Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan 12

Attention Parents of 7th Graders - Our yearly Lift-Up Letter Project is upon us! Please take a few moments to read this information to learn more about our letter writing project for this year's 7th-grade students. Letters are due in late April, but the details of the project need your attention now. Thanks for taking the time to participate, and for encouraging your family members and those close to your 7th-grader, to do so as well. Letter to Parents 2018 Jen Hempey, School Counselor


JumpRope calculation change - Effective this week, we are making a calculation change in JumpRope, our assessment reporting system.  The calculation used at the Performance Indicator level within a class will be changed to a calculation called "Decaying Average", which will replace the "Power Law" calculation used up to now in this school year. Last spring, a committee considered the pros and cons of several different calculation options, and decided to use Power Law, as it appeared to be the calculation method most likely to reflect our commitment to valuing student growth over time. Just as teachers adjust lessons year-to-year for continual improvement, we have gathered feedback and data, reflected on the implementation of this decision, and determined that a change to the calculation method was in order.  We sought out a calculation method which would provide a balance between valuing a student’s growth over time and encouraging a student’s best effort on work produced throughout the whole year. Using Decaying Average supports growth over time, in that the most recent work has more weight in the final outcome. Unlike Power Law, however, Decaying Average ensures that work produced at or revised to a proficient or advanced level early in the year will always have a positive effect on the final score.  This change is effective immediately, and retroactive to the beginning of the year.  More detailed information on Decaying Average can be found at this link.  Moving forward, as we continue to make the decisions and changes necessary in implementing Proficiency-Based Learning, we will continue to gather feedback and data, and will conduct a review at the end of the school year and make adjustments as needed in order to ensure that the transformative changes intended are truly being realized.


A presentation on the HUHS Proficiency Mastery Transcript & Graduation Verification- 6pm on Thursday, January 18th, in the HUHS Cafeteria.


Marijuana Talk Kit- A good guide to help you to talk to your teen about marijuana- click here



Got extra wire hangers hanging around? The CBMS art room can use them!


LL Bean Outdoor Discover School is coming to CBMS in late January.  Offered by the YMCA, and open to all CBMS students... click here for more info.


iDefineMe- A Workshop for Parents - Monday, January 29th, 2018 - 6:30 PM - HUHS

This workshop is for Adults Only – ALL Parents are Welcome!
(note- CBMS 7th and 8th graders will attend a presentation by this presenter in the morning of January 29th)

Today’s world impacts our children in ways unimaginable for previous generations.  Consequently, old methods of communicating with kids seem inadequate.  Trying to get through to our children can feel impossible.  Often, they are searching for the definition of who they are through negative outlets. This leaves parents confused, searching for answers, and striving to have profound influence over their children
This workshop is designed to give parents a better understanding of the issues facing our children: drug and alcohol usage, vaping, the impact of technology (digital distraction), bullying, risky behavior, exposure to adult material, distracted driving, and several others. Armed with the knowledge of what your children face today, this program will provide effective methods of communication through an in-depth understanding of how children receive information and what motivates them to want to apply it.
Our speaker will incorporate real-life stories and examples from both his extensive law enforcement career working with youth and technology crime, as well as his experience as a parent and step-parent having raised seven children.

About Our Speaker - Andrew W. Donofrio
Andrew’s first career was in law enforcement, where he led a large and productive Computer Crimes Unit for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. After finishing that career, he started and continues to stay involved with a successful data assurance and IT security firm, Cyberology Consultants. After discovering how his passions for life long education, continual growth, and commitment to others can integrate beautifully into a new chapter in his life, Andrew decided to pursue his ultimate passions: speaking, strategic intervention, and coaching. Whether working with business owners, entrepreneurs, parents, college students or teens, Andrew leads people to discover their goals and construct plans for success. Combining his degree in psychology, years of experience in working with youth through law enforcement, Andrew has developed a unique approach to helping clients identify the obstacles and impediments that prevent them from succeeding. Most importantly, Andrew helps people recognize barriers that prevent them from being the best they can be and develop strategies to overcome such obstacles.  Ultimately, he strives to help people not just achieve a life of success, but a life of fulfillment.



