•  January 12, 2018
     
     
    It was great to be back for a full week and it flew by!  We were treated today to a great assembly sponsored by the TJS PTO and performed by Hip Hop Fundamentals, an educational team that teaches through dance.  Today, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message of peace, love, and unity.  Grades 2-5 had a great time getting in on all the action, teachers too!  Make sure you ask your child about the program.  Just a reminder we have an early dismissal on Monday.  Please refer to the information in the calendar section below.
     
    Important Announcement!  TJS will be participating in its second annual "Souper Bowl," to benefit the Morris Plains Interfaith Food Pantry.  Please review the attachment for more information. The Mission of the Interfaith Food Pantry is to:
     
    • Improve the health and well being of Morris County residents in need by providing access to food, nutrition education and related resources;
    • Provide hands on opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors;
    • Educate the public about the issues of hunger in our area.
    The TJS Spirit Committee, led by Allison Altieri, Kate Lade, and Emily Perritt, is excited to partner with you to support this worthy local organization.  All teachers will present information to the students, focusing on the meaning of a food drive and the importance of sportsmanship between classes.  We are ALL Team TJS!!!!
     
    Please check out the January calendar attached to this email for information regarding Spirit Days and other events for you and your children.  Please check out the PTO section!  There is a general meeting next week, and I look forward to seeing you there.  We will be discussing our school-wide, mural project.  We need your support!
     
    Instructional Corner: Professional Development
    You may wonder why we close school for professional development for educators, as we are on Monday.  We need to keep learning, just as your children do.  We need to stay current in our craft and ensure your children are receiving the best possible education we can provide.  One way in which we monitor our instruction and your children's progress is through assessment.  There are conflicting viewpoints in the 'test' arena and the value some standardized test add. There is not question that formative assessments are a valuable tool.  Formative assessments are what educators use to inform and adjust their instruction.  Every single lesson has some form of assessment, both that come in oral and written formats, and are both qualitative and quantitative.  As we enter into a long stretch of uninterrupted instructional time, these assessments serve as a vital tool for teachers to plan sequential lessons, modify instruction, and ensure student attainment of skills.  Very often, students do not even realize these types of assessments are occuring, as they are informal and embedded in everyday lessons.  Teachers are constantly assessing students in a variety of formats including exit slips, summaries, checklists, oral responses, conferences, strategic questions, surveys, extension activities/projects...there are too many to list.  Summative assessments are given at the end of a unit and encompass more skills and standards.  It's important we convene to review assessments, analyze data, and ensure our practices are consistent.  This is one of the ways we will be spending our time on Monday afternoon and do on many other occasions throughout the year.  
     
    Calendar Reminders:
     
    Early Dismissal:  Monday, January 15th, school ends at 12:45 P.M. Pizza will be served if pre-ordered through the TJS PTO.  AM Kindergarten, 8:40 10:30; PM Kindergarten, 10:40 - 12:45
     
    Board of Education Meeting:   Tuesday, January 23, MHS Media Center, 7:30 P.M
     
    Ryan's Story:  Tuesday, January 16th, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M., MJS Library
     
    PTO General Meeting:  Wednesday, January 17th, 7:00 P.M., TJS Art Room
     
    TJS/Madison Spirit Days:  Friday, January 19th and 26th.  Wear you favorite logo wear every Friday!
     
    Hamiltunes:  Friday, January 19th, 7:00 P.M., MJS - Free community event (not a fundraiser) - see attachment!
     
    Sports Jersey Day:  Monday, January 22nd "Souper Bowl" kickoff, see attachment.
     
    Coffee with the Principal:  Wednesday, January 24th, 2:00-3:00 P.M., 7:00-8:00 P.M., TJS Art Room
     
    PTO Reminders:
     
    Please join us for our next General PTO Meeting on January 17 at 7 pm in the TJS Art Room. We will discuss upcoming events, including our winter Adult Social plans, as well as the new mural project coming soon to TJS! Don’t miss it!
     
    Speaking of the mural project, please refer to the TJS PTO page here for more info on how you can help. This page will be updated as we approach the start of the project, so check back often for more info!
     
    SAVE THE DATE! Family Bingo Night will be held on February 28 at 6:30 pm in the Jaguar Jungle. 
     
    There is still a need for lunch/recess volunteers. For more info, click here.