Tamanend Connections

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January, 7, 2022

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Tamanend Students Selected as Winners at Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Congratulations to two Tamanend students selected as contest winners by the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire! After traveling to Mount Hope Estate in October, all 7th Grade students were given the option to participate in a series of post-trip contests. These contests were open to all schools who attended a field trip and routinely see hundreds of submissions across all grade levels. Tamanend had several students enter these contests, and two students earned high honors! (The Creative Writing Contest will announce winners later this year, so we will keep our fingers crossed for more Tamanend submissions.)

Dipti Malathker won third place in the Photojournalism Contest, where students took a photograph at the Faire and wrote a caption to capture the magic. Her caption read, “The Tournament of Arms is quite the magical place. As you watch, you enjoy the vivid costumes and personalities. The characters freely interact with each other, with ridiculous, involving remarks and comebacks.”

Sophia Mancini won the Grand Prize in the Display Advertisement Contest, where students followed a strict set of requirements to create a promotional piece for the Faire. Sophia’s catch phrase was, “Come for the Joust, the Food, the Fun!” and featured a knight on horseback with an ever-popular turkey leg pictured nearby.

As an added bonus, all winners and their families are invited to a special reception at the Faire in 2022. Congratulations, Dipti and Sophia… we are so proud of you!

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

CB South Curriculum Fair (for current 9th Graders)--rescheduled for Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 at CB South (details below)

Black2Gold A Cappella Concert--Friday, January 14 at 7:00 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (school holiday)--Monday, January 17

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Wednesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM

Parent Council Meeting--Thursday, January 20 at 9:00 AM

End of 1st Marking Period / Early Dismissal--Friday, January 28

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • Tryouts for Boys Basketball will begin on January 10th. An email was sent on Wednesday, Jan. 5th to parents/guardians of those students who were registered on Family ID. Please be sure to read all directions carefully in order for your son to be able to tryout.
  • If you and would like to receive immediate updates on game schedules, cancellations, etc., visit Tamanend Athletics web page and become a “fan” to get alerts for your child’s team.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • CB South Boys Lacrosse pre-season workouts have begun for any athlete that would like to try out for the 2022 season. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills and get in shape. We would also welcome any newcomers to the sport and help you develop your skills for try outs. For more information please email (mstrayline@cbsd.org), and I would be glad to help. The schedule is as follows.
    • Tuesdays lifting from 7-8pm wall ball from 8-9pm
    • Thursdays lifting from 7-8pm
    • Saturdays Stick Skills in the stadium from 10-12pm weather permitting.
  • CB South Boys Volleyball is running weekly open gyms on Tuesdays (6:30-8) and Thursdays (8:30-9:30) in the Aux gym. Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, Jan 18th at 6pm in the forum. Anyone interested in playing this spring is encouraged to attend along with a parent. If you would like additional information, please contact Coach Ehlers at mehlers@cbsd.org.
  • Please see below for ice hockey information
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Athletics Schedule

Monday, 1/10

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball: Game time/location/opponent TBA
  • 7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball tryouts; 4:30-6:00

Tuesday, 1/11

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball: Game time/location/opponent TBA
  • 7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball tryouts; 4:30-6:00

Wednesday, 1/12

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball: Game time/location/opponent TBA
  • Wrestling vs. Log College/Klinger (Home; 3:15)

Thursday, 1/13

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball: Game time/location/opponent TBA
  • Wrestling vs. Holicong/Tohickon at Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15

Friday, 1/14

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball: Game time/location/opponent TBA

TAMANEND FEATURES

Tamanend 9th Grader Organizes Another Successful Fundraiser!

Layla did it again! Her commitment to serving the community and helping to make a difference in the lives of Bucks County Children and Youth Foster Children continues.


Layla helped to raise over $1,000 and gifts for the Bucks County Children & Youth Teen Foster Division this holiday season. She also received a donation of basketball shoes from the Villanova Men's Basketball Team which was a real treat for the teens that received them! The proceeds of these efforts were used to purchase holiday gift cards and provide gifts for teen foster children.