Lynn Lyons Presenting at Fayston School - Feb 1, 2018, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Lynn Lyons is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist from Concord, New Hampshire who has been in private practice for 28 years specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. She will be presenting The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can (and Should!) Be Teaching Our Children at the Fayston Elementary School on Thursday Feb 11, 5:30-7:30. This free event is open to parents and educators in the community co-sponsored by the Fayston PTO and Early Ed Committee, Spring Hill School, Waitsfield Children’s Center and Hannah’s House. For more information contact The Fayston Elementary School @ 496-3636 or Barbara@hannahshousevt.org



Updated CBMS Spiritwear- click here to check it out and to place an order.






Image result for boxtops for educationBoxtops paid for the CBMS ice rink.  Thanks for clipping, saving, and sending them into the CBMS office!



Exchange students looking for host families for the remainder  of the school year - Have you ever thought about hosting an exchange student? The Rotary Exchange Program is looking for a few host families to host exchange students for the rest of the 2018 school year. These students are at Harwood High School and  are great kids . They need to be placed in a home within the Harwood school district.  This can be a rewarding experience for the host family and the student!  We are looking for new families for these students as soon as possible, although there is some flexibility. For more info or if you are just interested in getting more information for another time (the Rotary hosts students every year) please contact Ron Gulyas at buzzerman12@aol.com.
   


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Jan 15- MLK, Jr Day- no school today for students
  • Jan 18- A presentation on the HUHS Proficiency Mastery Transcript & Graduation Verification- 6pm in the HUHS cafeteria
  • Jan 24- HUUSD board meeting- 6pm- HU Library
  • Jan 25- 5th/6th Grade Ecology Week Parent meeting- 6:30pm- Trish Feld Library
  • Jan 26- Grades 7/8 Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm
  • Jan 29- iDefineMe Workshop for parents- HUHS- 6:30pm

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 5

Correction to last week's Cougar Comments- the Fun Night on January 26th is for grades 7 & 8, and is hosted by HUMS.  The next CBMS Fun Night for 5th and 6th graders is Friday, March 9th. 

Outdoor recess and clothing:  At CBMS we are committed to getting our students outdoors on a daily basis, with extreme temperature days being exceptions. Thanks in advance for sending your child into school with a coat, a hat, gloves/mittens, and good footwear on a daily basis!
CBMS SKI & RIDE starts this coming Wednesday January 10th!   If your child is in Ski & Ride, you will be emailed information specifics or go to the ski & ride website for information.  Email for additional information- ski_ride@wwsu.org

CBMS PTO meeting this coming Tuesday, Jan 9th, beginning at 6:30pm in the CBMS Library.  All are welcome, and we would love to have some new attendees at our meetings!  More info on the PTO can be found at our website.


The Little Mermaid Jr is our school musical this year, and it will be on stage on May 11 and 12. Students in grades 5-8 are welcome to audition to be part of the cast, or contribute as stage crew. We will hold an information meeting for all interested cast and crew on January 8th from 2:30-3 in the music room. Audition sign ups will be available at and after this meeting. Auditions are 1/11, 1/16, 1/18, and 1/19 (as needed), all after school. For more information, visit the musical website, or email mdubois@wwsu.org.


Elementary Mathematics Program Changes 2018-19, from Sheila Soule, HUUSD Director of Curriculum
Over the past nine years, most schools in our District have been using a math program called Investigations Mathematics in grades K-5. When the Common Core standards were adopted by the Vermont State Board of Education in 2010 we updated our local curriculum and learned our Investigations program was not fully aligned with the new standards. The publisher provided some supplemental materials to help address the gaps, and then released a fully aligned new edition in 2016-17. Before simply purchasing this new edition of the program (at a significant expense), we decided to conduct a full review of other mathematics programs available to reach consensus on which program to move forward for adoption across the HUUSD beginning in school year 2018-19.

