Mrs. Sieman's Newsletter

January 18, 2019

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We had a GREAT time today at Flat Fork Creek! The kids saw a BIG difference in today's visit compared to Octobers visit. Be sure to ask your child what they noticed today. As you can see, the walkways and just about everything was covered in snow. The kids loved it! We are looking forward to see the change in season when we visit again in April!

Friendship Party

Friendship Party on February 14th:

The Friendship Parties this year will be held on Thursday, February 14th from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Information from room parents will be sent home regarding volunteers.

Students will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates. We have 20 students in our classroom. Please note that students may NOT distribute Valentines that include food, candy, or balloons.

If you have any specific questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

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 6th, 7th, or 8th 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, using cardinal directions on a map, and enjoying a meal at Buca Di Beppo®.



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

-Febrary 7, 2019 – Dyer, Hamilton, Sieman

February 8, 2019- Bliell & Willis



CHAPERONE AND STUDENT TOTAL COST FOR THIS EVENT (trip and lunch included) ARE THE SAME PRICE, $10!


***Study Trip permission forms WERE DUE TODAY! If you haven't returned your permission slips, please do so as soon as possible so that we can get our food count turned into the restaurant. ***

The Great Kindness Challenge

Dear TCE Families,


Thorpe Creek is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 28th to February 1st. The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive and encouraging initiative that is taking place in 103 other countries and over 19,000 schools. As part of the challenge each student will be encouraged to complete 50 acts of kindness in the week.


Another part of The Great Kindness Challenge includes raising funds to help support/build a clinic in a small community in Liberia. We would love for students to bring in change to support this cause! Thank you in advance for your support of the Kind Coins Campaign!


We will celebrate all the acts of kindness that are happening around Thorpe Creek with spirit days. They are:

Monday, January 28th

Crazy about Kindness- Wear your crazy socks day

Tuesday, January 29th

Hats off for kindness- Wear a hat day

Wednesday, January 30th

Team up for Kindness- Wear a sports jersey or favorite team color.

Thursday, January 31st

Cozy up for Kindness- Wear your P.J.'s

Friday, February 1st

Kindness Matters at TCE- Wear your TCE spirit wear

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!

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?

STEAM Night

Mark your calendars for our TCE FAMILY STEAM NIGHT on Thursday,
January 31 from 5:30-7:00 pm. STEAM is an educational term to describe real-world opportunities for students to learn with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. At the TCE Family STEAM Night, TCE students and their family members of all ages are welcome to come and participate in a variety of unique, educational STEAM experiences. Participants will travel as a family (children with their adults) to share in the learning process! Pizza and water will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. We hope to see you there!
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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!

Optional Spelling Practice at Home

On Tuesday, a new set of words were sent home with your child. We will work with these words for two weeks at a time. Feel free to practice these sorts at home! Also, I will not be giving spelling tests over these words this year, but rather check with each student by checking to see if they can spell the words based on their spelling patterns.

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.

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!

January 18- Study Trip Permission Slips were Due Today to Castleton Mall

January 21- No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 31- STEAM Night

February 6- Global Day of Play


*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, January 21: No School- MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22: Day 2: Art

Wednesday, January 23: Day 3: P.E.

Thursday, January 24: Day 4: Global Studies

Friday, January 25: Day 1: Music

We are Learning

Reading

Next week, we will continue our study of nonfiction. We will be applying the skills that we learn into our writing!

Writing

This week, the kids have started using their research to write their nonfiction books. They have already included their table of contents, started to write an introduction, and have started writing there books! We will be working hard next week to add a glossary, index, pictures, diagrams, picture captions, etc. in their nonfiction books. We will continue writing our books next week and start the revising process!

Math

We've been working hard this week on subtracting three digit numbers with and without regrouping. This was pretty tricky at the beginning of the week, but I have to say that the kids really got the hang of it by the end of the week. We will wrap up our study of adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers at the beginning of next week and move on to our study of geometry!

Word Work

On Tuesday, students will receive a new set of spelling words. In class, we will work on different sorts and activities to practice our spelling patterns. We will study these words for the next two weeks. Here are a list of word sorts that we do in class. Feel free to practice these words at home as well!



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.

Social Studies

Second grade will be studying economics over the coming weeks. We will deepen our understanding of goods vs. services, consumers vs. producers, needs vs. wants, and human, capital, and natural resources. We will culminate our study of economics with a study trip to Castleton Mall in February.


We used play doh to help us learn more about scarcity, opportunity cost, and needs and wants. We will continue our study of economics next week!


Our Mystery Doug question this week was, "Why Does the Moon Turn Blood Red During a Lunar Eclipse?". The lunar eclipse will take place on Sunday night!