• It's going to be a busy weekend in Madison!  Tomorrow is May Day and Sunday is the MEF 5K.  It's not too late to get involved in either one.  Join the crew here at Torey J. from 8:30 - 11:00 A.M.  For more information regarding the 5K, please visit https://www.mefnj.org/.   Same-day registration will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 5, 2019 at Madison High School.

     

    Grades 3, 4, and 5 are scheduled to begin taking the NJSLA (New Jersey Student Learning Assessment, formerly PARCC) on May 6th.  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.

     

    Congratulations TJS!  Last week during both lunches we collected 79 plastic baggies in one day, that is equivalent to 395 plastic baggies a week.  During Zero Waste Week, we reduced our use of plastic baggies to just 101 for the whole week, which is awesome!  Beginning next week we have connected with TerraCycle and will focus on collecting Little Bites packages and GoGo SqueeZ containers, which we will ship to them directly for recycling. See attached flyers for more information.  While we encourage students to use reusable drink containers, TJS has also joined the Pepsi Recycle Rally and will be collecting, counting and recycling plastic water bottles.  Thank you for your support with these recycling efforts.

     

    On Thursday, May 9th, the Police Unity Tour will be passing through Madison via Woodland Road.  The Madison Police Department has invited the staff and students of Torey J. to cheer on the riders at approximately 10:10 A.M.  We are looking forward to providing support and encouragement!

    Guidance Update:

    Today marked the first day of Peer Mentoring at Torey J!  It was great to see the smiling faces of more than sixty, second and fifth graders getting to know each other during lunchtime.  I received a lot of positive feedback from many of the participating students and look forward to session 2 next Friday. This week I also wrapped up teaching the final steps to Win-Win, an integral part of our school-wide, conflict resolution program.  Students across grade levels have had the opportunity to model and practice the Win-Win strategy with their classmates. Teachers and staff members have been encouraging students to utilize Win-Win in their classrooms, on the playground and in the cafeteria when peer conflicts arise. In upcoming news, our second, third and fourth grade Jaguar Buddies will be collecting gently used crayons to be donated, beginning next week.  Please be on the lookout for more detailed information coming home soon! Best, Judy Bletcher

    Calendar Reminders:

    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, Madison Junior School 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:

    Book Swap:

    Many thanks to Amanda McLoughlin and Melanie O'Hara for organizing the 2019 Book Swap. It was a great opportunity to clean out the old and welcome the new! Also, thanks to the parents who assisted with set-up and clean-up - it is very much appreciated!

     

    Learning Garden:

    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:

    10-May

    Plant summer seedlings 

    17-May

    Plant summer flower seeds/dahlia bulbs  

    24-May

    Nothing…Memorial Day Weekend!

    31-May

    How to deadhead

    7-Jun

    Open house – Jamboree

    14-Jun

    Simple mason jar flower arrangements

     

    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!

     

    Jamboree 2019: Our favorite school event is back! Mark your calendars and we need your help!

    -The TJS Jamboree will be held on Friday, June 7th  3:30-7:30.

    -Please consider helping co-chair the Jamboree Event with Chris Driscoll, or with Ticket Sales! Contact chrisdriscoll31@gmail.com

    -Please consider making a donation to the Jamboree Raffle! Contact Marisa Chandler at jamboreeraffle@gmail.com

    -See the attached flyer for more event details and feel free to pass along to TJS Alumni or in-coming students.

     

     

    2019 Jamboree 

    GoGo Squeeze Recycling

    Little Bites Recycling

    Pepsi Recycle Rally