Tashua Family Weekly Update

Mrs. Neumeyer, Principal

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September 16, 2022

Dear Tashua Families,

It has been another fabulous week at Tashua School! It was wonderful to see all the smiles on the students' faces for our Picture Day. We are excited to be ending the week with our Back-to-School Picnic hosted by the Father's Club this evening from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on the playground. We look forward to seeing many of you tonight!


Throughout the week, I had the opportunity to visit each grade level and read the book, Go Get 'Em Tiger by Sabrina Moyle. This book encourages students to be the best they can be and to responsible for their actions, and not to be discouraged by the obstacles in their way - there will be some challenges we face day to day, but those challenges can make us stronger! If you would like to listen to this meaningful story with your family, which expresses the importance of having G - R - I -T and showing empathy and kindness towards each other, please use the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFecW0xm2To


During our first assembly, we also spent time reviewing some of our school policies, safety procedures and talking about our school pledge, while giving examples of each character trait to help them to gain a better understanding of the desired behaviors. I encourage you to discuss these traits with your children at home too!


Tashua School Pledge

At Tashua School we earn our stripes by showing:

Tolerance

Integrity

Generosity

Empathy

Responsibility

Self-Control

We are the Tashua Tigers!

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This week kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Below are some resources to review with your family to learn more as well as some local events happening in the state.


Events:

5 Events to Celebrate HHM in CT

Hispanic Heritage Month Events in CT


Web Resources:

National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2021

Top Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Smithsonian Latino Center Hispanic Heritage Month Resources


Books:

Recommended Books for Adults

Picture Books that Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

More Picture Books Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Books for Hispanic Heritage Month


I would also like to give a special thank you to Tashua Father's Club, especially Chris Solustri and Frank Squiccimarro, for helping our students stay safe by painting paw prints in blue and orange on our sidewalk. These prints will act as a guide to help student stay safely away from the buses.

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As we continue to make Tashua a safe learning environment, please be reminded not to slow down or stop to wave at children when you are passing by the playground area during the recess hours. This is scary for children when they do not recognize the individual and they frequently report fears of stranger danger.


Further, please be sure to avoid turning left off of Stonehouse road in the mornings and afternoons to access the parent drop-off/pick-up circle. The parent drop-off/pick-up circle should only be accessed by entering off of Dayton Road. We strongly request that you refrain from making unsafe 3-point turns.


Lastly, when you are visiting the school, please be prepared to show a photo ID. We thank you for your cooperation!


As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or good news to share, please feel free to email me at NeumeyeJ@trumbullps.org or contact me at school at 203-452-4433.


Kind regards,

Mrs. Neumeyer

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, September 16

Tashua Family Picnic hosted by the Father's Club; 5:00 - 7:00 PM


Saturday, September 17

Citizenship Day

Constitution Day


Wednesday, September 21

International Day of Peace


Thursday, September 22

First day of Autumn


Monday, September 26

No School; Rosh Hashanah *Begins on 9/25 and ends at sunset on 9/27


Tuesday, September 27

Board of Education Meeting; 7:00 PM

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Back-to-School Picnic Hosted by the Father's Club

Join us for a fun -filled event for the whole family!
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Fall Plant Sale Hosted by the Grade 5 Committee

Orders will be accepted through October 1st. Please go to the PTA Membership Toolkit to pre-order: https://tashuaschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/login-form?r=%2Fform%2Fm%2F208006
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Trumbull Arts Festival - Come Celebrate 225 years!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRUMBULL!


The Arts Festival will have a special treat as Trumbull celebrates its 225 th birthday this year.

At 1:00 PM, during the Arts Festival on Sunday September 18, 2022, First Selectman Vicki Tesoro will address the crowd to celebrate Trumbull's 225th birthday. A Proclamation will be read and cookies will be provided for the celebration. The links below provide a fascinating history of Trumbull as well as photographs, both provided by the Trumbull Historical Society.

https://www.trumbullhistory.org/history-of-trumbull.html

https://www.trumbullhistory.org/photographs.html

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CHET Dream Big

The CHET Dream Big! Competition will launch on September 7! This 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 residents in grades K-12.

We need your help to make sure students and their families know about this opportunity to win contributions to their CHET 529 college savings plans!


