The Wacky and Wild World of Wallace

January 19, 2019

Flat Fork Creek Park Study Trip UPDATE!!!

I am so sorry about having to postpone our study trip to Flat Fork this week, however on my drive into school the morning I was thinking we made the right decision. We have rescheduled the study trip for Thursday, February 14th! I will be reaching out to chaperones closer to the date, but I am hopeful to have everyone still join us. Feel free to let me know if you were scheduled to attend with us this week, but don't think you'll be free on the 14th! We truly appreciate your flexibility. Study trips are a little more tricky when Mother Nature is involved.

Castleton Mall & Buca Di Beppo Study Trip

We are so excited to start this new year (semester) learning about our local community through the world of commerce. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, February 6th, 7th, or 8th we are going to Castleton Square Mall to learn about producers, consumers, goods, and services. Students will explore the world of retail by identifying whether stores provide goods and/or services, using cardinal directions on a map, and enjoying a meal at Buca Di Beppo®.

-February 6, 2019 - Hesch, King, & Wallace

-Febrary 7, 2019 – Dyer, Hamilton, Sieman

February 8, 2019- Bliell & Willis


***Study Trip permission forms WERE DUE FRIDAY! If you haven't returned your permission slips, please do so as soon as possible so that we can get our food count turned into the restaurant. ***

A Message from Global Studies!

Global Studies Newsletter

*** Important information regarding Chinese Snack Tasting is included in this newsletter and your response is needed if you decide to opt-out.***

In the recent two weeks 1st to 4th grade students have been learning how to say some animals in Chinese. 2nd-4th grade students are doing a great job using the verbs “like” and “have” to form sentences like “I have cats”, “You don’t have dogs”, “I like horses”, and “You don’t like snake”. They also learned how to ask questions like “Do you like horses?” and “Don’t you like rabbits?” in Chinese. I am so impressed with how quickly they learn! 1st grade students had lots of fun learning about the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and coloring Happy New Year 2019, the Year of Pig.

During the week of February 11, 2019, students will be tasting a Chinese snack during their Global Studies class. Please see picture below for the nutrition information. If you do NOT wish your child to taste the snack, please fill out the Opt-Out form by following the link below and submit your response by February 1st, 2019. We will also send out paper permission slips home for certain students with allergy concerns. Thank you for your attention!

The Great Kindness Challenge!

Dear TCE Families,

Thorpe Creek is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 28th to February 1st. The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive and encouraging initiative that is taking place in 103 other countries and over 19,000 schools. As part of the challenge each student will be encouraged to complete 50 acts of kindness in the week.

Another part of The Great Kindness Challenge includes raising funds to help support/build a clinic in a small community in Liberia. We would love for students to bring in change to support this cause! Thank you in advance for your support of the Kind Coins Campaign!

We will celebrate all the acts of kindness that are happening around Thorpe Creek with spirit days. They are:

Monday, January 28th

Crazy about Kindness- Wear your crazy socks day

Tuesday, January 29th

Hats off for kindness- Wear a hat day

Wednesday, January 30th

Team up for Kindness- Wear a sports jersey or favorite team color.

Thursday, January 31st

Cozy up for Kindness- Wear your P.J.'s

Friday, February 1st

Kindness Matters at TCE- Wear your TCE spirit wear

Friendship Party

Friendship Party on February 14th:

The Friendship Parties this year will be held on Thursday, February 14th from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Information from room parents will be sent home regarding volunteers.

Students will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates. We have 24 students in our classroom. Please note that students may NOT distribute Valentines that include food, candy, or balloons.

If you have any specific questions, please let me know.

Class List for Friendship Party

Evan Callahan

Josslyn Darge

Alyus Eads

Kaitlyn Favara

Cooper Gardner

Brayden Heminger

Aarav Hoskeri

Celia Johnson

Ariana Kashani

Jackson Kleinmaier

Kolby Losh

Declan Miller

Brooks Pavlik

Aiden Ramsey

Ava Reimmuth

Annabelle Rose

Ameera Shannahan

Tyler Smith

Nolan Vest

Sawyer Walker

Halle Wright


Mark your calendars for our TCE FAMILY STEAM NIGHT on Thursday,
January 31 from 5:30-7:00 pm. 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 and water will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. We hope to see you there!
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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!

January 18- Study Trip Permission Slips were Due to Castleton Mall

January 21- No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 31- STEAM Night

February 8- Global Day of Play (The actual date of Global Day of Play is Wed. Feb. 6th, but since we will be on our study trip, we have chosen to reschedule this memorable day to Friday, Feb. 8th!) Look for more info. to come home soon!

*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, January 21: No School- MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22: Day 2: Global Studies

Wednesday, January 23: Day 3: Music

Thursday, January 24: Day 4: Art

Friday, January 25: Day 1: P.E.

We are Learning


We continued to work our reading fluency this week. We know that reading out loud is the best way to make our reading sound better. We have used educational phones to talk into to listen to our reading and this week we invited our classroom stuffed animals to listen to our reading. We also learned that when our reading becomes smooth, it will start to sound like our favorite song because it will be done so smoothly. Aarav even sang his favorite song to the class to demonstrate. Well done!


We completed our letters to a friend convincing someone else to read a book by giving our opinion about one of the main characters of the book. It was a great jumping off point for our opinion writing. Next, we did a classroom activity where students had to choose a side of one of two topics (dogs vs. cats, Skittles vs. M&Ms, etc). They then had to give reasons for their choice. If they gave a great reason, students on the other side were encouraged to change sides based on strong opinions. This conversation and activity will be the basis for our next opinion writing. Students brainstormed two things that they will compare and contrast before they then state their opinion in writing. I am excited and interested to see where this will lead.


We continued to look more deeply into money this week. Some students are still struggling with this concept while others really seem to have it. I have been working a lot in small groups to differentiate my instruction based on their knowledge level in this concept. I plan on taking this even further this week with more "purchasing" of items and the change you would get by making these "purchases."

***Please don't forget to practice math facts each night.***

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Word Work

On Tuesday, a new set of words will be sent home with your child. We will work with these words for two weeks at a time. Feel free to practice these sorts at home! I will plan to test them over these words FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st. Here are a list of word sorts that we do in class. Feel free to practice these words at home as well!

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.

Social Studies

We discussed good and services again this week and also talked about the concept of supply and demand. I was very surprised and happy to see how easily they grasped this concept. If you take your child to the store and they ask for a toy and try to convince you that you need to buy it because the store has slashed the price because demand for the toy was low, I apologize in advance :) We will culminate our study of economics with a study trip to Castleton Mall in February..