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December 14, 2018
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Tamanend Concert Season is in Full Swing!
Congratulations to all of our Tamanend musicians and music teachers who have been busy putting on excellent concerts this month! The whole school was treated to a winter concert preview on December 4. The first winter concert was held on December 6 with the second winter concert held on December 12. In addition, select music groups have been performing throughout the region. We are fortunate to have such talented musicians and music teachers at Tamanend.
Gold’n’Blues has been busy performing out in the community this holiday season! On December 1st, they performed for the XTU Toy Truck Parade at Montgomery Mall, as a "mountain" of toys was created for donation. On December 8th, they helped families affected by Cancer ring in the holiday season at the Gilda’s Club Breakfast with Santa, at Ann’s Choice in Warminster. Next Thursday, December 20th, they will perform for residents of three senior centers. Last but not least, this Saturday evening, December 15th, in collaboration with CB Cares, they are performing twice in downtown Doylestown (weather permitting). They will be performing inside Main Street Marketplace at 6:15pm and outside on the porch of the historic Fountain House (aka Starbucks) at 7:00pm. Check out one or both of the performances!
Reminder--Tamanend Winter Dance--Friday, December 14
The Tamanend Winter Dance will be held Friday, December 14 from 7:30 PM until 9:30 PM. This has traditionally been a very popular event! In order to help alleviate traffic concerns, we have requested the presence of a police officer from Warrington Township to assist us. In addition, we are asking parents who are coming from the Bristol Road side of the school to drop off and pick up their children in the main parking lot. We are asking parents who are coming from the Kelly Road side of the school to drop off and pick up their children at the bus loop.
Tickets will be on sale all week during lunches for $7 each. Tickets may also be purchased at the door when entering the dance Friday night. Students will enjoy dancing in the gymnasium as well as our complementary drinks and refreshments served in the cafeteria. Our theme for the winter dance this year is “Let It Snow!” We hope you enjoy all of our winter wonderland decorations and snowflakes as you enter that evening. We will also crown our Holiday King and Queen before the dance is over. Stay tuned to next week’s announcements as you learn which students were voted on to our Holiday Court for 2018.
Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair (for 9th Graders)--January 10
The 2019 Central Bucks High School South Curriculum Fair for all current 9th grade students from Unami Middle School and Tamanend Middle School is scheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2019. Our program will begin at 6:30 PM in the South Auditorium.
The initial portion of the evening will feature a presentation by the Administrative and Guidance Teams regarding graduation requirements, block scheduling, and course planning options. Then, we will move into other areas of the school, where students and parents will have the opportunity to speak with teachers from each of the academic and elective departments, as well as representatives from the Guidance Department, Special Education Department, and Middle Bucks Institute of Technology.
We welcome and encourage all ninth graders and their parents to attend the Curriculum Fair on Thursday, January 10th beginning at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium.
Tamanend's STEM Club is in Need of K'Nex
The Tamanend STEM Club will be competing in the Bucks County K’Nex STEM Competition and we are in need of more K’Nex. If you have any old K’Nex taking up precious garage or basement space and are no longer being used in your household, consider donating them to this worthy cause. No donation is too small, we will take them all!
You may send K’Nex in with your student or drop them off to the main office. We appreciate any and all donations.
Tamanend STEM Club
CB South Ice Hockey News
Congratulations to the CB South Varsity team who beat Pennsbury 10-0 and the JV team who beat Father Judge 9-8 on December 12. Up next week is Varsity vs CB East on Wednesday 12/19 @ 9:00 pm at Revolution Ice Garden and JV vs Pennridge on Friday 12/21 @ 9:00 pm at Revolution Ice Garden.
Come out and support current and former Tamanend Tigers!
Reminder--Student Assistance Program (SAP)
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) has been established in schools throughout Pennsylvania. 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. Tamanend 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. For more information about the SAP Program, please click here. To complete a SAP referral form for a Tamanend student, please click here.
Reminder--The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is January 10
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Reminder--9th Grade Baby Photos for Yearbook
Dear 9th Grade Parents:
The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors will be collecting 9th grade baby pictures for the 2018-2019 yearbook. We are inviting you to include a photo memento in your child’s yearbook that he or she will have as a special reminder in their last year at Tamanend. Submitting your child’s baby picture is a great way to honor them in the yearbook at this special time in his or her life. The cost is $5. If you would like to participate in this milestone experience, please make sure that you follow the steps to upload your photo, fill out the bottom portion of the flyer at this link, and submit order form and payment by Friday January 11, 2019 to Mrs. Gerth in room 231.
**We will NOT be accepting photos that need to be uploaded. All uploading must be done on your own to the site mentioned below. The due date for this optional 9th grade yearbook opportunity is Friday January 11, 2019.
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--Community Connections at Tamanend--January 30
Dear Tamanend Middle School Families,
Please join me in the Tamanend library on Wednesday, January 30 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. for “Community Connections,” one of a series of parent meetings scheduled to take place in each of our schools.
These meetings are designed to encourage frank conversations about our shared vision for the future of our schools. I hope you can find time to attend; I look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas.
A video introduction can be seen on the website homepage at www.cbsd.org/communityconnections.
I hope to see you on January 30!
John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Central Bucks School District
Reminder--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, student fees, internet access, and other issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us:
Brian Caughie, Principal email@example.com
Kyle Dudley, Assistant Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Myrtetus, Certified School Nurse email@example.com
Jeff Klein, Guidance Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandy Cammann, Guidance Counselor email@example.com
Help for the Holidays
Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times
CB Cares--Boomerang Award
Nominations for the December’s Boomerang asset are due by Tuesday, 12/18. The asset for December is Asset #17 Creative Activities – Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practicing in music, theater or other arts. Please consider nominating a Tamanend student at this link.
Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oficina: (267) 893-2900