Tashua School Weekly Update

Mrs. Neumeyer, Principal

March 10, 2023

Dear Tashua Families,

It is hard to believe that today is the last day of the 2nd trimester! As we kick off the 3rd and final trimester of the school year, it would be beneficial for you to have a conversation with your child regarding his/her performance on the report card. Report cards will be posted to the parent portal next Friday. While reviewing your child's progress, please take the time to celebrate successes and help him/her set very specific attainable goals for the last trimester. Teachers will also be taking the time to do this with students in classroom. When rigorous academic and behavior goals are set, monitored and measured, students intrinsically develop habits of success. When students feel successful, they continue to be motivated to thrive!

Some of the resources below will help you to continue to guide your child's success.

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I am so proud of our students' efforts to excel and their hard work and determination to put forth their best effort. I am pleased to announce that our final numbers for Read Across America are in! The total for 5 days of reading is 17,955 minutes which would add up to 12.5 days of continuous reading - almost two full weeks. Way to go Tashua Tigers, keep up the good reading!
A special thank you to the Tashua Fathers' Club for sponsoring our annual "We're so Lucky to Have You" luncheon for the staff. Soup, salads, sandwiches and more were provided by Marianna's Pantry. Staff members were very appreciative of this generous meal as many of them worked a long day for evening conferences.

As we continue to work towards reaching our goals, we recognize and value the importance of regular attendance. Please be mindful that a student is considered to be “chronically absent” if they have missed 10 % or more of the school year which equals 18 days.

The State of Connecticut guidelines for "Chronic Absenteeism" includes all reasons for absences whether they are excused or unexcused. Therefore, per district policy we are required to send home absentee letters to make parents aware of absences/patterns even if absences are excused. We look to alert parents, and when necessary, provide any supports that might help to promote regular attendance. We are always concerned about students developing any measure of school avoidance.

Chronic absenteeism has become a genuine crisis across both the state and the nation. In fact, absenteeism rates are one of the important components that schools are evaluated on for the Connecticut Next Generation Accountability Index.

The Connecticut's Next Generation Accountability System is a broad set of 12 indicators that help tell the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, careers and life. It provides a holistic, multifactor perspective of district and school performance.

These 12 indicators are used to rank our schools and I am pleased to share that Tashua School performed very well last year. You can use the following link to review our performance: https://public-edsight.ct.gov/Overview/Next-Generation-Accountability-Dashboard/Next-Generation-Accountability-Results?language=en_US

As always, regardless of the number of absences, if your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home from school so that they can rest and recovery quickly.

For a copy of the full Trumbull Public School Attendance Policy, use the link:


Again, we thank you for your continued support and partnership in ensuring the success and happiness of our students. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, suggestions or good news to share at: NeumeyeJ@trumbullps.org or contact me at school by calling 203-452-4433.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Neumeyer



2023-2024 Budget Process

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A HUGE thank you goes out the Tashua families who attended the Board of Finance meeting last evening to show their support for the budget! There will be two important upcoming opportunities for members of the Trumbull community to share their thoughts regarding the needs of our budget. The first opportunity is Saturday, March 18 at 10 AM in Town Council Chambers. The second opportunity is a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 PM. If you would like to sign up for public comment, we encourage you to do so to share your thoughts. Please see Dr. Semmel's weekly update for more information: https://www.smore.com/8vc5r

You can also view the entire budget and TPS elementary budget presentation by accessing the links below:

2023-24 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-24 school year is now open online. Please visit https://www.trumbullps.org/ for more information.

District-Wide Master Plan

You can find the entire presentation and an event summary of the second Community Conversation on the TPS website. On March 22 from 6 – 8 PM, the third Community Conversation will be held at Madison Middle School.

2023 Yearbooks

Orders must be placed no later than April 1st using the following link: ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK.

The Yearbook Committee is looking for pictures of your child from the first day of school and Halloween. Deadline for photo submission is March 10th. Please use the link below to submit photos and label them accordingly! https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=tashua

2023 Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren Contest Barnum Festival

Applications are due to the school no later than Monday, April 3rd. Please use the link for more information and to apply: Tom Thumb/Lavina Warren Application


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Kindergarten students have been working on writing “How-To” pieces in which they teach their reader how to do something step by step. Students have generated ideas and worked to explain each step with detail! After they write a piece, they ask themselves a very important question, ‘Can I follow this?’

In math, kindergarten students have been learning about the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes. They are working hard to identify and describe using words like corners, sides, curved and straight.

Students have learned about community helpers and that they are important people whose job helps others.

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Third Grade

3rd graders are studying area and perimeter in math. We learned that area is the space inside a shape and perimeter is the length of the outside. We have this song to remind us: Perimeter and Area Song

Also, 3rd graders are learning about fractions. We solved problems with sharing "graham crackers" equally by portioning, or diving, wholes into fractional parts.

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Spotlight on Reading

Literacy Tip of the Month

Mrs. Kunschaft & Mrs. Hatstat

Tashua School

Literacy Consultants

Supporting Literacy Skills in the Car

(Adapted from LiteracyEdventures.com)

Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize and manipulate the spoken parts of sentences and words. These skills are especially important for beginning readers, but can be practiced with students at any grade level. Here are some easy games to practice phonological awareness at home, in the car, or even at a restaurant!

