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November 6, 2020

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CHAMPIONS!

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Field Hockey Team for their Championship win over Holicong on Wednesday! We are very proud of your hard work, dedication, and positive mindset.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

End of 1st Marking Period--Tuesday, November 10

Early Dismissal--Tuesday, November 10

Veteran's Day Presentation (to be presented virtually)--Wednesday, November 11

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 PM via Teams. Click here for link.

Parent Council--Thursday, November 19 at 9:00 AM via Teams. Click here for link.

MBIT Preview Presentation for 9th Graders--Tuesday, November 17 via Teams during 9th Grade Resource

MBIT (Middle Bucks Institute of Technology) Open House--Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 (link to be posted at www.mbit.org

Tamanend Student Picture Day--Tuesday, December 8 (Hybrid 1) and Friday, December 11 (Hybrid 2) or any time by appointment by calling 215-345-1851 or emailing candcphotostudios@verizon.net

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the 8th grade field hockey team for winning the Central Bucks postseason tournament championship by defeating Holicong in a very well-played 1-0 game at CB South’s stadium on Wednesday!
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Varsity tennis teams who traveled to East and West to participate in the Championship matches earlier this week. It was a chilly, windy day, but the Tigers fought and held their own against tough opponents from across the district. A special shout out to 8th grader Mitchell R. who made it to the 2nd day of CHAMPS and played in the semi-final. It was a great day to end the tennis season! Tamanend is very proud of you! Great job!

INFORMATION:

  • All 7th and 8th Grade girls interested in playing basketball for Tamanend this year must have their registration on Family ID completed by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 11th. On Thursday the 12th, information that pertains to tryouts and the season will be distributed. That information will only be sent to those who are registered in Family ID. Tryouts will be held from 2:45-4:30 on Monday, November 16th through Wednesday, November 18th.
  • REMINDER: Winter sports--GIRLS BASKETBALL, WRESTLING--will begin in mid-November. (Boys Basketball will begin in January.) Details about the upcoming winter season will be provided over the next few weeks. If you are interested in participating, 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. Family ID opened for registration on October 25th.
  • Students interested in wrestling are invited to watch the team’s 2020-2021 Promotional Video
  • REMINDER: Please keep in mind that students must go home at the end of the school day. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and parent/guardian to coordinate transportation back to school on days of practices/games, as well as for away games.
  • REMINDER: Attendance at any event is subject to appropriate behavior and adherence to CBSD athletic and districtwide health and safety plans. Anyone who refuses to adhere to guidelines will be asked to leave campus.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • There will be a voluntary open workout held on Wednesday, November 11th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at CB South Main Gym for any 9th grade athlete interested in participating in boys basketball. Student-athletes must be registered on Family ID prior to participating in any voluntary workouts and complete the CBSD COVID-19 screening survey by 12:00pm the day of the workout in order to be eligible to attend the voluntary workout. Please reach out to Coach Campbell with any questions (jkcampbell@cbsd.org ). Register on Family ID: https://cbsathletics.com/main/otherad/contentID/49917319. Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey
  • If you are interested in Winter Track & Field, contact Coach Gable, jgable@cbsd.org, for info. The deadline to join is Friday Nov. 13th.

COVID-19 Screenings for 7th & 8th Grade Athletes

All 7th and 8th Grade Tamanend athletes are reminded to complete the COVID-19 screening each day they have a game or practice. Click HERE to access the screening.

TAMANEND FEATURES

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 October, the asset was safety—recognizing a young person who “feels safe at home, at school and in the neighborhood.” We had 10 nominations. Now we would like to highlight our building winner, 7th Grade student, Hannah Kauffman.


Hannah is described by her teachers as someone who is diligent, someone who is happy to make lemonade out of lemons, and someone who is a model for other students. The safety restrictions due to COVID-19 have caused everyone to look at safety differently, but the following story about Hannah shows how she has shined during this difficult time. For band class, all students who play a woodwind or brass instruments need to "build" instrument specific PPE to play in class. In the same way that we are all wearing masks, students have been tasked with making "masks" for their instruments. Hannah came in with hers and not only was it constructed impeccably well, but she also took time to decorate and personalize it. When she showed the class her flute face shield and flute key jacket, they had various interests of hers that made the PPE truly "her own." Other students noticed and started to add decorate and personalize their PPE’s too. Not only is Hannah keeping everyone safe, but she showed her peers how being safe can be a super cool thing to do.


Congratulations to Hannah and all the following nominees: Alyssa Cohen, Avery Curtis, Mia Klein, Bryce Levinson, Keith McGovern II, Lane McLaughlin, Avery Merz, Brianna Potts, Zachary Schwabe

Reminder--Tamanend to Honor Veterans in Our Community

On Wednesday, November 11th we will hold our Veterans Day Assembly virtually. We are looking forward to honoring veterans in our community, in our school, and in our families!

