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December 8, 2015

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The Chieftain Chorus Performs with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to the Chieftain Chorus for having a Unique experience to play with a professional-quality orchestra in a concert performance with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. The CB East Auditorium was nearly full.

The group sang three songs: Kia Hora Te Marino, a powerful piece based on Maori Proverbs (New Zealand), “There Is Peace” a plea for peace from a child’s perspective (sung with Jamison Elementary Chorus), and “Sleigh Ride” - a winter standard.

Conductor, Gary Fagin, is a respected conductor, composer, and arranger from New York City.

Planning and preparation for the performance began in June and 2 of the pieces were specially arranged for the orchestra for our performance.

Winter Dance Notes

The Winter Dance is this Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. 7th grade will be dismissed from the dance at 9:40; 8th grade dismisses at 9:50 p.m.; and 9th grade dismisses at 10 p.m. Although this dance is "dressy," it is not formal. It is appropriate for students to wear dresses and ties, but "formal wear" is not required. All Tamanend dances, including our Winter Dance, are for currently enrolled Tamanend Middle School students. School ID is required upon entrance. No outside guests will be admitted.

District Communication Survey

In the past few years, communication across the district has greatly evolved. Our district and school websites have been upgraded with the intent to make them more mobile-friendly, our school newsletter format has been standardized, and we have integrated Facebook and Twitter for the sharing of information. Given all of these changes, we wanted to poll our families on the effectiveness of our information outreach.

Here is a link to a brief survey that will help us gather your feedback and to ensure that information and updates are reaching our families in the most efficient manner. The link will also be available on the district webpage. If you have children in multiple buildings, please feel free to complete multiple surveys or utilize the final question to differentiate your responses.

We value your insight and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Community Relations at: Communityrelations@cbsd.org


Dear 9th Grade Parents:

The Tamanend Middle School yearbook advisors will be collecting 9th grade baby pictures for the 2015-2016 yearbook. We are inviting you to include a memento in your child’s yearbook that he or she will remember forever. Submitting your student’s 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. If you would like to participate in this milestone experience, please CLICK HERE.

Substitute Teaching Certification

Are you interested in becoming a substitute teacher in Central Bucks School District? Central Bucks is now offering a 2-day training session for anyone with a Bachelor's Degree to obtain a Central Bucks School District Emergency Certification by the Department of Education. CLICK HERE for more information.

The Hour of Code

For the following week, across over 150 countries, millions of people will try out computer programming for the first time. Anyone can learn to code, including you!

What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to computer programming that’s both fun and free. At Khan Academy, we’ve crafted several tutorials that require no prior experience. Try one or try them all and earn badges for each tutorial you complete!

Hour of Drawing with Code: Learn to program drawings using JavaScript, one of the world's most popular programming languages, via two great options:

  • Typing: keyboard-based coding (ages 10+).
  • Drag-and-drop: block-based coding for those with less typing experience or on iPads/tablets (ages 8+).

Hour of Webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).

Hour of Databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables and query the data (ages 12+).

We’ve created these tutorials to show you how fun coding and building things can be. Now you’ll be part of creating technology, not just using it. Ready to start your Hour of Code?

Paperback Book Donation

Our Community Service Club continues to sponsor a new/gently used paperback book collection. Aidan B, a 7th grade student, whose idea it was, is heading up the service project by placing a bin in the front office for the collection of the books and he will also transport the books that are donated to the Martha Washington Elementary School and Penn Treaty Middle School in Philadelphia. His goal is to make sure every student in each school gets a book. So, clean out your bookcase or purchase a new book and bring it to Tamanend's Front office and place them in the labeled bin. The collection will continue up until the winter break.

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ParentPositive Series

CB Cares Educational Foundation, in partnership with the Central Bucks School District, Doylestown Health and the Central Bucks Family YMCA, is pleased to announce Parent

Positive, a five-part speaker series aimed at creating a healthier, stronger community.

Physical Health of Children/Teems

February 18 at 7 p.m. at Lenape Middle School

Resilient Kids: Build Your Stress Busting Tool Kit

March 12 at 1 p.m. at CBFYMCA

Kids: From 1-4 p.m. join in healthy, fun, and creative activities that will help them feel empowered and take control of the things that stress them out (parents are not required to attend)

Parents: From 1-2:30 p.m. hear a panel discussion with area professionals to gain insight on how we can help our children manage their stress.

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protections with Trust

April 13 at 7 p.m. at Lenape Middle School

Dr. Ken Ginsberg, Pediatrician at CHOP, offers an overview of strategies to build resilience and promote the kind of traits that lead to our children becoming happy, successful adults.

Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed

Parents of middle schoolers often ask how they can get involved. Some parents say that their child does not want them to get involved. At Tamanend, there are many special things that go on throughout the school year that would not be possible without the involvement and support of our parents. Please get involved.

Volunteers must have their clearances on file with the CBSD Human Resources Department prior to starting volunteer work. The new Pennsylvania State mandate does allow until July 1, 2016 to obtain background checks. However, in the best interest of the safety and security of our students, we are asking volunteers to comply with submitting background checks prior to volunteering in the 2015-2016 school year.

Volunteers may drop off required paperwork at the Administration Center at 20 Welden Drive.

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TMS Parent Council

Thursday, Jan. 21st 2016 at 9am

1492 Stuckert Rd

Warrington, PA

Parent Council is an open meeting where all parents are welcome to attend to learn more about Tamanend Middle School.

For January's meeting, we are reading and discussing the book "Raising Kids to Thrive" by Kenneth Ginsburg. (If you don't have the chance to read it, no worries. Mrs. Leatherbarrow will share her notes :) Dr. Ginsburg will be coming to CB later this school year as a part of the Parent Positive series.

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.
  • If you shop at Target and have a Target Red Card, you can register your card for Target's Take Charge of Education program so that Tamanend receives a percentage of your spending. Target has announced that it will end this program as of May 14, 2016 but has promised a different program instead.
  • Clip and send in Box Tops to the attention of NJHS; or, shop at the Box Top Market Place where you will find vendors such as Best Buy, KMart, Justice and more.
  • If you like to shop online, check out the eScrip Online Mall. When you sign up for an account, selecting Tamanend earns money for our school.

Tamanend Together is...

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