We need Volunteers for the Tuscan Art Show!

4/7/2024 8:24 am

The annual Tuscan Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 2. 

Ms. Snyder, our art teacher, is hard at work selecting pieces of artwork from each and every Tuscan student to be displayed


But she needs your help with the final preparations. 

Please sign up here for the Matting Crew and/or the Hanging Crew.

Check the Sign Up Genius for more details. 


The first meeting for Matting Crew is Monday, April 8, any time between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. 


Can't make that but still want to help? You've got two more chances! Ms. Snyder will be in the Art Room on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The explanation of the matting process should take about 15 minutes. Stop by anytime during those hours! 

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Are you ready for the eclipse? Stay safe!

4/7/2024 8:20 am

At about 3:24 p.m. on Monday, April 8 (that's tomorrow!), New Jersey will experience a near-total solar eclipse — about 90% of the sun will be blocked. 


Maximum darkness comes exactly one minute after our Tigers are released from Tuscan. And exactly when they might want to look up. 


Read these NASA safety tips about the eclipse with your family so that your Tigers will be prepared at dismissal tomorrow. 


And here is a video that will help you construct a DIY eclipse viewer


Have fun, and be safe! 

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Tuscan Show 2024 - TONIGHT! OPENING NIGHT!

4/5/2024 1:25 pm

  • Friday, April 5th - 7pm, Doors 6:30pm
  • Saturday, April 6th - 4pm, Doors 3:30pm
  • Sunday, April 7th - 2pm, Doors 1:30pm
Run time is approximately 2 hours.
Maplewood Middle School
7 Burnet St, Maplewood
FREE! Seating is first come first serve. If you need wheelchair access, please email tuscanshow@gmail.com to coordinate.
Concessions ($1-$5), lollipop bouquets ($10), Spirit Wear, and LIMITED amounts of 2-3 stem flower bouquets ($10). Cash preferred but we will have a cashless option.
If you pre-ordered your Wildly Floral Co bouquets, look for our flower table in the lobby to pick up.
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Celebrate Tuscan's paraprofessionals this week

4/4/2024 12:25 pm

Please join us as we celebrate and show our Tuscan love to all 19 wonderful Paraprofessional teachers


These special teachers work tirelessly to ensure that all of our Tigers are successful in the classroom.  The support they provide is invaluable and often invisible.   


Monday, April 1: Morning announcement and a big shout out to all Paraprofessionals!  

Tuesday, April 2: Paraprofessional bouquets: Class coordinators will organize small bouquets for classrooms with Paras.

Wednesday, April 3: Students can send in special notes for their Paras.  

Thursday, April 4: PTA gift cards.

Friday, April 5: Breakfast in the teachers' lounge.

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Order your Tuscan Show bouquets!

3/11/2024 12:13 pm

The Tuscan PTA is beyond excited to collaborate with Wildly Floral Co in South Orange for this year's Tuscan Show Bouquets! 


Wildly Floral Co will be creating a custom mixed bouquet of fresh flowers in Tuscan colors, perfect for celebrating your Tiger's performance.


A portion of all bouquet sales will go towards our PTA to help fund events and programs during the year.




  • We will be taking PRE-ORDERS for bouquets. 
  • You get to choose which date you'd like to pick up your bouquets
  • Pickup will be at our flower table in the lobby at all Tuscan Show dates.
  • You can order here until March 29th.
  • Have any grandparents, aunts, uncles, family, or friends attending the show?
  • Feel free to forward this ordering info.
  • Anyone can order a bouquet, but please do so by MARCH 29th. Unfortunately, NO EXCEPTIONS to that deadline!



Email Jessie!

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Book Fair Appreciation Post!

3/11/2024 12:07 pm

Thank you to our Book Fair Queens Katie Bassel and Lauren Rosen for flawlessly organizing this year’s Tuscan Book Fair. 


Thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped at the register, restocked items, and helped students select books and fill out wishlists. 


Thank you to all our families who purchased books and supported our school. 


Thank you to the Tuscan alumni who provided musical entertainment at Family Night. 


Thank you to the Tuscan Tiger for putting smiles on our faces. 


Thank you to Ms Majeed for your support. 


Thank you to everyone involved with the Tuscan Show for modifying your rehearsals to accommodate the Book Fair.


Until next year!

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The Tuscan Book Fair is March 4-6!

2/24/2024 7:36 am


To set up your child's eWallet for cashless purchases: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/tuscanelementaryschool



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Crossing Guard Appreciation Week: February 26 - March 1

2/22/2024 2:35 pm

Please show your appreciation by creating a thank you card for one (or all) of our Crossing Guards.


You can print a pre-made thank you card here: https://drive.google.com/.../1_fCaW5MoX0pZ-MG.../view  

Our Crossing Guards are:
Harvard & Osborne - Jolene
Harvard & Prospect - Rosa
Tuscan & Prospect - Dionne
Tuscan & Valley - Raymond
Crescents & Prospect - Maryann
Springfield & Prospect - Vananza
Baker & Valley - Grace
Valley & South Pierson - Tasha


Thank you to Walk Bike Ride South Orange, Jespy House, Maplewood PD and South Orange PD for organizing this week long event.  


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Beyond the Bell Spring Session - Spots Still Available!

2/12/2024 2:16 pm

There are still Beyond the Bell classes available!


ICYMI: There are still some openings in Beyond the Bell classes at Tuscan for all grade levels! 


Classes run March 14 - May 10, on Thursdays and Fridays immediately after school. 


Find the list of classes (including which grades can participate in each) and registration information here


Some ideas from the PTA: For the big kids (grades 3-5): For kids who like to play games with strategy, Game Hour is a good choice. Kids who like to solve riddles and escape-room type games should try Puzzles & Mysteries. Kids who like to be active will enjoy Game Time Fun, and kids who like to do science experiments should try That's Gross! 

Creative kids should try Hand Lettering or Tuscan Space Cadets, and kids with a flair for drama will enjoy Making Magic. And for anyone who loves to read and wants to spend more time in the library, Library 101 is an excellent choice (they even get to check out 3 more books a week!).


For the younger kids (grades K-2): Kids who like to build things should try Lego Builders (there are only openings for the Friday class). Kids who like to create art should try Printmaking, Crafty Kiddos, Superhero Training (where they'll also play a lot), or Clay Play (only 2 spots left!). 

If your kid likes hands-on science, they should try Nasa Academy. And If they like to perform, Making Magic is a fun choice. Game Time Fun is perfect for kids who like to be active (only 2 spots left). And for kindergarteners only, they can have fun in Playtime in Espanol.

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100th Day of School Food Drive

2/6/2024 11:07 am

For the 100th day of school, 100 ways to support our food-insecure neighbors

Every year, in celebration of the 100th days of school, the Tuscan community sets a goal to donate 100 items of food per class to the Our Lady of Sorrows and St Joe's food pantries.


Please donate according to your child's grade level. These are the most needed items at the food pantries. No glass jars for any items, please. 


You can send in the donations to school with your child anytime between February 1 and February 15. All teachers will have a collection box in their classrooms.  


Questions? Want to volunteer to help transport items to the food pantry on Feb 15th? Email Ms. Sinclair!

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