Tamanend Connections

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December 7, 2018

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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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Tamanend to Appear on Upcoming Game Show!

Have you ever watched a game show and thought to yourself, “I could do that!” Well, now is your chance! Tamanend has been selected to compete on the game show, “Class H Room,” a trivia show that pits three students against three teachers from the same school. The show will be taped on March 30th and will air on Fox 29 at a later date. If you are interested in competing, please see Ms. Connell in Rm. 507 or Mrs. Ryan in Rm. 302 for application forms. Applications will be due by Tuesday, December 11th. Parent/guardian signatures are required.

9th Grade Drug Awareness & Education Assembly

On Monday, December 10 we will hold a drug awareness and education assembly for 9th Graders. This assembly will be presented in conjunction with the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.

Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

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 next 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.

Join Us for Our Second Winter Concert of the Season!

The Tamanend Music Department is excited for our Winter Concert Performances. Our second Winter Concert of the year will be held on Wednesday, December 12. Please see performance line up below. The concert begins at 7:00 PM and are free to our Tamanend Community. Please feel free to invite friends and family to these two concerts. If you have any questions, please email your child’s music teacher.

Wednesday, December 12

Chieftan Chorus

8th Grade Band

7th Grade Chorus

Symphonic Swing Ensemble

9th Grade Chorus

Tamanend Students Chosen for BCMA Music Festival

Congratulations to Rachel Feng an Alex Kozik! Rachel (on Oboe) and Alex (on French Horn) auditioned against 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from across Bucks County and were chosen to represent our school in the Bucks County Music Educators Association Festival in March of 2019. Great Job and congratulations on your hard work and for being outstanding instrumentalists!

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Drug Awareness and Education Assembly for 9th Graders--Monday, December 10 during school day

Winter Concert #2--Wednesday 12/12 at 7:00 PM

Winter Dance--Friday 12/14 7:30PM--9:30 PM

Early Dismissal--Friday 12/21

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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 bcaughie@cbsd.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!

Stay Well,

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 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

Help for the Holidays

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Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Housing Information

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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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