February 19, 2021
COMING SOON...TAMANEND'S MUSICAL FROZEN JR
Greetings from the magical land of Arendelle! The Tamanend Players are excited to be bringing Frozen, Jr. to our stage this year. As a matter of fact, sightings of Olaf have been called in from various locations, and it looks like Ms. Vitacco has caught him in our own auditorium. Can you identify where Olaf is in the second picture? Check in with Dr. Caughie…he will know! Stay tuned for performance dates and ticket information.
CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE
Middle School Parents Orientation (for parents of current 6th Graders)--virtual presentation posted here; follow-up Teams call Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 PM (details below)
New Learning Model Begins--Monday, February 22 (5-day in-person learning OR 100% virtual live-streamed learning)
Parent Book Club Meeting--Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 PM (virtually, on Teams)
No School For Students--Friday, March 5
- Attendance at basketball games is currently available for one (1) parent/player and cheerleader for home games only, and a ticket must be shown prior to entry. Attendance at any event is subject to appropriate behavior and adherence to CBSD athletic and districtwide health and safety plans. Anyone who refuses to adhere to guidelines will be asked to leave campus.
- Family ID opened for Spring sports registration on February 1st. Tryouts/practices are scheduled to begin on March 22nd. Please visit Tamanend’s Athletics page for information/details on registering for sports.
- REMINDER: Please keep in mind that students must go home at the end of the school day. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and parent/guardian to coordinate transportation back to school on days of practices/games, as well as for away games.
FROM CB SOUTH:
- Family ID is now open for spring sports registration and will close on February 25th.
- CB South girls lacrosse will be having open workouts every Monday and Wednesday on the grass soccer fields from 3:00 to 5:00 and Saturdays from 12:00 to 2:00 in the stadium starting January 25. You must be registered on Family ID to participate.
- No Contests
- 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15)
- 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15)
- No Contests
- No Contests
- 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Holicong (Home; 3:15)
- 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Holicong (Away; 3:15)
UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS
Reminder--Middle School Orientation for 6th Grade Parents
Tamanend Middle School will hold our 6th Grade Parents Middle School Orientation virtually this year. The presentation will be posted here by 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 16. Once posted, this presentation may be viewed at any time. In addition, we will host a live Question & Answer session via Teams on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 PM. You may join the Teams call by clicking here.
We look forward to working with you and your family as your child transitions to middle school.
Reminder--Tamanend is Going Green For Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
The Annual Kelly Anne Dolan Shoot-Out at Tamanend includes a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, pick-up games, karaoke, prize baskets and other activities for the students and Tamanend community. In a typical year, five hundred Tamanend students participate in the event, and over the last twenty years the students have raised over $500,000 for KADMF. As you know, this year is different, and full of challenges for everyone. We will not be able to have our annual basketball tournament and KAD Shoot-Out event, but that is not going to stop us from continuing to support this incredible organization. To do this, we need your help. Please consider contributing to our fundraiser: “Goin’ Green for KAD”.
What Is “Goin’ Green for KAD”? “Goin’ Green for KAD” is one of a few fundraisers we would like to do to assist KADMF. We ask our Tamanend families to donate whatever is doable to help KADMF assist families. With this type of fundraiser, the entire donation supports the fund! Your contribution will mean so much to the families who need support from the KADMF this year. No donation is too small! There are many ways you can make your donation:
1. Use your My Payments Plus account, www.mypaymentsplus.com and after logging in, look for “Goin Green for KAD” and you can make your donation there.
2. Send cash/checks, made out to KADMF to school with your son/daughter.
3. Mail a check, made out to KADMF to Tamanend – indicate on the check that the donation is part of Tamanend’s event.
4. Mail a check, made out to KADMF directly to the fund (address is below) – Please make a note that your donation is part of Tamanend’s KAD Shoot-Out.
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible as permitted by law. Thank you so much for your time and thoughtful consideration in reviewing this request. Should you have any questions about KADMF or this fundraiser, please feel free to contact Jeff Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for your consideration and the support you devote to your children, our school community, and the value of serving and helping others!
