Mrs. Bleill's News

March 28, 2019

A Note from Global Studies...

¡Hola!

My name is Stacey Zimmerman, and I am the Spanish teacher for the Global Studies Program. I am excited to be back at Thorpe Creek and working with your children!

During our time together, the students actively learn the Spanish language through whole group and small group games, hands-on-activities, songs, rhythm, stories, and movement. Material is taught through activities that stimulate a high level of student involvement.

First grade students have been working on the numbers 1-10 in Spanish. They have learned greetings such as good morning, good afternoon, good night, hello, and good-bye. They have learned how to ask “What is your name?” and respond to that question.

Second, third, and fourth grade students have been working on numbers to 20. They have learned how to ask “Where do you live?” and respond to that question. They are currently working on identifying shapes in Spanish.

We are having a great time in Global Studies! It is wonderful to see the students’ enthusiasm and excitement to learn about new languages and cultures!

Sincerely,

Stacey Zimmerman

FOOD BANK DRIVE!!!

Dear TCE Families,

We want to inform you about a food drive we are planning. It is during the week of Pancake Dinner (April 8th through April 12th). We are collecting food for the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank. Items that can be donated include Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Cereal or any non-perishable food items. Students can bring in donations anytime during that week or families can bring items during the Pancake Dinner on April 10th.

Thank you for your donations.

Mrs. Gibson’s First Grade Class

Mrs. Pugel’s Fourth Grade Class

BOOK FAIR

Our class will be shopping TCE's book fair Wednesday, April 10th from 11:30-12! Your child may bring in money to shop if they would like. Please send it in a marked envelope or baggie.
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Daily Snacks

WE ARE STILL IN NEED.....Please consider sending a snack to school with your child each day. Our approved list (to keep all of our Cardinals safe - especially those living with food allergies) include:

fruit

veggies

cheese

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish

Skinny Popcorn


We appreciate donations for our students that are without a snack, as well. Thank you for considering!

Background Checks & Anti-Bullying Video

All who desire to volunteer, chaperone fieldtrips, or eat lunch in the cafeteria 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, please contact the TCE office @ (317) 594-4310.

Mark Your Calendar!


March 29th - April 7th: No school - Spring Break

April 10th: 5:30-7:00 PTO Pancake Dinner, Book Fair is open, and young author books are on display in our gym

April 28th- Hamilton Trace Senior LIving Visit


*Just a reminder that we have early dismissal every Monday so that our teachers can continue their learning.

Related Arts Schedule for Next Week!

Monday, March 25: Day 2: PE and Library

Tuesday, March 26: Day 3: Global Studies

Wednesday, March 27: Day 4: Music and Design Studio

Thursday, March 28: Day 1: Art

Monday, April 8: Day 2: PE and Library

Optional Spelling Practice at Home!

We will work with these words for two weeks at a time. Feel free to practice these sorts at home! Also, I will not be giving spelling tests over these words this year, but rather check with each student by checking to see if they can spell the words based on their spelling patterns.

Repeated Sort: Students will sort their words. Then check their words using the answer key. Then sort their words again!

Draw and Label: Students choose 10 of their words. Then they will draw a picture of each world and label it.

Blind Sort: Using given guide words, or headers, students spell or write in words in the correct category as a partner calls each word aloud without showing it.

Writing Sort: Students write their words under the correct category.

Speed Sort: Students sort words quickly under the correct categories (use a timer to see how fast they can do it!) Students love to beat records and to set goals for themselves.

Word Hunt: Students hunt through their own reading and writing for words that are additional examples of the sound, pattern, or meaning unit they study!

Buddy Sort: Using the given headers, students sort their words with a partner, then discuss. They will then check their work with their answer key.

We are Learning

Reading

This week, we are reading to get more ideas on how to become a better writer. We have been focusing on voice, vocabulary and different perspectives. We are working in small groups, partner reading, Lexia, RAZ kids, reading to self and writing about our reading on a daily basis in reading rotations!


I am going to be assessing reading levels next week. Looking forward to seeing how much they have grown!

Writing

We have spent all week finishing up our Young Author books and can not wait for you to see our work. These will be displayed at the Pancake Dinner the evening of April 10th. Hope to see each of you then! They are turning out so well!

Word Study

Below are the sorts we will practice in class!!


Repeated Sort: Students will sort their words. Then check their words using the answer key. Then sort their words again!

Draw and Label: Students choose 10 of their words. Then they will draw a picture of each world and label it.

Blind Sort: Using given guide words, or headers, students spell or write in words in the correct category as a partner calls each word aloud without showing it.

Writing Sort: Students write their words under the correct category.

Speed Sort: Students sort words quickly under the correct categories (use a timer to see how fast they can do it!) Students love to beat records and to set goals for themselves.

Word Hunt: Students hunt through their own reading and writing for words that are additional examples of the sound, pattern, or meaning unit they study!

Buddy Sort: Using the given headers, students sort their words with a partner, then discuss. They will then check their work with their answer key.

Math

We are continuing our work with money. We are counting, finding equivalent sums, calculating, and shopping. These are fun things to practice with money at home as well! Next week we will be working with arrays, time and shapes in Unit 5. If you'd like to do extra work at home you can do the pages in the Homelinks workbook. We are completing chapter 5 next week!