The Willis Weekly

February 22, 2019

Read Across America Day!

Our school will celebrate the joy of reading on Read Across America Day on Friday, March 1. There will be a PTO sponsored mix-and-match, wacky hair, and dress as your favorite book character day. We will also do a school-wide "Drop Everything and Read" time from 3:10-3:25 that day. Your child may also bring in some of their favorite books from home to read on this day and share them with our class! Happy Reading!

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!

Candy Bar Bingo!

Candy Bar BINGO will be held here at TCE on Friday, March 1st! 6:00-7:30pm.Come enjoy a fun night out at TCE, where EVERYONE wins candy! There will be pizza sales in the café and raffle tickets sold for “teacher experiences”. We look forward to seeing you there.

TCE Cheer Club! ( a message from Ms. Bradley & Ms. Dyer)

Hello K-4 Students! Are you interested in learning more about cheerleading? Then this club is for you! Please read the attached information very closely and return your permission slip before next Thursday, March 7. Go Cardinals! ~ Ms. Bradley and Miss Dyer
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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!

March 1st: Read Across America Day

March 1st: Candy Bar Bingo 6:00-7:30

March 14th: 2nd Grade Choir Concert (only for students in choir club)

March 21st: Spring Picture 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 25: Day 2: Global Study

Tuesday, February 26: Day 3: Music

Wednesday, February 27 Day 4: Art

Thursday, February 28: Day 1: P.E. & Library

Friday, February 28: Day 2: Global Study

We are Learning


This week, we continued working on making our reading more fluent. We learned how dialogue tags, or "quotation marks", help the reader to understand how the dialogue is to be read. We also learned that readers should read at their just right pace, which is not too fast, not too slow, but just right for them. Reading at this pace allows the reading to better understand the information being shared from the text. A fun way to practice this at home could be to find a book with dialogue tags and practice using fun and appropriate voices for each part of the dialogue. The characters come alive when we give them their own voices!


This week we continued learning about opinion writing. This week we learned that writers may use the following strategy to persuade their reader(s) to act/feel/ or think in certain ways (or, in this case, read a book we favor): use a checklist to help fix their writing. This week, and next week we will continue to, check our opinion letters for catchy topic sentences, supportive details that support our topic sentences, and the use of supportive details in their appropriate paragraphs.

Word Study

This week each student was given an assessment to re-establish the spelling sort/group they will be in for the rest of the school year. Students will come home with a new set of words on Monday. Feel free to have a little fun with your child doing any of the following spelling activities to promote their exposure to their new word sort:

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.


This week students continued learning time and wrapped up this week with a lesson in place value. Students practiced writing digital and analog forms of time. Students also used a place value chart to practice writing numbers in Base 10 shorthand (flats, longs, and cubes) and expanded forms (519 = 500 + 10 + 9). Ask your child to share with you what the aforementioned forms of 381 are.