Tamanend Connections

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March 20, 2020--Please note: CBSD is CLOSED on Friday, March 20. More information at CBSD.ORG

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Tamanend Community Embraces Distance Learning

Above: Dr. Caughie and his puppy Niko engage in distance learning.


The Tamanend community has done an exceptional job adjusting to distance learning, which began on Tuesday, March 17. Our faculty has been working hard to offer to our students opportunities for practice, reinforcement, and enrichment during the school closure. We have been impressed by our students' positive response to these learning opportunities. Students are making the best of a difficult situation. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, we cannot express how much we miss seeing our students each day in person. We also miss interacting with parents in person at special events, competitions, and in the Main Office. We look forward to reconnecting in person in the near future. This experience has reminded us all of why we decided to become educators--the kids. Their energy and enthusiasm energizes us, invigorates us, and renews our faith in the future. We will continue to work hard to create as many virtual connections for our community as possible. Throughout this and upcoming newsletters, you will find highlights from our distance learning experience. You can also follow us on Twitter for distance learning highlights @CBTamanendMS.


Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page

A reminder that you can find Tamanend's Distance Learning Resources page here. This page includes links to each teacher's distance learning page. It also has a link to our Nurse's distance learning page, our Librarian's distance learning page, and our Guidance counselors' distance learning page.


Grab & Go Free Lunch Program

During the district-wide closure associated with COVID-19, the Central Bucks School District has put the following procedures into place in order to provide lunch to those students enrolled in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program on regular school days (Monday through Friday). Lunch is available for pickup between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Tamanend students at CB South High School and at Barclay Elementary School.

The following procedures are important to note:

  • The student(s) enrolled in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program must be present at pickup.
  • Alternative meal options will be available for those students with allergies, as necessary.


Assistance with Resources

If your family needs assistance with resources during this difficult time, please contact one of the following staff members. We have been working hard to develop a network of resource providers to help with any need:

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

CALENDAR ITEMS TO NOTE

PLEASE NOTE:


School is closed through March 29.

All after school and weekend activities are cancelled until April 14.

TAMANEND ATHLETICS

INFORMATION:


  • All Spring sports in Central Bucks have been postponed until at least April 14th. A reevaluation will be held as that date gets closer. Updates will be included in future newsletters as information becomes available.

FROM CB SOUTH:

  • Please see the flier below for information on CB South Boys soccer summer camp.
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TAMANEND FEATURES

Check out Sora for Audiobooks and eBooks

Check out the Sora app for Audiobooks and eBooks. Sora is a large (300 plus) collection of eBooks and audiobooks and it is available to Tamanend Students! Click here for Mrs. Holloway's Library Distance Learning site for this an more information.

Members of the Bye Bye Birdie Cast Share Their Feelings--by Paige Smithkors

As everyone is aware, our production of Bye Bye Birdie has been postponed indefinitely. Participating in Tamanend’s musicals has changed my life. I have meet so many amazing people and made a lot of great memories. We are so fortunate to have such great teachers who have put in countless hours--and not to mention the wonderful cast and crew/pit who have worked very hard to make Tamanend’s productions so great! I have had the great privilege of interviewing several of Tamanend’s cast members.


Alex Long (Greaser Gang) is a seventh grader whose favorite part of the production is working with the leads and he really appreciates how much work they put into their roles. Alex’s mentors include the 9th grade cast and his brother Joe who has also starred in Tamanend’s musicals. Before Alex steps on stage, he normally prays that he wont mess up! Alex thinks play is a lot of fun and is looking forward to being a part of the cast next year!


Makayla McClintic (Kim MacAfee) is an eighth grader who has been a part of Tamanend’s musicals for two years. Before Makayla steps out onto the stage she checks her appearance, gives a fellow cast member a hug and wishes them luck. One of Makayla’s favorite actresses is Phillipa Soo ( Hamilton) because she is a great singer and she is very aware of the world around her. Another one of her favorite actresses is Stephine Hsu (Be More Chill) because she is very funny and isn’t afraid of what people think of her. Play has positively effected Makayla’s life by allowing her to meet a lot of new people from different grades and has helped her become more confident. One of the many things that she loves about play is having fun with fellow cast members and also being able showing off all the hard work that goes into the production.


Sam Snyder (Hugo Peabody) is an eight grader who has participated in Tamanend’s musicals for two years. Sam’s brother Jonah is one of the people that he looks up to the most. Making new friends and being a part of the production are a few things Sam loves about play. Prior to stepping on stage, he focuses on his lines and the upcoming scenes. Play has made Sam’s Tamanend experience a lot better by giving him something to look forward to during the day.


