In Touch with TG

Mid-Summer Update | July 2022

Happy Summer!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer. I loved meeting our new kindergarten families during K Camp. It was fun to catch up with some of our older Toll Gators when they dropped off their siblings. It sounds like swim and dive teams have been going well and I excited to see some of our talented Toll Gators on stage for the upcoming Hopewell Valley Children's Theatre Frozen, Jr. performances this weekend.

Please take a moment to read the upcoming events listed below. We look forward to seeing Toll Gate families on Wednesday, August 31st for our Last Splash Before Summer/Open House.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I cannot wait for a great new year ahead.

Enjoy the summer,


Upcoming Events


Thursday, Aug. 18 - Principal Welcome Back Letter

Friday, Aug. 26 - Student class placement available in OnCourse Connect

Wednesday, Aug. 31 - Kindergarten Family Information Zoom - 9:00 am

Wednesday, Aug. 31 - New Family Welcome - 10:00 am

Wednesday, Aug. 31 - Kindergarten Classroom Visit - 11:00 am

Wednesday, Aug. 31 - Last Splash Before School Open House - 2:00-3:30 pm


Tuesday, Sept. 6 - First Day of School for Students

Tuesday, Sept. 6 - PTO Welcome Back Coffee

Friday, Sept. 9 - You Matter Day, students are invited to wear You Matter shirts

Friday, Sept. 23 - PTO Welcome Back Family Picnic

Friday, Sept. 23 - PTO Fall Book Fair

Thursday, Sept. 29 - Back to School Night

HVRSD 2022 - 2023 District Calendar

Toll Gate Tid Bits

Updated 2022- 2023 School Hours | 8:35 am - 3:35 pm

Please note that we will no longer have a staggered arrival time. I will greet students in the morning at the front door from 8:35 am - 8:45 am. If your child arrives past 8:50 am, they will be marked tardy. Teachers begin morning routines and announcements around 8:50 am.

Student Supply Lists

As we done in the past, all student supplies will be provided by the school. There may be a few exceptions (like headphones) that your child's teacher will communicate with you.

Building Updates

This year there will be three homerooms on each grade level. We also have new air conditioning units installed in the primary classrooms. Our Facilities Department has been hard at work this summer, ensuring all the classrooms are comfortable.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 31st to come to our Open House. This is a great opportunity to see your child's classroom and our sparkly clean building.

School Events

Last Splash Before Summer

Please join the Toll Gate School Community for The Last Splash Before School on Wednesday, August 31st from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. We will have water activities on the black top, snacks sold by fifth graders and the building and classrooms will be open for students to see their homerooms.

The PTO will also have a table to purchase Toll Gate gear from the school store.

This is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends prior to the start of school.

Kindergarten Orientation

It was so exciting to meet the new families and kindergarten students during the weeks of K Camp. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 31st for our Kindergarten Orientation programs.

The teachers will send out information about a family information zoom at 9 am. During this time, they will be able to share details about kindergarten schedule, before and after school drop off and other necessary information.

Our kindergarten families are invited to visit the classrooms at 11 am on Wednesday morning. This is a great opportunity for everyone to meet the kindergarten teachers, become familiar with the building and the classrooms.

New Family Welcome (Students in Grades 1- 5)

We are so excited to welcome new families with students entering grades 1 -5. We will be hosting a new family welcome on Wednesday, August 31st at 10 am. At that time, families will be able to tour the school and get an overview of the school. I will be available to answer any questions about "becoming a gator".
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First Day of School | Tuesday, Sept. 6th

All families are invited to our First Day of School celebration, Tuesday, Sept. 6th on the blacktop at 8:30 am. We will celebrate the first day together with a brief ceremony welcoming everyone back. Students will line up with their teachers by homeroom and then proceed in the building after the celebration around 8:55 am.

Family members are invited to enjoy a cup a coffee, provided by the PTO, on the blacktop after the students have entered the building.

On Wednesday, September 7th, students will line up on the front gators and enter the building as they have in the past. Kindergarteners will be given specific instruction about morning drop-off by their teachers.

Gator Groups

As a way to build community within the building, each month, students and staff meet in Gator Groups. These groups are considered "family" groups. Family groups consist of groupings of students from kindergarten to fifth grade. These groups meet on a regular basis to work on a number of selected activities. They are organized to strengthen the bonds of all of the Toll Gate Grammar School students and to create a more, caring, peaceful and responsive school community. The groups of students and staff remain the same for the time the students are at Toll Gate.

Gator Groups will focus on the development of social skills, creating a caring environment and building student relationships. Our goal is to promote an atmosphere where cooperative and collaborative efforts can bring about a genuine understanding and respect for all. With these principles, we want to create a functional, caring and responsive learning community in which students can grow with the capacity to learn and to care for themselves and others.

On our Gator Group Days, we invite everyone to wear their You Matter shirts. Look for more information in upcoming weeks from the PTO about ordering You Matter shirts.

PTO Information | Parent Teacher Organization

Family Participation & Communication

The Toll Gate Grammar PTO works to enrich and enhance the elementary school experience of the children at Toll Gate Grammar School through the volunteering of time, talent and energy, connecting families with the teachers, staff and administration of Toll Gate Grammar. Learn more about the Toll Gate PTO here, and reach out to us with any questions at

The Toll Gate Grammar PTO Membership Toolkit is our communication platform. This website has been created especially for our Toll Gate Families and is only available to those who opt-in. It is a one-stop shop for...

  • Complete Access to our Online School Directory - Easily search and find contact info for your child’s classmates and friends

  • All PTO-related Communication - Receive communications about upcoming PTO-sponsored events like Book Fairs, Fundraisers, Spirit Days, Community Events, and MORE!

  • Direct Links to Support the TG PTO - Quickly and easily support the Toll Gate PTO through the Annual Appeal & Fundraising links

Look out for more information and instructions to register for this year's directory in the coming weeks!

Principal Read Aloud | Monday, September 5th at 6:30 pm

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Please join me on Zoom on Monday evening, the night before school begins for a special read aloud. I will send the link closer to the date.