December 3, 2021
Lincoln Financial Field Trip
CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE
Winter Concert Preview Assembly--Friday, December 3 (during school day)
Winter Concert #1--Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 PM (details regarding performing groups below)
Winter Dance--Friday, December 10 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Parent Council Meeting--Thursday, December 16 at 9:00 AM
Winter Concert #2--Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM (details regarding performing groups below)
- Family ID opened for Winter sports registration on October 1st. This includes girls basketball, wrestling, and boys basketball. All 7th and 8th Grade students interested in playing a Winter sport for Tamanend this year must be registered on the Family ID web site. The deadline for BOYS BASKETBALL registration is 8:00am on Wednesday, January 5th. If your child is not registered by that time, you will not receive important concussion information that will only be sent to those who are registered. All student-athletes must have completed PIAA physicals (if playing their first sport of the school year) OR PIAA Recertification (if they played a Fall sport) uploaded to Family ID prior to the start of the Winter sports season. The PIAA physical forms can be found HERE. The PIAA Recertification form can be found HERE. Additional items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page. Tryouts for boys basketball will begin on January 10th.
- If you are interested in becoming part of the Wrestling program, please click HERE for information about the upcoming season.
- If you and would like to receive immediate updates on game schedules, cancellations, etc., visit Tamanend Athletics web page and become a “fan” to get alerts for your child’s team.
FROM CB SOUTH:
- Please see below for ice hockey information.
- 7th Grade girls basketball vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
- 8th Grade girls basketball @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15
- No Contests
- 7th Grade girls basketball @ Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15
- 8th Grade girls basketball vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
- No Contests
Congratulations, November Boomerang Award Winners and Nominees!
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 November, the asset was cultural competence— Recognizing a young person who has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds. All nominees will be celebrated Wednesday during Advisory with a special treat. Now we would like to highlight our building winner, 7th grade student, Dipti Malathker.
Dipti is respectful of all teachers and peers. She not only contributes to the classroom academically, but also shares her cultural competency to elevate group conversation. When her class watched a video to explain Diwali, a classmate respectfully asked why we were off for one day when many people celebrate the holiday for five days. Dipti chose to share a very thoughtful response, that the first day "is the most auspicious day" of the Diwali celebration. By sharing her cultural competence with our class, everyone benefitted from her knowledge and experience. Dipti is willing to share personal stories with others to help them better understand her culture. Most importantly she is a dedicated, caring, and accepting individual who will talk to anyone and accepts them as they are.
Congratulations to Dipti and all of the following nominees: Brett Barrett, Melina Bougioukas, Zachary Cao, Abhi Chintapalli, Araiza Del Toro Amaya, Annalisse DeSandre, Mahnsimran Dhankhar, Layla Gentile, Angelia Huynh, Jordan Kalnin, Conor Kelly, Kriti Malathker, Lane McLaughlin, Sheilianys Mercado Gonzalez, Daniel Nodirov, Pranav Pradeep, Shreyas Raju, Nathan Zeigler
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.
Tamanend Continues its Tradition of Supporting the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
During the holidays, many of us give gifts to important people in our lives. Instead of getting somebody some thing and in the true spirit of the holiday season, we hope you will consider making a donation in someone's name to the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. For those new to Tamanend, the KADMF is a tremendous organization that has become a large part of the Tamanend community. The fund provides assistance---that insurance does not cover---to families who have children who are seriously ill. During tough economic times, organizations such as this are even more critically important. Over the last 21 years, Tamanend has raised more than $518,700 for the fund, and we look forward to adding to that total as we approach our 22nd KADMF Basketball Shootout on Feb. 26th.
These cards are available in the guidance office for you to “purchase”. All you will need to do is submit your donation (checks can be made out to “KADMF”), and you will get an “in lieu of” card and an envelope. In addition to the card stating that a donation to KADMF was made in their name, there will be space for you to personalize the card and write a message if you wish. There are a variety of cards, and they were all designed by our Tamanend students. We have had tremendous success with these holiday cards over the last 12 years, raising over $11,900 for the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund.
American Revolution Murder Mystery Enrichment Activity
The 8th Grade is currently wrapping up their study of the American Revolution, but Mrs. McFarland and Mrs. Stryjak’s classes also wrapped up their American Revolution Murder Mystery before going on Thanksgiving Break. Each student took on the role of one character and tried to solve the murder of Mr. Cadaverous Grey. While trying to figure out the case, students learned details about the lives of the people involved in each of the main events of the Revolution. Each day, students would lock in their accusations of who they thought committed the crime, with what weapon, and what the motive was. Last Tuesday, students read the end of the story and found out who the true killer was! The American Revolution has been a fun and mysterious unit!
