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Barbara Lucas

Barbara Lucas

(973) 478 - 8662 x15

Happy Spring

Spring is the time of year that we normally think of when it comes to seasonal allergies. As the trees start to bloom and the pollen gets airborne, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing. If your child has known seasonal allergies have them start taking their over the counter medications now. Taking the medications daily helps get better control of the allergy symptoms. If you are unsure if your child has allergies or just a cold, here is some help in figuring it out. As always it is best to consult your doctor if symptoms linger and home remedies are not working.

Characteristic Cold Allergy
Duration 3-14 days Days to months - as long as you are exposed to the allergen
Time of Year Most often in the winer, but possible at any time Any time of the year - although the appearance of some allergens are seasonal
Onset of symptoms Symptoms take a few days to appear after infection with the virus Symptoms can begin immediately after exposure to the allergen
Symptom Cold Allergy
Cough Often Sometimes
Aches Sometimes Never
Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes
Fever Rarely Rarely
Itchy, watery eyes Rarely Often
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Runny or stuffy nose Often; usually yellow mucus Often; usually clear mucus

Although there are some differences, cold and allergy symptoms overlap quite a bit. The most important difference is that colds usually don't last longer than 14 days. If you still have symptoms after two weeks, see your doctor. These may be allergy symptoms or a sign of another problem


New Student reminders

In compliance with the laws and guidelines of the State of New Jersey, all new entrants into the Lodi Public School District must present documentation of Immunizations and a physical exam performed in the last 12 months.

Lodi public school shall admit students on a provisional basis if a physician or his or her designee can document that at least one dose of each required age-appropriate vaccine or antigen has been administered and that the pupil is in the process of receiving the remaining immunizations, as per the Lodi Board of education regulation No. 5320.

Any questions please call the office during school hours or email me at the above address.


News and Events

As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Lodi Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the school district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Please feel free to contact Mr. Jamie E. Ciofalo, Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates


Friday, September 26 -
Friday, September 26, 2014 – All School Dance – The TJMS PTO will sponsor a “Welcome Back to TJMS Dance”. The dance is from 7:00 – 10:00PM in the TJMS Gymnasium. The cost of the dance is $5.00. Refreshments will be sold. This dance is for TJMS students only.


Tuesday, September 30 -
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Jr. Police Academy – The Lodi Police Department will sponsor a Jr. Police Academy at TJMS for any 7th grade student who is interested. The Jr. Police Academy is held every Tuesday during the months of October and November. 6:30 – 9:00PM in the TJMS Gymnasium