Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact the school regarding my child's absences and request homework? If your child is ill, please call our attendance line before 9:00 AM at 268-6101 to report the absence. As we have 24-hour voice mail, you do not need to wait until the morning to call...you may leave a message at any time to let us know that you child will not be in school. All absences and times that your child may need to leave early should be reported to the office - not your child's homeroom teachers. We provide the staff with a list of those students who will need to leave during the day. After the teachers have taken attendance in their classes, we will contact parents who have not called in their child's absence.
Homework should also be requested at the time that you call in the absence to give the teachers time to gather the materials. If the request is received later in the day, it may be very difficult to provide homework to you. Please note that 5th & 6th grade teachers will bring your child's books and assignments to the office. However, because 7th & 8th grade students do not keep their books in classroom desk, those teachers will only provide a homework sheet listing the assignments due. You will need to go into your child's locker to get any books that they may need. So, we suggest that you have your student's locker number and combination with you when you come. When requested through the office, homework can be picked up after dismissal in the office, which is open until 4:00 PM.
Homework assignment sheets are also posted on the school website (under the Student Life tab). This information is typically posted around 3:30 PM.
Students who are absent are also given extra time to make up missing assignments.
NOTE: If you will be taking your child out of school for a vacation or other pre-planned activity, a pre-excused absence form is necessary. Forms are available in the office or you can print it out via this website ( Forms) and are to be completed by a parent prior to the absence. This form is taken by your child to each of his/her teachers so that assignments your child will be missing can be listed. The form is then to be brought to the office so we can make a copy for our attendance files.
How can I contact my child's teachers? Simply dial your child's teacher's voice mail number directly to leave a message and your call will be returned when the teacher has free time. If you have Internet access, you may also contact staff members by e-mail. Direct links to the staff's e-mail addresses are provided within this web site. Access the Staff Contact information pages for the listing of teachers and their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. You are also welcome to visit the School Forms page, where you can access and print out a list of staff contact information.
What supplies will my child need for the school year? A school supply list has been established for each grade and was included in the end-of-the-year mailing. It is also available at many area retailers and can be accessed through this site. Please check the School Forms page for this document.
What should my child do if he/she forgets lunch, an assignment, etc? Your child will be allowed to call a parent/guardian. If you are able to bring the item to school, please drop it off at the office and your child will be called down to retrieve it. If your child has forgotten lunch and is not able to contact someone, they will be allowed to charge a hot lunch meal or money will be lent through the office and charged to their student account.
What happens if my child becomes ill or is injured at school? If your child is injured, our office staff will contact a parent/guardian as listed on the emergency card you completed and turned in to the office at registration. If your child becomes ill during the day, they should ask their teacher for a pass to the office. They will be given the option of calling you or resting for a short time. If a child comes to the office more than once in a school day because they are not feeling well, if they have thrown up, have a fever or they do not feel that they will be able to stay at school, a parent contact is made. If we are unable to reach a parent/guardian, we will attempt to reach the other contacts listed on the emergency form. Students will only be released to persons listed on that form.
Please remember to contact the school office if there are any changes to your child's emergency contact information (home/work phone numbers, contact information or changes in any medical information). It is the only way we know how to reach you in an emergency!
What should my child do if he/she has a problem with a locker? First, they should ask their teacher for help. They can make sure he/she is doing the combination correctly and they have a key to open the locker if the combination isn't working. If needed, the teacher will contact the office or the custodian to resolve the problem.
What should I do if my child is having problems in a classroom, with either a teacher or student? First, speak with the teacher. If the problem remains unresolved, contact either Mr. Galarowicz or Ms. Ferger at 268-6100.
Who should I talk with in order to resolve any problem my child might be having on a bus? First, call Johnson Bus Company at 284-5330. If you need further assistance in solving the problem, please contact Ms. Ferger at 268-6101.
