Tamanend Connections

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January 17, 2020

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Tamanend Mock Trial Team Impresses Judges

On this past Wednesday evening, the plaintiff team from Tamanend's Mock Trial team competed against Lenape in front of a judge at Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown. The team tried the case with a keen strategy and confidence, and the jury, comprised of attorneys, awarded a preliminary verdict in favor of Tamanend. The plaintiff team is comprised of students Yana Buelens, Benjamin Busick, Ellena Fox, Benjamin Kim, Arunan Karthik, and Namrata Sureddy. The defense team, comprised of Nathan Cherny, Timothy Clift, Ava Regensburger, Ksenia Semenovykh, Sienna Smith, and Madison Wojciechowski, will compete Tuesday, January 21st at the Bucks County Courthouse against Archbishop Wood. We wish them luck!

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

School Holiday--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day--Monday, January 20

CB Save the Music Concerts--Friday, January 24 & Saturday, January 25

Celebration of Our Schools--Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 PM at CB South

Early Dismissal (End of 2nd Marking Period)--Friday, January 31

Winter Pep Rally--Friday, January 31 (during school day)

Kelly Anne Dolan Day--Saturday, February 22 (snow date Saturday, February 29)

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:

  • Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girls Basketball team for winning the Bucks County League postseason tournament for the second year in a row! This caps off an undefeated season for the team. Great job girls!
  • Tamanend Athletics has a new web site: https://tamanendathletics.com/. Students and parents are encouraged to register as “Fans” for their teams which will allow you to receive immediate notifications when games are changed or cancelled. Simply click on “GET ALERTS” to add your favorite teams, then choose how you want to receive notifications. Please see the attached flier for additional information.
  • If students plan to stay after school on game days, they must be at the game and not walking around or leaving campus. If students are not where they are supposed to be, they will not be permitted to attend future games. Thank you for your cooperation.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • Family ID is now open for spring sports registration for any student grades 9-12 trying out for a spring sport. Deadline to register is Wed. Feb. 26.
  • There will be an interest meeting for any student grades 9-12 interested in joining the track team at CB South in the cafeteria on Tuesday January 28 right after school. If you plan to attend and are taking the sports shuttle to South, please stop by guidance to get a permission slip for the shuttle.
  • If you are interested in attending CB South’s A and/or AAA ice hockey games, please see the schedules included in this newsletter.

Athletics Schedule

Monday, 1/20

  • No school

Tuesday, 1/21

  • No contests

Wednesday, 1/22

  • 7th/8th Grade Wrestling vs. Holicong (Home 3:15)

Thursday, 1/23

  • No contests

Friday, 1/24

  • 7th/8th Grade Wrestling @ Holland (Away; 3:30); bus leaves at 2:20
  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Maple Point (Scrimmage; Home; 3:15)

Saturday, 1/25

  • 7th/8th Grade Cheerleading @ CB South Competition; bus leaves at 8:45

CB South Ice Hockey

CB South Ice Hockey had a successful week. The Varsity Titans with a 6-3 win vs. Council Rock South in a very physical and contentious game! Your Varsity Titans sit at the top of the conference with a 7-0 record. Next week they take on Abington Thursday 1/23 @ 7:10 Hatfield Ice.

JV had an overwhelming 8-0 win over Plymouth Whitemarsh, the JV Titans play Neshaminy Thursday 1/23 @ 8:50 Hatfield Ice.

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UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Reminder--Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to Support Tamanend Players--February 1

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Come out to support Tamanend Players on Saturday, February 1 in their first ever Pancake Breakfast! Visit the Applebee’s on 611 between 8:00 and 10:00 am to enjoy sausage and unlimited pancakes with coffee, tea, and juice. Tickets are only $8 for anyone 11 and older, and $5 for children 10 and under. Bring your friends and start the day off right… plus you never know when your servers might break out into song! Tickets will be on sale beginning next week. Contact Mrs. Reitz (creitz@cbsd.org) for details.

Tamanend Students Organize Fundraiser for Australia Wild Fires

Hello Tamanend! As most students and staff know, there have been devastating fires in the Australia. 27 (and counting) citizens have passed away and over one billion animals have died. The cause of this terrible destruction is the climate. Although the climate is out of our hands, we can all still help by donating money to the nation. Throughout the school (cafeteria, lobby, library, and the front entrance of the auditorium), there are donation boxes that money can be dropped off at. The donations will then go to the Australian Red Cross and be used to aid the families in need, save the wildlife, and more. Any amount of money, whether it is $0.50 or $10, can help an animal or person in need. We appreciate your help!

Reminder--Next Tamanend Parent Book Club is February 4

Join us for the Tamanend Parent Book Club. This year, we are reading The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (2016) by Frances Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt. The book describes the unique functioning of the adolescent brain and provides practical guidance for parents. 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. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria. Please click here for more information.

Middle School Orientation for 6th Grade Parents--February 18

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Reminder--Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Basketball Tournament is February 22

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Tamanend's involvement with the Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation. Each year, Tamanend hosts a basketball tournament to raise money for the fund which assists families caring for children with serious illnesses. This year's tournament will be held on Saturday, February 22. The snow date is Saturday, February 29.
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Kelly Anne Dolan Sponsorships Available

January 2020


Dear Friend:


Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends.


The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund provides assistance for needs not covered by insurance to families who are caring for seriously ill, disabled or severely injured children in the tri-state area. Although they are often invisible to all but the family, the non-medical side effects of serious childhood illness can be devastating. Financial assistance from KADMF can ease these burdens, allowing the parents or guardians to focus more fully on the needs of the child and improving the quality of life for the entire family.