Shantelle Gammon (Donation Coordinator at Bucks County Children & Youth) was extremely grateful for the effort again this year. This group can often be short on gifts during Christmas. This initiative helped with the need for the teen population this Christmas.

Layla has raised over $10,000 this year for Bucks County Children & Youth Foster Children through her various projects.


Great job, Layla!

Tamanend 8th Grader Creates Amazon Alexa Skill to Help CB Familes Stay Informed

Tamanend 8th Grader Alaina Ahuja created an Amazon Alexa Skill to help CB families stay informed. Alaina is very interested in technology and began coding in 6th Grade. You can read the entire article about Alaina's endeavors at the link below. Tamanend is proud of Alaina!

https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2022/01/03/central-bucks-school-district-student-coder-creates-amazon-alexa-skill-district-bucks-county-stem/8980498002/

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.

Tamanend Hosts Successful Holiday Gift Drive

Tamanend Advisories were able to brighten the holidays for 20 children through Bucks Country Children and Youth’s Holiday Gift Giving Program. Advisories participated by raising money, shopping, wrapping presents, and making homemade cards. Thanks to everyone for their generosity and kindness!

Reminder--Program Planning Timeline for 2022-2023 School Year

Program Planning for the 2022-2023 school year is underway. Program Planning is the process by which students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors collaborate to create each student's class schedule for the subsequent school year. The Central Bucks Program of Studies, which explains the program planning process and describes all courses, can be found on the CBSD website as per the dates listed below. Please find a list of important dates below related to program planning:

  • January 3--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 9-12 available on the CBSD website. Hard copies will be distributed to current 9th graders at a date TBD.
  • January 4--Program planning assembly for current 9th Graders (during school day)
  • January 13 (please note this event was re-schedule from January 6)--Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair (for current 9th Graders) 6:30 PM at CB South High School
  • January 14--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 available on the CBSD website
  • January 19 to February 6--Current 9th Grade students enter course requests at home via Parent Portal
  • January 31--Program planning presentations for current 8th Graders (during school day)
  • February 1--Program planning assembly for current 7th Graders (during school day)
  • February 11--Course verifications posted on Portal for parents of current 7th Graders to review
  • February 17--Course verifications electronically confirmed on Portal by parents of current 7th Graders by this date
  • February 23-- Course verifications posted on Portal for parents of current 8th Graders to review
  • March 1--Course verifications electronically confirmed on Portal by parents of current 8th Graders by this date
  • March 18--Course verifications posted on Portal for parents of current 9th Graders to review
  • March 30-- Course verifications electronically confirmed on Portal by parents of current 9th Graders by this date

CB South Curriculum Fair for Current 9th Graders Has Been Re-Scheduled for January 13

Dear 9th Grade Parents:


The 2022 Central Bucks High School South Curriculum Fair for all current 9th grade students from Unami Middle School and Tamanend Middle School is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2022. Our program will begin at 6:30 PM in the South Auditorium.


The initial portion of the evening will feature a presentation by the Administrative and Guidance Teams regarding graduation requirements, block scheduling, and course planning options. Then, we will move into other areas of the school, where students and parents will have the opportunity to speak with teachers from each of the academic and elective departments, as well as representatives from the Guidance Department, Special Education Department, and Middle Bucks Institute of Technology.


We welcome and encourage all ninth graders and their parents to attend the Curriculum Fair on Thursday, January 6th beginning at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium.


Sincerely,


Jason H. Bucher

Principal

Central Bucks High School South

Congratulations December Boomerang Winners and Nominees

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a district wide program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by the chosen asset for each month of the school year.


