Mrs. Hesch's News

January 25, 2019

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 25 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 let me know.

Room 6 friends

· Marcella

· Tatum

· Dominic

· Jackson

· Amelia

· Charlotte

· Faye

· Sawyer

· Ty

· Boaz

· Katelyn

· Siya

· Medha

· Ethan

· Geoffrey

· Israel

· Laine

· Bryce

· Darsh

· Miles

· Kaede

· Jackson

· Parker

· Blakely

· David

Fort Day/Movie

The students in Room 6 have been working very hard to earn their WOWS! The students received their 40th WOW yesterday, and voted to have a fort building afternoon/movie. Students are invited to bring in materials to make in-door forts on Friday, February 1st. They can bring in blankets, towels, or other materials to turn our classroom into multiple forts. After our fort construction is complete, we will watch a little bit of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (We have just finished reading the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and currently reading its sequel.) You can check out the review for this movie on Common Sense Media. Check it out using the link below. If you do not wish for your child to watch the movie, please let me know. *We will not be watching all of the movie. We might watch 30-40 minutes of the movie while huddled in our forts.

Also, the students requested that I provide SkinnyPop popcorn for everyone. (They are currently working for this by earning 10 more WOWS!) I'm happy to provide SkinnyPop to everyone. I'm including a picture and list of ingredients/nutritional information for you. SkinnyPop is one of our approved snacks at TCE, but always want parents to know what their child is eating at school. If you do not wish for your child to have SkinnyPop, please let me know!

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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

World Read Aloud Day

Next Friday, Feb. 1st is World Read Aloud Day! This is such a great day for us to invite parents or special family members in to read aloud to our class! If you are interested in coming in to share one of your favorite books with our class, please email me and let me know a time that might work best for you! We will be having recess and lunch from 12:20-1:20 and we go to specials from 2:55-3:30, so those are 2 time slots we will need to try to avoid. The other part of the day is open to visitors! Please let me know if you'd like to join us! We look forward to having you in!

Global Day of Play

On Wednesday, February 6, TCE will celebrate Global School Day of Play. Due our study trip to the mall that day, Room 6 will celebrate this day on February 8th. 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 Friday, February 8th 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!

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!


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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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.

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! We will have a spelling test on Friday, February 1st.

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.

Mark Your Calendar!

January 31- STEAM Night

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.

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!

Related Arts Schedule for Next Week!

Monday, January 28: Day 2: Art

Tuesday, January 29: Day 3: P.E.

Wednesday, January 30: Day 4: Global Studies

Thursday, January 31: Day 1: Music

Friday, February 1: Day 2: Art

We are Learning


This week, we continued our learning about dialogue tags. We learned that sometimes the dialogue tags can be vague (or unclear). We learned that if characters are talking to each other that the author will have their conversation follow a pattern so the reader can follow who is talking. We found this happens a lot in chapter books. We also practiced making our reading sound more interesting by changing our voices for the characters. Your child read in different character voices and posted to Seesaw. Be sure to take a listen!


This week, we began a new unit of study on opinion/persuasive writing. We learned the difference between facts and opinions. We then learned that people feel strongly about their opinions and often debate them. We practiced this by having a debate about the safety of Beyblades in our classroom. Students formed their opinion on if they were safe or unsafe and then had to debate reasons behind their opinion. We learned that we can take that same debate and write about it to try and persuade others opinions. Next week, we will learn ways writers persuade their readers.


This week, we continued our study of money. We focused on bills. We discussed the one dollar, five dollar, ten dollar, and twenty dollar bill. We learned who was featured on the front of the bills and what symbol or building was featured on the back of the bill. We practiced counting bills and coins together. Next week, we will learn how to estimate costs and add/subtract money using decimals.

Social Studies- A note from Mrs. Miller (our Ball State studen teacher)

Hello, families! I will be teaching a unit as one of my requirements for Ball State. Over the next few weeks, we will be covering several social studies topics. The students will be learning about price, goods, services, producers, and consumers in preparation for our study trip to the mall. The unit will be interdisciplinary including opportunities to interact with graphs and money for math as well as books and opinion writing for language arts. Lastly, the students will take part in a project where they will be able to apply what they have learned. I’m excited to start this new unit, and I can’t wait to watch the students grow!