Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

August 31, 2018

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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¡Buen trabajo!

All four of our Tamanend Spanish teachers received scholarships to study in Spain this summer. Srta. Barreiro, Sra. Mars, Sra. Corsino, and Sra. Murray studied in the town of Álcala de Henares. The experience focused on new approaches for teaching language and culture.

Thank You, Girl Scout Cadette Troup 21031!

Thanks to Girl Scout Cadette Troop 21031 for donating aloe plants to our classrooms. Aloe plants are among the top oxygen producing plants and we are happy to have them in our school!

Where Do I Go On the First Day of School?

All students will report directly to the AUDITORIUM upon arrival on Tuesday, September 4. We will follow a modified schedule with students dismissed from the Auditorium to their Advisory classes.

Reminder--Bus Assignment & Information

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

Reminder--Back to School Nights

7th Grade BTSN will be held Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm

8th and 9th Grade BTSN will be held Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 pm

Tamanend's Visitor Management System

All Central Bucks schools use a buzzer and computerized visitor management system for school safety. When you visit Tamanend, you must bring photo ID. If your visit includes entry to our instructional areas beyond the Main Office, our Receptionist will assist you in accessing our computerized visitor management system. As this process will take a few minutes, please plan to arrive early for appointments and meetings. Thank you for cooperation.

Reminder--1 to 1 Technology Initiative

Central Bucks is implementing a 1 to 1 technology initiative for all 7th and 8th graders. Every Tamanend 7th and 8th grader will receive a laptop on Thursday, September 13. Students and parents/guardians must read the technology agreement, pay the technology fee* using My Payments Plus, and take a brief online quiz. Click HERE to learn more about this initiative and to complete the items mentioned above.


*If your family is dealing with a financial hardship at this time, please contact Dr. Brian Caughie bcaughie@cbsd.org to discuss payment options.

Picture Day

This year's Picture Day is Tuesday, September 18.

Backpacks

A reminder that students are not permitted to carry backpacks to classes. They must leave their backpacks in their lockers. 7th and 8th graders will be required to carry their laptops in the case they will receive as part of the laptop distribution on September 13. Students are permitted to carry wristlets and small purses to classes.

What is Consult?

This year, we will be implementing "Consult" Days as part of our Advisory program. Students have Advisory each day after Second Period for approximately twenty minutes. Advisory is a time to share important information, build positive relationships, and discuss topics relevant to middle school students. On Tuesdays and Fridays in Advisory, students may participate in Consult. Consult is an opportunity for students to meet with their teachers, to ask questions, to turn in work, and to discuss grades.

News from the Tamanend Athletic Office

9TH GRADE FIELD HOCKEY:

There will be a 9th grade Field Hockey interest meeting with the CB South coach in the Tamanend Cafeteria on Wednesday, September 5th at 2:45. Please plan to attend if you are interested.


9TH GRADE SOCCER:

Attention all 9th grade boys and girls: We are looking forward to another exciting season of 9th grade soccer. A large part of 9th grade soccer will focus on enjoying the game, so we will spend much of our time playing small sided games or scrimmaging. We will also work on some skills that are needed for club and/or high school soccer. If you are interested, please sign up on Family ID which can be found on Tamanend's Athletics webpage.


ALL 9TH GRADERS PARTICIPATING IN AN AFTER SCHOOL SPORT AT CB SOUTH:

All 9th graders participating in an after school sport at CB South will need a pass in order to ride the activity bus to CB South after school. In order to get this 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 the permission slip.


SPECTATOR DECORUM AT CB SOUTH ATHLETIC EVENTS:

We expect our students to be respectful when attending CB South athletic events. Middle school students must be accompanied by a parent. A reminder that bags and backpacks are not permitted in the CB South stadium during athletic events. Small purses or clutch bags are acceptable, but are subject to search. Spectators will not be admitted to the stadium with a bag or backpack.

Reminder--Student Emergency Contacts & Information

Each year, the Central Bucks School District asks our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form. Parents/Guardians can take care of this now and we ask that you complete your family’s Student Emergency & Information Form online by September 14, 2018.

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 (Please note that if you click on "no" for media release, your student will not be featured in our Tamanend Connections newsletter.)

Click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the Census Verification form.

If you need assistance with this process:

  • For detailed information about this process, including a User Guide, please click here.
  • If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one.
  • If you need help filling out the online form, email or call Lori Rebstock.
    lrebstock@cbsd.org
    267.893.5714
  • If you need technical support, please email parentportal@cbsd.org

Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2018. Any exam given since September 1, 2017 is acceptable. Please have your student turn in his or her dental exam form directly to the Health Office.

Reminder--Required Immunizations

As a reminder, the current immunization requirements for the 2018-2019 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
  • 3 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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Reminder--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.

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--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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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.

Parent Council--Please Note Date Change

Tuesday, Sep. 18th, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

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 Tuesday. 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.

Are You Interested in Volunteering at Tamanend? Look for our Volunteer Survey in September.

Reminder--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.

Reminder--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.

Tamanend 7th Grader Earns Perfect Score on SAT Math Test

Congratulations to 7th Grader Aashish Cheruvu who earned a perfect score of 800 on the Math portion of the SAT Test. Aashish took the SATs in June as a 6th Grader.

Tamanend 9th Grader to Represent the United States in the World Youth Chess Championships

Congratulations to 9th Grader Alex Wang who qualified for 2018 World Youth Chess Championships in Greece. The championships will take place in October and Alex will represent the United States.

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students accomplish amazing things and 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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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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