Tamanend Connections

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November 22, 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving From Tamanend

Congratulations to all Tamanend families and staff for another very successful Thanksgiving Dinner Box project! Under the leadership of 9th grade volunteers from National Junior Honor Society, the 7th and 8th grade Advisories were able to provide turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, fruit, and dessert plus additional food items for 14 complete Thanksgiving meals. The food contributed filled over 30 large boxes! In addition, students in Mrs. Gamble’s Advisory and Ms. Nagle’s Advisory created decorative Thanksgiving messages to include in the boxes. All of the meals will go to families in the community in need of assistance at this time. Thank you for supporting our effort to help make this Thanksgiving a special holiday for all families in the Tamanend community. Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving.


7th Grade Greco-Roman Day--Tuesday November 26

Thanksgiving Break--Wednesday, November 27 to Friday, November 29

Freshman Dance Committee Meeting (open to parents of students in any grade)--Monday December 2 at 6:30 PM in Cafeteria

8th Grade Field Trip--Thursday December 5

Winter Concert Preview Assembly--Friday December 6 (during school)


Athletics Schedule

Monday, 11/25

  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Holicong (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40

Tuesday, 11/26 through Friday, 11/29

  • No contests


Monday, 12/2

  • No contests

Tuesday, 12/3

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Newtown (Home; 3:15)

Wednesday, 12/4

  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Tohickon (Home; 3:15); scoreboard
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball @ Holland (Away; 3:30); bus leaves at 2:20

Thursday, 12/5

  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Lenape (Away; 3:15); bus leaves at 2:40

Friday, 12/6

  • No contests

CB South Ice Hockey

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  • There will be an informational meeting for those 7th and 8th Grade boys interested in playing basketball for Tamanend on Friday, December 13th during Advisory in the Auditorium. If you are interested but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Mr. Klein.
  • 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 image below for additional information.
  • ATTENTION WINTER ATHLETES: If you are interested in participating in BOYS BASKETBALL, there are several specific items (PIAA physical, Family ID, and concussion testing) that need to be completed prior to the start of the season. Those items are outlined and explained on the Tamanend Athletics web page which can be found HERE.
  • If students plan to stay after school on game days, they must be at the field 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.


  • There will be an informational meeting for any girl Grades 9 through 12 interested in trying out for Girls Lacrosse this spring at CB South. The meeting is Tuesday, November 26th at 3:00pm in Room D205.

  • A player-parent interest meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm in the Forum room at CB South for any student-athlete interested in playing baseball for CB South.
  • If you are interested in attending CB South’s A and/or AAA ice hockey games, please see the schedules included in this newsletter.
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Reminder--Hat and Glove/Mitten Collection--November 4--November 22

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Reminder--Next Tamanend Parent Book Club is January 9

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.

Reminder--Help Us Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Kelly Ann Dolan Basketball Tournament

This year we will celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of The Kelly Ann Dolan Basketball Tournament. We are making two quilts, one for our building and one for Mrs Dolan. Please clean out your closets and reach out to your neighbors for any old KAD T-shirt’s that can be donated. They can be brought to the Main Office attention Marie McCrone. Thank you! Click here to learn more about the Kelly Ann Dolan Fund.
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National Family and Consumer Sciences' Dine In Day is December 3

Tuesday, December 3 is National Family and Consumer Sciences’ Dine In Day. With so many families running busy lives it can be difficult to sit down together for healthy meals. National Dine In Day was created to remind us of the importance of taking the time to sit together and eat a balanced meal at home. Research shows there are many benefits to having family meals; healthychildren.org reports that among other benefits, family meals teach healthy food choices, and improves social-emotional health.

Please consider being part of the FCS National Dine In day on December 3.

For more information visit https://www.aafcs.org/fcsday/fcs-day-resources/fcs-day-articles

Tamanend Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Department

#SouthSide STEM Nature Walk

At our most recent meeting, #SouthSide STEM Club members went on a Nature Walk to collect sticks and then used hand tools, power tools, and good old fashion muscle power to create homemade stick pencils that should be hard to lose and last the school year!

