Tashua School Weekly Update

Mrs. Neumeyer, Principal

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March 5, 2021

Dear Tashua Families,


This week, we celebrated “Read Across America” week! Throughout the week, our classroom teachers, Mrs. McKenna, Mrs. Thomas, Mr. Richard, Mr. Cohen, Mrs. Cassidy and I have planned many special events that were virtually shared with our students, motivating them to read and enjoy literature! We also had a special visitor, CT State Representative, David Rutigliano, who joined us virtually as we asked our students to take the Reader’s Oath. Please see the link below to enjoy these events.


Read Across America 2021


I am excited to share that our students have been working really hard at Tashua to “Earn Our Stripes,” by demonstrating the traits we value: Tolerance, Integrity, Generosity, Empathy, Responsibility and Self-Control. Currently, we have earned 47 stripes for our Tashua Tiger. We are very close to reaching our goal of earning 50 stripes, which will result in us having a school-wide celebration of a spirit week in early April.


On Thursday March 11th, we will have an early release day for afternoon and evening parent-teacher conferences. If you will be meeting with your child's teacher for a conference, it would be beneficial for you to have a conversation with your child about his/her feelings and experiences at school.


Some questions you could ask that would prompt a thoughtful response could include:


· What is something exciting that you learned in school today?

· Tell me something that was easy for you to do today?

· What was something that was challenging for you to do at school today?


In addition, it would be helpful to prepare a list of topics that you want to discuss with the teacher or any concerns you might have. The following questions will help you to prepare for have a meaningful conversation with your child’s teacher.


· What are my child's strengths?

· What are my child’s challenges?

· Does my child hand homework in on time?

· Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?

· How are my child's social skills?

· Is my child striving to reach his/her full learning potential?

· What can I do at home to help support his/her academic progress?


If you have any concerns, it would be helpful to share these with your child’s teacher prior to the parent-teacher conference so he/she can prepare for a productive conversation.


While meeting with your child’s teacher, it will be important to keep the conversation focused on your child’s learning goals and listen carefully to the information your child’s teacher is sharing with you.


It will also be important for the teacher to know if your child is experiencing a difficult situation outside of school, such as any major changes in your family, any medical concerns, anything that is worrying your child or anything else that may affect his/her mood or behavior. Knowing of such changes will help the teacher provide the child with the necessary support in the classroom.


Remember, the conference time is limited so it will be important for you to arrive virtually on time so you and your child’s teacher don’t feel rushed when having this discussion. If you arrive late, your conference time will be shortened because other parents will be waiting to meet with the teacher following your conference.


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.


Warm regards,

Mrs. Neumeyer

Principal

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 9

BOE Meeting; 7:00 PM


Wednesday, March 10

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


Thursday, March 11

Picture Retakes for in-person learners - Rescheduled from 2/18

Afternoon/Evening Parent Teacher Conferences - Early dismissal day; 1:00 PM

LUNCH will NOT be served in school, however students will be able to order a "Grab and Go" lunch to be eaten at home. Please be sure to pack a hearty snack for your child to enjoy on this day.


Sunday, March 14

Daylight Savings Time Begins - Don't forget to "spring" your clocks forward 1 hour.


Wednesday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day

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


Thursday, March 18

End of Marking Period

Virtual PTA Meeting; 7:00 PM


Saturday, March 20

First Day of Spring


Monday, March 22

No school for students; Teacher PD Day


Tuesday, March 23

BOE Meeting; 7:00 PM


Wednesday, March 24

Return to in-person learning

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


Thursday, March 25

Report cards issued


Saturday, March 27

Passover begins at sunset


Wednesday, March 31

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

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

https://sites.google.com/trumbullps.net/programleaders-site/home

Updates and Reminders

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!

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Accessing Remote Learning: The ability for students to access remote learning is reserved for those who are not feeling well, who are required to quarantine due to being exposed to a “close contact” of COVID-19 or have chosen to participate in Total Remote Learning. Unfortunately, vacation days do not support the need for accessing remote learning. I am sure you can appreciate the fact that inconsistencies in student attendance makes it extremely challenging for teachers to prepare for students who are in and out of the classroom at different times. Please know, students can be absent for up to 9 days due to the discretion of parents/guardians without needing to provide medical documentation.


Rescheduled Picture Day Retakes:

In-Person Learners: Thursday, March 11th. Families requesting retakes should return their unused packet of photos or order new photos by using the following link and photo code EVTFNQ4PF : https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/pictureDayId/EVTFNQ4P


Kindergarten Registration: Online registration can be accessed via the Trumbull Public Schools website under “General,” then “Student Registration.” A direct link to the form is available by clicking here. After completing the initial form, a parent/guardian will be contacted for additional information, including information regarding residency requirements. Please note that 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.

Updates from our PTA

Spring Fundraiser


Tashua Families...WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this year's event a success! Please consider donating a good or service to our silent auction or raffle. This is a great way to support our school and promote your business. If a donation letter and/or EIN# is needed please contact Lisa Stein.

Also we are looking for parents to join our Spring Fundraising committee to help with soliciting donations. Please reach out to Lisa Stein or Jenna Petiprin if you can give even a few hours of your time, it would be greatly appreciated!

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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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