Tamanend Connections

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May 15, 2020

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Gold'n'Blues Produces Incredbile Music Video

Tamanend’s smallest select chorus, Gold’n’Blues, has taken advantage of their time at home to produce a music video for one of the songs they performed earlier this year. The audio and video were recorded on phones and then compiled by Tamanend alumni Connor Martin (9th Grade 2011 – audio editing and mixing) and Ben Cerauli (9th Grade 2016 – video editing). Everyone is proud of the result! Check it out HERE!

Distance Learning Resources and Reminders

Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page

A reminder that you can find Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page here. This page includes links to each teacher's distance learning page, the Phase Two class schedule, etiquette for online Teams meetings, and more. It also has a link to our Nurse's distance learning page, our Librarian's distance learning page, and our Guidance counselors' distance learning page.


See Many Highlights from our Distance Learning Program During the Week on Twitter

You can also follow us on Twitter for distance learning highlights @CBTamanendMS.


Grab & Go Free Lunch Program

During the district-wide closure associated with COVID-19, the Central Bucks School District has put the following procedures into place in order to provide lunch for all students. Your child does not have to participate in the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program to receive grab & go free lunches. Lunch is available for pickup between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Tamanend students at CB South High School (Mondays and Thursdays) and at Barclay Elementary School (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays).


Assistance with Resources

If your family needs assistance with resources during this difficult time, please contact one of the following staff members. We have been working hard to develop a network of resource providers to help with any need:

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

Please note: Every Wednesday at 4:00 we will hold the CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary. Please feel free to stop by if you need assistance with food.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

PLEASE NOTE: School is closed for the rest of the academic year.; Distance Learning (Phase Two) Remains in Place.

Tamanend Virtual Coffeehouse--Monday, May 18 (virtually, via Teams)

CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School--open to anyone who needs assistance with food at this time--Wednesday, May 20 at 4:00 PM for car line; 5:15 for walk up line

Virtual Homework Club--Thursday, May 21 from 12-2:30 (virtually, via Teams)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • All Spring sports in Central Bucks have been cancelled. Please see below for the latest press release from PIAA.
  • For a list of Frequently Asked Questions published by PIAA, please click HERE.
  • Please see below for information about home workouts through Nike Training Club.
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TAMANEND FEATURES

Virtual Relay for Life Live Event--Saturday, May 16 at 8 PM

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CB Middle Schools will hold a Virtual Relay for Life on May 16 at 8 PM. Join us for our 15-20 minute ceremony. To view the ceremony, use this link. We will have some brief comments from previous participants and captains as well as a representative from the American Cancer Society sharing some thoughts during our ceremony. Wear a Relay or purple shirt and light an actual candle or LED candle on your front step. Take a picture with your candle and email the picture to relay@cbsd.org and include your school in the subject line. If you wish to make a donation, you may do so by clicking here.

Attention, Art Club Members!

Art Club members please keep an eye on Ms. Schollenberger's and Mrs. Pirolli’s teacher websites. They will be sharing some additional opportunities to be creative during this time, and to share your artwork! All of the activities are posted on their teacher websites so even if you are not an art club member you can still participate! Send any work that you complete to Ms. Schollenberger and Mrs. Pirolli at sschollenberger@cbsd.org and mtpirolli@cbsd.org so that they can share it with the Tamanend community! Click here for more information.

Tamanend to Hold Next Virtual Coffeehouse on Monday, May 18

The next Tamanend Corona Cabaret will be held on Monday, May 18th at 7:00pm. Sign up to perform or find the link to watch HERE! These events have become a great way for the Tamanend community to come together – hope to see you there! ALSO, five of Tamanend’s Cabaret performers will be featured on a special Southside Mega Mic Night, a similar event featuring students from Tamanend, Unami, and CB South, next Wednesday evening 5/20 at 7pm. Stay tuned for more details on the Corona Cabaret page linked above!

Tamanend Students Excel at Delaware Valley Science Fair

Four Tamanend student’s recently qualified and competed in this year’s virtual Delaware Valley Science Fair. This regional fair represented students from the Tri-State region. Congratulations to Klement Swartz, who took Honorable Mention in the 9th Grade Botany category with “Correlating Root Cap Cells and Seedling Emergence in Ocimum basilicum" and Aashish Cheruvu, who placed 1st in the 6th-8th Grade Math category with “Application of Machine Learning in Health Care”. In addition, Aashish Cheruvu, and 7th graders, Sudhir Yelamarthy, and Rupert Swartz, qualified to participate in the Broadcom Masters Science national level competition. Good luck to these students as they continue to pursue their scientific endeavors!

