Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

February 7, 2020

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La Chandeleur

This week, French 1 and 2 students celebrated the French national holiday of La Chandeleur on Monday, February 3rd. This holiday centers around the making and eating of crepes. Students read an article and watched two short videos to learn more about this holiday’s unique origins and history as well as some of its superstitious traditions. Thank you to all of our French students and their parents who donated so many delicious crepes and fillings for our classroom celebration!

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

No School for Students (Professional Development Day)--Friday, February 14

School Holiday (Presidents' Day)--Monday, February 17

Middle School Orientation (for parents of current 6th Graders)--Tuesday, February 18

Parent Council--Thursday, February 20

Kelly Anne Dolan Day--Saturday, February 22 (snow date Saturday, February 29)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • Family ID is now open for Spring sports registration for any student in 7th and 8th Grades trying out for a Spring sport. The deadline to register is Sunday, March 15.
  • Tamanend Athletics has a new web site: https://tamanendathletics.com/. Students and parents are encouraged to register as “Fans” for their teams which will allow you to receive immediate notifications when games are changed or cancelled. Simply click on “GET ALERTS” to add your favorite teams, then choose how you want to receive notifications. Please see below for additional information.
  • If students plan to stay after school on game days, they must be at the game and not walking around or leaving campus. If students are not where they are supposed to be, they will not be permitted to attend future games. Thank you for your cooperation.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • Any student-athletes interested in trying out for a Spring sport at CB South and missed the concussion meeting on 2/5 must attend the make-up concussion education and impact testing on Tuesday, February 18th in the Forum Room at CB South. This is your LAST CHANCE to complete concussion testing.
  • Family ID is now open for spring sports registration for any student in Grades 9-12 trying out for a Spring sport. The deadline to register is Wed. Feb. 26.
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Athletics Schedule

Monday, 2/10

No contests


Tuesday, 2/11

8th Grade Boys Basketball at Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40


Wednesday, 2/12

7th Grade Boys Basketball at Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40


Thursday, 2/13

8th Grade Boys Basketball at Holicong (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40


Friday, 2/14

No school


Saturday, 2/15

7th/8th Grade Cheerleading at Lansdale Catholic Competition; bus leaves at 8:00


Sunday, 2/16

7th/8th Grade Wrestling: War of the Warriors Tournament at Hatboro-Horsham High School; parents transport

UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Reminder--Next Tamanend Parent Book Club is March 10

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we are reading The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (2016) by Frances Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt. The book describes the unique functioning of the adolescent brain and provides practical guidance for parents. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the chapter and open the floor for discussion. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges of raising adolescents. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria. Please click here for more information.

Reminder--Middle School Orientation for 6th Grade Parents--February 18

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Reminder--Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Basketball Tournament is February 22

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Tamanend's involvement with the Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation. Each year, Tamanend hosts a basketball tournament to raise money for the fund which assists families caring for children with serious illnesses. This year's tournament will be held on Saturday, February 22. The snow date is Saturday, February 29.
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Reminder--Kelly Anne Dolan Sponsorships Available

January 2020


Dear Friend:


Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends.


The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund provides assistance for needs not covered by insurance to families who are caring for seriously ill, disabled or severely injured children in the tri-state area. Although they are often invisible to all but the family, the non-medical side effects of serious childhood illness can be devastating. Financial assistance from KADMF can ease these burdens, allowing the parents or guardians to focus more fully on the needs of the child and improving the quality of life for the entire family.


Tamanend Middle School, located in nearby Warrington, has been supporting this important organization for nineteen years by hosting a Kelly Anne Dolan Day, which includes a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament and other activities for the students and Tamanend families. Five hundred Tamanend students participate in the annual event, and over the last nineteen years the students have raised over $476,000. Last year alone, they raised over $29,000! The 20th Annual Kelly Anne Dolan Basketball Shoot-Out will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and we hope to surpass last year’s total.

We hope your business considers making a monetary donation or a gift card donation for our gift basket drawings. Your contribution will mean so much to the families who need support from the KADMF this year. While we will gratefully accept any donation, our sponsor levels are as follows:


20th Anniversary Platinum Sponsor - $1000 donation

Company name/logo on Kelly Anne Dolan Day t-shirt

Company name/logo poster featured in the gym at the Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company recognition during awards presentation by the KADMF founder at the Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets

Gold Sponsor - $500 Total Donation

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Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets

Blue Sponsor - $250 Total Donation

Company name/logo on sponsor board at Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets

White Sponsor - $100 Total Donation

Company name/logo on sponsor board at Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets


Monetary donations, made out to KADMF, can be mailed directly to me at Tamanend or to KADMF (address is below). Donations can also be made at dolanfund.org, just make a note that your donation is part of Tamanend’s Basketball Shoot-Out. Gift cards can be mailed to Tamanend, or I am happy to stop by and get them. The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible as permitted by law.


