The Willis Weekly

February 15, 2019

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Happy Friendship (Valentine's) Day

Thank you to all of our parents who supported us (both in and out of class) in showing our appreciation for our friends during this week's Friendship (aka Valentine's Day). The students demonstrated their appreciation for others by making calming jars for themselves, handing out cards/letters/gifts of affirmation to each other, and dancing with one another! It fills our hearts to know that we have some many people whom can call friend. Again, thank you!

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 www.inter-state.com/yearbook . 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!

A Message from Global Studies!

Global Studies Newsletter


For Global Studies, we had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year and learning about traditional Chinese desserts. Students learned a popular Chinese New Year song and how to say “xin nian kuai le” (happy new year) and “gong xi gong xi” (congratulations!), which are common greetings during Chinese New Year. They also learned the history of different types of traditional Chinese desserts, and watched street artists perform sugar art such as sugar painting and blowing candy. Finally they tasted Haw Candy Flakes, a snack that is made of a Chinese fruit – the haws.

Some students loved it so much that they wanted to know where they could get it. So here is the information. You can find it in Asia Mart located at 6103 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46250 (Castleton Mall area). (Adjacent to this message is a picture of the packaging.)

Next week students will start Global Studies in Spanish and I am super excited for them for this new language learning experience! Once again I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach your child Chinese in the last 3 months. I hope they will continue their love in learning different languages and the world around them.

Ms. Sandra

Global Studies Teacher – Chinese

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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:

fruit

veggies

cheese

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!

February 18th: NO SCHOOL: President's Day

March 1st: Read Across America DAy

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


*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, February 11: President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 12: Day 3: Global Study

Wednesday, February 13: Day 4: Music

Thursday, February 14: Day 4: Art & Library

Friday, February 15: Day 1: Music

We are Learning

Reading

This week, we continued working on making our reading more fluent. We read familiar stories and practiced acting them out in small groups. Also, we learned that that sometimes readers read like robots. The reading is slow. The reader reads word for word, and they do not show expression as they read. We also learned that sometimes readers read like racecars. They go to fast. They do not pay attention to punctuation. They are reading so fast that they do not read with expression. We learned that we need to make our reading smooth like riding on a skateboard. We learned that these readers read a just the right pace. They pay attention to punctuation marks, and read with expression. We practiced reading like this with a partner. We gave our partner feedback on how he/she could improve their reading. For an example of fluent reading, have your child read the post-it of alphabet sentences.
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Writing

This week we continued learning about opinion writing. This week we learned that writers may use one, some, or all of the following multiple strategies to persuade their reader to act/feel/ or think in certain ways (or, in this case, read a book we favor): describe a favorite character, infer character traits from what the illustrations tell us about them, retell a favorite part of the story, or form writing based on the estimated level of knowledge the intended audience may know about the subject (or book).

Math

This week, we learned how to tell time to the nearest hour and 5-minute. The students worked hard at understanding how the hour hand (short hand) and the minute hand (long hand) work respective to one another. To support this learning, we learned that clocks have containers. Containers are the space from one number to the next. We learned that, depending on which hand is moving, there are 5 minutes or 1 hour in one container. Lastly, we learned there are 24 hours in one day. Have your child show you their estimated time line of their chosen activities throughout a typical day.

Social Studies

Second grade has been studying economics over the last weeks. We have deepened our understanding of goods vs. services, but next week we will continue this learning through the use of play-doh. Stay tuned for this playful learning of consumers vs. producers, needs vs. wants, and human, capital, and natural resources that will occur next week!