November Boomerang Youth Recognition

The Boomerang Youth Recognition Award is a district wide program which recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by the chosen asset for each month of the school year. Students are nominated by teachers or community members. For the month of November the asset was Positive Peer Influence—recognizing a young person who encourages their friends to model responsible behavior. Congratulations to all of the following students for being nominated: Brynn Albert, Jack Auerbach, Angelina Baus, Ben Busick, Aiden Cicale, Gianna Cover, Emma Cunninghan, Ethan Cunningham, Dinely Diaz-Nunez, Noah Duenas, Brooke Edwards, Tanley Falcone, Sara Gaeckel, Mitchell Hooker, Donald Lindenmuth, Breckyn Loynd, Kriti Malathker, Marielle Mauri, Brooke McPeak, Joseph Morton, Sebastian Pacchione, Lanye Perlman, Liam Petersen, Julieannae Reese, Reece Reilly, Brooke Rosica, Bryce Rotkin, Lauren Rubas, Dallon Smith, Drew Smith, Maya Tokmajian, Blake Walton, Karla Yanes, Rebecca Zakrewski

7th Grade Squid Dissections

7th Grade students did a great job dissecting squid today. They saw first hand how different adaptations help the squid survive and thrive in their habitat.

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.

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Mini-Spirit Week--Monday 11/25 & Tuesday 11/26

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving, Student Council is extremely thankful to have such wonderful students on our team, serving as officers and Resource Representatives. We are equally thankful of our amazing staff who supports us all year long! To show our gratitude, Student Council is sponsoring a Thanksgiving mini-spirit week. Monday 11/25 is Fall Colors day! Wear your best yellow, gold, brown, red, and/or orange on this colorful day! Tuesday 11/26 is College Day! Wear you favorite college and/or college team gear to school on Tuesday!


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


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: Knowing Where to Go for Help

It's important to talk to teens to make sure they know where to go for help if they are struggling with an issue. Please see our "Help is Down the Hall" article above which explains what the Student Assistance Program is and who serves on our team. In addition, students should know that they can always come to our Guidance counselors (Mr. Klein and Mrs. Cammann), our Assistant Principal (Mr. Dudley), our Principal (Dr. Caughie), or our Nurse (Mrs. Myrtetus) with any concerns. They should also know that it is important to let their classroom teacher know if they are struggling with academic content and that Mrs. Marsh is available to help all students after school at Homework Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30--4:00 in the Cafeteria.


Communicating Absences

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

Reminder--One School, One Book

Starting this summer, we will be engaging the Tamanend community in a One School, One Book program. A committee of teachers, librarians, and administrators worked for a year to choose a book that would appeal to our entire school community. We are pleased to announce that we will be reading Posted by John David Anderson. We encourage all of next year’s Tamanend students to read this book over the summer. We are planning a variety of activities throughout the 19-20 school year to engage all members of the Tamanend community in discussions related to this book.

Click here to hear Posted author John David Anderson talk about this book.

Click here for audio files of the book. Steps for downloading audio files to phones:

  • Go to Tamanend’s website and scroll down to "School Links."
  • Click the link "One Book, One School- Posted (Audiobook)."
  • Log-In using your CBSD email account and password.
  • Click the Play button and enjoy!

Tips for Troubleshooting Computer Issues

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Reminder--Breakfast is Served!

Our Tamanend Café serves hot and cold breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year. To put money for breakfast or lunch into an account for your student, click here. It is also possible to set up low balance reminder or an auto-reload plan so that your student always has a positive balance in his/her account.

Reminder--Free & Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Application

Families can access the online application for Free & Reduced Meals by clicking here. The application must be submitted each year.


Reminder--Kindergarten Registration Opens November 19

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Kindergarten registration begins on November 19! Families of new students who are eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year are invited to begin the registration process. Get the details on eligibility, what documents to gather, and how to navigate the online registration process at www.cbsd.org/registration. We look forward to welcoming the class of 2032!

Reminder--Free YMCA Memberships for 7th Graders

The Central Bucks Family YMCA is offering free memberships for 7th Graders. Click here for more details.


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

Reminder--FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Thanksgiving Dinner

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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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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.

Reminder--The Freshman Dance Committee is Looking for Volunteers

Calling all volunteers! If you’d like to play a role in one of the 9th Graders’ biggest nights, please attend the Freshman Dance Organizational Meeting, Monday, December 2nd at 6:30pm. Mr. Dudley will be holding a meeting in the Cafeteria to discuss logistics and planning for the 2020 Freshman Dance, which will be held on Friday, June 5th. It does not matter what grade(s) your children are in, we would greatly appreciate the help, from donations, to chaperoning, to helping to set-up. No need to reply or register, just show up! We hope to see you there.

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:


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

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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