•   March 23, 2018
     
    A big THANK YOU to the PTO for an incredible Science Fair, as well as all the volunteers who have been helping with the mural - it's beautiful!!  Due to the snow day, the mural project will be extended one day and your help is needed.  Please visit the link to the Sign-up Genius in the PTO section to help out in the final stages.  We need you!!
     
    I hope you all received the update from our Superintendent, Mark Schwarz, regarding the amended school calendar.  Please note school will be in session on the dates listed below.  These will all be single session days, with no food service or pizza.  Please send your children to school with a hearty snack to get them through the day.  Please remember our classrooms are nut free and allergen friendly. 
     
    Additional Single Session Days:
    Friday, March 30, 2018
    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    Friday, April 13, 2018
     
    School Hours Single Session Days:
    Grades 1-5, 8:40 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. 
    Morning Kindergarten: 8:40 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. 
    Afternoon Kindergarten: 10:40 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.
     
    If your child is going to be absent on any of these days, please follow the same procedures as you would on any other day.  
     
    School will be closed on Monday, April 9 through Wednesday, April 11th for spring break.
     
    **Reminder:  Second trimester report cards have been released through Genesis!***
     
    Instructional Corner:
    Although we have all been preoccupied with the weather and school calendar, instruction has gone on!!  As I traveled through the classrooms today, I was pleased to see engaging lessons being delivered and our inquisitive students deepening their understanding of material with accountable talk.  One way in which the TJS teachers implement accountable talk is through book talks.  I've attached an article, Get Them Talking!  Using Student-Led Book Talks in the Primary Grades, written by Alida Hudson, if you would like to learn more about it from a teacher's perspective.
     
     
    Calendar Reminders:
     
    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, March 27th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center, special meeting announcement
     
    PTO Meeting:  Thursday, March 29th, 11:30 A.M., TJS Art Room
     
    Arts Matter:  Wednesday, April 4th, MHS Auditorium, 7:00 P.M.
     
    Harlem Wizards Game:  Thursday, April 5th, MHS Gymnasium, 7:00 P.M.
     
    Spring Break:  April 9-11; school reopens Thursday, April 12th
     
    Curriculum Night/Mural Unveiling:  Thursday, April 19th, 7:00 P.M.
     
    PTO Update:
     
    We appreciate all the volunteers who have come in to help create our wonderful new mural! Due to the snow days, we have added another painting day on March 28th. Please see the sign-up genius for details.
     
    We hope to see you at our next General PTO Meeting on March 29 at 11:30 am. Dan Ross, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Dr. Frank Santora, Director of Special Services and John LaPierre, Coordinator of Technology will all be in attendance. We will have some brief updates on PTO business, and then open the floor for introductions and questions for our guests.
     
    It’s time to clean out the ol’ bookcases because the Book Swap is coming on April 4 & 5th after school. More details to come very soon!