Tashua School Weekly Updates

Mrs. Neumeyer, Principal

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April 23, 2021

Dear Tashua Families,

This week, we had a wonderful time celebrating Earth Week at Tashua! On Monday, we turned out the lights and the students enjoyed their instruction in natural lighting to conserve energy. On Tuesday, classroom teachers gathered their students outside for some fresh-air learning. On Wednesday, students were able to experience a virtual field trip of traveling to 5 different National Parks to learn about the importance of protecting these beautiful landscapes. On Thursday, we celebrated Earth Day by wearing green and enjoying a Meatless Lunch Day! Delicious yogurt parfaits were enjoyed by our students. Thank you, Ms. Sue, Ms. Donna, and Ms. Michelle for this special treat! Finally, on Friday, students brought in empty cans to REUSE as wildflower planters. A huge thank you goes out to Ms. Kelly, Ms. Kenler and Mrs. Weitzman for planning all of these events!

In the first week of May, we will begin to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments to students in grades 3-5. The SBAC Assessments will expose students to Common Core English/ Language Arts questions and Mathematics problems. In addition to the SBAC assessments, our students in grade 5 will be taking the NGSS Science Field Test.

SBAC Testing Schedule

Grades 3 - 5

English Language Arts

Tuesday 5/4 & Wednesday 5/5


Tuesday 5/11 & Wednesday 5/12

Mathematics Performance Task

Thursday 5/13

Science Testing - Grades 5

NGSS - Science Field Test

Tuesday 5/18 & Wednesday 5/19

We hope students will not be absent during the testing period, except for illness, and that they will strive to do their very best! These SBAC assessments are administered to measure the academic growth of individual students from year to year and results are used to develop targeted instructional plans for students.

Here are some ways you can help us from home:

  • Make sure your child arrives to school on time. If he or she is late, your child will not be able to enter the classroom until testing is done for the day. A make-up test will be given at another time by one of the specialists so your child will miss classroom instruction.
  • Make sure your child has a nutritious breakfast. Even toast and a piece of fruit will provide the body and brain energy.
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. Most children need at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Children cannot do their best work when they are tired.
  • Let your child know that you expect him or her to try their very best.

Some children can become so worried about taking a test that they cannot demonstrate what they know. Telling your child not to worry just will not work. Instead, share these tips:

  • Tell your child to remember past tests where he or she did well and remind your child that he or she can do well again!
  • Reassure your child. Let your child know that all you expect is his or her best effort.

If you would like to learn more about the Smarter Balanced assessments, you can log onto: www.smarterbalanced.org.

As a school community, we have been busy this week planning for some special end of year events. Our One Book, One School Event will kick off on Monday, May 3rd. We are excited to reveal the title of the book with our families! The youngest child of your family will be coming home with a parent letter, hard copy of the book, and a reading calendar that afternoon. If your child is a TRL, you can pick up the materials that day. The title of the book will be a surprise for the students, therefore books will not be available prior to our One Book, One School Kick-off. As a family you can enjoy this book by reading together nightly or having your family members enjoy listening to the pre-recorded readings of each chapter that have been read by staff members. These readings will be posted on our website.

Further, many grade levels are working to plan in-school or virtual field trips. We are also planning a Field Day experience for our students. Our students in grades 3-5 students will have Field Day on Thursday, May 27th (Rain date 6/3) and students in grades K-2 will have Field Day on Friday, May 28th (Rain date 6/4). In addition, our grade 5 students will be able to participate in the annual field trip to the YMCA on Tuesday, 6/8.

Please be sure to fill out the TPS volunteer form by the end of next week if you have any interest in offering to volunteer for these events. Your completed form must be processed ASAP with time to receive a confirmation from DCF which can take up to four weeks. All forms must be original with an original signature. No emailed or faxed forms will be accepted. If forms are filled out incorrectly or missing information, they will be returned.

