Tamanend Connections

Tamanend Together!

November 20, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The next edition of our newsletter will be sent out on Friday, December 4.

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THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE--DOLLARS AND DIAPERS

Our Tamanend community will be running a Diapers and Dollars drive from Monday, November 16th through Tuesday, November 24th to support local families in need and the Central Bucks Farmers Market. At this time, there is a particular need for diapers especially sizes 4T to 6T and baby wipes. There is also a flyer below with a full list of items needed. If you are able to make a monetary donation, you are welcome to contribute cash or checks payable to Tamanend Middle School or donate through MyPaymentsPlus https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome In-person donations can be dropped off at Tamanend during school hours. Students can drop food/diaper donations on the flatbed in the cafeteria (it has a sign) or take them to room 508 (Señora Murray’s room). Monetary donations should be taken to Room 230 (Señora Mars) or Room 508 (Señora Murray). We thank you for your support of our school and the Central Bucks community.
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CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

NJHS Thanksgiving Food Drive (Dollars & Diapers)--Monday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 24 (details above, in this newsletter)

Thanksgiving Break--Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29

Tamanend Student Picture Day--Tuesday, December 8 (Hybrid 1 in school; 1:30--5:00 for 100% online students) and Friday, December 11 (Hybrid 2 in school; 1:30--5:00 for 100% online students). Or any time by appointment by calling 215-345-1851 or emailing candcphotostudios@verizon.net

Tamanend Parent Book Club--Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 PM (virtual, on Teams). Click here for more information.

Tamanend Parent Council--Thursday, December 17 at 9:00 AM (virtual, on Teams)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • Students interested in WRESTLING are invited to attend a wrestler/parent virtual team meeting on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm. Please reach out to Mr. Klein so that you can be added to the Teams invitation. Please register on Family ID as soon as possible.
  • Students interested in Boys Basketball should register on Family ID. The season will begin in January. If you are interested in participating, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of the season. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE. Family ID opened for registration on October 25th.
  • 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.
  • REMINDER: 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.

COVID-19 Screenings for 7th & 8th Grade Athletes

All 7th and 8th Grade Tamanend athletes are reminded to complete the COVID-19 screening each day they have a game or practice. Click HERE to access the screening.

TAMANEND FEATURES

For 9th Grade Students in Ms. Connell's and Mr. Sterner's English Classes

In early December, we will begin our next book in English class and we need to let you know how to get your copy of this for use during the unit. For students in Hybrid 1 or Hybrid 2, the book will be available for students to pick up in class beginning this week from a table in the classroom.


For students that are 100% virtual, we are having an after school pick up similar to what occurred for all classes in September, though on a smaller scale. We will ask for you to try and pick up the book between 3:15 and 5:30 PM on Monday, November 23rd outside the Cafeteria following the same protocol as in September. You will pull in the main driveway and head back towards the softball field, staying inside the cones to pull up near the black fencing and gate outside the cafeteria. If you can display your student name in the window or dashboard, that is helpful.

Calling All Performers! Tamanend Players is Back!

Do you love to Sing, Dance, ACT or maybe all three? Do you long to Perform for an audience, whether virtually or in person? If so then Join us for the Tamanend Players Musical Interest meeting this Monday November 23rd. We will be meeting via Teams for the interest meeting and there will be lots of information about auditions, rehearsals and how the show will work this year. OH, and we will also be revealing… THE SHOW!!!!!! ..da da duh… so join us on Monday November 23rd from 3:00 – 3:45 by clicking this meeting link. Any questions email Cwilhem@cbsd.org or Isanchez@cbsd.org.

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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 Face Mask Sale

Show your Tamanend pride while staying safe and supporting the Community Service Club with your very own Tamanend face mask! Masks are $10 each, are 100% cotton, and have adjustable straps. Place your order through MyPaymentsPlus by November 24: www.mypaymentsplus.com

Reminder--Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2020. Any exam given since September 1, 2019 is acceptable. Please email your dental form to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976.

