Tawanka Times

Tawanka Yearbook Sale


Purchase your 2020-2021 Tawanka Elementary School yearbook online! Deadline for all orders will now be Sunday, May 2nd by 3:00pm!

All 4th Grade students will receive a yearbook as a gift for move up day!

Click on the link provided below to place your order:



We completed our Superkids lesson where the Superkids traveled to different planets. As a culminating activity, we made our own planets to visit. Let’s take off in 3..2..1..

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The kindergarten children in Mrs. Neff's Classroom wrote thank you cards to parents in our classroom who made Career Day videos. We were so excited to learn about what these 3 parents in our classroom do for a living each day!

Miss Pomponio’s Kindergarten class has been working hard for the past month to earn a whole class “costume day” reward for being respectful, responsible and safe!

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1st Grade

First Grade is learning to tell time to the hour and half hour. They are learning to tell time on analog clocks and on digital clocks. The short hand shows the hour (h) and is called the hour hand and the long hand shows the minutes (min) and is called the minute hand. Mrs. Mannherz's class is sharing their favorite time of day! Take a look!

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2nd Grade

To celebrate Earth Day, second graders took a virtual field trip to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Retired circus and zoo elephants find safety and comfort in their natural environment. Mr. Todd taught us many facts about elephants! African and Asian elephants are very different from one another. Elephants have 4 teeth total that are replaced 6 times throughout their lifetime!

Elephants provide many benefits to the animals around them. When elephants use their tusks to search for water, they create watering holes for others. When they knock down trees, they allow other animals to eat the leaves and create homes for small rodents. You can visit the website at www.elephants.com and check out the “Elecams” to see what the elephants are doing real time!

To end our celebration, we created elephant crafts. We had a blast learning all about elephants and will continue to study African animals in our writing unit!

3rd Grade

"Time" is flying by in third grade practicing with digital and analog clocks in math class. Also, in science we recently planted seeds, and are keeping track of the seedling growth on graphs. How tall will a marigold plant grow? We will find out! In social studies, we completed our wax museum projects with great success. Currently, we have been discussing our interests and skills which help us think deeper about careers. We viewed some excellent videos made by Tawanka parents explaining their jobs. All of these topics have given us ideas. We have been using those ideas to form opinions and practice our persuasive writing skills. Life as a third grader is full and we keep growing.

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4th Grade

Dylan won the March Madness Tournament in Mr. Finkel's class! Congrats!!
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3rd & 4th Grade Career Day

On Wednesday, April 28th, Officer Zaffino came to speak to the 3rd and 4th graders about the history of the Lower Southampton Township Police Department and how it pertains to the 5 themes of geography. The classes were excited to hear about their new police dog and how they use a helicopter to locate people and items. We all learned that Officer Zaffino is part of a SWAT team that trains several times a year. The students also learned that there are different levels of policing within the department and that he attended Holy Family College then finished his degree at Strayer University. Everyone was happy to hear everything he had to say and looking forward to seeing him in halls and in classes.

First Lieutenant Collin Blaydon(cousin of Mr. Blaydon and Mrs. Blaydon). He discussed many aspects of his job as a pilot in US Air Force.

PE with Mr. Wright

Tawanka students are learning/practicing volleyball skills in the gym. They are refining their eye-hand coordination as they serve, pass and set the volleyball individually and with partners.

Art class with Ms. Houser

4th Grade learned about the art of weaving. We talked about the history of weaving and created a paper weaving using patterns. Students added some spice to their art using neon oil pastels and black light.

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ELD Parent Virtual Spring Meeting

Monday May 10th 6:30 PM

Come to discuss WIDA scores, how you can help your ELD student, Summer Learning Lab, and more!

For more information please click on attached link below:

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Water bottles: It is especially important to send your child(ren) in with a water bottle every day as the weather warms. There are faucets in the classrooms and two filling stations in the school for bottle refills. The water fountains are closed due to COVID Safety Plan.

Snacks: Please remember to send a snack in with your child daily as well. The nurses have been getting a lot of visits from hungry students lately. We need to strictly limit nurse visits to sick or injured students only. You may also want to consider sending in an extra snack or two to supplement your child's lunch if they are purchasing from the cafeteria. Students do not get a choice in their sides since this year they are bagged lunches, and may not like what is served. We think this may be contributing to hungry bellies.

Spare Clothing: It is a good idea to keep a spare set of clothing in your child's backpack, as accidents and spills happen from time to time. This is especially important for K-1 students.

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Safety of all students and staff is a top priority at Tawanka, and so we have strict safety procedures in place. A reminder of the following:

Building Entry: All visitors must scan their driver's license or state issued ID at the kiosk in the front vestibule and wait for entry. This is required at every visit, or access will be denied.

Early Dismissals: Please notify the teacher if your child will be picked up early. If being picked up by someone other than a parent/guardian, please specify who will be picking up your child. Students will only be released to individuals listed on the emergency card, but the office must be notified prior to pick-up. Students must be signed out in the main office. Again, driver's license or state issued ID is required to pick up a student. Please schedule early dismissals no later then 2:30 to avoid afternoon dismissal traffic.

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PTO Dine to Donate for May

Tuesday May 18th from 3-9pm: Mama Russo's Pizzeria Night! Mention you are with Tawanka and the PTO will get credit for your order. It applies to both dine-in and take-out orders!

Wednesday May 19th from 7-9pm: Bruster's Ice Cream Night! Come out an enjoy some ice cream and meet our new PTO Executive Board Members! 15% of all sales goes back to Tawanka!

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PTO Fundraisers

May 6th - May 14th: Donuts for Dad! Duck Donuts of Levittown donuts are made fresh to order! Please check your students backpack for the flyer!
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Our Virtual Spring Book Fair will be online May 6th - May 19th.

Discover new books and help support our school! All orders ship directly to your home.

Here is the link to view and purchase your books.



Don't forget that the PTO is still collecting Box Tops! This is an easy way to help earn money for Tawanka - download the app today! For more information, go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/.
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You can also register your ShopRite Price Plus card at shopriteformyschool.com and designate Tawanka Elementary to receive your earned eBoxTops. When you buy participating products and swipe your Price Plus Card, eBoxTops are credited to Tawanka, adding to the check we receive from Box Tops for Education.
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