Updates from the Principal
Weekly Update: March 3, 2023
Dear Tashua Families,
This week, we celebrated Read Across America. Throughout the week, we recorded all the great reading that is happening at Tashua School. Each day, classroom teachers totaled the number of minutes their students spent reading. This data is charted outside of the library so the students can watch it grow from day to day and be motivated to read!
On Thursday, we had our school-wide Read Across America Assembly and State Representative Dave Rutigliano lead us in saying the Reading Oath. We then welcomed author Melissa Shapiro, DVM to Tashua! Mrs. Shapiro introduced her book Piglet Comes Home: How a Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Found his Family and talked to the students about how Piglet how to learn to navigate the world with a disability. The students met several of her dogs with disabilities and learned about the “Piglet Mindset” teaching people of all ages to:
- Face challenges with a positive attitude
- Build on current skills with determination, resilience, and perseverance
- Accept individuals for who they are and include them despite their differences
- Show empathy and compassion towards others
- Be kind and considerate to all people and animals
We truly appreciate the generosity of our Fathers’ Club who funded this author visit! A huge thank you goes out to Mrs. McKenna for arranging our visits with author, Melissa Shapiro, DVM and State Representative, Mr. Rutigliano and for compiling all of the wonderful resources she found to help us celebrate Read Across America throughout the week.
Tashua PTA Executive Board
Meet your executive board members for the 2022-2023 school year:
Vice President – Fundraising
Vice President – Membership
Spirit Wear Dani Romano email@example.com
Kindergarten & New Families Frank Squiccimarro firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Day Vanessa Vargas Guijarro email@example.com
Scholastic Book Fair Kiran Chhablani firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Richards email@example.com
Holiday Boutique Sandra Ferreira firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity Day Christie Mckenzie email@example.com
Francesca Torrani firstname.lastname@example.org
Tashua Talent Show Amy Congdon email@example.com
Jen Kegan firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Bingo Night Shannon Diaz email@example.com
Family Fun Jalpa Buch-Modi firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Fair Jenna Petiprin email@example.com
Erica DiMartino firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth Grade Activities Jen Kegan email@example.com
Alison Godsill firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Appreciation Week Liz Caskin email@example.com
Nicole Ellezam firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother’s Day Plant Sale Christie Mckenzie email@example.com
Classroom Coordinator Kiran Chhablani firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Service Theresa Welch email@example.com
Diversity Challa Flemming firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Squiccimarro email@example.com
Library Volunteers Coordinator Emily Richards firstname.lastname@example.org
Reflections Daphne Teittinen-Schreck email@example.com
School Beautification Sandra Ferreira firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellness / Running Theresa Welch email@example.com
Emily Richards firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Samuolis (Projects) email@example.com
Yearbook Jen Kegan firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Curley email@example.com
We have a very full calendar planned and will need lots of parent volunteers to make the year successful. Please take a moment and complete the below interest survey with volunteer activities including the opportunity to co-chair a committee. More specifics will be provided closer to the date of events, but if you are interested in hearing more about opportunities please complete the form at the link below and someone will contact you:
Tashua School Song – “Keep Your Eye on the T.I.G.E.R.S.”
Watch the video!
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social-emotional competence, academic success, and school climate. It also enhances teacher health and well-being. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable, and safe learning environments where everyone thrives. Read more…
Schools that establish systems with the capacity to implement SWPBIS
(School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) with integrity and
durability have teaching and learning environments that
• Are less reactive, aversive, dangerous and exclusionary
• Are more engaging, responsive, preventative and productive
• Are able to address classroom management and disciplinary issues
• Improve supports for students whose behaviors require more specialized
assistance (e.g. emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health)
• Maximize academic engagement and achievement for all students
Physical Education Curriculum
Physical Education is an important part of your child’s day. The students are developing and improving their personal fitness and motor skills through a series of games and activities that are purposeful and enjoyable.
Every child is expected to participate to the best of their ability every day. If for some reason they cannot, please send in a note. Please be specific as to whether you want them to sit out or if you want them to be able to make the decision if they are feeling better. They can be excused for two consecutive days without a doctor’s note. Beyond that, you must obtain a physician’s note and take it to the nurse.
Safety is very important while playing. Therefore, sneakers with Velcro or laces must be worn. Any shoes that have an opening in the toe, heel or forefoot are not allowed. Students should wear shorts, sweatpants, or loose pants and a t-shirt on PE days. Anyone who has long hair should have it tied back and away from their faces; boys or girls. Skirts can be worn but with shorts underneath.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to working with your child this year!
Physical Education Meet The Teacher
Hi, I’m Todd Richard and I am so excited to be the P.E. teacher at Tashua!
“Sweating is Winning!”
Please follow the link provided to view the K-5 music curriculum.
Music Meet The Teacher
Welcome to the MUSIC room!
Thanks for visiting this section of our beautiful website. My name is Tyler Cohen and I am proud to be a Tashua TIGER! I began my career in Trumbull at Madison Middle School teaching chorus and general music from 2008-2012. After four wonderful years, I joined team Tashua and have been here ever since! I have Master of Science in Music Education from Western CT State University. I play in two bands, Forget Paris and A Dangerous Style, both as performer and songwriter and have been lucky to perform with such names as Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Bruno Mars, Weezer, Smashmouth and more!
Please enjoy one (or both) of my music videos from the rock band Forget Paris!
Albums available NOW on iTunes!
Forget Paris and A Dangerous Style
Live the dream.