Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16

Parents of current 4th graders- Sneak Peaks are a chance for you and your rising 5th grader to walk around CBMS when the building is quiet, to check out library books from the CBMS Trish Feld Library for the summer, to try out the opening of a locker, and generally to get the lay of the CBMS land.  These are happening from 4-6pm on Wednesday, June 21st, and 8-10am on Thursday, June 22nd.  No formal presentation or agenda...simply drop in when you want, if you want.

The Y Pod is the CBMS after school program, and this program runs from 2:30-5PM each day, with an option to go to 6PM.  For more details, click here.

Before school care will be offered at TBPS next year, and it is open to CBMS students as well.  This begins at 6:45am each day.  For more details, click here.  


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As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, the CBMS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to thank all of our parents, teachers and volunteers for an amazing year. Because of our fundraising and volunteer efforts, we were able to offer an action-packed year of exciting events that reinforced the already strong fabric of our Cougar Community and enriched the educational experience of our children and families.

We would like the send a special thank you to Kathleen Luce for her amazing coordination of the 5th/6th Grade Fun Nights and Georgianna Birmingham for her continued commitment to educational outreach for CBMS parents.

While it may be difficult to see the day-to-day impact that the PTO has on CBMS, below are just a few of the highlights to help you understand the importance of your continued support:

The PTO helped fund field trips to Boston,individual field trips for 7th and 8th grade teams,  gave supporting grants to Girls on the Run, the music room for new guitars, start up money for a girls softball team, continued fun nights for 5th and 6th grade, after school clubs.

Without our support, these items and programs will become challenging to maintain and could cease to exist at CBMS. This is why the community and school are so grateful for parents like you. Without your support our children would not have all of these wonderful opportunities.


For the 2017-18 school year, we will be looking to fill the vacancies of Vice President and Treasurer. We are currently a group of full-time working parents and are in need of continued parental involvement. Look for new and exciting things to come from the PTO in the fall and we will be looking for  new faces to help enhance the education of all our children.


Upcoming Dates of Note
  • todayGraduates to Great Escape- 7am departure, 6:30pm return
  • todayLast day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal
  • June 19-22- Inservice for HUUSD teachers
  • June 21- Sneak Peak for incoming 5th graders- 4-6PM
  • June 21- Sneak Peak for incoming 5th graders- 8-10AM
  • June 23rd- Progress Reports mailed home

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 15

Simply some timely reminders as the 16/17 school year heads to the finish line:
  • 8th Grade Recognition Assembly at 1pm today.  All are welcome to attend!
  • 8th Grade Graduation at 5PM today in the CBMS gymnasium.  All are welcome to attend!
  • Friday- Great Escape Trip for graduates departs CBMS at 7AM, and returns at 6:30PM.
  • Friday- 5th, 6th, and 7th graders will be heading to the CBMS pool and surrounding basketball court, tennis court, baseball field, and playground.  We will be walking or biking, and swimming is encouraged but of course optional.  Please help your child wear appropriate clothes for the day.  Dismissal is at noon, with buses rolling out at 12:05.  We do have a rain plan that keeps us at school in the case inclement weather.  Please send your child to school with the pool trip planned, but with a flexible attitude!
  • Yearbooks- we still have a few for sale.  $30 each, and checks can be made out to "CBMS."
  • Lunch Bills- it would be great if you could erase any negative balances by making a year-end deposit.  The office will be open next week, and throughout the summer, if you want to send in/drop off a check.  
  • Lost and Found- it is now out on tables in the front hallway.  Urge your child to visit it, or come yourself and take home anything that has been lost...and found!
  • CBMS Staff leaving/changing roles at the end of this school year:   
    • Bud Towndrow, Maintenance Director, is retiring in mid-August after 13 years in the district.  We are in the process of hiring for this position.
    • Donna Constant, paraeducator on Team Dream, is retiring after 21 years in the district.
    • David Emberley, special educator on Team Prodigy, is leaving CBMS and going to work for the AOE in Maine.  David Spaulding has been hired to fill this position, and he is joining us from Colorado.
    • Liza Commo, paraeducator on Team Wizards,  is leaving CBMS to pursue other career options after earning her BA this Spring.
    • Gabriel Ely, Spanish teacher, is leaving CBMS to pursue other career options.  Kelsey Burnell has been hired to teach Spanish next year.
    • Susan Simpson, ELL teacher, is moving on to Chittenden South Supervisory Union. We are in the process of filling this SU wide vacancy.
    • Kara Cooley, school nurse, has been re-assigned to HUHS, and our new nurse will be Marilyn Geiger, who is coming over from HUHS.
    • Stephanie Hudak will be a full time co-principal at CBMS next year.
    • Sara Huff will be moving from her position as special educator to the position of Literacy Interventionist in our learning center.  Anne Cassels has been hired to fill the position of Team Wizards special educator next year. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 9

8th graders Ellett Merriman & Hayden Adams were honored this week as Vermont Scholar Leaders.  This recognition is for 8th graders who personify such qualities as teamwork, positive interactions with others, respect, dependability, productivity, service to others, and respect for diversity.  A dinner was held at Norwich University to honor the 80+ recipients of this award.  Pictured in the photo with Ellett & Hayden are CBMS teachers Brian Dumais & Eric Eley.