Reminder--Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2020. Any exam given since September 1, 2019 is acceptable. Please email your dental form to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976.

Congratulations, Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Halloween Costume Contest this year, both in person and virtually! We had so many incredible and creative entries and the competition was tough. A special thank you to Rachel D., Heera K., Sam S. and Samantha T. who helped facilitate the contest. Congratulations to all of the winners from Student Council!


Funniest: Avery M. as an octopus

Most Original: Tyler P. as Mr. Clean

Most Athletic: Bryce L. as Mr. Fantasy Football

Most Elegant: Emma D. as a winged creature

Best Group: Rachel D., Heera K., and Sam T. as Clueless characters

Best Character: Charlotte B. as Wednesday Adams

Greg M. as Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda

Andrew G. as the Mayhem guy from All State commercials

Best Decorated Face Mask: Paloma S., Harrison T., Gabby C., Griffin B., Bobby J.

Reminder--Freshman Baby Pictures for 2020-2021 Yearbook

The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors opened a website to upload 9th Grade baby pictures for the 2020-2021 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 click here to learn more.

Reminder--Order Your Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2020-2021 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2021 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 Student Picture Days

Tamanend Student Picture Days are scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th (for Hybrid 1 students) and Friday, December 11th (for Hybrid 2 students). Parents/guardians of 100% online students can call C&C Studios at 215-345-1851 or email candcphotostudios@verizon.net to schedule their appointment. Once your appointment has been made, we will email you the paperwork (Picture Order Form and Covid-19 Consent Form) needed to be filled out brought in at the time of your appointment. Please note that parent(s)/guardian(s) of Hybrid students may also make an appointment to have their child's picture taken at the studio if they don't wish to wait until the in-person dates in December.

Should you wish to make an appointment for any other children that may attend high school or elementary school please feel free to do so. All scheduled appointments will be given ample time to provide the utmost customer service and the time allotted will be based on the number of students per family being photographed.

Please note that in studio appointments will not be available for purchase online.

All questions will be answered directly by C&C Studios at 215-345-1851 or email candcphotostudios@verizon.net. For a copy of our Covid-19 Safety Protocol, please email us at the above email address and we send you one.

Reminder--Tamanend Parent Book Club

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2015) by Danah Boyd. The book describes how social media impacts teenagers and how they connect with the world around them. 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 and joys of raising adolescents. The first meeting will be held on November 12 at 6:30 via Teams. Click here to read more about the Parent Book Club. Click here to join the meeting.

Reminder--Mock Trial Team for 9th Graders

Do you want to improve your speaking and analysis skills? Do you like exploring legal issues of everyday events? Or, just want to spend some time hanging out with Mr. Sterner and Mr. Heisey? We are pleased to offer the Mock Trial Club at Tamamend for any interested 9th graders. It’s a great way to learn about the legal profession and debate your way through an actual case as either a lawyer or a witness, as well as build your skills for future participation and competition at CB South. Please e-mail Mr. Heisey (jheisey@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) if you are interested. Thank you!

Reminder--Tamanend Today Club

While we can’t currently run Tamanend Today, our live weekly TV show, we are still seeking interested students who enjoy broadcast media and video production. We have some ideas for production until we can go live again, and we would like your ideas for when we can go live. Until then, join us and be a part of producing meaningful, pre-recorded broadcasts and features. If media production is your thing, please reach out via e-mail to Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) or Mr. Landis (mdlandis@cbsd.org) to be part of our Tamanend Today Club! Thank you!

Reminder--Roaring Voices Review (Tamanend's Literary Magazine)

Do you like having an impactful voice through writing, art, and/or photography? Then please join us as part of Roaring Voices Review, Tamanend’s own literary magazine. Please let Mrs. Mancini (lmancini@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) know if you are interested via e-mail, and we will alert you to our first meeting. Thank you!

FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT

9th Grade Chorus put together a Halloween-Themed Virtual Pops Concert (a video compilation) that will "premiered" Friday, October 30. Click here to watch. Enjoy!

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

Teachers will be taking attendance every class period during hybrid learning. If your child is unable to participate in hybrid learning during all or part of the day due to illness or medical appointment, please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Please note for Hybrid students: If your child is participating online from home due to illness on a day he or she is scheduled to be in the building, please contact Attendance. Your child will receive Attendance credit for participating online that day if he/she is logging on to Teams calls and participating in classes.

