Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

November 4, 2013

Learning the Language - Experiencing the Culture


The Tamanend World Culture Department set a goal for itself this year... to broaden the cultural experience of their students studying French and Spanish. To that end, our French and Spanish teachers put together lessons about such cultural events as the Running of the Bulls, the Castells of Catalonia, the Waiter Race of Paris, and the Tour de France. After studying the origins of these events and the cultural meanings behind them, students and teachers had fun playing the Tamanend versions of each of these events. Pictured above, students participated in a relay version of the Waiter’s Race.

End of 1st Marking Period

This Wednesday is the last day of the 1st Marking Period and we have early dismissal. Wednesday also marks the beginning of Fall Conferences. If you have concerns and you have not already heard from your student's teachers, please email or call the teacher with whom you would like to meet to schedule a conference.

Halloween Spirit

Our students and staff showed their Halloween Spirit last Thursday! Pictured above, our 7th grade teachers designed t-shirts as a group "Words With Friends" puzzle and gave prizes to the students who figured out all of their shirts. If you want to try to solve the puzzles, ask a 7th grader if you have it right, or email Miss Vitacco. Have fun!


TMS Spiritwear Sale 2013

Parents Staying Connected

We are proud of our parents for staying connected through the Parent Portal. By the end of the 1st Marking Period, 96% of our students had parents who are using the portal. In addition to being able to access students' grades, attendance and other records, Tamanend pulls from the portal to send emails, share newsletters, and communicate other important information. If you know someone who is not yet connected, please encourage them to set up their account. This is just one more way we can support our students Together, Tamanend.

Help Tamanend While You Shop or Recycle

If you use the following vendors, please think about supporting TMS while you shop and recycle:

  • If you shop at Target and have a Target Red Card, you can register your card for Target's Take Charge of Education program so that Tamanend receives a percentage of your spending.
  • Giant Food Store has an A+ School Rewards program through their clip-less coupon card. Note, each year you need to reselect Tamanend so that your shopping benefites TMS.
  • Use this link to connect to Amazon to shop and Tamanend can earn as much as 15% of what you purchase!
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of NJHS; or, shop at the Box Top Market Place where you will find vendors such as Best Buy, KMart, Justice and more.
  • If you like to shop online, check out the eScrip Online Mall. When you sign up for an account, selecting Tamanend earns money for our school.
  • When you recycle your paper using our Abitibi bin located at the back of our Main Parking Lot, you have not only helped the environment, you help TMS, too.

Got R.o A.R.?

Notes from Previous Tamanend Connections:

  • We frequently conduct safety drills here at Tamanend Middle School to ensure that our students are prepared for various types of emergencies. It is important that your student dresses appropriately for weather, including shoe choices.
  • Because the Parent Portal allows parents/guardians to check student progress on a regular basis, we will no longer print and send home interim progress reports. We encourage all parents/guardians to log in and check the Parent Portal on a weekly basis. Parents have access to current grades, assignments, attendance, and more.
  • Students may not arrive to school in the morning until 7:10 AM. That is when staff members are available to supervise students.
  • Parent Volunteers Needed! Please sign up using our online form. Code word = tms.
  • Click here to learn about CBSD efforts against bullying and for resources helpful to parents on this important subject and more.
  • We need parents, students and staff for our Wellness Committee. If you are interested in helping with a fitness program after school, starting a vegetable garden in our courtyard, or have some other ideas to help our students and staff "go green" and stay fit, please contact Mrs. Mary McDonald, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus and Ms. Brenda Scheffey about becoming involved in our Wellness Committee.
  • To attend CB South Titan Football games, 9th graders need to show ID at the ticket window, and 7th & 8th graders must be accompanied by a parent.
  • 2013-2014 CBSD Calendar

  • Tamanend is helping to Save Kids Castle! Click here to donate your time, talent or money. To learn more about this worthwhile community service project, you can follow it on Twitter @SaveKidsCastle.

  • To receive text alerts from CBSD, click here.

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