Mrs. Hamilton's Class

February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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We all had such a great time celebrating Valentine's Day together today!! We had so much fun passing out Valentine cards to our friends and reading them together!! We really are so thankful for our TCE friends and families! Thanks to our Room Moms Kathleen Morrow and Melanie Goheen for making our party such a great success!!! A HUGE thank you to all of the parents who came to volunteer and help out as well! You guys are the best!!! Have a great Valentine's Day!!!
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Food 4 Souls Donation Drive

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. To celebrate this special day, second grade is going to collect donations for Food 4 Souls ( One of our amazing second grade student's parents help to run this organization. Food 4 Souls helps to gather items for the homeless among many other things! Starting Monday, we will be collecting men's insulated gloves, coats, hooded sweatshirts, blankets, batteries (AAA and D batteries are needed the most), men's thermals, flashlights, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, and more. Your child is welcome to bring these items in (new or used) through Monday, February 29th. We thank you for your support!!

Study Trip to the Children's Museum!

Our next study trip to the Children's Museum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th. We will be seeing the play "True Story of the 3 Pigs" at the Lilly Theater. The cost of the study trip is $8.00. Permission forms were sent home today and are due back to school by Friday, March 11th . We are also looking for 6 chaperones per classroom to attend the field trip. Please return the form that was sent home with your child if you are interested in attending and if you have a current background check on file, as well as watched the anti-bullying webinar. We are looking forward to a memorable experience!

Digital Learning Day!

Digital Learning Day is next Wednesday, February 17th which is what HSE21 is ALL about. It's not about the iPads, but using them as tools to enhance and amplify our students' learning! We encourage your child to bring in a device for the day! It's sure to be a FUN day of learning with technology!!

Menu Change

The cafeteria will be trying some new menu items for the months of February and March.

Feb. 12 & March 4: “Big Daddy” CHEESE Pizza (Friday) (In place of Cheese Pizza)

Feb 18 & March 10: Mozzarella Pull Aparts (Thursday) (In place of Cheese/pepp pizza bites)

Feb 29 & March 21: Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Monday) (In place of Beef Soft Tacos)

March 3 & 24: Cornbread (Thursday) (In place of pretzel)

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: 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!

Middle of the Year Data

We will be sending home middle of the year data sheets and NWEA scores on Friday, November 19th! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this information!!

Box Tops for Education

TCE will be collecting box tops and labels for education. You can send these in a plastic baggie or on the attached page. Please see the attachment for more information!

Mark your Calendar!

  • February 15th-No School-Presidents Day
  • February 16th- No School-Flex Day
  • February 17th- Random Act of Kindness Day
  • February 22nd - Author Troy Cummings will visit TCE
  • February 23rd- Choir Club Performance with Mr. Willard @ 6pm
  • March 14th- NO SCHOOL Flex Day
  • March 18th- Candy Bar BINGO

Week TWO for Homework next week due to the shortened week!!

We will take our SPELLING test next Friday, 2/19!!! The following week we will introduce new words and go back to Week ONE!!

Specials For next week

Monday 2/15- No School

Tuesday 2/16- No School

Wednesday 2/10- Day 4: P.E.

Thursday 2/11- Day 5: Music

Friday 2/12 Day 6: Art

Class Library Checkout!

Our next class library checkout day will be Thursday, February 18th, 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 continue 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 unit of forces and motion. We will be investigating the motion of objects when they are acted upon by forces such as gravity and magnetism.

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.