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District Communication - January 26, 2022
Music and More...Much More
TPS Families -
This week, we celebrated the International Day of Education. This year's theme Changing Course, Transforming Education truly fits where we are have been these past two years as well as where we are heading, rebalancing our relationships with each other, with nature, and with the technology that permeates our lives. I again thank all of you for continuing to travel these winding roads with me and the entire TPS staff.
Once again, a month has come and gone much quicker than expected. January showered us and will continue to do so this week with a host of music and theater performances. We hope that you were able to enjoy these special events that showcase the unlimited talents of our students!
Kindergarten registration continues with Mackay and Maugham Elementary School both well underway. Smith and Stillman Elementary Schools are scheduled for February. Beginning March 3rd, registration will open for all new students grades K-12. Please check the website for registration dates, forms, and information for each of our schools.
Finally, please be sure to read below for tips, tricks, and reminders about all things TPS! Enjoy the week!
Yours in Education,
Shauna C. DeMarco
Superintendent Tenafly Public Schools
THS Boasts a Finalist and Semi-Finalists in Regeneron Society for Science Competition
Tenafly High School seniors Hannah Park and Maxwell Selver have been named as top 300 Scholars in the 81st Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). Hannah has moved on in the competition and was just named one of 40 finalists nationwide! Hannah will continue in the competition toward a single grand finalist.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each year, nearly 2,000 student entrants submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study and are judged by leading experts in their fields. Hannah’s research focused on “Altered Development of Thymus in Tmem131 Knockout Mouse Model of Down Syndrome” and Max studies “Expressional Correlations Between SERPINA6 and Pancreatic Ductal AdenocarcinomaLinked Genes”.
Bravo to both Max and Hannah, and best wishes to Hannah as she continues in the competition. The grand finalist will be announced in March. Good luck, Hannah!
Winter Concert 2022
We hope that you got to listen to our talented students share their love of music with us last week, but if you missed it, it is not too late! If you haven't heard them yet, or simply want to hear them again, listen on Tenafly TV.
Kindergarten Registration - 2022-23
- Mackay: January 18 - 20, 2022
- Maugham: January 25 - 27, 2022
- Smith: February 2 - 4, 2022
- Stillman: February 8 - 10, 2022
Please note that all forms should be completed online and emailed to the registrar. Proof of residency must accompany the forms. Questions? Contact the registrar at email@example.com.
Save the Date! Tenafly 5K Run and Dog Walk
Save the date for the Tenafly 5K Run and Dog Walk, Sunday, June 5th. To register, visit the TEF 5K Website.
The next Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meeting is February 2nd at 7pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Click here to register for the Zoom link.
CarePlus January Newsletter
The January 2022 CarePlus Newsletter is now available on the Care Plus section of the TPS Website. This month's theme is Coping.
Positive Parenting for Elementary School Children Workshop - February 2nd
Parenting is one of the most rewarding experiences that we can have; however, it can also have endless challenges. Living in the world of everchanging technology-driven culture and striving to be the best parents possible is a daunting task. So how can parents be most effective in raising healthy and well-rounded children of this generation? This “Positive Parenting for Elementary School Children” workshop will explore different types of parenting styles, illustrate expectations for each developmental age, and discuss effective strategies to manage common problematic behaviors. Register to join CarePlus Clinical Program Manager Jeannine Kang-Suh, MA, LPC on Wednesday, February 2nd at 9am.
Summer Camp Counselors Needed
From our Guidance Department: The Palisades Country Day Camp located in Closter, NJ has employment opportunities for students, including counselors, lifeguards, and specialists, to join their team for eight weeks. Students will work with children ages toddler to nine years old. See the flyer for details.
Interested? Interviews are both virtual and in-person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Updated Quarantine Guidelines
Tenafly Public Schools has moved to a shorter quarantine period, aligning with the guidelines provided by the NJDOH and CDC. Beginning tomorrow, January 20th, all Tenafly Public Schools will move to a five-day quarantine period, followed by wearing a well-fitting mask on days 6-10. Due to this mask requirement, additional guidelines will also be in place for lunch and extracurricular activities. Please check the TPS COVID-19 Communications page on the TPS website for specifics and helpful flow charts that will assist you in navigating your way through the new guidelines.
Winter Driving Tips
Winter weather is upon us, and although some delay, open, or close decisions are easy, some storms make it a bit more difficult. Timing or location are both variables that affect our decision. Please know that we will always choose safety first for our students and our staff and will do our best to make those decisions as quickly and accurately as possible. For some helpful tips on winter weather driving, please visit the Safety Reminders page on our website.
Utility Payment Assistance Programs
Electric, gas and water utility companies in New Jersey will resume shut off of service this month for customers with unpaid overdue balances. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities' (NJ BPU's) utility assistance program can help, giving residents time to apply for help and bring down their balances before January. Visit the Family Support page on the TPS website for more details (information available in English and Spanish).