Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

April 24, 2020

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Lighting Up Tamanend Blue for Autism Awareness

A huge THANK YOU to all of the Tamanend staff and students who participated in "Lighting Up Tamanend Blue" on Tuesday, April 21. Through the sales of our Tambucks Café t-shirts we raised over $400 for Autism Cares.

Distance Learning Resources and Reminders

Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page

A reminder that you can find Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page here. This page includes links to each teacher's distance learning page, the Phase Two class schedule, etiquette for online Teams meetings, and more. It also has a link to our Nurse's distance learning page, our Librarian's distance learning page, and our Guidance counselors' distance learning page.


See Many Highlights from our Distance Learning Program During the Week on Twitter

You can also follow us on Twitter for distance learning highlights @CBTamanendMS.


Grab & Go Free Lunch Program

During the district-wide closure associated with COVID-19, the Central Bucks School District has put the following procedures into place in order to provide lunch for all students. Your child does not have to participate in the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program to receive grab & go free lunches. Lunch is available for pickup between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Tamanend students at CB South High School (Mondays and Thursdays) and at Barclay Elementary School (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays).


Assistance with Resources

If your family needs assistance with resources during this difficult time, please contact one of the following staff members. We have been working hard to develop a network of resource providers to help with any need:

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

Please note: Every Wednesday at 4:00 we will hold the CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary. Please feel free to stop by if you need assistance with food.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

PLEASE NOTE: School is closed for the rest of the academic year.; Distance Learning (Phase Two) Remains in Place.

Tamanend Virtual Cabaret--Friday, April 24 at 7:00 PM

CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School--open to anyone who needs assistance with food at this time--Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00 PM

Last Day to Order Yearbook (yearbooks must be ordered online)--Friday, May 8

Parent Book Club--Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 PM (virtually, via Teams)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • All Spring sports in Central Bucks have been cancelled. Please see below for the latest press release from PIAA.
  • For a list of Frequently Asked Questions published by PIAA, please click HERE.
  • Please see below for information about home workouts through Nike Training Club.
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TAMANEND FEATURES

Last Day to Order This Year's Yearbook is May 8--Orders Must Be Place Online

All yearbooks will be mailed home directly by the yearbook company. Yearbooks MUST be ordered online. This is a change from our regular practice—in typical years, we order extra yearbooks that we sell in the building at the end of the school year. We cannot do this this time. Therefore, we are extending online ordering to Friday, May 8. To order a yearbook, click here. If you need to check to see if you placed a yearbook order, please email Kristen Gerth at kgerth@cbsd.org. We want to make sure that every student who would like a yearbook, regardless of financial situation, gets a yearbook. If your child would like a yearbook and you are experiencing a financial difficulty at this time, please email one of the following staff members and we will make sure a yearbook is sent to your home: Brian Caughie, Kyle Dudley, Jeff Klein, Mandy Cammann, Lauren Myrtetus.

American Cancer Society to Hold Virtual Relay Event

Mark your calendar and make a difference! This Saturday, April 25 at 4pm, the American Cancer Society is hosting Relay USA, an exciting virtual Relay experience that anyone, anywhere can join! Relay USA will feature the traditional elements of Relay we love – opening ceremony, survivor lap, caregiver recognition, and a luminaria ceremony – in an all-virtual experience. While COVID-19 has brought a level of uncertainty to events across the nation, Relay USA is our opportunity to stand together even when we are apart. Click here to find out more and to watch Relay USA! You can also join the Relay USA Facebook Event to stay connected and up-to-date.

Tamanend to Hold Another Virtual Coffeehouse on Friday, April 24

Eighty members of the Tamanend community came together last Wednesday evening to enjoy great performances by fourteen student performers in Tamanend’s Corona Cabaret. Our next Cabaret will be on Friday, April 24th at 7:00 PM. Rumor has it they’ll be some teacher acts as well! Details for these events can be found on Mr. Sanchez’ website.

Next Tamanend Parent Book Club is May 13 (Virtually, Through Teams)

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 Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 PM, virtually through Teams: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting Please click here for more information about the Tamanend Parent Book Club.

Tamanend National Junior Honors Society Members Continue to Spread Positivity

Tamanend National Junior Honor Society members are continuing to lead even though we can’t be together. NJHS members are spreading positivity in various ways throughout our community. A few examples of what they are doing to brighten other people’s day are included below.

