THIS WEEK @ TJ          September 24, 2017

The TJ PTSA Weekly Newsletter 

 Upcoming Events
  (Check TJ Calendar for 
   additional events)
 Sept 27: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
 Back to School Night - Sophomore  and Junior Parents Only

 Oct 2: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
 Financial Aid Night for Senior  Families,  Auditorium

 Oct 6: 7:00pm
 Home Varsity Football Game
 Halftime Show  with TJ Marching 
 Colonials & TJ Dance Team

 Oct 9: School Holiday
 Columbus Day

 Oct 10: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
 Back to School Night - Freshmen  Parents Only

 Oct 11: Half Day, Early Dismissal
 PSAT Administered

 Oct 11: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
 Back to School Night -  Senior  Parents  Only

New PTSA Emails 

Hardish Nandra

Cindy Gersony

Marilena Barletta

Shengmei Geng

Huaying Davis

Yuyan Zhou

Jyotsna Dabbi

Volunteer Coordinator

This Week @ TJ 


Next PTSA Meeting 
Principal Coffee
Nov 14, 2017
Refreshments and sign in begin at 8:45am
Join Parent Facebook Groups

Get connected by joining one of our parent Facebook groups! Please note that these are closed (not public) groups intended for those who have a connection to TJ:

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

Asra Nomani (2021)

Tricia Su (2020)

Deb Carstoiu (2019)

Information Coming Soon
Partners for Safe Teen Driving
Upcoming Session

October 19, 2017

TJ Auditorium 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Click here for more information. 

PTSA Launches Its New Website
The PTSA is excited to announce the official launch of its new PTSA website,! Please visit the site to join the PTSA, donate to PTSA or purchase directories. You will find the PTSA meeting schedule, minutes and other important information and useful links. Along with the new website there are new PTSA emails which appear in the sidebar for your information.
All Night Graduation Party 2018 News
It's never too soon to start thinking of graduation. The All Night Graduation Party Committee is selling party tickets for a limited time at a discounted price of $100. The price will go up after October 2 to $125. In addition to the tickets, ANGP is selling the very popular Jefferson Cups, graduation lawn signs and a very limited number of preferred graduation ceremony seating.
For those of you not familiar with the All Night Graduation Party, it is an all-night celebration for newly minted TJ graduates that occurs immediately following the graduation ceremony on June 9, 2018 and takes place in the school building. It is a lock-in for Seniors and over 90% of the Senior Class attends the event. Because of its scope, we must start our preparations now, so, we need funds to reserve amusements, food and other entertainment that will make this event a memorable occasion for all our Seniors.
So, on October 2, Financial Aid Night for Senior Parents, the ANGP Committee will be selling tickets before the price goes up to $125 the next day. Save money and cross this "to do" off your list early. If you would like to purchase tickets and other items or make a donation before Financial Aid Night, please go to our website:
For questions, contact Marilena Barletta & Silvija Strikis ANGP 2018 co-chairs at

SAT Practice Test Fundraiser for the Class of 2018
The Class of 2018, in cooperation with Kaplan, is sponsoring a SAT Practice Test at TJ on the morning of Saturday, September 30th, from 8:00am-12:00pm. The test is proctored like the real thing, but the scores won't go on your record! The practice test will help identify areas where students need to focus their test preparation, and students will also be able to access their scores instantly via phone/tablet! The registration fee for the test is $20, all TJ and non-TJ students are welcome to register. More details, as well as a registration link, can be found here. Please e-mail faculty sponsor, Mr. Auerbachwith any questions.
TJ COOKBOOK Recipe submission deadline Oct10 
Some of the interesting recipes you will be able to use from the upcoming TJ cookbook include Southern Cornbread, submitted by 2020 parent Gina Ryan; Romanian Cornmeal Polenta, by 2019 student Otilia Danalache; and Bruschetta, by  2020 student Sheila Iyer! Please submit your delicious recipe, whether for a main course, side dish, appetizer, or dessert. Deadline is the Double Tenth (October 10). To submit a recipe, please click here.

The Galapagos Island Over Spring Break Mar 23-31, 2018

Interest Meeting Oct 12, 6:00pm, Rm 71
Ever thought about walking in the steps of Charles Darwin?
Meeting blue-footed boobies and swimming with Galapagos penguins?
Well, here's your chance. Join Sra. Pou and Dr. Stickler on the trip of a lifetime.   
For more information contact Sra. Pou and attend the interest meeting.

Reflections Arts 2017 - 2018 Theme:  "Within Reach"
Students - put your creative juices to work and participate in the National PTA Reflections Arts program! Reflections Arts is a nationwide program to encourage and recognize students' initiative and talents in the arts. Students can submit artwork entries about this year's theme - Within Reach - in any of six categories: Film Production, Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Student entries are judged at school, county, district, state, and national levels. 