Last call for Lift Up Letters for 7th-grade students.  7th-grade parents, if you haven't written yet, please take a look at the project explanation letter and send your letters in prior to the 15th.  Thanks!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d3763SfFWp06-nuV1kcI8iWtR49tCT-AcXwYc1K2U-E/edit


Plans for Friday, June 16th- On the last day of school for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, our plan is to walk or bike down to the Waterbury Pool area, to swim and to play and to celebrate the year.  The Cougar Cafe will be open for lunch on this day.  We are still working on details, but it will be an outdoor and active day, weather depending.  Dismissal on this day is 12:15.  More details coming next week.


Friendly reminder that bikers need to wear helmets while on the CBMS campus.



CBMS Yearbooks are going on sale on Tuesday.  If you did not pre-order one, we have a limited number of yearbooks left to purchase- $30 each, and checks can be made payable to "CBMS".


OM Bottle Blast- Odyssey of the Mind bottle collection continues through June 16th- please add your empty returnables!


Free Lunches for Kids in Waterbury this Summer- click here for details


USA LUGE Slider Search:  Try out for the USA Luge Team, Burlington, June 17 & 18, 9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm each day.  Choose the one clinic you would like to attend at the Champlain Valley Exposition, in Essex Junction. For boys and girls ages 9-13. No experience is necessary and it is FREE. To register or for more information: visit www.teamusa.org/usa-luge/slider-search.


Upcoming Dates of Note
  • todayTeam Dream to Boston
  • todayTeam Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation- 10am
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 12th- Team Prodigy (half) hike to Perry Hill- 8:30-11:40
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- Team Prodigy (other half) hike to Perry Hill- 8:30-11:40
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library.  Relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June 14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape- 7am departure, 6:30pm return
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal
  • June 23rd- Progress Reports mailed home

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 2

Placement lists for rising grades 5 and 7 can be found here

8th Graders - Step Up Day is Today, and 8th graders will go straight to HUHS for the full-day, returning to CBMS by bus at 2:15.  If you want your child to buy lunch at HUHS that day, and you do not qualify for free lunch, you need to send in money to make that happen. Lunch is $3.50, and breakfast is $2.25. Two options: 1) send the money into CBMS, and we will give your child a ticket. 2) your child can pay directly at Harwood. We will give tickets directly to students who qualify for free meals.

Parents of current 4th graders- Sneak Peaks are a chance for you and your rising 5th grader to walk around CBMS when the building is quiet, to check out library books from the CBMS Trish Feld Library for the summer, to try out the opening of a locker, and generally to get the lay of the CBMS land.  These are happening from 4-6pm on Wednesday, June 21st, and 8-10am on Thursday, June 22nd.  No formal presentation or agenda...simply drop in when you want, if you want.


The 17/18 school calendar can be accessed on the CBMS Homepage.  


Summer reading resources from CBMS Librarian Jen Hill:



The Odyssey of the Mind bottle collection continues through June 16th.  Bins are located in the CBMS parent pick-up loop.


Odyssey of the Mind Teams Compete at World Finals
Congratulations to our Odyssey of the Mind teams that competed at the OM World Finals at Michigan State University last weekend!Two teams from our schools took part representing Waterbury-Duxbury and Vermont at the tournament attended by approximately 20,000 people from 833 teams that traveled from 35 states and 13 other countries. The Crossett Brook team of seven 7th-8th graders placed 28th out of 61 teams in its category; the Thatcher-Crossett Brook team of five 4th-5th graders also placed 28th out of 66 teams. The teams worked hard on their problem solutions and presentations. Many thanks to their volunteer coaches as well!!

The OM program would like to thank all of the friends and family members who contributed to fundraising for World Finals with cash donations and many contributions of bottles and cans for the bottle drive. Many local businesses also supported the effort. Top sponsors were: The Alchemist, Concept2, T.S. Peck Insurance, Rotary Club of Waterbury, and the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. A full list will be published in the Waterbury Record, Front Porch Forum and on the Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind Facebook page.

OM is an extra-curricular creative problem-solving activity. New teams for 2017-18 will form in the fall for grades K-8. Info: Lisa Scagliotti, coordinator, lscagliott@comcast.net.



