September 22, 2017
It was great seeing you at Back to School Night! The faculty and staff did an amazing job hosting the evening and I'm very proud of their efforts! I hope you found the classroom presentations helpful and informative.
The reason Back to School Night was so successful is the dedication and collegiality of the staff. When educators and parents communicate, the bulk of it is centered around student experience, growth and achievement, and rightfully so! As I mentioned at BTSN, Torey J. has 332 students, roughly 50 faculty/staff members, hundreds of parents, relatives, and caregivers that contribute to the identity of our school. Behind the scenes, the staff has its own dynamic, and we are also part of the larger district community. The entire staff at TJS is committed to working together towards common goals and embraces David Weinberger's idea that the "smartest person in the room is the room itself."
In just the first few weeks, the TJS staff has accomplished a great deal! Today, all second, third, and fourth graders participated in their first "Jaguar Buddies" session to not only increase reading fluency but make connections with students at other grade levels. On Tuesday, a school-wide, year long Reading Challenge will kick off. The staff has a fun surprise in store for the students and can't wait for them to see it! (I'll share it with you next week!) Countless staff members have relayed their hopes and goals for the year. I love it when a teacher seeks me out to tell me she is "jazzed" about something or eager to explore a new practice. Our new staff members sensed this positivity immediately and are already benefitting from the support at Torey J. I walked into a fourth grade classroom this week to hear a group of students singing their newly composed class song! When a group of people work together to continually go above and beyond, it fosters a positive and productive environment that the students share in. Another reason to be "Proud to say, you go to Torey J.!"
TJS will recognize Respect Week, the first full week in October. Each day will be a spirit day as follows:
Monday, 10/2: Hats off to respectful people—wear your favorite hat and Wear The Cape Assembly, sponsored by the PTO!!
Tuesday, 10/3: I’m proud to be a respectful person—wear red, white, and blue
Wednesday, 10/4: Team up to make TJS a respectful place—wear clothing representing your favorite sports team
Thursday, 10/5: Give peace a chance—wear tie-dye/peace sign, Mix It Up at Lunch Day
Friday, 10/6: TJS kids are respectful—TJS/Madison Spirit Day
Red,White, and Blue Day/Reading Challenge Kick-Off: Tuesday, September 26th
MEF Open House: Tuesday, September 26th, 9:00 - 11:00 A.M., Madison Public LIbrary, see attachment
Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, September 26th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
Picture Day: Thursday, September 28th
TJS/Madison Spirit Days: Every Friday!!
Second Cup of Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, October 4th, 2:00-3:00 P.M. and 7:00-8:00 P.M. in the art room. More information to follow soon.
D.E.A.R.: Friday, October 6th, 8:00 A.M. in the Jaguar Jungle
Early Dismissal: Monday, October 9th, 12:45 P.M. Sign up for pizza that day with the PTO, no lunch will be served.
PPEC, Parents and Professionals for Exceptional Children, is a parent based program, formed here in Madison, whose tagline is “From Early Intervention to IEP…and everything in between!” This group meets monthly to lend support and guidance for navigating special education resources and managing students who are challenged physically, emotionally, or in the way they learn. Please review the attachment for more information regarding this group!
The PTO website is choc full of information! Please visit at https://www.madisonpublicschools.org/domain/417. Click here for information to pay annual dues, and here for information on events and fundraisers including the Mum Sale, Mini Mudder, Pizza Days, and Logo Wear. Get your TJS gear for our spirit days every Friday! They are also great for field trips and other events.
Picture Day with Country Side Studios of Madison is coming up on September 28th. Order forms are not distributed prior to that day. You will receive proofs and then choose what you wish to purchase. If you are interested in sibling photos on Picture Day, please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4DA9AC29A3FF2-tjs2017.
Don't forget to sign up for recess and lunch duty! If you have an hour to spare, visit https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080b4eaeab2fabfa7-lunch and sign up today!
Madison Education Foundation:
Please visit http://www.mefnj.org/ to learn more about the mission of the Madison Education Foundation. The MEF will be hosting an open house Tuesday, September 26th at the Madison Public Library and their annual Gala will be held on Friday, November 3rd at the Westin Governor Morris. Please see the attachments for more information.