Cardinal Post

TCE Student Publication March 2022

Student VOICE and Student CHOICE

The Cardinal Post school newsletter is written by our Thorpe Creek students. Please remember that we are young authors, young journalists. We are mimicking real world journalism and writing with short deadlines and prioritizing breaking news. In this special publication we are telling the story of our learning from home during our extended school closures. We hope you enjoy our articles and notice how our writing, photography, and observations grow and mature throughout this school year!

Thank you for reading!

the TCE 3rd and 4th grade Newsletter Club


Mark Your Calendar

Friday April 1 - First day of spring break

Monday April 11 - Students return from Spring Break

Tuesday April 12 - TCE Book Fair 3-7pm

Wednesday April 13 - PTO Pancake Dinner and Book Fair

Thursday April 14 - Kindergarten Open House 5-7pm

Monday April 18 - ILearn testing window begins


What are you reading?

Books rock! Unsure what book to read next, here are some favorite book recommendations from a few of our TCE Cardinals!


TCE Book Fair


  • Open on Tuesday, April 12 from 3:00-7:00 pm after school at TCE!
  • Open on Wednesday, April 13 from 3:00-7:00 pm after school AND during the PTO Pancake Dinner (5:00-7:00 pm)

  • Online shopping available from April 11-24!

  • We need volunteers!! Would you like to volunteer as a cashier or donate items for our Teacher Preview? Look for the volunteer information on our Scholastic Book Fair website to sign up!

  • Visit our Scholastic Book Fair website to learn more:

25% of the total sales go to support our TCE Library!

Thank you for shopping the Book Fair and supporting a love of reading at TCE!


An Author Visit

By: Wali Mirza

On the date March 15, 2022 we had an author visit Thorpe Creek Elementary. Helen Frost came to our school! She told us that, "even as a kid we can be an author" THIS INSPIRED ME TO KEEP WRITING NO MATTER WHAT! I'm sure she inspired other kids too. If kids keep on getting inpired by what other people are doing it will make them start new things.

By. Myla Diemer and Kathryn Morrison from mrs. Novack 3rd grade class

Hi everyone, my name is myla and I am here with my friend Kathryn! We are going to tell you about the visit Helen frost gave to our school!

It was super fun! She talk mostly about her book Hello, l’m here it is a great book! If you have not heard of her she is a poetry writer of many awesome books!

She shared her presentation to each grade! She talked about a bird called the sand hill crane! Did you know that a sand hill cranes wing Spand can be up to 7 feet!

At the end of her amazing presentation she answered questions from students! We all got book marks with her Very own signature on it!

That will always be something great to remember!

Thanks for listening and have a great day!

Here are some pictures of Helen frost


Friendship Walk

By: Tynlee

If you would like to bring your family to downtown Indianapolis and have some fun at the Best Buddies walk then sign up today! We would love to have all of us walking together on April 24th! If you are unable to make the walk, you can still join and walk virtually at a time that works for you. The friendship walk is to raise awareness for inclusion, friendship and leadership. Join us by clicking the link below.

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Our Learning Story


4th Graders Memeories

"Buddies with other classrooms" - Aubree

"Going to the Indy 500 race track"- Audrey

"My Teachers"- Maddie

"Having a good time and talking with my teachers"- Evelyn

"Calling my teacher mom" - Vivian

"Conner Praise trips" - Jack

"Having a fish in second grade named Rosie Red Dot Omanatapia"- Cara

"School pets Steve and Mocha"- Alexis

"Winter Parties"- Gabby

"Talent shows"- Harper

"When I met my best friend" - Katelynn


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Newsletter Club

By: Haddie

Hi I’m here to tell you an article about what we do in newsletter club. First, we walk in and pick a spot on the floor or the tables. After that we set down are backpacks and we take a seat. Then we grab our

iPads from our backpacks and we start brainstorming ideas about what we would like to write. When we pick our topic we start to write using notes on our iPad or paper. When we’re done we AirDrop our article to Mrs. Buck and she puts it in the newsletter. When newsletter club is over our mom dad big brother big sister grandma or baby sitter comes to pick us up and we go home.


