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March 1, 2019

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19th Annual Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Basketball Tournament

What a great day we had on Saturday at the 19th Annual Tamanend Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Basketball Tournament!! So many members of the Tamanend community did so much to make this year’s fundraiser such a success! Here are some highlights of this year’s event:

-250 students were registered to play.

-Almost 200 games were played from 9:00 am until after 5:00 pm.

-Many students who did not play still attended to cheer on their classmates or lend a helping hand.

-Many students from National Junior Honor Society assisted in various ways in preparation for and throughout the day.

-Student Council did a phenomenal job in running the cafeteria and assisting in other ways.

-Our gift baskets raised a tremendous amount of money, and many people won some great items.

-Many staff members came to support the event and/or participate in some of the contests that were going on.

Special thanks are extended to the following people:

-The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Tournament Committee who worked countless hours in planning and running the event:

-Mrs. Fink and Mrs. McFarland who collect and account for all student donations.

-Mrs. Murray who works to coordinate donations and sponsors as well as directs the involvement of NJHS members.

-Mrs. Orinski and Miss Vitacco who pull everything in the Cafeteria together and do so much for and with Student Council’s involvement in the fundraiser.

-Mr. Heisey who coordinated the activity rooms and helped with a variety of other things throughout the day.

-Mr. Tauber, who continues to come out of retirement, ran shooting contests and games in the auxiliary gym and had--again!--another successful day.

-Mrs. Myrtetus who provided nursing coverage for the entire day.

-Dr. Caughie and Mr. Dudley for supporting our efforts and helping with everything throughout the day.

-Mrs. Villa and Mrs. Kirkpatrick who helped with so many different tasks as we prepared for the fundraiser and assisted on Saturday, along with Mrs. Consoletti, in running the gift basket table.

-Our custodial staff who helped with so many different tasks before, during, and after the fundraiser

Congratulations to the following people:

-All of the gift basket winners.

-All of the staff who helped in various ways and/or attended the fundraiser.

-The parents who assisted throughout the day and stayed many hours to help.

-Most of all….the students who did such a great job in raising so much money for a great cause, conducting yourself so well throughout the day and earning compliments on your behavior, your dedication, and your efforts from many parents and community members, competing on the basketball floor but remembering to keep the focus on the spirit of the tournament, proving that you are aware of how important it is to give to others, and making this year’s tournament another great success.

-A special thank you to Mr. Klein for chairing and leading the Kelly Anne Dolan Committee for many years. You are a true example of what Tamanend represents.

The total amount raised is still being calculated, but we are confident that Tamanend has raised over $28,500 for KADMF this year! That puts Tamanend’s contributions to KADMF, since our partnership began, to over $475,000 and keeps Tamanend as the leading contributor to KADMF since our fundraiser began.

Congratulations on making the Tamanend community so proud!!

An Exciting Week for the New Tambucks Cafe and our FRIENDS Group!

It was an exciting week for our Autistic Support classes and our FRIENDS group! The team went on a community-based instruction trip to East/West Karate on Tuesday. They also held the grand opening of our Tambucks Café! Students in our Autistic Support program run a café for staff members to purchase coffee and other beverages during the school day. Great job, students and staff!

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Reminder--Tamanend Spring Musical "Cinderella"--is March 8 and 9

Join us for our Spring musical on March 8 and 9! Times are 7:00 PM on March 8 and 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM on March 9. “Cinderella” tickets are no longer available online; however they will be available in the Tamanend Main Office beginning Monday at 10 am. They will be sold in the office all week and at the door before each show.

Reminder--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bucks County Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit (Rescheduled)

Any student interested in attending the re-scheduled Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit on March 24 from 4:00 -7:30 PM at Council Rock North High School should see Dr. Caughie to sign up.
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This Week's Teen Talk

What is Teen Talk? Each week, we will include a resource in our newsletter designed to promote conversations between parents and children regarding important issues related to teenagers. We hope that these resources serve to help parents and students navigate the excitement and challenges associated with the teenage years. In addition, we will highlight topics that we are discussing in Advisory and in presentations so that you may continue the conversation at home with your teen.

This Week's Teen Talk Topic: Safe 2 Say Reporting System

On March 1, all students will learn about the Pennsylvania Safe 2 Say Something school safety program in assemblies (https://www.cbsd.org/Page/44056). The program is designed to encourage teenagers and others to report safety concerns so that those and need can get help. Please consider discussing this important topic and resource with your teen.

Students Make "Blessing Bags" for Angels in Motion

Students in Advisory created “Blessing Bags” for the Angels in Motion organization. The bags will be distributed to the homeless in the region. Thank you, students for making a difference in the community!

February's Featured Teacher is Mrs. Ryan

Mrs. Ryan has taught grades 7 through 11. She has been teaching for eight years and her favorite part of being a teacher is watching her students grow from 7th to 9th grade. Mrs. Ryan’s hobbies include spending time with her kids and watching football. Mrs. Ryan attended college at Gwynedd Mercy. Her favorite food is ice cream and her favorite color is blue! Do you enjoy watching The Bachelor? Well if so, Mrs. Ryan does too! Mrs. Ryan is married and has two daughters. Imagine your toes in the sand of Hawaii or Bermuda, which happen to be Mrs. Ryan’s favorite vacation spots. Have you ever heard of the author Nicholas Sparks? Well that’s Mrs. Ryan’s favorite author. Mrs. Ryan loves all music except country. When Mrs. Ryan retires, she can see herself on a beautiful beach. I hope you enjoyed February's featured teacher!

