Welcome to the TJS PTO
President's Message - March 2019
So Long Winter!
Hopefully we are past the cold weather and snow, but it didn’t stop us from having fun! Thank you to all who contributed and attended our 2019 Winter Adult Social. It was such a fun night for us grown-ups and your generosity helps our PTO continue to fund many engaging learning opportunities for our kids and support needs within the classrooms. We can’t thank Melanie O’Hara and Kara Hines enough for giving so much of their talent and time to organize such a successful event!
One of the most important jobs of our PTO is to bring in outside learning experiences for our children. Most of these occur during the school day and complement the learning taking place throughout TJS. Michelle Schmutz and Anila Fung-Wu have diligently worked to schedule amazing educational events for our kids. This winter our students have enjoyed visits from History’s Alive, The Great Swamp, Mad Science, The Morris Museum, Newbery Award winning author Matt de la Pena, and the Pearl Observatory for our TJS “Night Under the Stars.” Belle Somers and Jen Tsukayama have also put much effort into providing meaningful multicultural experiences for our kids including Hip Hop Fundamentals, Exit 9 -Beyond the Beat, and A Seat for Rosa. Still ahead are performances by the Center for Musical Excellence and Ramya Ramnarayan.
As always, we couldn’t be more fortunate to have such a dedicated group of teachers and administrators at TJS. Their creativity in teacher outing donations for the social and amazing classwork on display for our annual “Curriculum Night” showcases their talent at educating our children. Many thanks go to Miss Ward and Miss Hart for the countless hours given to the 4th and 5th grade production of “The Little Mermaid.” What a fantastic performance!
Moving on, we have much to look forward to. The Science Fair prep is under way! Thank you to Sarah Smith for planning and organizing one of our yearly highlights. We can’t wait to see all of the creativity and excitement presented by our students on Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm.
The TJS Learning Garden will be a lovely addition to the TJS spring curriculum. All classes will have the opportunity to work and grow in the garden. Please stay tuned for more details and parent volunteer opportunities!
Planning for the end-of-year Jamboree has started. Thank you to Chris Driscoll and Marisa Chandler for running this event yet again! We could use several volunteers to assist with planning. Please reach out if you are able to help! firstname.lastname@example.org
--Kristin & Melinda