Back to School Letter

Back to School Letter
Posted on 07/23/2017

Greetings TJ Family,

It is Our pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! We want to thank each of Our TJ Families for your support and encouragement through the 2016-2017 school year. You helped make my first year as principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary memorable and exciting!  We want you to know that each of Our faculty and staff are as excited as ever to welcome your child back for their best school year yet!

Your summer days are about to come to an end as your fall days are about to begin.  This is an exciting time as we prepare for a new year that will bring new challenges and a wealth of learning experiences.  We remain committed to you and your child in continuing Our pursuit of “SUCCESS FOR EVERY STUDENT”.  Let us begin Our journey to success, together, as One Team, with One Dream, and that dream is, BE YOU.

Be respectful,

Be responsible,

Be caring, and

Be a leader,

Be the best YOU that you can be!

These traits are reflected in Our Patriot Pledge:

Patriots take care of our school, Patriots take care of our teachers, Patriots take care of our peers, and most importantly, Patriots take care of ourselves.

When we have these goals as Our guiding principles, how can we fail?

We are happy to announce the addition of several new initiatives this year at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. The first of which is Our Innovations Lab. This is an enrichment class every TJ student will participate in once a week as the 5th class in the resource rotation. Coding, maker’s space, engineering design, exploration, and innovation will open your child’s world! We will be problem finders, risk-takers, creators, and reflectors to enhance Our RESILIENCE, increase Our PERSEVERANCE, and build Our GRIT.

We would like to invite each of you to Our first annual TJES Back to School Family Reunion on Monday, August 7th in preparation for the first day! Preschoolers and Kindergartners will join us from 8:30 until 10:30 AM and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will join us from 3:30 until 7:00 PM. Bus drivers will contact prek and kindergarten parents about pickup times for bus. Details will be in the prekindergarten and kindergarten Back to School letter being mailed on Monday, July 24th. Please allow 3-5 days for delivery.

During our TJES Back to School Family Reunion you will be able to join our PTA organization ($5 per parent), find your child’s bus, sign up for: express pick-up, and/or deposit money in your child’s school meal account. Parks and Recreation will also be available to discuss before and after school care.

We encourage you to bring your child’s classroom supplies to school during Our TJES Back to School Family Reunion. You will be able to drop the supplies off in your child’s class. A list of necessary supplies is available through the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School website (

Postcards are being mailed, Monday, July 24th for 1st through 5th grade students. It may take up to a week to receive your child’s homeroom assignment. Please be patient with the mail system.

We can’t wait to see everyone and officially start the 2017-2018 school year. This school year is destined to be Thomas Jefferson Elementary’s BEST YEAR EVER with your support!

We look forward to seeing you soon,
Dr. Caten, Principal

Mrs. Reutinger, Asst. Principal

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