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November 5, 2021

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Spanish Classes Celebrate Día de los Muertos

This week, Spanish students learned about and celebrated Día de los Muertos. This Mexican holiday is a happy time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The celebration includes costumes, masks, music, and special foods such as sugar skulls and bread of the dead, The 8th grade Spanish students decorated masks. The 9th grade Spanish students created ‘’calaveras de calabaza’’ (pumpkin skulls). Thank you to all our Tamanend families for supporting this fun learning experience!

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

End of 1st Marking Period/Early Dismissal--Friday, November 5 (students are dismissed at 10:450

Veteran's Day Recognition--Thursday, November 11

Tamanend Coffeehouse--Friday, November 12 at 7:30 PM (details below)

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 PM (details below)

Tamanend Parent Council--Thursday, November 18 at 9:00 AM

MBIT Open House--Thursday, November 18 (details below)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Varsity tennis teams who traveled to East and West to participate in the Championship matches last Thursday. It was a beautiful day to play tennis, and the Tigers fought and held their own against tough opponents from across the district. A special shout out to the following players who not only made it to the 2nd day of CHAMPS, but also placed in the finals: Jacob Kotsur (3rd place Singles); Emma Soltys (3rd place Singles); Alaina Ahuja (4th place Singles) and Arathana Alagar Raja/Taryn Kotsur (3rd place Doubles). It was a great day to end the tennis season. Tamanend is very proud of you! Great job!
  • Family ID opened for Winter sports registration on October 1st. This includes girls basketball, wrestling, and boys basketball. All 7th and 8th Grade students interested in playing a Winter sport for Tamanend this year must be registered on the Family ID web site. The deadline for WRESTLING registration is 8:00am on Wednesday, November 10th, and the deadline for BOYS BASKETBALL registration is 8:00am on Wednesday, January 5th. If your child is not registered by those times, you will not receive important concussion information that will only be sent to those who are registered. All student-athletes must have completed PIAA physicals (if playing their first sport of the school year) OR PIAA Recertification (if they played a Fall sport) uploaded to Family ID prior to the start of the Winter sports season. The PIAA physical forms can be found HERE. The PIAA Recertification form can be found HERE. Additional items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page. Tryouts/Practices will begin on the following dates:
    • Wrestling: November 15th
    • Boys Basketball: January 10th
  • If you are interested in becoming part of the Wrestling program, please click HERE for information about the upcoming season.
  • 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:

  • If trying out for a Winter sport, registration on Family ID must be complete by November 5th.
  • CB South 9th grade boys basketball will be hosting open gyms this fall prior to the start of the basketball season. The last one will run from 6:00-7:30 on Thursday Nov. 11. Please bring your own water bottles.

Athletics Schedule

Monday, 11/8

7th Grade Football vs. Unami (Home; 3:15); Chains


NO CONTESTS FOR REMAINDER OF THE WEEK

TAMANEND FEATURES

Enjoy Some Photos from Student Council's Halloween Costume Contest!

Reminder--Help Tamanend Honor Veterans

As Veterans Day approaches, Tamanend Middle School would like to honor those who have served our country. On Thursday, 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).

Reminder--Next Meeting of Tamanend Parent Book Club is November 17

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans (2017) by Josh Shipp which may be purchased on a variety of websites or in bookstores. The book describes the optimal mindsets, conditions, and strategies that help teenagers succeed. This book club will follow a "no-pressure" format in which the facilitator will present a summary of the reading and open the floor for discussion. In addition, we will briefly cover items from our monthly Parent Council meeting for parents who are not able to make these meetings. We will share resources and ideas with the goal of helping the entire Tamanend parent community navigate the challenges and joys of raising adolescents. Parents are welcome to join the group at any time. It is not necessary to read all of the chapters to participate. Please email Dr. Brian Caughie at bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating in all or some of the meetings so that we may prepare. Click here for further information.

Reminder--Yearbook Ordering is Now Open

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2021-2022 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2022 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 $40 (plus tax) from February 1st- April 30th. After this date, we unfortunately cannot guarantee your child will be able to purchase a yearbook at the end of the year. 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.

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FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Tamanend Coffeehouse is November 12

The Tamanend Coffeehouse is FRIDAY, November 12th. Calling all singers, instrumentalists, comedians, poets, actors, and other performers: The Tamanend Coffeehouse may be just the place for you showcase your talents. Tamanend’s Annual Coffeehouse is coming up in a few weeks. On Friday, November 12th, Tamanend performers entertain an audience of family and friends sipping hot beverages and eating yummy treats. Perhaps you can be one of those performers – auditions will be held on Monday, November 1st. Please pick up the audition packet outside of room 201 if you are interested!
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EARN YOUR STRIPES--TAMANEND'S SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

Here are our expectations for appropriate behavior on busses. You can read more about SWPBIS here.