We’d love to see all Tamanend students spread positivity! We know TMS students have a lot of good vibes to share! If you do something to spread positivity, let us know! Take a picture or video and email it Señora Mars (mmars@cbsd.org) or Señora Murray (emurray@cbsd.org).

Reminder--Tamanend Students Launch Warwick Memorial Park Bricks Project

Two Tamanend 8th Graders, Julianna Smith and Andela Dozier, from Girl Scouts Troop 21638 have come up with the idea to build a walkway up to the flagpole at Warwick Memorial Park. They are asking people to purchase a brick because they feel that on the walkway, people should be able to show their support to the veterans at this memorial park. The girls are building this walkway for their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout cadet can achieve. It gives the girls a chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. To purchase a brick or get more information go to https://wmpbricks.wixsite.com/wmpbricks.

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FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

  • Current 9th Grade Students and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2023: During the months of January and February, 9th Grade students completed their program planning for the 2020-21 school year. Verification Reports are now available to students and parents. Students can request a change by emailing their counselor directly. Instructions on how to access Verification Reports on the portal are below. April 27th is the last day students may change course requests for next year. Students should look over their course verifications carefully to confirm the courses they previously requested are accurate and sequentially appropriate. We understand that some students might need more time to determine their readiness for the next course in sequence. We would encourage students to have an open discussion with their teachers about recommendations/course placements for next year. At the end of the school year if a student feels they need to make a level adjustment to their requests, they should discuss this with their teacher AND email their counselor before the last day of school. However, changes to electives cannot be made after April 27th .

INSTRUCTIONS for Accessing Verification Reports:

  • Login to either the parent or student portal (https://centralbuckspa.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/cbsd.jsp)
  • Click on “More” option
  • Click “Backpack”
  • Click the “+” next to the folder “MS Course Verification” or “HS Course Verification”
  • The report will generate a PDF document
  • IMPORTANT: Please check the box at the top of the document, acknowledging that you have viewed your child’s Verification Report. This does not mean that changes can’t still be made. Changes can be made by contacting your child’s counselor by April 27th
  • Please continue to check the Guidance Web Site for information, resources, and lessons regarding the Coronavirus.

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

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

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

FROM OUR NURSE'S OFFICE

Visit Our Nurse's Office Distance Learning Page!

Central Bucks School District is closely monitoring the CDC’s recommendations as well as those from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Bucks County Health Department. You may review the latest recommendations from the CDC on their website at www.cdc.gov. At this time, the best advice is to practice the same common-sense preventative measures that are recommended every cold and flu season, including proper hand washing and staying home when sick.

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FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Distance Learning Technical Support

  • Logging in to Laptops: Students will use their FULL CB email address: (lastname.firstinitial###@student.cbsd.org) & password to log into the laptop. Your classroom teacher can help you with the log-in information. You can also email our support team.

  • Updating Devices: To allow your computer to be completely up to date after the handout, CBSD will be sending updates to the computers that could cause a random restart. Please make sure to have autosave turned on by creating new documents through Office 365 on the web so you do not lose work.


  • Device Having Issues: Restarting your computer will solve many computer issues. Please restart twice before reaching out for tech support. Click here to submit a Help Ticket.

  • Broken Hardware: We will attempt to have frequent drive through hardware support for our staff and students. In the event that device peripherals (pens, chargers, batteries, etc.) stop working or need replacement, families and staff do not need to purchase them through MyPaymentsPlus at this time. These devices can be bought directly from Amazon or a retailer of your choosing. A list of supplies can be found here: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/5150

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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

CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School is Open Every Wednesday at 4:00

The CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School is open every Wednesday at 4:00. Barclay Elementary School is located at 2015 Palomino Drive in Warrington. Please stop by if you need assistance with food at this time. We offer free produce, dairy products, bread and other food items.

Reminder--Internet Essentials from Comcast is Now Free For Two Months For New Customers

Click here to find out more about low-cost internet from Comcast Essentials. In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service.

Reminder--Workshops for Issues Impacting Children

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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

Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Award

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award 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.

Thank you for all of your amazing submissions. We have had four district winners so far! Ethan Cunningham was a district winner in November, Brett Barrett was a district winner in December, Heera Kalidindi was the winner for January and Marielle Mauri was the winner for February. Thank you for all of your support and let’s keep this streak going!

Nominations for April's Boomerang Asset are due by Thursday, 05/07. The chosen for April is Asset #25: Reading for Pleasure. Recognizing a young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends. Please submit your nomination through this link.

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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.

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.

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

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