Tashua Family Weekly Update

Mrs. Neumeyer, Principal

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September 22, 2023

Dear Tashua Families,

We had an exciting week here at Tashua School! In honor of International Peace Day, students participated in a Pinwheels for Peace Project on Thursday. This project, started in 2005, is celebrated each year by having students decorate pinwheels, "plant" them outdoors and the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the world. In addition, Grade 4 students created Peace Doves to be hung in their classrooms.

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Another highlights of my week was visiting classrooms and helping students work on their Heart signs, educating them further about the importance of exhibiting kindness and empathy for one another.
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As you can see, we love to have fun at Tashua School, but we are also working hard too! I can't believe we have already completed 1/10th of the school year. In the short 18 days we have attended school, we have set strong, measurable goals for our students. Most of our students in Grades 2-5 have completed the iReady baseline assessment. This student data, along with our DIBELS assessments, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Records, math baseline assessments and other district measures, will help us to target the learning needs of all students, helping to ensure their academic success.

Not only do we want our students to shine academically, we want them to develop strong social and emotional skills; learning strategies for coping and finding joy and happiness in their days. Mrs. Paredes, our school psychologist and Mrs. Oporto, our school social worker, teach lessons in the classrooms, provide small group targeted sessions and meet with individuals as needed.

We are excited to announce that Aaron Reynolds will visit us virtually for a school-wide event on Tuesday October 10th. Students love his books such as "Creepy Carrots," "Dude!" and "The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter." Families and students may purchase books in advance and they will be signed by the author, however, orders need to be placed by September 27th to accommodate this personalization. Please use the link, Tashua Author Visit Purchase to purchase items and be sure to add "Tashua School" to the comments and use the free shipping code, as mentioned. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at smckenna@trumbullps.org.

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Congressman Jim Himes invites students from elementary, middle, and high school to participate in the Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest! The essay should honor a Hispanic/Latinx icon and reflect how the icon has inspired the student and their own aspirations, the importance of what the icon means to them, and recognize their contributions and vital presence as a Hispanic/Latinx person within the United States.

All submissions must be received by Tashua Office By Thursdays October 5th. Essays should be no more than 600 words for high school students (grades 9-12), 300 words for middle school students (grades 6-8), and 100-200 words for elementary school students (K-5). Essays may be in English or Spanish. Pictures are optional with submissions. Submissions must include parent/guardian name and contact information, student’s name and grade, student’s school, and school address.

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 if you have any questions, concerns or good news to share by emailing me at NeumeyeJ@trumbullps.org or calling me at school 203-452-4433.

As a reminder, we have NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 25th in observance of Yom Kippur.

Kind regards,
Mrs. Neumeyer


Saturday, September 23

  • First day of Autumn

Sunday, September 24

  • Yom Kippur starts this evening

Monday, September 25

  • No School; Yom Kippur *Begins on 9/24 and ends at sunset on 9/25

Tuesday, September 26

  • Board of Education Meeting; 7:00 PM

Friday September 29

  • Tashua Pizza Picnic; 4:30-6:30 PM

Saturday, September 30

  • Sukkot

Monday, October 2

  • National Custodian Day
  • Bus Evacuation Drill; AM

Friday, October 6

  • World Smile Day
  • Assembly for students on Tolerance; 10:00 AM


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Chromebook Insurance For Grade 5 Parents

We would like to remind you about the opportunity to purchase insurance for your child’s computer device issued by the Trumbull Public School District. This insurance is designed to protect students and families in the event that a device is stolen, lost, damaged, or malfunctions. For more information, please refer the email you received on August 29th from our Digital Learning Office. The links below were part of the email and you can read more about the insurance program and view the instructions to purchase the insurance through our Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. Chromebook Insurance Instructions & Chromebook Insurance Policy Statement

Just a reminder, Trumbull Public Schools provides parents and guardians with Infinite Campus access to view student's report card information, attendance, access to school store items, schedule and to facilitate communication between school and home. If you have not yet activated your account, please use the link: Parent Portal.


Grade 2

Students in Mrs. Marsillio's class enjoyed being the first group to "plant" their Pinwheels for Peace at the entrance of the school.
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Grade 4

This week, fourth graders observed Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. We made special quill pens, similar to those used when our Constitution was signed. We watched several short films about what the Constitution is and why it is important to all of us. We also wrote our classroom constitutions, creating rules to make each of us feel safe and respected this year.

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Math News

Sangeeta Gidwani

Tashua School Math Specialist

I hope your children are enjoying math class this year. Kindergarten and Grade 1 are using Bridges in Mathematics, while Grades 2 - 5 are using the Eureka Square Math Program.

