•  April 27, 2018
    Thank you for attending parent/teacher conferences this week!  Our next early dismissal day is May 25th, so we will be operating on a regular schedule for the next few weeks.  
    PARCC reminder -- students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin PARCC testing on Wednesday, May 2nd.  If your child does not have his/her own set of headphones in school, please send them in next week.  The testing letter with the schedule that was previously distributed is attached for your reference.  All testing sessions will be completed in the morning.  Our goal is to have all students logged on by 9:00 A.M., so please make every effort to have your child to school on time.
    As a follow-up to my previous "Instructional Corner" regarding standardized testing, you may find this article interesting.  http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/04/23/acting-education-commissioner-says-parcc-here-for-at-least-another-year/
    Educator of the Year:
    I'll be accepting nominations for an outstanding TJS educator through Monday, April 30th.  The form is attached; however, if you would prefer not to fill out the form, feel free to just send me an email with a few reasons why you are choosing to make the nomination.
    ​Calendar Reminders:​
    PARCC Testing, Grades 3-5:  May 2nd through May 10th (please refer to attached testing letter)
    District Orchestra Concert:  Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:30 P.M., MHS Auditorium
    ​May Day:  Saturday, May 5th
    MEF 5K Run:  Sunday, May 6th​, Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Madison/TheMadison5KRunWalk
    Teacher Appreciation Week:  Week of May 7th
    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, May 8th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
    MJS Orientation:  Tuesday, May 22nd, 9:00 A.M., 5th grade students only (reminder attached)
    Single Session Day and Field Day:  Friday, May 25th
    NJSLA Science testing, Grade 5 only:  May 29th and May 30th (please refer to attached testing letter) 
    PTO Update:
    SAVE THE DATE:  Jamboree is Friday, June 1st! More info on volunteer opportunities, donations and more to come soon!
    PTO Appreciation/ Final PTO Meeting of the 2017-18 School Year will be on June 7 at Daddy Matty’s BBQ.
    Reminder for 5th grade parents:  All additional materials for the yearbook are due in by Monday. This includes poetry, drawing or writing submissions. Any questions, please email Jaime Conroy at jbconroy@me.com or Jennifer Desimone at jennifer.desimone@gmail.com.
    May Day Message:
    Hello everyone,
    Time again for May Day - Torey J.
    It will be Saturday, May 5, and as always there will be beautification efforts all over town.  Our efforts at Torey J. will be from approximately 8:30-11:00 (8:00 for anyone who wishes to help set up), and there will be an after-party (pizza, music, etc.) at 11:00 at the Hartley Dodge building in town (across from train station).
    The work will be be general outdoor cleanup/weeding/mulching/trimming.
    Please reply to me at MayDay.ToreyJ@gmail.com with your name, the number of volunteers in your family, troop, etc., and how many of each shirt size you will need (Available sizes: Youth medium, Youth Large, Adult M, L, XL, XXL). 
    The town and I will provide some supplies, but they are limited, so PLEASE bring any of the following you can (wheelbarrows, pitchforks, rakes, gloves, clippers/shears).  And as with anything you bring/send to school - it's best you put your name on it.
    We will provide water and healthy snacks.
    Thanks so much, and I look forward to seeing you all!
    Steve Alcorn