Thank you so much for your time and thoughtful consideration in reviewing this request. Should you have any questions about KADMF or this event, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!


Sincerely,


Jeff Klein

Coordinator; KADMF Basketball Tournament

jklein@cbsd.org, 267-893-2910

Tamanend Middle School

1492 Stuckert Rd.

Warrington, PA 18976

TAMANEND FEATURES

Great Turnout for Tamanend Players' First Annual Applebees Fundraiser

Thank you to the Tamanend community for your overwhelming support at Tamanend Players’ first annual Breakfast Fundraiser at Applebees this past weekend! We served 130 people in two hours and saw many familiar faces. A special thank you goes out to the Applebees management and our volunteers: parents, Tamanend students, and even some CB South Honor Society members! Look for another event next winter!

Reminder--Program Planning for 2020-2021

Program Planning for the 2020-2021 school year has begun. 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. Please note that the Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 will be available on January 18. The Program of Students booklet for Grade 9-12 will be available on January 4. Please find a list of important dates below related to program planning:


  • January 2--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 9-12 available online. Click here to view.
  • January 6--Program planning assembly for current 9th Graders (during school day)
  • January 9--Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair (for current 9th Graders) 6:30 PM at CB South High School
  • January 17--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 available online at https://www.cbsd.org/domain/387
  • January 17 to February 9--Current 9th Grade students enter course requests at home via Parent Portal
  • January 29--Program planning assembly for current 7th Graders
  • January 30--Program planning assembly for current 8th Graders
  • February 10--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 7th Graders
  • February 13--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Advisory teachers for current 7th Graders
  • February 25--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 8th Graders
  • March 3--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Advisory teachers for current 8th Graders
  • March 20--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 9th Graders
  • March 26--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Advisory teachers for current 9th Graders

Another Successful KADMF Fundraiser at Moe's

Thanks to all of the students and families who came out to the KADMF Fundraiser at Moe's Southwest Grill on Thursday, January 30!

9th Grader Travels with Medical Team to Santiago

9th Grader Grace Gannon recently travelled to Santiago to work with The Luke World Mission team from Abington Hospital. The team visited rural communities and distributed bracelets and coloring books to the children (while medical staff provided wellness checks). They also visited an orphanage where Grace and other teens spent time working with children with special needs. Great work, Grace!

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.

Reminder--Parent Volunteers Needed for Freshman Dance Preparations

We are currently looking for parents who would be interested in helping to setup and prepare for the Freshman Dance, scheduled for June 5th. Parents of students in any grade level are welcome to attend. Please click here to for additional information.

Reminder--Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2019-2020 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2020 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 $37.50 from February 1st-March 31st, and finally to $40 for any yearbooks ordered up until April 30th. 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.

Reminder--Tamanend Homework Club

If your child is looking for a quiet place to complete their homework or a place to receive extra support with a challenging assignment and/or prepping for a test, the Homework Club is the place for him or her. The Homework Club at Tamanend Middle School will be held in the Cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 4:00. Peer tutoring will also be offered for students that are interested. The goal of the Tamanend Homework Club is to assist our students in tapping into their full potential by giving them a quiet, supportive place to complete their homework.

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QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Tamanend Hosts CB Middle School Honors Band Festival

This week, 20 outstanding Tamanend instrumentalists are participating in the Central Bucks Middle School Honors Band Festival. With only spending two afternoons in rehearsal, the Honors Band is excited to performs it’s annual concert this Saturday afternoon at 2:00 in the Tamanend Auditorium. The concert is free to the public and is always an exciting afternoon showcasing some of our district’s most accomplished middle level instrumentalists.

Gold'n'Blues Performs in A Cappella Competition

Congratulations to Gold’n’Blues members for a great weekend: they competed on Saturday, February 1st at the Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal of the International Championship of High School A Cappella in Tom’s River, New Jersey. They performed very well against high-school-aged groups, entertaining the audience with a high-energy set while earning praise from the judges and scores comparable to the older competitors! They also got to enjoy watching their older peers in CB South’s Southside perform and take 3rd place in the competition.