For the month of December, the asset was responsibility— Recognizing a young person who accepts and takes personal responsibility. All nominees will be celebrated Wednesday during Advisory with a special treat. Now we would like to highlight our building winner, 7th grade student, Rebekah Mathew:


Rebekah has been described as dependable, determined, positive, and strong. In the classroom, she does a great job of advocating for herself. She asks questions and makes sure to always gets her classwork and homework done. During Resource she works diligently and offers help to other students when they have an assessment. At home, she takes responsibility for her 4-year-old brother by reading him books, reviewing sight words, and playing with him. In addition to her responsibilities in school and at home, Rebekah operates an Etsy store. As a way of honoring her mom, she creates and sells bracelets. A portion of her profits go to a breast cancer foundation.


Congratulations to Rebekah and all of the nominees: Jake Arking, Brett Barrett, Stephen Bernert, Emily Campbell, Aubrey Cush, Araiza Del Toro Amaya, Lia DiCicco, Tess Gassman, Hilary Grano Morales, Mia Guerra, Hannah Kaufmann, Maura Kelley, Ava Kenyon, Rylee Kingeter, Mia Klein, Alyssa Lebeau, Lane McLaughlin, Callie MacClay, Daveed Meyorovich, Sana Mohammed, Sean Nestor, Kayla O'Hara, Banessa Ortiz Ortez, Gavin Ostrobrod, Gianni Perretta, Brianna Potts, Mitchell Rabinovich, Besa Sagiri, Semra Sagiri, Egor Sakhabutdinov, Semen Sakhabutdinov, Katelyn Schmidt, Apporva Siragavarapu, Kayla Smith, Riley Theis, Ebi Velaj, Dallas Wallace-Morris, Julia Walsh, Addison Weinstein, Emily Wiesel, Aria Winter, Jake Wullert

E-Sports League Sign-Up is Open for CBSD Students

Sign-ups are happening now for the Central Bucks School District’s official Esports League! Managed by Metro Esports, each esports season will include six weeks of virtual game play, with live playoff and league championship matches hosted at The Metro Gaming Lounge, located on Street Road in Warminster. Students in grades K-12 may participate in a combination of gaming and technology-based skills development, while engaging in an outlet for competing in a non-sport, team activity with the ability to learn about gaming industry and STEM/STEAM careers in a very hands-on way. This first of its kind competitive multi-season competitive esports League will include popular game titles like Apex Legends, Rocket League, and Fortnite. In season, the Metro facility will be available for both individual and team practice sessions and one-on-one coaching and skills training.

Elementary gaming and technology enthusiasts will be able to participate in Minecraft games, challenges and learning opportunities.

This is an opportunity for students of all ages, interest levels and abilities to pursue their interests in gaming and technology. League registration is open on the Metro Esports website at https://metroesports.gg.

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Reminder--Yearbook Ordering is Now Open

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2021-2022 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2022 the cost of the full-color, hardback yearbook is on sale for $35 (plus tax). This is also the deadline if you’d like to add any additional personalization to your child’s yearbook. The price of the yearbook will increase to $40 (plus tax) from February 1st- April 30th. After this date, we unfortunately cannot guarantee your child will be able to purchase a yearbook at the end of the year. Please click the link here to take you to Jostens online ordering page. No preorders will be accepted in school – all orders must be done through Jostens. If you have any questions, please email Kristen Gerth at kgerth@cbsd.org.

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EARN YOUR STRIPES--TAMANEND'S SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

Our SWPBIS initiative has been of to a great start! We recently cleared the Tiger 200 board and several students walked away with prizes. Students who appear on the Tiger 200 board are recognized by staff members for being respectful, taking ownership of their behavior, acting appropriately and remembering kindness. Congratulations to all those students who received Tiger Stripes in the 1st Marking Period. Keep up the good work!

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bucks and Montco Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit

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Reminder--Doylestown YMCA Offers Free Memberships for 7th Graders

Did you know that the Doylestown YMCA offers free memberships for 7th Graders? Click here to read all about this great opportunity.

FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Please Properly Take Care of Your Laptop

We have seen an increase in cracked laptop screens. Here are a few tips to help you properly take care of your laptop:

· Use your laptop bag when carrying your laptop in school and outside of school.

· If you have a small crack on your screen, please take it to the Library to get it fixed as soon as possible. Many times, students do not have small cracks repaired as soon as they occur. This sometimes results in the screen shattering completely.