Submitted by Paige S.

Grade 8

Jazz Band Performs at Competition

Congratulations to the Jazz Band for their first successful competition of the year. The Jazz Band played really well at Upper Moreland and received many compliments from both Tamanend parents and Upper Moreland audience members. Some highlights for the evening include the band winning two section awards. Both the Flute and the Trombone sections were the sole recipients of these awards and Tamanend was the only band awarded with two separate section awards for the evening! And individually, Jerry Zhou won a solo award for his improvisational work on tenor sax. Congratulations Jazz Band and good luck this Friday at Strayer Middle School.

Reminder--Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--Program Planning for 2019-2020

Program Planning for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. Program Planning is the process by which students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors collaborate to create each student's class schedule for the subsequent school year. The Central Bucks Program of Studies, which explains the program planning process and describes all courses, can be found on the CBSD website. Please note that the Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 will be available on January 18. The Program of Students booklet for Grade 9-12 will be available on January 4. Please find a list of important dates below related to program planning:

  • January 3--Program planning assembly for current 9th Graders
  • January 4--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 9-12 available online at www.cbsd.org
  • January 10--Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair (for current 9th Graders) 6:30 PM at CB South High School
  • January 18--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 available online at www.cbsd.org
  • January 18 to February 3--Current 9th Grade students enter course requests at home via Parent Portal
  • January 30--Program planning assembly for current 7th Graders
  • January 31--Program planning assembly for current 8th Graders
  • February 8--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 7th Graders
  • February 13--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Guidance Office for current 7th Graders
  • February 26--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 8th Graders
  • March 5--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Guidance Office for current 8th Graders

Upcoming Events at a Glance

Safe 2 Say Something Assemblies--Friday, March 1 (during school day)

Spring Musical (Cinderella)--Friday, March 8 at 7:00 PM & Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Athletic Department News


  • Interest meetings for Tamanend track will be held during Advisory/Consult in Room 225 with Coach Vitacco on the following dates:
    • 7th Grade: Tuesday, March 5th
    • 8th Grade: Thursday, February 28th
  • An interest meeting for 7th and 8th Grade Girls Soccer will be held during Advisory/Consult in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 5th
  • An interest meeting for 7th and 8th Grade Girls Lacrosse will be held during Advisory/Consult in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 5th
  • Students who are interested in playing any of the sports below for Tamanend need to stop by the Guidance Office and submit your name to Mr. Klein by March 1st.
    • 9th Grade baseball
    • 9th Grade softball
    • 7th/8th Grade girls lacrosse
    • 7th/8th Grade boys lacrosse
  • If you are interested in participating in Spring Sports, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of tryouts which begin in March. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page, which can be found HERE, and will be explained at the organizational meetings.
  • If you played a Fall/Winter 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/Winter sport, you must submit Sections 5 & 6 of the PIAA physical.

Athletics Schedule

Monday, 3/4

7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Tohickon (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40

Tuesday, 3/5

8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Holicong (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40

Wednesday, 3/6

No games

Thursday, 3/7

No games

Friday, 3/8

No games

CB South Ice Hockey News

Congratulations to the CB South Varsity Ice Hockey for again making it to the SHSHL Championship game. It was a disappointing loss in a hard fought game against Pennridge. However, the season is not over for your skating Titans as they start their quest for the PA state title. CB South is the 2nd seed in the Flyers Cup tournament that begins next week:

Game #1

Wednesday, March 6th

CB South vs Downingtown West

7:15pm @ Revolution Ice Garden

JV still has work to do as the JV Hockey Playoffs begin next week:

Game #1 Semi Final Tuesday, March 5th CB South vs CR South

7:20pm @ Grundy Ice Arena

9th Grader Advances to State Science Competition

Congratulations to 9th Grader Veronica Swartz who competed in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences competition (Science Fair) this past Saturday and earned a 1st award for her project: “The Effect of Lighting on Anthocyanin in Leaf Lettuce”! This qualifies Veronica to compete at the state level competition at Penn State in mid-May.

Support "Southside" Autism Awareness

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the CB South Brew Crew will lead the CB South community in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day. Please consider purchasing one of our “Southside” Autism Awareness shirts with a special message on the back! All proceeds (minimum $5 per shirt) will be donated to the Autism Cares Foundation. Click here to place an order. Please email afelton@cbsd.org with any questions. Thanks in advance for your support! Tamanend orders will be delivered to Tamanend Advisories in late-March.

Reminder--Order Your Copy of the Tamanend Yearbook!

Click here to order your copy of this year's Tamanend yearbook. The cost is $40.

Reminder--CB to Farmer's Market is on March 6th at Barclay

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Central Bucks School District, in conjunction with Bucks County Opportunity Council and Philabundance, is proud to offer a Farmer’s Market. On Wednesday March 6th at 4:00, we will have fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as some dry goods, available at Barclay Elementary School. Family and Consumer Science teachers will be available to help answer questions about the fresh food and give suggestions for preparation. This is free for families that qualify for free or reduced lunch through the district. Also offered at this event will be English classes for those interested in learning the language. Please call 267-893-4100 and press 0 for the operator or email mamcdonald@cbsd.org if you have additional questions about this program. If we need to reschedule due to a snow day, please go to www.cbsd.org/barclay for more information.

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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 March 13

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--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

Grandfamilies Support Group

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Reminder--Housing Information

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Reminder--iSmart Parenting Presentation Sponsored by NOVA

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Parent Council

Thursday, March 21st, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

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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