September 17, 2021
CRUSHING STIGMA: BUILDING MENTAL HEALTH FOR LIFE
This event will feature a keynote presentation designed to educate attendees on the stigma that surrounds mental health, while empowering and instilling hope. Two panel discussions will also take place: "Navigating the System," presented by CBSD social workers, and "From the Experts: Mental Health and Wellness," featuring a team of mental health and educational experts who will share supports and insight on mental health and wellness. More than 20 local mental health service providers will also be on site. Visit www.CBSD.org/crushingstigma_register to get event updates, reminders, and to register for childcare if needed. Open to students and adults.
CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE
National Constitution Day--Friday, September 17
Student Council Officer Elections--Monday, September 20
Picture Day--Tuesday, September 21
7th Grade Back to School Night--Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 PM
Magazine Drive Begins--Friday, September 24
9th Grade Pops Concert--Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 PM
8th & 9th Grade Back to School Night--Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 PM
Fall Dance--Friday, October 1 at 7:30 PM
Player’s Buddies: Volunteer Opportunity to Work with Students with Special Needs and Local Soccer Organization
PA Rush Soccer is looking for individuals that would like to join our program to be a Buddy. Buddies are boys and girls ages 8+. Buddies will work with our players with special needs, taking directions from our trainers, assisting the players with staying on task and offering guidance. Participating as a Buddy can earn you community service hours. There is no charge to be a Buddy.
Our goal is to grow the program into a Special Needs league where the players that are able will compete against other clubs. Any questions about the program, please contact: Betsy Grove firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamanend is excited to partner again with ATI for Athletic Training. Please click HERE for a letter from Jimmy Fynes, our certified athletic trainer.
- 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:
- Attention all girls in Grades 9-12 interested in playing softball for CB South in Spring 2022: Voluntary Fall workouts will begin on Monday, September 20, from 3:15 - 4:45 and will take place every Monday and Wednesday through the end of October at the Varsity Field at CB South. Players must bring their own gloves, bats, helmets, and cleats. 9th Graders must find their own transportation to and from the workouts (it's OK to arrive later than 3:15). Check the Central Bucks South Softball Facebook and Twitter pages for announcements regarding cancellations due to inclement weather. If you have any questions contact Coach Rosini at email@example.com.
UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS
Welcoming Our New Tamanend Tigers
Tamanend Today (Our Live TV Show) Interest Meeting on Monday, September 20
Tamanend's Literary Magazine--The Roaring Voices Review Kicks Off on Tuesday, September 21
Tamanend Art Club to Kick Off Regular Meetings
STEM Club Interest Meeting
There will be a STEM Club interest meeting on Tuesday, September 28th during Advisory in the Cafeteria. Please make sure to check in with your Advisory teacher before reporting to the cafeteria. If you are unable to make the meeting but are interested in participating in STEM club, you can reach out to Mrs. Brumbaugh (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mrs. Gamble (email@example.com) or Ms. Nagle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Support October 1st Blood Drive in Honor of Tamanend 8th Grader Gregory Matczak
8th Graders to Participate in Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)
Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.
The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible. As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:
- Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.
- The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported.
- The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.
You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: http://episcenter.psu.edu/node/599. For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.pays.pa.gov then click on “2021.”
The survey will be administered during the school day during the Week of October 11 and will take one class period to complete. If you do NOT want your child to participate, please email your request to Mrs. Andrea Consoletti at email@example.com by September 27, 2021.
Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kyle Dudley at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reminder, at this time, students, staff, and visitors must wear masks inside Tamanend. Any mask exemption forms must be submitted to the Main Office in order for a student to be considered mask exempt. Students who are not on the mask exemption list will be reminded that they are required and expected to wear a mask throughout the school day, except when participating in certain activities as outlined in the CBSD Health & Safety plan. Please have a conversation with your student regarding your family's decision related to masking. Thank you!
Reminder--Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Can Sign Up for Email Blast of Tamanend Daily Announcements Starting September 8
If parent(s)/guardian(s) wish to continue receiving the daily announcements via email blast after September 2, 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.
EARN YOUR STRIPES--TAMANEND'S SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT SYSTEM
For the next few weeks, teachers will work on lessons related to appropriate hallway and classroom behavior expectations. You can read more about SWPBIS here.
SWPBIS Hallway Expectations
SWPBIS Classroom Expectations
Advisory is a 19-minute period between 2nd and 3rd periods. The purpose of Advisory is to communicate important information to students, engage in wellness activities, and build strong, positive relationships between students and teachers.
This week in Advisory, teachers continued relationship building activities with their students. They focused on expected behaviors in the Classroom and Hallways. Next week, we will listen to speeches and vote on this year’s Student Council Officers, continue to develop behavior expectations, and have wellness activities scheduled for Friday.
QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND
HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES
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.
You may report your child's absence in any of the following ways:
- Through Parent Portal
- Phone (Attendance hotline): 267-893-2920
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.
Reminder--Middle School Physical Education Attire
Students are not required to purchase a CBSD issued physical education uniform; however, students will be required to change into athletic attire and sneakers to participate safely and practice good hygiene. Student attire must adhere to the dress code guidelines presented in the student handbook. CB locks will still be required to purchase to ensure personal items are secured in a locker. Locks are available for purchase on MyPaymentsPlus.
UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS
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.
Reminder--Empower U: Growing Stronger
Reminder--Healthy Kids Running Series – Get Up and Go!
The Healthy Kids Running Series is returning to Doylestown this Fall! This 5 week running program is for kids ages Pre-K through 8th Grade. Races take place once a week on Sunday afternoons and offer age appropriate running events including the 50 and 75 yard dashes, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run. Every series athlete will receive a Healthy Kids Running Series race shirt. Come on out for a great time supporting a great cause!
Race Dates: Sundays September 12-October 10
Time: 4:00 –5:00 pm
Place: Camp Curiosity, 4425 Landisville Road, Doylestown, PA 18902
Register online at: http://www.healthykidsrunningseries.org/race_locations/doylestown-pa/
Email Ryan at email@example.com with any questions.
FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE
Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal email@example.com
Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor email@example.com
Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
TMS Parent Council
Thursday, Oct. 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.
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Are You Interested in Volunteering at Tamanend? Look for our Volunteer Survey in September.
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.