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Reminder--Help is Down the Hall

The Tamanend Student Assistance Program (SAP) Team is a group of trained faculty members who can connect students with appropriate help and resources if they show signs of struggling with mental health concerns or alcohol/substance use. If you notice concerns such as major changes in behavior or mood, drop in achievement, or use of drugs or alcohol, then you may consider a SAP referral. When the team receives a referral, we gather more information to determine if there is a need for intervention and further assessment. The information is confidential, and the process is for the purpose of offering help. Anyone can refer a student about whom they are concerned. Referrals can be made at this referral link or by contacting a SAP team member:

Mrs. Barlow, Mrs. Cammann, Sra. Corsino, Mr. Dudley, Mr. Heisey,

Mr. Klein, Mrs. Myrtetus, Ms. Scheffey, & Mrs. Szagola

Free Mental Health Support Group for Teens

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TEEN TALK

What is Teen Talk? Each week, we will include a resource in our newsletter designed to promote conversations between parents and children regarding important issues related to teenagers. We hope that these resources serve to help parents and students navigate the excitement and challenges associated with the teenage years. In addition, we will highlight topics that we are discussing in Advisory and in presentations so that you may continue the conversation at home with your teen.


This Week's Teen Talk Topic: Mindfulness

Understanding the brain and engaging in mindfulness activities is a great way for teens to learn to manage stress. The Nemours Foundation offers this resource related to mindfulness for teenagers: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/mindfulness.html.

Advisory topics this month include a menu of mindfulness activities for the 7th Graders. The 8th Graders will be participating in lessons that focus on interpersonal interactions between other Advisory groups. Next week they will discuss wants versus needs and will be creating Blessing Bags. The 9th Graders will be studying African American History and will begin their Project Linus blankets next week.

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

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

FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

7th Grade Laptop Update This Weekend

On Friday, 2/7/2020, the Technology and Innovation Department will begin allowing 7th Grade 1:1 laptops to install Windows 10 version 1903. This version update will provide Windows operating system enhancements to Central Bucks Windows 10 devices. This is the most efficient way to keep student machines updated, but this is the first time an update has occurred during the school year. Previously, updates took place over the summer. We wanted to inform you of this update due to the amount of time it takes to apply upon reboot. When applying the update it can take roughly 30 to 40 minutes before the computer is usable and available to be logged into again. The update will install in the background and will force a restart outside of the scheduled school day; which is 5pm to 6am. Please plan accordingly, knowing the computer will take time to apply the update.

7th Grade Students--Please restart your computer over the weekend so this update does not impact instruction.

Parents/Guardians--Please encourage your 7th Grader to restart his/her computer over the weekend.

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

UPCOMING SOUTHSIDE EVENTS

CB South Ice Hockey

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UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Special Education 101--February 18

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Bridging the Gap: iSmart Parent Meeting--March 19

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RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

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

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Food Pantry in Warrington

Warrington Fellowship Church offers a food pantry Thursdays from 6:00--7:00 PM. Please call 215.200.0733.

Housing Information

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CB CARES

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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

Are You Interested in Volunteering at Tamanend?

Please click here to sign up as a parent volunteer at Tamanend. The survey access code is TMS.

Volunteer Required Paperwork

Pennsylvania law requires all persons having direct contact with school children to obtain background checks and clearances. If you are planning on being in a Central Bucks school during the 2018-2019 school year for any reason, you will need to go to Volunteer Required Paperwork, and complete what is needed to obtain your Photo Volunteer ID Card. You will need that ID Card and a photo ID to enter a CB school.

Support Tamanend While You Shop

Please consider supporting TMS while you shop:

Giant Food Stores

  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card that gives money to the school you designate every time you shop. Use this link to select Tamanend as your A+ school after August 15th of the new school year.
  • Clip and send in box tops to the attention of NJHS.

Box Tops for Education

You can now simply scan your receipts to participate in the Box Tops 4 Education program to support Tamanend Middle School. Click on the link below to learn more:

https://www.boxtops4education.com/

You may also submit your receipts directly to Mrs. Consoletti in the Guidance Office and we will scan them for you. Thank you for your support of our school.

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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)
  • Daily announcements (scrolling on TV screens during school day and posted on our website)
  • 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

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

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