Tamanend Connections

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October 19, 2018

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Please note that any item beginning with "Reminder" appeared in the previous newsletter. You can reference current and past editions of this newsletter under "School Links" on our website.
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Magazine Sale Incentive Day

On Tuesday, October 16th, Tamanend celebrated its annual Magazine Sale Incentive Day. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our amazing students who sold magazine orders and cookie dough to help our school! Your fundraising efforts are truly appreciated! Students who sold at least 12 orders were treated to a limousine ride and a special lunch at the Dairy Queen in Doylestown. In addition, students who sold 5 orders or more spent the end of their school day at our BINGO party! They had so much fun and the prizes were awesome!

Parent Conferences

In middle school, parents/guardians may request a conference with a teacher at any time. During the month of November, grade-level teams set aside specific times for conferences. Please see details below for each grade level. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's team leader should you have any questions regarding parent conferences.

7th Grade November Parent Conferences

Legacy Team Leader: MRS. LISA MANCINI lmancini@cbsd.org

Journey Team Leader: MS. MARIA VITACCO mvitacco@cbsd.org

The 7th Grade official conference day is November 9, although some conferences will be scheduled as early as November 1. It is important that students join the conferences so that their insights and questions are heard. For middle school conferences, teachers might contact parents/guardians to schedule, or parents/guardians may request a conference. If you would like a conference to discuss your student’s progress in school, please email your student’s team leader to schedule a time to meet. If teachers do not request a conference, and you do not have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, then a conference is not necessary at this time. However, if at any time throughout the year you have questions or concerns, please contact us so that we can work together to ensure your student’s success.

8th Grade November Parent Conferences

Polaris Team Leader: MRS. DANIELLE MAGLIOZZO dmagliozzo@cbsd.org

Journey Team Leader: MS. SUSAN ROTH sroth@cbsd.org

The 8th Grade conference dates are November 9 and November 20, and the 8th Grade teams will email parents/guardians to request conferences. We ask that students attend any scheduled conferences so they can be a part of the discussion. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please email your child’s team leader.

9th Grade November Parent Conferences

Freshmen Team Leaders: MRS. ANGELA CORSINO lcorsino@cbsd.org & MRS. LORI MARANO lmarano@cbsd.org

The 9th Grade conference day is scheduled for November 9, 2018 from 12:00 until 3:00. For 9th Grade conferences, teachers might contact parents/guardians to schedule, or parents/guardians may request a conference. To schedule conferences, you will receive an email with details on how to sign up for a conference time that is convenient for you. If teachers do not request a conference, and you do not have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, then a conference is not necessary at this time.

Ancient Civilizations Social Pyramid Jenga

Mrs. Stryjak's and Mrs. Reitz's 7th Grade Social Studies classes recently joined together to participate in the 10th Annual Ancient Civilizations Social Pyramid simulation. The teachers guided students through a variety of scenarios that explored the impact of specific social classes on ancient civilizations.

Reminder--Ryan's Story--Anti-Bullying & Suicide Prevention Assembly and Evening Parent Program

Tamanend Middle School takes proactive steps to curb bullying, problem that is found in schools everywhere. We have recruited Mr. John Halligan to conduct a presentation on October 25, 2018 for our students. He will relay his own tragic experience as a Dad whose 13 year old son took his own life in 2003, after incessant bullying by peers since the 5th grade, both in school and online. Mr. Halligan further shares that Ryan wrestled with underlying mental health issues and depression and that these factors contributed to Ryan’s vulnerability and ultimate suicide. His story is riveting and powerful, and reminds students that there is a face, a person, a heart, on the other end of the screen.

His presentation will begin with a short video collection of home movie clips and still

pictures of Ryan. John will then begin to tell the story of Ryan and the factors that led up

to his son’s suicide. The students will gain a perspective from inside a family of a child

who is a victim of bullying and cyber bullying. They will also gain awareness about the

signs and risk of teenage suicide and how best to help a friend. As part of Mr. Halligan’s

presentation, students will have the chance to ask him questions. We encourage you to visit a website named for his son: http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/ for more information. In addition, we will hold a parent presentation by Mr. Hannigan at Klinger Middle School in Southampton on October 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This parent presentation is open to all Klinger Middle School and Tamanend Middle School parents.

Reminder--Help Us Recognize Veterans in our Community

As Veterans Day approaches, Tamanend Middle School would like to honor those who have served our country. On Monday, November 12th 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 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.

