The Tohickon Golden Eagle

November 2019

THE SECOND MARKING PERIOD BEGINS!!!

Dear Tohickon Families,


The first marking period ends on November 4th. There are some key events to be aware of in the month of November. They include our Team Infinity Pedals for Progress Bike Drive, the Veterans’ Day Breakfast and the Tohickon Book Fair.


The Team Infinity Pedals for Progress Bike Drive will take place on Saturday, November 2, in the parking lot of Tohickon Middle School. During this event, the community is asked to drop off any used bikes and/or sewing machines to Tohickon between Noon and 3 PM! A $10 donation is requested with each donated item. These bikes are sent to needy families around the globe! There is more information further along in this newsletter.


On November 8, 2019, we will be holding our annual Veterans’ Day Breakfast in the Tohickon Library. We are expecting approximately 125 people to attend this event. During the breakfast, students spend quality time with family members that have served in our armed forces. Veterans’ Day is a very special occasion at Tohickon, as we honor and recognize those that have given so much to our country. We are thankful to Mrs. Girardi and our Social Studies Department for taking the time to plan this wonderful event!


During the week of November 18, we will be hosting the Tohickon Book Fair. Mrs. Fox, our librarian, is in the process of carefully planning this event. The book fair will take place every day throughout the week. Mrs. Fox, as always, brings a tremendous amount of excitement and energy. We are very thankful for her efforts in putting this together!


Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. As we approach this special occasion, I wish all of our families a safe and healthy holiday. Please take this time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.


I wish everyone a great month!


Sincerely,

Kevin Marton, Tohickon Principal

IMPORTANT NOVEMBER EVENTS

There are upcoming events of which students and parents should be aware. The events for the month of November are as follows:


November 2

Pedals for Progress Bike Drive (Noon to 3 PM in Tohickon Parking Lot)


November 4

End of Marking Period 1 - Early Dismissal 10:45 AM


November 5

No School for Students


November 7

Picture Retake Day


November 8

Veterans' Day Breakfast 8:00 AM


November 12

PAYS Survey for 8th Grade Students


November 13

MBIT Open House


November 18 through 22

Tohickon Book Fair


November 27 through 29

No School for Students

PAYS SURVEY FOR 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

On November 12, 2019, all 8th grade Central Bucks middle school students will take part in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS). The survey is conducted every few years among 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders throughout the state in order to obtain state and local information/statistics on issues and challenges facing our student population (school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse). The survey provides us with information we can use to best support our students through and in responding to those challenges. This information is very valuable to us so we can support our students and the greater community.

MAULIK PANCHOLY, STAR FROM 30 ROCK AND AUTHOR, VISITS TOHICKON

Tohickon was thrilled to host visiting author (and actor) Maulik Pancholy on October 8. Mr. Pancholy, who played Jonathon on 30 Rock and is the voice of Baljeet on Phineus & Ferb, was a hit with the students. He was here to talk about his debut novel The Best At It. His message of being yourself and standing up for others was combined with a lot of laughs. After the assembly he held a Writers Workshop in the Library for about thirty students.

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TEAM HAPPENINGS

Team Infinity - Grade 7

Team Infinity’s 16th Annual Pedals for Progress Bike Drive is THIS Saturday, November 2nd! Please drop off any used bikes and/or sewing machines to Tohickon between Noon and 3 PM! A $10 donation is requested with each donated item. Thanks in advance to all of our student volunteers and to everyone who donates! Visit www.p4p.org for more information on where the bikes go and how they improve lives and economies around the globe!


Team Infinity is headed to see a live performance of A Christmas Carol on December 17th at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. Throughout the month of November students will read either the classic novel or a dramatic version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale in ELA A. Seeing the story come to life on stage is a wonderful experience for the students. This is historically a very fun filled day and we are looking forward to it! Please be sure to register your child for the trip by December 3rd on My Payments Plus!


As the first marking period comes to a close, please be sure to be checking grades on Infinite Campus with your child to review that all assignments are completed and turned in. The end of a marking period is also a good time to clean out and reorganize binders, as well as restock supplies of pencils, paper, sticky notes, and index cards. All students should also have a set of ear buds to use for in class purposes.

