Thank you for your well wishes for our hard working teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week! Mrs. Kate Lade, fourth grade teacher, was awarded "Teacher of the Year," and Mrs. Judy Bletcher, guidance counselor, was awarded "Educational Service Provider of the Year." Both of these dedicated and well deserved educators go above and beyond to ensure the needs of all students are met. I look forward to formally honoring them at the Board of Education Meeting in June.
A reminder for 4th and 5th grade band, chorus, and orchestra students....the spring concert will be held on Wednesday evening in the Madison Junior School auditorium at 7:00 P.M. Our students will see a dress rehearsal during the school day.
NJSLA testing continues next week. Math is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Instructional Corner: School Safety
I feel as though I would be remiss if I did not comment in some way regarding the school shooting in Colorado this week and the active shooter threat at Passaic County Technical Institute today. Luckily, the threat today was not credible; however, it was a harsh reminder that we must be vigilant in our safety measures here in Madison. We do have safety and security protocols in place and regularly practice, evaluate, and refine them. We partner with our local police and fire departments to provide guidance and feedback. Just yesterday, TJS conducted a drill and a police officer was present. Sadly, such occurrences have become all too common in public spaces - malls, restaurants, movie theatres, places of worship, etc. When it comes to school shootings, the shooter is often known to the educational community, which highlights the need for proactive social-emotional supports in the school setting. The addition of a full-time counselor this year has helped us immensely in this endeavor. In just one year, a mentoring program has been established, partnership with local outreach organizations has increased, and lessons regarding important topics such as competition, loss, grief, and jealousy are regularly happening. Groups to deal with pertinent social/emotional topics have been established, as well. A common language in dealing with social and emotional situations is being implemented, and overall, the level of support provided to students has increased dramatically. We are proactively discussing important topics in a developmentally appropriate manner. Just because we are an elementary school does not mean that we should sugar coat real experiences and feelings of students. Our young students can experience a roller coaster of emotions on any given day and we know that in order for them to be their personal bests, we need to embrace the needs of the whole child. This opinion piecehit home a bit and thought I would share.
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:
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 email@example.com
-Please consider making a donation to the Jamboree Raffle! Contact Marisa Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org
-See the attached flyers for more event details and feel free to pass along to TJS Alumni or in-coming students.
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:
5/17: Plant summer flower seeds/dahlia bulbs
5/24: Nothing....Memorial Day weekend!
5/31: How to deadhead
6/7: Open house - Jamboree
6/14: 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!