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You’ve pulled an attached tick off your child, now what? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the risk of Lyme disease after a deer tick bite is low,...

Art Room ~ Mrs. Grabinski ~ June 2018

Art Room ~ Mrs. Grabinski ~ June 2018

What a wonderful school year it has been for our Tashua artists! It’s hard to believe it is almost over. Parents, please encourage your children to continue creating...

A Note From Music ~ Mr. Cohen ~ June 2018

A Note From Music ~ Mr. Cohen ~ June 2018

Summer is just around the corner! All grades are engaged in a variety of songs and musical games that will have them singing all summer long! At home, parents and...


P.E. ~ MS. GIBSON ~ June 2018

Students in all grade levels have been working on their circus skills! Our circus unit is designed to improve balance and hand-eye coordination. Students are learning...



School projects are in their final weeks and the library is as busy as ever. Friday, June 8th is when all books are due. Fines for lost or damaged books can be in...



Summer is coming, and so is summer reading! One great way for students and families to enjoy reading together is with Tashua’s Summer Read Aloud series! Teachers...



Summer is upon us and the children are certainly looking forward to vacation! We all know the importance of having our children continue to read over the summer...


The Reading Connection ~ June 2018

Summer Reading Tips for Parents Summer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss...

The Counselor Corner ~ June2018

The Counselor Corner ~ June2018

BACK TO SCHOOL TIP TO EASE FIRST DAY JITTERS FIRST DAY JITTERS By Julie Danneberg is a wonderful story to read with your children before school starts in August....

CT Student Writing Project Winner

CT Student Writing Project Winner

Congratulation to Maya Louis who is a Fourth Grade student at Tashua School. Maya’s writing piece “Tap Shoes” was selected for publication in the 30th issue...


Updates from the Principal


June 2018

June 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is hard to believe the school year will soon come to an end! It has been another exciting academic year full of wonderful learning experiences. Our students have worked hard to achieve their goals and as a result, have many accomplishments to celebrate!

Each year, we set goals for our students at Tashua School. Once again, we have continued to focus on increasing our students’ writing skills. I am thrilled to announce that our students have shown significant growth from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year. Over the summer, professional development from the Teachers College Reading Institute will be offered for staff members. Next year, we will shift our focus to strengthening our students’ overall literacy abilities, by combining and embedding reading and writing instruction through the use of rich literature.

This year, we have also continued to improve our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support System. Our students have responded well to the positive structures that have been put in place to help them excel socially and emotionally. As a result, student engagement has continued to increase and our students’ overall academic success has improved.

I know the summer months will be a welcome break from the structure and demands of the school year and it will give our students time to relax and to focus on non-academic endeavors. While it is important for them to enjoy the summer, they must also maintain the academic skills they honed during the school year. This can only be accomplished by consistent practice.

When children do not practice, they can regress significantly and it may take several months to recoup these academic losses. As a result, these students are less apt to make a year’s growth during a typical school year because the first few months of school are spent just catching up to where they were when they left school in June. For this reason, it will be important to make practice fun for them and you; there are a variety of activities and resources available for you to use.

Here are some suggestions:

Reading – The most important thing your children can do to maintain skills is to read daily during the summer months. Take them to the library weekly so they can exchange books. While you should monitor their choices, allow them to select their own books, as this will encourage them to read more. You can also set aside family reading time. This will enable your children to benefit from having adult role models. Parents who are readers are more apt to have children who are readers. And, don’t forget to have discussions about the books you are reading!

Summer Journaling – Encourage your children to keep a journal of their summer activities. Set aside time each day for writing. If you have relatives who live in other locales, have your children either write letters or email these relatives. Consistent writing practice during the summer helps to improve writing fluency. 

Math Fact Practice –Math fact understanding is essential for success in mathematics. Flashcards can be found at a variety of stores, including dollar stores. Additionally, there are many websites that provide math fact practice in a game format. Practicing facts a few times a week for 15–20 minutes can make a huge difference for children. When students are automatic with their facts, they do not have to rely on their fingers, freeing them to focus on the math problem at hand. 

Keyboarding – There are a variety of free websites where children can learn and practice keyboarding. This is an increasingly important skill in our world of technology. When they are proficient with their keyboarding skills, they can devote their energies to thinking about what they are writing not hunting for the correct letter keys! 

Learn while Traveling – As you travel, roll out the map and converse with your children about your destination and the routes you will take as you travel there. From there your children can measure the number of miles you will travel using the map key for distance, estimate the amount of gas required for the trip, and estimate the cost of the gas for a round trip. Once you are on the road, your children can read the road signs along the way. Not only is this a great way to show practical use of reading, but is also a great way for your children to practice common sight words. 

So, remember to make learning one of your children’s summer routines! Spending time each day reading, writing, and practicing math can help them start the new school year feeling confident and set the tone for a successful school year. 

As another school year comes to close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful PTA along with all of our active parent volunteers who have made contributions of time and donations to our school community. We couldn’t do it without you! Through your volunteering commitments and fundraising efforts, we will be able to continue to expand our learning commons to incorporate many engaging/inquiry-based learning areas for students to explore. 

Further, I would like to especially thank our PTA co-presidents Sara Scrofani and Christie McKenzie and our Fathers’ Club co-presidents, Rob Sanderson and Jason Oberhand, and president-elect, Scott Taragowski for their ongoing leadership in running these successful organizations. They did a phenomenal job planning events and coordinating volunteers to run programs to benefit our students and school community. 

It has been another wonderful year at Tashua School. As the principal, I am very proud of all we were able to accomplish! 

Have a safe and exciting summer break!
Mrs. Neumeyer



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