You can view all upcoming events on the Tuscan calendar and find more information on the PTA webpage.
Tuscan Show rehearsals resume this week - If your student is participating in a Tuscan show number, rehearsals will resume this week. For the most up to date information on the show, join the Facebook page here, here.
Tuscan Tigers ROCK THE ELKS - Saturday, January 23rd, 7PM - This brand new event is not to be missed. Bands featuring Tuscan grown-ups will rock the South Orange Elks Lodge (220 Prospect Street, South Orange) for one ridiculously fun evening! $25 at the door. Cash Bar. Featuring: Sputnik 5/Fairmont/Tri-State & Dollar Store Riot. More information at the Facebook event page here.
SAVE THE DATE for the 2016 Spring Thing - Saturday, March 12! This event is Tuscan's most important fundraiser of the year. Featuring a silent auction, live auction, tricky tray and more, it not only raises the bulk of the PTA budget but is a fun time to boot. This year's event will be held at the Short Hills Hilton. We need a lot of volunteers to get this off and running so start thinking about how you can help. Some jobs we need are: 1)Wrappers, 2)Teacher Prize Coordinator, 3)Class Basket Coordinator, 4)Solicitors for Donations, 5)Sign-up Dinners Coordinator, 6)Volunteers to help at the event, (i.e. check-in/out, prize category helper, etc). More information coming soon.
ACHIEVE FOUNDATION GRANTS AWARDED TO TUSCAN TEACHERS!
Teachers are our greatest asset in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. That is why the Achieve Foundation's Teacher Grant Program offers funding to inspire district teachers to propose innovative, cutting-edge projects to support their students' learning experience in the classroom and beyond. This year, Achieve Foundation announced its largest annual distribution of funds for Teacher Grants to date: $70,155 to 68 teachers for creative projects in all nine district schools.
Congratulations to the following Tuscan teachers who received grants from the Achieve Foundation this year!
Joi Nelson - Wireless Interactive Whiteboards
Claire Sinclair - Building A Restorative Practices Library
Jennifer Thomas - Smart Boards for Smart Second Graders
Claire Van Tine - Let's MaKey MaKey Some Music!
Each year, Achieve receives an overwhelming number of proposals from our dedicated teachers. Some proposals were fully funded, while others received partial funding. This year's partially-funded projects at Tuscan include:
Kimberly Kao - Chromebooks & Carts
Amy Popp - eBooks for the ROAR Book in a Bag Program
Claire Sinclair - A Book for EVERY reader!
Claire Sinclair - Engaging Kindergarten Readers with Emergent Storyboards
Jamie Bloch - Taking A Stand Part II
These projects are now eligible for direct funding. Please consider supporting one or more projects of your choice TODAY through January 31st!
Go to https://4elbows.formstack.com/forms/achieve_direct_funding for more information about each grant and to donate online now to the school and project of your choice.
To pay by mail, send your check with the teacher's name and school in the memo line to Achieve Foundation, PO Box 1084, Maplewood, NJ, 07040. Direct Grant Funding donations are fully tax-deductible.
For any questions please contact Buena Chilstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-762-8274.
For a list of all the Achieve grants awarded this year, please visit