Reminder--Tamanend KAD Apparel is For Sale
Tamanend is excited to offer some new KAD apparel as part of our fundraising efforts this year. We have partnered with Kampus Klothes again for the clothing sale and they have helped us create a new design for this year. Kampus Klothes is also donating 15% of the profits directly to the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund! We are also offering hats, beanies and sweatpants (definitely a must-have during/because of the last 11 months!).
The store is open now and will close Sunday, Feb 28 at 11:59 pm. You can view the store and shop at this link: https://kellyanndolanmemorial2021.itemorder.com/
Here are some reminders from Kampus Klothes:
- If you are planning to order from the store please be aware of the closing date. If a deadline is missed we will not accept any late orders.
- Order carefully. We do not accept returns on any decorated items. There are sizing charts available here: http://www.kampusklothes.com/sizing-charts
- All orders will be fulfilled 3 weeks after the closing date of your store.
- Please note our procedure for backordered items. There are times when the manufacturers stock for items offered on our online stores may become unavailable or backordered. If that should occur, the individuals who purchased that item will be contacted and offered an alternative product or a refund. Once contacted about a backorder, if we don’t hear back from you within 24 hours, your order will be cancelled and we will refund your money.
If you have any questions about ordering from the online store, please contact Jackie Horvath at Kampus Klothes (email@example.com).
New 5-Day In-Person Learning Model Begins Monday, February 22
CB middle and high schools begin a new learning model on Monday, February 22. Starting Monday, February 22 students will participate in a 5-day in-person learning model or a fully virtual live-stream model. Here are a few reminders from our Health & Safety Plan and logistics:
AM Arrival/PM Pickup
If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please remember that the drop off/pick up point is the Gym entrance by the Cafeteria. Please follow the cones and wind through our parking lot so that traffic does not back up along Stuckert Road. The building opens to students at 7:10 AM. Please remember to drive safely around Tamanend as we have many students who walk to school. The speed limit in our parking lots is 15 mph.
Required Mask Mandate
Students and staff members are required to wear masks at all times during the school day except during the snack break. Students who forget their face mask, should report to the Main Office to get a new mask.
The snack/wellness break is attached to 4th Period and takes place from 10:35--10:55 daily. Students will be spaced at a least six feet for the snack break, with some students having snack in the hallway outside their classrooms. Our hallways have green dots which serve as six-foot markers.
Students should walk on the right-hand side of the hallway. Students should not congregate in the hallways. When socializing, students should use the green dot hallway markers to space themselves appropriately.
Frequent Hand Washing/Sanitizing
Frequent hand washing is important. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. In addition, we have hand sanitizers in classrooms and hand sanitizer stations throughout our hallways.
Celebrating Black History Month--Featured Work: "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa
Let Our Yearbook Capture Your SNOW Experiences!
Thank you for all of the wonderful photo submissions we received from our last posting in the newsletter. This time around we want to focus on something we’ve been seeing a lot of…SNOW! Send us photos of your favorite way to spend a snowy day. Are you out on the slopes? Building a snowman? Enjoying hot cocoa? Use the steps below to share your pictures:
- Please visit the website https://images.jostens.com/upload.jsp
- When asked to type a User ID, please type 415873954
- Click on “Choose File” and upload your picture
- Under “Contact Information” you will enter your student’s e-mail address, your student’s first name, and your student’s last name
- Under “Image Information” you will enter your student’s first name, your student’s last name, and you will choose their grade.
- Finally, click Upload Chosen Image
Reminder--Order Your Tamanend Yearbook
Don’t forget to order your child’s 2020-2021 Tamanend Yearbook! The price of the yearbook is $40. The last day to order a yearbook is April 30. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Planning for the 2021-2022 school year has begun. Program Planning is the process by which students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors collaborate to create each student's class schedule for the subsequent school year. The Central Bucks Program of Studies, which explains the program planning process and describes all courses, can be found on the CBSD website and below.
