• Second trimester report cards are available for viewing in Genesis.  Please remember that Monday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 26th are early dismissal days, due to parent/teacher conferences.  School will be end at 12:45 P.M.  There will be no lunch service in the cafeteria.  Pizza will be served if it was pre-ordered through the PTO.  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.
      

     

    Attention 5th grade students and parents!  There are two attachments for your review regarding orientation at Madison Junior School.  On Thursday, May 2nd, students will participate in orientation at MJS from 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  Students will be bussed from TJS to MJS and will return in time for lunch.  That evening at 6:30 P.M., parents are invited for an orientation.  Please note that the morning session is geared for students only and the evening is for the parents only.  Be sure to mark your calendars!
     
    Please review the attachment for information regarding Madison Public Schools' STEAM Academy to be held during the summer and a Parents' Night for anyone interested in learning more about the band and orchestra programs at the elementary level.  This evening is geared more for third grade parents who would like to learn more about the experience.
     
    Instructional Corner:
    Mrs. Smith's fifth graders have been quite busy exploring their passions through "Genius Hour" this year.  Genius Hour is not a new phenomenon but one based on empowering students to have agency in their learning path.  Students are afforded the opportunity to challenge themselves to explore a topic and create a project.  The teacher provides the time and facilitates the process, but ultimately the scope and end product is decided upon by the student.  Students have enjoyed their newfound autonomy and taken responsibility for their learning from blogging about their passions to seeing their hard work come to fruition and showcasing the end result for their classmates.  The students are eager to present to their peers over the coming weeks and likewise they are looking forward to learning from each other!  We'll share more information once the presentations have been made.  Awesome work!
    Counseling Update:

    The past few weeks have been jammed packed with school wide events, one of which being a Transoptions program called, “Traffic Safety Town,” presented to our second and fourth graders.  The presenters transform the Jaguar Jungle into a 3 dimensional, lifelike, suburban town where student practice road safety. Transoptions is an organization that works in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Transportation to implement programs that make walking and bicycling around our neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and families.   Please check-out some of the attached photos of our second and fourth graders participation in this fun and engaging program. To learn more about Transoptions, check out https://www.transoptions.org/safe-routes-to-school.  

     

    This week I also wrapped up my fourth cycle of K-5 classroom lessons focusing on effectively using “I messages” when confronted with a conflict.  Students were given realistic scenarios, had to brainstorm Win-Win solutions and use “I messages.” They really enjoyed role-playing their “I messages” and sharing solutions to each problem with their classmates.  I encourage you to utilize the attached “I message” script at home. It’s one that your child is familiar with and a great tool to use when working through a conflict with your little one! Best, Judy Bletcher

     

     
    Calendar Reminders:
    Report Cards Issued:  Friday, March 22nd
    Early Dismissal Days, Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Monday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 25th, Pizza served if pre-ordered through the PTO
    TJS Science Fair:  Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M., TJS Jaguar Jungle
    Schools Closed, Spring Break:  Monday, April 8th - Friday, April 12th

    TJS PTO Update:
     
    The TJS Science Fair is right around the corner on Wednesday, April 3rd 6:30-8:30. Project boards can be picked up in the main office, please do not come during school hours. For questions pertaining to the Science Fair, please contact Sarah Smith at sarahteillon@gmail.com.

    BOX TOP Update: The class competition for the 2nd half of the year is well underway!  Remember:
    - Clip those Box Tops!
    - Send them in with your child; mark the envelope/bag with child's grade and class (e.g. 2P)
    - Ask grandparents, other relatives, neighbors to collect too for even more!
    - Winning class will be announced toward the end of the school year.
    Money earned from Box Tops supports books for classroom libraries. Thank you for your support!
    Thank you and have a great weekend!