In order to avoid delays, please be sure to:

· Fill out both sides of the form

· Complete all sections

· If there is no information to provide, please write “N/A” (do not leave blank)

· Have other adults in the home include their signatures where applicable

· Send completed forms to the Tashua School Office

To access the form:


Please be reminded, the last day to place orders for the Mother's Day Plant sale is tomorrow, Saturday, April 24. Please see the ordering information in the PTA section of this newsletter.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, suggestions or good news to share.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Neumeyer


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 27

BOE Meeting; 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 28

Early dismissal for students; 1:00 PM - Teacher work day in the afternoon

*The continuation of early release days on Wednesdays will be discussed at the BOE meeting on 4/27.

Thursday, April 29

Virtual Author Visit; Josh Funk - sponsored by the PTSA

Friday, April 30

Arbor Day

Monday, May 3 - Friday, May 7

Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 4

ELA SBAC Assessment; Grades 3-5

Wednesday, May 5

School Nurse Day

ELA SBAC Assessment; Grades 3-5

Friday, May 7

School Lunch Hero Day

Mother's Day Plant Sale Pick-up - Location: 18 Goldenrod Trail, Trumbull, CT:

12:00 - 2:00 PM

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Saturday, May 8

Mother's Day Plant Sale Pick-up - Location: 18 Goldenrod Trail, Trumbull, CT:

12:00- 2:00 PM

Tuesday, , May 11

Ramadan ends this evening

MATH SBAC Assessment; Grades 3 - 5

BOE Meeting; 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 12

MATH SBAC Assessment; Grades 3 - 5

Eid al Fitr begins at sunset

Thursday, May 13

MATH SBAC Performance Assessment; Grades 3 - 5

Eid al Fitr ends at sunset

Saturday, May 15

Armed Forces Day

Tuesday, May 18

NGSS Science Assessment; Grade 5

Wednesday, May 19

NGSS Science Assessment; Grade 5

Thursday, May 20

Virtual PTA Meeting; 7:00 PM

Monday, May 24

Congratulations lawn signs for 5th Graders to be picked - up from 4:00 -5:30 PM at Tashua.

Tuesday, May 25

BOE Meeting; 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 26

Kindergarten Orientation for incoming students; 10:00 AM

Kindergarten "Meet the Teachers"; 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM

Thursday, May 27

Field Day for students in grades 3 - 5 (Rain date - Thursday, June 3)

Friday, May 28

Field Day for students in grades K - 2 (Rain date - Thursday, June 4)

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day; No School

Tuesday, June 8

5th grade field trip to the YMCA

Monday, June 14

Flag Day

Friday, June 18

Grade 5 Stepping Up Ceremony; 9:30 AM

Last Planned Day of School

Report Cards Issued

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Zearn Newsletter

Grade 2 Math Mission 4 Add and Subtract Big Numbers

For K-5 Curriculum updates, please visit the website below:


Updates and Reminders

Kindergarten Registration and Orientation

Online registration can be accessed via the Trumbull Public Schools website under “General,” then “Student Registration.” To register for kindergarten, please use the following link: https://www.trumbullps.org/general/student-registration/kindergarten-registration.html

Please note Kindergarten for 2021-22 is open to children born on or before January 1, 2017. Any questions can be directed to Maria Vaz, TPS Registrar, at 203-452-4348 or mvaz@trumbullps.org. Please share this information with any neighbors you may have that might not be aware of this new process.

Our Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 26th. We will host a virtual presentation for our incoming families at 10:00 AM. Later in the afternoon, we will be inviting our incoming Kindergarten students to school for a "Get to Know You" session along with a visit to the kindergarten classrooms. While the students are in the building, our parents will be meeting with our PTA in the courtyard to learn more about our school community. The event will conclude with a Q & A session with Mrs. Neumeyer. Invitations for this event will be emailed to families who have completed the registration process.

