Communications

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The TJMS PTA strives to serve the needs of the entire TJMS community by keeping parents informed about PTA events and activities, as well as what’s happening at Jefferson and throughout the Arlington Public Schools (APS) system.

PTA membership is not required to receive PTA communications, and we invite all families and teachers to sign up for our email communications and follow us on social media to stay informed and connected. Use and bookmark the shortcut link tjmspta.org to jump to our PTA website quickly.

How to Automatically Opt In to PTA Communications – If you join the PTA as a member and/or if you opted YES PTA DIRECTORY on ParentVUE, you will be eligible to be included in any PTA Directory for the current school year, and you will be added to TJMS email subscriber lists, if you aren’t already a subscriber. You can unsubscribe yourself from PTA communications at any time. (A directory is not being published for the 2021-2022 school year, but if you’d like to volunteer to take this project on for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact president@tjmspta.org.)

Any webpage within Arlington Public School 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 May 6, 2022


TJMS PTA Communications

The PTA communicates important updates and information to parents in both English and Spanish in several ways:

  • Subscribe to the TJMS PTA Buzz email newsletter by filling out the online subscription form. Issues are provided in English and Spanish.
  • Follow TJMS PTA on Twitter @tjmspta
  • Follow and like TJMS PTA on Facebook @ThomasJeffersonMSPTA
  • Join the private Jefferson Parents Facebook group – This space provides opportunities for discussion and interaction on relevant topics in a private setting. Parents must answer a few brief questions and agree to the group rules before being admitted to the group.
  • For Spanish-language communications, request to be added to the private Padres Latinos de T.J. WhatsApp group by texting or emailing the TJMS WhatsApp manager at whatsapp@tjmspta.org.

Review sample TJMS PTA Buzz newsletter issue:

  • May 2, 2022 – Thank a Teacher During Teacher Appreciation Week; no school today for Eid holiday; PTA to host Drug Prevention Presentation on May 16

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 – Arlington Public Schools keeps in touch with parents and the community through its email, voicemail and text messaging system, APS School Talk. Both county-wide and Jefferson-specific messages are delivered using the APS School Talk platform. 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 Jefferson messages.

Jefferson Website – The Jefferson school website is the repository for all school-issued announcements and guidance. The homepage provides links to the latest school news, advisories and information – including updates on sports and after-school activities – as well as a Quicklinks sidebar for frequently accessed resources. (Note: Not all Jefferson news appearing on the homepage is automatically delivered to parents via School Talk, so the PTA encourages parents to check in on the Jefferson homepage periodically, as well as follow PTA communications as another source of school news.)

IB Programme Newsletter – TJMS publishes a monthly IB Programme newsletter for parents on its website that shares news and information about what’s happening at the school and about Jefferson’s IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP). Recurring newsletter features include:

  • Principal’s Message
  • Students recognized for demonstrating attributes of the IBMYP Learner Profile of the Month
  • IB policy explanations
  • IB service learning and community project updates
  • Teacher progress reports
  • Gifted curriculum highlights

Morning Announcements – TJMS publishes on the Jefferson website the transcripts of the daily morning announcements that are delivered to students in video format, to give parents access to this information.

Calendars – Residing under the Quicklinks menu on the Jefferson homepage, the school’s Monthly Calendar includes dates and times for student clubs, activities and performances; holidays and scheduled student days off from school; and other important school links. The county-wide APS calendar also typically includes major TJMS school events (like concerts) and school closures and holidays that apply to the entire Arlington Public Schools system.

PeachJar – Digital flyers with notifications for the Jefferson community from the school, PTA and other outside sources are shared with parents through the Jefferson Middle School PeachJar site, which also can be found under the Quicklinks menu on the Jefferson homepage. if you aren’t already receiving Jefferson Peachjar notifications in your email inbox, contact the Main Office to get added to the distribution list.

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.

Team Email Blasts – Jefferson Teams – especially 6th Grade Teams (e.g., Owls, Dolphins, etc.) – as well as individual teachers, may send out email blasts to parents during the year to keep them informed about classroom activity. If you have questions about email communications from your student’s team, contact your student’s TA teacher.