Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

April 10, 2020

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Join Us for Tamanend's Virtual Coffeehouses!

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 15th AND Friday, April 24th at 7:00 PM for our next two Tamanend Corona Cabaret events! The last one was so much fun for performers and audience alike! Hopefully both Tamanend students AND STAFF will consider performing in one of these cabarets. Click HERE for all the pertinent information for both performers and audience members, and for sign-ups for the April 15th event!

Distance Learning Resources and Reminders

Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page

A reminder that you can find Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page here. This page includes links to each teacher's distance learning page, the Phase Two class schedule, etiquette for online Teams meetings, and more. It also has a link to our Nurse's distance learning page, our Librarian's distance learning page, and our Guidance counselors' distance learning page.


See Many Highlights from our Distance Learning Program During the Week on Twitter

You can also follow us on Twitter for distance learning highlights @CBTamanendMS.


Grab & Go Free Lunch Program

During the district-wide closure associated with COVID-19, the Central Bucks School District has put the following procedures into place in order to provide lunch for all students. Lunch is available for pickup between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Tamanend students at CB South High School (Mondays and Thursdays) and at Barclay Elementary School (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays).


Assistance with Resources

If your family needs assistance with resources during this difficult time, please contact one of the following staff members. We have been working hard to develop a network of resource providers to help with any need:

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

Please note: Every Wednesday at 4:00 we will hold the CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary. Please feel free to stop by if you need assistance with food.

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

PLEASE NOTE: School is closed for the rest of the academic year.; Distance Learning (Phase Two) Remains in Place.

School Holiday (no Distance Learning)--Friday, April 10

CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School--open to anyone who needs assistance with food at this time--Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00 PM

Tamanend Virtual Cabaret--Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 PM

Parent Book Club (Virtual Through Teams)--Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 PM

Tamanend Virtual Cabaret--Friday, April 24 at 7:00 PM

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

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TAMANEND FEATURES

Next Tamanend Parent Book Club is April 16 (Virtually, Through Teams)

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we are reading The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (2016) by Frances Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt. The book describes the unique functioning of the adolescent brain and provides practical guidance for parents. 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. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 PM, virtually through Teams: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting Please click here for more information about the Tamanend Parent Book Club.

Paco Plano

Spanish 2 students are finishing up their Paco Plano project. Paco Plano is like the children’s book character Flat Stanley. Students sent Paco on an adventure to a Spanish-speaking country of their choice. Paco went to many interesting places, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. Then they shared Paco’s adventures with us by creating a PowerPoint and recording a Spanish narration that told us everything Paco did on his trip!

Reminder--Help Tamanend Yearbook Document Our Experiences During this Unprecedented Time

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to pass the time? Please consider taking some pictures for yearbook! The Tamanend yearbook needs your help in documenting this unprecedented time. What kind of pictures are we looking for? Pictures of how you are choosing to pass the time! Perhaps it is a picture of you reading inside, Face Timing with friends, searching the items at the grocery store, or practicing social distancing out in nature. Please send your pictures to gconnell@cbsd.org with the subject line #yearbook


To CB South Athletes and Parents of CB South Athletes—Tamanend yearbook is looking for team pictures and candid photos of South sports teams. Please send your pictures to gconnell@cbsd.org with the subject line #yearbook

Reminder--Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2019-2020 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2020 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 $37.50 from February 1st-March 31st, and finally to $40 for any yearbooks ordered up until April 30th. 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.

Reminder--Tamanend Students Launch Warwick Memorial Park Bricks Project

Two Tamanend 8th Graders, Julianna Smith and Andela Dozier, from Girl Scouts Troop 21638 have come up with the idea to build a walkway up to the flagpole at Warwick Memorial Park. They are asking people to purchase a brick because they feel that on the walkway, people should be able to show their support to the veterans at this memorial park. The girls are building this walkway for their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout cadet can achieve. It gives the girls a chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. To purchase a brick or get more information go to https://wmpbricks.wixsite.com/wmpbricks.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Contest Winners

Congratulations to 7th Grade Journey student Victoria D. on winning the Grand Prize in the middle grades division of the 2020 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Photojournalism contest! Victoria’s photograph and caption were selected by the judges as representing the magic and mysticism of the Renaissance Faire better than any other submission across all field trip days. As a result of her Grand Prize selection, Victoria and her family will receive an invitation to a Winner’s picnic held during the 2020 Renaissance Faire season. Congratulations, Victoria! We are so proud of you! Victoria's photo is featured below.


