Newsletter February 2020

February 2020


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Thayne Elementary Newsletter


Principal's Message:

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Studies regularly report the importance of time spent in the classroom relative to a student’s positive growth and achievement.   Consistent and prompt attendance is crucial in maintaining reading skills and academic performance, building upon previously taught concepts, and social development, etc.

Of course, some absences are simply unavoidable.  When students are unable to be at school, please encourage your student to read.

Parent Teacher Conference Link:

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PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES - Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18 and 19, 3-7pm

Parent Teacher Conferences will be scheduled using the website   Etna Elementary will also operate on this platform.

To use this service, log onto the website below (from any server), select the teacher(s) whom you will be visiting, and sign up for times.

You can also connect through

If you do not have internet access, please contact your student’s teacher so that they can help you schedule.

Our goal is 100% attendance.  Hope to see you there!

Other News:

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Elephants, Tigers and Books OH MY! 

It’s time for our Scholastic Jungle Book Fair

  • February 17th - 20th

  • Monday 8:00am - 3:30pm

  • Tues & Wed 8:00am - 7:00pm

  • Thursday 8:00am –3:00pm

Stop by and sign in under your student’s teacher. The teachers with the most parent sign-ins will win free books for their classrooms.

Items may also be ordered online at


For proper growth and development, all students should wear shoes at school.  If possible, please send shoes in your child's backpack if they wear boots to school.


Literacy Corner:

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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 library.

  • Pair Books with Activities: If your child reads 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.




Feb 7 – No School

Feb 18 – 3-7 pm - Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 19 – 3-7 pm - Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 21 – No School

Feb 28 – No School



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WOW! Look at this!

Thank you, Dian Jackson, for your recent donation of this shark jawbone to our science classes!