Happy New Year to our Thayne Elementary Families! We hope your family enjoys a happy and healthy new year.
Students: Remember that it is cold outside, so dress appropriately for the weather. We will have recess outside on most days.
Lost and Found Items: Please label your student’s belongings so lost items can be returned to the owner. If you’re missing something, please email a description to email@example.com and we’ll look for it.
LITERACY CORNER: Play Word Games
Playing word games as a family will help kids notice sounds in words and increase vocabulary. For kindergarten students, sing songs or say silly tongue twisters. For first grade students, start with a word and then change one sound. For example, say hat and change /h/ to /f/. The new word is fat. Be sure to use sounds and not letter names. For second grade students, tell a family story and have children add details to the basic story. For third grade students, talk about homonyms. For example, jam could mean a sweet spread on toast or cars stuck in traffic.
Remember to have fun and enjoy your time reading together.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENSUS:
Parents, our annual Early Childhood Census is now happening! We ask that you click here to access the census and fill it out for any of your children who are birth to 5 years old and not enrolled in kindergarten yet. The district uses this information to plan for future needs of our schools and to get important information to you the year before your child will enter kindergarten. In January, there will be a census worker in your area that will contact you if you have not filled out the census online. The census will be open from December 1 through January 26. Thank you for taking the time to complete this census! If you have any questions about the census or have trouble accessing it, please contact Emily Isaacson 307-885-7129.
Ms. Miller moved to Afton at the age of 19. She met lots of relatives here as her mother was raised in Star Valley. She has 1 son and 2 daughters, and 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. She is grateful to have her son's family living close by. She enjoys listening to music, camping, keeping up with her family, and the peace and serenity of our beautiful valley..
Mrs. Merritt grew up in the Auburn area and now lives outside of Thayne with her husband, son, and daughter. She enjoys weightlifting, skiing, riding the razor, and making people laugh. This is her 2nd year sanitizing at Thayne Elementary. She says one of the bests parts of her job is visiting with the students and staff.
A special “thank you” to Parents, Teachers, and Students! We are excited for the success of Parent/Teacher Conferences last month. It was wonderful to hear of the great conversations, goal setting, student growth, and celebrations! We have been in school for 60 days now and are looking forward to the months to come!
Monthly theme: GIVING
Students will learn about giving through service by making Christmas tree decorations or surprising other classrooms with a Christmas stocking, etc.
I Read to You, You Read to Me
Reading with your child is important for school success. Sometimes having your child read independently after school can be a struggle. Try taking turns reading a book. Have your child read a sentence, a paragraph, or a page. Then you read to your child. In our Thayne Elementary School library, there are books available for checkout that are designed to be read together. Stop by and check them out!
Remember to have fun and enjoy your time reading together.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable (FFV) Program:
Good News . . . . . Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant!
With this funding we are able to offer our elementary students fresh fruits and vegetables for a snack during their school day. This is in addition to the regular breakfast and lunch programs.
With the help of teachers, school nurses, parents and food service staff the funding will enable us to promote good health, nutrition and physical activity.
At Thayne Elementary, Food Service Worker, Mrs. Izatt, works diligently to prepare the fruits and vegetables for the students each day. Thank you, Mrs. Izatt!
Early Childhood Census:
Parents, our annual Early Childhood Census is now happening! We ask that you go to www.lscd2.org and click on the link provided or use this QR Code or direct link to access the census and fill it out for any of your children who are birth to 5 years old and not enrolled in kindergarten yet. The district uses this information to plan for future needs of our schools and to get important information to you the year before your child will enter kindergarten. In January, there will be a census worker in your area that will contact you if you have not filled out the census online. The census will be open from December 1 through January 26. Thank you for taking the time to complete this census! If you have any questions about the census or have trouble accessing it, please contact Emily Isaacson 307-885-7129.
Mrs. Griffin grew up in Etna and still lives there with her husband. They have grown 2 children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys camping, reading, and cooking. She has been at Thayne Elementary for 16 years and loves serving and being with the children.
Mrs. Johnson loves people, especially kids, so her job in the kitchen is a perfect fit. Her favorite things include camping and being in nature, photography, and participating in 4-H with her family. She has "3 beautiful girls, 2 of the best sons-in-law, and a wonderful husband."
Mrs. Izatt lives in Bedford on the family farm. She and her husband have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. She loves working in the lunchroom (for the past 6 years) and chatting with the students, working in her garden, crafting, and wading in the stream in her backyard.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place in November. To sign-up for Parent Teacher Conferences click here to access the link.
Conferences will be held via Zoom, phone, or face-to-face. The teachers have set up available times and dates starting November 8th through November 17th. Please work directly with your teacher if the available appointment times don’t fit your schedule. We are looking forward to conferencing with the guardians of all our students.
Thank you for your continued support as we work together for success at the next level.
We are so excited to be able to host the Scholastic Book Fair in-person this Fall and we will continue to have the online option available. The link for online shopping is available beginning November 15th.
Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read
Do you know the impact of 20 minutes of reading per day? The reader is exposed to 1.8 million words per year and scores in the 90th percentile on standardized tests.
You can make a DIFFERENCE by reading every night with your child.
Here are three ideas to help encourage your child to read at home.
