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April 29, 2022

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The 22nd Annual Kelly Anne Dolan 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Saturday, April 30

The 22nd Annual Kelly Anne Dolan 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Saturday, April 30th. The event is open to the public. Here is a timeline of the day:

The first games on Saturday will begin at 9 AM.

7th Grade Boys games: 9:00-9:40

7th Grade Girls games: 9:40-10:00

8th Grade Boys games: 10:00-11:10

8th Grade Girls games: 11:10-11:20

9th Grade Boys games: 11:20-12:10

9th Grade Girls games: 12:10-12:30

Playoffs (qualifying teams; all grades): 12:50-3:30

Join us for food, music, fun, and prizes and help support a very worthwhile cause! To learn more about the Kelly Anne Dolan Fund, click here.


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In the 7th Grade KAD penny war, Mrs. Mancini’s score of 16,879 points beat Mr. Schmidt’s 13,432 negative points. Mr. Schmidt sported green hair this week after suffering this defeat. The total raised for KAD from the 7th Grade Penny War was $600.57! Great jobs, students!

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

AcadaTamaJam--Friday, April 29 at 7:00 PM (details below)

Yearbook Pre-Order Deadline--Saturday, April 30 (details below)

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial 3-on 3 Tournament--Saturday, April 30 (details below)

Teacher Appreciation Week--Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 6

Orchestra Spring Arts Festival at Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 PM

PSSA Math Testing (7th & 8th Grade)--Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5 (details below)

PSSA Science Testing (8th Grade)--Monday, May 9 (details below)

Band and Chorus Spring Arts Festival #1--Monday, May 9 at 7:00 PM

Band and Chorus Spring Arts Festival #2--Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM

Save the Dates for End-of-Year Freshman Events

As we approach the beginning of May, it is a good time to remind everyone of some important dates for end-of-year Freshman events. We will be sending a letter with details regarding these events as we get closer to June:


Deadline to Order Yearbook

Saturday, April 30

The cost of the hard-covered, full color yearbook is $40 plus tax. There will unfortunately NOT be an extension to this date, since the yearbooks will be going to production. Please know that yearbooks for FRESHMEN (9th graders) are NOT included in the Freshman Day fee. Any 9th grade student that would like a yearbook needs to order it through Jostens by April 30th. Distribution of all yearbooks will be the week of June 6th. 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 the Jostens website. If you have any questions, please email Kristen Gerth at kgerth@cbsd.org.


Principal’s Awards Ceremony*

Monday, June 6th at 6:00 PM

*7th and 8th Grade students are also recognized at this event


Freshman Celebration

Friday, June 3rd from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Join us for an evening of music, food, and fun! Please note that this is not a prom. Students are encouraged to dress nicely, but do not have to dress for a formal. Students do not need a date to attend.


Freshman Day

Thursday, June 9th (during school day at Camp America in Warrington)

Join us for music, food, and a great variety of outdoor activities on this fun day!


Closing Ceremony

Friday, June 10th (during school day)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

Athletic Schedule

Monday, 5/2

  • 8th Grade Girls Soccer vs. Newtown (Home; 3:15)


Tuesday, 5/3

  • 7th Grade Girls Soccer @ Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15
  • 7th Grade Softball vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
  • *8th Grade Softball @ Lenape (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15
  • *8th Grade Baseball @ Lenape (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15
  • Boys Lacrosse vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • Girls Lacrosse @ Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15


Wednesday, 5/4

  • 7th Grade Softball vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Girls Soccer @ Klinger (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15
  • 7th Grade Baseball @ Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15
  • Track @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15


Thursday, 5/5

  • 7th Grade Girls Soccer vs. Lenape (H; 3:15)
  • Girls Lacrosse vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)
  • Boys Lacrosse @ Lenape (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15


Friday, 5/6

  • Track vs. Holicong @ Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:15


* indicates that teams will ride the same bus to/from games that day

INFORMATION:

  • On Friday April 1, the CB Titan wrestling program started hosting a FREE Friday night wrestle and play session for all interested student grades K thru 6 for 7 whole weeks. These sessions will combine wrestling-based drills along with gymnastic style games to not only introduce the sport to your child but begin forging the basic skills of our sport into our future wrestlers. Click HERE for details.
  • 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:

  • Please see below for ice hockey information
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TAMANEND EVENTS

AcaTamaJam is Friday, April 29

Hey Tamanend – get ready for the 2nd event of A Cappella April! This past Saturday was the CB A Cappella Festival – congrats to Chieftain Chorus and Gold’n’Blues members for great performances! THIS Friday, April 29 is AcaTamaJam, a middle school a cappella competition featuring 7 schools from CB, Neshaminy, and Lower Moreland. Gold’n’Blues is competing and Chieftain Chorus is hosting and performing in exhibition. There will be yummy snacks to purchase and a free photo booth as well! Admission is $5 at the door. See you at 7pm this Friday.

