The Tohickon Golden Eagle
Looking for Sunshine in April
Dear Tohickon Families,
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy! As you know, these past few weeks have been unlike anything we have ever seen. The hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, etc., are all empty at Tohickon and schools across our nation. Through this difficult time, our teachers are doing their best to reach out to your sons and daughters through distance learning. They are doing the best that they can to make sure that the educational process continues, no matter what. I know that I speak for the entire staff at Tohickon when I tell you that we really, really miss seeing your children every day.
The month of April has arrived and, unfortunately, there is not a definitive date for our return to school. In the interim, we will be making every effort to stay connected with your sons and daughters through our distance learning plan. Beginning on Monday, April 6, we will be moving into phase 2 of that plan. Phase 2 will mark the beginning of new student learning for all Central Bucks Students in grades Kindergarten through 12. The details on the new student learning plan can be found here. There are some minor adjustments still being made to phase 2, but this general framework will provide you with a comprehensive understanding about how next week and beyond will look. It is important to note that, in contrast to weeks prior to April 6 which were voluntary, participation in phase 2 is an expectation for all of our students.
On March 30, Governor Wolf held press conference declaring all PA schools closed, indefinitely. I do not know when we will return to our wonderful middle school. My thoughts and well wishes are with every one of our families. Your children are greatly missed! The staff at Tohickon will continue working diligently through this difficult period in maintaining connectivity with your sons and daughters, along with promoting their ongoing learning and growth. It is important to note that our teachers, counselors and administrators are all available if there is a need to communicate with us. If it is necessary to reach out, please do so via email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
I wish you and your families well and hope to see you soon!
Team Odyssey Bake Sale
On Thursday March 5th Team Odyssey held a bake sale after school for our annual service project. Our students rallied together to bake many delicious treats and volunteered their time to work the bake sale. Thanks to our student volunteers, we were able to raise $300 from the bake sale. We have donated all the money to benefit animals in need in our local community at the Bucks County SPCA. Fantastic job!
FROM THE MATH DEPARTMENT
Happy belated Pi Day everyone! Due to the school closure, many of our students did not receive their Tastykake pies that were purchased from our Pi Day fundraiser. Please know that your pies are at Tohickon in the cafeteria freezer and will be ready for you to enjoy the week we get back to Tohickon. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bellavance.
A Message for Central Bucks Athletes, Parents, and Coaches
We hope that all those in the Central Bucks athletic community are home, healthy, and safe. In these past few weeks, our world and the world of athletics have been turned upside down by COVID-19. During these times of uncertainty, it’s important for us to stay connected while following the rules of social distancing. No athletes should be gathering for any reason at this time. Instead, we are challenging our CB athletes to get creative in their fitness and training!
As many of you know, Central Bucks Athletics has partnered with Nike for all of our uniform needs. Nike is offering their fitness app - Nike Training Club - for free! We encourage our athletes to use this resource while they stay home and work out inside. We encourage all of our athletes to accept Nike’s challenge to,
“Play inside, Play for the World.”
Post your workout and tag #playinside #playfortheworld and tag your Central Bucks school and/or athletic department!
As athletic directors, we understand that our athletes see sports as an outlet, a passion, and a huge part of their lifestyle. We hope that we can use this social media campaign to connect with our athletes and provide them with some resources
during this difficult time.
We will keep our community updated as information from the PIAA becomes available. Please visit www.piaa.org for the most up to date information regarding the
status of spring sports.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact
your coach or athletic director.
TOHICKON ONLINE STORE
If you're interested in ordering official Tohickon MS gear, there is an online store for the 2019-2020 school year! The apparel isn't just for athletics - anyone can order Tohickon gear from this site! To shop, click here!
2019-2020 LEADERS OF TOHICKON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Throughout the year, feel free to contact these team members, should you have any questions that pertain to their area of specialization. The team, subject area and specialized leaders are as follows:
2019-2020 Teams and Team Leaders
- Team Infinity 7A (Grade 7) - Mrs. Kelli McMahon (email@example.com)
- Team Summit 7B (Grade 7) - Mrs. Jennifer Reese (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Team Odyssey 8A (Grade 8) - Mrs. Andrea Bellavance (email@example.com)
- Team Expedition 8B (Grade 8) - Mr. Zachary Sibel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Freshman Team - Mr. Michael Weir (email@example.com) & Ms. Alison Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2019-2020 Subject Area Coordinators
- English - Mrs. Amy Fry-Daly (email@example.com)
- Math - Mrs. Andrea Bellavance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Science - Mr. Jarred Levenson (email@example.com)
- Social Studies - Mrs. Taylor Girardi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Special Education Facilitator - Mrs. Kelly Zagwoski (email@example.com)
2019-2020 Specialized Area Leaders
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
Message from the School Nurse
Hello Tohickon Family! While we are all finding a new normal in this unprecedented time please remember to take care of yourselves both physically and mentally. The easiest way to avoid germs is to wash hands often with soap and water. There are some ideas of ways to get physical exercise without leaving your home on our Distance Learning Page. Continue to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING, STAY HOME and STAY CALM. We will all get through this together!
