Miss Kinney's 2nd Grade Class

October 14, 2016

Our Class News from a Student's Point of View

This is a new portion of our newsletter I am going to start each week. It is written 100% by our class. Today's news report was written by Cohen!

Smith Family Farm by Cohen

Hi my name is Cohen. We went to Smith Family Farm. We saw animals. We did a corn maze and a bean maze. We learned that baby chicks are more likely to be born in the fall. Because in the summer it might be to hot and in the winter they might get a frees desese. The life cycle of a pumpkin. It starts out as a seed. Next it sprouts. Then the flower grows. Then it turns into a green pumpkin. Finally it turns into a orange pumpkin. That’s the life cycle of a pumpkin. It was a fun trip to Smith Family Farm.

Smith Family Farms Study Trip!

On Thursday of this week, the 2nd graders got to travel to Smith Family Farms! On this study trip we got to see first hand and learn more about both plant and animal life cycles that occur on a farm. We also got to enjoy a hay ride, lunch with friends, and we got to pick our own pumpkins! We will use these pumpkins at school through the end of October. We plan to do various activities with this and can't wait to see where our curiosities take us!

Thank you to the chaperones who volunteered their time and joined us! We enjoyed having you spend the day with us!

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Colts Day!

Today we celebrated Colts Day! This was a PTO sponsored Spirit Day! Thank you to all who wore their favorite Colts gear or remembered to wear their BLUE and WHITE! This is my FAVORITE Spirit Day and guess what???? WE WON!
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Liger Mile

Amazing job to all who participated in this years Liger Mile on Thursday evening! It was such a fun evening exercising with friends! I tried to get pictures of everyone, but they were just too fast! :)

Student Led Conferences, Report Cards, & 2nd Grade Data Sheets

Thank you to all who came this week and last to our student led conferences! It was such a great time partnering together to celebrate your child's successes! Today 1st 9 weeks report cards are available on Skyward. Make sure to check those to see how your child did! Friday, October 28th our beginning of the year 2nd grade data sheets will be coming home. Those will give you lots of information from our beginning of the year assessments.

The Fall Book Fair is Coming to TCE!

The Fall Book Fair is coming to TCE! It will be open Tuesday, November 1st - Friday, November 4th during the school day. It will also be open on Friday, November 4th until 6:30 so you can shop before PTO's Movie Night! Our class will shop the Book Fair on Wednesday, November 2 from 1:30-2:00. 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. Please visit HSE's website for more info: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx.** You can also shop the Book Fair Online starting October 26th - November 9th! Just visit http://www.scholastic.com/bf/thorpecreekelementaryschool


Thorpe Creek's first Family Math Night is coming your way! Join us on Friday, November 11th anytime during 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for an evening of math fun! Games, activities, Spheros, scavenger hunt, and so much more, all focused on math concepts. PTO will be selling pizza for a quick dinner option. Hope you will join us for a family night of math fun and learning!

Background Checks & Anti-Bulling Video

If you want to volunteer, chaperone fieldtrips, or eat lunch in the cafeteria, guests 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, contact the TCE office.

Important Information for Next Week

Mark Your Calendar!

Thursday & Friday, October 20 and 21st- Fall Break

Tuesday, November 8th- Election Day (NO SCHOOL for students) Teachers in PD

Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25th- NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Related Arts Schedule

Monday, October 17th- Day 5- Art

Tuesday, October 18th- Day 6- P.E.

Wednesday, October 19th- Day 1- Music

Thursday, October 20th- NO SCHOOL Fall Break

Friday, October 21st- NO SCHOOL Fall Break

Monday, October 24th- Day 2- Art

Tuesday, October 25th- Day 3- P.E.

Wednesday, October 26th- Day 4- Music

Thursday, October 27th- Day 5- Art

Friday, October 28th- Day 6- P.E.

We Are Learning...


During reading this week we focused on making inferences. We practiced taking what we already know, thinking about clues from the text, then coming up with a theory about a part of the book! (For example: If I see a boy wearing a party hat, I might infer it is his birthday.) We learned that by making inferences we can dig in deeper to a character, plot, or problem in a story. We also practiced writing these inferences out. We discussed that when we write about what we read it helps us better understand the story and characters. Then we can share our thinking with our peers! The class did a great job with this. Next week and the week after we will focus on looking at cause and effect relationships, and thinking about them more deeply when reading!


In writing this week we discussed persuading others and what it means to have our own opinion. We had a few mini debates, which led to debate etiquette. We chose one debate topic that we were passionate about and made a web with reasons to back up our opinion. Next week, we will work on creating a strong lead in our opinion pieces.

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Word Study

During word study this week we learned about when to simply add s to make a noun plural and when we need to change our y to and i and add es! We learned that when looking at nouns, if the y has a vowel before it: we just add a -s. If the noun has a consonant before the y: we need to drop the y and add -ies. We also learned how to make nouns plural that end in f or fe. Next week and after Fall Break, we will discuss and practice more irregular plural nouns!


This week in math we learned how to subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers. We worked in small groups looking at various ways we can solve these types of problems. Although we don't have assigned nightly homework, practicing math facts: both addition and subtraction, will help as math concepts get harder and harder! Thanks for your help and support from home! Next week and the week after Fall Break, we will continue digging in deeper and looking at more subtraction strategies we can use with 2 and 3 digit numbers!


This week we cut open our heirloom pumpkin! We found out that it does indeed have seeds, but way less than a normal pumpkin. Instead of counting the seeds, we added soil and water for an experiment. We hypothesized what might happen inside the pumpkin. If we left everything inside the pumpkin and added dirt, water, and sunlight, will a new plant grow? We will let you know what we find! :)
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