Team Summit - Grade 7

On Friday, October 18th, staff from the Central Bucks YMCA came to work with the students on Team Summit. The students participated in three different team building activities. Tank was a game that demonstrated teamwork as students had to direct a blindfolded player around the playing field. In another activity, students had to organize their group by birthday, without talking. These team building activities enhance peer relationships and allow students to interact with each other in another environment. Even with the wind and cooler temperature, the students and teachers had a wonderful afternoon working with each other and building relationships.


In other team news…field trip preparations are underway to see A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. Both seventh grade teams will be going to the theater on December 17th. Team Summit will be kicking off a community service project in November. Stay tuned for more details!

Team Odyssey - Grade 8

It’s hard to believe that Marking Period 1 is coming to an end! Team Odyssey students have been busy in September and October, and doing a great job adjusting to life in 8th grade. Our students have been reading Edgar Allan Poe short stories and poems in ELA with Ms. Levesque and Ms. Sufrin in preparation for our Poe Play field trip to CB East. In social studies class with Mr. Neely, the students have been studying the steps towards the American Revolution. Students in Mrs. Donohoe and Ms. Frasca’s Spanish classes are preparing to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” on November 1st. In science with Mr. Hall and Mr. Weir, the students have been studying forces and motion. They have been conducting lots of experiments to study Newton’s Laws of Motion. In math class this year, Mr. Bartosiewicz and Mrs. Bellavance have started a class math competition called the Barto-Bella Games. Their period 6 and 7 classes have been testing their Algebra skills in a head to head battle every other week. The winner of each competition gets to keep the trophy in their room until the next competition.


We are looking forward to the start of the second marking period. Just a reminder to parents to check in with their child to see if they are running low on school supplies, such as pencils, paper, notecards, etc., or if they need a new pen or pen tip for their laptop.

Team Expedition - Grade 8

Our team is off to a great start to the year. Students have taken a dive into various topics, from gravity and the laws of physics, from the French and Indian War to the causes of the revolution. They have attacked the texts of Poe, Hinton, and Stevenson, while taking a look at how authors craft their work. Students continue to work with numbers in math class. In advisory, students have worked on videos to create awareness for red ribbon week and brainstormed ways to continue to make Tohickon the great place that it is.


As the first marking period comes to an end, we like to remember the great start to this year that we have had. Students have come together for pep rallies, pictures, and group events such as our first field trip to see Poe Plays at East. We look forward to continuing to build these relationships.


What to look for: students will be working on a community service project leading into the holidays. Ask them what they are doing!

NINTH GRADE TEAM

In their foreign language classes, 9th grade students celebrated Spanish Heritage Month. They attended an assembly with special speakers from the Doylestown Hispanic Society who discussed their countries of origin and experiences in becoming bilingual. They also had salsa dance lessons with La Luna Dance Studio.


Oral history projects are underway in Social Studies classes. The project, in which students research a historical event and then interview a person with a firsthand account of the event, has been taking shape from a variety of topics. Interviews are focused on topics from World War II to the present, and to complement this, Mrs. Parisi’s students had the opportunity to interview local veterans from the community. The Social Studies department will be hosting their annual Veteran’s Day breakfast on November 8th.


Students have transported back in time to the Depression-Era To Kill a Mockingbird, 14th Century Verona, Italy with The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, or the 60s in That was Then, This is Now and are analyzing and discussing these classics, looking particularly at theme.


The start of the year in science class is the study of the Geosphere. Students learn about the physical features of the Earth and how the physical earth changes over time. This unit lays the foundation for the future study of evolution and how life changes over time in response to changes in the Earth’s Geosphere, Atmosphere and Hydrosphere.

OCTOBER PICTURES

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TOHICKON STUDENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Stephanie Bullock is dancing Clara in this year’s Nutcracker with the Roxey Ballet! This is a big accomplishment in her goal as a pre professional ballerina.


The Roxey Ballet has a school performance on Thursday, December 5 at 10 AM at the Kendall Theater at The College of New Jersey.