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SWPBIS Bus Expectations

TAMANEND ADVISORY

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.

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Reminder--CB West Harlequin Club to Present Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Tickets for our production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas go on sale this Saturday, October 16th at 8am!

Performances are Thursday, November 18th at 7:00pm, Friday November 19th at 7:00pm and Saturday November 20th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. We invite all Central Bucks staff to purchase tickets at the Student/Senior rate.

Get your tickets to this holiday favorite featuring lots of well-known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano and, of course, White Christmas: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/56597

We will be following all State and District Health and Safety Protocols which currently includes a mask requirement for all audience members. We will also be putting one empty seat between all parties.

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.

FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Student Technology Security Outside of the U.S.

Currently, the Technology and Innovation Department blocks Microsoft Office 365 logins to Outlook, OneDrive, ClassLink, and Canvas from foreign countries. This aids in protecting our CBSD user accounts and organization from malicious computer attacks from outside of the United States.


Students who travel cannot assume their devices will work once they leave the United States. For student out-of-country access requests, please know that access to technology for vacations will not be approved at this time.

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Guidance Information

  • MBIT’s Open House will be held on Thursday, November 18th at 6:00. This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn about and see all of the amazing programs that MBIT has to offer. Please see below or click HERE for specific details. If you would like information via a Zoom session, you can use the same link to access registration.
  • If you are in 9th grade and interested in participating in the “Patriots of the American Revolution” high school essay contest, click here for details.

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Sparks--Career Education Information

Bringing career education and development to our middle school students is one of the primary goals of the district’s K-12 Guidance Plan and of these Sparks articles. Beginning in October, students in Central Bucks will take a new path toward this by the introduction of Smart Futures in the middle schools. Smart Futures is an online career development platform which focuses on grade-specific activities for students and manages the outcomes of the activities in an electronic portfolio which meets the required PA Career Readiness Standards. This replaces Naviance for the middle grades. We introduced Smart Futures this past spring to our elementary students, so the current 7th Graders are already familiar with this program. The activities the students will complete this year will surpass the minimum State requirement and help them build a self-directed career “Game Plan”.

Smart Futures allows students to discover what they like to do, learn about careers they might want to investigate and how to pursue those careers. It even helps them to develop a budget. To learn more about SF, watch this short video and you can always ask your child to log onto SF to see what they are learning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAovnVPPEXc


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

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania with the cooperative support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Health and Welfare. SAP programs provide schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Every secondary school in Central Bucks has a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist students, faculty and family members in identifying problems that impact the student’s ability to function in school. The team can also offer students and their families resources to assist them in alleviating these problems. Click here to read the latest edition of the SAP newsletter.

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FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Reminder--Free COVID-19 Testing

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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.

Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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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

Housing Information

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CB CARES

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Reminder--Required Masking

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--Volunteering at Tamanend

All Central Bucks School District Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the staff, students, sports programs and other activities of our schools.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We are excited to introduce our NEW contactless application and paperwork submission process to our CBSD volunteers. You can now upload your clearances online through our Volunteer Tracker portal. Please click App Garden- Volunteer Tracker to sign-up and review the clearance requirements. Sign-up is required for both New and Returning Volunteers! The Volunteer Tracker will allow you to sign-up for volunteer opportunities specific to your building and/or classroom of choice. You will receive communication via email to update you on the latest upcoming event(s), clearance expiration, and to review your participation level. Clearances and Background Checks are valid for five (5) years. Click here for required documentation and further information.

Reminder--Dropping Off Items For Your Child

It's simple to drop off an item for your child! All you need to do is drop the item in the correct grade-level blue bin in the Lobby of our school. Please make sure your child's name is on the item.

Reminder--If You Bring Your Child To School After 7:30

If you bring your child in late to school, please follow this process:


  • ring bell to come in to Lobby
  • write note
  • send student in to Main Office—parents don’t need to come in the Main Office

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.

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Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

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.

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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

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 dkirkpatrick@cbsd.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

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Can Sign Up for Email Blast of Tamanend Daily Announcements

If parent(s)/guardian(s) wish to receive the daily announcements via email blast, 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.

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 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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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.

How Did We Do This Week?

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Tamanend Middle School

1492 Stuckert Rd.

Warrington, PA 18925

267-893-2900