Friday, November 9, 2018

Week of Nov. 12





We are so very fortunate to be a part of such a special community of learners and leaders.  It is so wonderful to see our Student Leadership Team rally together to promote the KCRA Kids Can Food Drive...we have already collected over 1300 cans, this is an increase of 500 cans from last year!  WAY TO GO STARS!  The cans that our RISING Stars collect go directly to our local Salvation Army.  That is something to be thankful for!

    I am also thankful for the attention to safety that you all play in following our arrival and dismissal procedure.  Please remember to :
  • Remain in your car in the loop.
  • Do not park in the loop
  • Remain in a SINGLE FILE line in the loop and your children will walk to your car when you arrive at the top of either loop.
  • Do not drive out of the loop to create a double lane of traffic...we have small children who are using the crosswalk and double lanes make it very difficult cars to see them  We also have students who enter their cars on the lane side.
  • PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF IN THE FRONT LOOP, THIS IS FOR BUSSES AND COMMERICAL TRANSPORT ONLY.

Thank you!
Kirsten Acke






In honor of Veteran's Day, our school will be closed on Monday, November 12th.


Please join us for What's for Dinner on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Noodle and Company at the Fountains from 4-8pm.  Flyers were sent home in the Friday Red Folders.  You can also show the flyer below to the cashier.  25% of the proceeds of meals purchased when the flyer is shown will go to our PTC! We look forward to seeing you there!



2019-2020 GATE Identification
The 2019-2020 school year GATE identification test will be administered at the District Office for students currently in 2nd-7th grade.  The students will take the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, OLSAT, that tests abstract thinking and reasoning ability.  Students must attend one of the testing dates on the OLSAT Parent Permission Form to complete the testing by the district.  All forms must be returned to the District Office by January 11, 2019, if you would like your student tested. There are no exceptions as materials are ordered based on the number of returned forms. The permission form for the OLSAT assessment can be found HERE.


Please join us for Winter Caroling Night, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 6:30 PM for an evening of music, community and FUN!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Week of Nov. 5th










Hello TJ Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  It is hard to believe that November is already here!  This month we will be participating in a Positive Behavior Intervention Support Booster.  We will be focusing on the RISE expectation of Safety.  When our staff witnesses our Stars being safe on campus they will be acknowledged with a Trusty Turkey Ticket!  These tickets are turned in to their teacher and collected with together with the class.  When the class earns ten tickets they then earn a feather to add to their class turkey.  When a class collects ten feathers they are invited to a school-wide recess celebration on the last day before break!  Please ask your Star about it!

Remember that conferences are next week and that we will be following the minimum day schedule, for more information about the dismissal times please see below.

Warm regards,
Kirsten Acke 






Parent Teacher Conferences are next week!  Our teachers have been diligently working to prepare for conferences.  This is a special time of year where we will share the academic progress of your children with you.  A team approach is essential to the progress of our students, we look forward to collaborating with you.  Please see the following links for tips as we approach conferences:


The school will running a minimum day schedule.  Please notes the dismissal times 

Transitional Kindergarten
8:45-12:05

Kindergarten and Fourth Grade
8:45 - Arrival
11:05-11:41 -Lunch/Snack Recess 
12:27 - Dismissal

First and Fifth Grade
8:45 - Arrival
10:35-11:11 -Snack/Lunch Recess 

12:27 - Dismissal

Second and Third Grade
8:45 - Arrival
10:50-11:26 -Snack/Lunch Recess 
12:27 - Dismissal





Calling ALL TJ PARENTS & GUARDIANS!!
We are updating our PTC meetings, and we need YOU THERE!
The TJ PTC is moving to quarterly general meetings, WITH CHILDCARE!!
You heard that right! Childcare will be available for TK-5th grade at every meeting!
Our general meetings will have specific topics that can include guest or teacher speakers, volunteer time to help get ready for upcoming events and the opportunity to come together as a community to talk about ideas to continue to help make Thomas Jefferson an enriched and safe campus for our Stars.
These meetings are for ALL TJ Parents and Guardians. We need your input, your help, and your support.
NEW MEETING DATES:
*November 8th
*January 10th
*March 14th
*May 9th
TIME: 6:30pm
PLACE: Teacher Lounge at Thomas Jefferson
*This is not a Board Only Meeting. All parents and guardians are welcome and urged to come!




THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!  OUR STARS COLLECTED OVER 1300 CANS FOR OUR LOCAL FOOD CLOSETS!  WAY TO GO!!


Life is busy, right?! Take the night off from cooking and come to enjoy some delicious pasta!
Wednesday, 11/14 from 4-8pm. 
A portion of the night’s proceeds goes right back to our TJ Stars!
Counting Carbs? No worries, we've got you covered! Did you know Noodles & Co now has Zoodles? #pastaforEVERYONE

Monday, October 29, 2018

Week of October 29





It was truly an amazing week at Thomas Jefferson last week!  Our Stars showed up in force for spirit week.  It was great to see crazy socks and cool hats on campus!  The Harvest was a HUGE success!  It was amazing to see all of our RISING Stars in their costumes and having fun on this special evening. Thank you to our PTC and Mrs. Leau for all of their hard work in coordinating this event!  

Friendly reminder, costumes may not be worn to school on Halloween.

- Mrs. Acke



The Emoji Dance-A-Thon was a huge success!! Congratulations to all of the TJ Stars for their hard work raising money for our school! We raised $18,766!!! AMAZING!!!

A Special Congratulations to our Top 10 TJ Stars that raised the most money! They are going on the LIMO LUNCH toBlaze Pizza!!
1. Carter O.
2. Anthony M.
3. Elle D.
4. Kaeden R.
5. Isla J.
6. Elisenda D.
7. Adalyn S.
8. Jesslyn S.
9. Kendra S.
10. Jackson B. and Sophia B. (Tie)

A Big Shout Out to Carter, as the top earner, he will be Principal for the Day!

We would also like to congratulate our 4 Raffle Winners! Awesome! 
Minion Basket #1: Kendra S.
Minion Basket #2: Kaeden D.
Kindle Fire #1: Zachary G.
Kindle Fire #2: Elle D.

And another Huge Congratulations to all of our winners that hit the prize level Award Parties! Great job!! For those that hit $25, you will be receiving your Emoji T-Shirts by the first Award Party!  The Award Parties will start after our Thanksgiving Break.  The Dates and Times are as follows:

$75 Level: Ice Cream Party - 11/15/18 @ 1:00pm, sponsored by Your TJ PTC
$50 Level: Movie and Popcorn Party – 11/15/18 @ 2:45pm-4:30pm
Top 10 Earners: Limo Lunch – 11/13/18 @ 11:00am at Blaze Pizza, sponsored by Blaze Pizza and Sac VIP Limo

For all the TJ Stars that won the parties, you will be notified via invitations in your Red Folders!  Your invitations will have all of the details of the FUN that is planned for you!! J If you have any questions, please contact your Dance-A-Thon Chair, Jen Magnani at jennifermagnani@comcast.net.


Thank you TJ Stars and thank you to all of the parents and guardians for your continued support and encouragement! 



Parent Teacher Conferences are next week!  Our teachers have been diligently working to prepare for conferences.  This is a special time of year where we will share the academic progress of your children with you.  A team approach is essential to the progress of our students, we look forward to collaborating with you.  Please see the following links for tips as we approach conferences:


The school will running a minimum day schedule.  Please notes the dismissal times 

Transitional Kindergarten
8:45-12:05

Kindergarten and Fourth Grade
8:45 - Arrival
11:05-11:41 -Lunch/Snack Recess 
12:27 - Dismissal

First and Fifth Grade
8:45 - Arrival
10:35-11:11 -Snack/Lunch Recess 

12:27 - Dismissal

Second and Third Grade
8:45 - Arrival
10:50-11:26 -Snack/Lunch Recess 
12:27 - Dismissal





Last day to bring in canned goods and non-perishables is October 31st. 1000 cans collected so far! Way to go Rising Stars!





Breakfast is still being served for $1.25 in the MPR at 8:25 AM. If your child is eating breakfast at TJ in the morning please be sure that they are here no later than 8:35 so they have enough time to eat before the start of class.