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District Communication - May 4, 2022
TPS Families -
May once again brings State Testing to our schools. This is the first NJSLA testing since COVID closed our schools back in 2020 and is having an even bigger impact on our students than normal. We ask everyone to eat well, get enough sleep, and simply do your best. Please see the calendar on our district website for testing details.
Last week was filled with events that brought us outdoors and we are grateful that the weather cooperated with us. On Thursday, all six of our schools and our central office worked together to walk 6,000,000 steps in silence to remember the six million lives lost during the Holocaust and remind ourselves of everything for which we are grateful. If you have not seen the video of the event, please visit our district website. The event affected all involved and will lead up to our Celebration of Diversity this June. More details to come soon.
On Friday, Smith School celebrated Arbor Day with our Mayor and Council and the planting of a beautiful new magnolia tree near the building. The new tree replaces one that was lost during Hurricane Ida last fall.
Finally, we are in the busiest time of our school year with testing, concerts, read-a-thons, art shows, and so much more. Please be sure to check the district calendar often for dates, times, locations and any potential changes.
Have a wonderful week.
Yours in Education,
Shauna C. DeMarco
Superintendent Tenafly Public Schools
One Book, One Community
In conjunction with a spring-time Celebration of Diversity, we would like to do a District-Wide Read Aloud, One Book, One Community (K-12, all staff, and families). We have selected the title, Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate, a story about overcoming diversity and hate in one small community.
Tenafly students, parents, teachers, and staff will come together to discuss the themes and messages in the text including diversity, empathy, inclusion, acceptance and community. The author, Katherine Applegate, is excited for Tenafly to be highlighted as an “All Are Welcome Here” community and she hopes to participate in our book talk at our celebration.
Change to District Calendar - Schools Closed on May 26th
Each year, our district builds several snow days into the school calendar. At the April 25th BOE Meeting, the Board voted to approve changing the 2021-2022 school district calendar to give back an unused snow day, making Thursday, May 26th a Schools Closed day and Friday, May 27th a District Closed day. The website calendar has been updated.
The competition is fierce! TEF 5K Run, Dog Walk, and Fun Run
Registration for Summer Enrichment 2022
Registration for the TPS Summer Enrichment Program is now open! Visit the TPS website to view the Summer Enrichment catalog for Summer 2022 and peruse the incredible variety of course offerings from art to sports, math to music. We hope that you will consider joining us for one or more of them this summer.
First Annual Art and Essay Contest “A Celebration of Diversity”
THS Takes 3rd Place in Chinese Cultural Project Contest
Congratulations to students Ariel Furumoto-Cheh and Edward Kim for their 3rd place finish at Seton Hall University’s 14th Chinese Cultural Project Contest! The contest aims to promote the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and heritage. Ariel and Edward responded to the topic TV Shows: How do they reflect cultures? Bravo Tigers!
Bravo to the Cast and Crew of THS's Disney The Little Mermaid
What an incredible performance by the THS cast and crew! Disney The Little Mermaid came alive and we truly felt like we were "Under the Sea" with them! Missed the nearly sold out performance? Our THS TV shares their highlights of the show!