Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

August 12, 2020

Greetings from Tamanend Middle School!

Greetings from Tamanend Middle School! We wanted to take this moment to check in with our families and let you know that we are busy preparing for an awesome 2020-2021 school year! Typically, we send a "Welcome Back" newsletter the first Friday in August with logistical information for the new school year. In order to provide families with the most current and relevant information related to the opening of this school year, we will hold off on sending our typical "Welcome Back" newsletter until the Week of August 31. At this time, our "Tamanend 2020-2021 Opening of School Information" page is live on our website and is updated regularly. Our opening of school page serves as a concise listing of relevant information for the opening of our school. Finally, please note that the current and past editions of this newsletter are found under "School Links" on our website.
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A Message From Our Principal

Dear Tamanend Community,


It is with great anticipation and excitement that I look forward to the start of the 2020-2021 school year! Our team is busy preparing to provide an exceptional learning experience for our students. I know that the start of this school year will feel different; however, I am confident that our faculty and support staff will continue with the Tamanend tradition of excellence in educating and addressing the social and emotional growth of our students. In the meantime, I look forward to connecting with you soon in the following ways:


  • Our weekly editions of the Tamanend Connections newsletter will begin the Week of August 31.
  • We are planning a virtual orientation for all students. This orientation will serve two purposes: (1) familiarize 7th Graders with our school and (2) familiarize all students and parent with expectations and protocols related to virtual learning. The date of the virtual orientation is still to be determined.
  • The "Tamanend 2020-2021 Opening of School" page will updated regularly as a quick guide to the most relevant information for the start of the school year. Click here to access this page.
  • Follow us on Twitter @CBTamanendMS



Please know that as principal, I am here to support you and your child as we navigate the middle school years together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns, or just to talk.


Sincerely,


Brian D. Caughie, Ed.D.

Principal

Tamanend Middle School

bcaughie@cbsd.org

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Student Schedules Released on Parent Portal--Wednesday, September 2

First Regular Newsletter for 2020-2021--to be released Week of August 31

First Day of School for Students--Tuesday, September 8 (instructions for accessing virtual classes forthcoming)

Student Schedules--Available on Portal September 2

Student schedules will be available on the Portal starting September 2. Your child's team will be indicated on his/her schedule.

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 beginning on August 17th at 10:00 AM for the 2020-2021 school year.

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.

Please Note that We are Working on Updating 2020-2021 School Supply Lists & Grade Level/Team Welcome Letters

We will update this information shortly.

There is Still Time to Engage in Some Great Summer Reading!

In an effort to generate enthusiasm for reading during the summer months, our summer reading program provides students with CHOICES.

Our goal is to have students reading on a regular basis because they choose to do so. When students are interested and engaged in a book, reading becomes a meaningful part of their lives. For this reason, we encourage students to choose books that interest them.

We encourage you to be involved in conversations with your child about the book(s) they choose to read. When family plays an active role in their child’s reading life, students can witness firsthand the role reading can play in their lives.

Students in Grades 7-9 at Tamanend Middle School are encouraged to read one or more fiction, nonfiction book or graphic novel of their choice. In the Fall, students will participate in fun activities surrounding Summer Reading. You can find the Tamanend Summer Reading Sway here. The list of books in the Sway was generated to help students spark some ideas for summer reading. Remember, students may select books listed in the Sway OR any title of their choosing, as long as it is middle-school appropriate.

Thank you for being an important part of our reading community!

1 to 1 Student Laptop Initiative

All Tamanend students will have a district-issued laptop. 7th Graders will be issued new laptops. 8th and 9th Graders will use the same laptop they used last year. Students new to the school district will be issued a new laptop. The date of laptop distribution for 7th Graders and students new to the school district is yet to be determined.

The following actions are required by parents of 7th and 8th Grade students and parents of any student new to Central Bucks School District. No action is required for parents of returning 9th Grade students.

1--Complete the laptop user agreement.

2--Pay the fee* through the MyPaymentsPlus system:

7th Graders: $75 (covers 7th, 8th, 9th Grade years)

returning 8th Graders: $25 (covers 8th and 9th Grade years)

returning 9th Graders: no fee (no action required)

*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 your child does not qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program, but you are experiencing a financial hardship, please email Dr. Brian Caughie (bcaughie@cbsd.org) to discuss payment reduction options.

Click here to learn more about the program, access the user agreement, and access the MyPaymentsPlus system.

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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, 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 and Meals During the Summer Months

Here is a list of some local organizations that provide food and meals during the summer months:


BCHG Doylestown Community Food Pantry

470 Old Dublin Pike

Doylestown, PA 18901

Tel: Maddie Burgess 215-345-4311 Ext. 101

Hours: 5:30pm - 8:00pm Wed (Line closes at 7:45 pm), 10:30am –1:30pm Thu (Line closes at 1:15 pm), 10:30am to 1:00pm Sun (Line closes at 12:45 pm)


Church of the Holy Nativity

749 Durham Road

Wrightstown, PA 18940

Tel: Nancy Stroh 215-598-3405

A place where a person in a food emergency can go for immediate help. No fee. Call for appointment.


Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare, Inc.

Emergency Food Cupboard

73 Downey Drive

Warminster, PA 18974

Tel: 215-672-9422

Hours: 9:30am - 11:30am Mon/Wed/Fri


Doylestown Area FISH

Box 196

Doylestown, PA 18901

Tel: 215-348-7172

24-Hour phone - by appointment only.


Fresh Connect Bucks County

through the Bucks County Opportunity Council

Every Friday in Bristol, PA -12:00 PM

Lower Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College

1304 Veteran’s Hwy., Bristol, PA 19007

Every Thursday in Ottsville, PA- 11:00 AM

Intersection of Rte 611 & 412

Ottsville, PA 18942


Living Hope Community Church

106 South Main Street – 2nd Floor

Dublin, PA 18917

Tel: 215-249-1133

Hours: Noon – 2:00pm Fri or call for appointment

Angel Food Host Site, call for more info.


New Britain Baptist Church-Food Larder

Route 202 and Tamanend Avenue, P.O. Box 5147

New Britain, PA 18901-0933

Tel: 215-345-9170

Hours: 9am -12pm and 1pm – 4pm Mon and Wed


YWCA of Bucks County

Aspen Grove Family Center Food Pantry – Apt L4-4

120 East Street Road

Warminster, PA 18974

Tel: 215-672-2974

Hours: 10am – 1pm Tue and Thu, 10am – 1pm, Fridays by appointment only 10 AM – 1PM

Housing Information

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Tamanend Together Mission Statement

Tamanend Middle School empowers students to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Students, staff, and families work collaboratively to model the acronym ROAR.


Respect yourself, others, and property.

Own your behaviors.

Act appropriately.

Remember Kindness.


We believe that a caring, positive school culture and learning environment foster respectful, thoughtful, appropriate, and kind citizens.


Earn Your Stripes!

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
  • 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.