Mrs. Hamilton'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!

Candy Bar Bingo!

TONIGHT is Candy Bar BINGO!! It will be held here at TCE from 6:00-7:30pm.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!

We are Entrepreneurs!

This week, we have been so busy designing, building, creating, collaborating, sharing, researching...and the list goes on! We have been so excited to learn more about how a business works, what goes in to the design and construction of a building or business and all of the things that a business has to sell!! We have had so much fun working on the PBL and will continue to finish the construction of our businesses next week! It has been so wonderful to hear the communication and conversations between the students as they work together to create their masterpiece! Looking forward to them sharing very soon!!

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!
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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:

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!

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

April 28th- Hamilton Trace Senior LIving Visit


*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: Global Studies

Tuesday, March 5: Day 4: Music

Wednesday, March 6: Day 1: Art

Thursday, March 7: Day 2: P.E.

Friday, March 8: Day 3: Global Studies 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

yarn

boxes (any size cereal, pop tart, cracker, mac and cheese etc..)

milk jugs

fabric

toilet/paper towel rolls

newspaper

ads

magazines (child appropriate)

bags from kroger, marsh, etc..

string

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!

#turningtrashintotreasures

Optional Spelling Practice at Home!

We will work with these words for two weeks at a time. Feel free to practice these sorts at home! Also, I will not be giving spelling tests over these words this year, but rather check with each student by checking to see if they can spell the words based on their spelling patterns.

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 are Learning

Reading

This week, we talked a lot about how second graders read a lot more in their heads and the voice they use when they read silently matters! They practiced reading pages of their book in their heads several times to make sure that they read them with voice that created meaning for them. They also practiced reading sentences fluently within their text and shared examples with the class.

Writing

The kids are continuing to work hard on their nonfiction books. Most of the kids are still wrapping up their rough drafts and some have moved into their final drafts. We are busy editing! We will begin to copy our rough drafts into our hard back books for Young Author's!!! They are doing such a great job and are applying the nonfiction features that they have learned to their writing. Writing and finalizing our Young Author's books is a process and can take some time!


Next, we will move onto learning about opinion writing. We will learn that writers may use one, some, or all of the following multiple strategies to persuade their reader act/feel/ or think certain ways (or, in this case, read a book we favor): describe a favorite character, infer character traits from what the illustrations tell us about them, retell a favorite part of the story, or forming their writing based on the estimated level of knowledge their audience may know about the subject (or book).

Word Study

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.

Math

We are wrapping up and reviewing our study of money! We will be reviewing adding and subtracting money! We have applied and demonstrated our knowledge of using money while continuing our PBL (classroom communities) this week! They have done such a great job and have enjoyed using "real" money when working! Next week, we will move on to Geometry and identifying basic 3D and plane shapes!

Social Studies

Second grade has been studying economics over the last weeks. We have deepened our understanding of goods vs. services, consumers vs. producers, needs vs. wants, and human, capital, and natural resources. We will culminate our study of economics with a mini PBL where each child will build a store for our classroom community the will provide a good/service! They will then share about their creation with the class! This week we started brainstorming the business we would like to create and whether or not it provides a service/good!! After our PBL is completed, we will move on to Matter!