Program Planning Timeline
- January 4--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 9-12 available online. Click here to view.
- January 5--Program planning presentation for current 9th Graders (during school day)
- January 7--Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair website (for current 9th Graders) opens
- January 15--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 available online at https://www.cbsd.org/domain/387
- January 8 to March 17--Current 9th Grade students enter course requests at home via Parent Portal
- January 27--Program planning presentation for current 7th Graders
- January 28--Program planning presentation for current 8th Graders
- February 7--Course verifications for current 7th Graders viewable in Portal
- by February 11--Course verifications for current 7th Graders electronically confirmed by parents in Portal
- February 23--Course verifications for current 8th Graders viewable in Portal
- by March 2--Course verifications for current 8th Graders electronically confirmed by parents in Portal
- March 19--Course verifications for current 9th Graders viewable in Portal
- by March 25--Course verifications for current 9th Graders electronically confirmed by parents in Portal.
Here is the link to Tamanend's Program Planning page.
Reminder--Important Traffic Safety Update
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--Community Service Opportunity
Do you have some free time after school? Do you like being artsy? The Community Service Club has a service project for you!
Cradles to Crayons distributes backpacks full of school supplies every September. They aim to include a hand-made card with encouraging words about the upcoming school year to help the receiving child feel optimistic and excited about learning.
Making cards is easy and fun! Here are the details:
- You can use plain white printer paper, construction paper or cardstock.
- Fold the paper in half and write inspiring messages on the front AND inside the card.
- Use crayons, markers or colored pencils for writing and drawing pictures.
- Make your cards colorful and add fun accents like stickers.
- Cards should not specify age or gender.
- Do not include any reference to family, religion or holiday figures.
- All writing on Ready for Learning cards should be school, education, and learning-specific.
- Please, no glitter!
Tamanend will be doing a collection until the end of February. If you'd like to drop off your cards at school, Mrs. Mancini (room 233) will be happy to collect them! If you are 100% virtual, the front office can put them in Mrs. Mancini's mailbox.
More information can be found at bit.ly/RFL-cards.
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
Reminder--Tamanend Parent Book Club
Are you interested in global issues and news? Do you want to get involved in helping people in your community and around the globe? Join the Tamanend UNICEF Unite Club. This club was started this year and the purpose of this club is serve as a space to discuss global issues, engage students, help students use their voice to enforce positive change, make better thinkers and communicators, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to learn about child protection, education, water, sanitation and hygiene which may align with certain areas of study, allowing for a more insightful, understanding life outside of the classroom. The club will also provide students with an opportunity to gain leadership positions on campus. Through fundraising, awareness, and community service, we will be able to help the millions of children who need our help. Please fill out this interest form https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=j0gLqp78hUGl4zhCIN8jyiSa13bnl15Kgt4n4oFy81FURjJUTThYNlM2M0xTN0pWNFU5MzNWUE9OQy4u if you are interested in the club. Meetings will be once every two weeks virtually A date for our first meeting will be sent out to those interested soon! If you have any questions feel free to contact Kalidindi.H055@student.cbsd.org , EORINSKI@cbsd.org , or AHIGGINS@cbsd.org.
Reminder--Mock Trial Team for 9th Graders
Do you want to improve your speaking and analysis skills? Do you like exploring legal issues of everyday events? Or, just want to spend some time hanging out with Mr. Sterner and Mr. Heisey? We are pleased to offer the Mock Trial Club at Tamamend for any interested 9th graders. It’s a great way to learn about the legal profession and debate your way through an actual case as either a lawyer or a witness, as well as build your skills for future participation and competition at CB South. Please e-mail Mr. Heisey (email@example.com) or Mr. Sterner (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. Thank you!
