The Willis Weekly

February 8, 2019

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Study Trip to Castleton Mall and Lunch at Buca Di Beppo

Our study trip was a huge success! The kids were able to identify and find many goods and services that the mall provided. We were also able to enjoy each other's company while eating lunch at Buca! Don't forget to ask you child about one good and one service they were able to locate at the mall! While discussing this in class, they came back with many great examples! We made lots of fun memories together in our groups (as you can see in the pictures above and below.) :-) Thank you to all of our parents who were able to go along and chaperone with us on this trip, we are so grateful!!!

E-Learning

Don't forget that your child needed to have 4 out of the 5 activities from their eLearning menu completed Thursday, February 7th! They also needed to have 2 out of the 5 activities completed from Friday's eLearning Menu by Friday, February 8th! Please let me know if you have any questions about these assignments or how to turn them in! If you have not turned them in, please do so ASAP!!! Thank you!

Global Day of Play

On Wednesday our classroom celebrated Global School Day of Play. We had so much fun learning how to play new games with our friends. We also created and designed activities that we could play together! Unstructured play is vital to the development of a child. Our goal is to teach children about the importance of play by making it a priority!

We've Got Character, YES We DO!!!

Congrats to Ian, Aiden, Alondra, and Evelyn for showing one of the TCE "High 5" Traits during the month of January! We are SO lucky to have each one of our students as a part of our class and school family! Keep up the AMAZING work and I look forward to highlighting each student as the months pass.

Friendship Party

Friendship Party on February 14th:


The Friendship Parties this year will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m.


Students will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates. We have 23 students in our classroom. Please note that students may NOT distribute Valentines that include food, candy, or balloons. Below is our class list, to better ensure everyone is thought of:


Leohna B.

Tristan B.

Travis C.

Maxwell C.

Jackson C.

Omar D.

Knox F.

Alondra G.

Evelyn G.

Aiden H.

Adelaide (Addie) K.

Niama M.

Vainqueur M.

Esha N.

Chima O. Jr.

Jake P.

Giselle R.

Abdalrahman (Abdal) S.

Noah S.

Damon T. Jr.

Tyler T.

Josue R.

Ian W.


If you have any specific questions, please email me.

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 www.inter-state.com/yearbook . 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!

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!

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?

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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:

fruit

veggies

cheese

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!

February 8- Movie Night @ 6:15

February 14th: Classroom parties 2:15-3:00

February 18th: NO SCHOOL: President's 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 11: Day 1: P.E.

Tuesday, February 12: Day 2: Global Studies

Wednesday, February 13: Day 3: Music

Thursday, February 14: Day 4: Art & Library

Friday, February 15: Day 1: P.E.

We are Learning

Reading

This week students worked on amping up their reading lives through practicing how to read fluently. To do this, each reader read a passage 3 times. We then discussed what we noticed after we completed each repetition. We noticed that the passage(s) we "easier to read" and that we could start to read them smoothly, or fluently. Next week students will continue practicing scooping up words into phrases (at their instructional level of reading) and discussing the importance of quotations makes.

Writing

This week students studied opinion-based writing by learning the importance of the word because. We discussed how the use of this word provides reasons, or details, for opinions. Next week students will use this knowledge to help support opinions about books by retelling the important part(s) of their favorite story.

Math

This week we finished our Unit 3 over subtraction strategies. Next week we will move into our Unit 4 over time, place value, and measurement.

Word Work

This week students were assessed over the spelling words we have had over the past 3 weeks (due to the unexpected 3 days off last week). Next week students will study their new words, which they will receive on Monday. In class we will work on different sorts and activities to practice our spelling patterns. We will study those words for the next two weeks. Here are the 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

Our study trip was a huge success! The kids were able to identify and find many goods and services that the mall provided. We were also able to enjoy each other's company while eating lunch at Buca! Don't forget to ask you child about one good and one service they were able to locate at the mall! While discussing this in class, they came back with many great examples! We made lots of fun memories together in our groups (as you can see in the pictures above and below.) :-) Thank you to all of our parents who were able to go along and chaperone with us on this trip, we are so grateful!!!