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January 2016 – Happy New Year!


Updates from the Principal


January 2016


January 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe it is already 2016! As we move into the New Year, we will be working with your children to help them to build their stamina and perseverance. In order for children to be successful in the 21st Century, they will need to develop work habits that will help them acquire the grit they will need in order to stay committed to seeing learning tasks to their full completion; working at their highest academic potential. At times, assignments are finished, however more effort could have been put forth when completing the tasks. We need to help children to develop a sense of pride in completing their work rather than just working to complete assignments.

In many respects, the advancements in technology have helped our students to complete assignments readily and with sophistication and elaboration, however the introduction of technology has also produced a generation of students who thrive on the access of immediate information and feedback for instant gratification.

To teach children how to persevere, we need to help them to appreciate that success comes when we don’t give up and we put our all into what we are working to accomplish. When you work hard to meet a goal, most times you achieve it! You can model this by pointing the goals you set for yourself in order help your child see how your commitment and hard work really do pay off for the greater good.

It is also important for children to understand that no one is perfect and that making errors is very much a part of learning. Feel confident in pointing out the mistakes that you make and help your child to see how you work through challenges or obstacles to make improvements.
To motivate your child to put forth his/her best effort, you can use positive comments such as:

  • “I know you can do it if you keep trying.”
  • “I am impressed with how hard you are working; you never give up!”
  •  “I love to see the effort you are putting forth; your hard work is sure to pay off!”

Further, help your child to identify successful people around them; pointing out not only their fine accomplishments, but also the hard work and discipline it took to make it possible.

In February, we will be hosting a math and reading night for parents to learn more about the rigorous learning expectations that are expected of children through the grade levels. During these sessions, parents will be exposed to various learning tasks and be able to see how a question/assignment may be completed, however a child may receive more credit based on the elaboration and detail of the answer that is provided by the student. I am hoping you will be able to join us for these events.

The informational Math Night will hosted by Mrs. Mangini, our math specialist, on Tuesday, February 2nd:
Grades K-2 6:30 – 7:15 PM
Grades 3-5 7:30- 8:15 PM

The informational Reading Night hosted by Ms. Grannis and Mrs. Knapp, our reading consultants, on Tuesday, February 9th:
Grades K-2 6:30 – 7:15 PM
Grades 3-5 7:30- 8:15 PM

Attending these sessions will help you to support your child in reaching their full academic potential.
On behalf of the Tashua staff and myself, we thank you for your ongoing support to ensure the success of your children. We look forward to working together as partners to achieve many more wonderful accomplishments in 2016!

If you have any questions, concerns, or positive feedback to share, feel free to contact me by emailing me at JNeumeye@trumbullps.org or by calling 203-452-4433.


Mrs. Neumeyer


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