Mrs. Novack's News

March 6, 2015

Monarch Butterfly Garden

We are just beginning a project that will take us through the end of the school year. Did you know that 96% of Monarch butterflies have disappeared since the 1970's? There simply isn't enough habitat area left for them to thrive. We are going to try to help change that! Our class will be learning about the milkweed plant, planting our own milkweed seeds and then transplanting them to our very own Monarch butterfly garden outside the school this spring! Our first step will be getting the seeds and learning about different types of soil and what type of soil would be best for the seeds. We will watch the seeds sprout (hopefully) and discuss what the seeds will need to become plants. You can visit the organization that we are getting the seeds from at the link below.

It's Time to Order Yearbooks!

Yearbook orders are due by March 15, 2015. The cost of the yearbook is $15 per book. We encourage you to place an order on the website: You will just need to enter in the code: 748563 to place an order. All yearbooks ordered online, will be shipped to TCE. Checks should be made out to Thorpe Creek Elementary. Happy ordering!


Please keep in mind that we will be going outside for recess unless the wind chill is below 25. Make sure to send your child to school with an appropriate coat, gloves and hat for being outside 20-30 minutes everyday.

Things we are collecting...

There are several items that we are always collecting at school. Feel free to send them in whenever you need to.

  • all plastic bottle caps and lids for our buddy bench project
  • Boxtops
  • Campbells Labels for Education

Coming up next week....

Reading - We will be working on comparing and contrasting stories this week. We will read two different stories and decide what is the same and what is different about the stories.

Spelling - New spelling lists were sent home on Monday. Your child will be tested over these words and the below sight words on Friday, March 13th.

Our sight words for the next 2 weeks will be:

first, new, try, must, start

Writing - We will continue working on our fiction writing for our Young Author books. We have been focusing on reading our story as the reader would not just as the writer. We will continue to talk about adjectives and how they help the reader to see a story the way the writer sees it.

Math - We will continue looking at adding and subtracting groups of 10 from a two-digit number. We have learned several strategies to help us solve these problems. As always we will continue to work on those math facts as well.

Science - We will begin our next science topic which will focus on soil. We will be discussing the different types of soil as well as the characteristics of these types. We will be incorporating our butterfly garden into our science work by planting our milkweed seeds in various types of soil and trying to determine which soil the seeds will grow best in.

Related Arts Schedule

Monday - PE and library

Tuesday - music

Wednesday- art

Thursday - PE

Friday - music

Important Dates

March 13 - Spring picture day

March 13- End of the 3rd nine weeks

March 15- All orders for Yearbooks are due (see the message above if you have not already ordered on and are interested)

March 20 - Candy Bar Bingo. 6:00-8:30 (1st grade will be calling numbers from 6:20-6:50)

March 21 & 22 - District wide art show @ HSE high school

Math and Reading Game Links

This will take you to the students links section of the TCE website. You can find loads of great games your child can play to practice math and reading skills.

Mrs. Jennifer Novack

The more that you read, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss