Kindergarten – 2017-2018 (Room 100)

Mrs. Wachenheimer – Decatur Classical School


Welcome to Kindergarten! This is my 14th year at Decatur and my 11th year as the kindergarten teacher. I received my Bachelors’ degree from Northeastern Illinois University and my Masters’ degree from Concordia University. When I am not teaching, my four children and large extended family keep me very busy!

Classroom Expectations & Policies:

At Decatur, we ask our students to endure challenges, be present, and take care of each other. We are creating a classroom community where we will take chances, make mistakes, have fun and learn with and from each other. 


I will send out a weekly email to you with the highlights from the week and any notices of upcoming tests or other important dates.This information will also be found here on our classroom page.  Email is the fastest and most reliable way to communicate with me throughout the school year. I will get back to you during the week within 48 hours. You can also send a note in your child’s Take-Home Folder. 


Weekly Updates & Links:

September 15, 2017

Wow! We did it! We’ve made it through our first full week of school.

Kindergarten is a big transition and the children are getting better each day!

Our first full week went well! We are still learning and reviewing school rules and classroom procedures, but we are getting a lot more learning in than last week.

We are working on so many new things! Our calendar/morning meeting routine is starting to get established. The children were super excited to get their jobs. Some jobs are more exciting than others, but not to worry, they change each week! Ask your child what his or her job was!

In math, we have been busy reviewing kindergarten math skills before we jump into our first grade curriculum. We have been counting and writing our number 0-20, representing numbers in different ways, and putting them together with hands on activities.

In reading, we dug deep into Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault. We made predictions, retold the story, connected the story to ourselves, came up with interesting solutions to the problem, and gave our opinions about the story. This was a great first full-week activity!

Here’s one activity we did this week. The letters had a problem. They kept getting hurt.  Here are just a few of the excellent solutions the children came up with!

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In science, we have started to look at our five senses and why they are important. If you get a chance this weekend, go for a senses walk.  Ask your child to pay attention to their senses. Have them close their eyes, what do they hear, what do they smell? Touch the grass or tree bark, how does it feel?  Have fun!

We have also spent time as a class and as a school going over the school rules: Endure Challenges, Be Present, and Be Kind to Each Other. Thursday we had a school tour where expectations were describe and demonstrated. We will continue to explore what those rules and expectation look like in the classroom.

Meet  Goldeen, our classroom pet. The children love to spend time looking for him and watching him swim around.

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If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to fill out the important forms on our school’s website.

Important upcoming dates:

9/18 Decatur Curriculum Night 6-7:30

9/18-9/22 Scholastic Book Fair

10/4 Picture Day

10/9 Columbus Day-No School

October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017 Happy Friday the 13th! This week we had a special guest! Mr. Parker, a second grade parent and fire fighter, came…   Read More

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October 6,2017

Happy Columbus Day! Children completed the Fall MAP testing this week. I was very impressed with how focused they were! Well Done, Kindergarten! A few…   Read More

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September 29, 2017

Another fantastic week in Kindergarten!  Lots of exciting changes! At the end of last week, our class got a special delivery of a horseshoe…   Read More

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September 22, 2017

Happy Fall! It’s been another busy week in kindergarten! Today was our fourteenth day of school and the children are really starting to settle…   Read More

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September 15, 2017

Happy Friday! Wow! We did it! We’ve made it through our first full week of school. Kindergarten is a big transition and the children…   Read More

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Jog-a-thon Schedule

The Jog-a-thon is on Wednesday, October 17 and we hope parents will join us to cheer on their student! There is also still time…   Read More

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Decatur Cross Country Begins Season

Decatur Cross Country Begins Season By Brady Leonard On Wednesday Sept. 27th, Decatur’s Cross Country team participated in its first meet of the season….   Read More

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