Intent vs. Impact

By: Keely Leonard and Haddie Gilmore

A few days ago we learned about intent vs. impact. Intent is what your thinking or trying to say or do. Impact is how the person responds to what you said or did. Let’s say that you were going to a birthday party. They invited you but not your other friend. You are excited for the party so you tell your friends ! Your intent was to tell them why you were excited. However the impact is your friend who’s not invited might feel sad. That is impact. You didn’t mean to hurt their feelings, but you did. When this happens, you have to say you're sorry. Sometimes you may even have to explain your intent to the person and next time stop and think is my intent going to impact someone in a negative way and if so, what can I change to do better next time. Take some time to ask your child what they learned in their classroom. Use these questions to help: 1. What is the intent? 2. What is the impact? 3. What can you do to take responsibility for the negative impact after it happens? 4. What can you do to prevent the negative impact in the first place?


Yearbook Club

In yearbook club we do many things like choosing the cover or handing out the yearbook flyers .

In our first meeting we chose the top 20 and top ten we made boxes so all of you could vote.

2-3 meeting we made posters everyone can see in the hallways . we put in order

Flyers then we organized all the pictures in the yearbook. we will hand out year books

Ana Rodriguez


The Mitten- A Story Retold

By: Ken

One day, an old man went walking through the woods with his dog. “Bow, wow, wow,” barked the dog. The old man dropped one of his mittens and went on without even noticing.

A happy squirrel came and burrowed into the mitten and said, “I’ll make this my home”.

Soon a greedy mole came by, “Will you let me in?” asked the greedy mole. “Sure, do come in”. Said the happy squirrel. So now there were two.

Then a frog came hopping by, “Will your let me in?” Asked the hopping frog, “Sure, do come in.” Said the happy squirrel and the greedy mole. So now there were three.

Soon the sleepy raccoon came by. “Who lives in this mitten?” “We do” said the squirrel, the greedy mole, the frog, and the sleepy raccoon. “Will you let me in?” Asked the sleepy raccoon. “Sure, come right in.” Said the happy squirrel

Soon, a hungry hedgehog came by, “who lives in this mitten?” “We do” said the happy squirrel, greedy mole, hopping frog and the sleepy raccoon. “Who are you?” Said the happy squirrel. “I’m a hungry hedgehog, let me in too.” “No you cant, the house is full” said the sleepy raccoon. “I’m coming in.” Now there were five.

The old man noticed that one of his mittens was missing. The dog ran until it came to where the mitten was wriggling. “Bow, wow, wow,” barked the dog.

All the animals crawled out of the mitten and the old man picked it up.



By: Madeline

I am done with lunch time for recess.I’m excited I can’t wait. Outside at recess I have fun playing tag.I get tagged a few times and I escape a few times. Once and a while I play kickball.But I usually find myself going back to tag.Now and these days I usually swing.I also like to jump swing.I’m glad you know what I do at recess.Hopefully you like that too.


Talent Show

On may 17th students grades 3-4 will have a chance to be on stage performing in front of the school for the talent show. Auditions are in April! Students grades k-2 are welcome to participate in the talent show by performing in front of there classes. Gymnastics, juggling,dance, comedy, magic tricks, and more are great options. If your child isn’t interested in performing on the stage they can do backstage crew which means getting the props ready for each performer. Twelve lucky students will perform on stage. So start choreographing, practicing, and planning because the competition is on. Go cardinals!


Art Class

By: Ava

Art is a place to do when you are stressed out or angry it helps you calm down.I like art because I am se4 busy and that sometimes stresses me out.That is what I like about art. You also can exspress your feelings and be able to be yourself.I also like art because you can draw what ever you want.Mrs Myer is very nice and tells you when you need to fix your art I really like mrs myer and art.


