Mrs. Hesch's News

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 heard a story by city council member, Cecilia Coble in the library. 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!

Candy Bar Bingo!

TONIGHT is Candy Bar BINGO!! It will be held here at TCE from 6:00-7:30pm.Come enjoy a fun night out, where EVERYONE wins candy! There will be pizza sales in the café and raffle tickets sold for “teacher experiences”. We look forward to seeing you tonight!

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!

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 1st: Read Across America Day

March 1st: Candy Bar Bingo 6:00-7:30

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.

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!

Related Arts Schedule for Next Week!

Monday, March 4: Day 3: P.E.

Tuesday, March 5: Day 4: Global Studies

Wednesday, March 6: Day 1: Music

Thursday, March 7: Day 2: Art

Friday, March 8: Day 3: P.E.

We are Learning


This week, we continued to learn about the different types of figurative language. We learned how to identify onomatopoeias, alliteration, and hyperboles. The readers learned how to notice these types of figurative language in the books they are reading. When they found them in their books, they uploaded them to Seesaw to share with others.


This week, we finished up learning how to write a book review. We know that our book reviews must include the title and author of the book. We then need to put in the main characters and a little bit of the story. We want to avoid giving away the ending. We can then give our opinion and try to persuade our readers to read the book. This week, we learned how to put direct quotes into our book reviews. We learned that we have to give credit to the author of the book for the words we use so we use quotation marks around the direct words from the book. We also learned that writers can compare and contrast books by the same author in a book review.

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.


This week, we have been working to find the area and perimeter of shapes. They have been able to distinguish between the two, seeing perimeter as a measure of length and area as a measure of the amount of surface inside a shape. We learned different ways to find area including using arrays and multiplication. To compare areas, students were given a perimeter of 12 units. Students drew different shapes that had a perimeter of 12 units, and we compared the areas. We discussed which had the greatest area and how shapes can have the same perimeter but different areas.

Social Studies

This week, we finished up our goods and services unit by creating our very own store. We created videos/commercials to advertise our store. We had to include if our store had good or services, the price for our items, and then add in some sort of persuasion to get consumers to come to our store. Check our your child's video on SeeSaw!

Light Project

We have been reading about and researching light for our project. We learned that light is made up of all of the colors. We learned that when light is bent all of the colors appear. The colors appear in a certain color pattern each time. This pattern is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. We also read a book about rainbows. We learned that these are the same colors in a rainbow. We also learned that sometimes double rainbows appear, but the colors of the second rainbow are in the opposite order (violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red). We are still finding items that reflect in our classroom and have lots of questions. If you know a lot about light or physics, please let me know. We'd love to have you come in to be an expert in our classroom!