Reminder--Pre-Orders for 2021-2022 Yearbook Due Saturday, April 30

All pre-orders for our 2021-2022 yearbook are due by Saturday April 30th! The cost of the hard-covered, full color yearbook is $40 plus tax. There will unfortunately NOT be an extension to this date, since the yearbooks will be going to production. Please know that yearbooks for FRESHMAN (9th graders) are NOT included in the Freshman Day fee. Any 9th grade student that would like a yearbook needs to order it through Jostens by April 30th. We should be getting a few extra copies at the end of the year for purchase. The cost goes up to $45 for the extras, and they are sold on a first come, first serve basis once all the pre-ordered yearbooks have been delivered. Distribution of all yearbooks will be the week of June 6th. 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 the Jostens website. If you have any questions, please email Kristen Gerth at kgerth@cbsd.org.

Reminder--Kelly Anne Dolan 3-on-3 Basketball Fundraiser is Saturday, April 30

The 22nd Annual KAD 3-on-3 Basketball Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Tamanend. We are very much looking forward to resuming our school-wide fundraiser, a community day/3-on-3 basketball tournament that benefits the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund.

Reminder--PSSA Testing Information

This information provides an update to families regarding PSSA testing and scheduling in our school this year. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all school districts to administer PSSA testing for the 2021-2022 school year. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment is aligned with the PA Standards. The English Language Arts and Mathematics PSSAs are administered in grades 3 through 8 and the Science PSSA is administered in grade 4 and grade 8. Students learn all skills, concepts, and content necessary to take the assessment within their daily reading, writing, mathematics and science instruction. The specific dates for the English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Assessment are listed below.


Testing Schedule


English Language Arts

7th-8th grades

Tuesday, April 26th

Section 1 @ 8:15 AM


English Language Arts

7th-8th grades

Wednesday, April 27th

Section 2 @ 8:15 AM


English Language Arts

7th-8th grades

Thursday, April 28th

Section 3 @ 8:15 AM


Mathematics

7th-8th grades

Wednesday, May 4th

Section 1 @ 8:15 AM


Mathematics

7th-8th grades

Thursday, May 5th

Section 2 @ 8:15 AM


Science

8th grade

Monday, May 9th

Section 1 and 2 @ 8:15 AM



Each year there is a question regarding whether students must take the PSSA. Chapter 4 of Title 22 of the Pa. Code (22 Pa. code 4.4) provides for the right of any parent/guardian to excuse his/her child from the state assessment if the assessment is in conflict with his/her religious beliefs. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires schools to have policies to ensure parents or guardians are able to review a state assessment in the school entity during convenient hours for parents or guardians in order to determine whether a state assessment conflicts with their religious belief. This is the only reason the state allows students to opt-out of an assessment. If, after reviewing the test, parents or guardians find the test to be in conflict with their religious beliefs and wish their student(s) to be excused from the test, the right of the parents or guardians will not be denied upon written request to the applicable school district Superintendent. Parents or guardians considering opting their child out of the test should contact the Tamanend Guidance Department at 267-893-2900 to make arrangements to review the test.

Reminder--Next Meeting of Tamanend Parent Book Club is May 16

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.

TAMANEND FEATURES

Student Council Earth Day Project

Student Council President and Treasurer, Brooke Rosica and Emma Daugaard, gathered student volunteers to help rebuild and replenish one of the two Tamanend courtyards. The Earth Day Service project held by the Tamanend Student council officers gave students the opportunity to help in their community and make the world a better place. The students started this project by priming the tables on Wednesday’s Tiger I’s enrichment. Then, on Friday, volunteers stayed after school to paint and decorate picnic benches and tables to show Tamanend spirit, as well as plant flowers in a refurbished garden. The students, as well as the two student council officers, worked hard to make Tamanend feel like a safe and comforting place to learn and grow in.

Tamanend's "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Video Advances to State Contest

Tamanend's video entry has been selected as one of two videos from the Philadelphia Contest to advance to the annual Pennsylvania Statewide "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Awards on May 18th at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg! Congratulations to students Molly Barash, Angelina Iskander, Max Jin, and Luka Jonjic and STEM Club Advisors Ms. Nagle, Mrs. Gamble and Mrs. Brumbaugh!