Congratulations to 7th Grade Legacy students Madison O. and Evan S. for their award-winning story entries from the 2020 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Creative Writing Contest! Madison's short story "Marks on a Willow Tree" won Grand Prize in middle grades 6-8 contest. Madison's Grand Prize was awarded with a prize of $50 and a $50 donation to Tamanend's school library. She will also receive an invitation to a Winner’s picnic held during the 2020 Renaissance Faire season. In addition to her Grand Prize, Madison was also named as First Place in the Grade 7 & 8 division. Click here to read Madison's story. Evan's short story "Lost and Found" earned Third Place in Grade 7 & 8 division. Madison and Evan, your hard work paid off! Click here to read Evan's story.

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Tamanend Friends Expand Program Beyond Our School

The Tamanend Friends Program, under the leadership of Health and Physical Education Teacher Brenda Scheffey is an integral part of our school, connecting students in our Autistic Support classes with peers. The program is the highlight of many Tamanend students' middle school experience. Congratulations to the following students who have expanded the program to Jamision Elementary School in Central Bucks and to Simmons Elementary School in Hatboro-Horsham. These student spent time each week after school making connections with the students there: Jess Berry, Sarah Blasko, Mike Bullard, Joey Cataldo, James Cerauli, Liv Coehlo, Jeremy Collachi, Avery Curtis, Hannah Lloyd, Peyton Ostroff, Lauren Schilling, Kayla Sproehle, Connor Victor

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

  • Parents/Guardians of current 9th Graders: Please pay close attention for an email coming out next week regarding your child’s 10th Grade courses at CB South. Course verification sheets will be accessible, and this will be the final opportunity for course changes. All relevant information, details, and directions will be contained in that email.
  • Please continue to check the Guidance Web Site for information, resources, and lessons regarding mental health and wellness during Distance Learning.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Reminder--Help is Down the Hall

The Tamanend Student Assistance Program (SAP) Team is a group of trained faculty members who can connect students with appropriate help and resources if they show signs of struggling with mental health concerns or alcohol/substance use. If you notice concerns such as major changes in behavior or mood, drop in achievement, or use of drugs or alcohol, then you may consider a SAP referral. When the team receives a referral, we gather more information to determine if there is a need for intervention and further assessment. The information is confidential, and the process is for the purpose of offering help. Anyone can refer a student about whom they are concerned. Referrals can be made at this referral link or by contacting a SAP team member:

Mrs. Barlow, Mrs. Cammann, Sra. Corsino, Mr. Dudley, Mr. Heisey,

Mr. Klein, Mrs. Myrtetus, Ms. Scheffey, & Mrs. Szagola

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

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

FROM OUR NURSE'S OFFICE

Visit Our Nurse's Office Distance Learning Page!

Central Bucks School District is closely monitoring the CDC’s recommendations as well as those from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Bucks County Health Department. You may review the latest recommendations from the CDC on their website at www.cdc.gov. At this time, the best advice is to practice the same common-sense preventative measures that are recommended every cold and flu season, including proper hand washing and staying home when sick.

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FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Distance Learning Technical Support

  • Logging in to Laptops: Students will use their FULL CB email address: (lastname.firstinitial###@student.cbsd.org) & password to log into the laptop. Your classroom teacher can help you with the log-in information. You can also email our support team.

  • Updating Devices: To allow your computer to be completely up to date after the handout, CBSD will be sending updates to the computers that could cause a random restart. Please make sure to have autosave turned on by creating new documents through Office 365 on the web so you do not lose work.


  • Device Having Issues: Restarting your computer will solve many computer issues. Please restart twice before reaching out for tech support. Click here to submit a Help Ticket.

  • Broken Hardware: We will attempt to have frequent drive through hardware support for our staff and students. In the event that device peripherals (pens, chargers, batteries, etc.) stop working or need replacement, families and staff do not need to purchase them through MyPaymentsPlus at this time. These devices can be bought directly from Amazon or a retailer of your choosing. A list of supplies can be found here: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/5150

FROM OUR CAFETERIA

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

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--Internet Essentials from Comcast is Now Free For Two Months For New Customers

Click here to find out more about low-cost internet from Comcast Essentials. In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service.

FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Workshops for Issues Impacting Children

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Food Pantry in Warrington

Warrington Fellowship Church offers a food pantry Thursdays from 6:00--7:00 PM. Please call 215.200.0733.

Housing Information

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CB CARES

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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

Are You Interested in Volunteering at Tamanend?

Please click here to sign up as a parent volunteer at Tamanend. The survey access code is TMS.

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.

Support Tamanend While You Shop

Please consider supporting TMS while you shop:

Giant Food Stores

  • 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.

Box Tops for Education

You can now simply scan your receipts to participate in the Box Tops 4 Education program to support Tamanend Middle School. Click on the link below to learn more:

https://www.boxtops4education.com/

You may also submit your receipts directly to Mrs. Consoletti in the Guidance Office and we will scan them for you. Thank you for your support of our school.

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.

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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