• Happy Valentine's Day! We enjoyed our class parties today and even celebrated the 100th day of school this week.
    TJS Calendar Reminders:
    • Monday, February 17:  Schools Closed for President's Day
    • Tuesday, February 18:  Schools Closed for Staff Professional Development
    Media Center Update from Mr. Paradiso
    The Media Center at TJS is officially open for students! Construction has been completed and students had their first classes in the Media Center this week. Students are permitted to borrow Library books, and the TJS Library book borrowing policy is as follows: Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders are permitted to borrow 1 book per week, and Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders are permitted to borrow 2 books per week. Books are due back 7 days later during their weekly Library period.
    The TJS Media Center is also now subscribed to "Scholastic Bookflix." Bookflix is an online reading program that pairs well known fiction stories with vocabulary rich non-fiction titles. Students can read along and play comprehension games to practice their reading skills in a fun and interesting way. This is a great resource for students to use for the Jaguar Jammies Reading Challenge! Bookflix can be accessed at www.scholastic.com/bookflix and the login information is as follows: Username - tjses  Password - flix   If you have any questions or problems accessing the website, please contact Mr. Chris Paradiso at paradisoc@madisonnjps.org for help!
    Middlebury World Language Program
    The Middlebury elementary language courses are geared for beginners with little prior exposure to world language. The online program is geared for younger minds, still especially receptive to language learning through contextual interpretation and imitation. Highly visual and amusing stories and activities are geared for these developing students, encouraging them to begin telling stories themselves. An integrated, game-based reward system keeps learners motivated and eager to progress. Communication expressions include greetings, introductions, songs, and other expressions of daily courtesy, simple storytelling, and free-response questions. Vocabulary starts with numbers 1-10, animals, and shapes and moves into days of the week, seasons, colors, fruits and vegetables, simple directions, and useful around town expressions. Cultural topics introduce the geography and customs of the language-specific countries.
    Guidance Update from Mrs. Bletcher
    It's of utmost importance to bring awareness to the societal increase in childhood depression and the teen suicides occurring very close to home in recent months. As educators, we have a responsibility to recognize and assist students managing big emotions that may be precursors to depression and other serious mental health conditions. As parents, it is important that we are educated about the warning signs of childhood anxiety and depression. Some of these include, changes in energy level or appetite, changes in concentration, substance use and experimentation, avoiding school and social events, increased irritability, changes in sleep patterns and physical complaints with no clear medical cause. If you have concerts that your child might be suffering from anxiety or depression, there are free counseling and crisis resources available through the state. Please check out, https://www.nj.gov/dcf/adolescent/prevention/ for a comprehensive list. The home-school connection is so important, especially if you think that your child needs help. Please reach out to us. We are always here to support you! 
    Torey J is hosting a four week long Girl's Leadership Workshop designed for 4th and 5th grade girls and their parents. Topics include, assertive self expression, emotional intelligence at home, owning our mistakes and creating a road map for conflict. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
    PTO Update



    WHERE: Park Avenue Club

    WHEN: Saturday March 7, 2020

    TIME: 7:00PM-10:30pm

    WHAT: 50/50 raffle, Golden ticket prizes, Cornhole tournament, Bid on parent hosted parties and teacher outings for the kids

    WHAT YOU CAN DO: Host a party, buy a ticket for a teacher, volunteer to help the committee planning the event. Email presidents.tjspto@gmail.com to get involved!!!

    Click here to view the invitation and PayPal link


    **We would like to invite any TJS alums in the area. If you know of any (who are over 21) please reach out to us at presidents.tjspto@gmail.com**

    HELP WITH THE FUN - if you would like to throw a party or have a group of friends that love to party, serve as THE HOST in support of TJS and our students.  

    Some ideas might be to host a wine tasting, neighborhood progressive dinner, poker night, pool party, Tequila & Tacos party.... Please reach out to melinda.faigenbaum@gmail.com with any questions and register your party for the fundraiser. 

    Science Fair

    The Science Fair is back! 

    When: March 25, 6:30-8:30PM in the Jaguar Jungle

    To register and learn more follow the link here to the Science Fair PTO page. Registration is open until February 20th. Please register your group only once. If you have any questions feel free to contact Ken O'Flaherty (koflaherty@hotmail.com)


    Looking to Volunteer

    Please reach out to presidents.tjspto@gmail.com. We need 2-3 wonderful parent volunteers to run the bracelet & ticket sales for the Jamboree in June. This is a great job for someone who is organized & detail oriented. You can partner with someone who is usually at pick up so they can sell the week before the event. 


    Thank you

    Thank you to our room parents for planning all the special Valentine’s Day parties and activities, such a fun day for the kids!! Thank you to the parent volunteers who came in to help in the classrooms today. Special thanks to Donna Weller for all her hard work in heading up the room parent committee and for always being available to send TJS PTO emails :)!! 


    The PTO also wanted to make the community aware that Chris from Tons of Toys in Madison helped save the day for our school this week.  We had the Young Madison Professionals Club enrichment this week and our scheduled speaker cancelled at the very last minute because of a sick child.  Chris literally jumped in his car and came to TJS to speak with the group. If you stop in Tons of Toys please take a minute to thank him for coming to our rescue!! 


    Happy Valentine’s Day TJS parents! 

    Enjoy the long weekend! 
    Warm Regards,
    Ileana Sing
    Torey J. Sabatini School
    Madison Public Schools