This week was highlighted by the opening of our beautiful garden. If you haven't seen it in person, there are some pictures attached. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who came to give the students an introduction that was met with great enthusiasm! There is no shortage of research to support the instructional benefits of maintaining a school garden. I look forward to enhancing our academic programs with this project and thank you for helping to provide our students with this unique opportunity.
Next Thursday is Picture Day! For those of you new to TJS, please know there is no order form or anything that needs to be done in advance. You will be able to view the proofs online before making any purchases. The photos will be taken by Countryside Studios in Madison. There is an opportunity to take sibling pictures after school hours. Please refer to the information provided in the PTO section of the email.
Next week will wrap up September and October will be upon us. October is always a busy month and we have a lot planned for the students, from Respect Week to Safety Week and more! I'll update you in more detail next week on what will be going on throughout the month.
The field of education is filled catch phrases. I'm sure I don't have to tell you what fixed vs. growth mindset is, but you may be wondering what that looks like in your child's classroom. This type of mindset is part of the classroom and school culture. It's perpetually fostered in a variety of formats and measured by students' understanding and perceptions of their own personal improvement and contributions to the class and school. I often see notes of encouragement from teachers on students' desks or a simple post-it note with "I'm glad you're here today." We all want to feel valued by others, but what about the value we hold in ourselves? Goal setting is one area where teachers work with students to foster this mindset. As adults, we may keep running lists of our goals - short-term, long-term, personal, and professional, and also take time to reflect upon them. Do you ever remember someone teaching you how to do this or modeling it for you? I certainly don't remember this being a part of my schooling. Ultimately, we want goal setting to be self-directed, but it's a skill that needs to be taught and one worthy of spending time advancing. The earlier students learn this skill, the more likely it is to become part of their daily habits and overall mindset that will lead to higher self-esteem and productivity. Part of goal setting is also being able to reflect upon mistakes, coping with defeat, and learning from that process. Mistakes need to be viewed as as part of how we grow, not something to avoid. Albert Einstein once said, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." No one sets out to make mistakes and sometimes the disappointment and frustration can be great. Goals set at school might be based on a feeling, such as "My goal is to have a good day today," or measurable, such as, "I want improve my subtraction facts." Honest evaluation of progress toward goals is an evolving process that students need their teachers and parents to help facilitate. When a goal is achieved, new and more rigorous goals can be set. So next time your child says school was "good," explore that further and keep reaching a little higher.
Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, September 25th, 7:30 P.M., Madison High School Media Center
Picture Day: Thursday, September 27th; no order forms required. You will be able to view images online prior to purchase.
Respect Week: October 1 -5, more information to follow
Schools Closed: Monday, October 8th, Staff professional development
Safety Week: October 15-19, more information to follow
Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, October 16th, 7:30 P.M., Madison High School Media Center
Halloween Parade: Wednesday, October 31st, 2:15 P.M., TJS field in back of school
**All Fridays are Madison/TJS Spirit Wear days**
TJS PTO Jaguar Bulletin
A HUGE thank you goes out to the Back-to-School Brew Committee! We had a fantastic turnout for a great party. What a wonderful way to start the year!
The Learning Garden officially opened its door to students this week with a wonderful kick-off planting lesson. Many thanks to the Kest, Phillips, and Dunn families for their tremendous effort into making the garden a special place for our students to learn and grow!
The TJS PTO and teachers are working together to provide unique learning opportunities for our children. This year, we are excited to offer additional classes as a part of our After-School Enrichment (ASE) program.
We are currently offering a 90’s Craft Class for students in grades 2-3 on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15 starting in October. If you would like to enroll your child in this exciting program, please return the attached form to your child’s teacher by September 28th.
Also being offered this October, a Rugby Club for students in grades 2-3 and 4-5. Students in grades 2-3 can participate on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15. Students in grades 4-5 can participate on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15. If you would like to enroll your child in the Rugby Cub, please return the attached form to your child’s teacher by September 28th.
Please look for more enrichment opportunities across the grades this winter. We are eager to present engaging opportunities for our students and we thank you for your generous support!
If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Rickli firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few other important reminders:
- Order your fall mums and cabbage/kale today! Orders due Monday, September 24th. (Order form attached.)
- Picture day is Thursday, September 27th. Don't forget to sign up for sibling photos! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4da9ac29a3ff2-tjs2018
- Place your order for our new TJS Spirit Wear by Friday, September 28! Access information here.
- PTO Pizza 1/2 Days are back! Place your orders by Friday, October 12. (Order form attached.)
- Our first General PTO Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am in the Art Room. Our next General Meeting will be in the evening to accommodate working parents.