THIS WEEK @ TJ          November 19, 2017

The TJ PTSA Weekly Newsletter 

 Upcoming Events
  (Check TJ Calendar for 
   additional events)
 Nov 20: 7:00pm-9:00pm
 Meet the Coaches, Winter Sports,  Auditorium

 Nov 22: 2-hour early dismissal

 Nov 23-24: Thanksgiving holiday

Next PTSA Meeting 

January 9, 2017
Franklin Commons
Refreshments and sign in begin at 6:30pm
Join Parent Facebook Groups

Get connected by joining one of our parent Facebook groups!

Questions? You can contact your class parent liaisons and Facebook group administrators 

Asra Nomani (2021)

Tricia Su (2020)

Deb Carstoiu (2019)

Information Coming Soon
New PTSA Emails 
Hardish Nandra
Cindy Gersony

Marilena Barletta

Shengmei Geng
Huaying Davis
Yuyan Zhou
Jyotsna Dabbi
Volunteer Coordinator
This Week @ TJ 

Use the Amazon Link During the Holiday Season

Please support the PTSA by using the special TJPTSA Amazon link when you make purchases on Amazon this holiday season. Just bookmark the link and start shopping! Every time you make a purchase using this link the PTSA, will receive 4% to 15% of the purchase price. Please remember that Amazon Smile is not the same as our special link and it only provides a fraction of the proceeds that our link provides. If you use the Amazon app on your phone, place items in your shopping cart, then go to the bookmarked link on your phone, laptop or PC to complete the purchase. The more you shop through the link, the more we all benefit! And remember, it's never too late to join the PTSA and receive free online access to the student directory!

The PTSA Student Directories Have Arrived!
Student directories will be available for pickup on Monday, November 20 from 8:15am - 8:40am and again during lunch. Please come to the Front Office at TJ during those times or have your student pick it up. After Monday, they will be available for pickup in the Front Office starting Monday, November 28. 

The TJ Cooking for Colonials Cookbook Now Ready to Order!
Cooking for Colonials is now at the printer's and we have set up an order page! The cost is $15 per copy, or 3 copies for $40 -- the cookbook will make a great gift! 

The cookbooks will arrive in time for the holiday season. Delivery information will be provided in December. To order your cookbook(s), go here.  
In other TJ Bands news, TJ Drumline (TJDL) has started its season!

TJ Crew News - Calling Holiday Shoppers! 

Attention all holiday shoppers!  TJ Crew is hosting an online auction to raise money for much needed equipment.  The auction will run from Friday, November 24 to December 13, at the following link.  Sign in now to see what is already there -- and keep checking back, because items will be added daily until the auction closes.  You won't want to miss the bargains and fun!  Thank you for supporting TJ Crew.
CAB Meet the Coaches Night Monday Nov 20 7:00 PM  
Congratulations to all our teams for a great fall season! Click here to read about the great accomplishments of our fall athletes! Thank you to Silvija Strikis, team parents, and TJ staff who prepared the program. Don't forget to attend Meet the Coaches Night for winter sports on Monday November 20 at 7:00pm!
TJ Spirit Wear makes a great holiday gift for your hard-working Colonial! Click here to place your order online. Please place your order by December 10th to ensure it is ready for pickup before the holiday break begins.
Do you know a senior who needs service hours? CAB needs help on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3:45-4:15 pm to help distribute food/drinks in the aud lob concession stand. Sign up here. Email Grace Becker if you have questions.

Nominate a TJHSST Staff Member for an FCPS Outstanding Employee Award

The FCPS Employee Award is an annual awards program designed to celebrate employee success and increase recognition of outstanding employees across the school system. We are now taking nominations for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a TJHSST Outstanding Employee in one of the six categories below, please complete the nomination form through this Google form link. Students, parents, and staff may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category.

Outstanding Teacher
Outstanding New Teacher
Outstanding Principal
Outstanding Leader
Outstanding Support Employee
Outstanding Hourly Employee

The Outstanding Employee Award nominees are selected and put forward to the region level. Region winners will be finalists for the overall FCPS Outstanding Employee Award. In order to fully support our nominees, we may need to solicit additional written information from you. All nominees will be recognized at the annual FCPS Awards Gala. The FCPS 2018 Outstanding Employee Award overall winners will be announced at the event in June and will receive a monetary prize.

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 28, 2017.

I you have any questions, please contact Pam Gravitte, Assistant Principal and Award Liaison at
Navigating TJ Math Panel - December 8, 10:30am

The PTSA will be hosting Navigating TJ Math, a panel discussion with TJ math faculty on Friday, December 8 from 10:30am to 11:45am, in the cafeteria. Members of the TJ Math department will answer your questions and lead a discussion on the TJ Math program. Topics will include sequencing of courses, assessments and grading, Math 2.5, Math 4, etc. This session will provide an opportunity to learn more and get your questions answered. So, mark your calendars for Friday, December 8, from 10:30am-11:45am, in the cafeteria. You may submit questions ahead of time here.  
Academic Boosters News

Thank you volunteers and generous donors! Numerous parent and student volunteers from multiple teams made scores of phone calls Saturday, November 11 to raise support at Academic Boosters' Phonathon.

Check out the Phonathon pictures at our website and our Facebook page below.  If you missed the Phonathon, visit our website now to become a new member or to renew your annual membership.
Did you know that your support makes funding TJ Sponsors and their teams possible?  Learn what sets us apart at our website and our Facebook page here.
TJ Library News

Are you starting to feel holiday stress?  Not sure what holiday gifts to purchase for family and friends?  Your librarians have the perfect answer:  books!  Readers have larger vocabularies, are better spellers, and are more articulate writers, so it is no surprise that high school reading is linked to college success.  But did you know that reading substantially reduces stress?  Cognitive neuropsychologist David Lewis and his colleagues at the University of Sussex have shown that reading for 6 minutes a day reduces stress by over 60%.
To find the next great book to read, look at the resources listed on the TJ Library's Author & Book Resources on the library's website
You'll also find information about upcoming author events in the Northern Virginia area.
Happy reading! 
Community News

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers free parent workshops throughout the year at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows RoadEntrance 1 - Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA. Upcoming workshops focused on the science of mental health for teens are described below. The full schedule is available here.
Friday, December 1, 2017
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Depression in Children and Teens: What You Need to Know
Depression and anxiety disorders are prevalent among youth. Depression can compromise education and relationships with family and friends. Join Dr. Kenneth Towbin, National Institute of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, as he discusses the symptoms of childhood depression and treatment options. Learn the warning signs that all parents and guardians should know. Register here

Friday, January 19, 2018
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens
At this workshop, Dr. Krystal M. Lewis, from the National Institute of Mental Health, Development and Affective Neuroscience Section, will present the science and biological roots of anxiety in children and teens. Join us to learn
  • How to identify anxious youth
  • How to change anxious thinking through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders
Register here.

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