Miss Bischoff's 2nd Grade Bulletin

January 30, 2016

2-2 Tuesday

On Tuesday, February 2nd, Thorpe Creek is going to celebrate 2-2 Tuesday! This day will not happen again until sometime after the year 2020. Please have your child join in on the fun by wearing tutu's, wear a shirt or outfit with a 2 on it (sports shirt possibly), use masking tape to put the number two all over your shirt, wear 2 of something, make a construction paper hat/headband with the number 2 on it, 2 different pairs of socks, two stripes on the face (like athletes do) etc.!! Get creative! I can't wait to see what the kids come up with! I'll see you next TWOsday!!

Valentine's Day!

It's hard to believe that Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away. I will be sending home a class list on Monday for our Valentine's Day card exchange. Please remember that if your child participates then they should make a card for every student. Also, HSE policy states that students may not pass out food/candy with cards.


As you know, we have started our Forces and Motion Science Unit. 2nd grade is planning on learning more about forces and motion by creating cars. We need donations of EMPTY soup cans, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, wrapping paper tubes, duct tape and anything that might help built a car out of a soup can (wheels, etc!). Please have your child send these items in as soon as possible! We will start creating on Monday. We will test our final creations next Friday, February 5th!

Global Day of Play!

Wednesday, February 3rd from 12:30-3:25 we will participate in a Global Day of Play! To help make this day successful, students are invited to bring in their favorite game or toy from home to play in class. Some examples can include: board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.). We will enjoy learning from each other and from games that afternoon! Looking forward to sharing how this afternoon of learning through play goes!

Self Control and Responsibility Student's of December and January!!

Congratulations to Nick and Sydney for being chosen for DECEMBER's Self-Control Students of the Month!!! Congratulations to Jin and Muaz for being chosen for January's Responsibility Students of the Month. Nick, Sydney, Jin and Muaz will be invited to eat lunch with Mrs. Curran on the stage in the cafeteria. Next month we will be focusing on RESPECT!

Family S.T.E.A.M night!

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!

Yearbooks are on sale!

Yearbook orders are due by March 16, 2016. The cost of the yearbook is $16 per book. We encourage you to place an order on the website: www.inter-state.com/yearbook. Enter in the code 03573P to place an order. All yearbooks ordered online, will be shipped to TCE. Checks should be made out to Thorpe Creek Elementary. Happy ordering!

Pennies for Patients

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: http://events.lls.org/pages/in/ThorpeCreekElementarySchool

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 http://www.studentseries.org/

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


Next week will be week A of our homework.

*** New list of Spelling Words will be coming home on Tuesday! Next Spelling Test will be Friday February 12th!***

Mark your Calendar!

  • February 2nd- TCE Spirit Day- 2-2 Tuesday
  • February 5th- Family S.T.E.A.M night
  • February 5th-1/2 for Students. Students will dismiss at 12:01.
  • February 12- Valentine's Day Party
  • February 15th-No School-Presidents Day
  • February 16th- No School-Flex Day

Specials For next week

Monday 2/1- Day 1: Music

Tuesday 2/2- Day 2: Art

Wednesday 2/3- Day 3: P.E.

Thursday 2/4- Day 4: Music

Friday 2/5- Day 0: No Special 1/2 Day for students

Class Library Checkout!

Our next class library checkout day will be Thursday, February 4th, but remember your child may bring his/her books back at anytime. We will find a time for him/her to visit the library individually to get new books!

We are Learning...


We will continue our study of nonfiction texts. We will be learning how to gather information from informational texts so that we can become experts on a topic. We will focus on various nonfiction features and study them in more detail.


We will wrap up subtraction of 2 digits with and without regrouping on Wednesday. We will then begin our topic on place value to 1,000. We will be using words, models, standard form and expanded form to represent numbers to 1,000. We will also be using our understanding of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits to compare two three-digit numbers.


We will continue our unit on nonfiction writing texts. Students will continue to research, gather, and write down information to help them write their nonfiction books.


We will continue our study of forces and motion. We will study how objects move in different ways such as straight, backwards, back-and-forth, etc. We will also be studying how applied forces such as a push or pull can change the motion of objects.

Word Study:

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. We will be focusing on 11 new vocabulary words. Those words are: friction, motion, speed, force, zig-zag, position, direction, gravity, magnetism, attract, and repel.