Reminder--Freshman Baby Pictures for 2020-2021 Yearbook

The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors opened a website to upload 9th Grade baby pictures for the 2020-2021 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 your child in the yearbook at this special time in his or her life. The cost is $5. Here are the directions for uploading your photo:

DEADLINE FOR UPLOADING PHOTOS IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

  1. Be sure to SAVE THE PICTURE AS YOUR CHILD’S FIRST AND LAST NAME prior to uploading the picture! (We will unfortunately delete any baby pictures not saved correctly with a first and last name, as we do not want to mislabel a student’s picture in the yearbook with a wrong name)
  2. Please visit the website https://images.jostens.com/upload.jsp
  3. When asked to type a User ID, please type 415873954
  4. Click on “Choose File” and upload your picture
  5. Under “Contact Information” you will enter your student’s e-mail address, your student’s first name, and your student’s last name
  6. Under “Image Information” you will enter your student’s first name, your student’s last name, and you will choose grade 9.
  7. Agree to the Terms of Use by checking the box
  8. Finally, click Upload Chosen Image


Click here if you would like to learn more.

Reminder--Order Your Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2020-2021 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2021 the cost of the full-color, hardback yearbook is on sale for $35 (plus tax). This is also the deadline if you’d like to add any additional personalization to your child’s yearbook. The price of the yearbook will increase to $37.50 from February 1st-March 31st, and finally to $40 for any yearbooks ordered up until April 30th. 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 kgerth@cbsd.org.

Reminder--Tamanend Student Picture Days

Tamanend Student Picture Days are scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th (for Hybrid 1 students) and Friday, December 11th (for Hybrid 2 students). 100% online students may come to Tamanend for their student pictures on Tuesday, December 8th from 1:30--5:00 or on Friday December 11th from 1:30--5:00. Additionally, parents/guardians of 100% online students can call C&C Studios at 215-345-1851 or email candcphotostudios@verizon.net to schedule their appointment. Once your appointment has been made, we will email you the paperwork (Picture Order Form and Covid-19 Consent Form) needed to be filled out brought in at the time of your appointment. Please note that parent(s)/guardian(s) of Hybrid students may also make an appointment to have their child's picture taken at the studio if they don't wish to wait until the in-person dates in December.

Should you wish to make an appointment for any other children that may attend high school or elementary school please feel free to do so. All scheduled appointments will be given ample time to provide the utmost customer service and the time allotted will be based on the number of students per family being photographed.

Please note that in-studio appointments will not be available for purchase online.

All questions will be answered directly by C&C Studios at 215-345-1851 or email candcphotostudios@verizon.net. For a copy of our Covid-19 Safety Protocol, please email us at the above email address and we send you one.

Reminder--Tamanend Parent Book Club

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we will be reading It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2015) by Danah Boyd. The book describes how social media impacts teenagers and how they connect with the world around them. 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 and joys of raising adolescents. The first meeting will be held on December 9 at 6:30 via Teams. Click here to read more about the Parent Book Club. Click here to join the meeting.

UNICEF 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 (jheisey@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.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 (dsterner@cbsd.org) or Mr. Landis (mdlandis@cbsd.org) to be part of our Tamanend Today Club! Thank you!

Reminder--Roaring Voices Review (Tamanend's Literary Magazine)

Do you like having an impactful voice through writing, art, and/or photography? Then please join us as part of Roaring Voices Review, Tamanend’s own literary magazine. Please let Mrs. Mancini (lmancini@cbsd.org) or Mr. Sterner (dsterner@cbsd.org) know if you are interested via e-mail, and we will alert you to our first meeting. Thank you!

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

Teachers will be taking attendance every class period during hybrid learning. If your child is unable to participate in hybrid learning during all or part of the day due to illness or medical appointment, please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

Please note for Hybrid students: If your child is participating online from home due to illness on a day he or she is scheduled to be in the building, please contact Attendance. Your child will receive Attendance credit for participating online that day if he/she is logging on to Teams calls and participating in classes.

