• May Day and the MEF 5K are next weekend - be sure to read important information included in this email to get involved in these two amazing events!


    TJS, along with the Madison Environmental Commission, is challenging students, families, and community members to go plastic free next week (April 27 - May 5).  Unfortunately much of our plastic waste we create ends up in the oceans and is damaging marine life.  At TJS, we are specifically targeting the use of plastic baggies at lunch and encouraging students to use reusable containers.  During lunch on Wednesday we collected 73 plastic baggies, that is equivalent to 365 baggies a week or 13,140 baggies per school year.  Our aim is to reduce that number significantly.   If you would like to take the pledge you can find it here:


    Thank you in advance for your support.



    Grades 3, 4, and 5 are scheduled to begin taking the NJSLA (New Jersey Student Learning Assessment, formerly PARCC) on May 6th.  The district was informed by the state we were chosen for field testing, and students will have three days of English Language Arts testing and three days of Math testing.  Please refer to the district assessment calendar here.  All testing will be completed in the morning before lunch periods.  Please make sure your child arrives at school on time and having eaten breakfast on testing days.  If your child arrives to school after testing has started, he/she will make up the section of the test missed during make-up days.  Fifth graders will also take the NJSLA Science assessment on May 29th and May 30th.


    There is still time to to nominate a teacher and educational services professional of the year!  The district is seeking one teacher and ESP per building.  An educational services professional refers to guidance counselors, Child Study Team members, therapists, nurses, reading specialists, and more.  We have so many dedicated educators working with students in a variety of capacities.  The eligibility criteria is attached for your reference, as well as a nomination form.  Please return completed nomination forms to me by April 29, 2019.  This is a great way to thank a teacher or ESP who has shown compassion, dedication, and innovation.


    May Day:

    Hello everyone,

    Time again for May Day - Torey J.  It will be Saturday, May 4, and as always there will be beautification efforts all over town.  Our efforts at Torey J. will be from approximately 8:30-11:00 (8:00 for anyone who wishes to help set up).  The work will be be general outdoor cleanup/weeding/mulching/trimming.  Please reply to me at MayDay.ToreyJ@gmail.com with your name, the number of volunteers in your family, troop, etc., and how many of each shirt size you will need (Available sizes: Youth medium, Youth Large, Adult M, L, XL, XXL). The town and I will provide some supplies, but they are limited, so PLEASE bring any of the following you can (wheelbarrows, pitchforks, rakes, gloves, clippers/shears).  And as with anything you bring/send to school - it's best you put your name on it.  We will provide water and snacks.  Thanks so much, and I look forward to seeing you all!

    Steve Alcorn


    MEF Announcements:

    Attention Torey J students!


    We’re kicking off a district-wide competition to see which Madison school can get the most students registered for the 16th Annual Madison 5K on Sunday, May 5th.


    The school with the highest percentage of participants registered for the race will be named the CHAMPION and have bragging rights for the rest of the school year. Even better, principals from all five Madison schools have committed to pose for a group photo wearing the winning school’s T-shirt.


    Do you want Mrs. Stager to have to wear a Kings Road or Central Avenue School T-shirt? We didn’t think so! Show your Torey J spirit by registering for the race at www.mefnj.org.


    See you at the start line!


    It’s time to register for the 16th Annual Madison 5K to benefit the Madison Education Foundation (MEF) on Sunday May 5, 2019 at Madison High School. This quintessential community event includes a 1-Mile Run at 9:30 a.m., a certified 5K Run/Walk at 10:00 a.m., and a Kids Fun Run (ages 10 and under only) at 11:00 a.m.


    The Madison 5K race routes through the tree-lined streets of Madison, brings together families, businesses, community organizations, teachers, and school administrators for a great cause. Proceeds from the race support teacher-initiated grants awarded by MEF in all five Madison District public schools.


    Online registration is available at www.mefnj.org until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Same-day registration will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 5, 2019 at Madison High School. The registration deadline to be guaranteed to receive a race T-shirt is April 25, 2019.


    Calendar Reminders:

    Coffee with the Superintendent:  Monday, April 29th, 7:00 P.M., Kings Road School Gym

    TJS Book Swap:  Monday, April 29th and Tuesday, April 30th, TJS Jaguar Jungle

    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center

    TJS PTO Meeting:  Wednesday, May 1st, 11:30 A.M., TJS Art Room

    5th Grade Student/Parent MJS Orientation:  Thursday, May 2nd (please see attachments)

    May Day:  Saturday, May 4th

    MEF 5K:  Sunday, May 5th

    Teacher Appreciation Week:  May 6 - 10

    NJSLA ELA Testing:  Grades 3-5, May 6, 7, 8

    NJSLA Math Testing:  Grades 3-5, May 13, 14, 15

    Coffee with the Superintendent:  Monday, May 13th, 7:00 P.M., TJS Gym

    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, May 15th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center

    4th and 5th Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Spring Concert:  Wednesday, May 15th, MHS Auditorium

    Madison Music Megapalooza:  Saturday, May 18th, 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., MHS

    Kindergarten Orientation:  Tuesday, May 21st, 9:00 - 10:30 A.M.

    Coffee with the Superintendent:  Wednesday, May 22nd, 10:00 A.M., MHS Media Center

    Schools Closed:  Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th

    NJSLA Science:  5th grade only, May 29-30


    TJS PTO Update:

    Please join us for our next general meeting on Wednesday, May 1st at 11:30 A.M. in the TJS art room.  All are welcome to attend!


    The Book Swap is Monday and Tuesday in the Jaguar Jungle!  Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity.  See the attachment for more information.


    Learning Garden Update:

    The Gardening Team will be hosting weekly gardening events each week (3:15 -4:00 pm) to help foster love of gardening to the parents and children.  The tentative schedule is as follows:


    Easy annuals to plant at home


    Plant summer seedlings 


    Plant summer flower seeds/dahlia bulbs  


    Nothing…Memorial Day Weekend!


    How to deadhead


    Open house – Jamboree


    Simple mason jar flower arrangements


    The fourth graders were in the garden this week for Earth Day and loved being in the garden!   Ms. Caruso’s class was also in the garden this week learning about Cesar Chavez and the role of farm workers and planted lettuces.  Below is what we are doing in the garden with the kids this spring, covering wonderful hands-on lessons covering the following topics:

    Topics by Grade:

    Kindergarten:    seed harvesting 

    First grade:        companion planting

    Second grade:   pollinators & beneficial insects

    Third grade:       companion planting

    Fourth grade:     scientific method & prediction

    Fifth grade:        food chain supply & the role of farm workers


    Madison 5K

    TJS Book Swap

    5th Grade Student Orientation

    5th Grade Parent Orientation

    EOY Nomination Form

    EOY Eligibility Criteria