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District Communication - January 18, 2022
Change is in the Air
TPS Families -
We hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend. MLK Day is designated as a national day of service, and we would be remiss if we did not send a big shout out and thank you to all of our TPS volunteers. You go beyond volunteering for a day; you give of yourselves each and every day and for that we are beyond grateful.
The new week means that Kindergarten registration time is here and we have begun to welcome our new Mackay Tigers. Please check the website for registration dates, forms, and information for each of our elementary schools.
Last night at the Board of Education Work Session meeting, I presented the updated COVID Quarantine Guidelines and the changes that accompany those guidelines. These changes are effective beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 20th. Please be sure to check our TPS COVID-19 Communications page for the specifics that accompany the new shorter quarantine period, which include mask wearing mandates, changes to lunch for days 6-10, and extracurricular activities. It is very important that we are all aware of and follow these important guidelines.
Finally, I wish each of you a healthy and happy week ahead as we hope for a continued decline in case numbers and a move to a more normal spring. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Yours in Education,
Shauna C. DeMarco
Superintendent Tenafly Public Schools
Updated TPS Quarantine Guidelines Are Here
Tenafly Public Schools has moved to a shorter quarantine period, aligning with the guidelines provided by the NJDOH and CDC. Beginning tomorrow, January 20th, all Tenafly Public Schools will move to a five-day quarantine period, followed by wearing a well-fitting mask on days 6-10. Due to this mask requirement, additional guidelines will also be in place for lunch and extracurricular activities. Please check the TPS COVID-19 Communications page on the TPS website for specifics and helpful flow charts that will assist you in navigating your way through the new guidelines.
Free At-Home COVID Tests
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home COVID tests from USPS.com.
- Limit of one order per residential address
- One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
- Orders will ship free starting in late January
To order tests for your home, visit www.usps.com/covidtest.
Kindergarten Registration - 2022-23
- Mackay: January 18 - 20, 2022
- Maugham: January 25 - 27, 2022
- Smith: February 2 - 4, 2022
- Stillman: February 8 - 10, 2022
Please note that all forms should be completed online and emailed to the registrar. Proof of residency must accompany the forms. Questions? Contact the registrar at email@example.com.
THS Winter Concert 2022
Tune in via THS-TV tomorrow night at 7:00pm for the THS Winter Concert 2022! See and listen to our talented orchestra and choir students as they perform music ranging from Tchaikovsky, Palestrina, and Brahms. For the complete program, scan the QR code.
Did you know that every hour of every day, five million Lego blocks are manufactured? Tenafly High School is collecting used LEGO blocks to create a large environmental awareness sculpture. Collection boxes - like the one pictured - are located in all TPS schools. Bring in your unused Legos today and be a part of this unique message.
THS One Acts - January 27th and January 28th
Enjoy an evening of theatre at Tenafly High School.
One Acts is an evening of student theatre produced, directed, designed, acted, and sometimes written by our students. Performances are Thursday and Friday, January 27th-28th at 7:30pm. Tickets sold at the door only. $10 students, $15 adults.
Bergen County Community College Instant Decision Day
Bergen Community College serves more than 32,000 students in degree, continuing education, and adult education programs. Join THS Thursday, January 20th at 10am when they host Bergen County Community College for an Instant Decision Day via Zoom. To join the event via zoom, find the details on the THS Calendar.
New Jersey Extends Mask Mandate
Our NJ Governor confirmed that the mask mandate "shall remain in full force and effect for all public, private, and parochial preschool programs and elementary and secondary schools,..." and that all schools must "maintain a policy regarding mandatory use of face masks by staff, students, and visitors" for the foreseeable future. Please be sure to wear a well-fitting mask and bring an extra to school in case the one being worn gets soiled. At this time, our mask rule is simple: over the nose, under the chin, and snug fitting!
Classroom Candid: Relating to Reading at Maugham Elementary
Winter weather is upon us, and although some delay, open, or close decisions are easy, some storms make it a bit more difficult. Timing or location are both variables that affect our decision. Please know that we will always choose safety first for our students and our staff and will do our best to make those decisions as quickly and accurately as possible. To ensure that you get notifications as soon as they are sent, please update your preferences; instructions can be found on the TPS website. To update the primary numbers, please contact your school secretary and email/copy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utility Payment Assistance Programs
Electric, gas and water utility companies in New Jersey will resume shut off of service this month for customers with unpaid overdue balances. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities' (NJ BPU's) utility assistance program can help, giving residents time to apply for help and bring down their balances before January. Visit the Family Support page on the TPS website for more details (information available in English and Spanish).