Important Information for Incoming 7th Graders
All incoming 7th grade students are required to have a Pennsylvania State Mandated dental exam. Dental exams are acceptable with any date after 9/1/2019. Please complete and return the dental exam form prior to the start of the new school year. Also, 7th grade students need to have the Tdap and Meningitis vaccinations prior to the start of the new school year. Please keep this in mind as your child has their yearly physical completed. Feel free to email Sheila Kelly, school nurse, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or health concerns you have for your child.
Dear Parents, A Health Check-In From a School Nurse
Written by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN
These are certainly challenging times filled with uncertainty and concern that are impacting our entire community, and country. The next few weeks will determine if we have had success in slowing the spread of COVID19. It has taken a complete disruption in the rhythm and flow of our normal schedules to change outcomes. We will get back to work and school, but for now, we have to face the unknown with assurance that we can work through these challenging times.
This feels more like a marathon, but one where we do not know how many miles we have left to run. That adds to a sense of general anxiety because we do not know the end game right now. Patience may be wearing thin, so we have to be sure that we are all managing our own expectations.
Your kids will not be learning at the same pace or intensity as a typical school day. The goal is to have meaningful chunks of learning per day. All of us are anxious as we adjust to this new reality, so take any opportunity to relax and laugh together too. Routines can be comforting for everyone. In some cases, schools will have an education plan during this closure. Use their instructions as a guide for setting up your family’s schedule. Be sure to include the kids in crafting a schedule and remember to keep it flexible.
When we do reflect on what is happening, remember to remain calm and reassuring. Our children will react to both what we say and how we say it. We have to be the role models for our kids in terms of following recommended guidelines for how to manage COVID-19. Children are intensely watching our actions even more than our words. Credible sources like the Center for Disease Control provide the best guide for helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online. Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information can lead to anxiety because it becomes overwhelming. Provide information that is honest, accurate, and age appropriate.
There are all sorts of wonderful ideas, exercises, and videos to get you to breathe, chuckle, or do some planning. As you take a break from some the classroom DL work, be sure to check out the guidance page!! It is updated daily with new content.
A reminder to Parents that the Guidance Counselors are available for support and consultation. If your student is struggling to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus, or is having difficulty with any of the typical developmental issues of adolescence, please encourage them to reach out to Mrs. Schute or Mr. Stryker via email.
It is a start of a new week but a week that will involve more of the same. Everyone has heard the saying, "It is just the Tip of the Iceberg" the picture above demonstrates just how true that saying is for kids dealing with social distancing. Take the time to look further than the tip, ask questions and feel free to reach out if you need any help.
HOW TO MAKE CHANGES TO STUDENT INFORMATION
Please note the following procedures for submitting address changes and/or changes to mailing addresses, guardian(s) or other household information. This information is also available on the Central Bucks School District Website - www.cbsd.org.
All student address changes within Central Bucks must be validated at the Central Registration office by appointment only. We cannot make changes at the middle school.
Any changes to the current information we have on file can be changed through the Parent Portal.
Student Change of Address Procedures:
- Download the Change of Student Address Within Central Bucks form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends.
- Call (267-893-2111) or email (CentralRegistration@cbsd.org) Central Registration for an appointment.
- Complete the form and bring it to your scheduled appointment along with the following REQUIRED documentation:
- Property Deed/Agreement of Sale (follow up with deed) OR Current Lease Agreement
AND one of the following:
- current utility bill
- current tax bill/receipt
- current bank statement.
Your student’s records will be updated to reflect the new address upon receipt of the required documentation.
Change in Household Membership:
All student household membership additions, deletions or changes must be documented on the Household Membership Change form. This would include the following:
- Parent/Guardian changes
- Sibling changes
- Mailing changes.
Student Household Membership Change Procedures
Download the Household Membership Change form or obtain the form from the school your student currently attends. Complete the form and return to your student’s school or mail it to the address below:
Central Bucks School District
Educational Services Center
16 Welden Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901
If you have any questions, please call Central Registration (267-893-2111) or email your questions to CentralRegistration@cbsd.org
Please click the following link to view CB Cares March Backpack Newsflash: https://cb-cares.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/March_BPNF2020.pdf
CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.
CHIP is brought to you by leading health insurance companies. You'll have a choice of major insurance companies with networks of physicians, specialists, and care facilities near you. Your kids may even be able to keep visiting the same doctors they see today.
Click here to find out more information & to apply!