Principal Garcia's Newsletter
Friday, May 12, 2023
Torey J. Sabatini School
- May 15 - NJSLA Math Testing in Grades 3-5
- May 15-19 - Look for the Good Campaign
- May 16 - TJS Spring Concert at MJS at 6 PM
- May 16-24 - NJSLA General Make-ups
- May 18-19 - NJSLA Science Testing Grade 5
- May 22 - Incoming Kindergarten Parent/Child Orientation at 1:30 PM
- May 23 - MPS BOE Meeting
- May 25-31 - No School Memorial Day
- May 31 - Incoming Kindergarten Warm-Up Screening (by appointment only)
- June 1 - Field Day
- June 2 - TJS Spirit Wear Day
- June 5 - Field Day Rain Date
- June 6 - First Grade Parent Tea
- June 6 - Grade 5 Staff vs. Student Kickball Game at 3:20 PM
- June 8 - Grade 5 Staff vs. Student Kickball Game Rain Date at 3:20 PM
- June 9 - PTO Jamboree
- June 12 - Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony at 9:30 AM
- 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
News from Mrs. Bletcher in the Counseling Corner
There are so many exciting counseling programs up and running in May! Second and third graders met again this week for a special drawing session of lunchtime Peer Mentoring. There are over 60 students participating in the program and the lunch room has been buzzing with excitement every Tuesday. There are two more game-based sessions planned for Tuesday, 5/16, and 5/23.
Next Tuesday, 5/16 there will be a “Keeping the Stories Alive” speaker visiting our fourth and fifth graders. This program is run via the Holocaust Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. In addition to meeting NJ State Learning Standards, the Holocaust Council’s Keeping the Stories Alive program has made a tremendous impact on thousands of students and adults who have heard from their speakers. The program consists of either a Holocaust survivor, or second or third-generation survivor (children or grandchildren of survivors), along with a moderator, telling their story in an interactive conversation with the audience. For more information, please visit: https://www.jfedgmw.org/community/jewish-education/holocaust-council/keeping-the-stories-alive/.
Our TJS Gratitude Campaign called, “Look for the Good Project” also begins next week and will run from 5/15-5/26. This is our third year participating in this valuable and fun school-wide campaign. There are numerous benefits to demonstrating gratitude. First, gratitude makes us healthier. It lowers our blood pressure, boosts our immune system, helps us sleep longer, and makes us more resilient. Practicing gratitude also boosts our intelligence, increases self-esteem and improves our general mood. Grateful people are more fun to be around and are better connected to others. To learn more about the campaign, check out, https://www.lookforthegoodproject.org/
Weekly Reading Tips from Mrs. LoBrace
All About Cause & Effect
Readers can identify cause and effect in order to further their comprehension and to help identify the relationships between characters.
Cause is the reason that things happen and the driving force of the text. It is the reason why other things happen as the text continues.
Effect is what results. It is what happens next in the text that results from a preceding cause.
Identifying cause and effect can help us understand the author’s line of thought whether it be a fiction or nonfiction text.
Cause and Effect
Signal Words & Phrase to look for when identifying cause & effect as you read::
Cause (The Why)
As a result of
As a consequence of
Effect (The What)
This resulted in
Click the link below for a graphic organizer to support your child as they identify cause & effect!
Source: ©2023 Literacy Ideas
Ms. Brozyna's Class
Fourth graders engaging in a discussion outside the learning garden.
Fourth graders helped to clean out the planting bed to prep it for vegetable planting.
Fourth graders hard at work!
Green and Clean Day Thank You!
News from the PTO
Jamboree - Friday, June 9th
TJS PTO is excited for one of the most fun events of the year! Please join us for a family-friendly good time with carnival games, inflatables, DJ, photo booth, face paint, raffle prizes, food trucks and more! You don't want to miss this end of school year celebration! Siblings of all ages are welcome!
When: Friday, June 9 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm (rain date of June 13)
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/facepaint: $5 for book of 5 coupons
Bracelets, coupon books and raffle tickets are available for purchase in advance through June 7. Click here for link to the google form. Items purchased will be picked up at the event and are also available for sale at the Jamboree.
Email Julie Snyder with any questions: email@example.com
One of the highlights of the TJS Jamboree is the Raffle. All of the proceeds from the Raffle directly benefit the students of TJS! We are kindly reaching out to ask for your help in making this a success by either donating a raffle item or by making a monetary donation! Be creative and have fun coming up with your raffle item and consider teaming up with friends or neighbors to “wow” the kids with an item. Think of anything that your child really wants!
If you would like to contribute a raffle item or a monetary donation, please do so by Friday, June 2, 2023.
● TOYS! (new for elementary age - Legos, puzzles, arts and crafts, dolls, games, jewelry/accessories, outdoor toys/equipment such as a scooter or hoverboard)
● ELECTRONICS (gaming system, headphones, fitness tracker etc.)
● TICKETS / EXPERIENCES (local events, sports, theater etc.)
● BIKE OR SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Out of donation ideas? Please consider making a monetary donation and we will happily shop for you and create amazing raffle baskets! Any amount is greatly appreciated! Please Venmo Mary-Ann Toomey @MaryAnn-Toomey
For questions regarding donations or volunteering please contact Carolyn Weissbard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary-Ann Toomey (email@example.com). All donations must be dropped off at 49 Hillcrest Road by June 2, 2023, or please contact one of us to arrange a time for it to be picked up. Thank you in advance for your support in making this a success!
News from the MEF
Registration is still open for the MEF Pickleball Tournament on June 3rd. Register here: https://mefnj.networkforgood.com/events/55993-2023-mef-pickleball-tournament.
In addition, it's time to celebrate our awesome educators in Madison! From May 8 to May 19, 2023, make a donation to MEF in honor of the faculty and staff in Madison Public Schools who have made a positive difference in your children's lives. All educators named in donations will receive a personalized acknowledgement. Start your donation here: https://mefnj.networkforgood.com/projects/193195-2023-honor-an-educator
MADISON Summer STEAM Academy
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 www.madisonpublicschools.org/steamacademy