Let's Talk TPS
District Communication - March 23, 2022
TPS Families -
Change is constant, and this week we share a host of changes that I hope you will agree are positive ones.
Yesterday, we notified the entire TPS community that we will no longer require the Daily Symptom Tracker. Please continue in your vigilance of self-checking for symptoms and report positive COVID cases to your school. Please remember that visitors are still required to complete the tracker and show the familiar green check mark to enter a TPS school building.
In addition, we are adding a new COVID summary section to our newsletter and adding details to the COVID Dashboard on our website. This information is designed to provide a week-long view of our current COVID cases districtwide.
On Monday, we presented our preliminary budget for the 2022-2023 school year to the Board of Education. If you missed the presentation or would like to review specific pieces of it, we hope that you will take a few minutes to review the video at your convenience.
Finally, as always there are an amazing number of incredible student shows, events, and activities happening throughout our district. We hope that you will be able to see the TMS production of The Addams Family or THS's Disney The Little Mermaid production, attend one of the CarePlus seminars, or support one of the many fundraisers initiated and organized by our students.
Have a wonderful week and thank you for all you do to support us and your students.
Yours in Education,
Shauna C. DeMarco
Superintendent Tenafly Public Schools
TPS Preliminary Budget Presentation
To view the 2022-2023 Preliminary Budget Presentation, presented at the March 21, 2022 BOE meeting, visit the Office of the Business Administrator section on the TPS website.
Daily Symptom Tracker
Effective immediately, TPS will discontinue use of the Daily Symptom Tracker for all staff, students, and routine volunteers. Although formal reporting for lack of symptoms (a.k.a. the green checkmark) will no longer be required, we ask you to remain vigilant and keep symptom awareness at the forefront of your daily routine, keeping sick students home and advising school nurses of positive cases.
COVID testing should occur as necessary based on personal assessment of symptoms and contact tracing results. A complete list of symptoms and appropriate actions are located on our COVID19 Communications Page. Visitors will still be required to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker prior to entry at any district school building. The Symptom Tracker form is available via the school’s website homepage link on the or via the associated QR Code posted at the entrance of each school.
CarePlus Presents “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning+ (LGBTQ+) Youth: An Overview of Cultural Awareness & Supporting LGBTQ+ Folks
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 7-8pm, CarePlus Clinical Program Manager Mackenzie Kuhl, LSW will present Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning+ (LGBTQ+) Youth: An Overview of Cultural Awareness & Supporting LGBTQ+ Folks. Learn how to best support your LGBTQIA+ youth through an overview of cultural awareness and competencies of the key principles related to the LGBTQIA+ community through this 30-minute presentation. Q&A to follow discussion. Join the webinar.
Junior College Night and SCOIR - March 31st
THS juniors - Join College Counselor Jane Weisfelner on Thursday, March 31st at 7pm for THS Junior College Night. Join the Zoom event: Join Zoom Meeting
Details can be found on the THS website.
Reminder: Playgrounds Reserved for S.A.C.C.
A gentle reminder that as of last Monday, TPS playgrounds will close between 3:45-5:30pm for S.A.C.C. (School Age Child Care) program use. Playgrounds will remain open to all from 3:00-3:45pm to allow for a smooth transition from school to non-school hours, but we ask that playgrounds not be used during the time that S.A.C.C. is in session. New signage is displayed at all playgrounds to remind our community of this change. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
March is Women's History Month
Don't forget to celebrate Women's History Month with our interactive web page. Videos, articles, activities and more! Learn about women throughout history who have helped to make our country and our world what it is today. Inventors, artists, activists, and so much more.
TMS Walks to Fight Alzheimer's
Each year, the TMS P.E. Department organizes a fundraiser to help educate students on the importance of helping their community. This year, TMS will fundraise for Alzheimer’s New Jersey with donations directed toward the Northern Regional walk in Paramus. On March 25th, TMS will hold a walk during physical education classes and following the walk, donations will be presented to Alzheimer’s New Jersey. TMS hopes to raise $5,000.00 or more! To support the event/cause, go to Alzheimer's New Jersey TMS Donation Page.
TMS Presents The Addams Family
Tickets for the TMS production of The Addams Family are on sale now! Purchase tickets at https://tms.seatyourself.biz .
Show Dates: April 1st at 7:00pm & April 2nd at 3:30pm
$20 - Premium Reserved Seating
$10 - General Admission Seating
Dr. Alan Van Poznak Auditorium at Tenafly Middle School
THS Presents Disney The Little Mermaid
Tickets for the THS spring musical Disney The Little Mermaid are on sale now!
Purchase tickets at www.thstheater.com
Show Dates: April 28th, 29th, and 30th
Show Times: 7:30p.m.
2:00pm matinee on Saturday, April 30th
THS Collins & Tall Auditorium
We hope to see you "Under the Sea"!
CarePlus Skill Building Groups for THS Students
Parents of Tenafly High School students, Care Plus is offering two spring skill building groups starting in late March.
The Anxiety Strategies Group meets Wednesdays during lunch, and focuses on understanding and managing anxiety symptoms. The Executive Functioning Group meets Tuesdays during lunch, and reinforces executive functioning skills such as planning, perseverance, self control, organization and time management.
Parent permission is required for both groups, and can be given by completing the Anxiety Strategies Group registration and permission form or the Executive Functioning Group registration and permission form.
Contact your student’s guidance counselor or Heather Brown-Huston, LPC, Care Plus Clinical Program Manager at 201-816-6626, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Registration for Summer Enrichment Begins April 1st
Our Summer Enrichment catalog for Summer 2022 is now up on the website. Take a look at 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. Registration begins on April 1st via Community Pass.
National MathCon Competition
Congratulations to TMS students Carson Park, SeungGyu Lee, Emre Dogan, Michael Middlezong, Hillary Lee, Dyanne Lee and Hilary Xie, (not in photo) Danny Paik and math competition coach/advisor Ilyssa Glasser. The students placed in the top 98-99th percentile of 50,000 students from 888 schools and 45 states nationally, qualifying for the National MathCon Finals competition in Chicago!
The Race for the Cup is On! TEF 5K Run & Dog Walk
Calling all runners, walkers, and strollers! Sign up for the Tenafly 5K Run and Dog Walk, Sunday, June 5th. The TEF is a non-profit organization, raising funds to support teacher grants, enabling more innovative programs and projects that further enrich academic and creative experiences in our schools. Visit TEF website for details.
The Hip Bones Connected to....
During a recent math activity, students at TMS learned about ratios and measurements, while also learning about human skeleton bones. Students divided into groups and each group was given a cutout of a tibia bone - the size of the bone differed for each group. Using just the tibia bone, each group created a proportioned skeleton, using ratios to determine the exact size of each bone! The result? Hallways are filled with skeletons of various sizes. Bravo TMS!
Is your student feeling anxious about the move to masks optional? After two years of explaining that masks make you safe, removing them may seem a bit scary or concerning. Please let your students know that masks are optional and for those students who may need some reassurance, visit the Anxiety Resources page on our website for some helpful information.