Septemer 15, 2017
Our first, full-week is complete! I am looking forward to seeing you all on Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, September 19th. Doors will open at 6:45 P.M. and the program will start promptly at 7:00 P.M. Please enter through the "Jaguar Jungle" doors on the lower level of the school. Classroom presentations will begin at 7:25 P.M. after opening remarks. Signs will be posted to help guide you. The agenda for the evening is attached. As a reminder, schools are closed Thursday, September 21st in observance of Rosh Hashanah.
Instructional Corner: Decoding, Fluency, and Comprehension
One of our primary goals as elementary educators is to move students through the reading continuum from decoding to fluency and comprehension. Simply put, decoding is sounding out words and application of spelling/phonics patterns. Fluency is the speed, accuracy, and expression used when reading a text. Comprehension is understanding the text and applying higher level, analytical skills. These skills are utilized in every subject area and throughout life on a daily basis. When students become fluent or are reading accurately, it is often assumed the student is comprehending. Parents may ask why their child is reading an "easy" book when they can read at a more advanced level. While fluency leads to comprehension, they do not always develop simultaneously and at the same rate. Teachers assess students to determine an independent and instructional reading level. The independent level represents where a child can read with minimal assistance and the instructional level represents the level at which a student is able to interact with the text, with teacher facilitation, to strengthen and extend skills, but not meet with frustration. Repeated reading and close reading are some of the many, research-based practices that aide in both fluency and comprehension and are regularly utilized in our classrooms.
As I walked through classrooms today, the kindergarten and first grade students were receiving instruction through the Wilson Fundations program, a multi-sensory language program, while our fifth grade students were applying self-monitoring skills while reading. I encourage you to pay close attention to how your child grows as a reader and structure conversations with teachers around instructional practices throughout the year. The faculty at TJS regularly participates in professional learning communities and professional development to ensure our practices meet the needs of all students. We take great pride in and love to share what we do!
Mrs. Taylor is looking for volunteers to help her shelve books in the library! She is at TJS on Mondays and Tuesday. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Please be mindful of residents on Woodland Road and Glenwild Road when dropping off and picking up. Please do NOT block driveways, even by a few feet. It makes it difficult for residents to get in and out of their driveways and presents a safety hazard.
Please update your contact and emergency contact information via the parent portal. We need to ensure this information is up to date and know who to contact in the event of an emergency.
Coach Marty from Jersey Chess is back!!! Open for new and returning chess players, in grades 2-5. The club will meet on Tuesdays in the art room, and there will be both a fall and spring session. Don't miss out! See the attachment for registration information. Coach Marty will be at Back to School Night to answer any questions you may have.
Madison Young Playwrights Program:
This is a great opportunity for our 4th and 5th grade students! Check out the attachment for program and registration information.
Back to School Night: Tuesday, September 19th, 7:00 P.M. Doors will open at 6:45 P.M.
School Closed: Thursday, September 21st
TJS/Madison Spirit Days: Every Friday, September 22nd and 29th
Red,White, and Blue Day/Reading Challenge Kick-Off: Tuesday, September 26th
Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, September 26th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
Picture Day: Thursday, September 28th
Picture Day with Country Side Studios of Madison is coming up on September 28th. Order forms are not distributed prior to that day. You will receive proofs and then choose what you wish to purchase. If you are interested in sibling photos on Picture Day, please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4DA9AC29A3FF2-tjs2017.
There are other important attachments for your review, including information about dues, the mum sale, and mini-mudder event! Please visit the PTO's website at TJS PTO.
Madison Education Foundation:
Please visit http://www.mefnj.org/ to learn more about the mission of the Madison Education Foundation. Their annual Gala will be held on Friday, November 3rd at the Westin Governor Morris. Please see the attached 'Save the Date' for more information.