• It was a busy week at TJS and it's ending with the mini-mudder on the playground this afternoon!  During safety week, both the Madison Police and Fire Departments visited.  The PTO generously brought in Jared Campbell, a talented singer-songwriter, who delivered an inspirational message centered around respect.  There is an order form attached for anyone interested in purchasing his CDs.  Sorry, they are not available for digital download.  To learn more about his music and message, please visit http://jaredcampbell.com.  Please return order forms and payment to the main office by Friday, November 2nd. 


    Grades 1-5 participated in our Friendship Mile walks, which were a huge success.  Many students expressed how they enjoyed the fresh air, exercise, and opportunity to talk with their peers in a different setting.  


    Our Halloween parade will begin at 2:15 P.M. on Wednesday, October 31st.  All families are invited to attend.  Please proceed directly to the playground area.  The MHS Marching Dodgers will kick off the parade and perform in the center of the field.  Please stand on the perimeter of the field and keep the paths clear for the students.


    Just a few Halloween reminders.....Those students choosing to dress up are encouraged to come to school in costume to enjoy the day.  Costumes should be school appropriate (in-line with dress code expectations) and all hair and makeup preparation should be done prior to school.  If a costume is bulky or itchy, please have your child wear clothing underneath, so that the costume can be removed easily.  Students who choose to dress in costume may not bring any item to school that depicts violence such as plastic or fake weapons (swords, guns, knives, pitchforks, etc.), bloody or gory masks, or any sharp objects. Due to supervisory constraints, we cannot allow students to change into costumes during lunch periods.


    If you choose to pick up your child at lunch to go home and change, the recess/lunch schedule is as follows:  


    KWRAP:  11:25 A.M. - 12:25 P.M.

    Grades 1 & 3:  11:20 A.M. - 12:10 P.M.

    Grades 2, 4, & 5:  11:55 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.


    Please notify the main office/teacher in advance of picking up and sign your child out at the start of the period and return to school by the end of the period.


    Attached to this email is a reminder regarding food allergens.  If your child has food allergies, please let the teacher know if he/she will be eating snacks provided by class representatives at classroom parties or if you will be sending in an alternate snack.


    Calendar Reminders:

    Mini-Mudder:  Friday, October 19th

    PTO Meeting:  Wednesday, October 24th, 11:30 A.M., TJS Art Room

    Halloween Parade:  Wednesday, October 31st, 2:15 P.M., TJS field in back of school


    Instructional Corner:

    You often hear our teachers speak of reading levels that are assigned a letter.  We utilize the Fountas and Pinnell reading level system and benchmark assessments that enable us to identify both the independent and instructional reading levels of our students.  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.  Sometimes we are asked why students might be reading a book at a different level at home as opposed to school.  We strive to find the balance between reading for pleasure and reading for skill, both of which are important throughout life.  We all read differently, depending on what we're reading and there's vast differences between reading for entertainment and reading for purpose.  Personally, I'd love to only read fast moving, fictional novels, but life and my profession just don't allow for that.  We need to prepare the students to be able to comprehend, interact with, and analyze different types of texts to ensure they are prepared for future academic years and beyond.  Reading is a multi-faceted and complex area with several different components that students must apply simultaneously to read fluently, comprehend, and apply higher level critical thinking skills, as well.  If you have questions regarding your child's reading level or how it is assessed, feel free to reach out to our very knowledgeable teachers, who will be happy to offer further explanation.

    Guidance Update:

    The AAA Safety Patrol sign-up process is underway!  Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 had the opportunity to view an informational video about the mission of the program, student responsibilities, and safety etiquette.  I’ve been available during lunchtime to answer questions and hand-out applications to interested students. If your child was absent, or did not take an application and is interested in joining the patrol, please see the attached form.  Applications are due by Friday, October 26. To learn more about the AAA Safety Patrol program please visit, https://schoolsafetypatrol.aaa.com/.  


    Student leadership opportunities, like the AAA Safety Patrol, foster important skills and qualities such as teamwork, pride, citizenship, peer-to-peer communication, and respect for law enforcement.  Whether students participate as patrol members or adhere to patrol safety rules, part of our comprehensive counseling program is to create school-wide, long-term and meaningful programs with a broad impact.  In addition to learning a variety of new skills, participating in new programs is just plain fun! Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend! -Judy Bletcher


    TJS PTO Jaguar Bulletin

    On Tuesday, our children learned a powerful message from singer/song-writer/entertainer Jared Campbell. His message was clear. 

    Every person is valuable. 

    Practice makes progress.

    Together, we can change the world!


    Ask your  K-2 kids how they can use their super powers to help a friend. Ask your  3-5 graders what makes them valuable. Ask your kids how they can change the world!! Also, give them an extra squeeze because they are awesome!  Please see the attached form if you would like to order a Jared Campbell CD so you can sing along with his catchy character-building tunes. Thank you parents, your generous contributions to our PTO help fund great programs like this one. Lookout for more engaging programs happening throughout the year! 


    A few important reminders:

    • PTO Pizza 1/2 Days are back - the deadline has been extended! Place your orders by Friday, October 26. (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.


    Don't forget to register for the MEF Adult Social, "Hollywood Lights," on Friday, November 2nd at the Westin Governor Morris.  Visit https://501auctions.com/mefadultsocial for more details!!


    AAA School Safety Patrol

    Jared Campbell CD Order Form

    Pizza Order Form 2018-2019

    Food Allergy Guidelines