Timbertail Tidbits

Welcome to Second Grade!

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Welcome to a new school year! This should be an exciting year for us as we embark on this adventure called Second Grade together! This newsletter will cover some of those "beginning of the year" questions you may have. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.

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August 27: Open House 4:30-6:00

September 1: First Day

September 30: Field Trip to Heritage Hill 8:50-1:00

Look for more information and permission slip to come home one of the first days of school.


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Snack Time

The students will have an opportunity to bring a morning snack. Morning snack will usually be around 10:00 Please send a healthy snack (crackers, fruit, cheese, granola bars, etc). Chips and candy are not acceptable during snack time. Snacks that cause cheesy or sticky fingers are not good because they can ruin the materials we may be using during snack time. Also, if your child brings something requiring a spoon, such as applesauce or yogurt, please send a spoon with them as I do not have a supply of them in the classroom. Thanks for your cooperation.
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Students may bring a water bottle to school to use during break and snack times. The bottle must be the kind with the push down top for drinking. I ask that water bottles with twist off caps, such as those found on disposable bottles, NOT be sent to school. These lead to far more spills which damages or ruins materials and student work. I also ask that your child's water bottle is clearly marked with his or her name. Thanks for your cooperation!
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Parents often wonder what the homework expectations are for the new year. Homework will ALWAYS include reading nightly, at least fifteen minutes. Once we begin our Guided Reading groups your child will bring home their book(s) each night. We will be using the Harcourt Reading series this year. Your son or daughter will be bringing home a variety of different books to read. The selections from the hard covered anthology are from our shared reading experience of the week. Your child may read that selection to you or you may read it together as this selection may be at, above or below your child’s instructional reading level. This selection is meant to introduce our focus comprehension skill for the week which will be practiced and reinforced in our small group settings during the week. Your child will also bring home various soft covered books which are at their instructional reading level. These they must read to you. Often times your child will be rereading a familiar book. Research shows that rereading books at a child’s instructional level builds the fluency they need to become good readers. This reading can be counted as part of the fifteen minutes of nightly reading if you so desire. ALL BOOKS NEED TO COME BACK TO SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY AS THEY ARE USED ON A DAILY BASIS AND I HAVE FEW, IF ANY, ADDITIONAL COPIES.

We use the Harcourt math series and the home practice is an essential component of the program. Most nights your child will have a short practice to complete which reinforces the concept covered that day and reviews concepts taught previously. The home practice is an important part of the spiral and review portion of the program. Students will also be expected to practice their addition and subtraction facts 2-3 times per week. There are a number of websites on www.hssd.k12.wi.us and our class Weebly at quigley2.weebly.com. Your child will be introduced to many of these sites during our computer times.

Every Monday your child will bring home their Word Study bags which will include the words for the week as well as weekly assignments. These assignments are always due back on Friday of that week. Every Friday students are tested on the weekly words. The weekly assessment also includes 3-4 dictation sentences. A separate letter explaining word study will accompany your son or daughter’s first weekly word study bag.

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The Timbertail Way


Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

PBIS is an approach to preventing and responding to classroom and school discipline problems. PBIS develops school wide systems that support staff to teach and promote appropriate behavior in all students. By reducing behavioral problems, PBIS creates and maintains safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn.

CHAMPs is a classroom component of PBIS. Students are introduced to and practice expectations that are specific to various classroom activities. CHAMPs stands for:

  • C: Conversation
  • H: Help
  • A: Activity
  • M: Movement
  • P: Participation

Timbertail Tokens are used to acknowledge positive behaviors that are seen during the day. When an expected behavior is observed a student is given a token to reinforce that positive behavior. Students collect their tokens in a special envelope. These tokens will be traded in for special rewards and privileges each month. Stay tuned for information on the special activities each month.

Your child will have a daily behavior log which will come home each day. The log reflects our Forest Glen expectations of Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. I ask that you review the log with your child nightly, sign it and return it to school the next morning. In addition to providing feedback on how your child’s day went the log will also include any homework for the evening and/or important notes or information you may need. The log is a very beneficial tool so please reinforce with your child the importance of bringing it home and returning it to school the next day. The checking of parent signatures in the log will be part of our daily routine. I thank you in advance for your support and it is greatly appreciated!

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Contact Information

If you need to contact me during the day please call my voice mail at 662-7777 ext. 7907 and I will return your call as soon as possible. You can also contact the office at 662-7958 and leave a message with the secretary. I am at school from 7:30 until 3:30 daily. I can also be reached by e-mail throughout the day. You can contact me at barbquig@hssd.k12.wi.us.

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I will utilize email to send reminders and updates. I will use the information on Power School to compile a distribution list. If your email address on file is no longer current please let me know so I can make changes to my list and ensure that you are receiving the information you need. Thank you!