The programs selected for review were: 
  • Investigations Mathematics 
  • Bridges In Mathematics 
  • Eureka Math (a.k.a. Engage NY)
A committee was formed to evaluate these programs and pilot each for approximately one unit (one month). In addition to using the materials for instruction, the team conducted school visits to places where the programs are currently in use.  The committee worked incredibly hard to exercise due diligence in evaluating these programs and should be commended for taking on this additional task. The committee members were as follows:
  • Pam Menz: Grade 2, Thatcher Brook 
  • Anne Hutchinson: Grade 3, Thatcher Brook
  • Melinda Anderman: Grades 5/6, Crossett Brook
  • Brenda Hartshorn: Kindergarten, Moretown
  • Deb Fadden: Grade 4, Moretown
  • Ann Beattie, Kindergarten, Waitsfield
  • Ali Hale, Grade 4, Waitsfield
  • Jean Goldhammer, Grades 2, Fayston
  • Doug Bergstein, Grade 5/6, Fayston
  • Elizabeth Tarno, Grade 5/6, Warren
Following the implementation of all three programs the team came together to reach consensus on a final recommendation. The team reached consensus on moving forward with the Bridges In Mathematics program for implementation. Teachers in grades K-5 will begin training to use this program in June 2018, and will begin implementation in Fall of 2018. Bridges is a comprehensive math program that equips teachers to “fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners”. During the piloting process, teachers reported that their students were excited about solving mathematical problems and were seemingly understanding the mathematics at a deeper level. We look forward to working with these new program materials and to working collaboratively across all K-5 schools as we begin implementation.
Should you have any additional questions please contact Sheila Soule, Director of Curriculum, at 583-7947 or ssoule@wwsu.org


Updated Fencing Instruction details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.





EarthWalk 2018 Workshop Series for Teens - 2018 Winter/Spring Workshop Series for Teens!  These hands-on opportunities are for teens who want to create positive change, learn new skills, connect with peers, work with the land, and support their community. EarthWalk is offering seasonal workshops taught by community mentors who know their craft and want to share it with the next generation of community leaders. Learn more at http://earthwalkvermont.org/new-teen-offerings. The series kicks off with this Art, Voice, and Activism workshop:  Join with other teens for an exciting and empowering training on transforming the world with art, song, healing, and non-violent action. This stand alone workshop will also be the kick off for future events driven by teen interests. Training led by local educators, artists and activists Erik Gillard and Heidi Wilson. This workshop is for anyone itching to get creative, longing for connection and meaning, and/or wanting to make change in these wild (and not so wild) times. No experience necessary, curiosity is a plus! Spread the word!



Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Jan 9- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30-8- Trish Feld Library
  • Jan 10- Stowe Ski/Ride program begins- 12:30 dismissal
  • Jan 10- HUUSD board meeting- 6:00- HU Library
  • Jan 15- MLK, Jr Day- no school today for students
  • Jan 24- HUUSD board meeting- 6:00- HU Library
  • Jan 25- Ecology Week Parent meeting- 6:30pm- Trish Feld Library
  • Jan 26- Grades 7/8 Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm

Friday, December 29, 2017

Dec 29

From the Cougar Cafe - The January Menu is online at this link.  The Harvest of the Month for January is dairy - find more info at this link.




New CBMS Spiritwear- click here to check it out and to place an order.


Public School Budgeting and Upcoming HUUSD Board Meetings  Visit www.wwsu.org for agendas and more information!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – HUUSD board will hear and discuss all expenditure recommendations and estimates. Final revenues, equalized pupils and CLAs (Common Levels of Appraisal) will be available, allowing us to estimate tax rate(s) for the towns in our district. 6 pm @ HUHS library.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - HUUSD board will discuss and vote on final budget. 6 pm @ HUHS library.




Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Jan 2- School resumes
  • Jan 9- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30-8- Trish Feld Library
  • Jan 10- Stowe Ski/Ride program begins- 12:30 dismissal
  • Jan 10- HUUSD board meeting- 6:00- HU Library
  • Jan 15- MLK, Jr Day- no school today for students
  • Jan 24- HUUSD board meeting- 6:00- HU Library
  • Jan 25- Ecology Week Parent meeting- 6:30pm- Trish Feld Library
  • Jan 26- Grades 7/8 Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dec 15

Next Thursday, December 21st, we will be ending the day with an all-school performance by The Limes This band hails from the Cabot School, and is a 20-piece original alt-pop funk orchestra that redefines the concept of “school band.”  They played for us a few years ago, with a great response, and we are excited to once again host this fabulous group.  You can have a listen to them on this link.   


HUUSD Re-Design- position paper from HUUSD Superintendent Brigid Nease- click here


Girls on the Run's Middle School program, Heart & Sole, is returning to Crossett Brook School and we need COACHES!  At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our new middle school program, Heart & Sole, helps girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully.

Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is woven through the program as a learning mechanism and a way for girls to experience goal setting and achievement. 

The 10-week Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, asking for and providing help, and more.   The girls will culminate the season by participating in an empowering 5k event!

Heart and Sole is a spring program that starts the week of March at the end of March 19th and runs through the last week of May.  Sessions meet twice a week for 90 minutes each.  You do not need to have running experience to coach!   Please contact Melinda Anderman at manderman@wwsu.org for more information or to sign up.


You are invited to share your ideas with members of the HUUSD school board! Guiding topics are: what do you value most about the schools? What is missing? What are your thoughts about our adopted goals and how would you prioritize them? This forum is part of our new effort to create more occasions to listen to - and engage with – the public. It is an important opportunity to offer your thoughts to the board in this and future budget cycles, and as we do our work throughout the year.

DETAILS:

Monday, December 18 
5:30 – 7:00 pm 
Harwood High School Library 
light snacks will be served

Note: please be on the lookout for a survey to address similar topics in the coming weeks




This year the Peace Alliance, a student run community service organization at HUHS, is working with AALV, an organization devoted to promoting equal opportunity, dignity, and self- sufficiency for refugee and immigrant individuals and families in Vermont. AALV started out as an organization to bring together a small group of new African Americans in Vermont, and over time has reached out to many other ethnic groups including Bhutanese, Burmese and Iraqi refugees. As the winter season is approaching, Peace Alliance is organizing a warm clothing drive, with all donations going to AALV. Many of the refugees come with simply the clothes on their backs, and are not equipped for Vermont’s chilly winters. We are collecting winter apparel of all sizes such as coats, fleeces, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, and socks. We will also be taking donations of yarn, with which the refugees can knit their own hats and mittens.  There is a box for donations in the CBMS office through December.  Thank you, and Peace to you in this holiday season!



Calling all volunteers for Ski & Ride!  Sign up for Volunteer clinic at Stowe by November 9th.  Seeking at least 30 more parents, teachers, community members to chaperone our Ski & Ride Program.  Without you, this program will not exist.  Visit the Volunteer Page on our Ski & Ride website for information and the Stowe form.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Dec 18- HUUSD School Board idea share- 5:30-7pm in the HUHS Library
  • Dec 20- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library.  HUUSD board will hear and discuss first look at revenues, equalized pupils and early projected tax rates, along with continued discussion on proposed expenditures. 
  • Dec 22- Jan 1- Holiday Break

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dec 8

New CBMS Spiritwear- click here to check it out and to place an order.


Girls on the Run's Middle School program, Heart & Sole, is returning to Crossett Brook School and we need COACHES!  At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our new middle school program, Heart & Sole, helps girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully.

Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is woven through the program as a learning mechanism and a way for girls to experience goal setting and achievement. 

The 10-week Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, asking for and providing help, and more.   The girls will culminate the season by participating in an empowering 5k event!