Thank You For Supporting the NJHS Thanksgiving Food Drive
Thank you to all of the Tamanend families who supported our Thanksgiving food drive! With your help, we were able to provide many boxes of food and money for diapers to support the CB Farmer’s Market. Two of our 9th grade Advisories had a “chicken challenge’’ to see which class could bring in more cans of chicken. Together, these two Advisories brought in over 100 cans of chicken! In addition to the food items, we collected $1,101.60 for additional supplies and food for the CB Farmer's Market. A special thanks to the National Junior Honor Society officers Avery Merz, Rylee Kingeter, Brett Barrett, and Adit Patel for their leadership on this service project. The officers and other National Junior Honor Society volunteers decorated boxes, organized the collection, and sorted the food.
Tamanend Reading Olympics 2022 Begins Soon!
Reading Olympics is a celebration of reading that encourages participants to read an amazing variety of young adult literature. This year's reading list includes classics as well as some brand-new titles - the expectation is that each participant will read AT LEAST five titles from the list.
The Middle School Reading Olympics competition will be held VIRTUALLY during the month of April. Our first Reading Olympics Informational meeting will be held on Wednesday December 8th, during Tiger’s i. Please check in with your Advisory teacher before coming to the Library. To register to join our team, please complete this Form by the end of the school day on Friday, December 17th. We will be using the REMIND text messaging system to keep in touch for meetings and other important reminders. Please text 81010 with the class code @4632eh to join our Reading Olympics Remind group. Please go to your Library Canvas Course to access more information for Reading Olympics!
Reminder--Next Meeting of Tamanend Parent Book Club is January 19
Reminder--9th Grade Baby Photos for Yearbook
Dear 9th Grade Parents:
The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors have opened a website to upload 9th grade baby pictures for the 2021-2022 yearbook. We are inviting you to include a photo memento in your child’s yearbook that he or she will have as a special reminder in their last year at Tamanend. Submitting your child’s baby picture is a great way to honor your child in the yearbook at this special time in his or her life. The cost is $5. If you would like to participate in this optional addition, please make sure that you follow the steps found on this page of our website.
**We will NOT be accepting photos that need to be uploaded. All uploading must be done on your own to the site mentioned below. Please only upload one (1) picture per child.
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 email@example.com.
FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Tamanend To Present Two Winter Concerts
The Tamanend Music Department is excited to present two winter concerts this year! We would love to have family and friends attend the following performances!
Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 PM:
9th Grade Orchestra
7th Grade Orchestra
7th Grade Band
8th Grade Chorus
8th Grade Orchestra
9th Grade Band
Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM:
8th Grade Band
7th Grade Chorus
Symphonic Swing Ensemble
9th Grade Chorus
EARN YOUR STRIPES--TAMANEND'S SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT SYSTEM
SWPBIS Bus Expectations
Recently, our students have spent a lot of time in Advisory talking about what they’re thankful for and how to make positive ripples that can affect many others. Over the next couple of weeks, Advisory groups will be paired up and working together to gather donations. Then, they will brainstorm ideas and create cards. Tamanend has been running this Gift Giving idea for a few years now. Be sure to talk to your kids about what they’re doing in Advisory!
QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND
UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS
Reminder--Bucks County Symphony Orchestra Concert--Sunday, December 5
Bucks for Kids Holiday Gift Card Donation
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--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
Sparks--Career Education Information
As parents, we have had to consider the impact of the last 18 month on our children. Steven Mintz, an historian at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood,” believes that traumatic events can leave “invisible scars” that might shape the character of a generation. However, recent studies have indicated that this might take the form of being more focused about the future such as their place in the world and a stronger commitment to social issues. Although we may see a cautious approach from our children, they may also be energized and optimistic about what lies ahead. Students may find themselves exploring new career paths and ready to take action. This is where we may see the resiliency and empathy that many young people have when faced with struggles. Losing time in the past year can be seen as a negative but also as an opportunity to appreciate what is ahead. Take a moment and ask your daughter or son what the future looks like. Can they connect their thoughts to the career education activities they are working on this school year in Smart Futures and Naviance?
For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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.
Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times
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 email@example.com
Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse email@example.com
Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor email@example.com
HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES
As a reminder, at this time, students, staff, and visitors must wear masks inside Tamanend. Any mask exemption forms must be submitted to the Main Office in order for a student to be considered mask exempt. Students who are not on the mask exemption list will be reminded that they are required and expected to wear a mask throughout the school day, except when participating in certain activities as outlined in the CBSD Health & Safety plan. Please have a conversation with your student regarding your family's decision related to masking. Thank you!
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--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.
You may report your child's absence in any of the following ways:
- Through Parent Portal
- Phone (Attendance hotline): 267-893-2920
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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, Dec. 16th, 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.