Reminder--Parent/Student Infinite Campus Portal is Open

Parent Portal and Student Portals in Infinite Campus went live this week. Students are aware of the work they have been completing and submitting and they are receiving feedback and grades
directly from teachers throughout this process. The opening of the portals allows both students and parents to have access to in-progress gradebooks. We recommend that students and parents review the grading section of Infinite Campus on a weekly basis. If any inaccuracies are identified, please reach out to your child's teacher and/or guidance counselor in order to rectify the problem. Information regarding CB Distance Learning grading was previously shared and can be found here: Secondary Grading

Reminder--Retrieving Items Students Left at Tamanend

We realize that most students have personal items in lockers and classrooms at Tamanend. Plans for the retrieval of items left behind in the buildings are being finalized at this time. We are coordinating with the district’s Facilities and Energy Management Operations department in an effort to distribute all personal items by the end of the month. Priority was placed on retrieving critical items like medication and eyeglasses. This work will be done in keeping with direction from the governor’s office. More specifically, we are awaiting additional detail on when stay at home orders will be lifted for the County of Bucks. Please note, all district grounds (fields, stadiums, tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, etc.) remain closed at this time.

Central Bucks School District Distance Learning Survey

Central Bucks School District sent out an email blast on Tuesday, May 5 asking parents to complete a survey to provide feedback on Distance Learning up to this point. We have included it here as well to ensure that our parents have the opportunity to complete it if they choose: www.cbsd.org/dlpsurvey.

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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

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

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

FROM OUR NURSE'S OFFICE

Visit Our Nurse's Office Distance Learning Page!

Central Bucks School District is closely monitoring the CDC’s recommendations as well as those from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Bucks County Health Department. You may review the latest recommendations from the CDC on their website at www.cdc.gov. At this time, the best advice is to practice the same common-sense preventative measures that are recommended every cold and flu season, including proper hand washing and staying home when sick.

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FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Distance Learning Technical Support

  • Logging in to Laptops: Students will use their FULL CB email address: (lastname.firstinitial###@student.cbsd.org) & password to log into the laptop. Your classroom teacher can help you with the log-in information. You can also email our support team.

  • Updating Devices: To allow your computer to be completely up to date after the handout, CBSD will be sending updates to the computers that could cause a random restart. Please make sure to have autosave turned on by creating new documents through Office 365 on the web so you do not lose work.


  • Device Having Issues: Restarting your computer will solve many computer issues. Please restart twice before reaching out for tech support. Click here to submit a Help Ticket.

  • Broken Hardware: We will attempt to have frequent drive through hardware support for our staff and students. In the event that device peripherals (pens, chargers, batteries, etc.) stop working or need replacement, families and staff do not need to purchase them through MyPaymentsPlus at this time. These devices can be bought directly from Amazon or a retailer of your choosing. A list of supplies can be found here: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/5150

FROM OUR CAFETERIA

UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

CB Cares and CBSD Present an Online Parent Positive Event - Watch On-Demand May 15-May 29

With COVID-19 giving many of us downtime at home with our families, we invite the Central Bucks community to take this opportunity to watch SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. This special edition includes a brief introduction by the filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston, plus a pre-recorded Q&A with her after the film, where she responds to some of the most frequently asked questions about the topics covered in the film. Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/nc-trailer

ACCESS THE EVENT ON-DEMAND at:

https://www.bigmarker.com/screenagers-starhouse/SCREENAGERS-NC-STREAM-Central-Bucks-School-District

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Alternate Bus Stop Requests

A reminder that alternate school bus requests must be filed every school year. If you are interested in requesting an alternate bus stop for the 2020-2021 school year, please click here.

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

CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School is Open Every Wednesday at 4:00

The CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School is open every Wednesday at 4:00. Barclay Elementary School is located at 2015 Palomino Drive in Warrington. Please stop by if you need assistance with food at this time. We offer free produce, dairy products, bread and other food items.

Reminder--Internet Essentials from Comcast is Now Free For Two Months For New Customers

Click here to find out more about low-cost internet from Comcast Essentials. In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service.

Reminder--Workshops for Issues Impacting Children

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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.

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.

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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How Did We Do This Week?

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