The Willis Weekly

March 15, 2019


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Yearbook Reminder!!!

It's not too late to order your 2018-2019 TCE yearbook! The online ordering site is open until 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:

Monday, March 18th: 5 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 20th: 5 - 7:00pm

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

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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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Daily Snacks: THANK YOU!

We appreciate you all for your support in feeding our children. We have now received an abundance of Goldfish® crackers and just want to say "Thank you!" Your support means the world to us!

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 16 - 17: 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 21: Rock Your Socks to bring awareness and to celebrate the joy of diversity on World Down Syndrome Day

March 21: Spring Picture Day!

March 22: PTO Movie Night

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 our 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 18: Day 1 - P.E.

Tuesday, March 19: Day 2 - Global Studies

Wednesday, March 20: Day 3 - Music

Thursday, March 21: Day 4 - Art & Library

Friday, March 22: Day 1 - P.E.

We are Learning


This week in reading we focused on authors' use of the comparison strategy to describe persons, places, or things using literary language. We learned of two differing types of comparisons; similes and metaphors. We learned that similes most often compare two unlike things using the words like or as. We also have learned that metaphors are like similes because they compare unlike things, but they differ from them because they compare these items using the words as, is, or are. To learn more, please ask your child to create a metaphor or simile to see in what creative ways they can compare unlike items.


This week in our opinion writing we finished our 2nd persuasive letter about why our friends should read our most beloved books. We now have a better understanding of how writers employ the use of multiple topics to more effectively persuade their readers to think, feel, and/or react in certain ways.

Word Study

Below are our spelling word practices we exercise in class. We encourage you to play these meaningful activities at home to support us in learning our spelling word 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.


This week in math we learned about rows and columns and our base 10 system. About rows and columns, we have gathered that rows are "across" and columns "go up and down." Regarding the base 10 system, we know that, when adding digits, it is most necessary to look for groups of ten units (within the same place value) to regroup and trade in for another one of the next largest place value. For example, we would trade a group of 10 cubes (ones) for 1 long (ten). Ask your child to share with you what the term "group of ten, trade it in" means!