Heart and Sole is a spring program that starts the week of March at the end of March 19th and runs through the last week of May.  Sessions meet twice a week for 90 minutes each.  You do not need to have running experience to coach!   Please contact Melinda Anderman at manderman@wwsu.org for more information or to sign up.


Calling all volunteers for Ski & Ride!  Sign up for Volunteer clinic at Stowe by November 9th.  Seeking at least 30 more parents, teachers, community members to chaperone our Ski & Ride Program.  Without you, this program will not exist.  Visit the Volunteer Page on our Ski & Ride website for information and the Stowe form.


Details on how to avoid and how not to spread the Norovirus germ can be found here.


Your local Rotary clubs are seeking host families for our wonderful exchange students! We have students from Germany, Denmark, Brazil, and Italy. Seize this awesome opportunity for your family to learn about another country, make lifelong connections, and change a life.
We need families starting in January. If you can help, please contact Ron Gulyas at buzzerman12@aol.com, Irwin Korman at irwinkorman@gmail.com, or Shannon Wisdom at shannonwisdom@gmail.com.



Public School Budgeting and Upcoming HUUSD Board Meetings  The Harwood Unified Union School District board of directors invites the public to attend any and all of our December and January meetings discussing FY 2019 budgeting for our schools, students, and communities. Please find a calendar of important dates below. We hope you can join us, or watch the discussions on Mad 
River Television (www.mrvtv.com)! As always, please feel free to reach out to any and all board members with your questions, concerns, and good ideas.

Visit www.wwsu.org for agendas and more information!


SPECIFIC DATES AND TOPICS:

December 13, 2017 – HUUSD board will continue discussion of proposed budget expenditures including Operations and Maintenance, Long Term Capital Needs, Solar Service Contract and Leases, and Transportation. 6 pm at HUHS library.

December 20, 2017 – HUUSD board will hear and discuss first look at revenues, equalized pupils and early projected tax rates, along with continued discussion on proposed expenditures. 6 pm @ HUHS library.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – HUUSD board will hear and discuss all expenditure recommendations and estimates. Final revenues, equalized pupils and CLAs (Common Levels of Appraisal) will be available, allowing us to estimate tax rate(s) for the towns in our district. 6 pm @ HUHS library.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - HUUSD board will discuss and vote on final budget. 6 pm @ HUHS library.




HARWOOD UNIFIED UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER VACANCY - WATERBURY  
HUUSD has a Waterbury vacancy on their board to be filled immediately. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, stating why they would like to serve and what contributions they would like to bring to the Board, to Brigid Nease, Superintendent, 
either by US mail (HUUSD, 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7, Waitsfield, VT 05673) or email (bnease@wwsu.org). Once all letters are received, the Board will review, set up interviews, and ultimately vote as a Board to fill the seat. This seat would run from now to March 2018, at which time, Waterbury would elect someone to serve for one year to complete the original term.

Deadline for receipt of letters: December 18, 2017




You are invited to share your ideas with members of the HUUSD school board! Guiding topics are: what do you value most about the schools? What is missing? What are your thoughts about our adopted goals and how would you prioritize them? This forum is part of our new effort to create more occasions to listen to - and engage with – the public. It is an important opportunity to offer your thoughts to the board in this and future budget cycles, and as we do our work throughout the year.

DETAILS:

Monday, December 18
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Harwood High School Library
light snacks will be served

Note: please be on the lookout for a survey to address similar topics in the coming weeks


This year the Peace Alliance, a student run community service organization at HUHS, is working with AALV, an organization devoted to promoting equal opportunity, dignity, and self- sufficiency for refugee and immigrant individuals and families in Vermont. AALV started out as an organization to bring together a small group of new African Americans in Vermont, and over time has reached out to many other ethnic groups including Bhutanese, Burmese and Iraqi refugees. As the winter season is approaching, Peace Alliance is organizing a warm clothing drive, with all donations going to AALV. Many of the refugees come with simply the clothes on their backs, and are not equipped for Vermont’s chilly winters. We are collecting winter apparel of all sizes such as coats, fleeces, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, and socks. We will also be taking donations of yarn, with which the refugees can knit their own hats and mittens.  There is a box for donations in the CBMS office through December.  Thank you, and Peace to you in this holiday season!

