Mrs. Sieman's Newsletter

February 22, 2019

Read Across America Day!

Our school will celebrate the joy of reading on Read Across America Day on Friday, March 1st. There will be a PTO sponsored mix-and-match, wacky hair, and dress as your favorite book character day. We will also do a school-wide "Drop Everything and Read" time from 3:10-3:25 that day. Your child may also bring in some of their favorite books from home to read on this day and share with our class! Also, if you are interested in coming in to read a special book to our class, we would love to have you in! Please email me if you are interested, and I can set up a time with you!! Happy Reading!

Mini Dance Marathon

Thorpe Creek’s second-annual Mini-Dance Marathon is March 15th after school from 3:50-5:00pm in the TCE gym. We are so excited to partner with Fishers High School as we dance to raise money and awareness for the children at Riley Hospital for Children. Students should turn in permission slips and a donation of $5.00 to their teacher by March 8th. If you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Gabbard at or Mrs. Renick at FTK!

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!

Candy Bar Bingo!

Candy Bar BINGO will be held here at TCE on Friday, March 1st! 6:00-7:30pm.Come enjoy a fun night out at TCE, where EVERYONE wins candy! There will be pizza sales in the café and raffle tickets sold for “teacher experiences”. We look forward to seeing you there.

TCE Cheer Club!!

Hello K-4 Students! Are you interested in learning more about cheerleading? Then this club is for you! Please read the attached information very closely and return your permission slip before next Thursday, March 7th. Go Cardinals! ~ Ms. Bradley and Miss Dyer (the flyer is attached to my email)
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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!

March 1st: Read Across America Day

March 1st: Candy Bar Bingo 6:00-7:30

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

March 21st: Spring Picture Day!

*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 25: Day 2: Art

Tuesday, February 26: Day 3: P.E.

Wednesday, February 27: Day 4: Global Studies

Thursday, February 28: Day 1: Music

Friday, March 1: Day 2: Art and Library

Inventor's Box

During exploring time, our students would like to create things with recycled items! Our classroom is in need of any items that we can use to create and invent things with!! We love turning trash into new and exciting inventions and creations!

Some items that we need and brainstormed together are:

plastic bottles

soda cans


boxes (any size cereal, pop tart, cracker, mac and cheese etc..)

milk jugs


toilet/paper towel rolls



magazines (child appropriate)

bags from kroger, marsh, etc..


rubber bands

egg cartons

plastic containers

If there is anything else you would like to send in, we would love to have it!!

Thanks so much for your help with this! We will collect these items all year long!


We are Learning


This week, we started to talk about how second graders read a lot more in their heads and the voice they use when they read silently matters! They practiced reading pages of their book in their heads several times to make sure that they read them with voice that created meaning for them. They also practiced reading sentences fluently within their text and shared examples with the class.


The kids are STILL working hard on their nonfiction books. Many of the kids have moved into their final drafts. They are doing such a great job and are applying the nonfiction features that they have learned to their writing. The kids have decided that they would like use their nonfiction books and write their final drafts into their Young Author Books. The kids have worked so hard on this and are excited to show off their books in a nice hardback book. We will continue to write our Young Author books next week!

Word Study

Below are the sorts we will practice in class!! We have wrapped up our words this week, and will begin new words next week!

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.


This week we wrapped up our study of money and started to learn more about geometry! Next week, we will continue our study of geometry! We worked on identifying solid figures (sphere, pyramid, cylinder, cone, cube, and rectangular prism) and discussed what real life objects that they can identify that have the same shape. We also spent time learning about their edges, flat surfaces (faces), and vertices. We will continue this topic next week!

Social Studies

Second grade has been studying economics over the last weeks. We have deepened our understanding of goods vs. services, consumers vs. producers, needs vs. wants, and human, capital, and natural resources. We will culminate our study of economics with a mini PBL where each child will build a store for our classroom community the will provide a good/service! The kids were able to share their buildings with the class and place them in our classroom gingerbread community. We reflected on our experience and talked about how we found that items were scare, experienced opportunity cost, trade, used money, etc. They had so much fun with this project and really learned a lot!
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