Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

September 21, 2018

Thank You for Reading Our Newsletter!

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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#SouthSide STEM Club

We are excited to announce a new club at Tamanend! #SouthSide STEM Club is an opportunity for students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math outside of the traditional classroom setting. The first meeting is on Wednesday, October 3 at 2:45 in the Library.
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Tamanend Together Benches

Thank you to the Tamanend Class of 2018 for this wonderful gift!

First Annual Tamanend Classroom Decorating Contest

We held our first ever Tamanend Classroom Decorating Contest this month. Teachers competed in two categories: Content-Related and School Spirit. Congratulations to our winners: Sra. Mars (Content-Related) and Mr. Lenet (School Spirit). Please enjoy the photos below from our participants.

Tamanend Student Council is Working Hard

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Tamanend's Positive Behavior Support Plan

At Tamanend, we utilize a positive behavior support plan to encourage and reinforce good choices and responsible behavior. As part of the program, staff members submit "Tiger Tracks Tickets" that recognize students' achievement, commitment, kindness, and success. Each week we have a drawing and recognize one of nominated students who personifies positivity at Tamanend.

News from the Athletics Department

Fall Sports are underway with tryouts completed and practices starting. Games get into full swing next week with most Tamanend teams playing their first contests of the season. If students plan to stay after school on game days, they must be at the field 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: There will be an informational Boys Volleyball meeting on Monday, September 24th at 6:00pm in Room D204 at CB South. Any student 9th Grade student interested in playing should attend along with a parent.

Tamanend Magazine Drive Fundraiser

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Reminder--Tamanend Parent Book Club begins October 2

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading Raising Kids to Thrive (2015) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD. The book describes "the Lighthouse Parenting Strategy" in which parents balance unconditional love and high expectations with the goal of raising resilient and happy children. 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.

Meetings are held at 6:30 in the Tamanend Library

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2

Click here for further information, dates, and book information.

Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating.

Reminder--8th and 9th Grade Back to School Night

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

Reminder--Tamanend's Community Service Club--Partnership with CB Cares

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School Store

The Tamanend School Store is open for business! We have many new items this year. For example, we are selling microfiber cloths that can be used for cleaning laptop screens. Stop by the School Store during Resource.

Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

Central Bucks Family YMCA Offers Free Memberships for CB 7th Graders

Central Bucks Family YMCA is proud to offer free memberships for community 7th graders. We help youth realize their potential to become active, engaged and thriving members of the community. Research shows that 7th grade is a critical time in a young person's life when exposure to risk factors greatly increase. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower these youth to reach their personal potential.

Membership Benefits:

--Teen Strength & Fitness Orientation
--Two hour class focusing on safety, healthy exercise, smart goal setting and equipment instruction

--Use of Fitness Center*
*Must complete Teen Strength & Fitness Orientation classes to use the Fitness Center.

--Use of gymnasium

--Sports and Exercise classes
Sports classes included complimentary are: Teen Dodgeball and Teen Street Hockey.
Exercise classes offered complimentary are Power & Agility, Strength & Conditioning, Ab Blast, and Bootcamp for Teens.

--Reduced program costs

--Teen classes
Classes include Babysitter Training, Preteen Nights, Athletic Training, and more!

--7th Grade Family Night
Every Thursday night from 5-8 PM, families have full guest access to our facility, services, and programs including our Fitness Center, two swimming pools, group fitness classes, and more!

How to join:

1. 7th grader must be present and bring a school ID, roster or report card and a parent or guardian to our Y.

2. Parents complete the required membership paperwork and sign form.

3. 7th grader may begin using membership right away.*
*Membership activates August 31, 2018, and runs through August 31, 2019. 7th Grade members for 2018-2019 must join by May 31, 2019.

For questions or more information, contact Lisa Schawrtzer at 215.839.6473.

We would like to thank Univest for their generous support of our 7th Grade initiative.

CB Cares Y-2 Community Arts Program

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Reminder--Blood Drive--October 8

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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.
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Bullying: A Parents' Guide

Doylestown Library is pleased to announce that they are hosting, in conjunction with the Penn Foundation, the program Bullying: A Parents’ Guide, on Wednesday Sept 26th at 7pm. This program will discuss the role of parents in preventing, identifying, and dealing with bullying behavior. It will include a definition of what is and is not bullying, the impact of social media and cyber-bullying, strategies for helping young people respond to bullying, and resources for parents in assisting their children. Parents can view the event information and register by clicking on this link.

Reminder--Parent Positive--Raise Them Strong

Our first Parent Positive event will be held on Thursday, September 27 at 7PM at Lenape Middle School. Brooks Gibbs is an award winning social skills educator who teaches students, parents, and teachers how to build emotional resilience and live by the Golden Rule. His program Raise Them Strong empowers students to make friends and manage emotions. He has spoken to over 2,500 schools and shared his message with over 2 million students. Parents can register here.

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Parent Council

Thursday, Oct. 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. 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.

Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School

We value and appreciate parent participation and involvement at Tamanend Middle School. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities. The access code is TMS

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.

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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