The Buzz

Mrs. Gabbard's Class News

What happened at school this week?

Want to get your kiddo talking about what they are doing here at school? Here are a couple questions/subjects to help guide the discussion:

* Can we read a book together and you retell the story to me?

* Did you play math Yahtzee this week, can we play together?

* I heard the word HAVE should go to jail, why?

Mark your Calendar

Our Library Day is now on Monday and book bag homework is due on Monday too.

February 3rd- Global Day of Play- We will spend the afternoon playing together

February 5th- 1/2 Day Dismissal at 12:01

February 15th- President's Day, No School

February 16th- Flex Day- No school if we have not has a snow day up to this point

February 19th- President's Day Program at 9:45- Our Class will wear red shirts for the program

This week:

You may have heard the kiddos talking about "the secrets". This week in language arts it has really started to come together for them. The secrets are really just blends, digraphs and vowel combinations that are sometimes tricky for kiddos. I teach it to them with a story and a hand gesture to help make it memorable. I have noticed them identifying the secrets as they are reading and lots while they are writing this week. It is fun when they are breaking down a word to either read it or write and discover they can because they know the "secrets"

The sight words for next week are: zero, one, two

Sound Cabinet: I

In math this week we have continued to practiced making 10 with both addition and subtraction. We have also learned about flats (hundreds) tens and ones. They love to talk numbers. For example; what number has 4 hundreds, 6 tens and 3 ones. We have also learned about even and odd numbers. As we have worked with "big" numbers they are even able to identify those as even or odd by looking in the ones place. We will be investigating money next week.

Students began their own How To writing this week. It is ADORABLE, I love seeing how they think things get done, especially the cooking ones. We will continue to work on our How To writing next week as well.

Animals in winter has been our focus this week in science. We have talked and read about how animals hibernate, migrate and adapt in the winter. We have also learned what it means to be camouflaged.

It has been a great week, thank you for sharing your children with me!

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President's Day Program

Save the date for an upcoming program to celebrate President’s Day! All Kindergarten classes will be participating in “Meet Mr. President” on Friday, February 19th at 9:45. It’s sure to be a lot of fun! We hope you can make it!

Classroom Wish List

Black Dry Erase Markers

Plain Brown Clipboards ( found at the dollar store)

Stickers for our sticker stories

Discovery News

Hello wonderful parents! This is Mrs. Foust with our news from Discovery. This week we continued our new unit on Presidents. The students are beginning to learn songs for our upcoming Presidents’ Day program. For our movement day, students met Popcorn the Dolphin while doing yoga. They seemed to really enjoy the yoga poses! For an upcoming activity, I am asking that students please bring in a penny. If your child would like to bring in a few extra, that would be great!

Pennies For Patients

Newsletter Blurb:

Thorpe Creek Elementary students will be taking part in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program from February 1-12. During this program, students will collect money to support LLS’s mission: to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Students will learn about service, leadership, philanthropy and how they can make a difference by changing patients’ lives. TCE has its own online giving page that students, parents and faculty can share with friends and family:

Thank you in advance for helping LLS to create a world without blood cancers!

For more information on the Pennies for Patients program, please visit

Activities for the first week:

Feb. 1st - bring in pennies

Feb. 2nd –bring in nickels

Feb. 3rd– bring in dimes

Feb. 4th– bring in quarters

Feb. 5th – bring in dollars (each student who brings in a dollar will receive a paper penny to put their name on and it will be displayed in the school)

Activities for the second week:

Feb. 8th – bring in more spare change throughout the week