Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

October 5, 2018

Thank You for Reading Our Newsletter!

Please note that any item beginning with "Reminder" appeared in the previous newsletter. You can reference current and past editions of this newsletter under "School Links" on our website.
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Stop Drop and Pop--9th Grade Chorus Pop Concert

Help Us Recognize Veterans in our Community

As Veterans Day approaches, Tamanend Middle School would like to honor those who have served our country. On Monday, November 12th we will hold our Veterans Day Assembly. We would like this presentation to be meaningful not just for our students, but also for local veterans in our community. As such, if you have the email addresses of friends or family who have served in the armed forces who may be interested in joining us that morning, please send this information to Jeff Klein (jklein@cbsd.org) by November 1st. Thank you.

Parents Learning Spanish at Back to School Night

Students in Mrs. Corsino's Spanish classes prepared language samples for their parents to review at Back to School Night. The students worked in class on a dialogue and then recorded them. After recording their dialogues, they turned them into QR Codes. The parents were surprised by how well the recordings went and how easy it was to access them.

Roaring Voices Review--Tamanend's Literary Magazine

This year's first edition of our Literary Magazine, the Roaring Voices Review is available here. Enjoy!

Reminder--Welcome Back Dance--October 5

Attention all students! Student Council is sponsoring our first dance of the school year which is next Friday, October 5th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Our theme for the Welcome Back Dance is Under the Sea. 7th and 8th grade students have been helping us decorate with all sorts of unique, underwater creatures. Dance tickets are on sale today at lunch and at the door for just $7. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the dance for no additional cost to students.

The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is November 7

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 bcaughie@cbsd.org if you are interested in participating.

ROAR for a Cure--TMS Denim Day/Pink Out--October 26

T-shirts are for sale to support Denim Day® at TMS! What is American Cancer Society Denim Day®? The American Cancer Society Denim Day® brings people together to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Tamanend staff members have donated money to wear jeans to work on Friday, 10/26/18. This day also marks our annual TMS PINK OUT. We invite all of our students to join us in wearing pink or purchasing a TMS Denim Day shirt. Money raised from this t-shirt sale will support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives from breast cancer. Since Denim Day began in 1996, participants have raised more than $95 million to help save lives from breast cancer. Donations will help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. Wear your jeans and your PINK proudly on Friday, October 26th. Thank you! Click here to order a t-shirt.

Tamanend Tigers are Avid Readers

Independent reading is an integral part of the Tamanend day. Students in Mrs. Losey's class are getting cozy while reading their self-selected, independent reading books.

News from the Athletic Department

Athletic Highlights from the Week of October 1, 2018:

Congratulations to the 7th Grade Boys Soccer team on their 4-1 win over Tohickon Wednesday. Playing a good game in goal was Justin. Strong defense was played by James, Mike , Andrew, Logan, and Nate. The team worked the ball well throughout the midfield to help with the advancement through the offense. Owen, Olecs, Luke and Nick all worked well with their passes and advancing the ball. Connor and Tyler made a strong offensive attack and kept the pressure on throughout the game. Also playing well in the midfield were Cameron, Ryan, and Ben. Scoring for the Tigers were Luke F with 3 and Connor V with 1.

Congratulations to the 7th Grade football team for a convincing 20-7 win over Unami!

8th Grade Colonial Carnival

Students in Mr. Landis' 8th Grade Social Studies classes participated in a Colonial Carnival. Each student group represented a different colony and had to use a combination of technology and hands on activities to convince peers to "move" to their colony.

Designing & Building Birds' Nests

Mrs. Wilhelm's 7th Grade Science classes designed and built birds' nests to demonstrate different niches and habitats. The activity generated great classroom discussion.

Huge Turn Out at STEM Meeting

Over 70 students attended the first meeting of the Tamanend STEM Club this week!

Reminder--Tamanend Gear for Sale

Caldwell's in Doylestown is now offering Tamanend Gear. Screen printed orders should be submitted within the next two weeks. Embroidered order may be submitted at any time. Caldwell's will be creating a section for Tamanend products in their Doylestown store in approximately three weeks. For parents who asked about purchasing CB South gear, the order form is below.
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Reminder--School Store is Open

The Tamanend School Store is open for business! We have many new items this year. For example, we are selling microfiber cloths that can be used for cleaning laptop screens. Stop by the School Store during Resource.

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--Communicating Absences

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

Southside Fest--October 12

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Southside Fest is a time for our CB South clubs and organizations to shine and show what South has to offer to our students and the community. Various clubs will have games, foods, and challenges that will help to engage the younger kids and build up their Southside spirit leading up to their years in high school. We also will be having a meet and greet with our marching band, cheerleaders, and football team before the big homecoming game. There will be food trucks and beverages sold, with music and dancing.

The event will run from 5-7 on Friday, October 12 in the back courtyard at South, and families are encouraged to stay for the homecoming football game where our CB South Titans will take on our rival CB East.

Please remember, all elementary and middle school students must have a parent present.

Reminder--Girls Empower U Program at Central Bucks YMCA

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Reminder--Coats for Kids Drive

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Reminder--Central Bucks Family YMCA Offers Free Memberships for CB 7th Graders

Central Bucks Family YMCA is proud to offer free memberships for community 7th graders. We help youth realize their potential to become active, engaged and thriving members of the community. Research shows that 7th grade is a critical time in a young person's life when exposure to risk factors greatly increase. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower these youth to reach their personal potential.

Membership Benefits:

--Teen Strength & Fitness Orientation
--Two hour class focusing on safety, healthy exercise, smart goal setting and equipment instruction

--Use of Fitness Center*
*Must complete Teen Strength & Fitness Orientation classes to use the Fitness Center.

--Use of gymnasium

--Sports and Exercise classes
Sports classes included complimentary are: Teen Dodgeball and Teen Street Hockey.
Exercise classes offered complimentary are Power & Agility, Strength & Conditioning, Ab Blast, and Bootcamp for Teens.

--Reduced program costs

--Teen classes
Classes include Babysitter Training, Preteen Nights, Athletic Training, and more!

--7th Grade Family Night
Every Thursday night from 5-8 PM, families have full guest access to our facility, services, and programs including our Fitness Center, two swimming pools, group fitness classes, and more!

How to join:

1. 7th grader must be present and bring a school ID, roster or report card and a parent or guardian to our Y.

2. Parents complete the required membership paperwork and sign form.

3. 7th grader may begin using membership right away.*
*Membership activates August 31, 2018, and runs through August 31, 2019. 7th Grade members for 2018-2019 must join by May 31, 2019.

For questions or more information, contact Lisa Schawrtzer at 215.839.6473.

We would like to thank Univest for their generous support of our 7th Grade initiative.

Reminder--Blood Drive--October 8

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Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2018. Any exam given since September 1, 2017 is acceptable. Please have your student turn in his or her dental exam form directly to the Health Office.
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CB Cares--Boomerang Award

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Parent Council

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

Parent Council is an open meeting where all parents are welcome to attend to learn more about Tamanend Middle School. Parent Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. There is no obligation to attend all Parent Councils and there are no elected positions. Parent Council is a forum for parents and school leaders to learn from and with each other, together.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Please Consider Volunteering at Tamanend Middle School

We value and appreciate parent participation and involvement at Tamanend Middle School. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius for a complete listing of volunteer opportunities. The access code is TMS

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

Tamanend students accomplish amazing things and 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.
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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

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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