The Willis Weekly

January 25, 2019

Friendship Party

Friendship Party on February 14th:

The Friendship Parties this year will be held on Thursday, February 14 from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Information regarding volunteers were sent home Wednesday of this week.

Students will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates. We have 23 students in our classroom. Please note that students may NOT distribute Valentines that include food, candy, or balloons. For your convenience, below is our class list to better ensure everyone is thought of:

Leohna B.

Tristan B.

Travis C.

Maxwell C.

Jackson C.

Omar D.

Knox F.

Alondra G.

Evelyn G.

Aiden H.

Adelaide (Addie) K.

Niama M.

Vainqueur M.

Esha N.

Chima O. Jr.

Jake P.

Giselle R.

Abdalrahman (Abdal) S.

Noah S.

Damon T. Jr.

Tyler T.

Josue R.

Ian W.

If you have any specific questions, please email me.

Second Grade Study Trip

We are so excited to start this new year (semester) learning about our local community through the world of commerce. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, February 6, 7, or 8 we are going to Castleton Square Mall to learn about producers, consumers, goods, and services. Students will explore the world of retail by identifying whether stores provide goods and/or services, using cardinal directions on a map, and enjoying a meal at Buca Di Beppo®.

-February 6, 2019 - Hesch, King, & Wallace

-Febrary 7, 2019 – Dyer, Hamilton, & Sieman

-February 8, 2019- Bliell & Willis

World Read Aloud Day

Next Friday, Feb. 1st is World Read Aloud Day! This is such a great day for us to invite parents or special family members in to read aloud to our class! If you are interested in coming in to share one of your favorite books with our class, please use the link to sign up for a read aloud time throughout our day. We look forward to experiencing your read aloud!

Click here to read aloud:

Global Day of Play

On Wednesday, February 6, TCE will celebrate Global School Day of Play. Unstructured play is vital to the development of a child. Our goal is to teach children about the importance of play by making it a priority. On Wednesday, February 6, students can bring in their favorite toys from home. Toys brought from home should be school appropriate and fit into their backpacks. Thank you for helping us make this day a success!

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 . 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!

The Great Kindness Challenge

Dear TCE Families,

Thorpe Creek is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 28th to February 1st. The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive and encouraging initiative that is taking place in 103 other countries and over 19,000 schools. As part of the challenge each student will be encouraged to complete 50 acts of kindness in the week.

Another part of The Great Kindness Challenge includes raising funds to help support/build a clinic in a small community in Liberia. We would love for students to bring in change to support this cause! Thank you in advance for your support of the Kind Coins Campaign!

We will celebrate all the acts of kindness that are happening around Thorpe Creek with spirit days. They are:

Monday, January 28th

Crazy about Kindness- Wear your crazy socks day

Tuesday, January 29th

Hats off for kindness- Wear a hat day

Wednesday, January 30th

Team up for Kindness- Wear a sports jersey or favorite team color.

Thursday, January 31st

Cozy up for Kindness- Wear your P.J.'s

Friday, February 1st

Kindness Matters at TCE- Wear your TCE spirit wear

A Message from Global Studies!

Global Studies Newsletter

*** Important information regarding Chinese Snack Tasting is included in this newsletter and your response is needed if you decide to opt-out.***

In the recent two weeks, 1st to 4th grade students have been learning how to say pronounce animal names in Chinese. 2nd-4th grade students are doing a great job using the verbs “like” and “have” to form sentences like “I have cats”, “You don’t have dogs”, “I like horses”, and “You don’t like snake”. They also learned how to ask questions like “Do you like horses?” and “Don’t you like rabbits?” in Chinese. I am so impressed with how quickly they learn! 1st grade students had lots of fun learning about the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and coloring Happy New Year 2019, the Year of Pig.

During the week of February 11, 2019, students will be tasting a Chinese snack during their Global Studies class. Please see the picture below for the nutrition information. If you do NOT wish your child to taste the snack, please fill out the Opt-Out form by following the link below and submit your response by February 1st, 2019. We will also send out paper permission slips home for certain students with allergy concerns. Thank you for your attention!


Mark your calendars for our TCE FAMILY STEAM NIGHT on Thursday,
January 31 from 5:30-7:00 pm. STEAM is an educational term to describe real-world opportunities for students to learn with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. At the TCE Family STEAM Night, TCE students and their family members of all ages are welcome to come and participate in a variety of unique, educational STEAM experiences. Participants will travel as a family (children with their adults) to share in the learning process! Pizza and water will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. We hope to see you there!
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Daily Snacks

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:




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!

January 31- STEAM Night

February 1- World Read Aloud Day

February 6- Global Day of Play

February 14: Classroom parties 2:15-3:00

February 18: NO SCHOOL: President's Day

*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, January 28: Day 2: Global Study

Tuesday, January 29: Day 3: Music

Wednesday, January 30: Day 4: Art

Thursday, January 31: Day 1: P.E. & Library

Friday, February 1: Day 2: Global Study

We are Learning


This week students worked hard at completing their assessment over their new guided reading level. Next week we will start our new unit of reading over books with more words and less pictures. I am looking forward to first hearing their opinions about books with more words and less pictures.


This week in writing we discussed what an opinion is and why it is important. We defined opinion as someone's thought or feeling about a topic. We also gathered that having an opinion about a topic allows better understanding about that topic and could help in persuading others to feel or think the way we do about that topic.


This week in math we focused on recognizing doubles facts when subtracting larger numbers. For example, to solve the number model 180 - 90 = ____, we can use the helper fact 18 - 9 = 9, or 9 + 9 = 18. This week we also focused on the importance of explaining our thinking/stratgey after finding the sum or difference to a word problem. Students took a sample of their work home today to demonstrate this objective. I encourage you to ask your child to share his/her strategy with you to explain their thinking.

Word Work

On Tuesday, students received a new set of spelling words. In class, we will work on different sorts and activities to practice our spelling patterns. We will study these words through next week. The following are the activities that we do in class. Feel free to practice these words at home as well!

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.

Social Studies

We are deepening 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 study trip to Castleton Mall on February 8.