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March 4, 2022

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Mardi Gras and Carnaval 2022 in French and Spanish Classes

On Tuesday, March 1st, French and Spanish students learned about the holiday known as Mardi Gras (French) and Carnaval (Spanish and French). This holiday originated in Egypt as a festival to welcome spring. The tradition evolved in Europe to include feasting on meat and other treats before the season of Lent. Today, Rio de Janiero, Brazil hosts the largest Carnaval in the world. In the United States, New Orleans is famous for its celebration. Students viewed videos and photos of Carnaval celebrations across the globe and learned that these festivals around the world share common elements (music, dance, and colorful costumes). For our celebration, the students made masks and “feasted” on some of the most popular foods associated with the holiday including Gâteau des Rois (King cake) and panqueques (pancakes). Thank you to all of our students and their families for supporting our cultural celebrations!

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Fundraiser Kick-Off Assembly--Friday, March 11 (during school day)

Tamanend Musical--Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 (details above)

Parent Book Club--Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 PM (details below)

Parent Council--Thursday, March 17 at 9:00 AM

9th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.--Thursday, March 31 (details below)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

  • Spring sports will begin on March 21st. Registration for Tamanend Spring sports will open on February 1st. All 7th and 8th Grade students interested in playing a Spring sport for Tamanend this year must be registered on the Family ID web site no later than noon on March 14th. Please click HERE for detailed information, deadlines, and requirements.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • CB South Boys lacrosse pre-season workouts have begun for any athlete that would like to try out for the 2022 season. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills and get in shape. We would also welcome any newcomers to the sport and help you develop your skills for try outs. For more information please email (mstrayline@cbsd.org), and I would be glad to help. The schedule is as follows.
    • Tuesdays lifting from 7-8pm wall ball from 8-9pm
    • Thursdays lifting from 7-8pm
    • Saturdays Stick Skills in the stadium from 10-12pm weather permitting.
  • CB South Boys Volleyball is running weekly open gyms on Tuesdays (6:30-8) and Thursdays (8:30-9:30) in the Aux gym. Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend. If you would like additional information, please contact Coach Ehlers at mehlers@cbsd.org.

Athletics Schedule

Monday, 3/7
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15

Tuesday, 3/8

  • No Contests

Wednesday, 3/9

  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Klinger (Home; 3:15); END OF REGULAR SEASON: Post-Season tournament details TBA

TAMANEND EVENTS

Tamanend Players To Present The SpongeBob Musical--March 11-12

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Tickets for Tamanend's 2022 show, The SpongeBob Musical, are on sale now! You can reserve seats now or buy general admission seats at the door. We hope you can join us under the sea the weekend of March 11-12. As always, thank you for your support of the Tamanend Players!

Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club Partners with CB South's Operation Eternal Gratitude

Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club is Partnering with CB South's Operation Eternal Gratitude Club (OEG). We will be sending supplies to CB South for wrapping care packages being sent to military personnel overseas. We are asking the Tamanend community to please donate and advertise, so we can collect as much as we can! The full list of food, drink, clothing, and toiletries can be found in italics below. Please bring donations to the Main Office. If you have any questions about this drive, please email Madame Orinski at eorinski@cbsd.org. Thank you for your support! Food/Drink: coffee (1 lb. bag or less), sunflower seeds, ramen noodles, beef jerky, nuts/mixed nuts/trail mix, granola bars, power bars, boxed crackers/chips, cookies, gum/mints, hard candy, individual drink mix (Gatorade, etc.) Toiletries/Clothing/Misc.: Ziploc bags, Sharpies, Chapstick, sunscreen, foot powder (Gold Bond), boot socks, travel-sized, toiletries, baby wipes, recent magazines, playing cards

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Reminder--Next Meeting of Tamanend Parent Book Club is March 16

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans (2017) by Josh Shipp which may be purchased on a variety of websites or in bookstores. The book describes the optimal mindsets, conditions, and strategies that help teenagers succeed. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the reading and open the floor for discussion. In addition, we will briefly cover items from our monthly Parent Council meeting for parents who are not able to make these meetings. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges and joys of raising adolescents. Parents are welcome to join the group at any time. It is not necessary to read all of the chapters to participate. Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating in all or some of the meetings so that we may prepare. Click here for further information.

