Communications

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The TJMS PTA strives to serve the needs of the entire TJMS community by keeping parents informed about what’s happening at the school and in the APS system throughout the year, as well as about PTA initiatives and activities. Membership in the PTA is not required to receive PTA communications, and we invite all families and teachers to sign up for our publications and follow us on social media to stay informed and connected. We encourage parents and teachers to use and bookmark the shortcut link tjmspta.org to jump to our PTA website quickly.

As a reminder, any webpage within Arlington Public School (APS) websites can be viewed in Spanish, Mongolian, Amharic or Arabic by selecting one of the following language options, which are also available in the top left area of all APS webpages.

Last updated Sept. 26, 2021


TJMS PTA Email Communications

The PTA emails important updates and information to parents in both English and Spanish in two main ways:

1) The monthly TJMS PTA Buzz email newsletter delivers content by and for parents on topics of interest to Jefferson parents, as well as PTA news and reminders. Subscribe by filling out the online subscription form.

Review past issues of the TJMS PTA Buzz newsletter:

2) The TJMS PTA Announcement list delivers time-sensitive PTA announcements as they arise, as well as a weekly “Friday 5-Minute Read.” Subscribe by sending a blank email message to tjms+subscribe@groups.io. Customize your delivery settings and review past messages in the Groups.io archive anytime at groups.io/g/tjms.

Ways to Automatically Opt In to TJMS PTA Communications

If you join the PTA as a member and/or if you opted YES PTA DIRECTORY on ParentVUE, you will be added to both the PTA Announcement list and TJMS PTA Buzz (if you haven’t already subscribed yourself). You can unsubscribe from either option at any time.

Log into ParentVUE.

Joining as a member and opting in on ParentVUE both also make you eligible for inclusion in any PTA Parent Directory that may be produced by the PTA during the course of the school year. As of September 2021, the PTA has not produced a parent directory in recent years, so we are currently researching options for potentially bringing this benefit back to parents in the 2021-2022 school year.


TJMS PTA on Social Media

  • Follow TJMS PTA on Twitter: @tjmspta
  • Follow and like TJMS PTA on Facebook: @ThomasJeffersonMSPTA
  • Join the Jefferson Parents private Facebook group – This space provides opportunities for discussion and interaction on relevant topics in a private setting
  • Latino parents are invited to join the conversation on the Padres Latinos de T.J. WhatsApp group. To join, text or email the TJMS WhatsApp parent manager at whatsapp@tjmspta.org.

Note: The TJMS PTA Announcement list on Groups.io is set up as a moderated announcement list, not a discussion list. For private online discussions, parents are encouraged to join the Jefferson Parents Facebook group.


Jefferson Garden Communications

The Jefferson Garden is a school and community garden funded in part by the TJMS PTA. Learn about the garden and sign up for garden-related communications.


APS and School Communications

APS and TJMS administrators and teachers communicate with families in many ways. It is TJMS policy for staff members to have 24 hours to acknowledge receipt of communication and 48 hours to respond to any form of communication. The TJMS PTA is sharing this list of school communications for the convenience of parents; all items below are managed by APS and/or the school, not the PTA.

APS School Talk – These are emails, text messages and robocalls that deliver important school messages and the monthly schedule of events to families. Parents are automatically signed up for APS School Talk when they register their students for school (as of July 1 in the school year for which they are registered). Make sure that APS always has your current contact information to ensure that you receive all APS and school messages. Learn more about APS School Talk.

ParentVUE – This tool provides live feedback on student grades and attendance, as well as teacher communication. This is also where parents complete the Annual Online Verification Process required by APS. View ParentVUE information.

Canvas – Canvas is the learning management system used by APS for teachers to post academic assignments and resources for students. View Canvas resources and tutorials for parents.

Jefferson Website – The Jefferson school website is the repository for all TJMS information, and links to the latest school-issued news and announcements are displayed on the Jefferson homepage at jefferson.apsva.us. (The TJMS PTA website resides as a menu subsection within the larger Jefferson website, and the PTA only controls the content of PTA webpages, not any other Jefferson webpages.)

Monthly Activities Calendars – Jefferson’s monthly activities calendars includes dates and times for clubs and activities, holidays and scheduled student days off from school, and important school links. The school shares calendars on a monthly basis via links on the TJMS homepage.

PeachJar Digital Flyers and Middle Years Newsletter – Digital e-flyers with notifications from the school and other sources intended for the TJMS community are sent through the PeachJar platform on Thursdays. Jefferson also shares the monthly Middle Years newsletter with parents via Peachjar. Families that provide current email addresses to TJMS will automatically receive PeachJar e-flyers. View recent e-flyers on the Jefferson Peachjar website.

Team Email Blasts – Each Jefferson team (e.g., Owls, etc.) sends out email blasts to parents during the year. If you don’t receive email blasts from your team, ask your child’s designated team TA about them.

IB Programme Newsletter – TJMS produces a monthly IB Programme newsletter to share news and information about Jefferson’s IB Middle Years Program.