Mrs. Hesch's News

January 11, 2019

Study Trip to Flat Fork Creek-THURSDAY

Don't forget that we will be heading to Flat Fork Creek next Thursday!! We will plan to leave TCE at 9:30 and we will be back at TCE around 11:15! Please make sure to watch the weather for this day so that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. No need to pack a sack lunch as we will eat at school during our normal lunch time when we return.

Study Trip to Castleton Mall & Buca Di Beppo

This semester we will be learning about our local community through the world of commerce. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, February 6th, 7th, or 8th 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


***Permission slips and funds are due Friday, January 18th.***

Report Cards

2nd 9 weeks report cards have been posted! Please log into Skyward to see your child's quarter two assessment. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

TCE Storybook Theater Club

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Thorpe Creek Elementary Baton Club

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CogAT Testing App Request

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MealViewer App

MealViewer is an app that parents can use to view our school menu, nutrition and allergen information. The app is simple to set up and even easier to use. You will just need to go to your App Store and download "MealViever To Go".


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 Pop popcorn

We appreciate donations for our students that are without a snack, as well. Thank you for considering!

Optional Spelling Practice at Home

On Tuesday, a new set of words were sent home with your child. 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.

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 17- Study Trip to Flat Fork Creek Park

January 21- No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 31- Family STEAM night

February 6- Castleton Square Mall Study Trip

*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 14: Day 1: Music

Tuesday, January 15: Day 2: Art

Wednesday, January 16: Day 3: P.E.

Thursday, January 17: Day 4: Global Studies

Friday, January 18: Day 1: Music

We are Learning


In reading, we continued our study of nonfiction. We reviewed nonfiction text features. We learned how and why glossaries are important. We also learned why an index is important. We shared what we learned by using an index on Seesaw! Next week, we will finish up our nonfiction study and begin learning about figurative language.


This week during our writing time, students have been working very hard on their nonfiction books. We focused on writing subheadings for our paragraphs. We learned that readers use the subheadings to get their minds ready for what they are about to read. We talked about the importance of subheadings in our own writing. Next week, we will be finishing up our nonfiction books!


This week, we reviewed commutative property of multiplication. We also learned that we can use helper facts to help us solve unknown multiplication facts. Today, we did "Dollar Tree" math. I brought in "magic beans" from the Dollar Tree. These beans turn into a sponge when placed in water. I asked the students how we could do math with these beans. The students were paired up and then demonstrated math in some way.


-timed the bean opening into a sponge.

-compared their times to another pair.

-measured the bean before opening and remeasured after it was a sponge.

-smooshed the sponge as small they could make it and compared to another pair.

-compared sizes of sponges

-estimated the amount of water the sponge could hold

-weighed the sponge dry and then with water

-estimated how many milliliters of water the sponge could absorb in a measuring cup

-made a graph comparing the times it took for the bean to turn into a sponge

Word Work

On Tuesday, students received a new set of spelling words. We will have a spelling test on these words next Friday, January 18th.

Social Studies

Second grade will be studying economics over the coming weeks. We will deepen 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 in February.