Thomas Jefferson School

June 5, 2020
A Message from Our Principal
Dear Thomas Jefferson Families,

As we near the end of our school year, I look back at most recently the COVID-19 pandemic and think about how it has impacted us as a Rockaway Borough community, our school and then also my own personal family-life. I recently had a discussion with one of our teachers about how this reminds us of the great freedoms we had in going about our daily lives. The feelings of safety and the sense of security. How we sometimes used to take for granted and even complain about going to Shop-Rite or other stores-yet now, I still am very hesitant to go into stores, but I look forward again to the days of freely traveling to where I would like to go and not think twice (or even complain) about it. 

This has made me think even more of showing gratefulness, thankfulness and letting others know when they are appreciated. On this day, I want to spread an enormous thank you to four of our parent groups. Thank you to our Homeroom Parents for working in partnership with our teachers and hosting such great events for our students. To the Rockaway Borough Education Foundation for approving curriculum based grants to help create, strengthen and supplement so many programs in supporting our teachers as they work with our children. To our Home and School Association for their approval of grants in supplementing school programs and activities, and this year their incredible generosity in paying the majority of the cost toward our 8th grade award plaques in a time when small businesses are struggling. And finally, to our TJ Goes to Washington Parent group for their unmatched hard work in fundraising for a Washington D.C. trip that unfortunately never materialized. Yet, this group was creative and inventive in giving back to the kids in various ways while also giving back to the Rockaway Borough community. 

And finally, thank you to all of our families and any other groups I may be unintentionally missing, for your on-going support and patience with us - especially in the last 4 months. We are all a team - home and school. It is this team connection that helps our students reach their fullest potential. Thank you. 

Be well, be healthy and thank you for your partnership,

David Waxman
Upcoming Dates and Reminders
June 8th-9th
Make-Up Work Days (No new work will be assigned on these days)

June 9th
Last Day of the 4th Marking Period

June 15th
Last Day of School/Report Cards Issued

Important Information for Our 8th Graders
Virtual Field Day 2020
This week, TJ had its first ever "Virtual Field Day." If you'd like to see how it went, click the button below to check out the pictures and videos that were sent in.

Thanks to all who participated and to Mr. Onischuk and Ms. Bogart for making it happen!
TJ Guess Who
The staff at TJ put together a little game for you and your children. Let's see who can guess the face behind the mask! We hope this helps all our students feel a little more comfortable seeing us with our masks on and reassures them that there is always a smiling face behind that extra fabric. Stay safe, Rams Nation! (Thank you to Mrs. Greuter for compiling all the photos!)
NJ Department of Education Survey
Dear Families, 

If you would please fill out this survey as issued by the New Jersey Department of Education. They have asked us to share with our families. Please know that we do not see the responses, and we are told that all responses are anonymous. The survey will close on Monday, June 8th.

Thank you all for your participation.

Be well,
Summer Reading Program 2020
Vacancies for the 2020-2021 School Year
Are you or someone you know looking for employment in the upcoming months? Then check out these opportunities to become part of the Rockaway Borough School District family! Spread the word.

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher at TJ School
Full Time Position
Appropriate NJ Certification Required
Must be highly qualified in Science
Salary TBD based on the RBEA Teacher Salary Guide
Please submit letter of interest, resume and copy of certifications by June 15, 2020 to David Waxman at

Personal/Instructional Aides (Anticipated)
Lincoln & Thomas Jefferson Schools
60 College Credits Preferred
$15.00 per hour
Please submit letter of interest to Milissa Dachisen & David Waxman at

What's New in Our Schools and in Our Community
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Thomas Jefferson School - 95 East Main Street, Rockaway NJ 07866 - Phone: 973-625-8603