Tamanend Supports The Next Step

Through Tambucks Café and bracelet sales, our Autistic Support classes were able to raise $400 to donate to “The Next Step” – a local program led by former Tamanend student Josh Fields. Josh started “The Next Step” in 2015 to break down barriers withholding people with disabilities from finding educational and employment opportunities post high school. He and his employees are helping many former CBSD students become active members of our community and lead fulfilling lives. You can learn more about the program by clicking here.

Reminder--Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Youth Recognition

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award, it is a district-wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of the chosen Developmental Assets®. These Developmental Assets were identified as a set of skills, experiences, relationships and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults.

Nominations for April's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 4/29. The chosen asset for April is Asset #25- Reading for Pleasure- Young person reads for pleasure most days, either alone, with family members, or with friends. Please submit your nomination through this link. Thank you in advance for your nomination!

Reminder--Visit the CB South Program Planning Page (For Rising 10th Graders)

Click here to visit the CB South Program Planning page to learn about course offerings at CB South for the 2022-2023 school year.

Reminder--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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UPCOMING TIGER'S i ENRICHMENTS

May 11—Career Exploration with FBI Agent Tiger's i Enrichment Activity: If you are interested in coming to hear an FBI agent speak during Tiger’s i Enrichment on May 11, please sign up via this Form. A reminder that students must be in good academic standing (good grades, no make-up work) in order to attend enrichment activities during Tiger’s i.
May 11 through June 1--Competitive Badminton Tournament: In the Main Gym—sign ups took place during lunches in March. A reminder that students must be in good academic standing (good grades, no make-up work) in order to attend enrichment activities during Tiger’s i.

Coming Soon—Career Exploration with Commercial Airline Pilot Tiger’s i Enrichment Activity: If you are interested in coming to hear a commercial airline pilot speak during an upcoming Tiger’s i Enrichment, please sign up via this Form. The exact date will be announced at a later time. A reminder that students must be in good academic standing (good grades, no make-up work) in order to attend enrichment activities during Tiger’s i.

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


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.


In order to operationalize our mission, Tamanend utilizes a school-wide positive behavioral intervention and support plan (SWPBIS). This plan helps us establish a social culture in which students expect and support appropriate behavior from one another— creating school environments that are socially predictable, consistent, safe, and positive. This helps to reduce problem behaviors that lead to office discipline referrals and suspensions, and to change perceptions of school safety.


Next Week's SWPBIS Focus Area is the Cafeteria:

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QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Reminder--CBSD Mock Trial Camp

What? A 4 day camp exploring mock trial and careers in the law. Campers will learn mock trial fundamentals, rules of evidence, and hear from speakers in a variety of careers in the legal profession. At the close of the week, all campers will participate in a full mock trial for parents and guests. The camp is led by South’s award winning team captains working alongside college alumni, attorney advisors and our teacher coach.

When? June 27th-June 30th from 9:30 to 3pm

Where? TBD (CB South or Mill Creek)

Who? Open to rising 7th to 12 graders in Central Bucks School District

How Much? $120 payable to the Community School Via MyPaymentsPlus (includes camp shirt and all materials)

More Information: Contact Tara Brouda, tbrouda@cbsd.org

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Reminder--MBIT Summer Career Exploration Courses

Click here for more information.
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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. Click here for an overview of the process for current 9th grade students.
  • The CB South Curriculum Fair for next year's 10th Graders was held on Thursday, January 13. CB South's Program Planning & Curriculum page contains videos from across all of their various departments and can help give a sense of their offerings. Please note that the dates on their page are applicable to current sophomores and juniors. The Program Planning Timeline for current 9th grade students will continue to be shared by the Tamanend team. Verifications for current 9th Grade students will be posted for confirmation on March 18th.
  • Verifications for current 8th Grade students were posted for confirmation on February 23rd. Click on this VIDEO for an overview of the course selection process.
  • Verifications for current 7th Grade students were to be confirmed by Thursday, February 17th. Click on this VIDEO for an overview of the course selection process.
  • Pertinent program planning dates can be found 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.

Reminder--Mental Health Resources

In February, Tamanend held two presentations (one for students, and one for parents) related to adolescent mental health. As a follow-up, the district social workers created this resource to assist parents with connecting their children with mental health help. In addition to the resource at the link above, you can view the February 15 parent presentation here.

Sparks--Career Exploaration

Below is a Sparks newsletter article we sent out almost two years ago. The topic is still very relevant. Please take the time to watch with your children for some interesting and needed discussion.

In today’s world we are all trying to know what is best for our children but it is difficult to see what lies ahead for them. The Sparks video below gives some economic insight into the past, present and future. Please share your reactions to this video with you children for their own understanding of future possibilities.

