Mrs. Szafranski's Class

Week 21: February 1-5

TuTu Tuesday or Two Two Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 2nd will be TuTu Tuesday!!! February 2nd will not occur again on a Tuesday until after 2020.

Some ideas for commemorating this historical day would be to:

  • Wear a tutu!
  • Wear a shirt with 2 on it (sports shirts are great)
  • Simply take some masking tape and tape 2's all over a shirt or outfit
  • Wear TWO of something, 2 bows, 2 pairs of socks, 2 hats, etc.
  • Make a construction paper headband and decorate it with punch out 2s

Pennies for Patients 2016

Thorpe Creek Elementary students will be taking part in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program from February 1-12. During this program, students will collect money to support LLS’s mission: to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Students will learn about service, leadership, philanthropy and how they can make a difference by changing patients’ lives. TCE has its own online giving page that students, parents and faculty can share with friends and family:

Thank you in advance for helping LLS to create a world without blood cancers!

For more information on the Pennies for Patients program, please visit

Activities for the first week:

Feb. 1st - bring in pennies

Feb. 2nd –bring in nickels

Feb. 3rd– bring in dimes

Feb. 4th– bring in quarters

Feb. 5th – bring in dollars (each student who brings in a dollar will receive a paper penny to put their name on and it will be displayed in the school)

Activities for the second week:

Feb. 8th – bring in more spare change throughout the week

Global Day of Play

On February 3, we will participate in the Global Day of Play. On this day, please send your child's favorite board or card game to school with them. Please make sure that you have your child's name on their item and have it in a sack. During this time your child will be playing games, legos, blocks, puzzles, magnets, and any other items that they can freely play with. Students will not be using their devices. Instead they will be enjoying free play time where they can move freely around from activity to activity. I will be playing alongside the children during this time. The goal for this day is to encourage children to play freely without adult intervention or structure.

For more information about this day visit

Valentine's Day Party

The classroom Valentine party will be held on Friday, February 12 from 1:45-2:45. Kindly email if you would like to volunteer at the party. It is TCE policy that siblings may not attend. Your child will not be allowed to leave with you at the end of the party. All volunteers attending must have a current background check on file and must have watched the anti-bullying video.

The children will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates earlier that day. Please send 26 Valentines for the class. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DISTRIBUTE BALLOONS, CANDY, OR FOOD IN THEIR VALENTINES!!!! If your child brings a Valentine with those items, they will not be allowed to give them out to the other students. (Please do not individually address the Valentines as it takes FOREVER to pass them out - thank you!!).

We will be using Cheerios, cinnamon candies, and candy hearts for a project and take-home kit during the party. These ARE NOT for eating. If you have any concerns about this, please let us know.

Please feel free to email us with any questions!

Colleen Kilberg, and Laura Clark

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook orders are due by March 16. The cost is $16 per book. We encourage you to place an order online: Enter code 03573P to place an order. Online orders will be shipped to TCE. Checks should be made out to Thorpe Creek Elementary.

TCE Cardinal Runners

Join our school team and be a Cardinal Runner!

May 21, 2016

The Geist Half Marathon Inc. is an Indiana non-profit corporation organized to inspire health and wellness in the children surrounding Geist Reservoir. Money from last year’s race was donated to HSE and Lawrence Township Schools.

If your child (or you!) would like to participate in this year’s race as a part of the “Cardinal Runners” team, please return the emailed permission slip and race fee by March 28, 2016. Our school team will be walking and running in the 5K (3.1 miles) race. The cost to participate in the Cardinal Runner team is $37.50. Please make checks payable to TCE. The registration fee for the race includes a fee of $7.50 for a “Cardinal Runners” team shirt. Let’s show our school spirit by wearing our Cardinal Runners shirt on race day! *If you have last year’s Cardinal Runner shirt, you can re-wear it. The entry fee is $30, then, without the Cardinal Runner shirt. Each participant also receives a Geist 5K shirt, refreshments at the finish line, and a medal! Additional race information can be found at We will register all students and parents that participate on our Cardinal Runners team at one time, so please do not register through the website. If your child may need financial assistance in order to participate, please contact Mrs. Curran.

I will be sending home information in the spring about an optional training walking/running program at school, along with additional race day details. I look forward to running with a large group of the Thorpe Creek Elementary Family!

Cardinal Runners sponsor,
Mr. Clint Cushman

Get excited and mark your calendars for our first TCE FAMILY S.T.E.A.M. NIGHT on Friday, February 5th from 5:30-7:30pm. STEAM is an educational term to describe real world opportunities for students to learn with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. At the TCE FAMILY STEAM NIGHT, TCE students and their family members of all ages are welcome to come and participate in a variety of unique, educational STEAM experiences. Participants will travel as a family (children with their adults) to share in the learning process! Pizza will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. More details will be forthcoming! We hope you plan to be there!

Upcoming Curriculum

Reading - All About Characters: Comparing & Contrasting Points of View

Writing - Persuasive Writing: Young Hoosier Book Nominee Reviews

Grammar - Irregular Past Tense Verbs; Contractions

Math - Two-Digit Addition

Science/Social Studies - TCE Garden Project

Spelling Sight Words - want, don't, how, know, right

*Spelling Test: Friday, February 5

Related Arts Schedule

Monday - PE

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - Art

Thursday - PE

Friday - Half Day, No Specials

Mark Your Calendar!

February 3 - Book Orders Due

February 3 - Global Day of Play

February 5 - Student Half Day (Dismiss @ 12)

February 5 - Family STEAM Night 5:30-7:30

February 12 - Valentine's Day Party

February 15 - No School (Presidents' Day)

February 16 - Flex Day (no school unless make-up day is required)

Scholastic Book Club

Our class code is J2WNT