When can my child buy lunch tickets? TJMS switched to the automated LunchBox program several years ago. Students are issued a picture ID with a bar code and must bring that to the cafeteria each day to purchase their lunch. Their ID's are scanned and their food and beverage purchases are charged to their student account. Students are given notices to take home when their account is running low on funds. Deposits can be made to the students' account through check (payable to TJMS), cash or electronically through the efunds link on the District main page. Deposits should be dropped off in the cafeteria prior to the start of school so that the staff has time to apply them to the student accounts prior to their lunch period. For the 2011-2012 school year, the cost of a student lunch, including milk, is $2.50 per day or $12.50 oer week. Should students wish to purchase just milk, it is available for 40 cents per carton.
To keep the lunch service moving quickly and smoothly, students who bring their checks during their lunch period or who choose to purchase items each day with cash may be asked to go to the end of the line. Parents who wish to monitor their students purchases or check the account balance need a login and password. To obtain the form to request this access, please contact our District Office at 268-6000.
For those needing financial assistance, a Free/Reduced Lunch Application can be found in the back of the District calendar which is mailed to all families in August. It is also available on the School District section of this website. The form should be completed returned to the school office or the District Office, Attn: Jo Anne for processing. If you have questions regarding the application, or any other issue regarding the TJ hot lunch program, please call our Food Service Manager, Dawn McCormick at 262-6141.
What options are available for lunch? The lunch calendar can be viewed on the District website and is also available in the office each month. In addition, there is an "ala Carte" line where students may purchase other food and beverage items. such as hot dogs, hamburgers, cold sandwiches, nachos and cheese, snack and beverage items. Of course, they are also able to bring their lunch from home.
How does my child get involved in co-curricular activities? Information on intramural and interscholastic activities available to students at the various grade levels was provided to parents in the registration packet mailing in July. During the school year, it is also provided through the newsletters, this web page and also directly to your child through the daily announcements. Copies of the daily announcements are also posted outside of the office on the bulletin board. Students will be given information regarding how to sign up for these activities and the dates the activity will run.
Please note that if your child participates in an interscholastic sport (Basketball, Cross-Country, Swim and Dive, Track, Volleyball or Wrestling) they must have a current physical card and insurance waiver on file in the office. They will not be allowed to participate in practice or competition until these items have been submitted. These forms are available in the school office and can also be printed off from this website in the School Forms section (under the All About TJ tab). For additional information, or to check to see if your child is in compliance, please call the school office at 268-6100
NOTE: During the school year, our daily announcements will be posted on the TJ website (under the Daily Announcements tab). In addition, at the bottom of the Daily Announcements page on the website, you can subscribe to that page, which means that you will receive a notification each day when the information is updated - including a direct link to the page. If you have specific questions regarding an announcement, please contact our office manager, Jeanne Maciejewski at 268-6105 or at email@example.com
What about field trips? Detailed permission slips are sent home through homerooms (for house or grade level trips) or through Related Arts teachers (if it is a trip related to just their class) when a trip is scheduled. At the bottom of the permission slip is a tear-off form, which is to be returned to the school office, in a sealed envelope, with the fee being collected. We do everything we can to keep the field trip costs low. However, we must recover the full amount of admission and transportation fees, and those are not within our control.
Please be sure to include your child's name and the name of the field trip (as shown on the form) on the outside of the envelope. ALL permission slips are to be turned in to the school office - NOT given to teachers. Please honor the deadline listed for the return of the form as the lead-time is necessary for trip organization purposes. Students who do not return the permission slip by the deadline will not be allowed to attend the trip and will be placed in other classrooms with appropriate work to be completed while their class is gone. If paying the field trip fee is a hardship for you, you may post-date your check to the date of the field trip or the cost can be charged to your student's account. Please call TJMS Office Manager Jeanne Maciejewski to make arrangements so that you child can participate in the trip.
