The Willis Weekly

March 22, 2019


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Thank you all for making our study trip to Pinheads Bowling Alley an educationally fun experience. The students were able to use their knowledge of fractions to help document their bowling performance. A huge THANK YOU to our supportive parents for teaching and supervising our children during our time away learning!

Yearbook Reminder!!!

It's not too late to order your 2018-2019 TCE yearbook! The online ordering site is open until end of day on March 22. The cost of the yearbook is $16 per book. To order a yearbook this year, you will need to order online at . 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.

Southeastern Swim Club!!

Come join the fun! We are located at Hamilton Southeastern High School Natatorium New member evaluations/tryouts are being held:

Saturday, March 23rd: 9 - 11:00 am

Evaluations take approximately 15 minutes and a member of the SSC coaching staff will meet with you immediately afterwards to recommend placement with our programs, we also offer swim lessons. It is not necessary to attend each evaluation- simply pick one that is convenient for your schedule. If you are unable to attend these dates or would like additional information, please email Heather Streett at

Haiti Passion Project

I am Lania from Mrs. Wallace's class.

Did you know it is almost one month until spring vacation? My family and I are doing something extra special. We are traveling to the country of Haiti, where I was born. Haiti is very beautiful, yet a poor country. The children need our help. They told my mom they really need backpacks and peanut butter. Can you help by donating a new or gently used backpack and a fresh jar of peanut butter? We will be collecting these items until the 22nd in a box by the front office.

Thank you TCE cardinals and together we will bless Haiti!

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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 22: PTO Movie Night (TONIGHT)

March 29 - April 7: No school - Spring Break

April 10: 5:30-7:00 PTO Pancake Dinner, Book Fair is open, and young author books are on display in gym

*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 25: Day 2 - Global Study

Tuesday, March 26: Day 3 - Music

Wednesday, March 27: Day 4 - Art

Thursday, March 28: Day 1 - P.E. & Library

Monday, April 8: Day 2 - Global Study

We are Learning


This week in writing we learned about alliteration, which is another strategy authors use to employ literary language, or creative language, in their writing. We learned that this strategy is being used when the writer of a piece uses at least 2 words that begin with the same sound in one sentence. Ask your child to show you her/his original alliterative piece from Seesaw.


This week in writing was all about our Young Author, or YA, books. We are working so hard on our YA books and can not wait for you to see our finished products. These will be displayed at the TCE Pancake Dinner the evening of April 10. Hope to see each of you then!

Word Study

Next week students will be given a new set of spelling words/patterns to study. Feel free to practice those sorts at home in one of the following ways:

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.


This week in math we added more addition strategies and terms our math toolbox. These strategies included a part-part-whole map and a change-diagram. Together we shared our previous experiences with each strategy, but then discussed how we can use these in new ways. We now understand that these strategies can still help us with larger numbers in 2nd grade. Please see your child's Seesaw account to learn more. Lastly, we also learned about the terms Fahrenheit and Celsius. We learned about how The United States of America is one of not many countries that still use Fahrenheit as the standard unit of measurement for how warm or cool something can be, while many other countries use Celsius.