Ande DeChiaro (Harvey Johnson) is a ninth grader who has been a part of both cast and stage crew. Before Ande steps on stage, he likes to prep himself by thinking happy thoughts and also sometimes has little sing/dance parties! A few people Ande looks up to the most are his mother and grandmother for being hard- working women. One of the things Ande loves most about the play is the fashion aspect. He loves all the colorful and awesome costumes (he definitely would wear to school!) Play has definitely affected Ande’s life by showing him how much work these actors and actresses put into the production. Also, he has met so many cool people that he could not live without. The play in his mind is life changing and overall wonderful.


Nora Johnson (Rosie Alvarez) is a ninth grader who has participated in Tamanend’s musicals for all three years. Nora enjoys being in play because she loves to meet new people and to be part of a supportive and loving community. Emma Watson is Nora’s favorite actress. Before she steps on stage, Nora takes a moment to breathe which helps to calm her nerves. Play has positively affected Nora’s life by allowing her to meet new people and has been a great place for her to express herself.


Ben Busick (Mr. Harry MacAfee) is a ninth grader who has been an actor in all three years of his Tamanend career. Ben's favorite part about each play production is being onstage with his friends “it’s gotten to the point where my play people have become my family.” When Ben steps out onto the stage he is overwhelmed with a feeling of happiness. Before Ben steps out on stage he would check his script, hug a nearby friend, walk around the wings, and fiddle with his microphone. The two actors that Ben looks up to the most are, Lin Manuel- Miranda, Presley Ryan, and Nora Johnson. Play has greatly impacted Ben's life. When he was in seventh grade he didn’t know what to do so he figured he try different things. Ben had never had an interest in musicals, but his brother and sister both were successful, so he figured he’d try it out. That year he found his passion. By the end of that year he knew most of the mainstream musicals and considered himself a theatre kid. Ben would not be who he is today without the play. “The musical is my first love and my passion and when I walk on stage, all my troubles just wash away. I’m able to become someone that has a whole different set of problems in their life than I do mine, and it makes me forget my worries and focus on where my daughter has run off with Conrad Birdie.” The musical has shown Ben what it’s like to have a passion.

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Spanish 2 Students Check in Through Flipgrid

Many Spanish 2 students used Flipgrid to record and to share what they did in the last several days. It was a great way to see and to connect with classmates while communicating in Spanish! Students reported that they cooked fun foods with family members, played cards and board games, practiced instruments, wrote songs, walked and exercised. Some students even cleaned their rooms and one student helped a parent paint a bathroom. It was great to hear from everyone!

Tamanend Tough with Mr. Schaefer

On Thursday, March 19 Mr. Schaefer hosted a "Tamanend Tough" workout on Teams. Many students, staff, and families joined in for this intense 30-minute workout.

Tamanend Students Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and Tamanend students have been busy learning about and reflecting on the contributions of women throughout history.

Tamanend Students Launch Warwick Memorial Park Bricks Project

Two Tamanend 8th Graders, Julianna Smith and Andela Dozier, from Girl Scouts Troop 21638 have come up with the idea to build a walkway up to the flagpole at Warwick Memorial Park. They are asking people to purchase a brick because they feel that on the walkway, people should be able to show their support to the veterans at this memorial park. The girls are building this walkway for their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout cadet can achieve. It gives the girls a chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. To purchase a brick or get more information go to https://wmpbricks.wixsite.com/wmpbricks.

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.

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.
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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 NURSE'S OFFICE

Visit Our Nurse's Office Distance Learning Page!

Central Bucks School District is closely monitoring the CDC’s recommendations as well as those from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Bucks County Health Department. You may review the latest recommendations from the CDC on their website at www.cdc.gov. At this time, the best advice is to practice the same common-sense preventative measures that are recommended every cold and flu season, including proper hand washing and staying home when sick.

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FROM OUR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

FROM OUR CAFETERIA

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

Internet Essentials from Comcast is Now Free For Two Months For New Customers

Click here to find out more about low-cost internet from Comcast Essentials. In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service.

FEAST--Feeding Everyone at Special Times

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Reminder--Workshops for Issues Impacting Children

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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 the Boomerang Award

Nominations for March's Boomerang Asset are due by Friday, 03/20. The chosen for February is Asset #17: Creative Activities. Recognizing a young person who cares about others. They place a high value on helping other people. Please submit your nomination through this link. Staff members who nominate students will wear jeans to show their Boomerang Spirit on Tuesday, 03/24.

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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, March 19th, 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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