Ninja Class

All about Ninja class. So what we do in ninja class is we do rolls ,flips ,Obstacle courses , handstands , and high jumps. We do tricks like climbing walls without ropes and do handstands without support I love it because we jump on trampoline and flips. So what you need flexible shorts and a shirt that is not big And grip socks and a water bottle.Your ready Flexibility, speed, focus , energy, stamina ,and strength Especially responsibility. Ninja class is about physical strength. Don’t forget your water bottle or you will be dehydrated. The most important part of ninja class is honesty and respect don’t forget about courage. Remember ninja class is about skill it is not a competition you should take your time. I love ninja class. Strength is needed in you wall jumps


What I do after school- Gymnastics

By: Delaney

There are four events in gymnastics, bar’s, floor, vault, and beam. My favorite event is vault and I’m REALLY good at it. I get to make up my routine for floor and’s is SO much fun we get to go to the high bar it’s kind of scary but fun. On floor I can do a round off backhand spring and a lot of other cool things. For vault I go over the vault table and do a half on and a front handspring. On beam I can do a bridge kick over and a cartwheel. Bar’s I can do a backhipcircle and a squad on.



By: Ben

Plants grow in the ground. Plants need water, nutrients, and they need sunlight. If plants don’t get watered they can die. The important thing about plant’s is the stem, leaves, flower. There are some plants that kill. These plants are called Venus flytrap, they eat insects. Do you want to no how plants grow? You put seeds underground and then you water the seed and it grows into a plant. If you don’t water a plant it will die. Some plants eat insects but other plants don’t. Some insects need to be careful. If they get eaten first they drop on to a plant then there is bad water that can kill insects.


Headline from Cal

There are so many lunch switches this year. The reason that has caused this is a food and production shortage. The trucks aren't delivery all the food we order. Food shortages is not great one day I had to call home to get lunch. The End (headline)

A Note from HSE Food Services

Food and non-food supply shortages are affecting food service operations across the country including HSE Food Services. Manufacturers across the country are struggling with being able to provide supplies to food service operations due to a variety of issues. The main issue is due to an extreme increase in demand since many schools last year were on a virtual or hybrid schedule and supply needs were much lower. Other issues affecting manufacturers ability to provide supplies are due to staffing shortages, and increased production costs due to inflation. We are continually monitoring product availability with our suppliers and will make menu modifications as necessary. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these supply challenges.


Snacks at TCE

Students are welcome to bring a snack with them to school each day. This is completely optional. For the health and safety. of our classmates with allergies, please only send snacks with your child that are on the TCE approved snack list.

TCE approved snacks include:

  • cheese
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • Pepperidge Farms Goldfish - any variety
  • Skinny Pop


Water Bottles

We do have bottle filling stations available in all of our pods! We strongly recommend that your child bring a water bottle with them each day to school. Thank you!


Information from Thorpe Creek PTO

-by Anniston

We had a fundraiser at TCE called the moveathon! It’s were we raise money and have movement activities at the same time! We had a goal of $12,000, and each time we had a goal to reach ip to $12,000 we would get a reward!! And when we got to $12,000 we got a TCE headband and a special surprise which we have not received yet. We do moveathons every years and every time all the money we raise gose to the pto, the reason we do it every year is because the pto uses that money for activities and all the stuff we have our school!!!! :)))

Click here for the PTO Newsletter

Want to know what's going on with TCE PTO check out this link for more information.

Blue Ribbon School

Thorpe creek is a 2021 blue ribbon school! I love TCE it is like home. The staff make me feel safe and comfortable. I have learned so much at TCE! Thanks so much to all my teachers I have had.

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Information from Hamilton Southeastern Schools

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School at 317-915-4250.

· For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

Response to Instruction (RtI) is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.


HSE Community Insider

Looking for local events? Check out HSE’s Community Insider (CI). The CI is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps, and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County.


Mudsock Information

Spring Sports: Did you forget to register for spring programing? There are limited spaces open for certain divisions in our baseball, softball, soccer, boys lacrosse, rugby, and track leagues. Register now at and we’ll see you on the fields. Learn more here. Questions? Email


A note from The World Connection Club

The World Connections Club would like to announce our upcoming International Night (cultural event with food, music, and fun) on the evening of Friday, March 25, 2022. See below for more information.

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Student Handbook

The elementary student handbook for all HSE students is located on the TCE website following the button below to view.