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District Communication - March 8, 2022
TPS Families -
As the situation on the world stage continues to evolve and escalate, we continue to offer our support to anyone affected by this situation, either directly or indirectly. If your student is expressing worry or concern, please speak with your school's guidance counselor so that we may assist your student in school. Also, take advantage of the articles on how to speak with your students, the Anxiety resources page, and the Mental Health resources on the Parent Resources page of our website.
The move to masks optional in our schools has been very smooth. Students and staff remain encouraged to make the decision that is best for them and our entire community is reminded to be accepting of each person’s individual decision.
I would be remiss if I did not send a big shoutout to so many of our winter sports teams, particularly our boys basketball team and swim team! What a great season for Tenafly sports! You made us Tiger proud! Additional individual student achievements in diving, swimming, and academics are highlighted below and of course, on our social media. Please be sure to follow us, share in the good news, and congratulate our incredible students!
Yours in Education,
Shauna C. DeMarco
Superintendent Tenafly Public Schools
International SEL Week: March 7th - 11th
The third annual International SEL Day is this Friday, March 11th. The theme this year is Finding Common Ground, Pursuing Common Good. Join us from home with suggested activities and other SEL fun as we celebrate a full week of SEL, culminating in a March 11th SEL-ebration! Find daily SEL activities on our website and join in on Thursday and Friday as we SEL-ebrate district-wide.
Thursday: Wear black, orange, and/or Tenafly spirit wear and show your Tiger Pride!
Friday: We “GLOW” together- wear neon to celebrate how bright and energized we feel on SEL Day!
Tiger Athletic News
Hong Dives Into Second Place
Congratulations to diver Derek Hong for his second place finish with a score of 399.60 in the NJSIAA state championship.
Baltaytis Places First, Sets New Record
Congratulations to Aaron Baltaytis for breaking the state record set in 2017 and earning the Master of Champions title in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.3.
Swim Team Champs
For the first time in more than a decade, the Boys Swim Team is the Bergen County Champion and won the State Sectional Championship! Bravo to the 200 Medley team for its second place State Meet finish, County Title, and school record; and to the 400 Free Relay team for its school record!
Cheer Team Qualifies for Championship Meet
Kudos to our THS Cheer Team for qualifying for the Championship Meet for the first time in Tiger History! Thank you for always being there to cheer us on!
Girls Basketball Has Strong Season
Great job by our Girls Basketball Team this season. A special shoutout to Riley Theuerkauf for her takeover of the Most Female Points in Tenafly history!
Wrestler Pitcock Medals in Districts
Wrestling ended their season with 11 wins; the most program wins in more than ten years! A shout out to Wrestler Jeremy Pitcock who medaled in Districts and competed in the regional tournament.
Thank You Crossing Guards
A special shout out to all of our Crossing Guards throughout the Tenafly Public School District. We thank you for keeping our students, staff, and families safe on their way to and from our schools. A special breakfast to get to know these dedicated community members was held at Tenafly Middle School.
March is Women's History Month
Celebrate Women's History Month with our interactive web page. Videos, articles, activities and more! Learn about women throughout history who have helped to make our country and our world what it is today. Inventors, artists, activists, and so much more.
THS Olympics 2022
CarePlus Presents “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning+ (LGBTQ+) Youth: An Overview of Cultural Awareness & Supporting LGBTQ+ Folks
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 7-8pm, CarePlus Clinical Program Manager Mackenzie Kuhl, LSW will present Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning+ (LGBTQ+) Youth: An Overview of Cultural Awareness & Supporting LGBTQ+ Folks. Learn how to best support your LGBTQIA+ youth through an overview of cultural awareness and competencies of the key principles related to the LGBTQIA+ community through this 30-minute presentation. Q&A to follow discussion. To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/98884389200.
New Date! THS Junior College Night - Now on March 31st
New date! THS juniors - Join College Counselor Jane Weisfelner Thursday, March 31st, for THS Junior College Night. Join the Zoom event: Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/6195857717?pwd=N0JINWtJS2FXRldWTEJLc21LeEZRZz09. Details can be found on the THS website.
Let Us Introduce SCOIR
The THS counseling team is announcing a new college admissions network called SCOIR (pronounced score) to help parents and students navigate the college selection and application process. This new program will replace the Naviance program previously in place. Historical data from Naviance has been transferred to SCOIR. More details coming soon!
Is your student feeling anxious about the move to masks optional? After two years of explaining that masks make you safe, removing them may seem a bit scary or concerning. Please let your students know that masks are optional and for those students who may need some reassurance, visit the Anxiety Resources page on our website for some helpful information.
TEF 5K Run & Dog Walk
Calling all runners, walkers, and strollers! Sign up for the Tenafly 5K Run and Dog Walk, Sunday, June 5th. The TEF is a non-profit organization, raising funds to support teacher grants, enabling more innovative programs and projects that further enrich academic and creative experiences in our schools. Visit TEF website for details.
Mark your calendars! THS Presents Disney's The Little Mermaid
Save the date and travel "Under the Sea" with the THS production of The Little Mermaid.
Show dates are:
April 28th, 29th, & 30th
7:30pm - THS Auditorium
You won't want to miss this undersea spectacular!
PSE&G-NJ Utility Support Program for Residents
The NJ moratorium against utility shutoffs (gas, water, electric) expires on March 15, 2022. Utility companies are offering assistance programs and payment plans. Customers who are behind should contact their utilities as soon as possible and apply. For details, visit the Family Support and Resources page on the TPS website.
Opportunity for Public Comment on Religious Holidays Calendar
At its meeting on March 2, 2022, the State Board of Education (State Board) discussed the resolution pertaining to the annual calendar of religious holidays for the 2022-2023 school year as established at N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(j), pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36-14-16. The resolution can be viewed on the March 2, 2022, agenda webpage.
Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Members of the public may send written comments concerning this resolution by April 15, 2022 to: Diane Shoener, Director Office of the State Board of Education New Jersey Department of Education P.O. Box 500 Trenton, NJ 08625-0500 email@example.com.
Daily Symptom Tracker - Email Issue
Several email providers are currently blocking the Daily Symptom Tracker emails. This is not something of which TPS has control and the company is working on correcting the issue.
If you are one of the families currently not receiving the Daily Symptom Tracker emails, please use this link to fill out the form or visit the TPS website homepage and select the link for the Daily Symptom Tracker - Online Form. You will need your student’s ID number.
Statewide campaign to raise awareness about NJ’s Earned Income Tax Credit
Registration for 2022-2023 School Year Now Open
Know a family that will be moving into Tenafly? Registration for the 2022-2023 school year began on March 3rd. Forms can be found on the Student Registration page of the TPS website.
Moving? Don't forget to let us know!
Have you recently moved or plan to move within Tenafly? Please remember to share your new address with us! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with updates or questions.