• Dear TJS Families,
    Congratulations to our very talented 4th and 5th grade band, orchestra, and chorus members, along with their directors, Mrs. Adkins, Mrs. Quinlan, and Ms. Ward!  The winter concert was a memorable one, choc full of talented students.  Madison's award winning music programs are enhanced through Madison Music and Arts (MMA).  For an overview and information on how to support this worthwhile organization, please visit https://www.madisonpublicschools.org/Page/10306.  Thank you to the PTO for decorating the Jaguar Jungle for the festivities!
    Report cards are available for viewing in Genesis.  Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher with any questions.  If you have trouble accessing Genesis, please contact the main office.
    There's one week left before the break and here's what you need to know.  Friday, December 21st will be a single session day and students will be dismissed at 12:45 P.M.  Please be reminded of kindergarten hours if your child is not part of KWRAP:  AM Kindergarten, 8:40 A.M. - 10:30 A.M., PM Kindergarten, 10:40 A.M. - 12:45 P.M. If there are any changes to your child's dismissal plan that day, please make sure teachers and the main office are notified. 
    Also, pizza will be served if pre-ordered through the PTO on Friday, December 21st.  There was an error in a previous update stating there would not be pizza, please disregard. On Friday, TJS will host its annual holiday sing-a-long at 9:00 A.M. While we encourage festive best attire for our students, please know this is a casual event, not a concert, and just a warm way to close out 2018.  All families are invited to attend.  Jaguar Jungle doors will open at 8:50 A.M.  Seating is limited, it will be standing room only.
    Calendar Reminders
    Report Cards Issued:  Friday, December 14th, please access through Genesis  
    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, December 18th, 7:45 P.M., MHS Media Center
    K-5 Holiday Sing-a-long:  Friday, December 21st, 9:00 A.M., Jaguar Jungle doors open at 8:50 A.M. 
    Early Dismissal:  Friday, December 21st, 12:45 P.M. Pizza served if pre-ordered through the PTO.
    Schools Closed:  12/24/18 - 1/1/19, winter break
    Schools Reopen:  1/2/19
    Instructional Corner:
    Teaching first grade is the ultimate juggling act.  First grade is differentiation, at its finest.  The dynamic first grade team at TJS is led by Ms. Perritt, Ms. Robertson, and Mrs. Smith.  The teachers are tasked with fostering reading readiness and growth across diverse students with varying developmental levels.  Currently, the first graders are engaging in nonfiction reading/writing units, which allow the students to explore and discover the genre. Students use prior and new knowledge to apply and create their own nonfiction "All About Book."   They have to first pick an expert topic and create headings, such as, Kinds of, Interesting Facts, Diagram, etc. Later in the year, students will extend their nonfiction skills by researching an animal and using that their research to create a book. Coupled with academics, is helping students develop social skills that can be translated to a variety of situations, particularly when working with peers.  This is done by starting with a morning share and having "Choice Time."  During these times, students are working on their speaking and listening skills. When students engage with one another, not only do they develop their creativity, they learn to be flexible thinkers, and develop core skills, such as negotiation, collaboration, and empathy. 
    Guidance Update:
    I am very fortunate to lead the TJS School Climate Team comprised of a parent representative, several teachers, and Mrs. Stager.  One of our school-wide goals this year is for 100% of our students to be well versed in the "Win-Win" conflict resolution strategy from the NJ Bar Foundation Curriculum.  Grades K-2 will learn the first two steps of Win-Win, (Step 1: Take time to cool off. Step 2: Use “I messages” to state feelings.) while grades 3-5 will learn all six steps (Step 3: Each person states the problem as the other person sees it. Step 4: Each person says how they are responsible for the problem.  Step 5: Brainstorm solutions together- choose a solution that satisfies both. Step 6: Affirm, forgive, or thank each other). Upon completion of repeated modeling and practice, students will be given a final assessment. Our school goal is for 100% of students to score 80% or greater. We look forward to observing all of our students utilizing Win-Win when confronted with a conflict!  For more information on Win-Win and other counseling initiatives, please feel free to reach out to bletcherj@madisonnjps.org. ~Best, Judy Bletcher

    TJS PTO Update:
    The After School Enrichment winter programs are now available! Please see the enclosed information for all details. All registration forms should be returned to classroom teachers no later than December 19th, 2018. 
    If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Rickli rmrickli@gmail.com.