Tamanend Connections

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November 30, 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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Link To Unity (L2U)

On Saturday, November 17 we held our first Link To Unity (L2U) event at Tamanend. Link to Unity is a peer leadership program facilitated by CB South students for Tamanend and Unami students. The purpose of the Link to Unity (L2U) program is for our students to have fun, make new friends, and develop leadership skills. In addition to the Link To Unity (L2U) events, we have an after school club for any student interested in peer leadership. The first club meeting of the school year will be in December. Stay tuned for the exact date and sign up information.
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Congratulations November Boomerang Award Nominees and Winner!

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a district wide program sponsored by CB Cares which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by the chosen asset for each month of the school year. Students are nominated by teachers or community members. For the month of November the asset was positive family communication—recognizing a young person who communicates positively with and seeks council from their parent and/or guardian. Congratulations to our building winner Dalton Van Zanten and to all of the following students for being nominated: Jana Alassos, Michelle Arellano, Ben Busick, Ryan Dobson, Troy Dunson, Julianne Emberger, Christian Fetzer, Ty Murray, Ksenia Semenovykh, Liv Smith, Evan Waugh, Emma Wenzke

Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

Tamanend Winter Dance--Save the Date

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. More details and ticket sale information to follow.

Upcoming Music Performances

The Tamanend Music Department is excited for our upcoming Winter Concert Performances. Here is a snapshot of the groups performing on each night. The concerts both begin 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.

Thursday, December 6

String Ensemble


7th Grade Orchestra

7th Grade Band

8th Grade Chorus

8th and 9th Grade Orchestra

9th Grade Band

Wednesday, December 12

Chieftan Chorus

8th Grade Band

7th Grade Chorus

Symphonic Swing Ensemble

9th Grade Chorus

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Winter Concert #1--Thursday 12/6 at 7:00 PM

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

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

Studying Squid in 7th Grade Science

Mrs. Gamble's, Mr. Lenet's, and Mrs. Wilhelm's 7th Grade Science classes investigated the biological structures and anatomy of squid as part of a lab this week.

7th Grade UNICEF Collection a Success!

Thank you to the 7th graders who successfully raised over $800 for UNICEF this year. They embody the idea of “kids helping kids” for a tremendous cause. Way to go, 7th Grade!

Congratulations, Cookie Bosses!

Congratulations to the following Tamanend students who were recently recognized by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania as Cookie Bosses. These three girls are go-getters, innovators, risk takers, and leaders. They earned this distinction by selling over 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in a three-month period last year. Congratulations to…

Amanda Meehan

Morgan Miller

Samantha Thomas

Congratulations, Peter!

Tamanend is proud of 7th Grader Peter Punchello! Peter is the goalie for the New York Red Bulls U-13 soccer team. The New York Red Bulls is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. Peter is an excellent student who balances academics and athletics while maintaining a positive mindset. He is a prime example of the talent and commitment to excellence that Tamanend students demonstrate each day.
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News from the 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. The SAP team would like to share the following two resources related to e-cigarettes, vaping, and JUULs below:

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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.

News from the Athletic Department


Congratulations to both the 7th and 8th Grade girls basketball teams which started their seasons off with victories!


  • If you are interested in participating in 7th/8th Grade BOYS BASKETBALL, an organizational meeting will be held during Advisory on Wednesday, December 5th in the Auditorium. 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, and will be explained at the organizational meeting.
  • If you played a Fall sport, your physical is already on file. Therefore you only need to submit Section 7/Recertification of the PIAA physical.
  • If you did not play a Fall sport, you must submit Sections 5 & 6 of the PIAA physical.


  • There will be an interest meeting for all 9th Grade Tamanend boys interested in playing volleyball at CB South on Monday, Dec. 3rd at 6pm in the Tamanend Cafeteria. Parents and students should plan to attend.

CB South Ice Hockey News

Game results 11/28 :

- JV : 10-0 win over Plymouth Whitemarsh

- Varsity : 12-3 win over Souderton

Next week:

- JV: Fri 12/7 vs Souderton 9pm @ Revolution Ice Garden

- Varsity: Wed 12/5 vs Neshaminy 7:20 @ Grundy Ice Arena

Come out and support current and former Tamanend students!

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

Join Superintendent Dr. John Kopicki for the Community Connections meeting on January 30 from 6:00--7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30 in the Tamanend Library.

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

Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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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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