Tashua School Weekly Update

Mrs. Neumeyer, Principal

January 20, 2023

Dear Tashua Families,

This week, our students learned all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. These four words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. have inspired hundreds of thousands, even millions of people, to this day. Dr. King pushed for equality, kindness and acceptance for all, no matter a person’s race, religion or economic status.

Mrs. McKenna, our Media Specialist, shared books in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with classroom teachers and offered online resources to support their instruction. It was wonderful to see how students learned about how to be "Peace Makers" and what dreams they have.

Please be reminded, we are currently in the process of the budget season. It is important to take some time to familiarize yourself with the budget requests that are being proposed for the 2023-2024 year.

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This coming Sunday, January 22nd, is Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year is the most important celebration of the year for those who follow the lunar calendar. It is a time for family and friends to gather together to feast on foods with symbolic meanings and to exchange gifts and good wishes for the year to come.

While Lunar New Year is celebrated in many different countries, Chinese New Year celebrations specifically incorporate many Chinese cultural elements. It's increasingly common for Chinese New Year to simply be referred to as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. The festivities last about two weeks and include joyful family gatherings with foods like noodles (to signify a long life) and dumplings (to signify wealth).

In addition, You can use the following resources listed below to learn more about Lunar New Year:

We truly appreciate your ongoing support and active involvement in your child's education!

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 by calling 203-452-4433.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Neumeyer



District-Wide Master Plan

Join the Community Survey ~ Provide your feedback for the District-Wide Master Plan! The Board of Education is conducting a District-Wide Master Plan which will analyze the existing school facilities, conduct a demographic study for enrollment projections, and identify a planning strategy for future educational delivery and building use that will serve the Town’s student population for the next 10 to 15 years. This process will engage the entire community including a diverse group of school administrators, students and faculty, committee members, businesses, Town staff and residents.

Tecton Architects is conducting this study. One of the first steps in the process is to gather community input about what, if anything, is lacking in the school buildings and what residents want to see for the future of Trumbull. Before any planning options are developed, or any decisions are made, we want to hear from you! Your voice matters, and your input is vital to the process. Please click here to share your ideas in this community survey, and we hope to see you at our upcoming events!

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Grade 1

The first graders love meeting with their fourth grade buddies! This month we had fun learning about resolutions and setting goals for 2023! Together we wrote one resolution for home and one for school. Then we wrote and illustrated them on a party hat craft to hang on our bulletin boards! Hooray for 2023!

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Grade 4

Fourth grade students learned more about the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each student chose one of his quotes and illustrated it in a drawing, comic strip, poem, or poster. It was such a meaningful project for them.
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Spotlight on Mathematics

Ms. Sangeeta Gidwani

Tashua School Math Specialist

Grade 3 students completed a unit on addition and subtraction with larger numbers. They have learned more than 1 way to add and subtract so they have a way to check their work for accuracy. Ask your child to show you how they add and subtract larger numbers. Ask them to explain their thinking. It's amazing!!

Be sure to follow Mrs. Gidwani on Twitter at: @sgidwani1212 for Tashua Math updates

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Student News

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Mila Kalmanides, Grace Sapia and Jack Pyer had a chance to spin the PBIS Recognition Wheel! Congratulations for being the winners and keep showing you T.I.G.E.R.S traits!

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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When Should I Keep My Child Home from School?

When a child is not feeling well, parents may struggle with the decision of sending their child to school or keeping him/her at home. Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. There are also times when a student may have a communicable illness, which requires they stay home for a period of time.

Fever of 100 or higher

  • May return to school when fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

  • May return to school when vomiting or diarrhea free for 24 hours.

Colds/Sore Throats/Cough

  • If your child is fever free and their cold symptoms are well controlled they may attend school. If your child is experiencing such things as purulent (thick) nasal discharge, or uncontrolled cough you may consider keeping them home until their symptoms are better controlled. If your child is experiencing other signs of illness associated with green nasal discharge including any of the following: fever, earaches, headaches, cough, nasal congestion, productive “barky” cough, persistent cough, please consider having the child seen by your healthcare provider.

If your child is being treated for an illness (i.e. pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infection, asthma exacerbation), even if they don’t need medication while at school, please let the nurse know so she can help care for your child while at school

Please notify the school nurse if your child has a been diagnosed with (click on links for more information)

The goal of the school nurse is to facilitate keeping the students in school and ready to learn. However, there may be times when students may not feel well enough to be in school. A sick child is less able to learn effectively or to participate in class in a meaningful way. If your child is not feeling well, please exercise your best judgment and do not send him/her to school ill. Keeping your sick child home prevents the spread of illness in our school community and it allows your child to rest and recover.

