February 23, 2018With February almost in the rearview mirror, we are gearing up for quite a busy month of March! Please take a few moments to review the information in the PTO section for more information on upcoming events and opportunities to volunteer.Attention fifth grade parents! Please review the attachment regarding the parent orientation at Madison Junior School onInstructional Corner: Health and WellnessHealth and wellness are two very important components of education, particularly at the elementary level. Just like adults, students need breaks throughout the day. Classroom teachers conduct daily meetings as part of a responsive classroom model to build respectful relationships and foster a team environment. Students also participate in brain breaks throughout the day. Many classrooms are equipped with sensory and calming corners, standing desks, noodle chairs, as well as other adaptive furniture and accommodations to provide outlets for students to re-energize and stay focused on tasks. TJS is fortunate that all students receive instruction in physical education twice each week. Mr. Gerenstein works hard to promote a positive environment where health, physical fitness, and "sports-person-ship," as he calls it, are a part of all activities. Students regularly encourage and congratulate each other in phys ed class. In order to make the most out of his time with his students, they all participate in a "workout" at the start of class prior to focusing on more targeted skills. He works with students to set personal goals or improvement plans, while focusing on coordination, balance, strength, and motor skills. The functional skills students acquire translate to everyday life and can be applied far beyond the elementary years. The students meet with great success, largely in part to the scaffolded instruction they receive, while also learning the power of perseverance. The kids certainly make it all look easy. I'm still trying to figure out how to spin a plate and perform some of the other complicated tasks they seem to do so effortlessly!Calendar Reminders:Board of Education Meeting: , MHS Media CenterFamily Bingo Night: , TJS Jaguar JungleMural Project: BeginsD.E.A.R.: , TJS Jaguar JungleAdult Social:Author Visit: James Preller comes to TJS on !TJS Annual Musical: Come watch our talented fourth and fifth graders perform Willy Wonka Kids!Science Fair:Schools Closed:PTO Update:Our Mural Project is getting closer! Thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer so far but we could still use some folks for our prep time slots. These are really important so that everything is ready for when it is the kids turn to paint! You can sign up here. Start date is !!Adult Social: Come join us and other Madison elementary parents at Stryxe’s on Get your tickets early for $65 before March 1, after is $75, checks can be made out to TJS PTO and sent in with your child or through PayPal.The deadline to pre-order James Preller books for our author visit this year is FEBRUARY 23!! All of the information can be found on the PTO page here. The author will be visiting school on ! James Preller is a children’s book author who has written over 80 book titles with a range from kindergarten to middle school. To help the children gain more from the author visit, we ask that you look over James Preller’s attached biography and list of books with your kids. You can also visit the author scholastic website for more information about the author. The PTO will be conducting a sale of his books before and after his visit. We will be in the Jaguar Jungle in February with samples of his books as well.To further foster our school's on-going campaign for kindness and anti-bullying, we are offering for sale kids' t-shirts that spread the message that Kindness is Cool. In conjunction with the t-shirt sale, there will be a kindness spirit day wherein kids are encouraged to wear blue and seek out the infinite ways to spread kindness in our school and community. On that day, we ask kids to carry out one random act of kindness to a fellow classmate and hopefully the t-shirt's mantra that KINDNESS IS COOL will come to life. T-shirt orders are due in by February 27th, and shirts will arrive approximately . For more info and to order shirts, click here.Our next General PTO Meeting will take place on in the TJS Art Room. Our new Director of Curriculum, Mr. Dan Ross and our new Director of Special Services, Dr. Frank Santora will be joining us to get to know the TJS parent community and to share with us some of their ideas and plans for the future of Madison Schools! We hope that you will join us.Please join us for DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) on in the Jaguar Jungle. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a book with your kiddos before school during TJS’s Read Across America week!In conjunction with the Downtown Development Commission, the TJS PTO is selling tickets to Taste of Madison 2018 on . For order forms, click here. For every ticket purchased through the PTO, we will receive $25 back so get your tickets soon!Community Announcements:Please see the attachment from the Knights of Columbus regarding a chess tournament.