• It was a stormy start to the week but certainly ended on a much warmer and drier note!  Congratulations to our talented band, chorus, and orchestra students, as well as Mrs. Adkins, Ms. Ward, and Mr. Malishchak for an amazing concert at MJS.  


    Just a reminder that tomorrow is the Madison Music Megapalooza from 11:00am - 4:00pm at Madison High School.  It's  great event that showcases all our talented musicians in grades 4-12!  


    Please review the attachments regarding the annual Jamboree coming up on June 7th.  It's a great family event, and we need many hands to help make it a success!


    Instructional Corner:  Coaching

    This year, the elementary schools benefited from the addition of instructional coaches.  Shelly Emann, our English Language Arts coach, has been instrumental in building bridges between three elementary schools to establish consistency in expectations, practices, and assessments.  Ms. Emann has been in the Madison School District for over 15 years, teaching multiple grade levels at KRS.  As our ELA coach, she structures PLC/PD work across all elementary schools and regularly visits individual teachers based on needs.  She'll pre-conference with the teacher to engage in dialogue around the instructional objectives, observe, model, co-teach, and continually conference and provide support along the way.  Ms. Emann will cross reference those experiences to our curriculum and make realistic recommendations for improvement.  That narrative also allows for the faculty to reflect and recognize personal strengths and areas of growth.  Teaching can be a very isolating profession.  Throughout my own years in the classroom, I was often the only adult in the room delivering instruction and only received formal feedback a few times per year.  While Ms. Emann regularly reports out to the principals, she's a confidante for the teachers and is able to provide guidance and feedback in a non-supervisory role.  Our elementary teachers have welcomed this type of support and we are looking forward to capitalizing on the momentum established this year to further refine our practices next year.  Ms. Emann is highly knowledgeable in understanding how our young students acquire emergent reading skills and work towards fluency and comprehension.  I trust her expertise and judgment and value our partnership.  Ms. Emann can be reached at emanns@madisonnjps.org


    Guidance Update:

    There are two exciting counseling initiatives on the horizon.  The first is a program called, Crayon Collection. Our second through fourth grade Jaguar Buddies are teaming up with the 5th Grade Peer Leaders to collect gently used crayons.  These crayons will be repackaged and donated to our local Morris County Head Start Program. Crayon Collection partners with the National Head Start Association to encourage the upcycling of gently used crayons children receive in restaurants and from home.  Please encourage your child to rummage through their art supplies to find those barely touched crayons to donate! A notice will be going home with each student next week as a reminder. To learn more about Crayon Collection, please feel free to visit, https://www.crayoncollection.org/.


    Another opportunity available to our first and third graders is a lunchtime peer mentoring program.  Sign-up notices went home with students yesterday and are due back on Wednesday, May, 22. Based on the excitement I could feel in the air when visiting students from both grade levels, I anticipate lots of our students getting involved.  As usual, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to bletcherj@madisonnjps.org.   Have a great weekend!  -Judy Bletcher


    Calendar Reminders:

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

    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, May 21st, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center

    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

    Field Day:  Tuesday, June 4th (rain date, June 13th)

    First Grade Parents' Tea:  Wednesday, June 5th

    More than Madison (5th Grade):  Wednesday, June 6th, 9:00 A.M.

    TJS PTO Jamboree:  Friday, June 7th, 3:30 - 7:30 P.M.

    Third Trimester Ends/Report Cards Issued:  Friday, June 21st

    Early Dismissal/Last Day:  Friday, June 21st; pizza served if pre-ordered through PTO


    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 chrisdriscoll31@gmail.com

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

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


    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:


    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 competition is heating up!  We’ll announce the Spring 2019 winning class on June 14th so keep cutting and sending in  those pink squares.  Current standings - 2P is in 1st place, 3A is in 2nd place with 3G in 3rd place and catching up. Please remember to keep collecting over the summer and we’ll start the contest again in September. Thanks for all your contributions!


    Have a great weekend!


    PBA Fishing Derby

    2019 Jamboree Ticket and Bracelet Sale

    2019 Jamboree Donation Flyer

    2019 Jamboree How to Help

    2019 Jamboree Poster