This year, the Dream Big! Competition prizes have increased in value. We will be awarding more than $450,000 in CHET 529 College Savings Plan – Direct Plan (“CHET 529 Direct Plan”) account contributions to students in grades K-12 and technology prizes to schools. For the prize-winning students, we will be awarding:

  • Three $25,000 prizes
  • 15 $7,500 prizes
  • 240 $500 prizes

To enter, students are asked to answer, in the form of a drawing, short essay or video, a question focusing on their dreams for the future (depending on their Grade Level Group, as defined in the Competition Official Rules). Submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on October 21. For program details, rules and regulations, and to enter, visit:

www.ChetDreamBig.com And this year, entering is easier than ever!


Your school could win a prize too! Each school in Connecticut that is represented by at least one student entry will be eligible for a random drawing for a technology prize worth $7,500. A total of 20 schools will win a technology prize – and your school could be one of them! Please see the 2022 Competition Official Rules for more information on prize structure and awards.


While students can enter online, we are also sending you paper applications and promotional materials in the mail. We encourage you to share this information with your teachers, students and their families and consider making Dream Big! an activity in your classrooms as you begin your school year. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 21. There is no cost to enter. If you have any questions, please email dreambiginfo@dja.com.


Thank you for your support!
The CHET Dream Big! Competition Team

CLASSROOM HIGHLIGHTS

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students had made a fine transition!! They’ve learned how to unpack their backpacks independently and continue to practice classroom routines. They have been working hard to write their name with an uppercase letter to start and the rest lowercase.


In math, students have been sorting shoes based on different attributes: color, straps, laces, etc. In reading, students learned how to read with a partner: sit side-by-side, put one book in the middle and see-saw read.

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Grade 3

Many exciting things are happening in Grade 3!

In reading, the students are trying to get used to the reader’s workshop model and they have been learning about how to set up for their success in reading. In writing, we are writing personal narratives where the students are the storytellers. While in math, we have been learning about skip counting and how grouping sets of objects to determine the answers to multiplication and division problems. We did begin our Weather Unit this week and we have been focusing on the different weather conditions in the world and some of the tools that are used to measure them. Students in Grade 3 exploring air during an outdoor science lesson.

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Student News

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Thank you to all the students who participated in the Summer Reading Bingo Challenge coordinated by Tashua's Media Specialist, Mrs. McKenna. We had over 80 students particpate this summer and congratulations to the following students for winning the raffle: Molly Gleason, Nate Howard, Brayden Herrara, Sadie Salzano and Kurt Venghaus. Keep up the great reading!


If you have any "Good News - Student 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

Dear Tashua Parent/Guardian:


For any questions regarding school procedures as they pertain to COVID, please view the Back to School COVID Guidelines by using the link below. These guidelines can also be found on the trumbullps.org website.

https://www.trumbullps.org/Attachments/covid/2022/Covidguidelines22.pdf



Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your help and cooperation.


Brenda Chamale RN BSN

Tashua Elementary School Nurse

P: 203 452-4434

F: 203 452-4432

bchamale@trumbullps.org

Updates from our PTA

SAVE THE DATE

Tashua Night at THS Football – September 30, 2022 – 7pm

Come support the THS Eagles play against Staples. The Madison Middle School band will also be playing with the Golden Eagles at half time! Tashua Students admitted free with a paying adult. One child free per paying adult.


AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

We are excited for Fall After School Enrichment (ASE) to return to Tashua in October and to be offering programs such as ArtSmart, Chess, Critter Caravan, Game On, Glee Club, Design Doodle & Draw, and Knitting. Pre-access to registration will be for PTA members. See below for information about how to join the Tashua School PTA today!


FALL RUNNING PROGRAM: RUNNING ACROSS THE USA

We are excited to bring back our fall running program! See the flyer below for more information. The online form to submit miles can be found at: https://goo.gl/forms/n5qr5V12PpPFPEBb2

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2022-2023 PTA CALENDAR – INCLUDING FUNDRAISING EVENTS

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MEMBERSHIP

The link to join the Tashua School PTA for the 2022-2023 school year is active! Get ahead of the back to school rush and join today! Please use the link below to join and access your membership: https://tashuaschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/3651

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PTA REFLECTIONS

Calling All Artists! The CT PTA is sponsoring the Reflections Contest and the theme for this year is SHOW YOUR VOICE! Start your brainstorming, get creative and begin to make your Original works of art (see categories in flyer) - submissions will be due in December. Questions? Email Tashuareflections@gmail.com

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OPEN PTA BOARD POSITIONS

Treasurer Elect

President Elect

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

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Important Parent Information

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 .


If you haven't completed this form already, please be sure to do so you are able to volunteer for end of the year activities. In addition, when you are visiting Tashua School, please be sure to have an ID with you.


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