Reminder--Tamanend Today Club
While we can’t currently run Tamanend Today, our live weekly TV show, we are still seeking interested students who enjoy broadcast media and video production. We have some ideas for production until we can go live again, and we would like your ideas for when we can go live. Until then, join us and be a part of producing meaningful, pre-recorded broadcasts and features. If media production is your thing, please reach out via e-mail to Mr. Sterner (email@example.com) or Mr. Landis (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be part of our Tamanend Today Club! Thank you!
QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND
HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES
Please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone (Attendance hotline): 267-893-2920
FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE
- 7th Grade students’ verification sheets were posted to the Parent Portal on Feb. 5th and were to have been confirmed by Feb.11th.
- 8th Grade teachers have been making academic recommendations, and verification sheets will be posted to the Parent Portal on Feb. 23rd.
- 9th Grade students have been confirming their 10th Grade course selections with counselors this week. Verifications will be posted to the Parent Portal on March 18th, and directions will be sent at that time.
- NEWS FROM MBIT:
9th Graders interested in attending MBIT, can now schedule a live virtual tour to observe programs and see a bit of the classroom and what students are learning and doing. Students may express interest in a live tour by signing up HERE.
Careers & Conversations is a virtual meeting space where MBIT will connect prospective students with teachers and students in the programs in which they are considering attending. Students interested in attending those events may sign up HERE.
February 24 at 10:10am: Students from Building Trades Occupations , Residential Construction Carpentry, Electrical Technology, and HVAC/Plumbing Technology will be joining to discuss their programs.
March 3 at 10:10am: Students from Computerized Drafting & Engineering Graphics, Engineering Related Technology, and Welding Technology will be joining to discuss their programs.
This Edition of Guidance Sparks--Becoming Aware of the Many Options Available to You
One of the first steps to selecting a career is to become aware of the many options available. In Central Bucks schools, our students begin that process through the Career Readiness related curriculum in elementary buildings (QUEST, Economics Project in Social Studies) and secondary buildings (Success Plan, Information Technology classes).
Here are two videos which might inspire that search for just the right career. Watch them with your children and listen to what they say about what they see in their future.
For younger students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9TLZBZ3eo8&feature=youtu.be
For older students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP89iBasyCE
For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM OUR LIBRARY
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!
FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Reminder--9th-12th Grade Student Technology Toolkit
FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE
Reminder--Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders
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--Revised Guidelines Regarding Quarantine & Travelling Outside of Pennsylvania
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised their recommendations around the length of time that an individual should quarantine after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. The district integrated these changes into our Health and Safety Plan. These changes will dictate the time that students are unable to attend school in-person and participate in school-sponsored activities and athletics following exposure and/or travel outside of Pennsylvania.
- Students must remain at home for 10 days—7 days with evidence of a negative COVID-19 test—from the date of last close personal contact with a positive individual. The COVID-19 test must have been administered at least 5 days after the exposure.
- The commonwealth has revised their travel restrictions to reflect the CDC’s new guidance. Pennsylvanians who are returning home after travel are required to either quarantine for 10 days without testing, or to quarantine for 7 days with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine. Please note, out of an abundance of caution, our health and safety plan protocols require all students and employees to refrain from in-person instruction and school-sponsored athletics and activities during the commonwealth’s travel quarantine period regardless of age.
Please find a revised flow chart that contains this new guidance for your reference below. If we continue to stay home when we are sick, wear face coverings consistently and appropriately, wash hands regularly, and stay six feet away from others as much as possible, we will all do our part to help one another stay heathy.
Reminder--What to Do If Your Child Is Sick
FROM OUR CAFETERIA
Reminder--Breakfast and Lunch is Available to ALL Students Free of Charge Through the Remainder of the 2020-2021 School Year
Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application
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 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
Reminder--Food Pantry at Warrington Fellowship Church
Reminder--Coats for Our Kids
Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group
Reminder--Nominate a Tamanend Student for February Boomerang 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 February's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 02/26. The chosen for February is Asset #26: Caring- Recognizing a young person who values service to others, in their family, school, or community. Please submit your nomination through this link.
GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND
TMS Parent Council
Thursday, March 18th, 9am
This is an online event.
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