Thode's Thoughts

Welcome Back

“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.


Daily Schedule
8:45-9:00 Warm Up using Reading
and Math activities
9:00 Language Arts-Reading Block
10:30 Snack and Read Aloud
10:45 Language Arts-Writing Block
11:40 Lunch
12:40 Shared Reading
12:45 Math
1:45 Science/Social Studies/ followed by specials

Specials Schedule

  • Phy Ed.- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Music- Monday, Thursday
  • Art- Wednesday
  • Library- Monday
  • Life Skills- Tuesday
  • Lunch- 11:40-12:40
  • Computer Lab- To be determined

Snack Time

The students will have an opportunity to bring a morning snack. Morning snack will usually be around 10:30 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 apple sauce or yogurt, please send a spoon with them as I do not have a supply of them in the classroom. Thanks for your cooperation.


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 Math Expressions 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 and our class Weebly at Your child will be introduced to many of these sites during our computer times.

Every Monday your child will bring home their Focus Word list and pretest. These words are to be studied throughout the 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 list with ideas on how to study.

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.

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.

Responsibility Log

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!

Contact Information

If you need to contact me during the day please call my voice mail at 662-7906 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 4:00 daily. I can also be reached by e-mail throughout the day. You can contact me at