Principal Garcia's Newsletter

Friday, March 17, 2023

Torey J. Sabatini School

Wishing all TJS Families a Restful Spring Break!

Spring is just around the corner! March has been off to a fantastic start. We hope you enjoy the time off from school and we are looking forward to all that is to come after the break. School will be back in session on Monday, March 27, 2023.

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Important Dates

  • March 17 - Report Cards Available in the Genesis Parent Portal at 3:00 PM
  • March 20-24 - No School - Spring Recess
  • March 31 - PTO Spring Social
  • April 3 - Single Session Early Dismissal Day for Parent/Teacher Evening Conferences
  • April 4 - Single Session Early Dismissal Day for Parent/Teacher Daytime Conferences
  • April 5 - Grade 4 Breakfast with the Principal
  • April 7 - No School - Good Friday

Accessing Trimester 2 Report Cards

Today at 3:00 PM, student report cards for parents/guardians were made accessible in the Genesis Parent Portal. For directions on how to access your child’s report card, please click here. Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Upcoming Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Evening parent/teacher conferences will be held on Monday, April 3, 2023, between 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Daytime conferences will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, between 1:30 - 3:45 PM. Both days are single-session days. Teachers have begun to reach out to schedule conference times. At your child’s conference time, you may be meeting with one or more of your child’s teachers. We kindly ask that you be on time for your scheduled conference time as our teachers will be busy with back-to-back meetings and have an allotted time for each conference. Teachers are equipped to share out various aspects of student progress as well as individual data points such as your child’s reading level, writing samples, and in-class assessments. We hope to continue to remain partners in your child’s education.

Important Health Office Update from Nurse Guarino

Health Office Alert: Strep Throat has been circulating in the community and through many of TJS classrooms. Symptoms of strep throat include persistent sore throat, fever and stomach ache (may include nausea and vomiting). Oftentimes, children with strep throat may not always present with “typical” symptoms and may not even complain that their throat hurts them at all. It is always a good idea to bring your child to the pediatrician for evaluation when they present with vague symptoms that include a fever or if they are just feeling unwell so that they may be tested and treated accordingly. Please note that strep throat is highly contagious. Should your child be diagnosed, please keep them home until they have been treated with antibiotics and are fever-free for a full 24 hours. It is also advised to wipe down surfaces and avoid shared items.


Mandatory 5th- Grade Immunizations:

As a reminder, when your child turns 11 years old they are required to have 2 additional vaccinations, Meningococcal and TDAP, in order to enter grade 6 in the fall. As you begin to schedule your child’s well visit around their birthday, please remember to follow up with the necessary immunizations and documentation that is required for entry into school. Please see the attached link for the necessary form and return it to the TJS health office upon completion.

5th Grade Scoliosis Screenings: During the month of April, I will be conducting scoliosis screenings on 5th grade students. You will have the opportunity to opt your child OUT of the screening if that is preferred. An opt out form will be sent to all 5th grade parents after spring break. If the opt OUT form is not returned to me by the required deadline, I will proceed with screening your child for scoliosis. Please read all communications from the health office which will include detailed instructions for appropriate attire that your child should wear to school during the time that these screenings are conducted.

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Staff Spotlight

Speech Therapist, Mrs. Dana Finn

Hello TJS! My name is Dana Finn, and I am the Torey J. Sabatini Speech therapist. This is my 21st year at Torey J! I also have worked at CAS and MJS, and I currently work at MHS too. I grew up in Morris Township and Madison, attending St. Vincent’s right down the road. I attended Loyola College in Maryland and returned home to receive my Master's in Communication Disorders from William Paterson. My parents were elementary school teachers, and I always knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps and work with children.

My husband, Mike, and I have two boys, Michael (16), a sophomore at Seton Hall Prep, and Cooper (12), a sixth grader at St.Vicent’s. We also have a pug named Henry. In my spare time, I love to spend my summers at our beach house in North Wildwood. My boys play soccer all year round, so you can usually find me on a soccer field or driving to practices. I love to shop, decorate, and spend time with friends and family.

My favorite part about working in Madison is when I run into my former TJS students at MHS and around town. I cannot believe how quickly 21 years have flown by!

Teacher's Assistant, Ms. Lainey Lyons

"Hi everyone! My name is Lainey Lyons and in February of 2022 I began working as a substitute teacher's aide at TJS. I grew up in New Jersey and attended high school at Oak Knoll in Summit before completing my undergrad at the College of the Holy Cross. After graduating college, I worked in marketing before discovering my passion for teaching.

I have four siblings -- my older sister, two triplets (a boy and a girl), and dear old dog Henri. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, cooking, baking, and crocheting. When I'm not indulging something from my overdeveloped list of hobbies, I like to travel, try new restaurants, go to the movies, and attend concerts/shows with my friends and family."

News from the MEF

Registration is officially open for the 20th Annual MEF Madison 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. Registration is available at
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News from the PTO

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Whether you’re traveling far or staying local, we hope all of the TJS families have a fun and restful spring break! We look forward to lots of exciting spring PTO programming when we return.

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for our Adult Spring Social before vacation starts!

This evening at Madison Community Arts Center will be filled with dinner, drinks, music, a magical mentalist, corn hole tournament, silent auction with a huge collection of incredible donations from local businesses and experiences, and more. Tickets are on sale NOW!

Parents will be able to pre-purchase raffle tickets for the teacher outings this year!. This means you will not have to be present at the social for a chance for your child to win a raffle prize to enjoy an event with their teachers. Please see the google form below to enter your child in the raffle for teacher outings.

PTO Spring Social


Please use this sign-up genius to lend a hand with the Spring Social! We are really looking for volunteers to help us set up and the night of.

Reach out to with questions/comments.

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Madison Summer STEAM Academy

The Madison STEAM Academy is returning in 2023 for another summer of excitement and fun!

Please visit academy for details and an FAQ about the program. Enrollment will begin mid-March!

Madison Summer Arts Program

Click the link below to access the Madison Summer Arts Program Brochure.
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