Please note: there will be no newsletter on 11/19 due to the 
Thanksgiving  break. The next edition will be published on 11/26.
November 12, 2018
Administrator's Corner

Hello Spartan Families,

For those of you who have a senior here at TJ, please make sure they meet with the representative from Jostens on the 13th and 14th during lunch to place their order for a cap and gown for graduation. The TJ Partners will be holding their monthly PTO meeting next week in room 111 at 6 pm on the 13th. Last but not least, a reminder that there will be no school from the 19th through the 23rd for Thanksgiving Break.

Hola familias espartanas, 

para aquellos de ustedes que tienen un mayor aquí en TJ, por favor asegúrese de reunirse con el representante de Jostns en el 13 y 14 durante el almuerzo para hacer su pedido de una gorra y vestido para la graduación. Los socios de TJ celebrarán su reunión mensual de PTO la semana próxima en la habitación 111 a las 6 p.m. del día 13. Por último, pero no menos importante, un recordatorio de que no habrá escuela del 19 al 23 para el descanso de acción de gracias.

Andrew Skari
Assistant Principal 
Quick Links
Week at a Glance - Week of 11/12-11/16
  • Please click here (or see the above "Athletics Schedule" quick link) to see athletic events for the week
  • Screenagers Documentary -  6:30 p.m. (details below)
  • Jostens orders - lunch
  • PTO meeting: 6:00-7:00 p.m. in room 111
  • Jostens orders - lunch
  • Office Hours: 2:14-2:55 p.m.
Thursday -

Friday -
  • Night Out - 2:00 p.m.
Kudos Korner
  • Congrats to the theatre department for another great production! The cast and crew of Spamalot put in countless hours to entertain the TJ community. Way to go, Spartans!
  • Last week the TJ Custodial Staff was presented the "District Wide Top High School Building" award for the 3rd year in a row. This is in recognition of the operation's staff for providing a clean, safe and healthy learning environment for the students. Please help us honor them by thanking them when you see them next!
Screenagers - Tonight!
TJ Family Holiday Food Drive
Help a TJ family have a holiday dinner by donating your non-perishable food items to your child's 1st period class! Encourage your child to bring in items between November 9th through November 30th. A special treat will be rewarded to the 1st period class that collects the most.
Examples of items you could send with your child:
Turkey dressing, gravy, can corn, can green beans, box potato scallop, box mash potatoes, soups- chicken or mushroom soup, dry french onions, can pumpkin, yams, marshmallows, brown sugar, can beets, can fruit, cranberry sauce, evaporate milk, pork beans, pinto beans, black beans, B&B Sauce, box breakfast cereal, oatmeal cereal, pancake mix, apple sauce, pie filling, olives, rice. Any dry food or canned items are used. Some people bring in pasta noodles like spaghetti or macaroni cheese. 
Contact Mr. Esparza ( or any SkillsUSA officer with any questions. Thank you TJ friends and families for your kindness during this holiday season.
Holiday Resources for Families
Please visit the links below for information about where & when to apply for holiday meal baskets & gifts. These links are hosted by Mile High United Way 2-1-1, and will keep being updated as new resources are added, and registrations close.

SkillsUSA News
SkillsUSA recently participated in the Fall Leadership Conference. It was a wonderful experience for all, and the students have some great reflections about the event! 

"The Fall Leadership Conference this year was an amazing experience, and I learned so much about how to improve my own abilities and our chapter. Over the 2 day conference, Jack and I had to present 6 different sessions, which, at first, seemed extremely intimidating, but by the end, my public speaking abilities and confidence increased a lot. I'm extremely happy that our chapter developed so many great fundraising and community service ideas, and we will definitely be implementing several of them to improve our community."-  Co-President Matt Bulger

Countdown to ArtFest 2018 - Calling All Volunteers

Ever wonder about all the invisible hands that go into producing an event? ArtFest has dozens of fabulous behind-the-scenes volunteers who contribute their time and energy to transform TJ's gym into a holiday wonderland and shopper's delight. It's a fun opportunity to lend a hand, meet new people, and help a great event that benefits TJ's classroom grant program. New this year - all volunteers (adults and students) who help with setup and/or cleanup will earn $10/hour for the TJ club/activity/class of their choice! ArtFest supports the entire TJ school community, so don't miss out!
to help with set up, clean up, and a number of other tasks that 
make the event possible. Psst! No creativity required! ;)

The PTO is still looking for local businesses to display an 8.5" x 11" poster. If anyone has a connection or works for any of the businesses in the SE Denver area willing to display a poster to advertise the event, please have them contact  Mel Toner at .  Other questions? Send them to .
PTO News
Come out to this month's PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 13th from 6-7pm in room 111 to find out what is going on! Preparations for ArtFest are in full swing and we still need volunteers to help set up and tear down the event. The staff holiday luncheon in December is in the works. Bring your ideas for a gift for the staff. Don't forget to bring $5 and pick up your King Soopers Gift card. Hope to see you there!
Yearbook News
Yearbook Announcements:
  • Please check to see if we received your senior quote and photo. There's a poster hanging on the office windows, or you can check the yearbook website to make sure.
  • PriceGet your book at the price of $55 until 1-18-19. The price will eventually increase to $65, so act fast!
  • Baby AdIf you would like to purchase a senior/baby ad, they are due by 11-16-18.  
All information about the yearbook can found on the journal under the News & Events tab or by clicking here.
Upcoming Community Meetings
GSA T-shirts for sale
Email  to order
News from the Future Center
College Representatives Visits:
·        Tuesday, November 13th - University of Wyoming in 6th period
DSF has a new volunteer who will be at the Future Center between 11am and 1pm on 11/13, 11/28, 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17. 12th graders - please bring your Daniels Scholarship Program essay drafts and other scholarship or college application essays to the Future Center to get expert assistance!
Thank you!