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2NiteGrades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Dec 12- Hanukkah begins this evening (through Dec 20)
  • Dec 13- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 14- Winter Concert: 6-8 band, Jazz band, 5-8 chorus- 7-9pm
  • Dec 20- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 22- Jan 1- Holiday Break

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dec 1

5th and 6th graders have Ecology Week from April 3rd to April 6th this coming Spring.  All students will be able to go to the Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco, Maine, and there will also be a day-tripping group heading to the Audubon Center in Huntington.  For your calendars- Ecology Week Parent Info meeting- Thursday, January 25th- 6:30-7:30pm

Proficiency-Based Learning Op Ed from Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont Secretary of Education- click here.


Screenagers parent guide- a 1-pager with some quality tips to help in parenting in the information age...valid even if you were not able to see Screenagers this week. Click here.  AG Leaders will be discussing this film in AGs for the next few days- discussion questions they will be using are here.


E-Absence Note- a great way to communicate that your child will not be in school.  Click here(this link is also on the CBMS Homepage- cbms.wwsu.org)


E-Bus Note- an excellent way to communicate if your child will not be taking the normal bus home.  Click here. (this link is also on the CBMS Homepage- cbms.wwsu.org)



NEW SPIRIT WEAR IS COMING!  Thank you to everyone who has helped us design our new line of CBMS spirit wear.  Special shout outs to Andrew Reynolds, Ava Tremblay, and Boone Maher for submitting design ideas!
Please follow the link here to access the order form.  Once we receive your order, we will send you an email receipt, including total amount due.  Please make checks out to CBMS.  We accept checks and cash but cannot accept credit cards at this time.  We will notify you once your apparel has arrived.  Please feel free to contact Shannon Tremblay with any questions at 802-244-6100 x 2437 or at stremblay@wwsu.org.

The December Cougar Cafe menu is now online - click here.


Brainado strikes again! When Crossett Brook student Connor wanted to learn small engine repair, the school helped him connect with local professional mechanic Albert J. Caron. But as Connor's knowledge about engines grew, so did other skills that support his learning, and Connor was able to obtain a summer job at Caron's shop. Community mentors like professional Caron can offer so much in terms of reinforcing, expanding, and grounding the most important learning that goes on in schools. Click here for a 2-minute look at this.


At CBMS our 5/6 Health Education program includes a few Puberty Education lessons to 5th and 6th graders towards the end of the school year.  The following links are great resources for families to use in the meantime.  
     5th graders 
     6th graders 

The below links for 7th and 8th graders would help families strengthen the healthy messages taught in the Health Class (7th and 8th grade Puberty/Reproduction and Sexuality Education Units) offered soon .  
     7th graders 
     8th graders 



The Cougar Co-Op Leadership Team is almost ready to launch a new line of products including bath bombs, local beeswax lip balm, soda tab belts, hand crafted earrings, reusable bags and beeswax sandwich wraps.  We also have a new website which allows online sales and credit card payments. Keep us in mind this holiday season….many great stocking stuffers available!  Stay tuned for more info on how to order these student crafted, sustainably sourced gifts.  And remember...all profits support local charities like the Duxbury Elf Shelf, CLiF, and Toys for Tots!


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2DayTeams Dream and Quest to Wonder- 9:15-12:30
  • 2NiteFun Night for grades 5/6 - 7-9pm
  • Dec 2- River of Light Parade in Waterbury Village
  • Dec 6- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 8- Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Dec 12- Hanukkah begins this evening (through Dec 20)
  • Dec 13- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 14- Winter Concert: 6-8 band, Jazz band, 5-8 chorus- 7-9pm
  • Dec 22- Jan 1- Holiday Break

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Nov 24

Your Crossett Brook PTO has teamed with Lynn Pollock, CBMS Technology Coordinator/Integrationist, and is happy to announce a viewing of the movie Screenagers on Wednesday, November 29th from 7pm-8:30pm in the CBMS Library for parents and guardians.  This movie will also be shown to all CBMS students on Thursday, November 30th in school.

