Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

May 29, 2020

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Strong Showing for Tamanend at Reading Olympics

Thank you to all of the students and families who attended the Virtual Reading Olympics competition Wednesday night! Tamanend did a wonderful job with 29 students participating. Five Tamanend students were in the top 10 in the competition: Sophia Woodcock, Victoria Donovan, Sophia Jacob, Ella Gift, and Daria Drakas. Congratulations to Tamanend's individual winner, Daria Drakas and congratulations to Tamanend's winning team, the Bookie Monsters: Daria Drakas, Sophia Woodcock, Ella Gift, Sophia Jacob, Victoria Donovan, Anushka Saha, Shrinithaa Elangovan, Sana Mohammed, Selena Camacho, Sofia Camacho, Jessica Sun, and Varunikha Satheesh.

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. Your child does not have to participate in the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program to receive grab & go free lunches. 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

Principal's Awards Ceremony--Monday, June 1 (parents of students who are being recognized in this ceremony received an email invitation and will receive direct link to view virtual ceremony on June 1)

CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School--open to anyone who needs assistance with food at this time--Wednesday, June 3 at 4:00 PM for car line; 5:15 for walk up line

Virtual Homework Club--Thursday, June 4 from 12-2:30 (virtually, via Teams)

Tamanend Talent Show--Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 PM (virtually, via Teams)

Final Awards Ceremony & Recognition of 9th Grade Class--Monday, June 15 (this ceremony will be held virtually and will be available to view starting June 15; link to ceremony will be sent via email blast and posted on Tamanend website)

Last Day of School--Monday, June 15

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • All Spring sports in Central Bucks have been cancelled. Please see below for the latest press release from PIAA.
  • For a list of Frequently Asked Questions published by PIAA, please click HERE.
  • Please see below for information about home workouts through Nike Training Club.
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Check Out Tamanend Softball Catch Challenge

The Tamanend Softball Coaches are so sad that our season couldn’t happen this year but we are so proud of our quaranTEAM for participating in our workout challenges, movie nights, and team meetings. Covid-19 couldn’t stop the team from having a catch! Check out our softball catch challenge: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1726976159

Tamanend Strong Shirts Available for Purchase

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TAMANEND FEATURES

Historical Person of the Year

Seventh grade Social Studies students have been working hard all year to learn about the accomplishments of exceptional individuals throughout the Classical world, medieval times, the Renaissance, and beyond. The excitement and competition that come with the annual tradition of choosing a Historical Person of the Year (HPOY) are still alive and well. Beginning this week, Journey and Legacy students have the opportunity to debate and vote on a bracket-style tournament of historical figures to determine a winner live in classes the week of June 8. Stay tuned to see which historical figure gets crowned this year!

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Join Us for Upcoming Virtual Coffeehouses!

The next two Corona Cabarets are this Friday 5/29 (featuring several Tamanend alums) and next Tuesday 6/2. Information and sign-ups here: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/53802. The last Corona Cabaret (Talent Show Edition) will occur on June 11th.

Reminder--Tamanend Virtual Talent Show is June 11

We are thrilled to announce Tamanend’s first ever virtual Talent Show! For those of you who have been tuning in to the fabulous Corona Cabarets, the format for our virtual Talent Show will be very similar. However, the one main difference, is that we are encouraging and accepting video submissions in addition to a few live performances. The Talent Show will air on Teams on Thursday evening, June 11th at 7:00 PM. We hope to see all of you there! Below are some important details you will need to know:

  • Please share video submissions with Mr. Sanchez (isanchez@cbsd.org) by Sunday, May 31st. You will need to upload your video to the cloud (OneDrive, iCloud, Google etc.) first before sharing with Mr. Sanchez.
  • Submissions should be a maximum of 4 minutes. You may be asked to shorten your video due to time constraints. Please be flexible.
  • Music lyrics should be school appropriate – we may ask for a written copy of song lyrics.
  • We are encouraging non-traditional talent show acts in addition to singing and playing musical instruments (movie shorts, stop motion animations, etc.). If you are unsure about a particular act, please contact Madame Orinski and Ms. Vitacco.