Sophie Vogel
College Advisor, Thomas Jefferson High School 
Denver Scholarship Foundation | a 501(c)(3) Public Charity  
3950 S. Holly Street  |  Denver, CO 80237 
O 720.423.7134   F 720.423.7098
Community Service Opportunity
The UHills Neighborhood Association is a non-profit that represents the UHills Residents (our boundaries are I-25 to CO Blvd., and Hampden north to Yale). Here is our webpage They are in need of 1-2 students to help update and post upcoming events, Board Meeting Minutes, photos from events, etc. to their website once or twice a month. If you are interested, please see Ms. Adair or Mr. Fornstrom.
Part-Time Custodian Wanted
Facilities Management Jobs Available
Spartan Spirit Store
The TJ Spirit Store is stocked and ready to sell!  Show your TJ pride in style and comfort with hoodies, t-shirts, hats, blankets and stadium chairs. The TJHS Spirit Store is open every Friday at lunch time. Great news: the huge SALE has been extended through November! l 2019 retro-Joe Spartan t-shirts are $5, all other short-sleeved t-shirts are $10, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hoodies are $25.  We also now have beanies with pom poms for $20 and beanies without for $15.  We accept cash, credit cards and checks.

The store will be open during events like certain athletic games and other community events such as the ArtFest. Or, make an appointment to shop with Carrie ( ). The store accepts cash, credit cards and checks. You can view several items  here , but we are not currently accepting online orders .

Please contact Julie Thibodeau in the front office if you need help with the store at times other than Friday at lunch.

If you have any questions please email them to
Mental Health and Social/Emotional Tips
Did You Know?
The holiday season is advertised as a time of joy and giving, filled with food, family, and friends. These advertisements are manufactured in whole by large corporations to pray on the consumer, in part by painting a picture of the perfect holiday. Much less focus has been placed on the negative effects that the holiday season can have on a person. Which is often referred to as holiday stress.
Causes of Holiday Stress
  1. Increased family responsibility as students are on break from school.
  2. Increased spending due to seasonal changes; electric bill, warm clothing, etc.
  3. Increased spending due to holiday shopping; presents, large meals, and travel expenses.
  4. Increased time constraints due to work parties, family gatherings, and vacations.
Ways to Combat Holiday Stress

Strengthen Social Connections: Supportive social relationships can help individuals manage a variety of challenges. The holiday season can be used to reconnect with positive people in our lives. While everyone enjoys gifts, a short phone call or quick lunch date can be just as rewarding.
Set Reasonable Goals: Wanting your child to have a wonderful holiday is expected, but setting unreasonable expectations to meet this goal can lead to stress and anxiety. Understanding what your family is capable of and keeping expectations within those limits will help reduce unnecessary holiday stress. Remember, some things will not go as planned.
Keep Things in Perspective: Remember, holiday season is short! Prioritize your schedule so that your most important holiday tasks are not over looked. Consider mishaps or problems that could possibly occur in order to prepare oneself for future pitfalls. Tasks unrelated to the holiday season, that can be put off until later, can be followed up after the holidays are over.
Get Enough Exercise: Research shows that regular exercise can help people manage stress and anxiety. This stress can be exacerbated by the reduced amount of sunlight in the winter months, as well as dietary changes that occur due to an increased presence of sugary food.
Say, "No": Stress accumulates during the holiday season primarily through constraint on money and time. Holiday events such as parties, gift exchanges, and family trips can cause further constraint on time and money. Knowing how and when to say "no" can alleviate this form of stress.
Mental Health and Social Emotional "Did You Know":  Compiled by Samanda Davis, LCSW, MSW and Natalie Koncz, Ed.S., NCSP. Resources:
Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse / Misuse
Hey TJ Families! Click here to t ake a look at this short video about quick and simple ways to help keep your child safe!
Food and Nutrition Resources for Families
  • Click here for Food Resource Hotline information
Class News You Can Use
All Classes 
  • Great news! All Class T-Shirts are now available (as well as other TJ gear) in the Spartan Store!

  • Supporting our TJ students, classrooms and teacher is as simple as a click of a button. Visit the online store to donate to TJ PTO today: Online Spartan Spirit Store for TJ Gear
Class of 2019 - Seniors
The Class of '19 is raising money for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
TJ AVID is selling Do it yourself Senior Shirts! 

Join the new TJ tradition!

Tie Dye, paint and decorate to your Style!

Senior DIY Shirts $15 

Class of 2020 - Juniors
The Class of 2020 will raise money throughout the year for senior year activities including After Prom.

How you can support:
  • Host an event and donate the proceeds to the class of 2020!
  • Make a tax deductible financial donation by clicking here.  Be sure to find out if your employer will match our donation!
Please contact Megan Perkins ( or Lisa LoJacono ( to get involved in fundraising and other activities!

Class of 2021 - Sophomores
  • We're also looking for volunteers to host future events for our class parents. If interested, please come to the next PTO meeting, or send an email to; or to find out more.
Class of 2022 - Freshmen
  • If you have any questions or interest in joining a team of parents to help coordinate fundraising efforts and community building, please email for more information.