Mrs. Hesch's News

February 8, 2019

Study Trip to Castleton Mall and Lunch at Buca Di Beppo

Our study trip was a huge success! The class did a fabulous job using their cardinal directions to navigate themselves around the mall. Once they reached the store, they had to decide if it produced a good or service. With just a quick glance you'd think most stores only produced goods, but as the class dug deeper and asked more questions they realized many had services as well. One store will align your skateboard for you. A big thank you to the chaperones for joining us!

Global Day of Play

On Friday our classroom celebrated Global School Day of Play. We had so much fun learning and playing new games and with different toys!

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 contact your child’s teacher.

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.

Optional Spelling Practice at Home

On Monday, a new set of words will be 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.

Mark Your Calendar!

February 8- Movie Night @ 6:15

February 14th: Study trip to Flat Fork Creek Park and Classroom parties 2:15-3:00

February 15th: Fort/Movie Day beginning at 1:30p.m.

February 18th: NO SCHOOL: President's Day

March 1st: Read Across America DAy

March 14th: 2nd grade choir concert (only for students in choir club)

*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 11: Day 1: Music

Tuesday, February 12: Day 2: Art

Wednesday, February 13: Day 3: PE

Thursday, February 14: Day 4: Global Studies

Friday, February 15: Day 1: Music

We are Learning


This week, we continued working on making our reading more fluent. We read familiar stories and practiced acting them out in small groups. Also, we learned that that sometimes readers read like robots. The reading is slow. The reader reads word for word, and they do not show expression as they read. We also learned that sometimes readers read like racecars. They go to fast. They do not pay attention to punctuation. They are reading so fast that they do not read with expression. We learned that we need to make our reading smooth like riding on a skateboard. We learned that these readers read a just the right pace. They pay attention to punctuation marks, and read with expression. We practiced reading like this with a partner. We gave our partner feedback on how he/she could improve their reading.


This week we continued learning about OREO paragraphs when writing opinion pieces. We reviewed that OREO stands for O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanation, and O-restate opinion. The students are writing on lots of topics. Some students are choosing to write about their favorite sports team. Others are writing about favorite pets or favorite foods. We are learning how to persuade our audiences to start believing our opinions. We learned that writers use different ways to persuade their readers. They use emotional appeal, bandwagon, exaggeration, and loaded words. We watched commercials that demonstrated some of these persuasion tactics. Ask our child about what he/she learned about persuasion.


This week, we learned how measure to the nearest 1/2 inch on a ruler. We found objects in our classroom that were 5 1/2 inches. We also used the data collected from our mall study trips to create line plots. We then created bar graphs and picture graphs with the mall data.

Social Studies

This week, we visited the Castleton Square Mall and collected data on which stores provided good, services or both. This was a great learning experience for our class. We also learned about consumers and producers. We learned that consumers buy goods. We learned that producers create the goods. We will continue or economics lessons next week with learning about supply and demand and price.