Rules and entry forms can be found here.  Entries must follow all general rules and category-specific rules. Due date for all entries is Wednesday, October 25 by 4pm (end of school day).  

Stay tuned for more to come! Questions? Please email Mary Pope 
Colonial Athletic Booster News

Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities, donations, and student annual passes.
New this year, CAB is offering a student annual pass for only $25! Sign up here. See flyer for details.
CAB has fixed the computer glitch with online donations, so please try again to make your donation by clicking here. You can always print and mail/drop off the form to TJ. "ATTENTION: COLONIAL ATHLETIC BOOSTERS"

CAB is compiling a list of all team liaisons. All team liaisons (or designees) should attend monthly CAB meetings. Please email Grace Becker with your contact info and team.
Colonial Athletic Boosters will be opening the auditorium lobby concession stand on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00pm - 7:00pmto feed students participating in after school activities.  Funds raised will be used for equipment, uniforms, and grounds maintenance.  Please sign up to sell food and drinks to students after school on Wednesdays and Fridays 3:45 pm to 7 pm and/or bring in food/drink donations. Please label all food/drink donations "CAB CONCESSIONS." If you have questions, please contact CAB volunteer coordinator, Grace Becker.

Academic Booster News

Now that your students have learned about TJ's many academic teams and clubs at the Activities Fair and 8th periods, it's time to take one or more of the following actions:
- To become a new member of TJ Academic Boosters, or renew your annual membership, to support TJ's fantastic academic teams, go to our website here! 
- Get to know what students actually experience, by checking out posts on our facebook page, written by students on various teams such as Biology Olympiad, Computer Team, Latin, Policy Debate, Congressional Debate, and more. (Remember to like our page too!)
- If you are interested in becoming a parent volunteer to oversee fundraising, or have any other questions, contact us at! Or visit us at the Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, October 10, between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.!

Use the Amazon Link to Support the PTSA
Use the PTSA Link overtime you shop with Amazon. The PTSA receives 4-15% of all purchases when you use this link.  Bookmark it and use it each time you shop.
If You Use the AMAZON Mobile App, Place Items in Cart and Check Out from a PC or Laptop using the link. We DO NOT get funds if you use your mobile app to check out!

Parent Volunteers for Video Approval Committee
TJ's Fairfax County Video Approval Committee is looking for two volunteers, preferably from Freshman and Sophomore parents for serving on  the committee alongside two TJ teachers. Teachers request the committee to assess films that they propose to show in class if they are not on a pre-approved list. The committee reviews the films and determines suitability for in-class viewing. If interested, contact Victoria Fisher.
Community News

Free Workshop for Parents of Teens and Tweens Sunday, Oct 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Workshop will be held at 5100 Ravensworth Rd. Annandale VA 22003
KEEP CALM & PARENT ON: Stay Connected to Your Teen- Without Losing Your Cool or Losing Your Mind
Join us for a dynamic workshop with experienced professionals, who can help you learn strategies for calm, effective parenting!
The workshop will be led by Cathi Cohen, LCSW, CGP, and Director of In Step PC. Cathi is a well-known author, and conducts frequent workshops for parents and professionals. She will be joined by Mary Shuffleton, LPC, MA, who works with teens and parents in the In Step practice.
This workshop is for a general audience and is not faith-based. Community volunteers who work with teens also would benefit from attending.
For on-line registration click here, email , or call 703-941-4113.
These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.

Chess 4 Charity: Two TJ students created Chess 4 Charity, and they have three events coming up to support the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF):
Chipotle dinner fundraiser: Monday, September 25, 4-8pm at Chipotle, 213 Maple Ave., Vienna, VA. Tell them Chess 4 Charity sent you, and 50% of your entire bill will go to CBTF.
Vineyard Vines shopping fundraiser: Wednesday, October 4, 5-8pm at Vineyard Vines at Tysons Corner Galleria (near the Macy's on the bottom level).  You get 10% off, and they donate another 10% to CBTF if you tell them Chess 4 Charity sent you.  You can also order by phone at (703) 883-0216 during the fundraiser for 10% off and 10% to charity!
Chess 4 Charity 2017: Sunday, October 15, our semi-annual charity chess tournament, at BASIS Private School, 8000 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA. All skill levels and all ages welcome. Prizes, pizza and snack bar. All proceeds support CBTF. More details at  
We also need student volunteers to work at the Chess 4 Charity 2017 event on October 15.  This can count towards your FCPS community service hours requirement! 
If you can't come to any of the events, you can still donate online
Submissions for This Week @ TJ

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