Mr. Willis's 2nd Grade Class

October 14, 2016

Smith Family Farms Study Trip!

On Thursday of this week, the 2nd graders got to travel to Smith Family Farms! On this study trip we got to see first hand and learn more about both plant and animal life cycles that occur on a farm. We also got to enjoy a hay ride, lunch with friends, and we got to pick our own pumpkins! We will use these pumpkins at school through end of October. We plan to do various activities with this and can't wait to see where our curiosities take us!

Thank you to the chaperones who volunteered their time and joined us! We enjoyed having you spend the day with us!

Colts Day!

Today we celebrated Colts Day! This was a PTO sponsored Spirit Day! Thank you to all who wore their favorite Colts gear or remembered to wear their BLUE and WHITE!

Liger Mile

Amazing job to all who participated in this years Liger Mile on Thursday evening! It was such a fun evening exercising with friends!

Student Led Conferences & Report Cards

Thank you to all who came this week and last to our student led conferences! It was such a great time partnering together to celebrate your child's successes! Today the 1st 9 weeks report cards are available on Skyward. Make sure to check those to see how your child did!

The Fall Book Fair is Coming to TCE!

The Fall Book Fair is coming to TCE! It will be open Tuesday, November 1st - Friday, November 4th during the school day. It will also be open on Friday, November 4th until 6:30 so you can shop before PTO's Movie Night! Our class will shop the Book Fair on (insert your class’s library time according to the schedule attached). If you choose to send in money for your child to shop, send it in a clearly marked envelope with your child’s name and teacher. You are welcome to sign in at the office and shop with your child as well. **You must have a background check on file in the office if you wish to shop during the school day with your child. Please visit HSE's website for more info:** You can also shop the Book Fair Online starting October 26th - November 9th! Just visit

Inventors Box Donations!

During exploring time students like to create things with recycled items, our classroom is in need of any items that we can use to create and invent things with!! We love turning trash into new and exciting inventions and creations!

Some items that we need and brainstormed together are:

plastic bottles

soda cans


boxes (any size cereal, pop tart, cracker, mac and cheese etc..)

milk jugs


toilet/paper towel rolls



magazines (child appropriate)

bags from kroger, marsh, etc..


rubber bands

egg cartons

plastic containers

If there is anything else you would like to send in, we would love to have it!!

Thanks so much for your help with this! We will collect these items all year long!


Background Checks & Anti-Bulling Video

If you want to volunteer, chaperone fieldtrips, or eat lunch in the cafeteria, guests must have an approved background check on file and complete the Anti-bullying video. Background checks are good for 3 years. If you have questions about your background check, contact the TCE office.

Important Information for Next Week

Mark Your Calendar!

Thursday & Friday, October 20 and 21st- Fall Break

Tuesday, November 8th- Election Day (NO SCHOOL for students) Teachers in PD

Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25th- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Related Arts Schedule

Monday, October 17th- Day 5- P.E.

Tuesday, October 18th- Day 6- Music

Wednesday, October 19th- Day 1- Art

Thursday, October 20th- NO SCHOOL Fall Break

Friday, October 21st- NO SCHOOL Fall Break

Monday, October 24th- Day 2- P.E.

Tuesday, October 25th- Day 3- Art

Wednesday, October 26th- Day 4- Art

Thursday, October 27th- Day 5- P.E.

Friday, October 28th- Day 6- Music

We Are Learning...


During reading this week we focused on understanding major & minor characters, plot, and the 5 W's (the who, what, when, where, and why) of a story.


In writing this week we continued to flesh out and organize our ideas for our personal narratives. Our ideas are still being organized into a beginning, middle, and end fashion.


This week in math we learned how to write an equation using a variable in the unknown part, as well as created and shared subtraction strategies. Next week we will continue to deepen our understanding of "variables" within subtraction problems.