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Barbara Lucas

Barbara Lucas

(973) 478 - 8662 x15


I hope everyone had a restful and memorable summer.

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 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.

Don't Forget about Breakfast.

Keeping your child healthy and safe is any parent's priority, but in today's hectic, busy, lifestyle, sometimes our best intentions take a back seat. Children still need two basic ingredients to stay healthy and focused in school: a good breakfast and a good night's sleep. Many children visit the health room with complaints of tummy aches, headaches, and general malaise, all before 10AM. These symptoms are real and could be avoided by a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast.

Recommendations suggest children ages 11-14 years of age receive no less than 9-10 hours of sleep each night. Be consistent with bedtime rituals and bedtime in general. Do not use sleep as a punishment, but encourage sleep as a healthy habit...just like brushing the teeth. Children who are rested are able to retain information and apply what they've learned.

Breakfast eaters show greater concentration, more energy, and better muscle coordination. Getting a child to eat in the morning is not always an easy task, but even a glass of milk will provide energy and needed vitamins. Below are some suggested items for breakfast on the go:

*Fruit smoothie-milk, ice cream, banana (or other fruit) can be mixed together and put in cup for the trip to school.

*cereal with fruit and milk

*cheese toast

*instant oatmeal


*cheese, fruit, crackers

*pancakes, waffles, bagel

*and yes, "leftovers" are okay too!

6th Grade Student reminder

All pupils entering grade 6 and born after January 1, 1997 must received a Tdap vaccine and a meningococcal vaccine. If you have not already done so, please schedule an appointment with your health care provider and submit proof of documentation to the school nurse as soon as completed. In the event that you do not have a healthcare provider or need further assistance, please contact the nurse at 973-478-8662 x 15


News and Events

Junior Police Academy – Every Tuesday in October – The Lodi Police Department will conduct a Jr. Police Academy for any 7th grade student interested.  The Academy will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the TJMS Gymnasium.

TJMS PTO Gift Wrap and Holiday Gift Sale- Catalogs were distributed to each student.  Profits from the sales will offset the cost of class trips, 8th Grade Social and other activities. Orders are due Tuesday, October 7th.  Any student who returns the form stating they brought home the packet is eligible for daily prize drawings. Again, all orders are due Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

Upcoming Dates


Thursday, October 23 -
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – “National Junior Honor Society Inductions” – 6:30PM in the TJMS Auditorium


Friday, October 24 -
Friday, October 24, 2014 – TJMS HALLOWEEN DANCE – All TJMS students are invited to attend this annual event to be held in the TJMS Gymnasium. Students are encouraged to dress in costume. The dance runs from 7:00 to 10:00PM. The cost is $5.00 per ticket and refreshments will be sold.


Tuesday, October 28 -
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Pretty in Pink Dance – The dance is to benefit the Susan G. Komen Association on the prevention of breast cancer. This dance is a mother/daughter dance for all girls in the Lodi Public Schools. The dance is from 6:00 – 9:00PM in the TJMS Gymnasium. The cost to enter the dance is $5.00.


Wednesday, October 29 -
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Make Up Picture Day – Students will have their pictures taken if they were absent when original pictures were taken. Students can also do a retake of the pictures they ordered. Students must return the original package to the photographer before having a retake picture taken. Students must wear regular school uniforms, but may change their top to have their picture taken.


Friday, October 31 -
Friday, October 31, 2014 – Halloween Celebration – In recognition of Halloween, students will be permitted to wear costumes to school. Costumes must adhere to the school dress code for decency and safety. Students are not required to wear costumes and school uniforms are not required.