Let's Talk TPS
District Communication - March 30, 2022
TPS Families -
We made it through what each year feels like the longest month - March! Spring break, despite our cold temperatures now, is just a little over a week away and the school year always seems to fly by from there.
I would like to give a shout out to our Middle School Physical Education team and all of our TMS students who used their time on Friday to walk and raise funds for Alzheimer's Awareness. The students surpassed their goal of $6000, raising nearly $7300! What a great showing for a great cause.
Please be sure to read the newsletter for a host of activities, including our Middle School show this weekend and High School show on April 28th - 30th, the Bergen County Education Job Fair this weekend, our junior college night, and a host of accolades and recognitions bestowed upon our talented staff and students. There are too many to include here, so be sure to follow us on social media @TenaflySchools to share in the wonderful news and activities going on districtwide. It is all of these things that make Tenafly Public Schools the wonderful place it is.
Yours in Education,
Shauna C. DeMarco
Superintendent Tenafly Public Schools
Junior College Night and SCOIR - Tomorrow!
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.
This Weekend! 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"!
Bergen County Education Job Fair - This Weekend!
Dreaming of a job in education? Join us at the Bergen County Public Schools Education Job Fair
Sat, April 2nd; 9am-2pm
Elmwood Park Memorial Middle/High School
375 River Drive, Elmwood Park, NJ
Many types of positions are available. We hope to see you there!
THS Seniors Wolmer and Weiss Present at IEEE ISEC Conference
THS Science Research students Dylan Weiss and Jacob Wolmer presented their work at the 12th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Integrated STEM Education Conference (IEEE ISEC) on Saturday, March 26th. https://ieee-isec.info/day/1 For the Works-in-Progress section - "Retrieval of Data from the Database of a BCT-Voting System" and in the Full Papers section - "Blockchain-based Electronic Voting System for Modern Democracy: A Review". Well done Tigers!
THS Director of Choirs and Orchestras James Millar to Conduct 2022 NJ All State Orchestra
NJMEA (New York Music Educators Association) invited James Millar, THS Director of Choirs and Orchestras, to conduct the 2022 NJ All State Orchestra. There will be two concerts, one at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City in November, and the second one a week later at NJPAC in Newark. Bravo Mr. Millar!
Classroom Candid: Women's History Month at Mackay Elementary
TMS ELL Bilingual Conversation Club and Mentoring Program
For more than three months, anyone walking the TMS hallways after school by room 214 has been greeted with laughter and conversation. Why? It's the TMS ELL Conversation Club! A relaxed, safe space for ELL students to engage in conversation games, activities, debates, and presentations. More than a dozen English Language Learners from four different home language backgrounds have enjoyed this opportunity to develop their conversational English skills.
New this year
Last spring, now THS senior and recently named valedictorian Chaeyoung Lee approached Tenafly ELL Lead Teacher and Conversation Club advisor Ms. Kathryn Suter about starting a bilingual mentoring program between THS and TMS. The two decided to incorporate the mentoring into the existing Conversation Club, and this year, five bilingual THS students joined the Conversation Club to serve as mentors and activity facilitators!
Special thanks to THS students Hannah Bonilla, Nuree Han, Helen Hui, Chaeyoung Lee, and Jingyu Lee for giving their time to mentor our TMS ELLs each Thursday afternoon this winter. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!
Read 4 Books - Earn a Cupcake!
Are you a TMS or Elementary School student taking part in this year's Read-A-Thon? Then we have some sweet news for you! Join the Tenafly Library Cupcake Reading Challenge! When you read 4 books from 4 different genres, you earn a free cupcake from Chic Sugars in Englewood. Stop by the Tenafly Library Children's Room for more information.
CarePlus Skill Building Groups for THS Students
For THS students, Care Plus is offering two spring skill building groups starting now. 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, email@example.com with any questions.
TMS Study Strategies: A CarePlus Group
CarePlus clinician Mackenzie Kuhl, LSW will host Study Strategies for TMS students. The group provides a space for students to learn how to plan, organize, start, and follow through with tasks. Students will work to gain executive functioning skills that will help them to stay organized, plan for long-term assignments, and deal with change through self-reflection and discussion.
Grade-level groups will meet weekly for seven weeks starting Monday, April 18th.
- 6th Grade: After School from 3-3:45pm
- 7th Grade: Period 6-7 (Lunch & Study)
- 8th Grade: Period 8-9 (Lunch & Study)
Space is limited. Please register by submitting this form no later than April 8, 2022.
Contact Mackenzie Kuhl at 201-249-2793 or 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.
Symptom Tracker and School Notifications
As of March 22nd, TPS discontinued use of the Daily Symptom Tracker for all staff, students, and routine volunteers. 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.
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.
Reminder: Playgrounds Reserved for S.A.C.C.
A gentle reminder that 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.
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.
Consider the H.S.A.!
Looking for an opportunity to support your student's class or school? Want to meet other parents and families? Consider one of the many volunteer options with your Home and School Association (H.S.A.). Whether you have a little time to give or a lot, your H.S.A. has a variety of ways in which you can help! Contact your H.S.A. today to find out how you can get involved! Many H.S.A. activities and events are posted on your school's website. Visit regularly for updates!
Tenafly High School: email@example.com
Tenafly Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mackay Elementary: email@example.com
Maugham Elementary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith Elementary: email@example.com
Stillman Elementary: firstname.lastname@example.org