Tamanend Connections

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October 18, 2019

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Posted: The Impact of Words

John David Anderson, author of our One School, One Book selection Posted spoke to Tamanend students on Tuesday, October 15. Students engaged in discussion around the author's motivating and though-provoking message. Read more about our One School, One Book initiative here.


Red Cross Blood Drive at Tamanend--Monday, October 28 3:00PM--8:00 PM

Picture Re-Take Day--Wednesday, October 30

End of First Marking Period (Early Dismissal)--Monday, November 4

School Holiday (Election Day)--Tuesday, November 5

Cookie Dough Pick Up--Thursday, November 7 2:30--6:00 PM

Community Connections at Tamanend with Dr. Kopicki--Thursday, November 7 6:00 PM

Veterans' Day Assembly--Monday, November 11


Athletics Schedule

Monday, 10/21

  • 7th Grade Field Hockey @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40
  • 7th Grade Soccer @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40
  • 8th Grade Field Hockey @ Log College (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:20
  • 8th Grade Soccer @ Log College (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:20

Tuesday, 10/22

  • 7th Grade Football @ Unami (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40
  • Boys Tennis @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40
  • Girls Tennis vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
  • Volleyball vs. Unami (Home; 3:15)

Wednesday, 10/23

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

Thursday, 10/24

  • 8th Grade Football vs. Holland (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Field Hockey vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)
  • 8th Grade Soccer vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)

Friday, 10/25

  • 7th Grade Football vs. Lenape (Home; 3:15)

Athletics Information


  • Tamanend Athletics has a new web site: https://tamanendathletics.com/. Students and parents are encouraged to register as “Fans” for their teams which will allow you to receive immediate notifications when games are changed or cancelled. Simply click on “GET ALERTS” to add your favorite teams, then choose how you want to receive notifications. Please see the attached flier for additional information.
  • ATTENTION WINTER ATHLETES: If you are interested in participating in a Tamanend Winter sport--GIRLS BASKETBALL, WRESTLING, BOYS BASKETBALL--there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of the Winter sports season. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE.
  • For those trying out for GIRLS BASKETBALL and those planning to WRESTLE…Family ID is open. Please register as soon as possible as tryouts begin on November 4th for girls basketball and wrestling begins later in November.
  • If students plan to stay after school on game days, they must be at the field and not walking around or leaving campus. If students are not where they are supposed to be, they will not be permitted to attend future games. Thank you for your cooperation.


  • This year’s mandatory concussion meeting for 9th Graders planning to try out for winter sports at CB South will be on Tuesday, October 29th in the forum room at CB South. Winter Track, Boys Basketball, and Wrestling will be at 3:00. Boys and Girls Swimming/Diving and Girls Basketball will be at 3:45.
  • Open gyms for CB South Boys Basketball will be held on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30 until Thursday, November 14th.
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Get Ready for the 2020 Tamanend Musical!

Attention all actors, singers, and dancers: the time is drawing near to announce our 2020 musical! Tamanend Players is seeking both experienced performers and newcomers to audition for our annual musical, set to take place on March 13 and 14. All interested students should save the date for our mandatory interest meeting, which will take place on Monday, October 28, after school until 4:15. If you have a TMS-sponsored conflict (sports game, etc), please see Mrs. Reitz in the Library as soon as possible. We can’t wait to share our show and see you there!

Practicing STEAM Skills

7th Grade Science students practiced their STEAM skills by designing and testing the strength of their birds nests and figured out how different adaptations help birds gather food.

Reminder--Next Tamanend Parent Book Club is November 12

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 Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria. Please click here for more information.

Thank you, Brownie Troop 22035

Thank you to Brownie Troop 22035. The troop has been learning about budgeting money and decided to use their troop money to buy and donate food to our Tamanend Cooking for the Community Club and our food pantry! The Tamanend Cooking for the Community meets after school and is run by Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Mrs. Kim Hein.

MBIT Information Session for 9th Graders

During 7th period on Wednesday, October 30th in the Auditorium, there will be a meeting for all 9th Graders interested in learning about high school programs offered by Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT). Topics will include information about their various programs, details for their upcoming Open House for students and parents/guardians, and the application process.

9th Grade Students: If you are interested in attending this informational session, please complete this MBIT Interest Form.

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.

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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Reminder--Help Tamanend Honor Veterans in Our Community

As Veterans Day approaches, Tamanend Middle School would like to honor those who have served our country. On Monday, November 11th we will hold our Veterans Day Assembly. We would like this presentation to be meaningful, not just for our students, but also for local veterans in our community. As such, if you have the email addresses of friends and/or family who have served in the armed forces who may be interested in joining us that morning, please send this information to Jeff Klein (jklein@cbsd.org) by November 1st. Thank you.

Reminder--American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is hosting an upcoming blood drive at Tamanend Middle School! Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Tamanend Middle School
Room Name: Cafeteria
Date: Mon Oct 28, 2019
Time: 03:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Amanda Higgins
Click here to make an appointment

Thank you for helping to save lives!

Reminder--JDRF One Walk--October 27

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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: Reading for Pleasure

Edutopia offers this interesting article on the importance of reading for pleasure.

What We're Talking About at Tamanend:

Advisory Lessons for next week include:

All Grades--Red Ribbon Week activities. Students will engage in discussions and activities related to the theme of staying drug free.


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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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.

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.


Reminder--Run for the Heart 5K

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Our Run for the Heart 5K is held annually in memory of two CB South students who passed away as students while at South. Caroline Gallagher and Steve Grabowski were dynamic students who added to the CB South community on a daily basis. We hold the 5K to remember them and all proceeds are donated to CHOP’s cardiac unit to help prevent pediatric cardiac events.


Community Connections at Tamanend with Superintendent Dr. John Kopicki

Community Connections at Tamanend with Superintendent Dr. John Kopicki will be held on Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 PM. This meeting is intended for information gathering and feedback and will be conducted by the superintendent in each of our district's schools. Central Bucks parents and guardians are encouraged to take part in these frank conversations about the present and future of Central Bucks' schools, conducted in a casual, intimate setting. Questions may be directed to Angela Linch, communications and public relations administrator, at alinch@cbsd.org or by calling 267-893-2073. Learn more about Community Connections by clicking here.

Reminder--Bucks County Student Arts Expo--November 6

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Reminder--MBIT Open House

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) is celebrating its 50th anniversary. An open house will be held on November 21. CB students can attend MBIT in grades 10-12. MBIT offers a variety of high quality programs and career paths.
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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.


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

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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Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award!

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.

The chosen Asset for October is #18: Youth Programs—recognizing a young person who spends 3 or more hours per week in sports, clubs or organizations at school or in the community. Please submit your nomination through this link. All nominations are due by Friday, 10/18. We will announce our building winner and acknowledge all winners on Tuesday, 10/22 during Advisory.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Connell at gconnell@cbsd.org

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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

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop:

  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card that gives money to the school you designate every time you shop. Use this link to select Tamanend as your A+ school after August 15th of the new school year.
  • Clip and send in box tops to the attention of NJHS.

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 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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