Let's Talk TPS
February 8, 2023
I hope that everyone had an enjoyable break and a healthy and happy start to the new year. A new year offers a chance for new beginnings, hope for the year ahead, and an opportunity for positive change. I hope that 2023 brings to each of you and our entire Tenafly Public Schools community what you need and want most this year.
January also brings the chance of snow, sleet, and other inclement weather. Please be sure to verify that your Blackboard account is set up correctly to ensure that you get school closing and delay information in the way that best meets your family's needs.
Finally, we have some big events in the coming weeks, including our 8th grade Open House tomorrow night at the high school and winter concerts for the high school, 7th grade, and 6th grade. We hope to see you at these and other events to celebrate the wonderful talents our our students and ensure a smooth transition to the year ahead.
Yours in Education,
Give a Little, Get a Lot
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2000 Points and Counting!
Congratulations to senior Rylie Theuerkauf for scoring her 2,000th career point! With a putback jumper following a missed free throw less than two minutes into our Tuesday night game against Old Tappan, Rylie earned her 1,999th and 2,000th career points, becoming
She now sits at 2,019 career points -- and counting!
Congratulations Rylie! You make us Tiger proud!
Nominated for a Grammy? Four THS Students say, "Yes, we are!"
When the Grammy nominations for best orchestral performance were announced last month, something unusual happened...the debut album of the New York Youth Symphony, a prestigious musical program for musicians between the ages of 12 and 22, was on the list. Nominated for a Grammy, their premier CD was released last year and features four THS Tigers! Senior Iris Sung (violin, concertmaster), freshman Chang Yoon Kim (violin), senior Angelina Lee (viola) and junior Tyler Jeong (cello) are members of the New York Youth Symphony and play on the Grammy-nominated CD. The accomplishment is featured in the December 20, 2022 issue of the New York Times, in which Iris is quoted. Bravo to our talented Tiger musicians! We can't wait to see the list of Grammy awardees!
Mackay Elementary's Matteo Marciano Writes Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Books - and Counting!
Mackay Elementary third grader and published author Matteo Marciano is currently working on his third book and News12 highlighted the accomplishment!
Matteo wrote his first book, the mystery of Jack, Jill and the Ancient Crystal in 2021 when he was seven years old. The book follows the adventures of orphans Jack and Jill who discover a crystal and the events that soon follow. Published in November 2022, his second book, Jack, Jill, and The Pirate's Curse, continues the orphans’ adventure. Both books are illustrated by Dan McCann.
Each book took Matteo about a year to complete, and he began drafting book three soon after he completed his second book. Congratulations Matteo!
Tiger Tots Registration is Now Open
Tiger Tots registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! For details, program guide, and forms, visit http://tenaflyschools.org/TigerTots. Important: All registration is done via Community Pass. Community Pass and Forms packet must be completed for registration acceptance.
Registration packets for the 2023-2024 school year will be available by next week on the TPS website Student Registration Page. Please do not send forms early as they will be outdated, and you will be asked to send the proper forms at the appropriate time.
Kindergarten registration for the 2023 - 2024 school year begins as follows:
Mackay: January 17th - 19th
Maugham: January 24th - 26th
Smith: February 1st - 3rd
Stillman: February 7th - 9th
Registration for all students, grades K - 12, will open March 6, 2023. Additional details and registration packets will be available in January 2023.
Reminders from the Nurses
Dress for Cold Weather
- Please dress your child in layers as students will continue to go outside for P.E. and recess when possible. Warm winter coats, gloves, and hats are encouraged.
- Label your child's items with their name so it is easier to identify in case it gets lost. Our lost and founds are overflowing!
- There are several illnesses throughout the community, especially COVID, RSV, and the flu. If your child is exhibiting symptoms such as runny nose, cough, and fever, we ask that you do not send them to school and continue to monitor their symptoms. We are trying to minimize the spread of illness throughout the District and need your help.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all of the children in our TPS Community, we ask that your child be kept home if they are exhibiting certain symptoms:
- A fever over 100.0 degrees, controlled without a fever reducer. Students must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
- Any vomiting or diarrhea during the night, in school 24 hours before or in the morning before school.
- Crusty, itchy, draining, red eyes.
- Any undiagnosed rash. Contact your physician if your child has a rash, skin irritation or skin lesion. Doctor's note on return to school that child is not contagious.
- Severe cold, sore throat or cough symptoms, with thick discolored drainage from nose.
- Students who are being treated with an antibiotic must complete 24 hours of treatment and be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Meeting - January 11th
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEPAC) meeting will be held in-person and virtually for those who wish to attend by Zoom on January 11th at 8:45am. The in-person meeting will be held at Central Office, 500 Tenafly Road. Registration is required to attend via Zoom.
An online fillable version of the form is available on the TPS website.