Mrs. Szafranski's Class

Week 22: February 8-12

Box Tops & Labels for Education

TCE has already collected over 8,000 Box Tops and Labels for Education this year! The winter deadline to turn in Box Tops and Labels for Education is Friday, February 19. Winners will be announced the following Friday. The spring contest will continue through May, so please continue to send your Box Tops and Labels for Education in all year! More information will be sent home in your child's green folder. Thank you for supporting our school!

Lunch Menu Change

The cafeteria will be trying some new menu items in February and March!

Feb. 12 & March 4: “Big Daddy” CHEESE Pizza

Feb 18 & March 10: Mozzarella Pull Aparts

Feb 29 & March 21: Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 3 & 24: Cornbread

Pennies for Patients 2016

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:

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

Valentine's Day Party

The classroom Valentine party will be held on Friday, February 12 from 1:45-2:45. Kindly email if you would like to volunteer at the party. It is TCE policy that siblings may not attend. Your child will not be allowed to leave with you at the end of the party. All volunteers attending must have a current background check on file and must have watched the anti-bullying video.

The children will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates earlier that day. Please send 26 Valentines for the class. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DISTRIBUTE BALLOONS, CANDY, OR FOOD IN THEIR VALENTINES!!!! If your child brings a Valentine with those items, they will not be allowed to give them out to the other students. (Please do not individually address the Valentines as it takes FOREVER to pass them out - thank you!!).

We will be using Cheerios, cinnamon candies, and candy hearts for a project and take-home kit during the party. These ARE NOT for eating. If you have any concerns about this, please let us know.

Please feel free to email us with any questions!

Colleen Kilberg, and Laura Clark

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook orders are due by March 16. The cost is $16 per book. We encourage you to place an order online: Enter code 03573P to place an order. Online orders will be shipped to TCE. Checks should be made out to Thorpe Creek Elementary.

TCE Cardinal Runners

Join our school team and be a Cardinal Runner!

May 21, 2016

The Geist Half Marathon Inc. is an Indiana non-profit corporation organized to inspire health and wellness in the children surrounding Geist Reservoir. Money from last year’s race was donated to HSE and Lawrence Township Schools.

If your child (or you!) would like to participate in this year’s race as a part of the “Cardinal Runners” team, please return the emailed permission slip and race fee by March 28, 2016. Our school team will be walking and running in the 5K (3.1 miles) race. The cost to participate in the Cardinal Runner team is $37.50. Please make checks payable to TCE. The registration fee for the race includes a fee of $7.50 for a “Cardinal Runners” team shirt. Let’s show our school spirit by wearing our Cardinal Runners shirt on race day! *If you have last year’s Cardinal Runner shirt, you can re-wear it. The entry fee is $30, then, without the Cardinal Runner shirt. Each participant also receives a Geist 5K shirt, refreshments at the finish line, and a medal! Additional race information can be found at We will register all students and parents that participate on our Cardinal Runners team at one time, so please do not register through the website. If your child may need financial assistance in order to participate, please contact Mrs. Curran.

I will be sending home information in the spring about an optional training walking/running program at school, along with additional race day details. I look forward to running with a large group of the Thorpe Creek Elementary Family!

Cardinal Runners sponsor,
Mr. Clint Cushman

Upcoming Curriculum

Reading - All About Characters: Changing Points of View

Writing - Planning Young Author Books

Grammar - Irregular Past Tense Verbs; Contractions

Math - Two-Digit Subtraction

Science/Social Studies - TCE Garden Project

Spelling Sight Words - when, these, got, take, made

*Spelling Test: Friday, February 19

Related Arts Schedule

Monday - Music

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - PE

Thursday - Music

Friday - Art

Mark Your Calendar!

February 12 - Valentine's Day Party

February 15 - No School (Presidents' Day)

February 16 - Flex Day (no school unless make-up day is required)

February 19 - Movie Night

Scholastic Book Club

Our class code is J2WNT