Come join us to watch the movie about the Digital Age our children are growing up in and how we can better guide and support them along the way.

Young people spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers, and other devices. That doesn't include the time they use screens for school and homework. 'Screenagers: How Much Screen Time is Healthy?' is a documentary that explores how much screen time is too much. Physician and mother of two Dr. Delaney Ruston became interested in this issue when her preteen started begging for a smartphone. Dr. Ruston saw other parents equally confused on how to balance technology with a young developing mind. She decided to delve deep into the science behind screen time to understand how it affects young people's minds and development. Through personal stories and input from leading researchers, SCREENAGERS sheds light on the impact this screen time is having on kids. The documentary explores how learning, playing and socializing online affects teens' developing attention span, fragile self-esteem, and moral instincts. SCREENAGERS examines the real risks of failing in school, social isolation and digital addiction. Ultimately, the film explores solutions to handle screen time and provides parents with tools to help young people develop self-control and find balance in their digital lives. The trailer for this powerful film can be found here.


Calling all volunteers for Ski & Ride!  Sign up for Volunteer clinic at Stowe by November 9th.  Seeking at least 30 more parents, teachers, community members to chaperone our Ski & Ride Program.  Without you, this program will not exist.  Visit the Volunteer Page on our Ski & Ride website for information and the Stowe form. 


PTO Winter Fundraiser- did you order fudge?  If so, it  is ready to be picked up at Laughing Moon Chocolate.   Laughing Moon hours are 9-6pm daily.  Located in Stowe next to Mac's Market. 


The Cougar Co-Op made its first donation from our profits so far this year...way to go Leadership Team! Check us out on the Channel 5 News.


5th/6th FUN NIGHT on December 1st The holiday-themed Fun Night is right around the corner.  7-9pm on Friday, December 1st.  Please visit the PTO Fun Night webpage to complete the required permission form and to sign up to volunteer. PTO volunteers are not required to have background checks on file. We hope this means that we’ll see many more of you that night helping to ensure it’s a safe and festive one for all!



The Crossett Brook Climbing Club will begin its fifth year with a brief slide show and chance to find out what the activity is all about in the CBMS library from 2:30 to 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 29th.  5th graders and their parents are welcome, as are any 6th-8th grade students who have not participated before and are now interested, and anyone who wants to rejoin the club.  This is an after school, weekend and occasional summer program, conducted in small groups of two to four students, which offers basic instruction in technical climbing, on both indoor climbing walls and outdoors.  No experience, equipment or money is required to join.  For trips to the climbing gyms in Burlington and Essex (Petra Cliffs and MetroRock) "scholarship" funds are available for the $12 to $14 sessions.  If you have question, feel free to contact Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org) or Club Leader Dr. Richard Katzman at 802-793-3661 or rkatzman@uvm.edu.  If you are interested but cannot attend this meeting, please let Dr. Katzman know. 



Proficiency-Based Learning resources from the Vermont Agency of Education- click here.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Nov 27- New Applied Academic classes for all students
  • Nov 29- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Nov 29- Screenagers viewing- 7PM in the CBMS Library
  • Dec 1- Teams Dream and Quest to Wonder- 9:15-12:30
  • Dec 1- Fun Night for grades 5/6 - 7-9pm
  • Dec 2- River of Light Parade in Waterbury Village
  • Dec 6- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 8- Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Dec 12- Hanukkah begins this evening (through Dec 20)
  • Dec 13- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 14- Winter Concert: 6-8 band, Jazz band, 5-8 chorus- 7-9pm
  • Dec 22- Jan 1- Holiday Break