The Willis Weekly

February 29, 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, sporting wacky hair, and 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!

TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon

This week a permission form was sent home regarding the TCE Riley Mini-Dance Marathon! It will be held on March 15 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 8. 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!
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Daily Snacks

WE ARE STILL IN NEED.....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 Study & Library

Friday, March 8: Day 3: Music

We are Learning


This week, we moved on from making our reading more fluent to learning about Literary, or figurative, Language. We learned how great writers will use inventive ways to describe events, actions, or objects. This week's inventive writing focused on different ways writers compare events, actions, and/or objects to each other. We learned that author's will commonly use the words like or as to get you to notice when they are using an inventive way of describing something. For example, Jane Yolen uses a comparison to describe a train whistle The Owl Moon: "Somewhere behind us a train whistle blew, long and low, like a sad, sad song." We encourage you to find some Literary Language that uses the words like or as in a book you read in the near future.


This week we continued learning about opinion writing. This week we continued editing our letters to one another. We finished this effort by giving our persuasive letters to our friends to encourage them to read our favorite book. We also switched gears and started a free-writing initiative to give students choice in what they write. The goal is to create a passion for writing that will bolster students' writing stamina, risk-taking, and use of the conventions of writing.

Word Study

Below are the spelling word activities we will practice in class for this week's new words!!

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 welcomed ourselves into the world of measurement by using non-standard and standard units of measurement. Collectively we determined that for all people to accurately reproduce the measurements of objects, we must all agree on the same units of measurements for measuring objects. These units are called standard units of measurement. This week's standard units of measurements learned were feet and inches. We learned that feet are used to measure larger items, while inches are used to measure smaller objects. Lastly, we learned that 12 inches make one foot.