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



Sunday, January 22

  • Lunar New Year

Thursday, January 26

  • PTA Meeting; 7:00 PM

Friday, January 27

  • Wear your Tashua Pride
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Updates from our PTA


The Tashua PTA will be hosting an Adult Night out Fundraiser on Saturday February 25th at Tashua Knolls. There will be cocktails, food, auctions and raffles. Purchase tickets through membership toolkit at the link below:


If you would like to help Diana Philbin plan the party please sign-up to join a committee:


If you are a Tashua family with a business or know a business that would like to make an in-kind donation to event (item or gift certificate) please contact Auction Lead Laura Arena at Larena8214@gmail.com. We are also looking for sponsors for the phot booth, band and other events for the evening. Please contact Diana or Laura if you know are interested.

In the past our Adult Night Out proceeds have helped benefit our Tashua School community by raising funds to build the outdoor classroom, improvements to the learning commons (tables, Lego wall and table) and other great projects over the years. We will be discussing how the auction proceeds should be allocated at the January PTA meeting. Some ideas already proposed by parents and Mrs. Neumeyer include the purchase of a new projector for the gym, a Ben’s Bells Kindness mural and improvements to our playground. Please submit a response to this form to support one of the already proposed ideas or submit a new idea using the form below:


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The mission of Ben’s Bells is to teach individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and to inspire people to practice kindness as a way of life. Tashua is a registered Kind Campus and receives program materials that educate our students, faculty, and staff about the benefits of kindness, and then empowers them to create a culture of kindness in the school and beyond. We have launched a fundraising campaign to install the “Be Kind” tile mural on the front of Tashua School (cost of $4,000).

This brightly colored mosaic will be an outward expression of what Tashua School is all about on the inside. In February we will run a school-wide workshop where each child will paint a tile that will become part of the final mural! The goal is to install the mural on the school in late April/early May at which time we will extend an invitation to parents and others in school administration to participate in the installation process.

Please consider donating to the project: ALL donations are greatly appreciated! You can donate electronically via the PTA Toolkit

https://tashuaschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/7033 or send Cash/Check (made out to Tashua PTA) in an envelope marked “Be Kind Mural” in your child’s Tiger Folder.

**ATTENTION: We are still looking for a few more volunteers for the Tile Making Workshop! This will take place 1/17/2023 from 3:30-5PM and will assemble in the Art Room. Thank you for your support during this exciting first phase! Contact Susanne Carew if interested. *** Have questions? Contact Susanne Carew, Denise Dixon or Lindsay Decker.


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The PTA Diversity Committee is excited to launch the Tashua School Diversity and Representation Book Wishlist. This wish list includes a variety of books that will add to the diversity and representation of books in the classroom libraries and media center. We invite parents to purchase as many of the books as you would like to support this project. The Amazon Wish List makes it easy! Add books to your cart, and when you check out, the books will be shipped directly to Tashua School. The wish list is available here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2I53H0SYZPL9O?ref_=wl_share

Trumbull High School 2023 POST PROM

Post Prom planning begins on Tuesday evening, January 24th at 7pm at Parallel Post in Trumbull. Discussion includes selecting a top secret theme that isn’t revealed until the night of the event.

ALL families regardless of your student’s grade are invited to help, but we especially encourage the families of underclassmen to “pay it forward” and help create a special night for our seniors. It’s a HUGE but fun undertaking, and “many hands will make light work” to make this event a success

Want more info? Want to help? Contact us at thsptsa1234@gmail.com with your name and contact information. It’s a fun committee and the more parents involved, the more fun for the students that night.

Post Prom is THS PTSA’s biggest event and we need YOUR help! Post Prom is a fun, safe, and FREE event for THS seniors. Held at Hillcrest Middle School the night of the prom, this themed event provides food, soft drinks, coffee, fun and games, and raffle prizes perfect for life after high school.


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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TLC Registration for the 2023-24 Year

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Next Chapter Books

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Trumbull Parks and Recs Theatre Workshops

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Trumbull Little League Registration

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Future Stars Summer Camps

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JCC Summer Camps

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Elementary School Lunch Information

As of December 1st, Elementary breakfast will be at a cost of $2.35 and lunch $3.15. Please CLICK HERE for more information regarding the end of this federal program including cost, payment, applying for free/reduced lunch and more.

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