The Willis Weekly

February 1, 2019

E-Learning Days

Don't forget that your child will need to have 6 out of the possible 10 activities from their E-Learning menu completed by next Friday, February 8! Please let me know if you have any questions about these assignments or how to turn them in!

Friendship Party

Friendship Party on February 14th:

The Friendship Parties this year will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Information regarding volunteers was sent home Wednesday of last week.

Students will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates. We have 23 students in our classroom. Please note that students may NOT distribute Valentines that include food, candy, or balloons. For your convenience, below is our class list to better ensure everyone is thought of:

Leohna B.

Tristan B.

Travis C.

Maxwell C.

Jackson C.

Omar D.

Knox F.

Alondra G.

Evelyn G.

Aiden H.

Adelaide (Addie) K.

Niama M.

Vainqueur M.

Esha N.

Chima O. Jr.

Jake P.

Giselle R.

Abdalrahman (Abdal) S.

Noah S.

Damon T. Jr.

Tyler T.

Josue R.

Ian W.

If you have any specific questions, please email me.

Second Grade Study Trip

We are so excited to start this new year (semester) learning about our local community through the world of commerce. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, February 6, 7, or 8, we are going to Castleton Square Mall to learn about producers, consumers, goods, and services. Students will explore the world of retail by identifying whether stores provide goods and/or services, use cardinal directions on a map, and enjoy a meal at Buca Di Beppo®.

Our Study Trip is NEXT WEEK!

-February 6, 2019 - Hesch, King, & Wallace

-Febrary 7, 2019 – Dyer, Hamilton, Sieman

-February 8, 2019- Bliell & Willis

Global Day of Play

On Wednesday, February 6, TCE will celebrate Global School Day of Play. Unstructured play is vital to the development of a child. Our goal is to teach children about the importance of play by making it a priority. On Wednesday, February 6, students can bring in their favorite toys from home. Toys brought from home should be school appropriate and fit into their backpacks. Thank you for helping us make this day a success!

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!

A Message from Global Studies!

Global Studies Newsletter

*** Important information regarding Chinese Snack Tasting is included in this newsletter and your response is needed if you decide to opt-out.***

In the recent two weeks 1st to 4th grade students have been learning how to say some animals in Chinese. 2nd-4th grade students are doing a great job using the verbs “like” and “have” to form sentences like “I have cats”, “You don’t have dogs”, “I like horses”, and “You don’t like snake”. They also learned how to ask questions like “Do you like horses?” and “Don’t you like rabbits?” in Chinese. I am so impressed with how quickly they learn! 1st grade students had lots of fun learning about the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and coloring Happy New Year 2019, the Year of Pig.

During the week of February 11, 2019, students will be tasting a Chinese snack during their Global Studies class. Please see picture below for the nutrition information. If you do NOT wish your child to taste the snack, please fill out the Opt-Out form by following the link below and submit your response by February 1st, 2019. We will also send out paper permission slips home for certain students with allergy concerns. Thank you for your attention!

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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:




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 1- World Read Aloud Day

February 6- Global Day of Play

February 14th: Classroom parties 2:15-3:00

February 18th: NO SCHOOL: President's Day

*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 4: Day 1: P.E.

Tuesday, February 5: Day 2: Global Studies

Wednesday, February 6: Day 3: Music

Thursday, February 7: Day 4: Art & Library

Friday, February 8: Day 1: P.E.

We are Learning


Next week, students will be working on amping up their reading. We will start by practicing our reading voices by reading our words fluently, or smoothly. We will then move into rehearsing how to scoop up words into phrases - as to read as if we were having dialogue with another person.


This week in writing we explored the world of opinion based writing by using what we know about persuasive writing to write letters. These letters enabled each student to persuade others to read his/her favorite book by sharing his/her favorite character, and that character's traits, from the book. Next week students will continue learning the essential elements of persuasive writing using the word because - which better enables writers to give reasons to support their opinion.


This week in math we spiraled subtraction and writing fractions. We discussed how fractions represent pieces. We also talked about how there are 2 major parts of a fraction: numerator - the top number that represents special pieces; denominator - the bottom number which represents the total number of pieces.

Word Work

Students will continue working with their current set of words through next week. The students' end of the week spelling assessment will be given on Friday, February 8. The students will then receive their new sets of words on the following Monday, February 11.

Social Studies

Next week students will embark upon their study trip to Castleton Square Mall to experience the world of commerce. Students will identify whether stores provide goods and/or services, use cardinal directions on a map, and enjoy a meal at Buca Di Beppo®.