• February 2, 2018

    We ended our "souper" week on a positive note.  Thanks to your generous donations, the TJS community donated 4,443 lbs. of food items to the Morris Plains Interfaith Food Pantry.  Thank you to Kate Lade, Allison Altieri, Emily Perritt, the Spirit Committee, and ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS for organizing the Souperbowl and supporting such a worthwhile local organization. While we have yet to announce our champion, all classes are winners in this collective effort.  I'd also like to thank Mayor Conley for coming to school to speak with the fifth graders in preparation for their trip to J.A. Biztown. 
    PARCC testing in grades 3-5 will begin on May 2, 2018.  A detailed testing schedule can be found at:  https://www.madisonpublicschools.org/cms/lib/NJ01000205/Centricity/Domain/645/District%20Assessment%20Calendar%202018.pdf
    Please refer to the attached calendar for detailed information regarding events during February.
    Instructional Corner:  Canvas
    In education, Canvas is a learning management system (LMS).  An LMS is a type of software or web-based program to run an electronic classroom.  Such a platform can deliver and manage instructional content and materials, track student progress, manage relevant data, and connect students with necessary resources.  Instead of navigating to a bunch of different websites or waiting for the teacher to pass out papers, information can be housed in one location, making for quick and easy access.  There are numerous other benefits, allowing for individualized and modified assignments, as well as timely feedback and communication between teacher and students.  This is just a basic introduction to all that such a system can provide.  At TJS, we were lucky enough to make contact with a Canvas representative to conduct a pilot.  Mrs. Tina Smith is "crushing it," according to the Canvas representative, with implementation in her classroom across a variety of subject areas.  Such a system does not mean that students have screen time all day long.  Quite the contrary.  Students continue to receive direct and explicit instruction from the teacher, and once in the platform, could be assigned a task that has no electronic component to it at all.  It enables students to progress through the curriculum at their own pace, increases opportunities for personalization and choice, and offers a bank of resources that students can continually refer to throughout the year.  It's really cool to see enthusiasm, determination, and innovation in motion at TJS!
    Calendar Reminders:
    Board of Education Meetings:  Tuesday, February 13 and Tuesday February, 27; 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
    Mid-Winter Recess:  Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19th; schools reopen Tuesday, February, 20th
    PTO Family Bingo Night:  Wednesday, February 28th, 6:30 P.M., TJS Jaguar Jungle
    PTO Update:
    • TJS Science Fair registration deadline is Friday, February 2. The 7th annual Science Fair, for kids in grades 1st - 5th, will be held on March 20th, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Jaguar Jungle.  Please follow the link below to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Smith at sarahteillon@gmail.com.  https://www.madisonpublicschools.org/Page/9689
    • The PTO is proud to welcome author, James Preller to TJS on March 13th! Please see the flyer below for all the info on his work, book orders and more.
    • The PTO is currently looking for someone to organize Party Sign Ups for this year’s Adult Social. If you would like to volunteer, please email presidents.tjspto@gmail.com.
    • Save the Date for Family Bingo Night on February 28 at 6:30 pm in the Jaguar Jungle!
    ​Community Announcements:
    Please see the attachment regarding BASCC summer camp.​


    TJS Author Visit

    BASCC Summer Camp

    PTO February Calendar