Reminder--9th Grade Class Trip to Washington, D.C.--March 31

We are pleased to be taking the Ninth Grade Class to Washington, D.C. Our trip will take place on Thursday, March 31st, and will involve a full day for students at our nation’s capital. We will be visiting many of the memorials and museums open to visitors throughout the day. It is a full day, and we will be leaving Tamanend at 6:15 AM and we will be returning to school at approximately 10:30 PM. In addition to this being a great experience for students, the trip is tied to our 9th Grade curriculum and our hope is that each student attend so that they may be a part of this important class and experiential learning experience.


The total cost of the trip is $60. This includes transportation and admission to the museums, but does not include food for the day. Please pay for the trip and sign the permission slip through our online payment system, mypaymentsplus.com.

Payment may also be made by cash or check (made out to Tamanend Middle School). If paying by cash or check, you will need to request a paper copy of the permission slip, complete it, and drop off the payment and permission slip to the Main Office or have your child turn in payment and form to Mrs. Marano in Room 311. You can request a paper copy of the permission slip by emailing Mrs. Marano at lmarano@cbsd.org or your child can pick up a slip from Mrs. Marano in Room 311.


If your family is experiencing a financial hardship, please email Mrs. Lori Marano at lmarano@cbsd.org, Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org, Mr. Kyle Dudley at kdudley@cbsd.org, Mr. Jeff Klein at jklein@cbsd.org, Mrs. Mandy Cammann at mcammann@cbsd.org, or Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org so that we may assist you.


Payment and permission slips are due by March 21. Payment for the trip is non-refundable.


Due to the length of the day, students will be away from home for all their meals. Students are welcome to pack food for the bus trip and for lunch and dinner. Students will also have the opportunity to purchase lunch at restaurants surrounding the museums, food trucks located outside the museums, and at Union Station where they will have the option to purchase dinner at a variety of establishments. If students wish to purchase both lunch and dinner, they should plan to bring enough money to do so (approximately $30). There is also an option for your child to order a prepared boxed lunch from our Cafeteria to take with them on the trip. We will send out the boxed lunch order form as soon as it is available from the Cafeteria.


Students will be signing up for their groups soon. Once groups are selected, we will be assigning parents (with appropriate clearances) who volunteered to chaperone to their child’s group. Please tell your child if you volunteered so they know when they are forming their groups. We appreciate the number of parents who volunteered to chaperone. Please understand that with limited seating on the buses, we may be unable to take all of those parents who volunteered to chaperone. If there are multiple chaperones per student group, we will choose the chaperones by lottery.


We look forward to a great day on March 31st!

Reminder--Kelly Anne Dolan Day Re-Scheduled for April 30

We are very much looking forward to resuming our school-wide fundraiser, a community day/3-on-3 basketball tournament that benefits the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. This was scheduled for Saturday, February 26th. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances and to ensure that our students and community get to experience the same positivity that those before them have, we will have to alter plans for this year’s fundraiser. We are excited to announce our new date of Saturday, April 30th! More information and details will be provided as the date gets closer, and we look forward to continuing our 22nd year of partnering with KADMF!!

TAMANEND FEATURES

Reminder--Program Planning Timeline for 2022-2023 School Year

Program Planning for the 2022-2023 school year is underway. Program Planning is the process by which students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors collaborate to create each student's class schedule for the subsequent school year. The Central Bucks Program of Studies, which explains the program planning process and describes all courses, can be found on the CBSD website as per the dates listed below. Please find a list of important dates below related to program planning:

  • January 3--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 9-12 available on the CBSD website. Hard copies will be distributed to current 9th graders at a date TBD.
  • January 4--Program planning assembly for current 9th Graders (during school day)
  • January 13 (please note this event was re-schedule from January 6)--Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair (for current 9th Graders) 6:30 PM at CB South High School
  • January 14--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 available on the CBSD website
  • January 19 to February 6--Current 9th Grade students enter course requests at home via Parent Portal
  • January 31--Program planning presentations for current 8th Graders (during school day)
  • February 1--Program planning assembly for current 7th Graders (during school day)
  • February 11--Course verifications posted on Portal for parents of current 7th Graders to review
  • February 17--Course verifications electronically confirmed on Portal by parents of current 7th Graders by this date
  • February 23-- Course verifications posted on Portal for parents of current 8th Graders to review
  • March 1--Course verifications electronically confirmed on Portal by parents of current 8th Graders by this date
  • March 18--Course verifications posted on Portal for parents of current 9th Graders to review
  • March 30-- Course verifications electronically confirmed on Portal by parents of current 9th Graders by this date

Visit the CB South Program Planning Page (For Rising 10th Graders)

Click here to visit the CB South Program Planning page to learn about course offerings at CB South for the 2022-2023 school year.

