Tamanend Connections

We Are Together Tamanend!

August 28, 2020

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Welcome Back! First Day of Classes is Tuesday, September 8

Welcome back to school Tamanend students and families! 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.

Where Do I Go To Log On to My Classes on the First Day of School?

In order to log on to classes on the first day of school, all students will go to the Teams call link for their Period 1 or Period 1A class. Students will find out which class they have for Period 1 or Period 1A when their schedules are released on Parent Portal on Wednesday, September 2. Specific instructions for accessing your Period 1 or Period 1A Teams call link will be shared next week.

When Does the School Day Start?

First Period in middle school begins at 7:30 AM. Students should make sure they are logged on to their first class by 7:30 AM. Specific instructions for logging on to classes will be shared next week. Each day, students and parents will receive an email with the "Good Morning Tamanend" daily announcements between 7:00 AM and 7:15 AM. Students and parents may review the "Good Morning Tamanend" daily announcements at any time as they will also be posted on our website.

Virtual Learning Middle School Class Schedule

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The virtual learning middle school class schedule is similar to our typical bell schedule. Students will log on each class period. Specific instructions for logging on to classes will be shared next week.


Office Hours: Office hours will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students may choose to use office hours to get help from their teachers. Teachers will explain how to access their office hours sessions.


Advisory: Students will log on to their Advisory class only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance will be taken.


Resource: Students will log into their Resource class on B Days. When students get their class schedule, they will see that they have Resource on B Days--7th Grade Resource is 1st or 2nd Period; 8th Grade Resource is 4th or 5th Period; 9th Grade Resource is 6th or 7th Period. Resource is another time to get extra help from teachers. When students log on to their Resource class, their Resource teacher will take attendance and will inform them if one of their teachers needs to work with them. At that time, students will leave their Resource class's Teams call and will log on to their teacher's "Help" Teams call. Teachers will explain how to do this during the first week of classes.

How to Read Your Schedule

Student schedules will be released on Parent Portal on Wednesday, September 2. Here are a few tips to help you read your schedule when it is released:


  • See green below: The columns across the top show each Marking Period (Term MP1, Term MP2, Term MP3, Term MP4). You will see that most of your Specials classes will change after the 2nd Marking Period.
  • See blue below: These are our class periods. You will see "HR" after 2nd Period. This is for Advisory. You will log into your Advisory class only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Under Advisory, you will see something called "Success Plan". That is an activity you will complete in your Advisory class. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays after 2nd Period, you do not have to log into Advisory. Instead, you can work with any teacher for extra help. Your teachers will explain how to access extra help.
  • See red below: Specials classes and Resource run on and A Day/B Day schedule. 7th Graders have Specials and Resource 1st and 2nd Periods; 8th Graders have Specials and Resource 4th and 5th Periods; 9th Graders have Specials and Resource 6th and 7th Periods. Every school day alternates between A Day and B Day. The first day of school (September 8th) will be an A Day. That means the second day of school (September 9th) will be a B Day. September 10 will be an A Day again. The pattern continues like this for the whole school year.
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CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

Laptop Distribution for 7th Graders--Week of August 31. Please make sure you have completed the laptop agreement, paid the technology fee, and signed up for a pick up time slot here.

Tamanend 2020-2021 Virtual Orientation--Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM. This event will be held virtually. Click here to participate via Teams.

First Day of Classes--Tuesday, September 8 (specific directions for logging on to classes will be shared next week).

Back to School Night (all grades)--Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM. This event will be held virtually. Links to event to be released.

Required Dental Exams for 7th Graders--Proof of a dental exam due by October 15, 2020. Any dental exam since September of 2019 is acceptable.

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

Fall Sports Parent Survey for 7th, 8th, 9th Graders

Dear Parent/Guardian of Students in Grades 7, 8, and 9:


In order to participate in our fall athletic programming, students will need to secure transportation to school daily. Busing to school will not be provided in the fall; busing to and from an athletic event will be provided. Students will be asked to arrive at school between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. each weekday for practice or games. Once final schedules are designed, there may be some variation to the schedule, but this will be the case on most school days.


In order to determine whether or not the district is able to plan a fall sports season for grades 7, 8, and 9, we are asking families to complete the sports interest survey for any child they intend to register for a fall sport. This survey must be completed before Tuesday, September 1. This interest data will determine whether or not our schools can field teams in these grade levels.

Access the survey at www.cbsd.org/interestsurvey.

Please note, you will still need to complete the fall sports registration process in Family ID for your child to participate. If you have any questions, please send email to your school's athletic director.


Thank you,

Danielle Turner
CBSD Athletic Director

Click here to visit the Tamanend Athletics website.

