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January 19, 2016

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Tamanend's Mr. Brian Blair: "January 2016's Teacher of the Month"

The Teacher's Academy kicked off 2016 by naming a high-tech, innovative 9th grade modern American history teacher their "January Teacher of the Month." That teacher is our very own Mr. Blair! He is credited with designing lessons that are inspiring, out-of-the-box, high-tech, differentiated, cross-curricular, and engaging! Click Here to read more. Thank you for your dedication and congratulations, Mr. Blair!

Broadway Cares - Equity Fights AIDS

The CB East Patriot Players will host the Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids Gala on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 pm in the East auditorium. CB East, CB West, Tamanend, Holicong, Unami and Lenape will present excerpts from their upcoming spring musicals; High School Musical, High School Musical 2, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Les Misérables and Mary Poppins. Admission is $5 at the door and all proceeds go to BCEFA. For questions please contact Lydia Fichtman at lfichtma@cbsd.org. We hope that you can join us.

Getting Ready for the Second Semester

Next Tuesday we will have an Early Dismissal and it will be the last day of the 1st marking period. Remind your students to go on the student portal or communicate with all their teachers to make sure their work is up to date. This is also a good time to clean out and file away work from your binders and add new pencils and paper to be ready for the 2nd semester.

Calling all Earbuds!

With the arrival of our new additional laptops, teachers are incorporating more multi-media and differentiation in their lessons. Coinciding with this is the use of earphones to listen to screencasts and other audio or video. Tamanend has earphones available for students to use, but we encourage students to bring in their own earbuds for their personal use. Earbuds can be bought inexpensively at dollar discount stores, discount super stores, and most major pharmacies (please do not send your student to school with expensive earbuds). We recommend that students store their earbuds in a ziplock bag in ther binder pencil case when they are not in use.

CB Partners with Microsoft to Offer Microsoft Office 365 - FREE!!!

Central Bucks School District has partnered with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office 365 to students in Grades 5-12. Office 365's productivity suite enables students and teachers to share documents, access Microsoft software applications online and work collaboratively. As the district increases both teacher and student access to educational technology, we wanted to remind you of a great opportunity.

Microsoft Office is available free for students in grades 5-12. Students may want to take the opportunity to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs, Macs or tablets for free. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Students can learn more about the process here: http://www.cbsd.org/365

Once downloaded, students can work with classmates online and see each other's changes in real time with Office Online, the full version of Office or OneDrive.

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, 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 in April as a part of the Parent Positive series.

Nominate a TMS Student for Boomerang Recognition

CB Cares Educational Foundation recognizes and supports the students of Central Bucks School District for living by the 40 Developmental Assets. This month's asset is #9 Service to Others. Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions. Please submit your Boomerang nomination using this Quia survey. Nominations for January's Boomerang Asset are due this Friday, January 22nd.

VH-1 Save the Music @ Holicong MS

Friday, Jan. 29th, 7pm

Holicong Road

Doylestown, PA

Click here for Info including link to online order form
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MLK Day of Service

Yesterday, we were all encouraged to give service to others in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The following is a short video recount of the life, work, and message of Dr. King. You'll notice the repetition of the words "he kept going." At Tamanend, we often talk about how important it is to keep going even when things are hard. IF-YET-TRUST. Resilience. Finishing strong. Together. We thank Kid President for pointing out that, in addition to his servant leadership on civil rights, Dr. King was and still is an excellent model of the "grit" that we strive for at Tamanend.
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

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.

Background Photo: MRS WILHELM'S ROOM

In today's classrooms, you will see lots of innovation, collaboration, and problem solving. An example of these important parts of learning can be seen in Mrs. Wilhelm's classroom. As you look at our background photo, you will notice the creations along the tops of the shelves. Students were tasked with creating an imaginary creature made from recycled products that demonstrated several adaptations to help them survive in various environments. They had to pick the adaptations and then describe how those adaptations enabled the creature to survive if their environments suddenly or not so suddenly changed. These projects, along with the brand new microscopes, are a part of the 7th grade "Cells and Heredity" unit. The students have been using microscopes to observe cells and then were asked to make an analogy between the different parts of the cell and larger things such as a city or farm or a computer or even a womans purse that mimics the jobs of the various parts of the cell. They had to create and label their project with both the parts of the cell and the parts of the “system” that they chose and then explain how they were similar.

Tamanend Together is...

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