Screening and Self-Reporting

One of the most important things everyone, students and staff, can do is stay home when they are sick. Families will monitor their child daily for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day. As always, any student who becomes ill while in school will visit the nurse. It is also critically important for every one to self-report if they have had known, direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they may not return to school until the following three criteria are met:


  • isolation restrictions dictated by the Bucks County Department of Health are lifted, AND
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, OR if asymptomatic, 10 days since the date of their positive test, AND
  • once they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication


The individual will need to report directly to the health suite upon returning to school to be evaluated by the school nurse. A"flowchart," found below, has been prepared to help families determine when to send their child to school.

What to Do If Your Child Is Sick

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Reminder--Please Update Emergency & Census Information in Parent Portal

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to update emergency and census information in Parent Portal. This takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

  • Demographic Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
  • Media Release Preferences

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one. If you need help with your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this important information!

Reminder--Students Should Check Outlook Email Daily

A reminder that students should check their Outlook email daily for important reminders and information from teachers. This is another great way to stay connected.

Want To Learn the Latest About Hybrid Learning?

Click here to visit the Tamanend Hybrid Learning Quick Reference Guide.


Click here to read the 2020-2021 CB Return to School Guide.

FROM OUR GUIDANCE OFFICE

Guidance Sparks

“The greatest gift parents can give their children is to help them discover their purpose and passion”, states Peter Benson a leading authority on childhood and adolescence and the author of Sparks. This can be an overwhelming challenge in today’s difficult world. Over the past 2 years, school counselors from all building levels in CBSD have developed a K-12 Guidance Plan. Brainstorming, stake-holder involvement, creative planning, goal setting and implementation continue to be part of this. The Plan includes what is currently part of our academic, social/emotional guidance curriculum and in this evolving process we will try to meet the variety of needs of our students and school community. We invite you to share in our continued learning on how to inspire passion and purpose. Articles, videos, and documents will be shared in your school newsletter on a regular basis. Look for the SPARKS picture like the one above. We hope you find this information beneficial to you and your family. We appreciate your time and involvement in the education of all our students.

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

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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!

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FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Introducing LanSchool Air

Thank you for your support and patience as we work together to help students continue their education from home during this extraordinary time. We wanted to tell you about one of the solutions we are offering teachers to help support virtual learning: LanSchool Air.

LanSchool Air helps teachers provide instruction and guidance to students outside of the traditional classroom. This solution includes features that:

  • Allow teachers to save time by pushing a website to all student devices instantly.
  • Offer instant messaging between the teacher and students, giving students the opportunity to digitally “raise their hand” to indicate they’ve finished their assignment or have a question.
  • Enable teachers to view students’ screens to ensure they’re staying on track.
  • Provide a way for teachers to set restrictions on the websites and apps students can visit during class time.

If you would like more information about LanSchool Air, please visit the website at Lanschoolair.com.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep your children safe and learning.

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Reminder--Technology Support

The Innovation and Technology Department has created this webpage to explain the many ways to access technology support.

https://www.cbsd.org/Page/63431

Reminder--9th-12th Grade Student Technology Toolkit

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FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

Reminder--Breakfast and Lunch Available for Free to All Students

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The Central Bucks School District and Aramark are committed to providing every student with the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious meals they can enjoy at no charge. No applications are needed! Breakfast bags will be available for daily grab and go pick up in the morning in the Cafeteria. Grab a breakfast bag and start your day off by fueling your body or hold onto it and enjoy at the designated snack period. Lunch will be available to grab and go at dismissal from the Cafeteria. On Tuesdays and on Fridays, students may take home Breakfast and Lunches for the three school days they are learning online from home. Parents can also pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 at one of three locations:

CB West Visitor Entrance

CB South Gymnasium Entrance

CB East Main Office Entrance

Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year.

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

Reminder--Coats for Our Kids

If you would like a free, new winter coat for your child, please email Jeff Klein jklein@cbsd.org or Brian Caughie bcaughie@cbsd.org and we will provide you with one through the program below.
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Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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CB CARES

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 November's Boomerang Asset are due by Tuesday, 11/24. The chosen for November is Asset #21: Achievement Motivation- Recognizing a young person who is motivated to do well in school. Please submit your nomination through this link. Thank you in advance for your nomination.
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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 9am

This is an online event.

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. At this time, Parent Council meetings are being held virtually. Please click here to join the meeting through Teams.

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

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.
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How Did We Do This Week?

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