· Please note that intentional laptop damage will result in potential disciplinary consequences and a bill for the repairs.

Reminder--Student Technology Security Outside of the U.S.

Currently, the Technology and Innovation Department blocks Microsoft Office 365 logins to Outlook, OneDrive, ClassLink, and Canvas from foreign countries. This aids in protecting our CBSD user accounts and organization from malicious computer attacks from outside of the United States.


Students who travel cannot assume their devices will work once they leave the United States. For student out-of-country access requests, please know that access to technology for vacations will not be approved at this time.

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Guidance Information

  • Program Planning is the process by which students prepare to choose their courses for the next school year. This process began this week for current 9th graders, with students watching a presentation by Tamanend Guidance staff in Advisory. The presentation may be found here for your reference.
  • Please note that the CB South Curriculum Fair for next year's 10th Graders was rescheduled from January 6 and now will be held on Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 PM.
  • Pertinent program planning dates can be found above in this and subsequent editions of the Tamanend Connections newsletter.
  • MBIT’s Open House was held virtually on Thursday, November 18th. If you were unable to attend and would still like to learn about all of the amazing programs that MBIT has to offer, please visit the MBIT web site or stop by the guidance for additional information.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania with the cooperative support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Health and Welfare. SAP programs provide schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Every secondary school in Central Bucks has a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems. Click here to read the latest edition of the SAP newsletter.

FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Reminder--Free COVID-19 Testing

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

Reminder--Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Tamanend Students for 2021-2022 School Year

In April 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service extended the program that will provide for free meals for all students, regardless of income, for the 2021-22 school year. This has been made possible by nationwide waivers that provide for free meals for all students through June 2022.


All menus are available to be viewed online up to 2 weeks in advance by visiting cbsd.nutrislice.com.


Students are entitled to one complete reimbursable breakfast per day and one complete reimbursable lunch per day. Any second entrée or a la carte snack item will be charged to the students’ lunch account. We encourage all families to put money on their students account through MySchoolBucks.com as there will be no cash transactions this year to serve the students as safely and swiftly as possible.


We are thrilled to continue to safely serve students delicious, fresh, and nutritious meals at no charge, and we are equally excited to re-introduce our favorite programs to deliver fun, exciting, and tasty experiences to students throughout the coming year.


Please note: If your child has participated in the free and reduced meal program in the past, we encourage you to apply again as participation allows for eligibility in other programs. You can find the application here: Food Services / Free & Reduced Lunch Application (cbsd.org)

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

Reminder--CB Farmer's Market at Barclay Elementary School

Any Central Bucks family who may need a little extra food assistance is welcome to join us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month at Barclay Elementary School. Our drive-up food distributions run from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. We generally have free dry goods, fresh produce, milk, eggs, and bread, and often have some frozen meat and poultry. At each event we pass out an average of 12,000-15,000 pounds of food.


The CB Farmers Market started in 2019 as a monthly market that distributed free produce. At the start of the pandemic, we recognized a significant need in our community, with many families needing food assistance for the first time in their lives. As our operations grew, so did our network of amazing individuals and community organizations—all of whom are committed to addressing food insecurity in the Central Bucks School District. By our estimates, 1,500 CB children may experience temporary or chronic food insecurity—a statistic which should not exist in a community with our resources.


Our completely volunteer-run and managed organization was founded on two beliefs: 1) During times of need, which we all experience in one form or another, we should be able to count on the compassion and support of our neighbors; and 2) Our community’s collective commitment to our children is a bond much stronger than all of the other forces that might otherwise divide us.

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

Housing Information

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Reminder--Volunteering at Tamanend

All Central Bucks School District Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the staff, students, sports programs and other activities of our schools.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We are excited to introduce our NEW contactless application and paperwork submission process to our CBSD volunteers. You can now upload your clearances online through our Volunteer Tracker portal. Please click App Garden- Volunteer Tracker to sign-up and review the clearance requirements. Sign-up is required for both New and Returning Volunteers! The Volunteer Tracker will allow you to sign-up for volunteer opportunities specific to your building and/or classroom of choice. You will receive communication via email to update you on the latest upcoming event(s), clearance expiration, and to review your participation level. Clearances and Background Checks are valid for five (5) years. Click here for required documentation and further information.

