James Tansey Elementary School


Monday, September 22nd

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Parents will meet in the school cafeteria for a general informational meeting then visit the classrooms for grade specific goals.

A Message from James Tansey Principal,

Dr. Nicholas Bretz

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

     Welcome back to another academic year! We as a learning community have been working throughout this summer to gain new resources and approaches to support and excel the learning of each and every student. It is my goal as principal to assist each family to continue to build a partnership within our school community. Within this partnership, we can work together to support the diverse needs of each of our children. Parents, faculty, staff, and administration are stakeholders that play a key role to encourage our students to think critically, promote understanding of others, and acquire skills to be successful within the classroom. Within this partnership, we can nurture the development and educational growth of each individual child. It is up to us as a community to afford every child with opportunities to learn new ideas, interact with others, become social/ emotionally aware, safe, and feel empowered to excel beyond their potential.

     Beyond academics, all students must become independent and knowledgeable of themselves.  Allowing students to understand the way they think, offering tools to assist them to seek support, and become confident in their abilities is essential. To support student development, all students will be welcomed everyday through our morning meeting. The morning meeting supports the transition of students from home to school. Our meetings will target key characteristics and foster the building of relationships and culture within our classrooms and school community. Such practices will assist us in creating a safe and focused learning environment. As we continue to engage all learners, we will refine our practices to provide a high-quality instruction that builds upon the developmental levels of our children within each grade. We will continue to monitor each child’s academic progress and provide targeted intervention when necessary. In addition, we have assessed our current schedule to make adjustments throughout the day to allow all students with minimal transitions/ distractions, ways to stay energized, and more time on learning. We are excited for our students and families to meet our new faculty and staff.

     As the first day of school quickly approaches (Wednesday, September 3 Grades 1-5; Wednesday, September 10 Grade K), we are excited to begin the next chapter in your child’s education.

In the interest of our students,

Dr. Nicholas Bretz

Back to School

For some great ideas and advice for the new school year,

check out the links below.

How to Get Your Kids Excited to Go Back to School

How to Prepare for the First Day of Kindergarten

September Reminders

Class lists for Grades 1 - 5 will be posted in the glass case at the main entrance of the school on Friday, August 29th.

Wednesday, September 3rd                                                    Opening Day of School for students in Grades 1 - 5          Students will meet their teachers and classmates in the playground before the bell at 8:25 AM

Wednesday, September 10th                                                       First Day for Kindergarten (BMC Durfee Class of 2027!)

Monday, September 22nd

Open House 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parents will meet in the school cafeteria for a general informational meeting then visit the classrooms for grade specific goals.

Click here for the K-8 Summer Reading lists.


Click here for Incoming Kindergarten Student Information.



Teacher Webpages

For contact information, curriculum updates, and classroom activities, click on the image below to find the Tansey Teacher webpages.


Click the logo to connect to DreamBox.





News and Notices

Tansey C.A.R.E.S.








Morning daycare is available from 7:00 am - 8:30 am each day. The cost is $3.00 per day. Students attending morning care are to enter with a parent through the front cafeteria door.

fternoon daycare is available from 2:52 pm - 5:30 pm each day. Registration and fee information is available on the link below or from the school office.

/2014 Morning-Afternoon Daycare Information.pdf