Mrs. Bill's School Family News

February 8th

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What to ask?

Have a kiddo that is reluctant to talk about what they did at school all day? Here are a couple questions to get the conversation rolling;

* How can you tell if a book is fiction or nonfiction?

* I know you are learning about coins and money, tell me what you know.

* What did you do with your friends on the Global Day of Play?

Important Dates

  • Every Monday is library day
  • February 15th- President's Day, No School

  • February 16th- Flex Day- No school if we have not has a snow day up to this point

  • February 19th- President's Day Program at 9:45- all are welcome to come and watch!

  • March 30th: Community Helper Job Fair (more information to come)

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President's Day Program-presented by Kindergarten

Save the date for an upcoming program to celebrate President’s Day! All Kindergarten classes will be participating in “Meet Mr. President” on Friday, February 19th at 9:45. It’s sure to be a lot of fun! We hope you can make it!

Pennies for Patients

Feel free to send in change ANY time! Do not feel like you have to follow the schedule =)

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

Activities for the first week:

Feb. 1st - bring in pennies

Feb. 2nd –bring in nickels

Feb. 3rd– bring in dimes

Feb. 4th– bring in quarters

Feb. 5th – bring in dollars

Activities for the second week:

Feb. 8th – bring in more spare change throughout the week

Menu Changes in the Cardinal Cafe


We will be trying some new menu items for the months of February and March.

Feb. 12 & March 4: “Big Daddy” CHEESE

Pizza (Friday)

(In place of Cheese Pizza)

Feb 18 & March 10: Mozzarella Pull

Aparts (Thursday)

(In place of Cheese/pepp pizza bites)

Feb 29 & March 21: Grilled Cheese

Sandwich (Monday)

(In place of Beef Soft Tacos)

March 3 & 24: Cornbread (Thursday)

(In place of pretzel)

TCE Yearbooks

Yearbook orders are due by March 16, 2016. The cost of the yearbook is $16 per book. We encourage you to place an order on the website: Enter in the code 03573P to place an order. All yearbooks ordered online, will be shipped to TCE. Checks should be made out to Thorpe Creek Elementary. Happy ordering!

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Just a friendly reminder to send WARM coats and gloves and hats with your little peep. We go out most days and I've had some very chilly little people lately. =) Thanks!

I will happily take donations of gloves for our class to use when someone doesn't have pair.

Academic Highlights

Our language arts focus is week is making plurals. We also are picking out the setting and characters in our math problem solving.

We are working on using a variety of reading skills, like eagle eyes and chunky monkey, this is when we use the beginning sound and use our picture clues to decode words or look inside the word for "words in a word" like and in sand. I have just completed our mid year benchmarking for reading levels and they are all making great progress!

The sight words so far this quarter are; come, play, not, will, your, that, they, with, where, his, up, too, time

next, one, two, three, four, five

In math, we are working on problem solving. We are developing multiple strategies to to get to the same answer. For example, picture strategies or drawings and using a ten frame. They are amazing at this! Our current focus is subtraction. We are also working on missing number equations like 5+__=7? and how would we solve 6=__+___?

Also, we are starting our study of money. One way I introduce the importance of money is through restaurant menus. If you dine out could you ask for a menu we could use in our classroom? Some restaurants will even give you a real one if they know what it is for. =) We will also be writing our own menus with values attached. Wonder if broccoli will be worth more than pizza? Hmmm. =) So far we only have 1 menu, if you think to ask when you are dining out we'd be forever grateful!

We are learning and reading about snow. I wish we would get some real snow...sigh...

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

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Classroom Wish List

  • We REALLY REALLY need water color paint! Any brand, style, new or used. We are painting like crazy and I can't keep up with the demand for paint! Awesome problem!!! Love my little artists!

  • In other news...
  • Our collection is growing and we are using many of the donated items already. I am attaching an altered list just in case you come across something else you would like to share!
  • There is much research that shows that students have a high interest in things that are "real". We are loving our new environment! They are creating and finding more connections than I ever dreamed!

  • water color paint
  • paint brushes
  • peg board
  • latches and locks
  • larger nuts and bolts
  • plants
  • planters
  • sand
  • playdough
  • Discovery News

    Hello wonderful parents! This is Mrs. Foust with our news from Discovery. This week we continued our unit on Presidents. The students are doing a great job learning songs for our upcoming Presidents’ Day program! If your child has not brought in a penny, please have him/her bring one on Monday for our project. Thank you for your donations of extra pennies, too!
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