Principal Garcia's Newsletter

Friday, September 22, 2023

Torey J. Sabatini School

Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 23, 2023 - First Day of Fall!
  • September 25, 2023 - No School - Yom Kippur
  • September 28, 2023 - Picture Day!
  • September 29, 2023 - PTO Fall Adult Social
  • September 29, 2023 - Spring 2023 NJSLA Reports Coming Home in Backpacks for Current Grade 4 and 5 Students
  • October 2-6, 2023 - Week of Respect
  • October 4, 2023 - PTO General Meeting - TJS Art Room - 9:00 AM
  • October 6, 2023 - TJS Spirit Wear Day!
  • October 9, 2023 - No School - Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day - Staff Inservice
  • October 16-20, 2023 - School Safety Week
  • October 17, 2023 - MPS Board of Education Meeting
  • October 31, 2023 - Halloween Parade at 2:10 PM

September Monthly Activity Calendar

Click the link below to access and print the SEPTEMBER calendar. As a family try to do as many of the boxes as you can during the entire month of September!

Back-to-School Night... Thank YOU!

Thank you to all our TJS families for attending our Back-to-School Night program. It was a wonderful evening as we always enjoy welcoming in families into the building and classrooms. I hope you found the evening meaningful to learn about your child's day and educational programs. Please take some time to review Ms. Garcia's 2023 Back-to-School Night Message which includes important information about our school, programs, and initiatives.

Be On the Lookout...Spring 2023 NJSLA Parent Reports

Families of students in grades 4 and 5 will receive their 2023 Spring NJSLA parent reports via backpack on Friday, September 29, 2023.

News from Ms. Obermaier in the Art Room!

Greetings from the Art Room! We spent the last two weeks looking at the art of Yayoi Kusama. Students were inspired to create their own piece of art to include in a collaborative mural.

COMING SOON...Stay tuned for a new Instagram page from the art room!

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News from Mrs. Bletcher in the Counseling Corner

Attention parents of 4th and 5th-grade girls! Please consider signing your daughter up for an upcoming series of lunchtime social groups. Group objectives include practicing positive communication, understanding the roles we play in friendships, and practicing conflict/resolution skills. Groups will run weekly for five consecutive weeks and will begin the week of October 2nd. If interested, please complete this Google Form. The sign-up deadline is Friday, 9/29. This is an opportunity available to all fourth and fifth-grade girls. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

This group is being offered to all third-grade girls. If interested, please complete this Google Form. The sign-up deadline is this Friday, 10/28. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

News from Mrs. Guarino in the Nurse's Office

Fall Weather and Clothing Recommendations:

It was an abrupt transition from the excessive heat that led to early school closures to the beautiful morning chill of fall. With this change in temperatures, please consider sending your children to school in layers. While the classroom temperatures are now quite comfortable, the outside temperatures will continue to drop and may require a light jacket or sweatshirt depending on the day. It is also recommended that all kindergarten students please pack an extra set of clothes to keep in their cubbies in case of an accident or soiling during outdoor play.

Health Screenings:

I have recently begun health screenings on K-5 students as required by the New Jersey Department of Health. By state law, all students must be screened for height, weight, and blood pressure (annually), hearing (k-3 annually), and vision (biennially). Scoliosis screenings will be completed in the spring on all 5th-grade students. Parents will be notified of any abnormalities and referred for follow-up with their healthcare provider. Should you have any questions about your child’s screenings, or have a concern that you would like addressed, please reach out to me directly to discuss at (973) 593-3182 #3.

Student Illness:

Unfortunately, the beginning of the school year means the beginning of cold, flu, and now Covid-19 season. You may have already noticed your children complain of stuffy nose, sore throat, and cough. While these are typical symptoms of the common cold, which most often is the case, they are also symptoms of the flu and Covid-19. If any of these symptoms are accompanied by a fever, body aches, extreme fatigue, and chills, please keep your child home and bring them to their pediatrician for evaluation. If there is a fever present, please ensure that your child is fever-free for a full 24 hours prior to their return to school (without the use of medication).

If a student does test positive for the flu or Covid-19, please keep them home and reach out to the school nurse to discuss protocols for their return to school. As per the CDC and district guidelines, any student who tests positive for Covid-19 must isolate at home for 5 days and may return to school on day 6 with a mask. I encourage you to visit with your child’s pediatrician for a flu and Covid-19 vaccine, as both have been proven to reduce the risk of infection, decrease the severity of disease, and reduce the risk of severe complications. Frequent reminders to your children to wash their hands frequently, cough and sneeze in their arms, visit the school nurse, and stay home when they feel unwell will help to keep the TJS community healthy!

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It's Never too Early to be Thinking About Halloween!

Halloween will be celebrated at TJS on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. We will have an afternoon parade at 2:10 PM on the TJS field led by our amazing MHS marching band. As families prepare for student costumes, please be mindful of the following school guidelines:

  • Toy weapons of any kind are not allowed.

  • Avoid excessively scary costumes as they might frighten our younger students.

  • Please check your child’s costume for safety. Make sure it is not too long and does not create a tripping hazard.

  • Students should not wear costume masks that block vision.

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring a fun and safe Halloween day for our students!

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News from the PTO

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Thanks to Ms. Garcia and all of our talented teachers for their thoughtful presentations at Back to School Night this week!

Remember to purchase your tickets for our Fall Brew @ Drew next Friday, Sept. 29th!! Click here for more info and to order tickets.

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-Our first General PTO meeting will take place on Oct. 4th from 9-10am in the TJS Art Room. We encourage you all to attend!

Click here to access the google form for dues and ½ day pizza!

-PTO dues of $35/family

-Support the 5th grade fundraiser and order Romanelli’s pizza slices to be delivered to your students by the 5th grade students in their classroom on the scheduled ½ days all year long!

Want to show your TJS spirit? Click here to order direct through Alfred’s. Order by this Sunday, Sept. 24th.

Other Upcoming events for the kids!

  • Sept. 28 - Picture Day
  • Oct. 12 - 3:30-4:30 Pumpkin Patch - come pick and decorate a pumpkin after school with your TJS friends. Stay tuned for sign-ups!
  • Nov 4 - Turkey Trot and Scholastic Book Fair - join us for an early morning trot around the block ending with hot chocolate and treats at the Book fair

If you have any questions or want to get more involved, reach out to us at

-Lindsey Dubman & Sara Buckley

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