Tamanend Connections

Tamanend Together!

September 11, 2020

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We Are Tamanend Together

On this day in 2001, we lost nearly 3,000 lives in an attack on the United States. In the days that followed, Americans turned out to help each other in an unprecedented showing of faith, allegiance, and collaboration, on a united front. September 11th is now recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, known as Patriot Day. On this day, Americans across the country are called upon to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost, injured, and affected in the attacks. We invite everyone in our community to take time this morning to remember and honor all of the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and to recognize the efforts of emergency responders. We are Tamanend Together today, and every day.

Office Hours, Advisory & Resource

The virtual learning middle school class schedule provides students with three distinct opportunities to connect with teachers.


Office Hours: Office hours will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students may choose to use office hours to get help from their teachers. Teachers will explain how to access their office hours sessions.


Advisory: Students will log on to their Advisory class only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance will be taken. Students will be in the same Advisory all three years at Tamanend. This allows students and teachers to develop strong, positive relationships.


Resource: Students will log into their Resource class on B Days. 7th Grade Resource is 1st or 2nd Period; 8th Grade Resource is 4th or 5th Period; 9th Grade Resource is 6th or 7th Period. Resource is another time to get extra help from teachers. When students log on to their Resource class, their Resource teacher will take attendance and will inform them if one of their teachers needs to work with them. At that time, students will leave their Resource class's Teams call and will log on to their teacher's "Help" Teams call.

Materials Distribution

We are planning a drive-through materials distribution for your children to receive textbooks and other supplies that they may need from their teachers. This event will take place during the week of September 21st. We will be sharing specific information and pick up times next week.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Parent Council--Thursday, September 17 at 9:00 AM. This event will be held virtually. See details in this newsletter.

Back to School Night (all grades)--Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM. This event will be held virtually. Links to event to be released.

Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders--Proof of a dental exam due by October 15, 2020. Any dental exam since September of 2019 is acceptable.

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

Please Register on Family ID

7th and 8th Grade students who wish to play a Fall sport at Tamanend must be registered on Family ID no later than Monday, September 14th. If you have any questions regarding registration, please reach out to Athletic Director Jeff Klein (jklein@cbsd.org) or refer to Tamanend’s Athletics web page.

Click here to visit the Tamanend Athletics website.

UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Back to School Night

This year, Back to School Night will be held virtually through Teams on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM. Links to event to be released.

TAMANEND FEATURES

Tamanend Students Honor Veterans

Tamanend 9th Graders, Julianna Smith and Andela Dozier, completed their Girl Scout Silver Award this summer by building a walkway at Warwick Memorial Park, complete with commemorative bricks honoring military veterans as well as landscaped the area around the existing flagpole to beautify the memorial. The park, which sits off Memorial Drive in Jamison, is the newest addition to Warwick Township’s extensive parks network. In addition to fundraising by selling bricks to honor veterans, they worked with local landscaping company K&K Landscaping to learn how to properly install the bricks and landscape the surrounding area. Julianna and Andela are now helping fellow troop members complete their own Silver Award projects, which will also benefit our community. We are proud of these Tamanend students!

Tamanend Students in Girl Scout Troup 21638 Support Children in Need

Together Morgan Miller (Tamanend student) and Grace Folkins (Lenape student) designed their Girl Scouts Silver Award, “Bears in Blankets”, and donated them to Christ’s home for Children. Grace and her core team created 50 bears while Morgan and her core team created 50 blankets. After all the bears and blankets were made, they came together to wrap them, turning them into the finished product. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Grace and Morgan persevere and overcame these challenging times. Their in-person meetings with core team members included wearing masks and social distancing when possible. A special thanks to Grace’s core team: Raniya Robson, Heera Kalidindi, Lucia Casas, Ellie Quinlisk. And Morgan’s core team: Brynn Albert, Andela Dozier, Samantha Thomas, Satty Prabha. We are very proud of these students and their commitment to the community.

Meet the Wonderful Tamanend Teachers

Click here to watch introductory messages from our wonderful teachers!

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

Teachers will be taking attendance every class period during virtual learning. If your child is unable to participate in virtual learning during all or part of the day due to illness or medical appointment, please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Virtual Learning Class Schedule

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Reminder--"Good Morning Tamanend" Daily Announcements

Each day, students and parents will receive an email with the "Good Morning Tamanend" daily announcements between 7:00 AM and 7:15 AM. Students and parents may review the "Good Morning Tamanend" daily announcements at any time as they will also be posted on our website. Click here for the Announcement section of our website.

FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Chieftan Chorus Auditions

Chieftain Chorus Auditions

Named in honor of Tamanend’s namesake, Chief Tamanend, Chieftain Chorus is Tamanend’s large after-school select chorus. Auditions are open to any Tamanend student in Band, Chorus, or Orchestra class. Audition Information will be available soon on THIS PAGE. If you have any questions, you can email Mr. Sanchez

Reminder--Tune-Up Tuesdays

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Questions? Contact your child's Music teacher or Music Department Coordinator, Mr. Mike Gruver at mgruver@cbsd.org.

VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES

Reminder--Virtual Learning Middle School Class Schedule

Tamanend's Virtual Learning Quick Resource Guide

This area of our website contains the most important resources and information for virtual learning. It is updated frequently. Click here to visit.

Technology Support

The Innovation and Technology Department has created this webpage to explain the many ways to access technology support.

https://www.cbsd.org/Page/63431

FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Grade 3-12 Technology Orientation

The district's technology and innovation department has prepared a number of training modules for families to help them navigate the technology resources students will use. Families will find modules for Canvas, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and more. Watch this brief video to learn more about this resource: https://vimeo.com/454512961. You can find this resource at www.cbsd.org/1to1 by clicking "Grade 3-12 Technology Orientation."

FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2020. Any exam given since September 1, 2019 is acceptable. Please email your dental form to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976.

Reminder--Required Immunizations

The current immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:


Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the following vaccines:

· 4 doses DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 4 doses Polio (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 2 doses MMR – measles, mumps, rubella

· 3 doses Hepatitis B

· 2 doses Varicella (chicken pox)

Children entering 7th grade are also required to have:

· 1 dose Meningococcal Conjugate (meningitis)

· 1 dose Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis

To check the immunization status of your student, go to the Portal and click on the Health tab.

Please email proof of new vaccinations to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year.

Reminder--Breakfast and Lunch Available to All Students at No Cost

During the period of online-only learning to begin the 2020-21 school year, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch will be available to all students at no cost. The student does not need to be present at pickup. Meal distribution will occur as follows beginning on the first day of school, September 8, 2020:


  • Meals will be available for pickup at the following locations on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.:
    • CB East
    • CB South
    • CB West
    • Barclay Elementary School
    • Groveland Elementary School
  • Meal distribution will occur on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Exception:
      • Distribution will be held on Tuesday 9/29/20, not on Monday 9/28/20
  • In-Person Students

    At no cost, breakfast and lunch will also be provided to any student who is attending the district's limited in-person programming during the online-only period. Details will be provided by building principals.

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

Housing Information

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CB CARES

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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 9am

This is an online event.

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. At this time, Parent Council meetings are being held virtually. Please click here to complete a Parent Council interest survey. Please click here to join the meeting through Teams.

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

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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