Below is more information if anyone at Tohickon is interested in attending.

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NOVEMBER PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

The November Parent Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 21, in the Tohickon Library. The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. The topic for this month will be "What to Expect in Course Planning for the High School Years." Mrs. Blankenburg, one of the district's guidance counselors, will be here to explain the transition to high school and the various options that our students have available to them.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB OFFERINGS AT TOHICKON

In order for clubs to run, a teacher must be willing to sponsor the club after school and there must be a reasonable level of student interest. For these reasons, Tohickon clubs may be different from year to year. Throughout the year, Tohickon expects to be running the following clubs:



If you are interested in joining one of the clubs at Tohickon or have any questions, please see the club's sponsor in order to sign up.

TOHICKON DIVERSITY CLUB FIELD TRIP

On Friday, October 18th, students from the Tohickon Diversity Club, Holicong GSA, Lenape SAGA Club, Unami GSA, and CB-East GSA went on a field trip to New Hope to see the new outdoor exhibit celebrating the contemporary history of the LGBTQ community. The outdoor exhibit is located on the Delaware River promenade at the Bucks County Playhouse. In addition to learning about LGBTQ local history through the displays, students had an ice cream social at Nina’s waffles to make new friends in our sister schools.

TOHICKON GARDEN CLUB MESSAGE

The students in the Tohickon Garden Club are busy helping make Spring and Fall a success in our organic garden! Whether wheelbarrowing new soil to top off our raised beds, weeding, or sowing seeds, the students have a great time working collaboratively and learning. Onions, lettuces, radishes, peas, and beans are among the plants growing in the Spring and are harvested before the end of this school year. Then tomatoes, squashes, and root vegetables planted early summer and are ready for the Fall harvest during the beginning of next school year.


The Tohickon Garden creates an experiential learning opportunity throughout the school year. The concept of “farm to table” is demonstrated as the students grow the vegetables and have a chance to use them as ingredients in Family Consumer Science class. Non-gardening students see the crops growing outside their classrooms, see their classmates tending the garden, or even hear about the garden in a botany class. Mrs. Furfari and Mrs. Beach, our Family & Consumer Science teachers, enjoy when students harvest the vegetables and shared that students in her class marveled at the taste of the vegetables freshly picked from our organic, pesticide and herbicide-free garden during our first semester.


During Science class, some of our gardeners gave tours of the garden to fellow students, highlighting seeds that could now be “directly sown into the soil” in contrast to the seed types the students recently planted under grow lights in class. If history repeats itself, more classes will be visiting the garden as part of their specific curriculum throughout the growing season.


The garden club meets after school in the Fall and Spring as weather permits to ready the beds for planting and weeding, then we harvest through the FCS classes during the school day. In terms of experience, nothing is required, and we have all of the gloves and tools needed. Membership in the club is open to seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. For more information please contact Mr. Neely, at jneely@cbsd.org., Mrs. Girardi at agirardi@cbsd.org. or Mrs. Parisi at aparisi@cbsd.org or speak directly to one of us at school.

TOHICKON WINS FIRST CB FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

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MESSAGE FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Welcome to Tohickon Athletics! Students that are interested in participating in sports must visit the Tohickon Athletics Webpage to find directions on how to register. Students cannot participate until the physical is complete and uploaded to FamilyID.


All 9th grade sports will be held at the high schools. Students can register for 9th grade sports by visiting the athletics website of the high school they will be attending:



Any questions about 7th or 8th grade sports can be directed to the Tohickon Athletic Director, Ken Hall. khall@cbsd.org Questions about 9th grade sports can be directed to the high school Athletic Directors.

TOHICKON ONLINE STORE

If you're interested in ordering official Tohickon MS gear, there is an online store for the 2019-2020 school year! The apparel isn't just for athletics - anyone can order Tohickon gear from this site! To shop, click here!

