Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

August 30, 2019

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school Tamanend students and families! Please note that any item beginning with "Reminder" appeared in the previous newsletter. You can reference current and past editions of this newsletter under "School Links" on our website.
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Where Do I Go On the First Day of School?

All students will report directly to the AUDITORIUM upon arrival on Tuesday, September 3. We will follow a modified schedule with students dismissed from the Auditorium to their Advisory classes. 7th Graders will be escorted from the Auditorium to their Advisory classes by their Advisory teachers.

Reminder--Bus Assignment & Information

Students who ride the bus to Tamanend may go on the CB Find My Bus webpage to learn their bus assignment and information.

Reminder--Arrival to School

For supervision and safety reasons, students may not be dropped off at school before 7:10 a.m. If you are driving your student to school and arrive before 7:10, please remain in your car with your student until 7:10 a.m.

Reminder--Parking Lot Safety

It is highly recommended that parents/guardians of students who walk or take the bus have their students walk or take the bus. On days, when students need extra help getting to school, please consider driving them to their assigned bus stop and wait together in the car until the bus arrives. A student will never be marked tardy if they arrive by bus.


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.


The following is a mapping of how the student drop-off works in our parking lot. Drop off should only happen along the sidewalk indicated by paw prints 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. Thank you for your support and careful driving.

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CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

First Day of School for Students--Tuesday, September 3

Laptop Distribution for 7th Grade--Wednesday, September 4 (will occur in class)

Blue and Gold Spirit Day--Friday, September 6 (students/staff encouraged to wear blue and gold and/or Tamanend gear)

Deadline to Order Tamanend Pink Out Shirt for American Cancer Society Denim Day--Wednesday, September 11

Deadline to Update Student Emergency & Information Form on Parent Portal--Saturday, September 14

Parent Council--Wednesday, September 18 at 9:00 AM

7th Grade Back to School Night--Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 PM

Magazine Drive Assembly--Friday, September 20 (during school day)

8th & 9th Grade Back to School Night--Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 PM

Tamanend Pink Out--Friday, October 4

Reminder--Back to School Nights

7th Grade BTSN will be held Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 pm

8th and 9th Grade BTSN will be held Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm

TAMANEND FEATURES

Blue & Gold Spirit Day--Friday, September 6

Tamanend Tigers…welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Student Council is excited to announce our first spirit day of the new school year! On Friday, September 6th, we will be having a Blue and Gold Spirit Day. Be sure to wear our school colors or your favorite Tamanend gear as we celebrate the first Friday of our new school year! If you are interested in purchasing Tamanend gear, Caldwell's in Doylestown has items in stock.

7th Grade Open House and Family Locker Night

Thank you to the many students and parents who attending our 7th Grade Open House and first annual Family Locker Night on Monday, August 26. Students had the opportunity to find their lockers, classes, and meet or re-connect with their Tamanend family!

Reminder--Student Schedules--Available on Portal

8th & 9th Grade student schedules are available on the Portal.

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--Renovations and Improvements to Tamanend

The 2019-2020 school year will bring many positive and exciting changes to our building. On June 17, 2019 we began a renovation project that will provide air conditioning, upgraded lighting, and cosmetic improvements throughout the entire building. The project is scheduled to conclude in August, 2020. During this renovation project, banks of approximately six classrooms will be vacated for periods of approximately six weeks. As a result, many teachers will be moving classrooms at some point during the school year. To accommodate these moves, we set up three temporary classrooms in the Library and two temporary classrooms in the LGI areas of the Auditorium. Although we will face minor inconveniences during this renovation project, the upgrades will make our building more comfortable, more efficient, and more visually appealing.


Other completed or in-progress improvements:

  • Extended bus loop sidewalk to improve bus traffic flow (completed)
  • Refinished Main Gym floor and wall mural (completed)
  • New student seating areas (completed)


Click here for renovation updates and photos

8th & 9th Graders Should Bring Their Laptops to School on the First Day

8th and 9th Graders should bring their laptops to school with them on the first day. 8th and 9th Graders with laptops need to log in to their laptops at home once in August to ensure they get the proper updates. If they fail to do this, their laptop will not operate properly. 7th Graders will receive their laptops on the second day of school (Wednesday, September 4) during class.

Reminder--1 to 1 Technology Initiative

Central Bucks is in the second year of implementation of the 1:1 technology initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to allow for creation, mobility, and innovation at home and school. Every Tamanend 7th, 8th, and 9th Grader will have a laptop next year. Next year's 7th Graders will receive their laptops on the second day of school (Wednesday, September 4). Next year's 8th and 9th Graders should have taken their laptops home over the summer and should bring them to school on the first day of classes (Tuesday, September 3).


Families will be asked to pay a $50 usage fee for the device per student per year. This fee will cover breaks, repairs and other services. MyPaymentsPlus opens for payment Monday, August 5th. Please note:

  • Families who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program will automatically receive a $0 fee in MyPayments Plus. Even though the fee is waived, families must still "checkout" to complete this step and be marked as paid on our technology report.
  • If you are a family dealing with financial hardships, please contact your building principal to discuss payment options.

