Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

December 20, 2019

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Happy Holidays from Tamanend!

On December 17, a number of 7th Graders travelled to The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ and saw an incredible performance of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. What a delightful way to celebrate a season of giving and kindness.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Early Dismissal--Friday December 20

Winter Break--Monday December 23--Wednesday January 1

Kelly Ann Dolan Kick-Off Assembly--Friday January 3 (during school)

Parent Book Club--Thursday January 9 at 6:30 PM

Curriculum Fair at CB South for Current 9th Graders and their Parents--Thursday January 9 at 6:30 PM

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

Athletics Schedule

Thursday, 1/2

  • No contests

Friday, 1/3

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Log College (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:20

CB South Ice Hockey

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UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Reminder--Next Tamanend Parent Book Club is January 9

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we are reading The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (2016) by Frances Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt. The book describes the unique functioning of the adolescent brain and provides practical guidance for parents. 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. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria. Please click here for more information.

Reminder--Help Us Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Kelly Ann Dolan Basketball Tournament

This year we will celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of The Kelly Ann Dolan Basketball Tournament. We are making two quilts, one for our building and one for Mrs Dolan. Please clean out your closets and reach out to your neighbors for any old KAD T-shirt’s that can be donated. They can be brought to the Main Office attention Marie McCrone. Thank you! Click here to learn more about the Kelly Ann Dolan Fund.
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TAMANEND FEATURES

Tamanend Welcomes Dr. Mykee Fowlin

Tamanend welcomed actor, psychologist, and poet Dr. Mykee Fowlin on Tuesday, December 17. Dr. Fowlin engaged our students with a one-man show entitled "You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me." His presentation addressed issues related to bullying, youth suicide, and the treatment of others. Click here to read more about this presentation.

Congratulations, Devon!

Congratulations to 8th Grader Devon Collins who recently performed in the production of "Tapcracker" at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia! Devon is an accomplished dancer and we are proud to call her a Tamanend Tiger!

New Tamanend Gear Available!

Click here to see some new Tamanend gear created by students. Proceeds from sales of these items will benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Some Fun Photos in Front of Tamanend's ROARING "Fireplace"

Tamanend Partners with Bucks County Children and Youth

With the help of Bucks County Children and Youth, our 9th grade Resources each "adopted" a child for the holidays. Tamanend was able to help 10 local children with their holiday wishes this year!

Parent Volunteers Needed for Freshman Dance Preparations

We are currently looking for parents who would be interested in helping to setup and prepare for the Freshman Dance, scheduled for June 5th. Parents of students in any grade level are welcome to attend. Please click here to for additional information.

Freshman Baby Pictures for Yearbook--Due by January 3

The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors will be opening up a website to upload 9th Grade baby pictures for the 2019-2020 yearbook. We are inviting you to include a photo memento in your child’s yearbook that he or she will have as a special reminder in their last year at Tamanend. Submitting your child’s baby picture is a great way to honor your child in the yearbook at this special time in his or her life. The cost is $5. If you would like to participate in this optional addition, please make sure that you follow the steps below.

**We will NOT be accepting photos that need to be uploaded. All uploading must be done on your own to the site mentioned below.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY JANUARY 3, 2020

  1. Please visit the website www.replayit.com.

  2. You will need to register – create a ReplayIt account.

  3. Step 1 of the Registration process is to ‘Find Your School’ – type in Tamanend Middle School.

  4. Press continue, then agree to the Terms of Use.

  5. Fill out the required information (name, email, account password, etc.)

  6. Click on Submit Pics at the top of the screen.

  7. Follow the uploading directions from the site.

  8. Be sure to SAVE THE PICTURE AS YOUR CHILD’S FIRST AND LAST NAME! (We need to make sure we match up the right picture with the right student!)

Complete the order form (the form is found here under Yearbook) and submit it with cash or a check in the amount of $5.00 (made payable to Tamanend Middle School). All order forms and payments must be delivered to Mrs. Gerth in Room 231 or Ms. Connell in room 507. Order forms and payment must be received NO LATER than Friday January 3rd!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the yearbook advisors:

Mrs. Gerth (kgerth@cbsd.org)

Mrs. Brumbaugh (kbrumbaugh@cbsd.org)

Ms. Connell (gconnell@cbsd.org)

Reminder--Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2019-2020 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2020 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 $37.50 from February 1st-March 31st, and finally to $40 for any yearbooks ordered up until April 30th. 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.

Reminder--Tamanend Homework Club

If your child is looking for a quiet place to complete their homework or a place to receive extra support with a challenging assignment and/or prepping for a test, the Homework Club is the place for him or her. The Homework Club at Tamanend Middle School will be held in the Cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 4:00. Peer tutoring will also be offered for students that are interested. The goal of the Tamanend Homework Club is to assist our students in tapping into their full potential by giving them a quiet, supportive place to complete their homework.

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FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Curriculum Fair at CB South for Current 9th Graders--Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 PM

The 2020 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 9, 2020. 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 9th beginning at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium.

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

TEEN TALK

What is Teen Talk? Each week, we will include a resource in our newsletter designed to promote conversations between parents and children regarding important issues related to teenagers. We hope that these resources serve to help parents and students navigate the excitement and challenges associated with the teenage years. In addition, we will highlight topics that we are discussing in Advisory and in presentations so that you may continue the conversation at home with your teen.


This Week's Teen Talk Topic: Bullying and Thinking about Others

This week Tamanend welcomed Dr. Mykee Fowlin who presented an assembly entitled "You Don't Know me Until You Know Me". This assembly pushed students to think about others before judging or engaging in bullying behaviors. Please consider talking to your children about this assembly and what they learned from it. Click here to read more about Dr. Fowlin and this presentation.

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--One School, One Book

Starting this summer, we will be engaging the Tamanend community in a One School, One Book program. A committee of teachers, librarians, and administrators worked for a year to choose a book that would appeal to our entire school community. We are pleased to announce that we will be reading Posted by John David Anderson. We encourage all of next year’s Tamanend students to read this book over the summer. We are planning a variety of activities throughout the 19-20 school year to engage all members of the Tamanend community in discussions related to this book.


Click here to hear Posted author John David Anderson talk about this book.


Click here for audio files of the book. Steps for downloading audio files to phones:

  • Go to Tamanend’s website and scroll down to "School Links."
  • Click the link "One Book, One School- Posted (Audiobook)."
  • Log-In using your CBSD email account and password.
  • Click the Play button and enjoy!

Tips for Troubleshooting Computer Issues

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

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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.

UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bucks and Montco Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit--January 19

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Reminder--Free YMCA Memberships for 7th Graders

The Central Bucks Family YMCA is offering free memberships for 7th Graders. Click here for more details.

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

Help for the Holidays from Bucks County Opportunities Council

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Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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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.

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Jan. 16th 2020 at 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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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

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.
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How Did We Do This Week?

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