Tawanka Times

March 2017

NED Show

Positive Schoolwide Behavior Team News

The children at Tawanka were treated to a special program last month entitled The NED Show. The program reinforced Tawanka’s Empowered Eagles Behaviors: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe! All while doing gravity defying yo-yo tricks, the presenter discussed positive behavior goals with the students who watched the show in awe. NED, her side-kick cardboard friend, made the show, and brought a lightness to the show, and his name helps point out ways to be successful.

N - Never give UP!

E - Encourage Others!

D - Do your Best!

By selling yo-yo’s here at Tawanka, we were able to provide the NED show to two other schools by “paying it forward!” Proceeds from another school’s yo-yo sales, afforded Tawanka the opportunity to see the show in the first place! Doing good for others is what it is all about. Then before you know it, that goodness continues to spread!

Thank you to our families for purchasing the yo-yo’s and allowing other school’s to receive these very important messages!

Pennsylvania State Police

Pennsylvania State Police came to talk to our kids about stranger danger and internet awareness.


Something fishy is going on in 1st grade art:

The 1st Grade made ceramic fish bowls with patterns and crystal glazes. They also learned to weave on fish-shaped looms that the students cut out by themselves and decorated. Come to the art show to see them all!

Art Show will May 4th & 5th 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

PE with Mr. Wright

Tawanka students are learning and practicing their volleyball skills in the gym. They are incorporating the serve, forearm pass and the set into their activities.

Music Notes

On Monday, March 27, the Neshaminy School District held its annual Junior Honors Music Festival in the Carl Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. Students were nominated by their respective music teachers from the 3 middle and 6 elementary schools to participate in the band (5th grade), chorus (4th and 5th grade) or orchestra (4th and 5th grade). The students were well-prepared and excited to perform for their families and friends.

Congratulations and thank you to the following students for their hard work and their musical accomplishments this year: Michael Esposito, Jack Magee, Luke Murray, Aimee Benjamin, Tara Sinn, Aidan Russell, Cole Marozsan, Rowan Murray, Emma Schnitzer, Kailynn Hall & Harmony Brown.

Do you believe in Magic?

Based on a true story, 'do you believe in Magic?' takes you inside the head of Magic, a dog whose life changes when a fire breaks out in his home, and shows you the remarkable instinct by which he survives.

The author was here on the 29th and read her story to our students at Tawanka.

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Read to Succeed Reading Challenge

There were 248 students who participated in Tawanka’s first Read to Succeed Challenge. These students will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park in New Jersey. The tickets will be sent to our school in May for distribution to the students.

Ten of our students won two free tickets to see the 2016 World Champions: The Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team. They will be able to go onto the field as the players are announced, before the game. Our school name will be displayed on the score board at half time. This is an exciting time at the game; they even throw shirts, hotdogs, and footballs into the crowd throughout the game.

Soul ticket forms were sent home Friday, 3/24 for the May 13, 2017 game. The cost of the tickets were $15 dollars each. You are responsible for transportation to and from the game. Please send in your forms early, these tickets sell out quickly. We always have a great time spending time with the Tawanka Family.

Jenny Connolly


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This past month the Kindergarten learned about making paper and wood!

Next month The Home Depot will be visiting us.

1st Grade

Mrs. Mannherz’s first grade teamed up with Mrs. Piccinetti to learn about penguins. In library class Mrs. Piccinetti taught the class how to do research on penguins using Pebble Go on the Ipads. Then, using the research information Mrs. Mannherz’s students created informational writings to go along with their penguins.

And don't forget the 1st Grade Book Showcase @ 6:30pm on 3/30/2017!

2nd Grade SOCK Hop

Second Graders are participating in a community outreach activity. We are collecting SOCKS for A Woman's Place to distribute at the end of the month. We are collecting socks for babies, children and women. Mrs. Kerns, from a Woman's Place, came out to visit us and told us all about their community work! On March 31st we will wear crazy socks and participate in a 2nd grade SOCK HOP!!

3rd Grade

The 3rd graders are working hard preparing for their Wax Museum to be held in May. The museum will feature people that have made an impact in our society. They will be making posters and working on their costumes through out the next month.

4th Grade

March was full of many fun and exciting opportunities for the Fourth grade class. The month began with a celebration for Dr. Seuss’s birthday where students enjoyed “Seuss” based activites with their lower grade buddies. Students also engaged in our first Read Across Tawanka read-in. Students were able to get comfortable to enjoy their favorite book(s). Tawanka fourth graders had the opportunity to join others from the Neshaminy class of 2025, as we traveled to Neshaminy High School to enjoy a concert by the Select Choir, Jazz Band and Orchestra. The month ended with many students showing their talents as performers, stage crew and MCs in the first annual TAWANKA’s GOT TALENT ! It was a memorable event.

3rd & 4th Grade Family Engagement Night

Friday, March 31st, 6:30-9pm

Gym at Tawanka Elementary School

Contact Mr. Ryan Gregory at rgregory@neshaminy.org for any questions.

Notes from the Nurse

From the School Nurse…

As we always have “something going around” we would like to remind our families to review hygiene techniques with your children to help protect them from the germs that circulate through any elementary school at any given time. Please encourage hand washing before eating and keeping fingers out of mouths. Also, remind your children to cover coughs and sneezes and use sanitizer or wash hands after nose blowing or coughing into hands.

Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. It is better for your child to stay home and not be exposed to something else, as well as reducing the exposure to other students.

A child is to be kept home from school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher.

    Your child should be fever free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin, before returning to school.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea.

Your child should stay home if they have had vomiting or diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school. It takes more than a few hours to recuperate from an intestinal ailment. NOTE: many intestinal viruses (as well as other conditions) do not have a fever as one of the symptoms.

  • Persistent cough or thick nasal discharge

  • Itchy or red eyes with a discharge

  • Rash

  • Persistent itching of the scalp. If a child is suspected to have head lice, a parent should call the school nurse to arrange a time for the child to be checked before he/she returns to the classroom.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Health office at 215-809-6336 or calexis@neshaminy.org

We wish you a happy and healthy Spring!

Upcoming In April

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Reminder :

2016-2017 Yearbook Love Lines order forms went home. Dead line is 4/29/2017.

School Store

4/7/2017 & 4/21/2017

PTO Meeting in Cafetorium

4/7/2017 @ 9:30am

Family Bingo Night @ Tawanka

4/7/2017 Doors Open 6:30pm

Brewster's Ice Cream Fundraiser Night

4/19/2017 4:00pm - 9:00pm

PTO Roller Skating @ The Palace

4/30/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm