• October 27, 2017

    It's hard to believe November begins next week!  Our Halloween parade will begin at 2:15 P.M. on Tuesday, October 31st.  All families are invited to attend.  Please proceed directly to the playground area.  The MHS Marching Dodgers will kick off the parade and perform in the center of the field.  Please stand on the perimeter of the field and keep the paths clear for the students.

    Just a few Halloween reminders.....Those students choosing to dress up are encouraged to come to school in costume to enjoy the day.  Costumes should be school appropriate (e.g. no midriff baring, low cut) and all hair and makeup preparation should be done prior to school.  If a costume is bulky or itchy, please have your child wear clothing underneath, so that the costume can be removed easily.  Students who choose to dress in costume may not bring any item to school that depicts violence such as plastic or fake weapons (swords, guns, knives, pitchforks, etc.), bloody or gory masks, or any sharp objects. Due to supervisory constraints, we cannot allow students to change into costumes during lunch periods.

    If you choose to pick up your child at lunch to go home and change, the recess/lunch schedule is as follows:  

    KWRAP:  11:25 A.M. - 12:25 P.M.

    Grades 3 & 4:  11:20 A.M. - 12:10 P.M.

    Grades 1, 2, & 5:  11:55 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

    Please sign your child out at the start of the period and return to school by the end of the period.

    National Education Week will be recognized the week of November 13th through 18th.  We invite you to celebrate education with us and attend an open house here at TJS.  Classroom observations will be conducted on Wednesday, November 15th and Thursday, November 16th.  Drop in during one of the scheduled times and observe your child's classroom in action!  Please note that these visitations are for parents only, no younger siblings will be permitted to attend.  This year, visitations will enable you to get a glimpse into the daily operations of the school and observe your child in the classroom setting.  In contrast to last year, we will not give you a specific time block to attend, but rather a window of time during which you can drop by.  Teacher prepared lessons will not require parental participation, as attendance is optional.  You'll also have the opportunity to attend a 'special' if one is occurring during the specified time block.  The suggested visitation period is approximately 20 minutes.  The schedule is as follows:

    Wednesday, November 15th:  Grades K-2, 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. and Grades 3-5, 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

    Thursday, November 16th:  Grades 3-5, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. and Grades K-2, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M.

    Instructional Corner: Breakout EDU

    I love it when education is engaging and FUN! I had the best time today with Ms. Zourzoukis's fifth grade class today while they participated in a "Breakout EDU" game.  Ms. Z. designed a series of clues for the students to solve in order to eventually open up a locked box.  Each clue required teamwork, critical thinking, and application of recently learned math concepts in a variety of contexts.  Ms. Z. facilitated (and created) the experience by designing a video to capture the students' attention, pushed out through Google classroom, and set the stage for the 'mission' of the students.  Clues were hidden throughout the room and one clue led to the next.  The students worked together as one collaborative team.  Each student had a role and made contributions to the process and end product.  The students had 45 minutes to unlock the box and claim their treasure.  5Z was able to successfully meet the requirements of the challenge and found party favors and noisemakers in the box!  While Ms. Z may have regretted filling the box with those items, it was worth the enthusiasm of the students.  This endeavor was sponsored through a PTO grant.  We appreciate your partnership!

    No Place for Hate:

    TJS has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League in an initiative to combat bullying and bias to foster a positive school environment.   Ms. Tavaglione will be spearheading this effort across all grade levels and an introductory letter is attached for your reference.  Please feel free to contact Ms. Tavaglione at tavaglionee@madisonnjps.org with any questions.

    Calendar Reminders:

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

    Halloween Parade:  Tuesday, October 31st, 2:15 P.M. 

    Board of Education Meetings:  Tuesdays, November 7th and 28th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center

    Teachers' Convention:  School closed, November 9th and 10th

    Classroom Visitation:  November 15th and 16th (refer to schedule above)

    Parent/Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissals:  November 20th, 21st, and 22nd.  School dismissed at 12:45 P.M.  Pizza lunch served if pre-ordered through the PTO

    Thanksgiving Break:  School closed, November 23rd and 24th

    PTO Update:

    JS annual Book Fair Poster Contest!

    The Book Fair Team is excited to announce the launch of the annual Book Fair Poster Contest!   The Contest is open to all students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Students can begin to pick up poster paper in the main office on Friday, October 27th.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 8th. For contest rules see attached flyer.


    Please mark your calendars for the return of the TJS Book Fair:


      • Saturday, November 18th -- 9:00am to 12:00 pm
      • Monday, November 20th -- 8:30am to 8:00pm
      • Tuesday, November 21st -- 8:30am to 5:00pm


    The Book Fair Team is also seeking volunteers to help out at the Book Fair.


    More information about the Book Fair can be found on the TJS website under Events and Fundraisers in the PTO tab.

    To volunteer for the book fair, please click here: TJS Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up

    MEF Announcements:

    Pack your bags for adventure! Get out of Dodge for one unforgettable night at the MEF “Around the World” Gala on November 3rd, 2017 at the Westin Governor Morris. The fun-filled night will include a silent auction, “Golden Ticket Trip” raffle, tricky tray, wine pull, photo booth, and live music from What’s What. Buy your tickets TODAY atwww.501auctions.com/mefgala.

    Community Announcements:

    There are several flyers from organizations within the community attached.  Please take a moment to review them.

    Trunk or Treat 2017

    2017 Book Fair Information

    2017 Book Fair Poster Contest

    Kids 4 Kids Family Fun Day

    Pomptonian Parent Notice

    Madison Eagle Christmas Fund

    No Place for Hate