Newsletter: October 2022

Thayne Elementary Husky Headlines

October 2022

Upcoming events:

Class and individual photos will be taken on Oct. 13th.  Photos begin first thing in the morning, so please arrive at school on time so you don’t miss your classroom’s turn. 

Mark your calendars for Parent / Teacher Conferences coming up on November 2 and 3!  More information of how to schedule your appointment will be coming from your student’s teacher shortly.  We hope to see you there!


Literacy Corner:

Help your child develop a love of reading by making reading a part of your family’s daily routine. If your child reads 20 minutes each day, they will read over 3,600 minutes in a year! WOW! Here are ideas to help build a love of reading by making it special, fun, and purposeful:

  1. Make a special time to read each day.
  2. Choose a comfortable spot to read.
  3. Find a great book.
  4. Ask questions and have a discussion.

School News:

Bus safety – Student’s practiced bus safety during a practice drill in September.  We appreciate our drivers and bus aides for taking such great care of our traveling students.

Kindergarten Leaf Safari – Have you noticed the beautiful Fall colors?  The kindergarten students did!  They enjoyed a morning of gathering colorful leaves and learning about the changing of the seasons.  What’s next?… See their artwork of Autumn leaves on the photo “carousel” below!

Library News:

The book fair will run October 31st – November 3rd.

  • It is open to students before school with a parent.
  • Students can also shop during their morning recess and after school.
  • The book fair will be open until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2nd, and Thursday, November 3rd. 

Thayne Volunteer Committee News:

October Events:

Door Decorating Contest:  Each classroom will have the opportunity to decorate their classroom door to compete against other grade level classes to win a sweet treat! If you are able to volunteer to help your child’s teacher with their door, please reach out to them. Voting will take place the week of the 24th. Please join our TVC facebook page to cast your votes!

Hallway Halloween Decorations:  Students may bring a decorated recycled item to put in the hallway above their cubby. It can be a tissue box, can, bottle, etc. – as long as it is smaller than a milk jug. Students may color or use any crafting materials to create their masterpiece. Please bring these on October 17th to start decorating our hallways. 

Halloween Costume Parade:  Students are welcome to dress up on the 31st. Masks and weapons are not allowed. Please make sure all costume preparations are done before school to help minimize any learning distractions. Our school will be having our costume parade at 2:00 on October 31st. Please contact your child’s teacher beforehand if you plan to take them with you after the parade. 

Our next TVC meeting will be October 19th at 2:45. It will also be available via zoom. We hope to see you there!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions at


Newsletter: Aug/Sept 2022

Thayne Elementary Husky Headlines

Aug/Sept 2022

Principal’s message:

Welcome to a new school year! I would like to express my gratitude to the staff, parents, and students for the warm welcome I have received. It’s great to be a husky! As the new principal, I am so impressed with the professionalism of our staff and their genuine care and dedication to our students. Likewise, I appreciate all you do with your children to help them be successful at home and school. Our staff and your families comprise a super team of advocates for students, a positive partnership that can accomplish so much good! Working together, we can facilitate opportunities for our students to learn and grow academically and socially, helping them be successful in various aspects of their lives. We are so excited for a new learning adventure this year and eagerly anticipate celebrating the many accomplishments of our students along the way. Go Huskies! 

 -Daniel Barnes, Principal

Literacy Corner: What is Title I?

 According to the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of Title 1 funding, “is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”  Schools qualify for Title I Services based on the percentage of enrolled students in economic need. This qualification is based on the number of students in the free and reduced-price lunch program.


Any student enrolled, who needs extra academic help, is eligible for assistance. All students complete a universal screener three times per year. These test results along with teacher recommendations are used to identify students needing supplemental instruction.


Here at Thayne Elementary, we use the majority of our funds for our Title I paraprofessional team. With this team, we are able to offer small instructional groups to meet the needs of our students.

School News:

School Lunch and Breakfast no longer free:

Starting August 2022, no meals will be free unless you qualify for free and reduced-price school meals.

Meal prices for school year 2022-23

Elementary Breakfast $2.00

Elementary Lunch-$3.00


School photos will not be on the same day as Etna Elementary as in the past.  This year, Bell Photography will be at Thayne Elementary on:

  • Oct. 13 for picture day
  • Nov. 17 for retakes

Library News:Thayne Volunteer Committee (TVC) News:  TVC will hold their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 21, at 2:45 in the school cafeteria.  All parents, guardians, teachers, grandparents, and community members are invited to join the committee.  Please come join us and participate in planning some great events that support the students and staff!

Upcoming Program, Parent/Early Educator Night:  Please see the attached flyer for a great opportunity for parents to attend the Parent/Early Educator Night in October.  Instructions for reserving your spot is included.  Click here for more information.