Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

October 12, 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.
Big picture

7th Grade Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Trip

Hear ye, hear ye! Tamanend 7th grade students traveled back in time to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on Wednesday. This year’s scenario transported the Journey and Legacy teams back to England in 1520 as King Henry VIII attempted to broker a peace agreement with King Francis of France. The immersive experience encouraged students to engage in a variety of performances and activities. Before the trip, students perfected their Old English to interview actors for use in creative writing pieces in the weeks ahead. Congratulations to Tatiana B who earned a Special Merit ribbon for her poster entry. Highlights of the day included the Human Chess Match and the exciting conclusion of events at the Ultimate Joust. Fare thee well!

Ryan's Story--Anti-Bullying & Suicide Prevention Assembly and Evening Parent Program

Tamanend Middle School takes proactive steps to curb bullying, problem that is found in schools everywhere. We have recruited Mr. John Halligan to conduct a presentation on October 25, 2018 for our students. He will relay his own tragic experience as a Dad whose 13 year old son took his own life in 2003, after incessant bullying by peers since the 5th grade, both in school and online. Mr. Halligan further shares that Ryan wrestled with underlying mental health issues and depression and that these factors contributed to Ryan’s vulnerability and ultimate suicide. His story is riveting and powerful, and reminds students that there is a face, a person, a heart, on the other end of the screen.

His presentation will begin with a short video collection of home movie clips and still

pictures of Ryan. John will then begin to tell the story of Ryan and the factors that led up

to his son’s suicide. The students will gain a perspective from inside a family of a child

who is a victim of bullying and cyber bullying. They will also gain awareness about the

signs and risk of teenage suicide and how best to help a friend. As part of Mr. Halligan’s

presentation, students will have the chance to ask him questions. We encourage you to visit a website named for his son: http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/ for more information. In addition, we will hold a parent presentation by Mr. Hannigan at Klinger Middle School in Southampton on October 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This parent presentation is open to all Klinger Middle School and Tamanend Middle School parents.

Reminder--Help Us Recognize Veterans in our Community

As Veterans Day approaches, Tamanend Middle School would like to honor those who have served our country. On Monday, November 12th we will hold our Veterans Day Assembly. We would like this presentation to be meaningful not just for our students, but also for local veterans in our community. As such, if you have the email addresses of friends or family who have served in the armed forces who may be interested in joining us that morning, please send this information to Jeff Klein (jklein@cbsd.org) by November 1st. Thank you.

Fashion Week

Fashion Week has come to Tamanend! 9th grade French 2 students have spent the last few weeks studying the history of French fashion including many infamous Parisian designers (Chanel, Vuitton, Lacoste), French Fashion Week, the bi-annual sales, and the many popular department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché. They also studied clothing and accessory vocabulary and learned how to comment on the use and style of different items using direct object pronouns! Today, they held their annual fashion show where each student modeled and presented a unique ensemble! Tout le monde était très chic!!

Big picture

The Next Meeting of the Tamanend Parent Book Club is November 7

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.

Help is Down the Hall--Tamanend Student Assistance Team

The Tamanend SAP (Student Assistance Program) 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 they are concerned about.

Referrals can be made at this Referral Link or by contacting a SAP member. Members of the SAP Team are:









Congratulations to our 2018-2019 National Junior Honors Society Officers

The National Junior Honors Society recently held elections for officers for the 2018-2019 School Year. Congratulations!

President – Leah Marucci

Vice President – Chloe Gang

Co-Secretaries – Jude Gulle and Kaitlyn Gang

News from the Athletic Department

Athletic Highlights from the Week of October 8, 2018:

The 8th Grade Field Hockey team picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 7-0 win over Klinger last Thursday.

The 7th Grade Field Hockey team is having an amazing season so far! After growth in early games this season, the team has really hit a hot streak. Anna M has been a scoring machine, and Brynn A has netted a few goals of her own. Captains Hannah L and Samantha T control the game on and off the field, and Brooke C and Olivia C have turned in amazing performances in goal including two shutout wins! Come check out the Tigers as they play at home on Tuesday and Friday next week. Way to go, team!

