Mrs. King's 2nd Grade Class!

January 18, 2019

Flat Fork Creek Park Study Trip UPDATE!!!

I am so sorry about having to postpone our study trip to Flat Fork this week, however on my drive into school the morning I was thinking we made the right decision. We have rescheduled the study trip for Thursday, February 14th! I will be reaching out to chaperones closer to the date, but I am hopeful to have everyone still join us. Feel free to let me know if you were scheduled to attend with us this week, but don't think you'll be free on the 14th! We truly appreciate your flexibility. Study trips are a little more tricky when Mother Nature is involved.

B Present Studio Study Trip

Our study trip to B Present Studio is quickly approaching. For this study trip, each child can plan to wear his/her class t-shirt along with comfortable tennis shoes. Each child will be asked to bring a water bottle. Yoga mats are requested. The studio has a small handful we can borrow, and I have found an additional 6. Do you happen to have a yoga mat at home your child could use that morning? Thanks for considering! Due to limited space I was only able to bring along 3 chaperones. I apologize...I usually like bringing as many as possible. If you did NOT receive an email from me about chaperoning, you were not chosen. I appreciate your understanding!

Castleton Mall & Buca Di Beppo 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 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


***Study Trip permission forms WERE DUE TODAY! If you haven't returned your permission slips, please do so as soon as possible so that we can get our food count turned into the restaurant. ***

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 some animals 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 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!

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

Friendship Party

Friendship Party on February 14th:

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

Students will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates. We have 24 students in our classroom. Please note that students may NOT distribute Valentines that include food, candy, or balloons.

If you have any specific questions, please let me know.

Class List for Friendship Party

Caden B.

Rocco B.

Kaiya B.

Haucksoo C.

Crew C.

Wyatt D.

John F.

Ella G.

Aayush G.

Camden J.

Lucy K.

Eleanor K.

Andre M.

Hayes M.

Jack N.

Jackson O.

Audrey P.

Mack P.

Rey R.

Lyla R.

Elijah S.

Grayson S.

Jonny S.

Brenner U.


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 18- Study Trip Permission Slips were Due Today to Castleton Mall

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

January 31- STEAM Night

February 8- Global Day of Play (The actual date of Global Day of Play is Wed. Feb. 6th, but since we will be on our study trip, we have chosen to reschedule this memorable day to Friday, Feb. 8th!) Look for more info. to come home soon!

*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 21: No School- MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22: Day 2: Music

Wednesday, January 23: Day 3: Art

Thursday, January 24: Day 4: P.E.

Friday, January 25: Day 1: Global Studies

We are Learning


This week we spent much of our week enjoying our chapter book read aloud. We are reading Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The class is loving this book so much, at the end of each chapter they all literally BEG me to read another! I love their love for reading! This week we have also been reading the Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees. We will plan to read all 20 so we can make our vote heard closer to spring break! Make sure to ask your child which has been his/her favorite so far!
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This week most of us have wrapped up our nonfiction writing. We have one or two still working, but only because they have longer books. I am so proud of their hard work and dedication to these books. They have truly learned so much through this nonfiction unit. I loved seeing the children experiment with various informational text features we've discussed over the past few weeks. We will celebrate early next week (once all books are complete) by sharing our books with our peers. Next week we will plan to move onto persuasive writing!


This week in math we introduced a few new concepts or topics. We have very slowly began easing into fractions. Right now we have learned that a fraction is just part of a whole. We have began naming the fraction of an image given. This week we have also discussed area. We learned that area is the space inside. We had conversations about when we might need to use area in "real life." We also began to find the area of simple rectangles by using the formula Area = Length x Width. This week we continued practicing conversions. For example: If there are 365 days in one year, how many days would there be in 4 years? Each child is blowing my mind with how well they are doing. Next week we will continue with these concepts, but we will be digging in deeper with them!

***Please don't forget to practice math facts each night.***

Word Work

On Tuesday, a new set of words will be 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! I will plan to test them over these words FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st. Here are a list of word sorts 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.


This week was such a productive week. Students were placed into interest based groups. Each group then compiled their list of questions. They then assigned each question to either an individual student or partners to begin researching. Before each member was set free, groups had to decide how they could record their information, but still keep it organized for the group to use. They decided that each question should be written on a notecard. Then any information they learned about that question could be added to the back of the notecard. Each group is using books, websites, and videos to learn all they can. I am super impressed with how well each child is participating, there hasn't been one child not fully engaged. On the 29th of January we have 2 Hamilton County Master Gardeners in to teach us all about photosynthesis! I'm excited to see what we can learn from these local experts!
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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..