Mrs. Bill's School Family News
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?
- 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)
National Puzzle Day!
Last Friday was National Puzzle Day. Puzzles are proven to improve both math and reading skills.
"Go Fish" for 10 math game
This is a great game for home too! Let me know if you want the rules!
Global Day of Play
My son Logan chose to spend some of his play day with my sweet peeps. They had fun playing "Logan" Says with him!
National Puzzle Day!
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: http://events.lls.org/pages/in/ThorpeCreekElementarySchool
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 http://www.studentseries.org/
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
(In place of Cheese Pizza)
Feb 18 & March 10: Mozzarella Pull
(In place of Cheese/pepp pizza bites)
Feb 29 & March 21: Grilled Cheese
(In place of Beef Soft Tacos)
March 3 & 24: Cornbread (Thursday)
(In place of pretzel)
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: www.inter-state.com/yearbook. 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!
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 week...zero, 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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