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March 25, 2016

We are planting a tree at TCE!!!

As you know we have been learning about plant life cycles. When learning about all the ways a tree can help our community, our class decided we'd plant one! This week, we learned about what must take place prior to planting a tree. We called to have the buried lines sprayed, then double checked to make sure where we wanted to plant the tree was approved!

Next week we will plan to plant out tree! I will be watching the weather to see which day will be the best day for this. Look for an email from me with more info. early next week! Zach King (my husband) owns his own landscape business, so he will be joining us with shovels, soil and all the things we'll need. Get your child's work clothes and shoes ready!

As you know, trees can be expensive. If you'd like to send in money to help cover the cost, that would be awesome. Don't feel obligated though...we'll still plant it either way! I'm so excited to help make TCE even MORE beautiful!

State Wide Severe Weather Drill!

Tuesday of this week, Thorpe Creek Cardinals participated in a state wide severe weather drill! All students practiced finding a safe place in case severe weather was upon us. The students did an amazing job of quickly and quietly finding a safe place, and staying there until the "all clear" signs were given! Great job to all the students!
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Spring Book Fair!!!

The Spring Book Fair is coming to TCE! It will be open Tuesday, April 12th – Friday, April 15th during the school days AND on Saturday, April 16th from 8:00-10:30 am during PTO’s Pancake Breakfast! Our class will shop the Book Fair on April 13th from 2-2:30. If you choose to send in money for your child to shop, send it in a clearly marked envelope with your child’s name and teacher. You are welcome to sign in at the office and shop with your child as well. **You must have a background check on file in the office if you wish to shop during the school day with your child. You must also have completed the anti-bullying training by watching video from HSE’s website: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx.** You can also shop the Book Fair Online starting April 8th – 22nd! Just visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/thorpecreekelementaryschool. Thank you for supporting the library and reading in our school!


Next week, each student will need to bring in a toilet paper roll. We will be using these to make bird feeders to help feed our feathery friends!

By April 11th, the Monday after Spring Break, each student will need to bring in an empty soup or vegetable can. We will be using these for a special upcoming project! Thanks for your help with collecting these 2 items!

Let's Help Others by Collecting Canned Food Items!!!

TCE Student Council will be having a food drive the week of March 21-25 benefitting the Fall Creek Township Food Pantry. Items can be brought to your child’s classroom and placed in their classroom collection box throughout the week. Below is a list of items that the food pantry is in need of:

Saltine Crackers

Cornbread Mix

Pancake Mix

Rice (white and brown)

Rice and Pasta Sides

Pop Tarts

Granola Bars

Beef Broth


Canned Chicken

Sloppy Joes

Shaving Cream

Juice (grape and apple)

Hamburger Helper

Canned Chili

Thank you for your support.

Monday, We Rocked Our Socks for World Down Syndrome Day!

On Monday, March 21st, students wore their most colorful, spunky socks in celebration of people with Down Syndrome and their unique differences that make our world brighter! People all around the world celebrated with us! Thanks to all who participated!
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Candy Bar BINGO!!

Thank you for all who came to Candy Bar BINGO last Friday night! It was such a fun evening! Thank you to all the hard work that was put forth for it. A great time was had by all!
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Chaucie’s Place

Chaucie's Place is a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County that focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse and youth suicide. Chaucie’s Place is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that opened its doors on April 30, 2001. Chaucie’s Place educates both children and adults through our prevention and education programs Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children©, Stewards of Children® and Lifelines, our newest program that addresses youth suicide. Chaucie's Place will be coming to do a presentation for our 2nd graders on March 28th!

Recyclable Items!

During the last few months of school, we will be collecting all different types of recyclable items. Feel free to send in anything from empty plastic containers, old boxes, or any other material students might want to make things out of! Thanks in advance for your help! We will be using them for an upcoming project, but also to help us learn more about measurement closer to the end of the year!

Homework for this week will be week B!

***Math homework for Wednesday***

Practice math fact fluency! Feel free to do this with an app or however your child learns best!

Mark your Calendar!

  • March 25th- Fishers Fire Department will be teaching k-2 students water safety
  • April 1-8 Spring Break
  • April 12-15th- Spring Book Fair in TCE library

Specials For next week

Monday 3/28- Day 2: Music

Tuesday 3/29- Day 3: Art

Wednesday 3/30- Day 4: P.E.

Thursday 3/31- Day 5: Music

Friday 4/1- NO SCHOOL Have a SUPER Spring Break

Class Library Checkout!

Our next class library checkout day will be Thursday, March 31st, 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 traditional literature. We will be studying different versions of fairy tales, fables, and folktales. We will be comparing and contrasting different versions and we will also discuss the theme of each version.


We will continue our study on geometry. This week we learned the difference between plane shapes and geometric solids. We also started exploring how many sides, edges and vertices plane shapes have. We'll look more at geometric solid figures next week!


We are working SO hard on wrapping up our young author books and working on our final drafts! The class has done such an amazing job on these. I am so excited for the students to share them at our upcoming Pancake Breakfast!


We will continue learning about lifecycles! We will learn what a cycle is, and identify cycles that occur everyday!

Word Study:

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. We will be focusing on 15 new vocabulary words. Those words are: cycle, seed, antenna, germinate, seedling, bulb, cone, bud, roots, photosynthesis, reproduce, disperse, pollinate, sapling, and adaptation.