Reminder--E-Sports League Sign-Up is Open for CBSD Students

Sign-ups are happening now for the Central Bucks School District’s official Esports League! Managed by Metro Esports, each esports season will include six weeks of virtual game play, with live playoff and league championship matches hosted at The Metro Gaming Lounge, located on Street Road in Warminster. Students in grades K-12 may participate in a combination of gaming and technology-based skills development, while engaging in an outlet for competing in a non-sport, team activity with the ability to learn about gaming industry and STEM/STEAM careers in a very hands-on way. This first of its kind competitive multi-season competitive esports League will include popular game titles like Apex Legends, Rocket League, and Fortnite. In season, the Metro facility will be available for both individual and team practice sessions and one-on-one coaching and skills training.

Elementary gaming and technology enthusiasts will be able to participate in Minecraft games, challenges and learning opportunities.

This is an opportunity for students of all ages, interest levels and abilities to pursue their interests in gaming and technology. League registration is open on the Metro Esports website at https://metroesports.gg.

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Congratulations, Boomerang Award Nominees and Winners!

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a district wide program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by the chosen asset for each month of the school year. For the month of February, the asset was kindness— Recognizing a young person who values service to others in their family, school, or community. All nominees will be celebrated this Wednesday during Advisory with a special treat. Now we would like to highlight our building winner, 8th grade student, Lane McLaughlin:


Lane is a consistent positive presence in all aspects of her life. In class, she works with everyone and goes out of her way to make sure no one feels left out or excluded. She welcomes people in with her infectious smile and the simple gesture of saying, “hi” or “good morning” to her peers and adults in the building. She always uses the utmost respect and kindness in her words and tone. Outside of the classroom, Lane works with our FRIENDS group to spread the message of friendship and acceptance in our building. Lane is a leader on the Softball field. Not only is she a talented athlete but shows her teammates that true leaders lead with kindness. Lane is the embodiment of this month’s asset, kindness. She is truly a ray of sunshine. Congratulations to Lane and all of the following nominees: Brett Barrett, Serena Binner, Lidia Blinov, Justin Bullard, Brianna Castner, Abhay Chathuruthy, Araiza Del Toro Amaya, Annalisse DeSandre, Nick Drenth, Aiden Ertwine, Tessa Gassman, Shae Gruber, Tristen Harvey, Mia Klein, Jake Kotsur, Jillianne Leyson, Dane Manuel, Erin O'Leary, Mydhili Pillai, Eepsitha Popuri, Brooke Rosica, Besa Sagiri, Egor Sakhabutdinov, Brady Shanahan, Siddarth Thota, Anshi Vyas, Diana Walters, Sydney Weinstein, Aria Winter, Sophia Woodcock, Emma Yu, Ellie Yu

Reminder--Yearbook Ordering is Now Open

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2021-2022 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2022 the cost of the full-color, hardback yearbook is on sale for $35 (plus tax). This is also the deadline if you’d like to add any additional personalization to your child’s yearbook. The price of the yearbook will increase to $40 (plus tax) from February 1st- April 30th. After this date, we unfortunately cannot guarantee your child will be able to purchase a yearbook at the end of the year. Please click the link here to take you to Jostens online ordering page. No preorders will be accepted in school – all orders must be done through Jostens. If you have any questions, please email Kristen Gerth at kgerth@cbsd.org.

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EARN YOUR STRIPES--TAMANEND'S SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

Our SWPBIS initiative has been of to a great start! We recently cleared the Tiger 200 board and several students walked away with prizes. Students who appear on the Tiger 200 board are recognized by staff members for being respectful, taking ownership of their behavior, acting appropriately and remembering kindness. Congratulations to all those students who received Tiger Stripes in the 1st Marking Period. Keep up the good work!

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Reminder--Volunteer Opportunity--Summer Camp Counselors at Churchville Nature Center

We hope your year is off to a great start! We’d love to have your students join us for the 2022 Summer Camp Season at the Churchville Nature Center! This opportunity is open to students 14 years and older. We ask our volunteers to have been vaccinated against COVID.


Copy and paste this link to get the application: https://www.churchvillenaturecenter.org/user/9/downloads/u220106_1155_Counselorapplication2022FINAL.pdf

Reminder--Doylestown YMCA Offers Free Memberships for 7th Graders

Did you know that the Doylestown YMCA offers free memberships for 7th Graders? Click here to read all about this great opportunity.

FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Please Properly Take Care of Your Laptop

We have seen an increase in cracked laptop screens. Here are a few tips to help you properly take care of your laptop:

· Use your laptop bag when carrying your laptop in school and outside of school.

· If you have a small crack on your screen, please take it to the Library to get it fixed as soon as possible. Many times, students do not have small cracks repaired as soon as they occur. This sometimes results in the screen shattering completely.

· Please note that intentional laptop damage will result in potential disciplinary consequences and a bill for the repairs.

Reminder--Student Technology Security Outside of the U.S.

Currently, the Technology and Innovation Department blocks Microsoft Office 365 logins to Outlook, OneDrive, ClassLink, and Canvas from foreign countries. This aids in protecting our CBSD user accounts and organization from malicious computer attacks from outside of the United States.


Students who travel cannot assume their devices will work once they leave the United States. For student out-of-country access requests, please know that access to technology for vacations will not be approved at this time.

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Guidance Information

  • Program Planning is the process by which students prepare to choose their courses for the next school year. Click here for an overview of the process for current 9th grade students.
  • The CB South Curriculum Fair for next year's 10th Graders was held on Thursday, January 13. CB South's Program Planning & Curriculum page contains videos from across all of their various departments and can help give a sense of their offerings. Please note that the dates on their page are applicable to current sophomores and juniors. The Program Planning Timeline for current 9th grade students will continue to be shared by the Tamanend team. Verifications for current 9th Grade students will be posted for confirmation on March 18th.
  • Verifications for current 8th Grade students were posted for confirmation on February 23rd. Click on this VIDEO for an overview of the course selection process.
  • Verifications for current 7th Grade students were to be confirmed by Thursday, February 17th. Click on this VIDEO for an overview of the course selection process.
  • Pertinent program planning dates can be found in this and subsequent editions of the Tamanend Connections newsletter.
  • MBIT’s Open House was held virtually on Thursday, November 18th. If you were unable to attend and would still like to learn about all of the amazing programs that MBIT has to offer, please visit the MBIT web site or stop by the guidance for additional information.

Reminder--Mental Health Resources

In February, Tamanend held two presentations (one for students, and one for parents) related to adolescent mental health. As a follow-up, the district social workers created this resource to assist parents with connecting their children with mental health help. In addition to the resource at the link above, you can view the February 15 parent presentation here.

Sparks--Career Exploaration

As part of the State mandate for career education, all Pennsylvania students are to receive information on the various pathways available to them to pursue their interests including post-secondary education, the world of work or the military. As one part of this we have developed a long-standing relationship with the local Career Technical Center, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology.


At the high school level, our students can spend half of their school day at MBIT in classrooms and program laboratories receiving specific training in areas such as horticulture or electronics. While in the middle school grades, students attend presentations about the many programs which can lead to visits or even shadowing a current student in programs such as commercial art or dental occupations. Summer school programs are also conducted in many areas of interest including Drone Discovery and Pastry Art.


Over the last few years, we have also shared information with our elementary students through in-person tours (when permitted) and most recently real-time virtual panels and visits given by the current MBIT students to our sixth-grade classes. These tours are scheduled again for this May.

Take a tour yourself and find out more about the many opportunities available to the Central Bucks students.

https://www.mbit.org/Domain/152

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania with the cooperative support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Health and Welfare. SAP programs provide schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Every secondary school in Central Bucks has a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems. Click here to read the latest edition of the SAP newsletter.

FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Reminder--Free COVID-19 Testing

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

Reminder--Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Tamanend Students for 2021-2022 School Year

In April 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service extended the program that will provide for free meals for all students, regardless of income, for the 2021-22 school year. This has been made possible by nationwide waivers that provide for free meals for all students through June 2022.


All menus are available to be viewed online up to 2 weeks in advance by visiting cbsd.nutrislice.com.


Students are entitled to one complete reimbursable breakfast per day and one complete reimbursable lunch per day. Any second entrée or a la carte snack item will be charged to the students’ lunch account. We encourage all families to put money on their students account through MySchoolBucks.com as there will be no cash transactions this year to serve the students as safely and swiftly as possible.


We are thrilled to continue to safely serve students delicious, fresh, and nutritious meals at no charge, and we are equally excited to re-introduce our favorite programs to deliver fun, exciting, and tasty experiences to students throughout the coming year.


