• We had a great "Week of Respect" at TJS!  Next week, we will be kicking off our first "Read-a-Thon."  Students will bring home more information on Tuesday, so be sure to check their folders.
    Please be reminded that school is closed on Monday, October 14th for staff professional development.
    Instructional Corner:
    Teaching writing is a complex process that builds each year upon previously learned skills.  I had the fortunate opportunity to spend time with Ms. Robertson's first graders as they embarked upon their first "small moment" or "seed story."  Students have been learning how to narrow the scope of their writing from big ideas to smaller, more specific ones.  Young writers enjoy pulling from personal experience and using some of their favorite memories as the basis of their narratives.  While it seems simple, particularly from and adult perspective, students can experience difficulty writing, as it requires synthesis of multiple skills. Ms. Robertson adeptly scaffolded the process into manageable tasks.   The students are already gaining ownership of their writing and sharing in the process with their fellow writers.  While the students are still in the prewriting stage, I look forward to reading their published pieces!
    Calendar Reminders:
    Schools Closed:  Monday, October 14th, Columbus Day (in-service day for staff)
    Coffee with the Superintendent:  Monday, October 14th, 7:00 P.M., MJS Media Center
    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, October 15th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
    TJS Read-a-Thon:  October 16th - 30th
    TJS/Madison Logo Wear Day:  Friday, October 18th
    School Safety Week:  October 21 - 25th
    International Dinner:  Friday, October 25th, TJS Jaguar Jungle
    Halloween Parade:  Thursday, October 31st, 2:15 P.M.
    PTO Update:


    Come get your pumpkins at the Torey J Pumpkin Patch! The Family Fun Committee is organizing this school-wide community building event for Friday, October 18th from 3:30-4:30pm near the TJS Learning Garden. Enjoy Friday afternoon with your friends while decorating pumpkins and getting in the Halloween spirit. Light snacks will be served. 

    You must sign up by October 11th, form is attached!!


    Your children will be coming home on Tuesday with information on our Read-A-Thon Fundraiser. It will take place from October 16th thru October 30th, it’s all web-based and very easy to do!! There are prizes for the children and for the classes! We encourage everyone to participate in this event!! 

    Our International Club will be hosting a Dinner in the Jaguar Jungle on Friday, October 25th from 7pm-9pm. Please come and taste some of the wonderful food, learn more about each other’s cultures, and celebrate all the diverse cultures at Torey J. Sabatini. Please note ingredients will be listed but this is NOT an allergy free event.

    Don’t forget to submit your order form for pizza on specified ½ days of school! We are accepting orders until November 1, 2019. Form attached.

    Community Announcements:
    On October 11th and 12th, the  Morristown Festival of Books is providing a great opportunity to meet over 50 authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners and Caldecott medalists.