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Mrs. Hempelmann's Class

General Education

Welcome to our wonderful class where wonder and the love of learning happen daily.  

Hi Wonderful 4th Grade Parents! 

Thank you for your patience in getting all of this information out to you. Please save this as a first-source for reference and questions as it’s really like a new 4th grade handbook!

While remote learning cannot replace in-person learning, our overarching goal is to keep students progressing so they’re as ready as possible when we do return to school.  Just like we are as teachers, remind yourself and your child(ren) that being unsure is okay - we are all learners, together, in this new situation!


  • Email:

  • Communication Method: Gmail 

    • Parents may use any email. Students should only use their district provided Adams 12 email, not personal email. 

  • Office Hours:  Beginning Wednesday, April 1st, I can be reached via email during the office hours of 8-9 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

    • This is a routine time when I’ll be checking email to answer questions, creating classwork, etc. 

    • Please understand for some reason I cannot get back to you immediately after you send an email.  I may be responding to someone else or addressing a family need. Having 4 kiddos myself, and balancing helping them with their learning will create a hectic day-to-day schedule on my side as well. You’ll hear me say this a lot these first few weeks: thank you for your patience!


  • Classwork Location: Google Classroom (your students know how to get in)

  • Weekly Dates: 

    • Weekly lesson plans will be in Google Classroom by Sunday @ 8pm. 

    • Weekly student work should be completed by Saturday @ 8pm. 

  • Time Dedication: I will post classwork on a weekly basis, allowing you and your students to complete assignments throughout the day and week at times that work best for you.  This is all about flexibility and doing what you can. 

    • Overall, the guidelines are between 60-90 minutes of work per day. Please adjust the activities/times to work for your family’s schedule. Wednesdays are dedicated to catch-up and optional extensions.

    • Flexibility: The way time for classwork is spent is completely up to your family. We have structured lessons by “Days of the week” but that does not mean the work has to be completed that way. Here are just 2 of the countless ways to create routines for your child: 

      • Idea #1: 20-30 minutes of each area, in order, per day, totalling 60-90 minutes, and anything additional/optional your child chooses to do. 

      • Idea #2: Your child could complete all of the classwork for each content area.  Example: Finish all of the reading assignments first, then move to writing, math, and then science throughout the week.  

      • There is no right or wrong way to do this! Talk with your child to create a plan that works for everyone at home. 

  • Classwork Details: 

    • Structure: The Remote Learning page will have the same structure week-to-week so your child knows what to expect. This will include assignments and links for reading, writing, math and science.

    • If there is an assignment attached as a PDF or “view only” we encourage you to print the material if you have access or have your child complete it in a notebook the best that they can.

    • Grades: Students may be graded at the end of the week for content and participation.  Grading policies are still being finalized and I’ll notify you with updates. 

  • Face-to-Face: This has been such a crazy transition for all of us! There is nothing more that I want than to be able to do what I love, teaching, as we’ve been used to: seeing my students each day, thinking, learning, having fun, questioning, and interacting with each other! To help with building some much needed face-to-face time I will be  hosting Monday and Thursday Zoom sessions at 10a.m. to check in with kids and do the Savvy read aloud. There will be a special zoom meeting this Wednesday April 1st at 10:00am to kick off our distant learning. Here are some details: 

    • This is completely optional and not required. 

    • The purpose is for our class to connect with each other and for me to briefly explain the weekly learning coming up.

    • Students can access the planned zoom meeting for tomorrow through this link . I will also post the link in Google classroom.  If a parent is available to help the first time that would be great!  

      • Tips: Make sure you click “Start Video” and “Unmute” to make sure your video and audio are working.

    • If all tech works as planned, the video should be recorded and I will attach it to our weekly plan so those unable to attend can view it.  


  • Device Request

    • You can still request chromebooks for home-use. 

    • District Auto-dialers and emails will have the needed info. 

  • Attendance Expectations:  Instead of a daily basis, I will track weekly attendance based on a weekly reflection, student participation and work completion. 

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I recognize there are so many different circumstances created from this health epidemic that each family is in it’s own unique situation. Please ask for help when you need it-there are a lot of us thinking through the same things, and together we'll do our best to make learning at home a smooth, engaging, and purposeful experience for your child!  ​

Much love to you all during this time,