math

12:00 – Recess and Lunch

1:00 – Polar Express (No Zoom)

2:45 – Bonus Recess (No Zoom)

As you can see, we have been given permission to watch “The Polar Express” to celebrate the end of the semester.  Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, remote learners will not be able to join us for this movie.  This decision really frustrates me, but we are beholden to those restrictions, unfortunately.

The movie will take the majority of the afternoon, and then we’ll end the day with a bonus recess.  Therefore, Remote Learners will end their day at noon on Tuesday.  It will basically be like an early-out, PLC Day for the remote learners.

Remote Learners Assignments Due

For the remote learners, please remember to turn in your child’s Unit 3 Math Test, as well as their Unit 3 Reading TDA (written question) and Vocabulary test pages on Monday.  Any other assignments they completed last week can be turned in then, as well.

Thanks for reading, and thank you for all you’ve done to help your child succeed in school this semester.

Eric Wachter

December 14th, 2020 – Test Week

Hello Families,

Hard to believe, but the semester is coming to a close.  It seems like only yesterday we were cranking things up, and just like that we’re at the end.  To wrap up the semester, this week the kids will take their Unit 3 tests in both reading and math.


We’ll spend the first part of the week squeezing in the lessons for unit 3, week 5 in reading, which will lead us to testing on Thursday and Friday.  We have a lot going on, so I think we’ll still practice the spelling skills for the week, but we will not take a test on Friday.  Just a tad too much going on to fit everything in.

We will have reading homework, however.  Last week again only 9 kids turned in their assignments, so thank you in advance for reminding your child he/she has reading homework due on Friday.


Math will follow a similar pattern this week.  We’ll wrap up our lessons and do some review work on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, then take the test on Thursday and Friday.  I anticipate homework on these evenings.

Monday – Homework 3-19

Tuesday – Review 1

Wednesday – Review 2

Thursday and Friday – No Homework


The kids will wrap up their Presidential Profiles this week in writing.  We’ll put the finishing touches on them early in the week, and hopefully get some time to share at the end of the week.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

December 7th, 2020 – Space Week

Hello Families,

This is week (unit 3, week 3) the kids will learn about space during reading.  We’ll read a variety of expository texts about space and space exploration while practicing summarizing, suffixes and main idea.  You can expect a spelling list to come home on Monday evening, as well as a reading homework assignment.  Last week only 8 kids returned their reading homework, so thank you for helping to ensure your child completes and returns his/her assignment.

In math class, we’ll continue to practice addition and subtraction skills.  We’ll work to see the relationship between the two skills, and practice proving our answers by solving an inverse addition or subtraction problem.  I anticipate math homework on each evening this week.

Monday-Homework 3-13

Tuesday-Homework 3-14

Wednesday-Homework 3-15

Thursday-Homework 3-17

In writing, the kids have completed their notes and rough drafts of their presidential profiles.  This week, we’ll begin the final draft with a goal of compiling a book of finished reports.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter