• We had another great week at TJS!  Next Thursday, September 26th is Picture Day. If you are new to TJS, the PTO partners with Countryside Studios for photos.  There is information attached for your reference.  You do not need to pre-order photos or send in any type of order form on Thursday.  Send your children with their best smiles and once the proofs are in, you can view them and choose what you want!  Picture Day necessitates a need to change our lunch menu for next week.  Pizza will be served on Wednesday, September 25th instead of Thursday.  I've been through a simultaneous pizza/picture day and barely survived, so we are re-working lunch options next week;)  We will remind the students over the loudspeaker, as well.
     
    The PTO has rolled out some newly designed spirit wear this year!  Be sure to order yours today.  Each Friday, we will encourage students to show their TJS pride by wearing some logo wear, Dodger apparel, or school colors (green and white.)
     
    I'd like to thank the PTO for sponsoring our first enrichment assembly from Young Audiences Arts for Learning.  The students really enjoyed the performance and central message of working together.  There a few pictures below!  A special thanks to Ms. Perritt for being a good sport.
     
    Curriculum Corner:
    As principal of TJS, a position I take great pride in, I can point out a myriad of great things we have going on here.  TJS has the best faculty and staff I have ever worked with.  The professional teachers here are knowledgeable, dedicated, supportive, and always willing to take on new initiatives.  They truly have it all and work collaboratively, as well!  The school has amazingly talented students with high levels of achievement and growth, involved parents, an active PTO, and the support of an entire town that values education.  While a lot of my time is spent scheduling, making sure lunch periods run smoothly, and assuring compliance with state mandates and regulations, instructional practices and ways in which we meaningfully engage your children is the heart of what we do.  Each year brings new programs and trainings that we must participate in.  While valuable, this type of professional development is never the most exciting.  I find the most meaningful professional development to be when we share ideas while discussing and analyzing the impact of our current practices and how we can refine them and strive towards improvement.  I've already had so many great conversations with teachers this year sharing reflections on their own practices, discussing ways in which they can better reach the students, and just throwing out some great ideas they have come across and want to implement.  I need to make sure that the entire staff can learn, grow, and expand their knowledge together, all for the benefit of the students.  I read this article this week and it really resonated with me and the goals we have here at TJS.
     
    Guidance Department:
    We’ve only been back a few weeks, but our counseling programs are full steam ahead!  I will be wrapping up my first series of classroom lessons next week, visiting grades 4 and 5.  Students at all grade levels reviewed the steps to our school-wide, "Win-Win" conflict/resolution strategy.  In addition, students were exposed to a new initiative created by the national nonprofit organization, Sandy Hook Promise called, “Start with Hello.”   The premise of Start with Hello is to teach students how to minimize social isolation, empathize with others, and create a more inclusive and connected culture.  Students in grades K-5 had the opportunity to practice the three basic steps to Start with Hello: See someone alone, reach out and help and start with hello. Feel free to chat your child up about some of our fun Start with Hello icebreakers!  For more information about Start with Hello and Sandy Hook Promise, check out, https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/about#mission   Feel free to always reach out with any questions or for more information.  Best, Judy Bletcher
     
    Calendar Reminders:
    School Pictures:  Thursday, September 26th, please see attachment
    TJS Logo Wear/Madison Apparel Day:  Friday, September 27th
    Schools Closed:  Monday, September 30th, Rosh Hashanah
     
    PTO Update:

    Thank you so much parents for helping us kick off the school year with a very fun night at the Back to School Fiesta! We want to extend a huge thank you to Jaime Nicotra, Deana Pearly, Erin deLuca, & Hilary Tabish for working tirelessly to make the evening a huge success! We also want to thank all of the parents who helped set up the event, run the event that night & clean up the event into the wee hours of Saturday morning!! You are all TJS Stars! 


    Looking for something to do with your little Lego builder or even better let your child create arts & crafts, but you don’t have to clean it up...join our TJS After School Enrichment!! We have a variety of classes being offered this semester and they are filling up quickly! The best part is you can now pay by credit card online. Please click on the link below to sign up, enrollment closes Monday 9/23 at Midnight. ASE registration


    Its Mums time...order your Fall mums by TODAY (Friday, 9/20) using the attached form. Convenient pick up on Saturday 9/28 at J&M. 


    SHOW YOUR JAGUAR SPIRIT by ordering and wearing our new TJS apparel. No morning disagreements on what to wear when your child is outfitted with a new performance pullover personalized with his/her name or our new TJS vintage tee. Walking to school on a rainy day, NO PROBLEM with our new TJS golf umbrella!! Take a look at our Spirit Shop and place your orders today via credit card; online shopping made easy!


    Don’t forget to pay your PTO dues here. You can also print out the form on the PTO website and send in a check or cash with your child in an envelope marked “PTO dues”


    ½ day pizza days are back! Throughout the school year on specified ½ days 5th grade students will deliver pizza to students in their classroom. What could be better than not making lunch!! See attached form for more information.

    MEF Announcements:
    Please see the attachment for information regarding the MEF Tailgate on November 1st.

    Community Announcements:
    The Madison Public Library is offering after-school programs this fall!  Please see the attachment for more information.