• November 3, 2017


    Thank you for coming to the Halloween parade, what a great day!  Just a reminder that next week will be a short week.  School is closed on Thursday, November 9th and Friday, November 10th for Teachers' Convention.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are full days of school.  We have another busy month ahead of us, so please refer to the attached calendar for important events!

    TJS fifth graders were in the "driver's seat" for the first leg of our American Road Trip Reading Challenge taking us from TJS to Disney World. Each chapter they read counted as one mile.  After being glued to their books, they read 1,096 miles and...WE MADE IT TO DISNEY WORLD!  Congratulations, fifth graders!  To celebrate, the whole school will partake in Disney Spirit Day!  We will be celebrating Disney Day next Wednesday, November 8th!  Dress up in Disney logo wear or even dress as your favorite Disney character!  There will also be lots of other fun activities going on at school that day. The next stop on our map and the next grade level to take the driver's seat will be announced next week.

    National Education Week will be recognized the week of November 13th through 17th.  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: Bar Models

    You hear a lot from your children and their teachers about bar modeling, but what exactly are bar models?  Bar models are a way to visualize and organize information when solving word problems by using rectangles.  Word problems are challenging for many students, as they contain a lot of information, are often multi-step, and require higher level reasoning and analytical skills.  A bar model helps a student decipher the information presented to them, determine what type of mathematical computation is required, and identify known and unknown information.  It's a strategy that grows and evolves with the students over the years and helps students develop a deep and adaptable understanding of math. Bar models utilize a concrete, pictorial, and abstract approach, a research-based practice proven to increase understanding and application of early mathematical skills to algebra. Bar models provide students with a predictable way to organize information and take the pressure off of having to understand every single word in the problem.  If you're wondering how to help your child apply this practice or notice your child struggling with word problems, keep your advice simple.  Ask simple questions such as, "What do you know?  What are you trying to find out?  How do you know?" etc.  Focus on the information that can be derived from the problem and logically talk through the steps in a systematic and sequential manner.

    Calendar Reminders:

    Disney Spirit Day:  Wednesday, November 8th

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

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

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

    Book Fair Character Spirit Day:  Friday, November 17th, Dress as your favorite character from a book of your choice!

    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

    Please refer to the attachment regarding the Book Fair Family Event on Saturday, November 18th!

    Also, please review the attachment regarding nut-free candy donations for the Holiday Workshop!

    Community Announcements:

    Please refer to the attachment regarding recreational wrestling.



    2017 Book Fair Information

    2017 Book Fair Poster Contest

    2017 Family Event

    TJS HWS Halloween Candy Donation

    TJS November Calendar