Find the link here for info, pricing, and ad generator.
Ad deadline has been extended to Tuesday March 8th!
Find the link here for info, pricing, and ad generator.
Friday is Dr. Suess Day and also Read Across America day.
Mrs. Baltin our librarian invites students to dress as their favorite character or in Tuscan colors on Friday as a special school spirit day. Celebrating "RAA Day" is a long standing tradition at Tuscan, you can find last year's happenings here. TV Turnoff Ambassadors, Celebrity Readers and other acitivities will mark the day this year.
Looking for something to do on Friday afternoon? March 8th is one of the three 4 hour days during Parent Teacher Conferences.
Join other Tuscan families and Seth Boyden families at the movies @ SOPAC.
All seats $10 and include popcorn and a drink. Choose from Fantastic Mr. Fox or Wreck-it Ralph. Find the flyer here
A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults -- a walking co-op. The “bus” follows the same route every time and picks up children from their homes or designated “bus stops” at designated times. Ideally, the program runs every day or on a regular schedule so families can count on it. We will be starting off with a pilot program this spring and will only be doing 2 routes, only on Friday mornings. If the pilot program is successful, then we will expand the program in the fall.
Tuscan's Walking School Bus will be starting the WSB pilot program on March 15th, and run on Friday mornings only, until the end of the school year.
Quick link to the Bus Blog here and the Bus Information & Forms here. More info on Safe Routes NJ here.
~ Cami Zelevansky and Candice Davenport, WSB Coordinators
Mrs. Sinclair and her son worked with volunteers to pack cars with donations.
"About one in six people in the United States struggles with hunger, and issues related to hunger affect people in every community."
Tuscan's 5th annual 100th Day Food Drive challenge came to an inspriring tally of over 2,600 food items, all packed and delivered to two local food pantries by the end of the 100th day of school!
Mrs. Sinclair, Tuscan kindergarten teacher and parent, began the food drive as a project with her class five years ago and the effort
If you would like to place an ad in Tuscan's Ticket to Broadway keepsake program ads can be submitted online. There is an option to pay online as well.
Recognize cast members or crew - even upload your own photo with the page ad generator or a personal ad.
Submit online here and find all the details and pricing. The deadline is March 1st.
The Board of Education held special budget meeting on February 20th. The presentation can be found on the district website
with this link:
Link to district budget presentation http://bit.ly/YIVHFs or here
This link will download a pdf
District budget documents are available on the district site:
Link to the Budget Documents and data http://bit.ly/YkXOAj
Next Board of Education Meeting where action will be taken is Monday February 25th.
For the 5th year the PTA is sponsoring Tuscan Summer Art with art teacher Ms. Petronzi.
Classes are approximately 12 students and meet every day of the week. Ms. Petronzi and an assistant teacher along with 4 counselors and several interns insure a fun-filled, creative summer experience in art for each child. Tuscan Summer Art is exclusively for students of Tuscan School, grades KG through 5th. (Even if they just graduated 5th). Find the flyer here
News from the Special Education PTO:
Our Special Needs Friendly Basketball Clinic was cancelled due to the snowstorm and can take place on Saturday February 23rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm at the Maplewood Middle School gym with a minimum of 10 children. Siblings are welcome!
Last minute scheduling but with RSVPs by Saturday the 16th this event can take place! Please email to RSVP or for more info.
Clinic is free, all ages and abilities welcome, parents must stay, siblings are welcome, high school student mentors work with students.
~ Leon Morton email@example.com
Special Ed PTO Executive Committee
Tuscan parents and guardians please join us for our February General PTA Meeting : Reading Workshop for Parents.
Wednesday February 20th
7:00pm in the Tuscan Library
All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Join Ms. Majeed and teachers Mrs. O’Connor, Mrs. Michalowski, Mrs. Fischetti, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Giovannelli, Mrs. Cicolello, Mrs. Amato, Mrs. Mungiello, Mrs. Lamkin, and Mrs. Baltin for a brief
Mrs. Hatcher's strings students were touring classrooms today as "Tuscan Troubadours" - 5th grade orchestra students - with Mrs. Hatcher and her student teacher visited classrooms during their orchestra class time today to play for classes. Violin, viola and cello students were seen around the school today.
In celebration of the 100th Day of School, Mrs. Sinclair’s Kindergarten is once again challenging every class at Tuscan School to collect 100 non-perishable items for us to donate to local food banks!! Bins will be in each classroom for your donations
All items are due by February 22nd The 100th Day of School
Most Needed Items
From the district notification system:
"Due to forecasts of blizzard conditions, there will be early dismissal today, February 8. All schools will follow the four hour day schedule today. Breakfast will be available as usual; however, lunch will not be served."
There will NOT be rehearsals for the Tuscan Show today or any other after school activities.
Beginning in February, South Mountain YMCA is offering a Drop-In Before Care program at Tuscan School. This service is offered to those families who do not need before school care on a daily basis, but rather, on an “as needed” basis for occasional use.
The program is a new pilot program in partnership with Tuscan School and South Mountain YMCA.
Thank you to Principal Ms. Majeed and Irene Gallagher of the YMCA for collaborating on this pilot as an offering for Tuscan families!
Find the flyer with other details and registration information here
Financial assistance is available through the YMCA, find the link here. The form and financial assistance information are also on our Flyers page.
~ Sharon Huetz, Tuscan PTA President
Find February district happenings and recreation offerings in the District Digital Backpack. A link to the "backpack" is always available on our Flyers page and it is published each month.
Find the district page here http://bit.ly/Wt2yGh
Maplewood Middle School will present "Annie Get Your Gun" this weekend on Friday and Saturday @7:30pm, Sunday @2pm, tickets on sale now and at the door. Our Tuscan Show "Tuscan's Ticket to Broadway" will perform on the same stage!
Find the MMS flyer here for this all student production
The countdown continues for The Big Read's Big Celebration 2013 -- 3 weeks away! The families of every elementary school are reading THE EMPTY POT by Demi and OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper -- two books which will inspire much conversation both inside your home and at school. Remember that you can borrow books from the school or public libraries, or purchase them from Sparkhouse or Words (10% discount). For more information, contact your Big Read representative: Lucila McElroy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Parenting Center is sponsoring a monthly support group for
parents of elementary and middle school children diagnosed with
ADD/ADHD or children who have attention difficulties. It will
offer parents the opportunity to share information, concerns and
This group is led by Madelyn Petrow-Cohen, LCSW. She is in
private practice in the Maplewood/South Orange area and has
extensive experience working with children and families.
2012-2013 DATES: all meetings are 7:30pm @ Board Office
Maplewood Middle School will present "Annie Get Your Gun" in February, tickets on sale now. Our Tuscan Show "Tuscan's Ticket to Broadway" will perform on the same stage!
Find the MMS flyer here
The 5th Grade is raising funds for their end of year trip to Philadelphia. There will be a bake sale on February 12th - all treats 50 cents and all proceeds go toward the trip.
Tuscan girls in Grades 4 and 5, and Grades Kindergarten and 1 are invited to participate in a series of workshops about communication and leadership this spring at Tuscan School. Please see the flyers from the Girls’ Leadership Institute for more information.
The fall session hosted at Tuscan for Grades 2-3 was very well attended and had a waiting list! If the Tuscan scheduled sessions do not fit your schedule GLI is offering workshops at other locations in the district. Find information on http://www.girlsleadershipinstitute.org Scholarships are available; information is on the GLI site.
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