We can’t wait to see the incredible talent our Tamanend students and teachers have to share!

Ms. Scheffey's Classes Show Gratitude

Ms. Sheffey challenged her students to show their gratitude for others in their families and in the community. Enjoy some of their responses below.
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Reminder--Art Club Opportunities

Art Club members please keep an eye on Ms. Schollenberger's and Mrs. Pirolli’s teacher websites. They will be sharing some additional opportunities to be creative during this time, and to share your artwork! All of the activities are posted on their teacher websites so even if you are not an art club member you can still participate! Send any work that you complete to Ms. Schollenberger and Mrs. Pirolli at sschollenberger@cbsd.org and mtpirolli@cbsd.org so that they can share it with the Tamanend community! Click here for more information.

Plan for Retrieving Items Students Left at Tamanend to be Communicated Afternoon of May 29

We realize that most students have personal items in lockers at Tamanend. We will communicate plans for retrieval of items left in lockers via email blast on the afternoon of May 29.

FROM OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Reminder--CB South Virtual Informational Meeting & Show Reveal

Friday, May 29th and 7 pm the Central Bucks South Marching Titans will be hosting a virtual Informational Meeting and Show Reveal for the 2020 Fall Marching Season via Microsoft Teams. The Marching Titans is an extracurricular activity meeting from Mid-August through the first week of November. The band performs at all CB South Varsity Football Games and competes in major competition circuits in the fall. The Marching Titans also perform at various parades in the region, including the Nationally Televised QVC Chrismas Parade. Everyone has a place in the CB South Marching Titans whether they are a band student or not. We are looking for members to join the Color Guard, Front Ensemble Percussion, Drum Line, Brass Section and Woodwind Section. All students currently in 8th-11th grade are eligible to join the Marching Band for the 2020 Fall Season. Marching Band provides students with the opportunity to learn not only music and performance skills but also lifelong lessons such as teamwork, discipline, and excellence. The informational meeting is open to all Parents and Students. Links to join will be sent via email and the band social media accounts. To receive an email with the link to join please fill out the brief Microsoft Form, by clicking here. Follow the CB South Bands on social media @CBSouthBands for more updates. If you have any questions, please reach out to CB South Band Director, Mr. Cox (BrianCox@cbsd.org).

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FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

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

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UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Reminder--CB Cares and CBSD Present an Online Parent Positive Event - Watch On-Demand May 15-May 29

With COVID-19 giving many of us downtime at home with our families, we invite the Central Bucks community to take this opportunity to watch SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. This special edition includes a brief introduction by the filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston, plus a pre-recorded Q&A with her after the film, where she responds to some of the most frequently asked questions about the topics covered in the film. Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/nc-trailer

ACCESS THE EVENT ON-DEMAND at:

https://www.bigmarker.com/screenagers-starhouse/SCREENAGERS-NC-STREAM-Central-Bucks-School-District

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Reminder--Alternate Bus Stop Requests

A reminder that alternate school bus requests must be filed every school year. If you are interested in requesting an alternate bus stop for the 2020-2021 school year, please click here.

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

CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School is Open Every Wednesday at 4:00

The CB Farmers' Market at Barclay Elementary School is open every Wednesday at 4:00. Barclay Elementary School is located at 2015 Palomino Drive in Warrington. Please stop by if you need assistance with food at this time. We offer free produce, dairy products, bread and other food items.

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.

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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Nominate a Tamanend Student for the Boomerang Youth Recognition 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 May’s Boomerang Asset are due by Thursday, 06/04. The chosen for May is Asset #37: Personal Power. Recognizing a young person who feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me”. Please submit your nomination through this link.

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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How Did We Do This Week?

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