Mrs. Hesch's News

January 18, 2019

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 25 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 contact your child’s teacher.

Room 6 class list

· Marcella

· Tatum

· Dominic

· Jackson

· Amelia

· Charlotte

· Faye

· Sawyer

· Ty

· Boaz

· Katelyn

· Siya

· Medha

· Ethan

· Geoffrey

· Israel

· Laine

· Bryce

· Darsh

· Miles

· Kaede

· Jackson

· Parker

· Blakely

· David

Second Grade 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!


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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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

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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!

Optional Spelling Practice at Home

Today, we took our spelling test! Students will receive new words on Tuesday.

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 6- Room 6 goes to Castleton Square Mall

February 8- Global Day of play for Room 6 (due to us being at the mall on the actual day of play)

*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: Art

Wednesday, January 23: Day 3: P.E.

Thursday, January 24: Day 4: Global Studies

Friday, January 25: Day 1: Music

We are Learning


This week, we began a new unit of study on how to read books with fluency and expression. We will also be learning about figurative language in this unit as well. This week, we learned that readers need to read with fluency. We made a list of what that means. Fluency is making your reading sound like talking. When your reading is fluent, you read smoothly, scoop up words, and read with expression. We practiced scooping up words so that our reading didn't sound choppy. Also, we learned about dialogue tags. A dialogue tag is found after dialogue in a book. It tells who has said the words and how they said them. An example would be, "I like cookies!" said Maryn loudly. The words "said Maryn loudly" is the dialogue tag. It tells who said it and how they said it. Dialogue tags are important because it tells the reader how to read the words in the dialogue. Ask your child to find some dialogue tags as you are reading together at home.


We finished up our nonfiction books. This week, we added in some final things to our books. We added in an index and a table of contents. We also used an editing checklist to help us revise and edit our writing. Our writing partners were helpful in editing our pieces as well. We celebrated our hard work by reading our books with our peers in our class! We will begin a new unit of study on opinion/persuasive writing next week!


This week, we began learning about money. We learned how to identify each of the coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half-dollar). We learned how to identify the front and back of these coins by looking at the president on the front and the design on the back. We practiced adding coins together by starting with the highest valued coins. Finally, we learned how to write the amount of money using a decimal point and a cent sign. Next week, we will continue to learn about money and will begin learning how to identify and count different bills.

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..