October's Featured Teacher--Mrs. Hein

Mrs. Hein, Tamanend’s FCS Teacher, has been teaching for 5 years (4 years at Tamanend) and loves to work with her students. She has taught grades 7-12. Mrs. Hein’s hobbies include cooking, traveling, and reading. Mrs. Hein is married and has three daughters plus two dogs and three cats! Mrs. Hein’s favorite places to travel are to Italy, France and Hersey Park. Her favorite food is pasta and her favorite color is purple. If your favorite genre of music is pop, you have something in common with Mrs. Hein! Mrs. Hein loves the book series Shopaholics. When Mrs. Hein retires, she can see herself living somewhere warm and next to a beach. Well that’s it for this month’s Feature Teacher!

Submitted by Paige S.

Grade 8

Reminder--The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is November 7

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading Raising Kids to Thrive (2015) by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD. The book describes "the Lighthouse Parenting Strategy" in which parents balance unconditional love and high expectations with the goal of raising resilient and happy children. 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.

Meetings are held at 6:30 in the Tamanend Library

Click here for further information, dates, and book information.

Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating.

Support a Former Tamanend Tiger in the K-9 Law Enforcement Contest

Lower Makefield Township Police Officer Jason Landis is a proud 2000 Tamanend Middle School graduate. The Lower Makefield K-9 Unit responds to jobs throughout the county when requested by other police departments. K-9 Titan is an explosive detection dog who is utilized during situations when a bomb sweep of a building is deemed necessary. Officer Landis and K-9 Titan are entered in a nationwide contest to win a brand new fully equipped K-9 Chevy Tahoe police vehicle a value of $50,000.00. Click here to vote for Officer Landis and K-9 Titan. Individuals may make one vote every 24 hours.

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News from the Athletic Department

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. These items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE.

For students trying out for GIRLS BASKETBALL and students planning to WRESTLE: please register on Family ID as soon as possible as tryouts begin on November 5 for Girls' Basketball and wrestling begins later in November.

Upcoming Musical Auditions

Tamanend Players will be holding auditions for this year’s musical in November. In order to find out all you need to know, including dance moves, lines, songs, and important dates, plan to stay after school until 4:15 on MONDAY, OCTOBER 29. Students with Fall sports conflicts on that day should plan to see Mrs. Reitz in Consult on Tuesday, October 30. Curious about which show we’re going to perform this year? Stay tuned for an exciting announcement soon!

8th Grade Field Trip--November 13

The 8th Grade will be traveling to historic Philadelphia on November 13th! The central mission of the trip is to have students explore the brand new Museum of the American Revolution. There, they will learn about the battles and people of the Revolution from trained staff, touch a piece of the last living Liberty Tree, smell the tea dumped into the Boston Harbor, and experience the smoke and confusion of a Revolutionary Battlefield. Students will then explore the city, make speeches at Independence Hall, Christ’s Church and Franklin Court. If time allows, they will stop at the Liberty Bell, The President’s House, or that pretzel truck on Arch Street, not to mention grab a cheese steak from a food truck! Permission slip information was sent out earlier this week by your child’s Social Studies teacher. We're excited for a great trip!

Successful Blood Drive

The Tamanend Community Service Club partnered with the American Red Cross for a successful blood drive! We collected 31 pints of blood, saving the lives of 93 people. Thank you to everyone who took the time to donate.

Reminder--Tamanend Gear for Sale

Caldwell's in Doylestown is now offering Tamanend Gear. Screen printed orders should be submitted within the next two weeks. Embroidered order may be submitted at any time. Caldwell's will be creating a section for Tamanend products in their Doylestown store in approximately three weeks. For parents who asked about purchasing CB South gear, the order form is below.
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Reminder--School Store is Open

The Tamanend School Store is open for business! We have many new items this year. For example, we are selling microfiber cloths that can be used for cleaning laptop screens. Stop by the School Store during Resource.

Reminder--Early-Bird Online Discount for Tamanend Yearbook

From now until December 31, 2018 the price of the Tamanend yearbook is $35. After December 31, the price will be $40. To take advantage of these early-bird online yearbook specials, click here.

Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Coats for Kids Drive

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Reminder--Please Update Student Emergency & Information Form Online if You Haven't Yet Done So

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form.

This year, we are asking that you complete your family’s Student Emergency & Information Form online as soon as possible. (Please note that this is in addition to the emergency dismissal form completed at the building level).

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

Click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the Census Verification form.

Thank you for taking the time to update this important information.


For detailed information about this process, including a User Guide, please click here.

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one.

If you need help filling out the online form, email or call Lori Rebstock.

If you need technical support, please email parentportal@cbsd.org.

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CB Cares--Boomerang Award

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Parent Council

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

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.

Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School

We value and appreciate parent participation and involvement at Tamanend Middle School. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities. The access code is TMS

Reminder--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.

Reminder--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.

Share Good News About Tamanend Students

Tamanend students accomplish amazing things and 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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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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