Screening and Self-Reporting

One of the most important things everyone, students and staff, can do is stay home when they are sick. Families will monitor their child daily for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day. As always, any student who becomes ill while in school will visit the nurse. It is also critically important for every one to self-report if they have had known, direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they may not return to school until the following three criteria are met:


  • isolation restrictions dictated by the Bucks County Department of Health are lifted, AND
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, OR if asymptomatic, 10 days since the date of their positive test, AND
  • once they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication


The individual will need to report directly to the health suite upon returning to school to be evaluated by the school nurse. A"flowchart," found below, has been prepared to help families determine when to send their child to school.

What to Do If Your Child Is Sick

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Reminder--Please Update Emergency & Census Information in Parent Portal

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to update emergency and census information in Parent Portal. This takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
  • Media Release Preferences

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one. If you need help with your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this important information!

Reminder--Students Should Check Outlook Email Daily

A reminder that students should check their Outlook email daily for important reminders and information from teachers. This is another great way to stay connected.

Reminder--AM and PM Traffic Flow

Please help us to control the flow of traffic for car riders during drop-off and pick-up. If possible, please consider entering the Tamanend parking lot from the Kelly Road side of the property. If you are coming from Bristol Road, please drive past the school and make a safe u-turn farther down Stuckert Road. Then, form a single-file line on the shoulder so that you will be making a right turn into the parking lot. Trying to make a left turn can back up traffic and can delay buses and dismissal. Although the line may look long, everyone clears out safely by 1:25pm. Thanks for your help!

Want To Learn the Latest About Hybrid Learning?

Click here to visit the Tamanend Hybrid Learning Quick Reference Guide.


Click here to read the 2020-2021 CB Return to School Guide.

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Reminder--MBIT (Middle Bucks Institute of Technology) Open House

MBIT will hold a virtual house on Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 (link to be posted at www.mbit.org In advance of MBIT’s Open House, all 9th Grade students will view an MIBT presentation during their resource period on Tuesday, November 17th via Teams. Topics will include information about their various programs, details for their upcoming Open House, and the application process.
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Guidance Sparks

“The greatest gift parents can give their children is to help them discover their purpose and passion”, states Peter Benson a leading authority on childhood and adolescence and the author of Sparks. This can be an overwhelming challenge in today’s difficult world. Over the past 2 years, school counselors from all building levels in CBSD have developed a K-12 Guidance Plan. Brainstorming, stake-holder involvement, creative planning, goal setting and implementation continue to be part of this. The Plan includes what is currently part of our academic, social/emotional guidance curriculum and in this evolving process we will try to meet the variety of needs of our students and school community. We invite you to share in our continued learning on how to inspire passion and purpose. Articles, videos, and documents will be shared in your school newsletter on a regular basis. Look for the SPARKS picture like the one above. We hope you find this information beneficial to you and your family. We appreciate your time and involvement in the education of all our students.

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

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FROM OUR LIBRARY

Reminder--Tamanend Library is Here for All Your Reading Needs!

All students have full access to all books in the Tamanend Library and to SORA, our digital collection. If you would like to check out a book, please watch the following videos in your Library Canvas Course to see how to access both physical and digital books. Books will be delivered to classrooms for Hybrid students and Online students can pick their books up in the front lobby of Tamanend!

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FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Technology Support

The Innovation and Technology Department has created this webpage to explain the many ways to access technology support.

https://www.cbsd.org/Page/63431

Reminder--9th-12th Grade Student Technology Toolkit

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FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Reminder--Required Immunizations

The current immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:


Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the following vaccines:

· 4 doses DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 4 doses Polio (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 2 doses MMR – measles, mumps, rubella

· 3 doses Hepatitis B

· 2 doses Varicella (chicken pox)

Children entering 7th grade are also required to have:

· 1 dose Meningococcal Conjugate (meningitis)

· 1 dose Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis

To check the immunization status of your student, go to the Portal and click on the Health tab.

Please email proof of new vaccinations to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

Reminder--Breakfast and Lunch Available for Free to All Students

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The Central Bucks School District and Aramark are committed to providing every student with the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious meals they can enjoy at no charge. No applications are needed! Breakfast bags will be available for daily grab and go pick up in the morning in the Cafeteria. Grab a breakfast bag and start your day off by fueling your body or hold onto it and enjoy at the designated snack period. Lunch will be available to grab and go at dismissal from the Cafeteria. On Tuesdays and on Fridays, students may take home Breakfast and Lunches for the three school days they are learning online from home. Parents can also pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 at one of three locations:

CB West Visitor Entrance

CB South Gymnasium Entrance

CB East Main Office Entrance

Reminder--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.

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

Reminder--Coats for Our Kids

If you would like a free, new winter coat for your child, please email Jeff Klein jklein@cbsd.org or Brian Caughie bcaughie@cbsd.org and we will provide you with one through the program below.
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Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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CB CARES

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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 9am

This is an online event.

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. At this time, Parent Council meetings are being held virtually. Please click here to join the meeting through Teams.

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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