Kindergarten Math at Home: Practice counting a set of 10 objects with your child. Practice counting out loud from 1 to 50. The goal for the end of year is for all students to rote count from 1 to 100 without errors as well as a count a set of 20 objects accurately.

Grade 1 Math at Home: Students can practice adding and subtracting within 10. Provide students with real objects to understand the meaning of adding and subtracting. For example, 4 spoons and 5 forks together make ? utensils.

Grade 2 - 5 Math at Home: Students are learning new strategies in grades 2 to 5 for computation with whole numbers. The student homework book (Apply Book) contains a Homework Helper page before each homework assignment. Please review the helper page together to see what your student has learned in class and ask him/her to tell you more about their understanding. If your child is frustrated with math homework, please send in a note attached to the HW so the teacher can follow up the next day.

Students also enjoyed creating Math Emojis to show how they feel about math:

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Congratulations to all students who participated in Tashua's Summer Reading Bingo! Mrs. McKenna, Tashua's Media Specialist, is excited to announce the winners of the drawing are: Jane Bellows, Jackson Mayrides, Maya Perez, Payton Wagner and Cameron Walsky. In addition, congratulations to our special winner, Ronni Ventis, who completed all the boxes on the Bingo Card. Keep on reading tigers!
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Congratulations to Andrew Crosby, Jenellah Garcia, So-Yi Che-Siegel, Elijah Zami and Lily Hurwtiz for winning the chance to spin the P.B.I.S. Recognition Wheel. Keep showing your T.I.G.E.R.S. traits!

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Cub Scouts Pack 164 had an exciting week selling popcorn and hosting their first Pack Meeting! Over 60 boys and girls, scouts and prospective scouts, from all grades showed up and had an amazing time and fun at the Lego "Pinewood Derby."
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If you have good news you would like to share please email Mrs. Holmes at holmesM@trumbullps.org and Mrs. Neumeyer at NeumeyeJ@trumbullps.org.


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A Note to Third Grade Parents

Dear Third Grade Parents/Guardians,

In accordance with the Connecticut Statues, the Trumbull Board of Education’s policy on Physical Health Assessments requires all students to have a current Physical Health Assessment in grade 3. As a reminder, please submit a physical completed between June 1, 2023 and June 1, 2024.

State of Connecticut Health Assessment forms can be obtained from your health office, the Trumbull Public School website or by clicking on the following link:


As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Brenda Chamale RN BSN

Tashua Elementary School Nurse

P: 203 452-4434, F: 203 452-4432




Save the date, Friday September 22nd, for Tashua Elementary school football night at Trumbull high school!

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Please join us and your Fathers Club for our back to school picnic 9/29 4:30-6:30 on the playground.

Pizza will be provided by fathers club, feel free to bring your own dinner and blanket. Let’s have fun! Click the link below to place your pizza slice order (fathers club is picking up the tab… THANKYOU!)


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Fall Mums Sale

Decorate your front porch, contribute to the PTA, and support a Tashua family business all in one! Place your order for 8 or 12” assorted mums beginning 9/22. Orders are due no later than 9/28… Mum pick up will be 10/5 starting 4-6:30 pm!

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We are excited to bring back our fall running program which starts next week! Please use the link Fall Running Program to view registration information and how to track your miles.


Need some updated family photos? Please join our Fall Family Mini Photo sessions with Widmeyer Photography on October 21st or 22nd (rain dates October 28th and 29th). Please schedule by clicking here: https://widmeyerphotography.hbportal.co/schedule/64da38fcf52c350023229d63

Questions? Email tashuafundraising@gmail.com

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Get a head start on your holiday shopping! All orders will be in before thanksgiving! Make sure to check your tiger folders today for our catalog fundraiser!

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The link to join the Tashua School PTA for the 2023-2024 school year is active! Follow the link to sign up for any of our wonderful committee https://tashuaschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/.


Currently all positions are filled however follow the link above to join one of our committees

Dani Romano (PTA president)

2036447123 dani.romano2224@gmail.com

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Youth Soccer Clinic

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National Take Back Day

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CHET Dream Big! Competition

The CHET Dream Big! Competition is brought to you by the Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office as Trustee of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). Dream Big! is open to all Connecticut students in grades K-12. Submissions must be uploaded by 5:00 p.m. on November 6. There is no cost to enter. For program details and entry process visit: www.chetdreambig.com

Future Stars Basketball

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Tashua Elementary School

401 Stonehouse Road

Trumbull, CT 06611


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

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Tier 2 volunteer forms are only necessary if you will be working unsupervised with students.