THIS WEEK @ TJ                 February 19, 2018

The TJ PTSA Weekly Newsletter 

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 CAB Calendar

 Feb 19: No School
 President's Day Holiday

 Feb 21: 7:00pm  
 CAB Meeting

 Feb 23: 5:00pm 
 Principal's Book Club, Library

 Feb 23: 7:00pm 
 Mary Poppins, TJ Theatre production 

 Mar 02: 5:30pm
 TJ's Annual Gala

 Mar 2: Midnight
 Last Day to Volunteer for ANGP for a  Chance to Win a $200 Amazon Gift Card

 Mar 02: Midnight 
 Senior Year Book Ads Due

Next PTSA Meeting


March 6, 2018
Franklin Commons  

8:45a Refreshments & Sign-in

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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)

New PTSA Emails 
Hardish Nandra
Cindy Gersony

Marilena Barletta

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

Last Session of the Principal's Book Club Friday Feb 23
The third meeting of the Principal's Book Club took place on last Thursday evening. Dr. Bonitatibus opened the meeting with recommendations she collected from parents in the previous meeting, and then led the discussion on Part 3 of How to Raise an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Parents shared their thoughts on the topics touched upon in  Part 3 of the book, and discussed the idea of "Another Way" of parenting. Around 20 parents attended the meeting. 
Dr. Bonitatibus will host the last session of the Principal's Book Club on Friday, February 23. 
Last Session - Friday, February 23
4:45 pm: Check in and Refreshments 
5:00 - 6:00 pm: Book Club Meeting
Book:  How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims

**Parents who are interested, please signup here asap. Space is limited.**
All parents are welcome at any of the sessions, whether you attended prior sessions or not. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend the session -- no test will be given! Meetings are held in the TJ Library on the second floor.
Donations Needed for Healthy Morning Snacks

To kick off Mental Awareness Week, sponsored by the student club Minds Matter, and begins February 26, the PTSA is offering students a healthy morning snack! We will provide snacks to students on Monday morning, February 26. We need your help and donations to make this happen, so please sign up here.

TJ Drama Presents Mary Poppins

Buy your tickets spit spot before the wind changes and join more than 95 TJ students for two weekends of great performances. All tickets are now available here or at the door.

Closing Weekend:
Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7pm - Cappies Night!

Don't Miss Out!
It promises to be a   supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Colonial Athletic Boosters - Wrestling News
The TJ wrestling team finished 3rd at Districts, including champions Clayton Reppert and Connor Regan. Eleven wrestlers qualified for Regionals on February 9th. Congratulations to Clayton and Owen Barnett, who each placed 2nd at Regionals and advanced to the State Finals.
Both Owen Barnett (152 lb) and Clayton (170 lb) won victories at the state wrestling championships. It was an amazing seasons for them, Coach Phillips, and the entire TJ wrestling program.

The next CAB meeting is Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00pm in the Principal's Conference Room.


TJ Boys Swim / Dive Team is 2018 5C State Champions!!!

Information on AP Exams for Non-Enrolled Students

If your student would like to take an AP Exam for a subject for which they are not enrolled in the class, please be aware of the following information. 
  • Each exam will be $93.It does not count towards the 6 FCPS-funded AP exams.
  • There are NO refunds and if you do not take the exam, you will be billed a $15 return exam fee. 
  • Payment must be made on "My School Bucks" (MSB) via credit card hereClick on "Fairfax County". Our school is listed as "Jefferson High"
  • Deadline to make payment via MSB is March 1, 2018,12:00 midnight EST. 

Q: What is the portfolio requirement for the AP Computer Science Principles exam? 
A: The exam has 2 parts, there is a digital portfolio where you need to upload your documents during the school year and the exam on May 11. If you have questions about the portfolio or exam contents, please see Mr. Rose, or email him  here. After you have paid for the exam on MSB and met with Mr. Rose, Mr. Wong will email you an access code to allow you to upload your documents to the digital portfolio. 
Q: What if I have 2 exams on the same date and time? 
A: See Mr. Wong in Student Services FIRST.  Do not pay on MSB. 
Q: Further questions about AP exams for non-enrolled students? 
A: Email Mr. Wong  here, or see him in Student Services. 

