Cougartown Chronicles

Soft Skill/Lifeskill of the Week: Communication

Why Read Non-fiction?: Let’s Get REAL

For the next several weeks, during Reader’s Workshop, we will continue studying non-fiction. Why? I’m glad you asked. :)

We are preparing to apply what we've been learning about informational text to the completion of an inquiry research project. We have another classroom joining us on this journey, so you may hear your students talk about pairing up with Miss Werner's class to learn the phases of the inquiry process that we will be following.

Many of the books that your kids will read throughout this inquiry process, as well as, their entire educational career will be non-fiction. So, the importance of learning how to navigate and comprehend this genre is vast. There are many different types of non-fiction texts to discover. Each presents real information about topics, like people, places, animals, and events. Children have a natural tendency to question the world around them, as well as, a want to answer those questions. Non-fiction reading invites such curiosity. However, children need direct instruction on how to read this type of text because it differs greatly from that of fictional story reading. It is truly about mastering how to “read to learn”. Being able to do this as independently as possible will be of great help to them as they dive into inquiry.

Notes from Around Hinkle Creek

Ways to Support Current Cougar Fundraisers!

Jump Rope for Heart

A note from Mr. Yount, Hinkle Creek's physical education teacher:

Last year, Hinkle Creek raised $9,900 for the American Heart Association. Last week, students brought home information sheets about donating. If you haven’t already, please register for our school team at or by searching Jump/Hoops in the app store on your mobile device. Our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, and how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association. We are a healthy and service-minded community! The final day to turn in packets and donate online is February 29. Questions? Contact Mr. Yount at

Pennies for Patients

A note from Mrs. Wilkening, 4th grade teacher and Student Council Sponsor:

What is it? It's a fundraiser to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to aid patients and their families as well as to support blood cancer research.

When is it? HC's fundraising campaign will be from February 15-26. All money must be given to Student Council the week of Feb. 29th.

How can HC students help at school? Student Council will be sponsoring a spirit activity or two during the next two weeks. Keep an eye out in the Hinkle Creek Newsletter or other emails about upcoming events to support this charity.

How can HC students help at home? Every student and class were given collection boxes for donations. You are welcome to ask family and friends to donate. No amount is too small. Money collected can be brought to school to add to the classroom collection box.

Does our school have a goal amount? We are hoping to beat our average collection by raising at least $3000 this year. We can do it if we ALL pull together. :-)

Special Olympics

A note from Mrs. Hobbs:

Many groups of teachers (Mrs. Hobbs included!) will be participating in an upcoming Special Olympics Bowl-a-thon. Each team is trying to collect at least $250 to add to our building collections. You may simply send in any amount of a donation and make sure to label it for Special Olympics. You can also listen for upcoming fundraiser activities to support Special Olympics. One such event is College Day Fundraising Competition this coming Friday, February 19th. Just in time for the Purdue-IU game, we are having a competition to see which college/university can bring in the most dollars for Special Olympics. Staff and students can wear their favorite college attire and bring in a donation for Special Olympics that can be designated as either RED (IU), BLUE (Butler), BLACK (Purdue--Boiler up! Whoo hoo! :) ), or WHITE (Any other college or university). Please help us to raise as much as we to help out those in need!



Monday: Presidents' Day

Tuesday: Technology

Wednesday: Art (EARLY RELEASE at 2:55 on February 17th)

Thursday: Music

Friday: Gym