Success in the new economy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs6nQpVI164

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

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--Strengthening Families Group

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Child and Family Focus, Inc. is bringing a free, award-winning evidence-based prevention program, Strengthening Families for parents/caregivers and youth ages 10-14 (SFP 10-14) to Bensalem High School beginning Wednesday, April 13, 2022-Wednesday, May 25, 2022, from 6-8PM Est! This is our last time offering this program this school year for Bucks County, PA families! This program has been running for nearly 30 years across the world and has several positive benefits! We provide young people with several tools to succeed as they transition through the pre-teen/teen years often associated with comparison, isolation, bullies, finding their identity, stress, etc. In this program, while youth are learning and growing amongst their peers, parents/caregivers are learning and growing amongst other parents/caregivers caring for the same aged youth. The World Health Organization named Strengthening Families Program 10-14 the number one prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use and misuse. This program receives the highest accolades in Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, which only recommends programs with the strongest scientific results. Program outcomes as seen on the website https://www.extension.iastate.edu/sfp10-14/ are:

SFP 10-14 Results

• Youth attending the program had significantly lower rates of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use compared to control youth.

• The differences between program and control youth increased over time, indicating that skills learned, and strong parent-child relationships continue to have greater and greater influence.

• Youth attending the program had significantly fewer conduct problems in school than youth in the control group.

• Parents showed gains in specific parenting skills including setting appropriate limits and building a positive relationship with their youth.

• Parents showed an increase in positive feelings towards their child.

• Parents show gains on general child management including setting rules and following through with consequences.

• Parents increase skills in general child management such as effectively monitoring youth and having appropriate and consistent discipline.

The program is funded by Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc and is available at no cost to families, will be held from 6-8PM Est on Wednesday evenings at Bensalem High School for 7 weeks, families will receive free, delicious dinners each week, and free raffled off prize/giveaways such as, microwaves, vacuums, lamps, printers, art supplies, earphones, crockpots, etc. Childcare will be provided to younger youth as well! We are accepting families on a first come, first serve basis until 4/6/22. Seats are filling up quickly. Interest beyond capacity will be added to a waiting list. Attached please find our flyer. Topics Covered include peer pressure resistance, reducing stress, finding our family values, better communication skills, problem solving, goal setting, and understanding each other better.

Click here to see a short video clip about the program!

Don't miss out on the family-fun, learning, and growing as parents/caregivers and youth. Make the smart choice of investing in your family today!!

Registration Link:
Click here to sign up to participate in the Strengthening Families Program 10-14 at Bensalem High School.

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

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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--Morning Car Line

When the weather is poor (heavy rain, low temperatures, etc.), more and more parents/guardians choose to drive their children to school. A reminder that students are expected to be in their 1st Period classes by 7:30 AM. If a child is late to school because of CBSD transportation, their tardiness will be excused. If a student is late to school because of car trouble, over-sleeping, or they are in the car drop-off line, their tardiness is unexcused. Typically, there are few cars in the drop off line from when the doors open at 7:10 until about 7:20. After 7:20, the line begins to get very long.


If you drive your child to school and the weather is poor, please consider leaving home earlier so that your child arrives to class on time.


Thanks for your assistance!

A Reminder About Medications in School

A reminder that students are not permitted to carry medication and/or self-administer medication. Per the medication policy, “All medication, both prescription and non-prescription must be kept in the school health office. Medication will be administered to student during school hours only when such medication is required and accompanied by a doctor’s order” (CBSD Medication Dispensing Form medication policy). “With parent permission, acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be administered according to the manufacturer’s suggested dosage. Administration of specific non-prescription medications is available to all students under the guidelines of the district’s chief medical director. These medications include cough drops, throat spray, antacid tablets, and antibiotic ointment. Parents may grant permission when student information is updated via the parent portal during the summer months. Students who have medications of any kind in their possession (purses, lunch boxes, school bags, etc.) may be considered in violation of the school drug and alcohol policy. However, with a doctor’s order, students requiring emergency medication (EpiPen, for example) may be permitted to carry and self-administer the medication” (2021-2022 CBSD Family Handbook).


Regarding field trips and medication:

“A nurse is not available for field trips. If a parent requests medication to be administered during the trip, this should be noted on the field trip permission form. Parents must package medications at home and hand deliver them in a sealed envelope to the teacher. The child will self-administer the medication under teacher supervision” (2021-2022 CBSD Family Handbook). Epi-pens and inhalers should be brought from home for field trips as long as the appropriate doctor’s order/competency check is on file.

Please contact Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse, Tamanend Middle School with any questions at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or 267-893-2915.

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, May 19th, 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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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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Tamanend Middle School

1492 Stuckert Rd.

Warrington, PA 18925

267-893-2900