Reminder--Dropping Off Items For Your Child

It's simple to drop off an item for your child! All you need to do is drop the item in the correct grade-level blue bin in the Lobby of our school. Please make sure your child's name is on the item.

Reminder--If You Bring Your Child To School After 7:30

If you bring your child in late to school, please follow this process:


  • ring bell to come in to Lobby
  • write note
  • send student in to Main Office—parents don’t need to come in the Main Office

Reminder--New CBSD Student Absence Reporting System

The Central Bucks School District will be changing the way in which absences are reported, beginning on the first day of school, August 30, 2021. The following items are some key points to be aware of.

  • Parents and guardians will be able to submit absence requests via the Parent Portal. Parents can request a full day absence, early dismissal, or late arrival.
  • Absence requests will be reviewed by school attendance staff and approved or denied.
  • Requests made using the parent portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. Parents will not be required to submit an excuse either electronic or written.
  • Parents and guardians can also still call the school to report an absence, but emails will no longer be accepted.

In addition, when a student is absent from school, but the school did not receive communication from the parent or guardian, the following communication will be sent:

  • A text message will be sent midmorning notifying the parent or guardian of the absence
  • An email will also be sent at the end of the school day reminding the parent or guardian that the student was marked absent.

Information regarding how to use the Parent Portal to report an absence can be found here.

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Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--Parent Drop-Off/Pick-Up & Parking Lot Safety

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.


Below is a map of how the student drop-off works in our parking lot. Drop off should only happen along the sidewalk at the Athletics Entrance as indicated by the red dot 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.


When dropping off your child, please remember that YOU SHOULD ONLY MAKE A RIGHT-HAND TURN INTO/OUT OF THE PARKING LOT. Please stay to the right of the parking lot, along the sidewalk, all the way up to the Cafeteria/Gym Entrance. Pull up as far as you can when the cars in front of you clear, and let your child out there.

When picking up your child, please remember that YOU SHOULD ONLY MAKE A RIGHT-HAND TURN INTO THE PARKING LOT. The line of traffic will extend back toward the baseball field (Kelly Rd.). Please stay in the line of traffic and continue moving up as the car(s) in front of you move up. If we follow this procedure, all cars we be gone by 2:40.

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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

STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

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)
  • Good Morning Tamanend daily announcements (emailed to parents* and students each morning, scrolling on TV screens during school day and posted on our website) *parents should email Mrs. Donna Kirkpatrick at dkirkpatrick@cbsd.org if they would like to have the daily announcements emailed to them directly
  • 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

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Can Sign Up for Email Blast of Tamanend Daily Announcements

If parent(s)/guardian(s) wish to receive the daily announcements via email blast, they should email Mrs. Donna Kirkpatrick. Daily announcements are always posted under the "Daily Announcements" Section of the Tamanend website for those who do not wish to receive the daily email.

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Jan. 20th, 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. 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.

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How Did We Do This Week?

We value your feedback. Click here to leave a comment, share with us what you like best about Tamanend, and share with us how we can improve our school.

Tamanend Middle School

1492 Stuckert Rd.

Warrington, PA 18925

267-893-2900

UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Reminder--Next Meeting of Tamanend Parent Book Club is January 19

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans (2017) by Josh Shipp which may be purchased on a variety of websites or in bookstores. The book describes the optimal mindsets, conditions, and strategies that help teenagers succeed. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the reading and open the floor for discussion. In addition, we will briefly cover items from our monthly Parent Council meeting for parents who are not able to make these meetings. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges and joys of raising adolescents. Parents are welcome to join the group at any time. It is not necessary to read all of the chapters to participate. Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating in all or some of the meetings so that we may prepare. Click here for further information.