Tamanend Connections

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June 4, 2021

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Freshman Celebration--Friday, June 4 at 7:30 PM (updated details below)

Freshman Day--Wednesday, June 9 during school day (details below)

Principal's Awards Ceremonies--Monday, June 7; 7th Grade Ceremony @ 6:00 PM, 8th Grade Ceremony @ 7:00 PM; 9th Grade Ceremony @ 8:00 PM (in-person and livestreamed; parents/guardians of award recipients received livestream link via email)

Early Dismissal--Thursday, June 10 (students dismissed at 10:45)

Final Awards/Closing Ceremony--Friday, June 11 during school day

Last Day of School (early dismissal at 10:45)--Friday, June 11

Updated Information about Tonight's Freshman Celebration

Happening Tonight/Updated Information--Freshman Celebration (Friday, June 4 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM). BASED ON THE WEATHER FORECAST, THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD INDOORS. We are holding our Freshman Celebration evening on Friday, June 4 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. Join us for food, fun, a DJ, a movie and memories! Please note that this event is being held in lieu of the traditional semi-formal 9th Grade dance. Casual attire is suggested. The cost is $21 per student. Tickets and permission forms can be found here on MyPaymentsPlus. Please note: As per the school district’s communication dated May 26, 2021: “Outside of the school day, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to mask on our campuses, whether indoors or outside. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask is welcome to do so.” If you are uncomfortable with your child attending this event indoors and have already purchased a ticket, we are happy to provide you with a refund. Please email Mrs. Donna Kirkpatrick at dkirkpatrick@cbsd.org with your request.


Reminder--Laptop Collection for Current 9th Graders

The Technology and Innovation Department is preparing to collect all devices from students in grades K-6, 9, and 12. We hope this device helped your family with increased access to teaching and learning. The Technology and Innovation Department will be using the summer to update and clean these devices. Ninth Graders will be re-issued a laptop in time for 10th Grade.

Return Information:

Tamanend students attending in-person will be handing laptops in at school on June 8 and June 9. Tamanend virtual students will return their laptops on/after the last day of school to the Tamanend Main Office.

Please be sure your child is able to locate their laptop, charger, and pen (if applicable).

Laptop bags do not need to be returned. Your child will be reusing this bag next year.

If there are any technical issues with the device, please be sure to place a help desk ticket so we can resolve the issue prior to summer.

All hotspots must be returned with the device (if applicable).

Please remove any non-CBSD stickers or USB devices from laptops before returning.

Missing Accessories: Please go to MyPayments Plus to pay for items that were lost or damaged while in your possession. Bring a receipt with you as proof of payment. This receipt can be given to or emailed to Mrs. Donna Kirkpatrick (dkirkpatrick@cbsd.org) in the Tamanend Main Office.

Laptop users: Your AC adapter must be a manufacturer-issued (Lenovo or HP) charging cable. Generic brands are not acceptable.

Device Pens: All laptops must be returned with a pen.

Devices/Accessories not Returned: If a student does not return their device, hotspot, pen or charger a usage fee will be issued per student. Devices not returned will be disabled and unusable.

Thank you for your support and understanding in helping to make this process as smooth as possible.

Reminder--Freshman Day at Briarwood--Wednesday June 10 During School Day

We are holding our traditional Freshman Day outside at Briarwood Day Camp. Join us for music, food, and a great variety of outdoor activities on this fun day. Students should bring bathing suits, towels, and sunscreen. The cost is $24 per student. Tickets and permission forms can be found here on MyPaymentsPlus.


Congratulations to our 9th Grade Friends!

On Thursday, June 3 our Friends program held it's annual 9th Grade promotion ceremony. The ceremony honored the graduating students from our Autistic Support classes and highlighted the impact they have made on their 9th Grade friends. Congratulations to all of our graduating 9th Grade friends! We will miss you and the tremendous positive impact you have made on our school.
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CB Save the Music 2021 Release Weekend!

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CB Save the Music 2021:

Virtual concert release this weekend!

Here’s how to watch and/or help the cause:

  1. This Saturday, at 2 PM, we will be hosting a live “watch party” of the concert in the Holicong auditorium. It is a free event, and all information is on the attached “release” flier.
  2. Also beginning on Saturday, the entire concert will be available to stream from our district website: https://www.cbsd.org/vh1
    1. There is no paywall to watch – you can just check it out for free.
  3. Donate to the Save The Music Foundation using the QR code or the direct link.
    1. The QR code can be found on the attached flier and will take you directly to a donation site that the STM Foundation has set up for us. (or click here: https://donate.savethemusic.org/give/263296/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=CentralBucksSD.)
    2. We are hoping to raise $10,000 this year. Note that with the first $3,000 raised we will officially cross the $250,000 mark in total donations!!!
  4. If you would rather EAT AND DONATE, you can do that as well! Our presenting sponsor, Café With Soul (http://www.cafesouldoylestown.com/), has once again agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from their Dine and Donate event from June 4th-20th! This year they are sponsoring a “Teacher Breakfast Competition” that features meals designed by the concert’s leadership team (including Tamanend’s own Mr. Sanchez) Please see the flier above for details, choices, etc.
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UNICEF Unite Holds Successful Ice Cream Social

Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club held a successful Ice Cream Social Night on Tuesday June 1st from 5:00-6:00 in the cafeteria/outdoor patio space. Students enjoyed ice cream, music, games, and fun!

