The Wacky and Wild World of Wallace

February 15, 2019

Happy Friendship (Valentine's) Day

Thank you to all of our parents who supported us (both in and out of class) in showing our appreciation for our friends during this week's Friendship (aka Valentine's Day). The students demonstrated their appreciation for others by making calming jars for themselves, handing out cards/letters/gifts of affirmation to each other, and making cards for our postal workers. It was a wonderful day of friendship!

Flat Fork Creek Study trip

We had a fun adventure at Flat Fork Creek park on our study trip. We found that the park looked completely different from the fall. The trees were bare. The ground was muddy or icy, and we saw very little wildlife. We can't wait to go back in the spring and see how it has changed again!

A Message from Global Studies!

Global Studies Newsletter

For Global Studies, we had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year and learning about traditional Chinese desserts. Students learned a popular Chinese New Year song and how to say “xin nian kuai le” (happy new year) and “gong xi gong xi” (congratulations!), which are common greetings during Chinese New Year. They also learned the history of different types of traditional Chinese desserts, and watched street artists perform sugar art such as sugar painting and blowing candy. Finally they tasted Haw Candy Flakes, a snack that is made of a Chinese fruit – the haws.

Some students loved it so much that they wanted to know where they could get it. So here is the information. You can find it in Asia Mart located at 6103 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46250 (Castleton Mall area). (Adjacent to this message is a picture of the packaging.)

Next week students will start Global Studies in Spanish and I am super excited for them for this new language learning experience! Once again I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach your child Chinese in the last 3 months. I hope they will continue their love in learning different languages and the world around them.

Ms. Sandra

Global Studies Teacher – Chinese

Yearbooks Are on Sale

Yearbooks are on sale! The cost of the yearbook is $16 per book. To order a yearbook this year, you will need to order online at . We will not be accepting cash or checks this year. All orders are due by March 22nd. To place an order online, enter in the code 36760V. The yearbooks will be shipped to TCE and passed out to the students near the end of May. Happy ordering!
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Daily Snacks

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:




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!

February 18th: NO SCHOOL: President's Day

March 1st: Read Across America Day & Candy Bar BINGO 6:00-7:30

March 14th: 2nd Grade Choir Concert (only for students in choir club)

*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, February 18: President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 19: Day 2: Global Studies

Wednesday, February 20: Day 3: Music

Thursday, February 21: Day 4: Art

Friday, February 22: Day 1: P.E.

We are Learning


This week, we continued to learn about figurative language. We used the mentor text, Bedhead, to find different types of figurative language and with the help of examples from the book, the students learned common types of figurative language used in books. We talked about onomatopoeia, hyperbole, similes, alliteration, and idioms. We dove more deeply into idioms by searching for idioms on our Epic accounts. We found many books that showed common idioms, gave their meanings, and told about how those idioms came to be. We will look deeper into more figurative language next week.


Many of us have now completed at least one opinion piece and some of us have completed a few opinion papers. We will complete all papers by the beginning of next week and begin working with partners to debate one another. They will be able to use the tools that they have learned from opinion writing to build their case and hopefully win over the class with their reasoning.


This week, we continue to tell time to the nearest hour and 5-minute. The students worked hard at understanding how the hour hand (short hand) and the minute hand (long hand) work respective to one another. We also started working with elapsed time. We worked with pretend scenarios that contained both a beginning and end time and began figuring out how much time was between.
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We talked about the different items in our classroom early in the week and how everything in the class is made of matter. We talked about what would happen if we did certain things to those items: burn them, freeze them, put them in water. We also used our online science textbook to talk about different ways that we can change matter.
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