Mrs. King's 2nd Grade Class!

February 5, 2016

Global School Play Day

Thank you so much for sending in toys, games, stuffed animals, blankets, etc! The kids had a GREAT time!!
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2-2 Tuesday

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Gravity, Friction, & Forces and Motion!

Today 2nd graders participated in 3 activities in the gym!

  • Students learned more about gravity by building our very own marble drop! Students used paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, and wrapping paper rolls to create a track for the marble. They did a super job!
  • Students learned more about friction, by making a hypothesis about which material would make the best ice skates (recycled paper, wax paper, or lamination film). Ask your child which he/she thought made the best ice skates and why!
  • Last, students raced their homemade cars! We learned a lot about what made certain cars move more quickly than others! Congratulations to Alex, Elliot, & Zain's group for making a car that got 2nd place for the ENTIRE grade level!
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Food 4 Souls Donation Drive

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. To celebrate this special day, second grade is going to collect donations for Food 4 Souls ( This organization helps to gather items for the homeless among many other things! Starting Monday, we will be collecting hats, gloves, coats, hooded sweatshirts, blankets, batteries, toiletries, flashlights, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, and more. Your child is welcome to bring these items in (new or used) throughout the week up until February 17th.

Menu Change

The cafeteria will be trying some new menu items for the months of February and March.

Feb. 12 & March 4: “Big Daddy” CHEESE Pizza (Friday) (In place of Cheese Pizza)

Feb 18 & March 10: Mozzarella Pull Aparts (Thursday) (In place of Cheese/pepp pizza bites)

Feb 29 & March 21: Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Monday) (In place of Beef Soft Tacos)

March 3 & 24: Cornbread (Thursday) (In place of pretzel)

Valentine's Day!

It's hard to believe that Valentine's Day is almost here! I sent home a class list last week for our Valentine's Day card exchange. Please remember that if your child participates then they should make a card for every student. Also, HSE policy states that students may not pass out food/candy with cards.

Family S.T.E.A.M night!

We hope to see you TONIGHT at our first TCE FAMILY S.T.E.A.M. NIGHT from 5:30-7:30pm. 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 will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. We hope to see you soon!

Yearbooks are on sale!

Yearbook orders are due by March 16, 2016. The cost of the yearbook is $16 per book. We encourage you to place an order on the website: Enter in the code 03573P to place an order. All yearbooks ordered online, will be shipped to TCE. Checks should be made out to Thorpe Creek Elementary. Happy ordering!

Box Tops for Education

TCE will be collecting box tops and labels for education. You can send these in a plastic baggie or on the attached page. Please see the attachment for more information!

Pennies for Patients

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 next week:

Feb. 8th –12th bring in more spare change throughout the week


Next week will be week 2 of our homework.

Mark your Calendar!

  • February 5th- Family STEAM Night
  • February 12th- Valentine's Day Party
  • February 15th-No School-Presidents Day
  • February 16th- No School-Flex Day

Specials For next week

Monday 2/8- Day 5: Music

Tuesday 2/9- Day 6: Art

Wednesday 2/10- Day 1: P.E.

Thursday 2/11- Day 2: Music

Friday 2/12 Day 3: Art

Class Library Checkout!

Our next class library checkout day will be Friday, February 12th, but remember your child may bring his/her books back at anytime. We will find a time for him/her to visit the library individually to get new books!

We are Learning...


We will continue our study of nonfiction texts. We will be learning how to gather information from informational texts so that we can become experts on a topic. We will focus on various nonfiction features and study them in more detail.


We will continue learning about addition and subtraction with 3 digit numbers. This is a difficult skill so we will practice, practice, and practice until were ready to move on!

*Next week's math homework will be workbook page 9-9! (Yay! I remembered to add this this week:))


We will continue our unit on our magic tree house stories! Super excited about how well these are going! They are doing an amazing job!


We will continue our unit of forces and motion. We will be investigating the motion of objects when they are acted upon by forces such as gravity and magnetism.

Word Study:

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. We will be focusing on 11 new vocabulary words. Those words are: friction, motion, speed, force, zig-zag, position, direction, gravity, magnetism, attract, and repel.