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Breakfast and Lunch: Reminder ALL children are eligible for breakfast and lunch. Food Services has three PICKUP Days per week (Monday, Wednesday & Fridays). Friday PICK UP includes Saturday and Sunday meals. You may drive around to the back of the school between the hours of 9:30-11:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to pick-up meals. Please take advantage of receiving these meals. In doing so, you are actually helping our district. Please know, for your convenience, Tashua families are allowed to pick up and distribute meals for other TPS students!

Updates from our PTA

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Mother’s Day Plant Sale Pre Order Online

Get a jump on your spring planting and Mother’s Day gifts while supporting Tashua School.

This year’s Mother’s Day Plant Sale will be online!!!

All orders must be submitted through Membership Toolkit and are due by Saturday 4/24.

No cash or check accepted to maintain Covid-19 precautions.

Order may be picked up at any of the following 3 times:

Friday 5/7 12:00-2:00pm

Friday 5/7 7:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday 5/8 12:00-2:00 pm

Pick up location is at 18 Goldenrod Trail

Volunteers Needed to make this event a success- there are many opportunities to help! Even if you can only do a portion of the time- sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4AAFAF22A2FF2-mothers1

Prices are as follows:

Annuals (Cosmos, Dahlias, Dianthus, Impatiens, Marigolds, Pansies, Petunias, Salvia, Verbena)

$10.00 for a half flat

$16.00 for a full flat

(no mix and match)

10 inch Hanging Baskets (Butterfly, Fuchsia or mix of Petunia and Verbena)


4 inch Herb and Tomato Plants (Basil, Parsley, Tomatoes)


Click Here to order today: https://tashuaschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/139667

Please reach out to Christie at christiep99@yahoo.com with any questions.

Silent Auction

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Thank you to all who have donated to our Online Silent Auction that is coming up next week! Bidding will start on Friday, April 30th at 12pm and end on Saturday, May 1st at 8:30pm. Go to www.32auctions.com/Tashua2021 to view all donations & to get a head start in setting up your account.

NEXT WEEK be on the lookout for a packet in your child's Tiger folder that will contain a list of all donations. SPREAD THE WORD TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS!! This auction is not exclusive to just Tashua families & staff. All proceeds will go towards the Tashua PTA. Any questions reach out to Lisa Stein at lisastein14@gmail.com.

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3-7, 2021

It’s “plane” to see, we have the best teachers in the world!

We need your help to make this week a success for all our teachers and staff. Many exciting events are being planned to show our appreciation and thanks for all they do for our children. We can’t do it without the help of our parents. Unfortunately with COVID we have to change the way parents can help, but we still have a few ways you can participate!

1. Sign-up genius (buy something off the list and drop at Del Rossi house)


2. Shop on Amazon through the wish list and ship it to Erin Del Rossi’s house


3. Make a donation through the PTA tool kit and PTA will shop for what is needed and use towards lunch and breakfast


**Any questions please contact Erin Del Rossi @ 203-644-2816 or erindelrossi@yahoo.com

Tashua Take-Out

Support local restaurants who have graciously donated to our Tashua PTA. Mention “Tashua PTA” when you place your order from one the restaurants below to receive a discount.

Support our local restaurants AND receive a 10% discount.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: Brick Oven on Main (Take-out) - 203-870-6836

Tuesdays: Trumbull Pizza Company (They deliver!) - 203-261-1430 or 203-261-1431

We have a new addition...THIS N THAT frozen meals to go! Menu is attached.

Help in supporting this local business who has donated to the PTA and enjoy a homemade meal without having to cook.

EVERY MONDAY text your order to 203-726-0769. Pick up your order at 213 Shelton Road in Trumbull on Wednesdays or Thursdays (order $50+ and get FREE delivery).

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PTA Membership

Some of things that membership dues pay for include:

  • Recognition of staff throughout the year with breakfasts and lunches

  • Activities and goodies for staff during staff appreciation

  • Grade level activities, including a number of activities for the 5th grade

  • Supplies for Teachers

  • Professional Development for Teachers

  • Folders and assignment books for students

If you haven’t done so already, please join our PTA! You can access membership by using the link below: www.tashuaschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com.

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