Mrs. Hesch's News

February 15, 2019

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Happy Friendship (Valentine's) Day

Thank you to all of our parents who supported us (both in and out of class) in showing our appreciation for our friends during this week's Friendship (aka Valentine's Day). The students demonstrated their appreciation for others by making calming jars for themselves, handing out cards/letters/gifts of affirmation to each other, and making cards for our postal workers. It was a wonderful day of friendship!
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Fort Day/Movie Day

The students had a fun time creating their forts! The students collaborated together to build strong fort structures. They loved eating their Skinny Pop and watching Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
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Flat Fork Creek Study trip

We had a fun adventure at Flat Fork Creek park on our study trip. We found that the park looked completely different from the fall. The trees were bare. The ground was muddy or icy, and we saw very little wildlife. We can't wait to go back in the spring and see how it has changed again!

A Message from Global Studies!

Global Studies Newsletter

For Global Studies, we had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year and learning about traditional Chinese desserts. Students learned a popular Chinese New Year song and how to say “xin nian kuai le” (happy new year) and “gong xi gong xi” (congratulations!), which are common greetings during Chinese New Year. They also learned the history of different types of traditional Chinese desserts, and watched street artists perform sugar art such as sugar painting and blowing candy. Finally they tasted Haw Candy Flakes, a snack that is made of a Chinese fruit – the haws.

Some students loved it so much that they wanted to know where they could get it. So here is the information. You can find it in Asia Mart located at 6103 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46250 (Castleton Mall area). (Adjacent to this message is a picture of the packaging.)

Next week students will start Global Studies in Spanish and I am super excited for them for this new language learning experience! Once again I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach your child Chinese in the last 3 months. I hope they will continue their love in learning different languages and the world around them.

Ms. Sandra

Global Studies Teacher – Chinese

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!
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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!

February 18th: NO SCHOOL: President's Day

March 1st: Read Across America Day & Candy Bar BINGO 6:00-7:30

March 14th: 2nd Grade Choir Concert (only for students in choir club)

*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, February 18: President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 19: Day 2: Art

Wednesday, February 20: Day 3: P.E.

Thursday, February 21: Day 4: Global Studies

Friday, February 22: Day 1: Music

We are Learning


This week, we continued to learn about figurative language. We learned about similes and metaphors. We learned that similes compare two things using the words "like" or "as." An example would be, "The sky was as blue as the sea." We also learned about metaphors. We learned that a metaphor compares two things not using "like" or "as." An example would be, "My hair is a bird's nest." We went on a search for similes and metaphors in our books. We posted our finds to SeeSaw. We will continue learning about figurative language next week.


This week, we continued learning how to write persuasively. We worked on writing "Don't let the pigeon..." books because the pigeon is one of the most persuasive characters that we know. After we wrote our pigeon books, we worked on turning that into a "Don't let (student name)…" book. Students wrote basically the same story, but used themselves as the main character. Then, we took our story about ourselves and learned how to turn it into a persuasive paragraph. We learned that writing persuasively is a lot like writing opinion paragraphs only we put in persuasive tactics (emotional appeal, bandwagon, loaded words, or exaggeration.) Ask your child what he/she is writing about in Writer's Workshop.


This week, we learned how to tell time to the nearest hour and 5-minute. The students worked hard at understanding how the hour hand (short hand) and the minute hand (long hand) work respective to one another. To support this learning, we learned that clocks have containers. Containers are the space from one number to the next. We learned that, depending on which hand is moving, there are 5 minutes or 1 hour in one container. Lastly, we learned there are 24 hours in one day. Have your child show you the estimated time line of a typical day for them.

Project work- Light

We are in a new project on light. The students are wondering about reflection and refraction (they do not know that it is called this yet.) This week, I brought in a picture of a stoplight in the early morning. The red light was shining onto the black wet pavement. Students tried to explain what was happening and why. We had lots of wondering about why the green sign was reflecting without light on it. If you know a lot about light or reflection/refraction, we'd love to have you come in and talk with us! Let Mrs. Hesch know!