  • Please contact your child's Guidance counselor if you do not have Internet access at home so that we may assist you in obtaining this service.


We will hold a district-Wide Parent/Guardian Information Night on Tuesday, August 6th, at CB West at 7:00 pm for parents interested in learning more about this program.


You may also click HERE to learn more about this initiative.

Reminder--Please Update Your Student Emergency & Information Form on Parent Portal by September 14

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form by September 14. The form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
  • Media Release Preferences

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one. If you need help with your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school for assistance. Beginning August 5th, you may click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the Student Emergency & Information Form.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this important information!

Reminder--One School, One Book

Starting this summer, we will be engaging the Tamanend community in a One School, One Book program. A committee of teachers, librarians, and administrators worked for a year to choose a book that would appeal to our entire school community. We are pleased to announce that we will be reading Posted by John David Anderson. We encourage all of next year’s Tamanend students to read this book over the summer. We are planning a variety of activities throughout the 19-20 school year to engage all members of the Tamanend community in discussions related to this book.


Click here to hear Posted author John David Anderson talk about this book.


Click here for audio files of the book. Steps for downloading audio files to phones:

  • Go to Tamanend’s website and scroll down to "School Links."
  • Click the link "One Book, One School- Posted (Audiobook)."
  • Log-In using your CBSD email account and password.
  • Click the Play button and enjoy!

Reminder--Middle School Physical Education Attire

Starting in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, students will not be required to purchase a CBSD issued physical education uniform; however, students will be required to change into athletic attire and sneakers to participate safely and practice good hygiene. Student attire must adhere to the dress code guidelines presented in the student handbook. CB locks will still be required to purchase to ensure personal items are secured in a locker. Locks are available for purchase on MyPaymentsPlus. (Please note: Lenape Middle School students will not need to purchase locks as there are permanent locks installed on the lockers).

Free YMCA Memberships for 7th Graders

The Central Bucks Family YMCA is offering free memberships for 7th Graders. Click here for more details.

FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

For Instrumental Music Students (Orchestra & Band)

We are excited to get started on another year of learning and music making! All students will need to have an instrument within the first few class periods, so please be sure to contact an instrument rental provider ASAP if you have not already. If you are planning to rent from Zeswitz, you may do so from this webpage: www.zeswitzmusic.com/centralbucks.

If you require financial assistance to obtain an instrument for your child, several options are available. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Nugent (pnugent@cbsd.org) or Mr. Werner (lwerner@cbsd.org).

ATHLETICS

Tamanend Fall Sports

If your child is interested in participating in a Tamanend Fall sport, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of the Fall sports season. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE.

IMPORTANT: Please note that all 7th and 8th Grade Fall athletes must attend an after-school concussion seminar on Tuesday, September 10th in our Auditorium from 2:45-3:30. All 7th and 8th Grade Fall athletes who have not yet taken the ImPact concussion test during their time at Tamanend, must remain after the seminar to complete the ImPact test. Student-athletes will use their district-issued laptops and be finished by 4:30.

All 9th Graders participating in an after-school sport at CB South need a pass in order to ride the activity bus to South after school. In order to get that pass, a permission slip needs to be completed and submitted to Mr. Klein. Please see Mr. Klein in guidance on the first day of school to get that permission slip.

FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2019. Any exam given since September 1, 2018 is acceptable. Please have your student turn in his or her dental exam form directly to the Health Office.

Required Immunizations

As a reminder, the current immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year continue to be as follows:


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

  • 4 doses DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • 4 doses Polio
  • 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 DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis


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


Please note, the Departments of Health and Education have not made any changes to the religious, philosophical, or medical exemptions currently provided in the regulations.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Corinne Sikora at csikora@cbsd.org .

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

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Breakfast is Served!

Our Tamanend Café serves hot and cold breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year. To put money for breakfast or lunch into an account for your student, click here. It is also possible to set up low balance reminder or an auto-reload plan so that your student always has a positive balance in his/her account.

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.

UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Deadline to Order Tamanend Pink Out Shirts for American Cancer Society Denim Day is Wednesday, September 11

What is American Cancer Society Denim Day®? The American Cancer Society Denim Day® brings people together nationally to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Tamanend staff members donate money to wear jeans to work on Friday, 10/4/19. This day also marks our annual TMS PINK OUT. We invite all of our students to join us in wearing pink or purchasing a TMS Denim Day shirt. Money raised from this t-shirt sale will support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives from breast cancer. Since Denim Day began in 1996, participants have raised more than $95 million to help save lives from breast cancer. Donations will help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY 9/11/19. Wear your jeans and your PINK proudly on Friday, October 4th. Thank you! Please click here for ordering information. Please contact Mrs. Lisa Mancini (lmancini@cbsd.org) with any questions. PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHIRT IS THE SAME AS THE 2018 TMS DENIM DAY SHIRT.

UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Bucks County Book Fest

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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

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? Look for our Volunteer Survey in September.

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

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop:

  • 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.

TMS Parent Council

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 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. Please note that this first meeting will take place on a Wednesday. 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

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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