• October 6, 2017

    Respect Week is a wrap and the students enjoyed participating in all the activities planned throughout the week.  The teachers and students have also been busy decorating their classroom doors in anti-bullying themes.  As we begin to think about the upcoming week, please remember that we have an early dismissal at 12:45 P.M. on Monday, October 9th.  Don't miss the presentation on Thursday night at 7:30 P.M,  “What is Anxiety?” presented by Carmen Vasto, here at TJS, and sponsored by the PTO.  Please review the October calendar and the attached letter from Ms. Tavaglione regarding Safety Week.

    Instructional Corner:

    Since welcoming Ms. Michelle D'Amico as our new STEAM teacher, many parents have been asking about the difference between STEM and STEAM.  The "A" in STEAM refers to art.  Not a Picasso, but the way in which design, communications/performing arts, and creative planning fit with science, technology, engineering, and math.  I try not to get too hung up on acronyms, but whether you label something STEM or STEAM, the "A" piece is really always there, as creativity is a part of every subject area.  The real focus in STEAM is the application of problem solving skills that require creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance to solve real-world or authentic problems.  While we may not know exactly what types of careers young students of today may pursue, we do know they are going to have to possess advanced critical thinking skills and be able to apply them in an innovative way, while remaining adaptable to the world around them.  You won't find a STEAM section on your child's report card.  Ms. D'Amico continues to teach technology in an engaging and relevant manner, while supporting the students and teachers in the classroom to develop stronger analytical skills and capitalize on infusing STEAM across multiple disciplines.  

    Madison Music & Arts:

    Madison Music & Arts (MMA) needs your help.  Our fall membership drive provides the basis for grant activity through the year.  Our parent group funds all schools, and supports both curricular and extra-curricular activities. Membership in MMA is only $20 per year and that money is spread throughout the district.Over the last six years, Madison Music & Arts has given over $100,000 to the arts in our district.  To learn more about how MMA supports the Madison School District, click here.

    • MMA funds curricular and extracurricular activities in all schools.
    • MMA has recently advocated on behalf of the elementary school musicals, participation in music festivals, and art murals.

    Here is the link to our membership form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTAx5_fNrBZGssPvRkxKvRIPMcQNINXap_6H4qkaysXM-o6w/viewform

    Calendar Reminders:

    Early Dismissal:  Monday, October 9th, 12:45 P.M.  Pizza served if ordered through PTO. AM Kindergarten, 8:40 - 10:30; PM Kindergarten, 10:40 - 12:45

    Board of Education Meetings:  Tuesdays October 10th and 17th, MHS Media Center, 7:30 P.M.

    Carmen Vasto, Parent Presentation, sponsored by PTO:  Thursday, October 12th, 7:30 - 9:00 P.M., Jaguar Jungle, parents only

    Two Hour Delayed Opening:  Thursday, October 26th, regular lunch served.  AM Kindergarten 10:40 - 12:30; PM Kindergarten 1:25 - 3:15 P.M.

    PTO Welcome Back Brew: Friday, October 27th, 7:00 - 10:00 P.M., Madison Ambulance Corp.

    PTO Mini-Mudder:  Friday, October 27th, 3:30 P.M., TJS playground

    Halloween Parade:  Tuesday, October 31st, 2:15 P.M.   Marching Dodgers will join us!

    PTO Update:

    • The TJS PTO is proud to welcome Carmen Vasto, licensed counselor, on October 12 at 7:30 pm in the Jaguar Jungle, as he presents “What is Anxiety?”  Carmen will talk about what anxiety is and how it applies to elementary school-aged children. Topics that will be discussed include the impact of social media on anxiety, bullying, and peer socialization. Parents will learn ways to talk to their children about common stressors and warning signs to look for regarding anxiety in children. In addition, they have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer portion at the end of the presentation. We hope to see you there!
    • Come out for the TJS PTO Annual Mini Mudder on October 27 @ 3:30 pm. To register, click here.  We also need volunteers to help it run smoothly! We need help with set up before the event and clean up after along with a few people during the event. If you are able to come out and help us, please sign up here. Thanks for your help making this a fun event for the kids!
    • Come and catch up with old friends, and make some new ones at The Back to School Brew on October 27 from 7-10 pm at the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps. We’ll have the Lombardi's pizza truck, beer and wine. Click here for more info and to get tickets for the event!
    •  Volunteers are still needed for lunch/recess duty. Sign up here!


    Safety Week at TJS

    Screen Agers

    Invitation from Delbarton

    TJS October Calendar