2019-2020 LEADERS OF TOHICKON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Throughout the year, feel free to contact these team members, should you have any questions that pertains to their area of specialization. The team, subject area and specialized leaders are as follows:


2019-2020 Teams and Team Leaders


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2019-2020 Subject Area Coordinators



2019-2020 Specialized Area Leaders


IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

As we get into the colder weather please keep in mind that Cold and Flu season is upon us. Please remind your children to wash their hands often and to cover their cough with the arm. If your child needs medication please administer it at home, as the health office does not have any cold medication. Your child may carry their own personal supply of cough drops with them but absolutely no other medication is permitted without a physician’s order.


This year Tohickon will be collecting Pantry Items to help families in need. We are looking for non-perishable items such as canned fruits, vegetables, soups, chili, beans, stew, tuna, chicken, pasta, sauce, rice, cereal, instant potatoes, gravy, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni n’ cheese, coffee, tea, granola bars, cereal bars, napkins and paper towels. Any and all items donated will be appreciated. Collection Boxes will be set up throughout the building.


Also, if you know anyone in our school community who needs help this holiday season please reach out to the health office (267-893-3315) to learn more about the programs we offer, or email Sheila Kelly, Certified School Nurse at shkelly@cbsd.org.

HOW TO GET INFORMATION AT TOHICKON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Communication

We pride ourselves on communication at Tohickon! There are a number of ways we communicate with our parents. They are as follows:


  • Monthly Newsletter - The newsletter typically comes out via email on the first of each month, running from August through June. The newsletter is designed to be informational and substantive. There is always a chronology of upcoming events listed. All present and past Tohickon newsletters can be found on the Tohickon website.


  • School Website - The Tohickon website is a great place to find important information. The most recent newsletter and daily announcement links are always located on the front page. All information pertinent to parents and students can be found in the "Parent/Student" section of the website.


  • E-Mail Blasts - Email blasts at Tohickon are used when an important message needs to be sent to parents quickly. PLEASE do not delete these messages, as they are most likely very important.


  • Twitter - Messages and pictures are sent to the community frequently to highlight unique events happening in school. Follow us on Twitter @CBTohickonMS


  • Parent Council Meetings - These are great opportunities to hear what is going on and to provide feedback to Mr. Marton and Mr. Murtha. The Tohickon Administration values your opinion and wants to hear your thoughts on given topics. Parent Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and meeting dates are as follows: September 19th, October 17th, November 21st, January 16th, February 20th, March 19th, April 16th, May (Teacher Appreciation Activities). All meetings are held in the Tohickon Library. The meetings begin promptly at 9:00 AM and usually conclude between 10:00 and 10:30 AM. There is no meeting in December or June and the May meeting is traditionally reserved for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.


  • Teacher Websites/Canvas - All teachers are expected to maintain an updated school website/ Canvas homepage. These sites are useful for finding out what is going on in class, tracking assignments, etc.


  • Parent Portal - All grading and assignment information can be accessed using the Parent Portal. If you are having any trouble accessing your child's information, please contact the guidance department at 267-893-3310.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to be in school daily, unless they have an excused absence (i.e. illness). If your child will not be able to attend school, parents need to email tohickonattendance@cbsd.org. Email is strongly preferred but if you are unable to email the school, please call the school attendance line at 267-893-3305. PLEASE DO NOT SEND WRITTEN NOTES UNLESS IT IS FROM A PHYSICIAN. Students must be in school before 10:30 AM in order to get credit for the day.


Students will not be allowed to participate in any after-school activities if they are not here before 10:30 AM and/or they do not complete a half a day of school. If a student needs to leave before 2:30 PM, they should bring a note to the front office in the morning. Once a note is provided, they will be given a yellow pass, which allows them to leave their class at the designated time.

HOW CAN I REACH MY CHILD DURING THE SCHOOL DAY?

If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the front office at 267-893-3300. Students are not permitted to use their cell phones during the school day. If your child calls or texts you, please instruct them to go to the Nurse's or Guidance Office, depending on their concern.

