Mrs. Sieman's Newsletter

March 1, 2019

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Read Across America Day!

Today we celebrated the joy of reading on Read Across America Day! We celebrated by wearing mix-and-matched clothes, sporting wacky hair, and dressing as our favorite book character! We also participated in a school-wide "Drop Everything and Read" time! We spent the day reading favorite books from home and sharing our favorite stories with friends! Thank you so much to our guest readers who came in to read!

Candy Bar Bingo!

TONIGHT is Candy Bar BINGO!! It will be held here at TCE from 6:00-7:30pm. Second grade will be calling numbers from 6:45-7:00 tonight. Come enjoy a fun night out, 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 tonight!

TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon

This week a permission form was sent home regarding the TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon! It will be held on March 15th in the gym here at TCE from 3:50-5:00pm! This Mini-Dance Marathon is a chance for TCE students to help fund pediatric cancer research and child life specialists at Riley Hospital. Permission slips and possible donations must be returned by March 8th. They are asking for a $5 donation, but students may collect more money if they would like! Further details are included in the permission slip that was sent home!

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

WE ARE STILL IN NEED.....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 15th: TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon

March 16th - 17th: HSEArt Show - come see the artwork of students at all of our HSE Schools at this district art show from 2:00-5:00 at FHS

March 21st: Rock Your Socks to bring awareness and to celebrate the joy of diversity on World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st: Spring Picture Day!

March 22nd: PTO Movie Night

March 29th - April 7th: No school - Spring Break

April 10th: 5:30-7:00 PTO Pancake Dinner, Book Fair is open, and young author books are on display in our gym

*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, March 4: Day 3: P.E.

Tuesday, March 5: Day 4: Global Studies

Wednesday, March 6: Day 1: Music

Thursday, March 7: Day 2: Art

Friday, March 8: Day 3: P.E. 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 talked a lot about how re-reading your book or parts of your books is so important. Being able to read one thing in your head really well helps the reader with fluency. It also helps with dialogue. When characters have dialogue in a book, you need to think about how that character sounds. We practiced this with a read aloud and the kids practiced this when they read to self.


The kids are continuing to work hard on their nonfiction books. They have made a lot of progress with their writing. Most of the kids are writing their final drafts in their young author books and many. have finished! They are doing such a great job and are applying the nonfiction features that they have learned to their writing. I've also emphasized the importance of taking their time and using their best handwriting. Writing and finalizing our Young Author's books is a process and can take some time!

Word Study

New words were given this week on Monday. Your child should have brought them home. We will continue to study these words next week!

Below are the sorts we will practice in class!!

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.


We continued our study of geometry this week. The kids have been working hard on identifying the differences between plane and solid shapes. We've also been working on identifying sides, angles, vertices, faces, and edges. We've work on constructing and deconstructing shapes and making new shapes. The kids have learned what a symmetrical figure is and what it means to be "equal".
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Social Studies

This week we decided to do a little experiment with fake snow! The kids did a lot of wondering about it and predicting what would happen. We then we performed our experiment! The kids wanted to do some inquiry work with it afterwards so they decided to research more facts about snow!

This week in Mystery Doug, the topic was, "Is Pluto a Planet?" The kids loved this and they went off again to research more about space and other planets.

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