Please note: If your child has participated in the free and reduced meal program in the past, we encourage you to apply again as participation allows for eligibility in other programs. You can find the application here: Food Services / Free & Reduced Lunch Application (cbsd.org)

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

Bucks County Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--CB Farmer's Market at Barclay Elementary School

Any Central Bucks family who may need a little extra food assistance is welcome to join us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month at Barclay Elementary School. Our drive-up food distributions run from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. We generally have free dry goods, fresh produce, milk, eggs, and bread, and often have some frozen meat and poultry. At each event we pass out an average of 12,000-15,000 pounds of food.


The CB Farmers Market started in 2019 as a monthly market that distributed free produce. At the start of the pandemic, we recognized a significant need in our community, with many families needing food assistance for the first time in their lives. As our operations grew, so did our network of amazing individuals and community organizations—all of whom are committed to addressing food insecurity in the Central Bucks School District. By our estimates, 1,500 CB children may experience temporary or chronic food insecurity—a statistic which should not exist in a community with our resources.


Our completely volunteer-run and managed organization was founded on two beliefs: 1) During times of need, which we all experience in one form or another, we should be able to count on the compassion and support of our neighbors; and 2) Our community’s collective commitment to our children is a bond much stronger than all of the other forces that might otherwise divide us.

Help with Resources

If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please know that the staff members listed below can help you and your family. We can provide assistance with food, clothing, field trips, student fees, internet access, and other issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us:

Brian Caughie, Principal bcaughie@cbsd.org

Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal kdudley@cbsd.org

Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse lmyrtetus@cbsd.org

Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor jklein@cbsd.org

Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor mcammann@cbsd.org

Housing Information

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Reminder--Volunteering at Tamanend

All Central Bucks School District Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the staff, students, sports programs and other activities of our schools.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We are excited to introduce our NEW contactless application and paperwork submission process to our CBSD volunteers. You can now upload your clearances online through our Volunteer Tracker portal. Please click App Garden- Volunteer Tracker to sign-up and review the clearance requirements. Sign-up is required for both New and Returning Volunteers! The Volunteer Tracker will allow you to sign-up for volunteer opportunities specific to your building and/or classroom of choice. You will receive communication via email to update you on the latest upcoming event(s), clearance expiration, and to review your participation level. Clearances and Background Checks are valid for five (5) years. Click here for required documentation and further information.

Reminder--Morning Car Line

When the weather is poor (heavy rain, low temperatures, etc.), more and more parents/guardians choose to drive their children to school. A reminder that students are expected to be in their 1st Period classes by 7:30 AM. If a child is late to school because of CBSD transportation, their tardiness will be excused. If a student is late to school because of car trouble, over-sleeping, or they are in the car drop-off line, their tardiness is unexcused. Typically, there are few cars in the drop off line from when the doors open at 7:10 until about 7:20. After 7:20, the line begins to get very long.


If you drive your child to school and the weather is poor, please consider leaving home earlier so that your child arrives to class on time.


Thanks for your assistance!

A Reminder About Medications in School

A reminder that students are not permitted to carry medication and/or self-administer medication. Per the medication policy, “All medication, both prescription and non-prescription must be kept in the school health office. Medication will be administered to student during school hours only when such medication is required and accompanied by a doctor’s order” (CBSD Medication Dispensing Form medication policy). “With parent permission, acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be administered according to the manufacturer’s suggested dosage. Administration of specific non-prescription medications is available to all students under the guidelines of the district’s chief medical director. These medications include cough drops, throat spray, antacid tablets, and antibiotic ointment. Parents may grant permission when student information is updated via the parent portal during the summer months. Students who have medications of any kind in their possession (purses, lunch boxes, school bags, etc.) may be considered in violation of the school drug and alcohol policy. However, with a doctor’s order, students requiring emergency medication (EpiPen, for example) may be permitted to carry and self-administer the medication” (2021-2022 CBSD Family Handbook).


Regarding field trips and medication:

“A nurse is not available for field trips. If a parent requests medication to be administered during the trip, this should be noted on the field trip permission form. Parents must package medications at home and hand deliver them in a sealed envelope to the teacher. The child will self-administer the medication under teacher supervision” (2021-2022 CBSD Family Handbook). Epi-pens and inhalers should be brought from home for field trips as long as the appropriate doctor’s order/competency check is on file.

Please contact Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse, Tamanend Middle School with any questions at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or 267-893-2915.

Reminder--Dropping Off Items For Your Child

It's simple to drop off an item for your child! All you need to do is drop the item in the correct grade-level blue bin in the Lobby of our school. Please make sure your child's name is on the item.

