The Wacky and Wild World of Wallace

March 1, 2019

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Read Across America Day!

Today we celebrated the joy of reading on Read Across America Day! We celebrated by wearing mix-and-matched clothes or dressing as our favorite book character! We also participated in a school-wide "Drop Everything and Read" time! We spent the day reading favorite books from home and sharing our favorite stories with friends!

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TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon

Last week a permission form was sent home regarding the TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon! It will be held on March 15th in the gym here at TCE from 3:50-5:00pm! This Mini-Dance Marathon is a chance for TCE students to help fund pediatric cancer research and child life specialists at Riley Hospital. Permission slips and possible donations must be returned by March 8th. They are asking for a $5 donation, but students may collect more money if they would like! Further details are included in the permission slip that was sent home!

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!

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!

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

March 15th: TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon

March 16th - 17th: HSEArt Show - come see the artwork of students at all of our HSE Schools at this district art show from 2:00-5:00 at FHS

March 21st: Rock Your Socks to bring awareness and to celebrate the joy of diversity on World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st: Spring Picture Day!

March 22nd: PTO Movie Night

March 29th - April 7th: No school - Spring Break

April 10th: 5:30-7:00 PTO Pancake Dinner, Book Fair is open, and young author books are on display in our gym

*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, March 4: Day 3: Music

Tuesday, March 5: Day 4: Art

Wednesday, March 6: Day 1: P.E.

Thursday, March 7: Day 2: Global Studies

Friday, March 8: Day 3 Music

We are Learning


This week, we continued to discuss figurative language. We looked again at hyperbole and different examples. I brought up the fact that a lot of hyperbole is used in a certain type of books called folk tales. Our main focus in reading moving forward will be folk tales and fairy tales. We will continue to look at figurative language as well because these types of texts are often filled with figurative language.


Our book reviews are really coming together! Some children have even been able to finish a book review. This type of persuasion opinion writing has been really interesting for the children to learn because they did not have much immersion into book reviews before these past few weeks. We will finish up our book reviews early in the week and we will move into creating a class mascot in writing. The students will be creating a mascot that is a symbol for our classroom and they must persuade the other students to vote for their mascot based on their persuasive writing.

We have also changed up our writing this week. I have split our writing time into two parts. The first part of writing is focused on the lesson or task at hand (currently persuasion) and the second half of writing the children will be allowed to create books. We are doing this to attempt to find a love for writing in every student. This "free writing" time will allow the students to be more creative and able to try different techniques in their work.

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Word Study

A week from today Friday, March 8th our class will be tested over their word lists.

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.


The students still worked with measurement this week. We worked on converting different measurements as well as comparing lengths of different measurements. Our math started moving toward graphing near the end of the week. As a class we measured different objects. I then challenged the students to graph the results of the class measurements. You may have seen some of the attempts of the children on SeeSaw. This graphing assignment was a reassessment for me to find what the children currently know about graphing. We will focus on creating and reading graphs in the next week or so.