Tawanka Times

January 2017

Special Events Happening at Tawanka

Mad Science

Mad Science Program, came out to demonstrate just how fun and challenging science can be. Our 1st - 4th graders had so much fun with Radioactive Rick!

This exciting supplementary science program provides an opportunity for students to gain knowledge through an inquiry-based, interactive educational experience.

Reminders for Parents & Students

  • Marking Period Ends 1/27/2017
  • For inclement weather information regarding school delays or closings you can visit the Neshaminy School District Website, Tawanka Website, local news channels and WBCB radio.
  • Please dress children according to the weather.
  • Morning Tutoring Drop Off - For safety concerns DO NOT drop your child off in the parking lot to walk into the school, they need be dropped off at front door.
  • Morning Drop Off - Please drop off in the front lane ONLY & make sure your child is on the passenger side of the car when you pull up to ensure a speedy and cohesive drop off.
  • Speed limit is 5 miles an hour, please drive slow for safety.

Reading Challenge

Tawanka is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the participating Six Flags Theme Park, Great Adventure.

Students will develop a greater appreciation for books when they see that you think reading is important too. You are sure to have fun as you investigate the world of reading together! Look for more information coming home with Tawanka students in January!

Tawanka Literacy Specialists- Miss Connolly, Mrs. Gross and Mrs. DeFortuna

Art News

Art work from 4 students from every class was selected for display in the "Student Art Rotating Gallery" located in the District Office for the month of January. The Square1Art project created for the fundraiser, is being showcased. Each grade level made a different project that focused on the use of warm and cool colors .

Kindergarten & 4th Grade

Mrs. McNickle's 4th grade class and Ms. Oliva's Kindergarten class got together to discuss Martin Luther King Jr. We discussed his contributions and watched a storybook online about his achievements. On Thursday, we will be writing our own "I have a dream" speeches!

1st Grade

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, 1st grade will be making Birthday boxes for children who need to spend their birthdays in the hospital. The children are bringing in items to put in the boxes and then we will add decorated birthday cards, that they made, to each of the boxes. The donations are being made to the Confetti Foundation.

2nd Grade

Two special visitors join Mrs. Hanna's 2nd graders every Wednesday. They are Ursu, a therapy dog, and his owner, Ms. Arlene Popovici. Ursu is a Bouvier and Ms. Popovici is a retired teacher and principal.

The children love taking turns reading to Ursu! What a fun way way to practice fluency!

3rd Grade

This month has been rather busy in third grade, as we were actively engaged in many forms of district mandated standardized testing. This includes CDT Testing in both math and reading, Words-Their-Way spelling assessments, in addition to another round of DRA assessments for all students.

Third grade also began a Rocks & Minerals Unit in science…

Music Notes

Tawanka 4th Grade Beginner Band

During January and February, 4th grade beginners prepare for band practices that start up on Thursday before school in March. We are working very hard memorizing the lines and the spaces better than ever.

When band practice starts in March, our goal is to use band practice properly.

  • At lessons and during home practicing, we learn how to read music and play our instruments.

  • At band practices, we learn everything else! Ensemble skills, conducting patterns, cues, blend, balance and intonation to name a few.

So, during January and February, we use lesson time and home practice exclusively to improve our music reading and instrument playing skills. March to May, we use lessons, band rehearsals and home practice to prepare for the spring concert and we continue on in the book after we can play the band music.

Mr. Sean E. O’Neill, Elementary Band Instrument Teacher


Nurses Notes

Dear Tawanka Family,

We can’t begin to express our gratitude to all who have provided gifts for our less fortunate children. We are overwhelmed by your generosity. The gifts provided certainly made a happy holiday for all of our 22 families!

We also received donations from Shadybrook Farm, ShopRite, Lower Southampton Police Dept., Middletown Community Foundation, Girl Scout Troop #275, Bristol Pasquale-Deon Lodge Sons of Italy, Transitions Pharmacy, LaVera Pizzaria, Delta Lighting, Tawanka Families, Tawanka Staff, Ortho Care and Langhorne Neighbor’s Association.

Thanks for showing true, holiday spirit!

Physical Education

We now have a rock climbing wall at Tawanka!

Mrs. McGinty's 3rd Grade class was the first Tawanka students to climb on the new wall. Climbing on the rock wall is one of the many Team Challenge activities students are doing in the gym January.

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PTO Information

January Events:

  • School Store 1/13 & 1/27/2017
  • Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser 1/25/2017

February Events:

  • PTO Meeting 2/1/2017 @ 7pm in the art room
  • Family Paint Night (Art in the Pod)
  • Valentine's Candy Grams
  • School Store 2/10 & 2/24/2017
  • Ice Skating 2/19/2017 @ Bucks County Ice Sports 4:40pm-6:10pm

Stay posted for Board Positions for next year!