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.

Continue Reading…




Fathers’ Club

Tashua PTA

Tashua PTA Executive Board

Meet your executive board members for the 2022-2023 school year:

Executive Board:


Shannon Diaz


Vice President – Fundraising

Lisa Stein


Vice President – Membership

Denise Dixon



Susanne Carew



Kiran Chhablani



Spirit Wear                                       Dani Romano                                  tashuaspiritwear@gmail.com

                                                             Daphne Teittinen-Schreck

Kindergarten & New Families      Frank Squiccimarro                        franktashua@gmail.com 

Picture Day                                       Vanessa Vargas Guijarro               vanessia0921@hotmail.com

Scholastic Book Fair                       Kiran Chhablani                              kiran.chhablani@gmail.com

Emily Richards                                emily.t.jamison@gmail.com

Holiday Boutique                            Sandra Ferreira                               sferreira1010@yahoo.com

Diversity Day                                   Christie Mckenzie                            christiep99@yahoo.com

Francesca Torrani                           frantorrani@gmail.com

Tashua Talent Show                       Amy Congdon                                   acongdon@trumbullps.org

                                                            Jen Kegan                                          kegans27@gmail.com

Family Bingo Night                        Shannon Diaz                                    shannonldiaz@yahoo.com

Family Fun                                       Jalpa Buch-Modi                              jalpabuch@gmail.com

Spring Fair                                       Jenna Petiprin                                   jennapetiprin@me.com

                                                           Erica DiMartino                               ericaddimartino@yahoo.com  

Fifth Grade Activities                    Jen Kegan                                           kegans27@gmail.com

                                                           Alison Godsill                                    alison.godsill@gmail.com

Teacher Appreciation Week        Liz Caskin                                           elizabethcaskin@hotmail.com

                                                           Nicole Ellezam                                  njm.ellezam@gmail.com

Mother’s Day Plant Sale               Christie Mckenzie                            christiep99@yahoo.com

Classroom Coordinator                Kiran Chhablani                               kiran.chhablani@gmail.com

Community Service                       Theresa Welch                                  teachertheresa13@yahoo.com

Diversity                                          Challa Flemming                              flemming.challa@gmail.com

                                                           Frank Squiccimarro                         franktashua@gmail.com

Library Volunteers Coordinator Emily Richards                                  emily.t.jamison@gmail.com

Reflections                                       Daphne Teittinen-Schreck              tashuareflections@gmail.com

School Beautification                     Sandra Ferreira                                 sferreira1010@yahoo.com 

Wellness / Running                        Theresa Welch                                  teachertheresa13@yahoo.com

                                                            Emily Richards                                 emily.t.jamison@gmail.com

Jessica Samuolis (Projects)           jessicasamuolis@gmail.com

Yearbook                                            Jen Kegan                                          kegans27@gmail.com

                                                              Jill Curley                                          curleyjb@charter.net


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:



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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

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Physical Education Curriculum

Explanation of What Students Do and Lean in PE

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 trichard@trumbullps.org I look forward to working with your child this year!

Mr. Richard

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!”

Music Curriculum

Please follow the link provided to view the K-5 music curriculum.

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.

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