If parent volunteer chaperones are needed, the request will be included in the permission slip and we welcome your participation! However, please be aware that in compliance with School Board policy, all chaperones must complete a volunteer application form and have a background check done before they can go on a school-sponsored trip. There is no cost to you, once you are approved you can volunteer at all District schools and the authorization is good for three years. The forms are available in all school offices. As it does take some time to process the forms, please plan ahead! So, if you think you might be interested in chaperoning sometime in the future, it is in everyone's best interest to get the forms in. Please feel free to call the office if you would like to check if you are currently approved as a chaperone.
What must I do if my child needs to take medication during school hours? School Board policy requires that all medication be kept in the school health room and be administered by school personnel. Students are not to keep any medication with them or in their desk or locker (the only exception is when their physician has provided the school with written permission for them to carry their inhaler). While some students are very responsible with their inhalers, we have found it best for them to be kept in the office. That way, precious minutes are not lost as we are looking through desks, lockers and backpacks to try to find an inhaler needed by a student!
Prescription medication will only be given when accompanied by the District form, which has been completed by the child's physician. Over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol or cold medicines, may be kept at school for those times when it might be needed. However, they must also ALWAYS be held in the school office. The student may NOT keep them in their desk, locker, backpack, pocket, etc. The District non-prescription drug form must also be on file in the School office before it can be distributed. Medication forms are available on this website - please check the School Forms page for Prescription Drug and Over-The Counter Medication forms.
NOTE: All medications MUST be sent to school in the original container! Pills sent to school in an envelope or plastic bag will not be administered to students. It is vital that we know the name, strength, dosing instructions and possible side effects of any medication being given to students. If you purchase a large container, please take out the amount that you want to keep at home and send the remainder to school in the original bottle or box.
If you want to check on the medicines kept at school or have a question, please contact our office staff at 268-6100. For other medical concerns or questions, please contact the School District Nurse, Kimber McCutcheon at 268-6079.
What if my child loses something? We accumulate a large lost and found collection in the school office. While we keep items like eyeglasses, textbooks, and other valuables for the entire school year, clothing, shoes, notebooks, folders, etc., are disposed of at the end of each quarter. There is also a lost and found in the locker rooms for items lost in Phy. Ed. classes or during sports activities. If your child is missing something, please encourage them to stop by the office and the locker rooms to check if it had been turned in. Unclaimed items are donated to local charities.
How do I find out about what is going on at TJ? A newsletter is prepared at the end of each month. Due to high copying and mailing costs, they are not sent home with students or mailed out on a regular basis. Each month, it is posted on the website and also attached to the daily announcements. Copies are also available for pickup in the school office. The lunch menu is included, as is news about upcoming events and celebrations of student and staff achievements. This is our primary source of providing information to our families, so please look it over carefully. The newsletter is posted on this website shortly after publication. Due to increasing costs, paper copies will only be distributed to parents who do not have computer access. In those cases, when requested, a copy will be given each month to your TJ student to take home to placement/custodial parents and mailed only to non-placement/non-custodial parents. TJ Newsletters
Be sure to check other areas of the TJ web page often, too! It is updated frequently throughout the school year. Upcoming events are also listed on the sign in front of the building.
You are also encouraged to attend Jaguar Parent Group meetings, at 6:30 PM on the second Monday of each month. You don't have to be a "member" to attend! Just by having a student at TJ, you are automatically a part of this group. Stop by and get to know the officers, other parents and hear what is going on!
I have other questions. Where can I get more information? By the end of the first week of school all students bring home a TJMS Student Handbook. Your child's homeroom teacher will review the information with the students. Parents are asked to read the handbook, sign the Informed Consent Form at the back and return it to your child's homeroom teacher. The handbook includes the co-curricular code and the signed Informed Consent Form must be on file with the school before your child is allowed to participate in any activities. We suggest that you keep the Student Handbook available and refer to it when you have questions. NOTE: If your student registers during the school year, the student handbook is included in the registration packet that you received and the information is reviewed with them by the guidance counselors. A copy is also available online (on the school forms page) for your review.
If you need information that is not included in the handbook or have any other questions, please feel free to call the school office between 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily at 268-6100.
Welcome to the TJ! We're glad you are part of the family!