Reminder--Tamanend Spirit Gear is Here!

Looking for some Tamanend gear? Here are the current opportunities to order Tamanend Spirit Wear:

Tamanend Spirit Wear from Caldwells in Doylestown

Click here for order form

Reminder--Join the Wellness/Snack Break Social 10:35--10:55 Daily

Hello! Are you looking for a way to connect with other kids from school while you are learning from home in the virtual setting? Mrs. Cammann is hosting a Wellness/Snack Break Social time each day from 10:35-10:55 during the virtual and hybrid learning models. Students are invited to join in to share some conversation and be connected with students across all grades. On Wednesdays, we will have games and trivia during this time! You are welcome to participate daily or pop in occasionally - no pressure. Maybe you will even get to know some new faces! Just click the link below to take part, socialize, and participate, while using our Tamanend ROAR to respect and include each other in this group. Enjoy your snack and unwind with us at 10:35 any day. Hope to see you there! Click here to join the meeting

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Reminder--CB Summer Music Camps

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Communicating Absences

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

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--Important Traffic Safety

Since the beginning or the year, our parent drop-off and pick-up traffic has improved tremendously, but we still need your help. There will soon be an increase in daily traffic as more students return to in-person learning. We must remember that WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO WALK TO SCHOOL. Recently, we've seen an increase in cars speeding on Stuckert Road. For the safety of our students, please maintain a 15 mph school zone speed limit in our parking lots and along Stuckert Road. Thanks for your help!

Reminder--Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up

With the return of 5-day in-person schooling, there has been an increase in the number of car riders. Please remember the following important details when dropping off or picking up your child-

  1. You can only turn right into the parking lot, from the direction of Kelly Road. Do NOT attempt to make a left-hand turn into the parking lot during pick-up at the end of the day. If you come from Bristol Rd., please go past the school, turn around, and get in the car line.
  2. There are staggered dismissal times. The first is at 1:16 and the 2nd is at 1:21pm. It would be helpful to find out what time your child is dismissed from their 7th period class, so that you do not rush to get in line if they are let out at the 2nd dismissal time.
  3. Everyone has been able to exit the parking lot by 1:30 pm, so there is no need to rush. All students are let out between the Main Entrance and the Gym/Cafeteria Entrance, so students should not be walking down the sidewalk to your cars. This causes the line of traffic to stop and we need to keep everyone moving.

Thank you for your support!


Reminder--Teen Mental Health Check In Group

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This Edition of Guidance Sparks--Finding Purpose

Over the past several months, we have shared ideas on ways to help your children find their “Spark”. For some this is a longer journey than for others. Often connected to knowing what your passion is and understanding your “purpose”. In William Damon’s (2008) book The Path to Purpose, he states, “A purpose is a deeper reason for the immediate goals and motives that drive most daily behavior.” We see this often with today’s young entrepreneurs who feel a strong social responsibility (e.g., Bombas and Thrive Market, among others). As parents, you can facilitate discussions regarding purpose by taking the opportunity to: listen closely for the spark then encourage further discovery; take advantage of any time you have together to talk about their ideas on what is purpose; offer your own sense of purpose related to your life/career; nurture a positive outlook on life; impress upon children a sense of action connected to responsibility. Schools must work hand-in-hand with families in this effort as we emphasize the importance of our children becoming good citizens of our community and the world.

There will be more to follow on this topic. For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

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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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Reminder--Technology Support

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


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

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Reminder--Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders. 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, mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976, or drop it off in the Main Office. The form can be found on this Tamanend Health Office page on our website.

Reminder--Please Contact Our Nurse For COVID-Related Issues and Concerns

Please notify our Certified School Nurse, Lauren Myrtetus, if you, someone in your household or your student have been diagnosed with COVID or if your student has been identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID. Also, please notify Mrs. Myrtetus if your student is ill and is being tested for COVID.

If your students needs to quarantine, he or she should report directly to the nurse’s office on his or her first day back to school for a temperature and symptom screening.

Mrs. Myrtetus is happy to answer any questions related to COVID.



Reminder--Modified Quarantine

CBSD’s Board of School Directors approved changes to the district’s health and safety plan, including implementation of modified quarantine protocols beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021. More details may be found on our website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. Review updated questions and answers at www.cbsd.org/help.

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Updated--What to Do If Your Child Is Sick

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Summer Meal Program Free to All Students

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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.


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Beat summer boredom! CBSD's community school is offering summer sports camps, mock trial, music & arts camps, and many other activities - register through MyPaymentsPlus at https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome beginning May 17!


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--Bucks County Health Human Services Hub

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Reminder--Shriner's Children's Pediatric Fracture and Sports Injury Care at Doylestown Hospital

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Reminder--Food Pantry at Warrington Fellowship Church

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Reminder--Housing Information

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Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Boomerang Youth Recognition Award, it 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.

Nominations for May's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 05/28. The chosen for March is Asset #40: Positive View of Personal Future- Recognizing a young person who is optimistic about their personal future. Please submit your nomination through this link. Staff members who nominate students will wear jeans and their Boomerang pin to show their Boomerang Spirit on Tuesday, 06/01. Thank you in advance for your nomination
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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

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.

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

Recursos en Español

Aquí se encuentran recursos en Español para padres y guardianos de los estudiantes de Central Bucks: World Languages / Recursos para Hispanohablantes (cbsd.org)

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