Reminder--If You Bring Your Child To School After 7:30

If you bring your child in late to school, please follow this process:


  • ring bell to come in to Lobby
  • write note
  • send student in to Main Office—parents don’t need to come in the Main Office

Reminder--New CBSD Student Absence Reporting System

The Central Bucks School District will be changing the way in which absences are reported, beginning on the first day of school, August 30, 2021. The following items are some key points to be aware of.

  • Parents and guardians will be able to submit absence requests via the Parent Portal. Parents can request a full day absence, early dismissal, or late arrival.
  • Absence requests will be reviewed by school attendance staff and approved or denied.
  • Requests made using the parent portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. Parents will not be required to submit an excuse either electronic or written.
  • Parents and guardians can also still call the school to report an absence, but emails will no longer be accepted.

In addition, when a student is absent from school, but the school did not receive communication from the parent or guardian, the following communication will be sent:

  • A text message will be sent midmorning notifying the parent or guardian of the absence
  • An email will also be sent at the end of the school day reminding the parent or guardian that the student was marked absent.

Information regarding how to use the Parent Portal to report an absence can be found here.

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Reminder--Communicating Absences

You may report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Reminder--Parent Drop-Off/Pick-Up & Parking Lot Safety

If parents/guardians decide to drive students to school, please plan enough travel time to allow for safety and congestion on Stuckert Road and in our school parking lot. The speed limit in our lot is 15 mph.


Below is a map of how the student drop-off works in our parking lot. Drop off should only happen along the sidewalk at the Athletics Entrance as indicated by the red dot on the map. For your safety and the safety of our students, please follow these directions and do not drop your student off on Stuckert Road, the Visitor's Parking area, or in the middle of the Main Parking Area.


When dropping off your child, please remember that YOU SHOULD ONLY MAKE A RIGHT-HAND TURN INTO/OUT OF THE PARKING LOT. Please stay to the right of the parking lot, along the sidewalk, all the way up to the Cafeteria/Gym Entrance. Pull up as far as you can when the cars in front of you clear, and let your child out there.

When picking up your child, please remember that YOU SHOULD ONLY MAKE A RIGHT-HAND TURN INTO THE PARKING LOT. The line of traffic will extend back toward the baseball field (Kelly Rd.). Please stay in the line of traffic and continue moving up as the car(s) in front of you move up. If we follow this procedure, all cars we be gone by 2:40.

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Para nuestras familias hispanohablantes...

¡Bienvenidos a Tamanend! Yo soy Brian Caughie, Director de Tamanend Middle School. Soy hispanohablante. Pasé mucho de mi vida en España. Estoy aquí para apoyarles a todos los estudiantes y familias en Tamanend. Favor de llamarme or escribirme (en inglés o en español) si Ud. tiene cualquier duda o pregunta.

Correo electrónico: bcaughie@cbsd.org

Oficina: (267) 893-2900

STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

Ways to Stay Connected with Tamanend

Here is a list of ways Tamanend communicates with students, families, and the community:

  • Tamanend website: includes important information, resources, calendar of school events, and daily announcements
  • Calendar of school events (posted on our website)
  • Good Morning Tamanend daily announcements (emailed to parents* and students each morning, scrolling on TV screens during school day and posted on our website) *parents should email Mrs. Donna Kirkpatrick at dkirkpatrick@cbsd.org if they would like to have the daily announcements emailed to them directly
  • TV show (weekly, during Advisory period)
  • Email blasts from Tamanend administration regarding important news, new procedures, and reminders
  • Parent Portal: student information, grades, and attendance
  • Tamanend Connections newsletter: useful information, important reminders, and school highlights emailed weekly during school year and posted on Tamanend website
  • Twitter: @CBTamanendMS highlights of activities, events, and daily life at Tamanend
  • CBSD app: highlights of activities, events, and daily life in Central Bucks

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Can Sign Up for Email Blast of Tamanend Daily Announcements

If parent(s)/guardian(s) wish to receive the daily announcements via email blast, they should email Mrs. Donna Kirkpatrick. Daily announcements are always posted under the "Daily Announcements" Section of the Tamanend website for those who do not wish to receive the daily email.

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, March 17th, 9am

Tamanend Middle School

Parent Council is an open meeting where all parents are welcome to attend to learn more about Tamanend Middle School. Parent Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. There is no obligation to attend all Parent Councils and there are no elected positions. Parent Council is a forum for parents and school leaders to learn from and with each other, together.

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Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students make a difference in our community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a Tamanend student with Dr. Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of Tamanend Connections.

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Tamanend Middle School

1492 Stuckert Rd.

Warrington, PA 18925

267-893-2900