Picture Day went off without a hitch this week. Special thanks to Katie Timmons, Donna Weller, and the PTO for working with the photographers and helping the students! Please be reminded that school is closed on Monday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.
It was great to see everyone in their TJS logo wear today! There's still time to get yours, so please refer to the PTO section below for more information. The bows are adorable and quite popular! I did come across a brand new TJS bow (it's on a clip) in the building today. If you think it belongs to your child, it's in my office.
If you ordered MUMS, please don't forget to pick them up at J&M THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Please review the attachment from our school nurse, Mrs. Crescas, regarding food allergy guidelines.
Next week, we'll already be turning the calendar to October and the anticipation of Halloween will begin! More importantly, however, will be the numerous guidance programs taking place throughout the month. "Week of Respect" is a state-wide, anti-bullying initiative recognized October 7 -11. "Safety Week" will be recognized October 21 - 25. More information to follow next week from Mrs. Bletcher.
Instructional Corner: Checking for Understanding
Questioning serves as a means of assessment and affords the opportunity to check for student understanding during a lesson. While it may seem a simple concept, it's much more complex than simply asking, "Raise your hand if you know the answer to 2+2?" When a teacher poses that type of question, naturally a few hands will shoot up, the right answer will be reported, and the teacher may move on, unknowingly leaving some students behind. This can also be a deterrent for more reserved students to participate.
Teachers at TJS use a variety of methods when questioning their students, moving away from the old-fashioned, raising of hands. While visiting classrooms, I'll often find Ms. Kennedy regularly posing higher-level, open-ended questions for students to provide answers on whiteboards or other types of recording devices. With this strategy, there isn't a "right" or "wrong" answer and value can be derived from all responses. You'll often see Ms. Kennedy shining a "spotlight" on students' thinking as a means to engage and build self-esteem. This article from Edutopia highlights the "chalkboard splash" in a little more detail.
Schools Closed: Monday, September 30th, Rosh Hashanah
TJS Logo Wear/Madison Apparel Day: Friday, October 4th
5th Grade Trip to Camp Bernie: Friday, October 4th
Schools Closed: Wednesday, October 9th, Yom Kippur
4th Grade Trip to Turtle Back Zoo: Friday, October 11th
Schools Closed: Monday, October 14th, Columbus Day (in-service day for staff)
Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, October 15th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
Halloween Parade: Thursday, October 31st, 2:15 P.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!
Jaguar colored scrunchies being sold at pick-up Friday 9/27. See attached order form for all things hair related.
MUMS...Pick up the Mums you so kindly ordered at J&M on Saturday 9/28 from 9:00am-3:00pm
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.
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”
Many thanks to the incredible parent volunteers who make all these great programs happen! Especially Alison Aromando & Maria Beacom for helping make our yards beautiful with our mums fundraiser, Roberta Rickli for organizing our first session of ASE, Karen Leary & Hilary Tabish for designing, ordering, & delivering our 5th grade sweatshirts, and Donna Weller & Katie Timmons for preserving this moment in time with our sweet children’s school photos!! We are off to a great start to the school year…..so the question of the week is…..
Who will be the brave, daring, & fearless parents to head up the Adult Social this year!!