1. I Spy

Rhyme – I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with “bee”

Syllables – I spy with my little eye a moun-tain

Phoneme – I spy with my little eye a c – ar

2. The Guessing Game

Phoneme – Can you guess my word? g – ir – l

3. The Brain Game

Say “park” now say “park” again, but add ‘s’ in the front (spark)

Say “glad” now say “glad” again, but don’t say ‘g’ (lad)

Say “cat” now say “cat” again, but instead of ‘a’ say ‘o’ (cot)

4. The Road Trip

Rhyming – I am going on a road trip I am going to the “tark” (park)

Syllables – I am going on a road trip, I am going to the “o-cean” (ocean)

Phonemes – I am going on a road trip, I am going to the “b-ea-ch” (beach)

Student News / Good News

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Tashua School celebrated National School Social Worker Week by showing appreciation for Mrs. Oporto! We are grateful for the positive support she gives to address barriers to learning and increase successful educational and academic outcomes.
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Congratulations to young entrepreneurs Ethan Chen, Amanda Huang, Amela Huang, Lucia Philbin, Haley Romano, Ali Wu and Lance Wu for participating in the Kids and Teen Craft Fair this past weekend. The fair was a huge success and students sold hand-made items like jewelry, art work, slime, balloon animals and more!

If you have any news to share about your child, please email Mrs. Holmes at holmesM@trumbullps.org and Mrs. Neumeyer at NeumeyeJ@trumbullps.org.

From the Desk of Nurse Chamale

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March is National Nutrition Month!

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national education program designed to give parents and communities a way to help children learn to eat nutritious foods. As parents, you can do a lot to help your children learn healthy eating habits and maintain a healthy weight. Involving them in meal preparation and cooking can motivate them to try new foods – and is a good way to spend time together as a family.

What is a Healthy Diet?

A healthy eating plan is one that:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products.
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium/salt, and added sugars.
  • Stays within your calorie needs.

Good nutrition is key to good health. Try a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health:

Choosing in season fruits and vegetables with a variety of colors like red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple will give you a variety of healthy nutrients.

Visit the WE CAN website for more information on healthy eating!




Women's History Month

National Nutrition Month

Music in Our Schools Month

Sunday, March 12

  • Daylight Saving Time Begins

Monday, March 13

  • Read-A-Thon begins

Tuesday, March 14

  • Pi Day
  • BOE Meeting; 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 15

  • Sensitivity Day; 9:00-12:00 PM

Friday, March 17

  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Report cards posted to the parent portal
  • Wear your Tashua Pride

Saturday, March 18

  • Board of Finance Meeting in the Town Council Chambers; 10:00 AM

Monday, March 20

  • First day of spring
  • No School for Students; PD day for staff

Tuesday, March 21

  • PTA Meeting; 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 22

  • Grade 4 TIMMS Testing
  • First Night of Ramadan - through April 21

Friday, March 24

  • Wear your Tashua Pride

Tuesday, March 28

  • Book Fair begins
  • BOE Meeting; 7:00 PM
  • Board of Finance Meeting; virtually at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 29

  • Book Fair

Thursday, March 30

  • Book Fair

Friday, March 31

  • Wear your Tashua Pride
  • Book Fair
  • Bingo
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Updates from our PTA


The Tashua Tigers Read-A-Thon fundraiser will run from Monday, March 13th through Friday, March 31st. Information on how to register your child came home in blue folders this past week. Students can earn rewards for registering, logging pages and raising money for Tashua! You can download a reading log for your reader to log their time on paper and then you can insert into the webpage: https://www.read-a-thon.com/downloads/reading-log.pdf

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To register and Preorder Pizza complete the form AND PAYMENT at the below link:


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The PTA will be hosting an IN PERSON ONLY MEETING in the Tashua Learning Commons (Library). The main topic of the meeting will be to discuss how to allocate the $36,000 raised at the Tashua Adult Night Out event. The event was hugely successful, and we have some wonderful ideas as to how to spend it, but we want input from the community.


This fundraiser will continue throughout 2023. Continue to use the code fundraisetashua when ordering from Minted.com to support Tashua’s fundraising goals.

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Please use the link below to join and access your membership: https://tashuaschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/3651


Join the board! Our secretary’s 2-year term is up in June so consider joining the PTA board as Secretary.

Co-Chair with current leads to understand the process and become the chair next year:



Contact ShannonLDiaz@yahoo.com with any questions or interest in positions


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Updates from Our Fathers' Club

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District K-5 Curriculum Guide Overviews

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessments has captured in brochure format the major curriculum outcomes across all subject areas for each primary school grade, from kindergarten through grade 5. Below, please find the link to each grade-level curriculum overview. https://www.trumbullps.org/techlearn/curriculum/k-5-curr-overviews.html

Parent Volunteer Form

We welcome volunteers at Tashua school, however you must complete the Volunteer Form, link below. Please make sure every blank is filled in, use N/A where necessary.

Trumbull Public School Volunteer Form .

Trumbull Mental Health Matters

The Trumbull Rotary Club has worked with community partners to offer this brochure on available mental health resources for our families. We appreciate the Trumbull Rotary for taking an active role in such an important area of need.

Tashua School Hours

Doors open at 8:20 AM

Regular School Hours: 8:35 AM - 3:20 PM

Early Dismissal Hours: 8:35 AM - 1:00 PM

Delayed Opening Hours

1 ½ hour Delay – 10: 05 AM – 3:20 PM
2 hour Delay – 10:35 AM – 3:20 PM
2 ½ hour Delay – 11:05 AM – 3:20 PM

Click below to view the Trumbull Public School 2022-23 Calendar