Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

We hope that you had a wonderful three day weekend with your Stars. Your TJ Staff spent their Professional Learning Day learning about Writing Workshop, Essential Standards and Language Objectives.  It was a powerful day of learning and leading together. We also had some fun!


Staff Community Building 

Check out the blog below for some important news and updates, including an important message to our families from Derk Garcia, our Superintendent, regarding the new elementary school in our West Park Community, Riego Creek Elementary.

Riego Creek Elementary School is scheduled to open next fall, 2020.  We will hold two Informational Meetings for parents on September 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at Orchard Ranch Elementary School, 4375 Brookstone Drive, and on September 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at Fiddyment Farm Elementary School, 4001 Brick Mason Circle.

Our TJ Stars Dance-a-Thon is only two weeks away!  We will be dancing our hearts out on Friday, October 4, 2019!
Our goal this year is to raise $20,000. Pledge sheets and an informational flyer were sent home in the Friday Folder.  If you need another pledge sheet or information please click the Dance - A- Thon Flyer link for further information: Dance-A-Thon Flyer 2019.

Thank you so much to our families that took our call for Safety First to heart and helped ease the concerns and traffic flow at drop off and pick up by following all the proper procedures and showing courtesy to each other - together we RISE!

If our child is walking or riding their bike to school PLEASE speak with them about the IMPORTANCE of looking both ways before crossing the street and following traffic rules.


The School Site Council is a governing body that is comprised of parents, staff and community members.  This team provides feedback and advises the School Site Plan.  
We need three parent volunteers to join our team.  
Please stop by the office or email Mrs. Acke :

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Students that are gone from school 5 or more consecutive school days are eligible for the Independent Study Program. Forms are available for pick up in the school office. Forms must be filled out and turned in 10 school days prior to being gone. This will give teachers time to prepare all work that will be given to your child to complete while they are gone. Please return all completed school work the day your child returns to school. Please call the office if you have any questions. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019

What a great week of learning and fun!  Our PTC launched our annual Dance-A-Thon today with a fun rally.  Our goal this year is to raise $20,000. Please look in your child's Red Folder for the Dance-A-Thon flier and prize information.  Please click the Dance - A- Thon Flyer link for further information: Dance-A-Thon Flyer 2019

PTC Super Heros!

If you are interested in being a part of our School Site Council please check your email for important information and the sign-up flyer.  School Site Council is a governing body that advises site leadership in developing our School Plan for Student Achievement and our Safety Plan.  If you have questions about this leadership role please contact our school office or Mrs. Acke.

Thank you for another great week of watching our Stars Rise!

- Mrs. Acke

Our school-wide is at 10:45 am and this is a time for students to play and eat a snack.  It is important that students bring a snack to school every day.  The office has snacks for the occasional mishap but we are noticing that there has been an increase in students forgetting their snack.  Thank you.

There will be NO school on September 13, 2019.  Our staff will be gathering together to improve our practice to better support our students

TJ Stars are off to an awesome start this year in Physical Education.  So far in the first month, we have done a lot of "cooperative" activities.  These are activities that reinforce skills like working together, problem-solving, and just all around being good sports in all the activities we do.  Along with mixing in some fun activities and games, we are also starting some of our fitness.  Learning our stretches, our fitness stations and the muscle of the month.  This time of year is also obviously very warm.  Please make an effort to wear appropriate clothing and provide water bottles. We are being sensitive to the heat and air quality conditions and letting your children take water breaks as needed.  Should you have any questions about our PE program please contact Mr. Macomber. 

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Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 10th, from 4:00-7:00 PM for What's for Dinner? Night out at Chick-fil-A. Our staff will be there waiting to serve you. This is a great fundraiser for our school with a portion of the money raised coming back to our school. Thank you and can't wait to see you!

There will be no school on Friday, September 13th, due to Staff Development. 

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Here at Thomas Jefferson, we have an array of after-school enrichment programs. Flyers have gone home with pricing and how to sign your child up but we do have extra in the office. You can also sign up online at:
Dream Enrichment


Friday, August 30, 2019

August 29th

We are all excited as the year has now gotten into full swing, and our staff continues to work hard to give our students the best educational experience possible.  We are continuing to plan upcoming events for the students in the next few weeks, including assemblies, new technology experiences, PTC events, including the Dance A-Thon and upcoming Awards Assemblies to acknowledge our Stars for demonstrating the 


expectations of being Respectful, showing Integrity, being Safe and being Engaged.

  Our goal is to support your student in the best way that we can.  Our teachers are finishing up with the beginning of the year assessments and can now truly focus on meeting every student's needs and give their students an enriching and fun educational environment! 
Our hope is that you check the Blog weekly for important news on TJ school events, upcoming dates of importance, reminders of school procedures, and flyers from our RCSD community that help to enrich the lives of our students and families!

September will be a GREAT month!  The character trait of the month is COOPERATION.  Please take a moment to talk with your Star about the importance of being cooperative and a team player in life.  We will be highlighting this life skill in our classrooms, on the playground, and in our daily activities.

We hope you have a WONDERFUL three-day weekend!

Mrs. Acke and the TJ Team

There is no school on Monday, September 2, 2019 in honor of Labor Day.
There is also no school on Friday, September 13, 2019, due to teacher professional development.

Mark your calendars for Thomas Jefferson's Chick fil A Night on Tuesday September 10th, from
4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Our staff is excited to see you there!

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If you have any questions about your child's pictures please contact  Excel Photographers

Picture Retakes will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, please mark your calendars if your child was absent or needs a retake.

Good Attendance starts now.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.  Start building these habits as early as possible so they learn right away that going to school one time, every day is important.  Always remember that attendance starts at home.
Things to remember
  • many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.
  • Being late or leaving early may Too lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
How you can help
  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.  
  • Layout clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Do not let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.  Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If the child feels anxious about going to school, talk to the teachers, Mrs. or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Avoid medical appointments during school hours and extended trips when school is in session,
  • PLEASE leave a voicemail with Your student’s name, teacher’s name and the reason why the student is not in class. 
 Students Who Exhibit Good Attendance
Have Better Academic Skills, Grades, 

Self-esteem and are Healthier

We would LOVE your help!  If you are interested in volunteering here at Thomas Jefferson please click on the link to our district website's Volunteer Policy Page.  There you will find information about the policy, the difference between Category I and Category II Volunteer and all the paperwork in PDF form to get started! - We look forward to you being an All-Star Volunteer