Volunteer at the All Night Graduation Party for a Chance to Win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
The All Night Graduation Party Committee is officially kicking-off our volunteer recruiting efforts! Approximately, 400 students attend this event each year, and we need over 300 volunteers to help make the evening a success. We have a number of opportunities to help before, during and after the party, so please review the signup here

As an added bonus this year, we will have some fun prizes for volunteers also. If you sign up to volunteer by Friday, March 2, we will enter your name into a drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card to be drawn on the night of ANGP. To win you must be present or have completed your shift to be awarded the prize. We will also have raffles for prizes for our volunteers during each ANGP shift starting Friday, June 8. Finally, for all parents who volunteer at ANGP, you will receive a one-of-a-kind "I Survived TJ" t-shirt! Remember, only parents who have SIGNED UP to help the night of the party will be allowed into TJ, and only during their designated shift.

We are in particular need for underclassman parents to man the early shifts of the party when senior parents will be at graduation. Those shifts are designated as "non-senior parents."

Share Your Love for TJ at the TJ Partnership Fund Annual Gala
All 2020 & 2021 Parents,Teachers & Staff Invited
Let's spend an evening together, share stories, and raise funds for our school. 
Join hands to inspire a caring community
 that helps our students cultivate joyful learning!
Friday, March 2
nd at 5:30 p.m. 
Under the Dome
Organized by 2020 and 2021 parents to benefit our community.
Please RSVP to Shaista Keating at or
Asra Nomani at  
Purchase a Senior Yearbook Ad
It's that time of year! Time to start thinking about your senior's graduation day and all of the ways you can commemorate and celebrate the occasion!
One way is by purchasing an ad in the 2018 yearbook. You will find an order form attached here; all payment and materials are due March 2.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! If you have troubles with the attachment, here is a link to a website that contains the same information.
HackTJ 5.0 - Volunteers & Mentors Needed
HackTJ, TJ's very own all-night coding hackathon, will take place at TJ from Saturday, March 10 beginning at 1:00pm to Sunday, March 11 at 2:00pm. We are expecting over 500 students from around the area for this very exciting and inspiring event. The HackTJ planning team is looking for parent volunteers to help make this event a resounding success. If your child is attending the event, please consider volunteering for a couple of hours when you drop them off or pick them up. We also need some brave souls to volunteer during the moonlight hours when things get crazy-kooky with a bunch of budding computer scientists. We welcome parent volunteers even if your child is not participating in the event. We have created a shift sign-up system so that volunteers will know exactly which jobs we need filled. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ria Galanos, teacher sponsor of Hack TJ, or Sherry Xie , student organizer.  
Speaking of volunteers, we are also looking for mentors for the event. If you, or someone you know, has a computing skill to offer the students (app development, web development, IoT skills, etc.), please consider signing up as a mentor instead.    
Volunteers and mentors are welcome to share a meal with us if they are working during meal times. Hope to see you at Hack 5.0! 
Veterans Enhancing TJ - Volunteers Needed
Steve Martinez, Class of 2019 TJ parent and a veteran (Retired U.S. Air Force) is heading "Veterans Enhancing TJ" or VET that seeks to provide TJ with a pool of veterans who are eager to support TJ in a variety of ways: volunteering, mentoring, helping with research, speaking in classes or assemblies...anything TJ needs! If you want to volunteer or need more information, please click here  
TJ Library News: Resource Spotlight - History Databases
A great history resource for students is ABC-CLIO, which contains user-friendly, browsable databases in these areas: American Government, American History, Pop Culture Universe, United States and World Geography, World History with Ancient & Medieval Eras and Modern Era, and World Religions
Students will find a range of information from reference materials to biographies to primary sources such as photos, documents, speeches, maps, illustrations, political cartoons, and letters and narratives.  
ABC-CLIO can be found on the TJ Library's  EJournals & Databases page.
Please email us, if we can help or support your child's research needs.  
Community News

Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop

Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during February and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active - a good class even for for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. For more info call 617-901-4564. Register here

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