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Guidance Office: 267-893-3310

  • Mrs. Diane Schute (dschute@cbsd.org) will be working with those students with last names from A-Le.
  • Mr. Joseph Stryker (jstryker@cbsd.org) will be working with those students with last names from Lf-Z.
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HOW TO MAKE CHANGES TO STUDENT INFORMATION

Please note the following procedures for submitting address changes and/or changes to mailing addresses, guardian(s) or other household information. This information is also available on the Central Bucks School District Website - www.cbsd.org.


All student address changes within Central Bucks must be validated at the Central Registration office by appointment only. We cannot make changes at the middle school.


Any changes to the current information we have on file can be changed through the Parent Portal.


Student Change of Address Procedures:


  1. Download the Change of Student Address Within Central Bucks form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends.
  2. Call (267-893-2111) or email (CentralRegistration@cbsd.org) Central Registration for an appointment.
  3. Complete the form and bring it to your scheduled appointment along with the following REQUIRED documentation:
  • Property Deed/Agreement of Sale (follow up with deed) OR Current Lease Agreement


AND one of the following:


  • current utility bill
  • current tax bill/receipt
  • current bank statement.


Your student’s records will be updated to reflect the new address upon receipt of the required documentation.


Change in Household Membership:


All student household membership additions, deletions or changes must be documented on the Household Membership Change form. This would include the following:


  • Parent/Guardian changes
  • Sibling changes
  • Mailing changes.


Student Household Membership Change Procedures


Download the Household Membership Change form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends. Complete the form and return to your student’s school or mail it to the address below:


Central Bucks School District

Educational Services Center

Central Registration

16 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901


If you have any questions, please call Central Registration (267-893-2111) or email your questions to CentralRegistration@cbsd.org

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CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)

CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.


CHIP is brought to you by leading health insurance companies. You'll have a choice of major insurance companies with networks of physicians, specialists, and care facilities near you. Your kids may even be able to keep visiting the same doctors they see today.


Click here to find out more information & to apply!

HOW TO SUPPORT TOHICKON

Just by doing your routine shopping, you can help Tohickon in our efforts to raise money for special programs and various items to support our school and students. Tohickon has registered in fundraising programs sponsored by Giant Market, eScrip.com, and Amazon.com. We also collect Boxtops for Education, and recycle paper and clothing. Check out the details below. It is easy to do and a wonderful way to support our school! Thank you, in advance, for your participation in these programs!

GIANT A+ School Rewards Program (Began on September 6th, 2019)

Tohickon Middle School has the opportunity to earn cash through Giant A+ School Rewards Program. All you have to do is: Log on to giantfoodstores.com/aplus to register online OR dial 1-888-448-4642 to register your card over the phone. After you register your card, each shopping trip at Giant using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant website. Attending to this simple process makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit Tohickon Middle School using ID #05868. Thanks to our Tohickon families, we raised $6,000 from this school rewards program last year.

Box Tops for Education

Our Box Tops for Education submission is due at the end of the month, so Tohickon Middle School is holding a Box-Tops Collection Challenge. The Advisory class with the highest value of box tops collected by Monday, October 21st will win a breakfast treat for the entire group. Please send box tops to school in a clear plastic bag or envelope with your child’s name, grade, and advisory classroom number on it, by October 21st. Thank you for supporting our school!

eScrip.com

Just register online at www.escrip.com. Tohickon’s Group ID # is 150239570. You can split your donation among several different schools or organizations, so if you’re already registered with another group, consider adding Tohickon! While you’re logged onto the www.escrip.com site, you may want to consider registering your debit and/or credit card so that Tohickon will benefit from purchases made with those cards at retailers like Office Max, Eddie Bauer, Barnes and Noble, and Payless Shoes. Choose “my escript” from the menu at the top of the screen, log in with your password, go to “Account Administration,” and select “Credit and Debit Cards.” Be sure to check out the complete list of participating merchants and contribution rates.

Amazon.com

An easy way to support Tohickon’s programs is just a few clicks away! If you purchase anything through Amazon.com, our school can earn up to 15%! To ensure Tohickon receives credit for purchases, you will have to access the link on the Tohickon website under "School Links" then click “Support Tohickon.” Once you’ve done that, shop as you normally would. It’s that easy!