UPCOMING TAMANEND EVENTS

Tamanend 20-21 School Year Virtual Orientation for All Students

Please join us for Tamanend's 20-21 School Year Virtual Orientation on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM. This orientation will serve two purposes: (1) familiarize 7th Graders with our school and (2) familiarize all students and parent with expectations and protocols related to virtual learning. Click here for the link to the event, which will be held on Teams.

Back to School Night

This year, Back to School Night will be held virtually through Teams on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM. Links to event to be released.

TAMANEND FEATURES

Reminder--Student Schedules--Available on Portal starting September 2

Student schedules are available on the Portal starting on September 2.

Please Power Up Your Laptop Prior to the First Day of Classes

Please make sure your power up your laptop prior to the first day of classes. This will ensure that you have all of the necessary updates on your device.

Renovations and Improvements to Tamanend

Work is nearing completion on a 15-month renovation and improvement project at Tamanend. As a result of this project, the following major improvements have been made:


  • Air conditioning for the entire building.
  • Upgraded, energy efficient interior lighting in the entire building.
  • Repainted classrooms.
  • Renovated Library.
  • Upgraded theatrical sound and lighting system in Auditorium.


We're excited for students to see the changes when they return for in-person learning!

Tamanend Faculty and Staff Support CB Farmer's Market

The CB Farmer's Market supports hundreds of families in our community with food and other needs. The market has held a weekly drive-through food distribution event since March and serves members of the community in a variety of other ways. Thank you to all of the Tamanend faculty and staff members who contributed to the Tamanend Food Drive this week to support the CB Farmer's Market. If your family is experiencing a financial hardship at this time, please know that we are here to support you. Please contact one of the staff members below so that we may assist you with anything:

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

QUOTES AROUND TAMANEND

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VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES

Tips for Successful Virtual Learning

Click here to watch a short video by Tamanend teachers with tips on setting yourself up for success during Virtual Learning. In this video, we discuss:

  • how to set up a designated work space
  • how to establish a good routine
  • reminders about the importance of sleep
  • reminders about taking movement breaks
  • how to safely get together with friends

HELPFUL REMINDERS ABOUT TAMANEND PROCEDURES

Communicating Absences

Teachers will be taking attendance every class period during virtual learning. If your child is unable to participate in virtual learning during all or part of the day due to illness or medical appointment, please report your child's absence in any of the following ways:

FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Reminder--Student Laptop Fees (7th & 8th Graders and New Students) and Laptop Pick Up (7th Graders)

All Tamanend students will have a district-issued laptop. 7th Graders will be issued new laptops. 8th and 9th Graders will use the same laptop they used last year. Students new to the school district will be issued a new laptop. 7th Graders can pick up their laptops the Week of August 31, by signing up for a time by clicking here.

The following actions are required by parents of 7th and 8th Grade students and parents of any student new to Central Bucks School District. No action is required for parents of returning 9th Grade students.

1--Complete the laptop user agreement.

2--Pay the fee* through the MyPaymentsPlus system:

7th Graders: $75 (covers 7th, 8th, 9th Grade years)

returning 8th Graders: $25 (covers 8th and 9th Grade years)

returning 9th Graders: no fee (no action required)

*Families who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program will automatically receive a $0 fee in MyPayments Plus. Even though the fee is waived, families must still "checkout" to complete this step and be marked as paid on our technology report. If your child does not qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program, but you are experiencing a financial hardship, please email Dr. Brian Caughie (bcaughie@cbsd.org) to discuss payment reduction options.

Click here to learn more about the program, access the user agreement, and access the MyPaymentsPlus system.

FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE

Required 7th Grade Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all 7th Graders by October 15, 2020. Any exam given since September 1, 2019 is acceptable. Please email your dental form to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976.

Required Immunizations

The current immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:


Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the following vaccines:

· 4 doses DtaP – diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 4 doses Polio (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)

· 2 doses MMR – measles, mumps, rubella

· 3 doses Hepatitis B

· 2 doses Varicella (chicken pox)

Children entering 7th grade are also required to have:

· 1 dose Meningococcal Conjugate (meningitis)

· 1 dose Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis

To check the immunization status of your student, go to the Portal and click on the Health tab.

Please email proof of new vaccinations to our certified school nurse, Mrs. Lauren Myrtetus at lmyrtetus@cbsd.org or mail it to us at 1492 Stuckert Rd. Warrington, PA 18976

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FROM OUR CAFETERIA

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.

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

Housing Information

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CB CARES

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GETTING INVOLVED AND STAYING CONNECTED WITH TAMANEND

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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