The 8th Grade Soccer team earned a win against Klinger last Thursday by a 9 to 4 score. The team also traveled to district rival Unami this Tuesday and earned a 4 to 0 victory. Leading the scoring for the Tigers was Ethan C. Scoring one goal each were Reese L. and Nick I. Sean R. tallied 3 assists on the day and Michael M. added a fourth assist. The defense, led by Kyle K., played spectacular and Nick S. earned the shutout in goal.

Congratulations to the 7th Grade Football team with another great win over Lenape 26-7. Keep it up!

The 8th Grade Football team tied Tohickon 12-12. Will R. rushed for a touchdown and Eddie M hit Connor S for a short touchdown pass.

FROM CB SOUTH: The Winter Concussion meeting will take place Monday, October 29th in the Forum room at CB South. The times for each team are as followed:

At 3 pm:

    • Winter Track
    • Girls Basketball
    • Wrestling

At 3:45 pm:

    • Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving
    • Boys Basketball

Impact testing will follow the meetings in the computer labs

The Tamanend Athletic Department and NJHS opened the Concession Cart this week! Chips, cookies and water are available for $1 each! Look for the Concession Cart at upcoming home athletic events. Proceeds will go to help local families in need.

CB South Ice Hockey Season Begins Monday!

CB South Junior Varsity Ice Hockey will be playing their first non-league scrimmage vs Council Rock South on Monday night, October 15. Game time is 6:30 pm at Revolution Ice Garden in Warwick. Good luck to our Tamanend players on the team!

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT)--October Spotlight

CB students can opt to enroll at MBIT for a variety of vocational and technical programs beginning in 10th Grade. Please contact your child's Guidance counselor for further details about MBIT. Click here to read MBIT's October spotlight.

Reminder--Tamanend Gear for Sale

Caldwell's in Doylestown is now offering Tamanend Gear. Screen printed orders should be submitted within the next two weeks. Embroidered order may be submitted at any time. Caldwell's will be creating a section for Tamanend products in their Doylestown store in approximately three weeks. For parents who asked about purchasing CB South gear, the order form is below.

Explorando la Piedra del Sol

Spanish 1 students learned about the Piedra del Sol (Sun Stone) as they begin an exploration of Mexican culture. The Piedra del Sol is an Aztec calendar uncovered in Mexico City in 1790.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Reminder--School Store is Open

The Tamanend School Store is open for business! We have many new items this year. For example, we are selling microfiber cloths that can be used for cleaning laptop screens. Stop by the School Store during Resource.

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--Communicating Absences

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

Southside Fest--October 12

Big picture

Southside Fest is a time for our CB South clubs and organizations to shine and show what South has to offer to our students and the community. Various clubs will have games, foods, and challenges that will help to engage the younger kids and build up their Southside spirit leading up to their years in high school. We also will be having a meet and greet with our marching band, cheerleaders, and football team before the big homecoming game. There will be food trucks and beverages sold, with music and dancing.

The event will run from 5-7 on Friday, October 12 in the back courtyard at South, and families are encouraged to stay for the homecoming football game where our CB South Titans will take on our rival CB East.

Please remember, all elementary and middle school students must have a parent present.

Reminder--Coats for Kids Drive

Big picture

Reminder--Please Update Student Emergency & Information Form Online if You Haven't Yet Done So

Each year, the Central Bucks School District requires our families to fill out a Student Emergency & Information Form.

This year, we are asking that you complete your family’s Student Emergency & Information Form online as soon as possible. (Please note that this is in addition to the emergency dismissal form completed at the building level).

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

Click here to be directed to your Parent Portal account to complete the Census Verification form.

Thank you for taking the time to update this important information.


For detailed information about this process, including a User Guide, please click here.

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please follow this link to request one.

If you need help filling out the online form, email or call Lori Rebstock.

If you need technical support, please email parentportal@cbsd.org.

Reminder--Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2018. Any exam given since September 1, 2017 is acceptable. Please have your student turn in his or her dental exam form directly to the Health Office.
Big picture

CB Cares--Boomerang Award

Big picture

Parent Council

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 9am

1492 Stuckert Road

Warrington, PA

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.

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.
Big picture

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

How Did We Do This Week?

We value your feedback. Click here to leave a comment, share with us what you like best about Tamanend, and share with us how we can improve our school.