Tamanend Middle School, located in nearby Warrington, has been supporting this important organization for nineteen years by hosting a Kelly Anne Dolan Day, which includes a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament and other activities for the students and Tamanend families. Five hundred Tamanend students participate in the annual event, and over the last nineteen years the students have raised over $476,000. Last year alone, they raised over $29,000! The 20th Annual Kelly Anne Dolan Basketball Shoot-Out will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and we hope to surpass last year’s total.

We hope your business considers making a monetary donation or a gift card donation for our gift basket drawings. Your contribution will mean so much to the families who need support from the KADMF this year. While we will gratefully accept any donation, our sponsor levels are as follows:


20th Anniversary Platinum Sponsor - $1000 donation

Company name/logo on Kelly Anne Dolan Day t-shirt

Company name/logo poster featured in the gym at the Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company recognition during awards presentation by the KADMF founder at the Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets

Gold Sponsor - $500 Total Donation

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Company name/logo on sponsor board at Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets

Blue Sponsor - $250 Total Donation

Company name/logo on sponsor board at Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets

White Sponsor - $100 Total Donation

Company name/logo on sponsor board at Kelly Anne Dolan Day

Company name/logo featured in the KADMF newsletter and social media outlets


Monetary donations, made out to KADMF, can be mailed directly to me at Tamanend or to KADMF (address is below). Donations can also be made at dolanfund.org, just make a note that your donation is part of Tamanend’s Basketball Shoot-Out. Gift cards can be mailed to Tamanend, or I am happy to stop by and get them. The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible as permitted by law.


Thank you so much for your time and thoughtful consideration in reviewing this request. Should you have any questions about KADMF or this event, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!


Sincerely,


Jeff Klein

Coordinator; KADMF Basketball Tournament

jklein@cbsd.org, 267-893-2910

Tamanend Middle School

1492 Stuckert Rd.

Warrington, PA 18976

TAMANEND FEATURES

Art Club Mural Project

The Art Club is working hard at spreading positivity with their art throughout the school. Currently they are wrapping up a bathroom mural project, where the students will eventually have a positive message to walk into daily. The mural’s quote states "Bloom where you are planted." The club is hoping to have it done just in time for spring to bloom!

January's Featured Teacher

Mrs. Losey has been teaching for 21 years and her favorite part about teaching is working with kids and adults. Mrs. Losey has taught 7th through 12th Grades and is currently a 9th Grade English teacher. Some of Mrs. Losey hobbies include reading, playing tennis, shopping, and watching T.V. Mrs. Losey is married with two children. Her two favorite vacation spots are Disney World and Jamaica. Mrs. Losey attended Penn State. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough and she loves the color blue. Mrs. Losey enjoys listening to alternative rock and her favorite T.V show is This is Us. Hunger Games is Mrs. Losey’s favorite book series. When Mrs. Losey retires she sees herself shopping and going out with her friends and or moving to Arizona. Thanks for reading this month’s feature teacher!

Submitted by: Paige Smithkors

Photo taken by Shannon Adams

Reminder--Program Planning for 2020-2021

Program Planning for the 2020-2021 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 2--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 9-12 available online. Click here to view.
  • January 6--Program planning assembly for current 9th Graders (during school day)
  • January 9--Central Bucks South Curriculum Fair (for current 9th Graders) 6:30 PM at CB South High School
  • January 17--Program of Studies booklet for Grades 7 & 8 available online at https://www.cbsd.org/domain/387
  • January 17 to February 9--Current 9th Grade students enter course requests at home via Parent Portal
  • January 29--Program planning assembly for current 7th Graders
  • January 30--Program planning assembly for current 8th Graders
  • February 7--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 7th Graders
  • February 13--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Advisory teachers for current 7th Graders
  • February 25--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 8th Graders
  • March 3--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Advisory teachers for current 8th Graders
  • March 20--Course verification sheets sent home for parents to review for current 9th Graders
  • March 26--Course verification sheets returned to Tamanend Advisory teachers for current 9th Graders

Reminder--Parent Volunteers Needed for Freshman Dance Preparations

We are currently looking for parents who would be interested in helping to setup and prepare for the Freshman Dance, scheduled for June 5th. Parents of students in any grade level are welcome to attend. Please click here to for additional information.

Reminder--Tamanend Yearbook

It’s a great time to order your child’s 2019-2020 Tamanend Yearbook! If you order online prior to January 31, 2020 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 Homework Club

If your child is looking for a quiet place to complete their homework or a place to receive extra support with a challenging assignment and/or prepping for a test, the Homework Club is the place for him or her. The Homework Club at Tamanend Middle School will be held in the Cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 4:00. Peer tutoring will also be offered for students that are interested. The goal of the Tamanend Homework Club is to assist our students in tapping into their full potential by giving them a quiet, supportive place to complete their homework.

Tamanend Student Wins VFW Essay Contest

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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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QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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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 INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

FROM OUR CAFETERIA

UPCOMING DISTRICT & COMMUNITY EVENTS

CB Save the Music 2020--January 24 & 25

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Reminder--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bucks and Montco Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit--January 19

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Reminder--Celebration of Our Schools--January 29

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Bridging the Gap: iSmart Parent Meeting--March 19

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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

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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

Nominate a Tamanend Student for January Boomerang Recognition

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 the January's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 01/24. The chosen for January is Asset #27: Equality and Justice

Recognizing a young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty. Please submit your nomination through this link. Staff members who nominate students will wear jeans to show
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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.

TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 9am

Tamanend Middle School

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.

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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