In Touch with TG

January 13, 2022

Thank you to everyone for your patience and flexibility as we have been trying our best to manage the latest surge in COVID cases. I think we all realize the importance of keeping elementary students in-person.

Day of Service donations are due tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 14th. Items can be sent in with students or dropped off at the school in the main office.

TG Morning Announcement Link

Passcode: 425571 updated 1/3/2022

Upcoming Events


Friday, Jan. 14 - Day of Service DONATIONS DUE

Monday, Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King Day, schools and offices closed

Friday, Jan. 21 - DAY of SERVICE

Wednesday, Jan. 26 - Early Dismissal 12:45 pm

FEBRUARY Black History Month

Tuesday, Feb. 1 - Lunar New Year schools and offices closed

Friday, Feb. 11 - You Matter Day SEL Afternoon Activities

Monday, Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day

Monday, Feb. 21 - President's Day schools and offices closed

Health Reminders

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COVID Vaccination Records

Please help us keep a record of the vaccination status of our students. This information helps Mrs. Smith when contract tracing.

If possible, please email us a picture of your child's vaccination card. This information will be kept confidential only Mrs. Smith will have access to the information.

School Events

TG Day of Service Jan. 21

Day of Service Friday, January 21, 2022 Updates:

  • Toll Gate will be donating to The Jared Box Project (
  • The sign up genius has been filled
  • Look at the grade level donations, we are in need of many of the age-appropriate items
  • Grade Level Donations Needed INFORMATION FOUND HERE
  • Each grade level will be asked to donate materials, kind hearts, and creativity in order to create cheerful boxes filled with fun items for young local hospital patients.

Then, on January 21, students and staff will assemble Jared Boxes for delivery to Capital Health Hospital.

Our goal is 100% participation in this school-wide service learning event.

Please have all items arrive at Toll Gate by January 14, 2022.

Thank you for your help with this very special day!

PEECH and KG: For ages 3-5

Coloring books, grab–n–go activity kits, Play–Doh, reading books, stickers, sticker workbooks, activity books, matchbox cars, Nerf or rubber balls, stuffed animals, flashcards, fun socks, small action figures, small dolls, travel size games, SillyPutty, simple puzzles, card games (Go Fish,Old Maid, Memory), colorful pillowcases, princess crowns, dress up items, farm animal sets, dinosaurs. Other toys that are labeled as suggested for Preschoolers.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades: For ages 5-8

Coloring books, word searches, activity books, reading books, joke books, matchbox cars, Nerf balls, stuffed animals, stickers, Play–Doh, SillyPutty, Lego kits, craft kits, Slinky, travel games (Sorry, Connect 4, etc.), colorful pillowcases, reusable water bottle, fun socks, action figures, puzzles, deck of cards, UNO card game. Other toys that are labeled as suggested for school–aged children.

4th and 5th grades: For ages 8-11

Pens, coloring books, word searches, doodle pads, writing journals, Play–Doh, Silly Putty, stuffed animals, card games, Lego Kits, puzzles, brain games, books, magazines, Chapstick, fuzzy/colorful socks, colorful pillowcases, jewelry making kits, craft kits, paint sets, reusable water bottle.

Bouncing Golf Balls with Mrs. Muzy

Mrs. Muzy visited fourth grade classes this week to explore the phenomenon about why a golf ball bounces but does not return to the original height.

TG Tidbits

Technology How-Tos

Elementary Technology How-Tos

CLICK HERE for step by step directions and helpful videos

Winter Apparel

We will plan on going outside each day for snack/mask breaks and recess, so please send your child with the necessary winter coats, gloves and hats.

Lost & Found

Please check the link below for updated pictures of the Lost and Found items.

Lost & Found Folder

Families can email if they see anything familiar.

Student Absences

Please remember to call Tel Safe (609) 737.4008 Ext. 2 when your child will be absent from school. Mrs. Smith does need to follow-up with all absentees. There is a button on the Toll Gate webpage.

If your child has a change in dismissal, please email Mrs. Dana or Mrs. Jaczko in the main office. They will let the teachers know of the change.

Toll Gate All Hands

Toll Gate All Hands is a parent-led group that works in collaboration with TG administration and staff to cultivate a culture of inclusion at the school.

Last year we hosted two events- Courageous Conversations with Dr. Lauren Kelly and the at home Zootopia family movie event. As we determine this year how best to celebrate our differences and bring awareness to diverse experiences and identities within our larger community, we would love your feedback.

We ask you to please take a moment to fill out the linked survey. Please note that while we certainly support Ms. Lennon and the teacher’s efforts in school, we do not choose or influence the classroom curriculum.

Our next meeting in Tuesday, January 25th at 7 pm. We welcome anyone who would like to come listen, participate or just learn more. Please use this Zoom link.

Community Events

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Hopewell Valley School District & Hopewell Valley Education Foundation Honor Black History Month February 2022 with a community wide book read and discussion.

Please join us on February 23rd with Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, the authors and community members of If These Stones Could Talk.

Click HERE for the flyer and more details.

How To Talk To Your Kids About Climate Change

Book Conversation with author & founder of, Harriet Shugarman. Learn about tools/strategies to talk to students about the climate emergency & galvanize positive actions.

Join us virtually on February 24th at 4:30 pm

Sign Up HERE

Click HERE for the Flyer and more details

Principal Read Aloud | Wednesday Mornings at 8:50 am

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One winter morning, Lina wakes up to silence. It's the sound of snow -- the kind that looks soft and glows bright in the winter sun. But as she walks to her grandmother's house to help make the family recipe for warak enab, she continues to listen. As Lina walks past snowmen and across icy sidewalks, she discovers ten ways to pay attention to what might have otherwise gone unnoticed. With stunning illustrations by Kenard Pak and thoughtful representation of a modern Arab American family from Cathy Camper, Ten Ways to Hear Snow is a layered exploration of mindfulness, empathy, and what we realize when the world gets quiet.