šŸŒ·Principal Garcia's NewsletteršŸŒ·

Friday, April 14, 2023

Important Dates

  • April 17 - 21 - TJS Green Week
  • April 17 - Deadline to Submit Teacher of the Year/ESP of the Year Nominations
  • April 17 - 5th to 6th Grade Student Only Orientation (Field Trip to MJS)
  • April 17 - 5th to 6th Grade Parent Orientation at MJS at 6:30 PM
  • April 18 - MPS BOE Meeting
  • April 20 - Fifth Grade Musical Performance, Winnie the Pooh
  • April 21 - Deadline to Submit Optional K-4 Placement Parent Input Form
  • April 25 - Deadline to Submit Take Your Child to Work Day Permission Slips
  • April 26 - PTO Meeting in the Art Room at 7:30 PM
  • April 27 - Take Your Child to Work Day (permission slip required below)
  • April 28 - Grade 5 Breakfast with the Principal
  • April 28 - MEF Spirit Day - wear old MEF T-shirts!
  • April 29 - Arbor Day Ceremony at Hartley Dodge Memorial at 9 AM / Madison Green and Clean Day (formally known as May Day)

TJS Teacher of the Year and Educational Services Professional of the Year

Dear Torey J. School Community:

Every year as a community, it's important that we stop and reflect on the absolutely amazing educators we have at TJS! Beginning today we are accepting nominations from parents, staff, and community members for the next TJS Teacher of the Year and TJS Educational Services Professional of the Year.

The positions listed below are considered Educational Services Professionals by the New Jersey Department of Education:

  • Anti-Bullying Specialist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Mathematics Specialist / Mathematics Coach
  • Basic Skills Teacher
  • Paraprofessional - Teacher Assistants (Instructional only)
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Reading Specialist / Reading Coach
  • Cooperative Education Coordinator / Hazardous Occupations
  • School Nurse
  • School Occupational Therapist
  • Director of School Counseling Services / Child Study Team
  • School Physical Therapist
  • School Social Worker
  • Educational Interpreter (Cued Speech, Transliteration, Oral Interpreting, Sign Language Interpreting)
  • Speech-Language Specialist
  • Student Assistant Coordinator
  • Technology Coach
  • Guidance / School Counselor
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant
  • Library Media Specialist

Please consider submitting nominations to honor our wonderful TJS professionals. The deadline to submit nominations for both recognitions is no later than Monday, April 17, 2023.

Please complete this Google Form to submit your nominations for both categories. Please submit at maximum only one nomination for Teacher of the Year and one nomination for Educational Support Professional of the Year categories (a maximum of 2 nominations per person). Both entries can be submitted on the same Google Form.

Educators of the Year will be formally announced on Friday, May 5, 2023. We look forward to reading your nominations and celebrating the hard work and dedication of our elementary educators.


Ileana Garcia

TJS Principal

Take Your Child to Work Day

As you may know, Thursday, April 27, 2023, is "Take Your Child to Work Day." In order for your child to be excused from school, please print and complete the permission slip below and return it to your child's teacher no later than Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
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TJS Green Week is Coming... April 17 - April 21

Please join our school community as we celebrate our Earth during Green Week! Green Week will take place at Torey J. from April 17th-April 21st. Students will be participating in numerous activities to learn about how to take care of our planet. Please see the below information for a schedule of activities, poster competition directions, and a family choice board!
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Weekly Reading Tips from Mrs. LoBrace

All About Synthesizing

When a reader synthesizes, their thinking is growing and changing over the course of their reading. You may start out with an original thought or idea about what a book might be about and build on/change your thinking as you take in more information from the text.

Our thinking may change about our impressions of the characters, whatā€™s happening in the plot, or what information or lessons we can take from the story. As you synthesize you are increasing your knowledge about a text.

Below is a great way to visualize what is happening as a reader visualizes:

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Encouraging your child to stop every few pages, and think about or write down what information they have gathered and how it changes their thinking, is a skill that will help them delve deeper into their comprehension of the text and achieve a better understanding of what they have read! The goal is to create thoughtful readers that engage whole-heartedly with the books they read - it is a life-long reading skill that we want to start to build from the beginning of their journey into comprehending text.

Source: Ā©2019 The Classroom Nook

Grade 5 Health Office Reminders - Important Forms from Mrs. Guarino

Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Corinne Babich, Special Education Teacher

Hello! My name is Corinne Babich and I have been teaching in Madison as a special education teacher since 2003. I have spent 19 out of my 20 years at Torey J. I taught at Kings Road for one year a long time ago and also did my student teaching there. Over my career, I've taught every grade from K-5 and have enjoyed them all. If I had to pick, I would say reading is my favorite subject because I love to read and I love sharing books with my students through read-alouds. My favorite author is Patricia Polacco and I got the chance to meet her back in 2015.

I have been married to my husband, Jason, for 16 years. We have two sons, Jason and Evan. Jason is in eighth grade and Evan is in fifth grade. Both boys love sports and play both travel soccer and baseball so I spend most of my free time at either a soccer or baseball field.

As for pets, I have two dogs, Xena and Lucas. Xena is a labrador retriever and Lucas is a mixed breed. He is a rescue from Puerto Rico. We also have a bearded dragon named Rocky.

We live close to the beach and we enjoy spending time there whenever the weather is nice and we are free! We also love going to Disney and my favorite ride is Guardians of the Galaxy.

News from the MEF

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual MEF Pickleball Tournament on Saturday, June 3rd! Paddle up for a great cause... our schools! Registration is also ongoing for another MEF event---the 20th Annual MEF Madison 5K Run/Walk. Join us on May 7th for a 1-mile run/walk, 5K run/walk, and Kids Fun Run. All funds raised help MEF award teacher grants in Madison Public Schools. Visit the MEF website to learn more.

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News from the TJS PTO

Our next General PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:30pm in the TJS Art Room. This meeting is open to ALL parents and teachers and we hope to see you there!

First ever Color Run at TJS!!!

Deadline to register is May 1

Register Here

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April 29th is Madison Green and Clean (formerly known as May Day) from 9:00AM - 3:00PM

As always we will be weeding and mulching the beds around the TJS entrance, and could really use your help.

This year we will also be cleaning up and refreshing the personalized rock area near the entrance.

We ask that any parents and children able to lend a hand, please come out to help.

And if you can also bring tools for the work (wheelbarrows, pitchforks, rakes, gloves, etc.), it would be greatly appreciated.

We will provide some, but the more we have the smoother and quicker it goes.

As you can see below, there are other things going on that day too, and we encourage you all to participate in those as well:

9:00 AM Arbor Day celebration at Hartley Dodge.

10:00-12:00 MPS Pollinator Habitat at the BOE building on Woodland right behind TJS.

10:00-11:30 Conservation presentation at the Early Trades Museum in town.

Please reach out to Steve Alcorn (mayday.toreyj@gmail.com) if you have any questions (or suggestions for other Green/Clean activities).

More details about the day can be found at rosenet.org

Thank you and we hope to see you on the 29th.

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News from the MMA

Registration is now open for Madison Music & Arts' 33rd Annual Dessert & Jazz fundraiser to benefit the visual and performing arts in Madison! This family-friendly event features a cabaret of talented MHS students followed by performances from the MHS Chamber Strings, MHS Jazz Chorus, MJS Jazz Band, and MHS Jazz Ensemble. Dessert will be provided.

For more information and to make your reservations, visit dessertandjazz.madisonmusicarts.org.

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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 www.madisonpublicschools.org/steamacademy

Madison Summer Arts Program

Click the link below to access the Madison Summer Arts Program Brochure.
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