The Elementary School has many programs to extend and enrich learning.


Responsive Classroom
The Responsive Classroom approach is a widely used, research-backed approach to elementary education that increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high-quality instruction. Furthermore, this instructional philosophy is designed to develop a climate of trust and set the tone for respectful learning throughout the day. In the Responsive Classroom children’s needs are addressed and a sense of significance is built while social, emotional and intellectual learning are merged.

Reading
Reading is very important to our Tabernacle Kids. Furthermore, our students are involved in a variety of school wide activities during the Read Across America celebration. Our Media Center features a guided reading room so our teachers can differentiate their reading instruction for their students as well as hone in on their students’ instructional reading level. Last year we added a variety of rich math literature to our guided reading room so our teaching staff can use that literature for their anticipatory set to get their students interested in a wide range of math topics. Lastly, we were able to expand our parent/child literature by adding on to our “We Both Read” Program with more non-fiction books in our Guided Reading Room.

High School Math Mentors
Seneca High School math students volunteer twice a month to meet with fourth grade students for 1 hour after our school day to strengthen the younger students’ math skills. Students work together to strengthen math facts and to solve problems similar to those found on the NJASK. In addition to providing positive mathematical support and increasing math sense, this program has proven to be motivational for all participants.

Study Island
Our computer lab has been turned into a tropical Study Island. Students in second, third and fourth grades have access, in school and at home, to Study Island. This instructional and diagnostic tool enables teachers and parents to help students master the state standards and prepare for state tests in reading, writing, mathematics and science. This Website can be accessed from home on the Internet. Please check with your child’s teacher to find out more information about Study Island.

Supplemental Instruction
Student needs are met in the Elementary School by providing differentiated instruction in the classroom, in addition to Basic Skills instruction, Tier 3 support, gifted and talented programming and enrichment classes. Each level of assistance is designed to meet the specific educational needs of the individual student.

Gifted and Talented
The PERC curriculum enhances and extends specific content areas at each grade level. Science and mathematics are the areas of concentration in third grade and language arts is the content focus for fourth grade. Creative thinking, higher order thinking skills and problem solving activities expand the classroom program for qualifying students.

Chorus
Third and fourth grade students practice weekly and present 2 performances a year for students, staff, parents, family and friends. The performances are exceptional. Please call the office (609) 268-0150 for further information.

Hand Chimes
Beautiful sounds are heard from the TES hand chimes group each year. This musical opportunity provides fourth graders with a unique experience at an early age and is continued in the Middle School.

Band
It is amazing each year how our fourth grade students get their musical instruments for the first time in September and are accomplished enough to perform in December of the same year. Students are provided small group and individual lessons during school hours, practice at home and practice after school as a band to prepare for winter and spring concerts.

Community Service
Grade levels and classrooms join hands to make fruit baskets, buy turkeys, collect canned food, collect toys for those less fortunate than they during the holidays.

Fourth Grade Camping
Fourth grade students enjoy 3 exciting days of environmental studies at Camp Matollionequay in Medford. Students are involved in a hands-on activity-based curriculum in the out-of-doors. For more information, please touch base with one our our 4th grade teachers.

Safety Patrol
Our safe school environment is enhanced by the efforts of the TES Safety Patrol. Fourth graders are selected for the patrol by their classroom teachers. Our safety patrol members serve as role models for the entire student body. Therefore, these students are expected to demonstrate responsibility, trustworthiness, honesty and respect for others at all times. Our patrol members meet the buses in the morning to ensure students enter the building safely, assist in monitoring the lunchroom and monitor dismissal at the end of the day.

Jump Rope for Heart
February is the month when our thoughts turn to our hearts. Tabernacle Elementary School takes this one step further and, through the efforts of our physical education department, has conducted a Jump Rope for Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association for the past 22 years. We are very proud that the district has raised over $188,000 for this worthwhile organization. This year’s Jump Rope for Heart will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at the Kenneth R. Olson Middle School gymnasium from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Please check the Paterson post and the Family Packet for more information. Hope to see you there!

Ronald McDonald House
TES students collect pennies, paper and cleaning products and aluminum pop tabs annually for Ronald McDonald House. This effort began as a philanthropic project 14 years ago and has continued every year since. TES students have collected over $4,000 and countless supplies in our Kids Helping Kids campaign. This effort began as a fourth grade project and now includes the entire student body and the community. Representatives from each fourth grade classroom make the trip to Ronald McDonald House each March to tour the facility and present a check, supplies and the pop tabs. This year we are going to conduct a school-wide tab counting event. How many tabs can we collect???
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