•  March 2, 2018
     
    What a soggy end to the week, to say the least!  Although summer seems like it may never come, please review the attachment regarding Madison's Summer Arts Programs.
     
    Next week, we will be celebrating "Read Across America," and the teachers have a lot of fun activities planned for the classrooms.  We will have two spirit days.  Wednesday is "Wacky Wednesday" and Friday is Pajama Day.  Please refer to the March calendar for more information about everything going on this month!
     
    Thank you to the PTO and all who attended Bingo Night.  It was a great night!  This week, the students were also treated to a visit from the Harlem Wizards in anticipation of the big game at MHS.  It's always a popular event, so be sure to check out the attached flyer for information on how to get tickets.
     
    Fifth grade parents -- don't forget, the MJS parent orientation is Tuesday night at 7:00 P.M.  Please see the attachment for more information.  This evening is for parents only.
     
    Our long awaited mural project begins next week and I couldn't be more excited to work with artist, Caren Frost Olmsted, as she brings the students' vision of TJS and Madison to life in our front lobby.  It will take several weeks for the mural to be completed.  Our annual Curriculum Night is planned for Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M. as a way to 'unveil' the mural to the public, as well as celebrate all that's being accomplished in the classroom.  Mark your calendars!
     
    Instructional Corner:  The 2nd and 7 Foundation
    Our second graders were fortunate to participate in the 2nd and 7th Reading Program this week.  This program, meant to promote literacy and character education, takes place across the country.  Mr. Sean Dowling, Madison's Athletic Director, connected with the organization and brought high school athletes, who have proven themselves as leaders and role models, to our second grade classrooms.  They read a book together with an anti-bullying theme and each student received a copy of the book.  The athletes facilitated discussions around respecting individual differences, diversity, and appreciating the unique talents of individuals.  They also discussed the importance of reading, perseverance, determination, and the value of hard work to attain goals.  The students were able to understand the connection between hard work now and how that can pay off later in life.  They were thrilled to meet the athletes and had many questions about life at MHS.  The athletes, all TJS grads, were honored to be giving back to their former school.  For more information regarding the foundation and program, visit https://www.secondandseven.com/.
     
     
    Calendar Reminders:
     
    MJS Parent Orientation:  Tuesday, March 6th, 7:00 P.M., MJS Auditorium
     
    Wacky Wednesday:  Wednesday, March 7th
     
    Mural Project:  Begins Thursday, March 8th
     
    D.E.A.R.:  Friday, March 9th, 8:00 A.M., TJS Jaguar Jungle
     
    Pajama Day:  Friday, March 9th
     
    Adult Social:  Friday, March 9th, 7:00 P.M.
     
    Author Visit:  James Preller comes to TJS on Tuesday, March 13!
     
    TJS Annual Musical:  Friday, March 16th, 7:00 P.M.  Come watch our talented fourth and fifth graders perform Willy Wonka Kids!
     
    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, March 20th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
     
    Science Fair:  Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00 P.M., TJS Jaguar Jungle
     
    Schools Closed:  Friday, March 30th
     
     
    ​PTO Update:
    Save the Date for our next General PTO Meeting on March 8 at 11:30 am 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.
     
    Adult Social: Come join us and other Madison elementary parents for a Parent Playdate at Stryxe on Friday, March 9th from 7pm to 10pm.  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.
     
    Our Mural Project with muralist Caren Frost Olmstead is getting closer! Caren recently helped create the murals at CAS and KRS and we are thrilled to be working with her on ours too! 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 March 8!!
     
    Please join us for DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) on Friday, March 9 at 8 am in the Jaguar Jungle. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a book with your kiddos before school during TJS’s Read Across America week!