Principal Garcia's Newsletter

Friday, June 9, 2023

Torey J. Sabatini School

Important June Dates

  • June 12 - Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony for Families at 9:30 AM
  • June 12 - Jaguar of the Month Ice Cream Social Event
  • June 12 - Grade 5 Obstacle Course Team Building Event
  • June 13 - PTO Jamboree
  • June 14 - Fifth Grade Breakfast / Yearbook Signing Party
  • June 14 - Last Day of School / Single Session Early Dismissal Day / Grade 5 Clap Out
  • June 14 - Report Cards Available for Parents in the Genesis Portal

Torey J. Named a No Place for Hate School

Torey J. has once again been named an official No Place for Hate School by the Anti-Defamation League for the 2022-2023 School Year.

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Lost and Found Items

Next week we will have our final attempt to reconnect your child with lost clothing items! Lost and found items will be on display on tables by the front office every day after school next week. All items not claimed will be donated after the school year ends.

Our Gratitude Wall is Complete thanks to Mrs. Bletcher!

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Congratulations Fifth Graders!

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Important End of Year Health Office Items

Medication Pick-Up Procedures:

If your child currently has a daily or prn (as needed) medication, emergency medication, and/or an asthma or allergy action plan in place at TJS (Epi-Pen or Inhaler in the health office), Medications MUST be picked up by parents (they cannot be returned with your child) before the end of the school year. For your convenience, I will be setting up a table outside of the front office on the black top for you to pick up medication on Tuesday, June 13th at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, June 14th at 12:30 PM. As the school year ends on Wednesday, June 14th, any medication that is left at the school will be disposed of. If these times are not convenient for you, please reach out to me directly to arrange an alternative pick-up time. The student's order will be included with their medication at pick up, as a new prescription will be required for the 2023/2024 school year.

Medication Requirements for the 2023/2024 School Year:

By state law, for any student that requires an asthma action plan or an allergy action plan, an inhaler and/or epi-pen MUST be provided to the school health office for use during the school year. As a reminder, ALL medications, including over the counter medications, must be accompanied by a physician’s order. For your convenience, medication forms for the upcoming 2022/2023 school year can be found at the following link: You may also access the forms via the TJS website and clicking on the "health office" button.

Medication WILL NOT be accepted without the required forms (signed and stamped by the prescribing MD). All medication must be in the original container, unexpired, with the prescription label attached. For epinephrine auto-injectors, please request your pharmacist attach the label to the Epi-Pen itself and not the box. If your child requires an Epi-Pen, please provide two current pictures. This is helpful for identification purposes so that staff may be made aware of who their allergy students are.

You may deliver your child’s medication and completed medication orders to the school nurse on the first day of school (a drop-off station will be set up on the blacktop). Medication will not be accepted before this date.

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 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 MJS nurse, Pauline Bliss, RN at

Fun End of Year Events

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Fifth Grade More Than Madison Project

Every year, the fifth-grade students work in teams to complete a More Than Madison research project about a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. The students researched goals related to No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Life Below Water, and Life on Land. The project provided students with opportunities to think globally as they researched as a team and created a presentation about a goal topic. A job well done to our fifth graders and the teachers for supporting them through this meaningful project.

Summer Reading Program at Madison Public Library

Ms. Dana Skwirut, the children’s librarian at Madison Public Library, has a great program planned, beginning with the kickoff celebration, Tuesday, June, 20! Make sure to stop by the library to sign up. This is a great way to keep reading skills from sliding over the summer.

The Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration is, Tuesday, June 20, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, 39 Keep Street

Drop in anytime from 2-4 pm at this get-together to celebrate the start of the Public Library’s 2023 Summer Reading Program! There will be games, crafts, face painting, an opportunity to sign up for the public library’s summer reading club, and more. The first 200 participants receive a tote bag and an extra sweet treat just for signing up!