Zero in on Your Child’s Interests: What topics interest your child? Horses? Read Black Beauty and find nonfiction articles on famous horses like Seabiscuit.
Expand Your Definition of Reading: Include magazines, comic books, and graphic novels in your child’s book box.
Pair Books with Activities: If your child read’s Mr. Poppins’ Penguins, then maybe you could plan a trip to the zoo. Another idea would be to have a family movie night and watch the movie version of the book.
Remember to have fun and enjoy your time reading together.
Thayne’s October school wide theme is Friendship. Students will learn about how to be a good friend and participate in activities such as door decorating contests.
If you want to volunteer, reach out to your student’s teacher. Please remember that you will need to provide your driver’s license to check into the building.
Thayne Elementary Family Literacy Night
Come and join in the fun!
Coastin’ Into Family Night
Reading is the thrill of a lifetime!
Join us for a fun night of reading and writing activities for the whole family!
Tuesday, Oct 26
Held at Thayne Elementary School
Did you know? Thayne Elementary has a Celebration and Award System
Most Fridays that we are in school, we have an all school celebration and sing. We call it the Husky Rally. The assembly starts at 2:00 and ends at 2:25. You are welcome to attend.
Here are the different school wide awards we give out.
1. Husky Helpers – Is awarded at the Husky Rally.
o Top 10% for citizenship.
o Elite award for consistent citizenship throughout the school (class, hall, specials, etc.)
o Parents are notified ahead of time to attend the assembly.
· 2. VIP- (Very Important Person) on Fridays
o Students get to sit at the “head tables.”
o For students who had a good week.
· 3. HuskyGrams (like a sunshine gram)
o For all students or staff.
o Any reason- just to say hi or “I like you.”
o The hope is that everyone gets at least one a year.
· 4. Caught in the Act of Reading
o Students receive a ticket to enter into a drawing when they are “caught reading” without being asked to read.
o Unlimited nominations. Parents can give the tickets too. We give parents tickets at Open House, Parent Teacher Conferences, Literacy Nights, etc. Ask your teacher to send more home if you need them.
o Tickets are drawn at each Husky Rally. Tickets are then discarded and new ones are collected for the next rally.
PTO News: PTO is working on a school t-shirt order form that will be coming home in October.
Fundraiser: PTO is sponsoring a walk-a-thon. Fundraiser forms will be coming home in October as well.
If you would like to be involved in the PTO or have any questions, please send an email to tespto.lcsd2.org.
Upcoming Halloween Activities:
Pumpkin decorating contest-
1. Bring pumpkins on 10-25.
2. Please no carving.
3. Decorate, paint, use stickers, etc. to decorate your pumpkin at home.
4. The pumpkin should be no wider than a sheet of binder paper “8 1/2 by 11”.
5. Pumpkins are placed above the student’s cubby.
6. The pumpkins will be judged on 10-28 by PTO.
7. Pumpkins are NOT ALLOWED on the busses. Please bring them and pick them up.
8. Please pick up pumpkins on 10-28. Pumpkins left after school is released on 10-28 will be disposed of.
1. Parade will be on Thursday 10-28 @ 2:00 pm (outside on the blacktop by the playground- if weather permits).
2. Dress code does apply. Please remember the cold weather in October.
3. Watch for instructions from teacher newsletters as well.
4. No masks
5. No weapons
6. No extreme “wounds or blood and gore”.
7. You are welcome to take your student after the parade but please send a note so the teacher knows.
Over his career, Mr. Bagley has worked with children in Afton Elementary, Hyrum, UT, and Saudi Arabia. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, carpentry, pottery, writing and illustrating for children, etc.
Mrs. Potter graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She taught preschool at Ashton Elementary before coming to Wyoming with her husband. Her favorite activities are hunting, camping, boating, and 4-wheeling.
Mrs. Call is a graduate of the UW with a background in elementary education as well as behavior intervention. She has always been active and loves teaching PE! She says the best part of her job is that she gets to let the kids be loud and active and her goal is to show children how physical exercise can be fun!
Principal’s message: New policies and procedures (KI and KI-R) have been adopted at LCSD2 concerning safety at school. You will see this notice as you enter Thayne Elementary:
Safe School Notice
All visitors must check into the main office.
If your intent is to access the building beyond the main office visitors must have their ID screened and wear a school issued badge.
This is required during school hours with students in attendance.
Thank you for your cooperation.
More information will be coming to our website.
Thank you for your willingness to help keep our students and staff safe.
Literacy Corner: Parent Tip #1
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.
PTO News: Welcome back to school The PTO is planning a fundraiser in September to help with the great activities planned for this year – watch for upcoming information. Wendy Kennedy will act as this year’s PTO president. Throughout this year, the best contact for questions regarding the Parent Teacher Organization is to email tespto.lcsd2.org.
Mrs. Hemmert worked at Afton Elementary last year in the mornings and spent the afternoons helping in Kindergarten at Thayne Elementary. She loves to read, bake, be outside, and spend time with her husband and family.
Ms. Aullman was born and raised in Star Valley. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She loves the beautiful outdoors and the strong community that the valley offers.
Mrs. Sorenson has been teaching science in Osmond the last two years. Before that she taught 3rd grade at Thayne Elementary for 8 years. We are excited that she is returning to TES and welcome her back!