January 19, 2018The weather has made for a bit of a bumpy start to the new year, but we are getting back into a groove! TJS's second annual "Souper Bowl" will begin and we are kicking it off with a sports jersey themed day. Please see the attached January calendar for information regarding school events.The PTO meeting originally scheduled this week has been rescheduled to in the art room. The PTO general meeting will be combined with "Coffee with the Principal" for the evening. The afternoon coffee session will still run from - as planned. Ms. Erica Tavaglione, Guidance Counselor, will join me during the afternoon session for an update of our No Place for Hate initiative and The Great Kindness Challenge that the students will be participating in next week.MHS's graduating class of 2020 is hosting a Disney Sing-a-long. Please review the attachment for more information.Instructional Corner: 4th Grade ScienceTJS's fourth grade engineers have been hard at work this week in their latest science unit. This week was "experiment week" where students had the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in real life scenarios. They worked collaboratively to create a wave machine to compare/contrast the three types of seismic waves. Students were able to demonstrate the transfer of energy, change in amplitude, and change in speed using the wave machine. Students also modeled how the Earth's crust moves during seismic waves by creating a 3-D earthquake proof tower. Students sketched designs and built prototypes. Next week, students will create their 3-D models using jello, spaghetti, and marshmallows. The engagement level and depth within the students' conversations and processes followed was remarkable. Kudos to Ms. Kennedy, Mrs. Lade, and Mr. Stricchiola for their collaboration and facilitating such high levels of learning (and allowing your rooms to be taken over by gummy bears and toothpicks!)Calendar Reminders: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.Board of Education Meeting: Monday, January 22, MHS Media Center, For a complete list of meetings for 2018, click here.PTO General Meeting: , TJS Art RoomCoffee with the Principal: , TJS Art Room ,TJS/Madison Spirit Days: Friday, January 26th. Wear you favorite logo wear every Friday!PTO Reminders:The General PTO meeting has been rescheduled for NEXT Wednesday, 1/24 at 7 pm. This meeting will combine our meeting with Mrs. Stager’s Coffee with the Principal so it’s a great opportunity to get informed on all that’s happening at Torey J.The PTO, through a partnership with the MEF, will be getting a beautiful new mural this March! All students will have an opportunity to be a part of the process. We will be needing lots of parent volunteers, as well as looking for some donations of supplies. For more information, please visit the Mural Webpage here. We are really looking forward to getting this project started.Please review the attachment regarding the annual TJS Science Fair, which will be held on .Lunch and Recess volunteers are still needed! For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, click here.