Then stick around at 4 pm for New Jersey’s Favorite Family Entertainer, Conrad Cologne, who will perform an interactive magic and storytelling program for children and their families! Based on children’s books, stories come to life during the show using magic, interactive storytelling, puppetry, and comedy. The theme of the “Better Together Magic Show” coincides with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) summer reading theme of “All Together Now”.

The program runs for about 45 minutes and is suitable for children 4-12 and their families. This program will take place in the Chase Room. No registration is required, but be sure to arrive early as they will let the audience in on a first come, first served basis.

2023-2024 School Year...Placement and Student Supply Lists

Parents are encouraged to check the school website often for the most up-to-date information regarding the new school year. In late August, parents will be notified of when they will be able to log in to the Genesis Parent Portal to complete the required back-to-school forms. Completion of the forms in the portal is required in order to obtain your child's teacher placement and class for the 2023-2024 school year.

Please note that all 2023-2024 Student Supply Lists are posted HERE on our school website. The supply lists are specific to each grade level that your child is entering into. If you are aware of any family that may be in need of financial assistance to purchase school supplies, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office.

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PTO News


We had to make a decision yesterday about the Jamboree, and air quality and weather both were uncertain. We hope you can still join us next Tuesday…fingers crossed for GREAT weather!!

THANK YOU to the many volunteers led by the amazing Kristan Sands who have already put so much time, effort, and energy to make this the best Jamboree yet - Christina Havaldar, Julie Snyder, Christina McAuliffe, Corinne Murphy, Katie Kyle, MaryAnn Toomey, Carolyn Weissbard, Amy Sharon, Jaime Cohen.

When: Tuesday, June 13 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Where: TJS Open Field

Admission bracelets: $25 for each child or $65 for 3 or more children

(parents do not require bracelets)

Raffle: $20 per sheet of 26 tickets, buy 4 sheets and get the 5th sheet free

Spin art/photo booth/face paint: $5 for book of 5 coupons

**Online pre-sales are closed, but you can purchase all tickets at the event**

2 ways you can help:

1- VOLUNTEER: We still need you, please consider signing up to help at the Jamboree. Please update your availability, if you’re no longer to help when you signed up…or if you have more time to lend now! If you have a TJS alum or older student who wants to volunteer, please consider having them snag a spot on the sign-up genius.

2- DONATE: Please consider donating a case of water or Gatorade.


We almost have a full slate of committee members set for next year, but we still have a few holes to fill. Please email us at In particular, we are looking for…

-Executive Board members who may be interested in future presidency

-Email Communications

-Social Media Communications


-Pizza and Trivia Night committee members

-PTO Display Case decorators (update the in-school display case with creative and inspiring imagery about upcoming school/PTO events)

-5th Grade Committee Members

-Pizza Day coordinators

-Fundraiser (dues collection)

-Sweatshirts - looking for 2 more volunteers

-Team Building Activity coordinators

-Yearbook- looking for 1 more volunteer


Thank you so much to all of the parents who shared their time and talents to help with all of our PTO programming this year! We wish you a fabulous summer with a good mix of relaxation and adventure, and look forward to working with you again in the 2023-24 school year!

-Sara Buckley & Lindsey Dubman

Madison Summer STEAM Academy

The Madison STEAM Academy returns this summer for its sixth year and is bigger than ever before!

The STEAM Academy offers a hands-on, engaging camp experience for students entering grades 1 through 12 in the 2023-24 school year. With a diverse range of interesting courses, there's an exciting opportunity for every interest! Programming is offered across six week-long sessions in either AM, PM, or full-day options, and enrollment is not limited to Madison residents. Extended day options and tuition assistance are also available to ensure that any interested student can access this amazing program! For enrollment, course offerings, and more information, please visit

Madison Summer Arts Program

There's still time to sign up for the Madison Summer Arts Program at MHS from June 19-July 14! Students entering grades 4 through 8 can choose from band, orchestra, musical theatre, dance, and art classes. Students entering grade 6 can also sign up for guitar lessons, jazz band, and flute ensemble. Hope to see you there! Please click on the QR code below for more information.
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