The Toll Gate Tidings Tana

May 15, 2016 Edition

Important Dates to Note


5/16-6/30 - TG Artwork on display at the Board Office!

5/16 - Faculty Meeting

5/16 - OW training Grade 3

5/17 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day!

5/17 - OW training Grade 5

5/18 - OW training Grade 4

5/19 - 1st Grade trip to Philadelphia Zoo

5/19 - 4th Grade Family Life

5/20 - Kindergarten Show

5/20 - 4th Grade Family Life

5/21 - Pennington Day

5/23-24 - 5th Grade health

5/24 - 4th Grade trip to Patriot's Theater

5/25 - 4th Grade NJASK Science test

5/26 - Gator Gathering - hosted by 4th grade

5/27 - Field Day

5/30 - Memorial Day - Schools Closed!

5/31 - 5th Grade visit to TMS


6/1 - Dr. Smith's monthly visit

6/1 - NJASK make-up day

6/2 - 5th Grade trip to Philadelphia

6/2 - 2B Habitat play

6/3 - K trip to Equestrian Center

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Great job!

Thanks to Karrin and all staff who helped with May Day and the PSO Bravo trip last week- Both went off without a hitch! Great job organizing by Karrin, and thanks for everyone's cooperation and flexibility in scheduling and chaperoning. Great team work!
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Faculty meeting

Just a reminder - our placement meeting will be tomorrow after school. Please have your post-it notes ready to go!
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Principal Feedback Survey - Extended

It's that time of year again! Please complete the survey provided in this link. This is your feedback for me, which goes towards my evaluation. Thank you! Please complete this survey by this Tuesday, May 17th.

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TMS Performers to visit TG!

Hello! My name is Joan Schubin, and I'm the new performing arts teacher at Timberlane. I hope this finds you well.

I'm writing because my class is working on a children's theater unit where they have to adapt a children's book into a play, and we would love the chance to perform it for the students at Toll Gate. My students read the book, develop the script, audition, create the sets and costumes, and perform the piece. The goal of this unit is for the students to experience all the work that goes into a production, and give them the chance to perform for an audience which is something they typically might not have the opportunity to do. We are having a great time developing "Miss Nelson is Missing" into a script, and are looking forward to hopefully doing it for an audience.

We did this last year - if you would be interested in having your class watch their show, please email me. We are looking at Monday, June 20th for their visit.

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Science Workshop Information

From Vicky P:

NJSTA’s Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award 2016 Summer Institute
Preparing Elementary Teachers to Implement NGSS
July 18-22, 2016
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ​

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Teacher Contest from Lawrence Family Chiropractic

I received this from LFC for an opportunity for teachers to win a funds for school supplies!

Below is a screenshot from our Facebook page where we are holding a contest for teachers to be nominated, or nominate themselves, to be one of two teachers we raise funds for on Pennington Day (Saturday, May 21st). We know teachers spend an average of $500 per school year on supplies for their classroom and we want to help. If you'd like to nominate someone, please go to the contest post on our Facebook page to enter. Remember, teachers can nominate themselves!

Facebook Page:


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Bucket Filler Winners

Please continue encouraging your students to submit Bucket Filler nominations to the main office, as we are running out of 'new' students. Thanks!
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Field Day

Please share this link with your parents, as we still need volunteers:

Our general schedule for the day will be as follows:

8:45-9:15: Homeroom/Morning Meeting (Pinning of grid, sportsmanship, etc)

9:15-9:30 : Opening Ceremony/Pep Rally on blacktop

9:30-12:30: Stations

12:30-1:30: Bag Lunch - NO LUNCH BOXES- DISPOSAL BAGS in homeroom

1:30-2:00: Activity stations- finish up remaining stations

2:00-2:15: Dance Party - 5th grade leads dances

2:15-2:40: Outdoor buddy activities (Buddy Grade level games)

2:40-2:50: Go indoors to pack up - take bags outside

2:50-3:15: Pinning of ribbons and popsicles

3:15-3:30: Hose down by fire truck

Dismissal: 3:30pm

More specifics will be given regarding locations for Buddy Games, lunch/break times, etc... in the coming week.

Thank you!

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Your Input is Needed!

You know me, already thinking ahead to the future! Before things get too incredibly crazy, please take a few moments to think about what you might want to learn more about next year during our meeting times together. This might play nicely into your PGPs that we are creating during our annual conferences.

Please click this link for the PD Survey for 2016-2017. Thank you!

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Tech Bytes by Vikki has many wonderful activities for pre-k to 5th assorted by grade level. This TechByte highlights a wonderful one for K-2. Click here to take a look at StoryMaker
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Annual Reminders

When preparing for your annual, please make sure to complete your SGOs and your PGP, including your hours. We will also discuss your goals for next year's PGP, so please think of what you might want to be working on for the future. It is suggested that you look at the Technology Competencies to see if there are any areas that you need to learn more about - this can be included in your PGP.

Please review the folder link to access all annual information needed.

Check here for the schedule of annuals with me, if I am doing yours this year.

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Quote O' the Week

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing -- the result.

Vince Lombardi,

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And the Countdown is On!

Days Left!

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