Update on Proficiency-Based Learning Reporting: Modifications are underway to improve the grading and reporting system used by CBMS teachers this year. As you may know, teachers have been using common rubrics to assess student performance on indicators linked to areas of proficiency. Through the use of ​Powerschool Teacher Pro, teachers have reported on student progress within classes, and student performance was then aggregated across classes on a custom report to display overall progress.

Because student progress in Powerschool was not easily accessible in a clear way and did not report the detailed information families, students, and teachers are looking for, the decision was made to switch to a web-based tool called JumpRope for reporting beginning in August. This program will allow for parents and students to view performance on Learning Expectations both within and across classes. By using a calculation method known as ​PowerLaw​, aggregate performance may appear as a decimal value (e.g. 2.5 or 3.2) between levels 0-4, which may provide a more precise indication of student growth over time.

We have also regrouped our Proficiencies into concise HUUSD Learning Expectations. We have not changed our curriculum or content, nor are we assessing fewer skills or less content. We have just consolidated and regrouped standards to be more clearly understood and assessed more accurately.

The Progress Report that will be hard copied and snail-mailed in late June will come from Powerschool Teacher Pro, and will thus be similar in format to the reports we sent out in January.

 


Kids' Track Meet Friday - The 21st Annual Kids Track Meet, sponsored by Central Vermont Runners will take place at the Montpelier High School track on Friday, June 2. Registration starts at 5:30. The events begin at 6pm and are free to all Central Vermont kids - pre-school through 6th grade. The first 250 registrants receive free t-shirts. All participants receive finisher medals. Events include the 50-yard dash; quarter mile, half mile and mile run; long jump; and softball throw. All entrants must have a parent or authorized adult sign the release form. Volunteers are needed to assist. If you have a question or would like to volunteer, please contact Dot Helling at dothelling@gmail.com More details here: http://cvrunners.org/?page_id=76



Upcoming Dates of Note
  • 2day- Step Up Day
  • June 7th- Team Quest to Boston
  • June 7th- CBMS Jazz Band plays at Burlington Jazz Festival
  • June 8th- Team Wizards to Boston
  • June 8th- Team Titan celebration dinner
  • June 9th- Team Dream to Boston
  • June 9th- Team Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal
  • June 23rd- Progress Reports mailed home

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 26












CBMS presents at this week's Dynamic Landscapes conference at Champlain College this week.











8th Grade Parents - 3 timely items:

  • The American Legion sponsors awards each year. The application for these awards require written essays, with a deadline for submission of June 2nd. Details can be found on this document. This info has been sent to your child via e-mail a couple of times in the last few months. Please encourage your child to submit an essay! 
  • Step Up Day on June 2nd - On this day, 8th graders will go straight to HUHS for the full-day.  If you want your child to buy lunch at HUHS that day, and you do not qualify for free lunch, you need to send in money to make that happen. Lunch is $3.50, and breakfast is $2.25. Two options: 1) send the money into CBMS, and we will give your child a ticket. 2) your child can pay directly at Harwood on Step Up Day. We will give tickets directly to students who qualify for free meals.
  • Great Escape permission slips and payment. We need these no later than Wednesday, May 31st. Please send them in  with your child to Miss Dona in the main office. Also in need of photos for the slideshow - if you haven't sent in your child's photos please do so as soon as possible to dculver@wwsu.org.  We are in need of 2 younger ones & 1 current one, along with a short message 20 words or less - you can put your message here.   Any questions please contact Dona Culver @ dculver@wwsu.org or call 802-244-6100



4th grade and 6th grade parents - Placement lists for grades 5 and 7 will be posted on the CBMS Homepage at 5PM on Thursday, June 1st.  


Intra-District Choice - A message from Superintendent Brigid Nease:  I am writing to make you aware of a new policy that our HUUSD Board adopted on 3/9/17.  F33-L Intra-District Choice, K-8, will allow students in grades K-8 to attend any of the schools in the Harwood Unified Union School District (Crossett Brook Middle School, Fayston Elementary School, Harwood Union Middle School, Moretown Elementary School, Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waitsfield Elementary School, Warren Elementary School) beginning in the Fall of 2017, regardless of your town of residence within the supervisory union.  Our merger under Act 46, where we operate all of our schools under one budget, makes intra-district choice possible without financial penalty to the taxpayers, unlike the previous laws around residency.  We hope the flexibility that we are now able to provide in these years of ongoing declining enrollment state-wide will attract and retain as many families as possible PK-12 to our communities.  Our earlier survey clearly indicates most families intend to continue having their students attend their resident school.  Please review the policy about Intra-District School Choice here. If you plan to make a change for your child for Fall 2017 from your resident school to another HUUSD school, you need to do two things:
1. Contact the building principal in the school you want your child to attend in the fall as soon as possible, but not later than June 21, 2017, so we can adequately prepare.  Phone numbers for the principals can be found here.  Scroll down to the bottom of page for school contacts.
2.  Complete this form and submit it to the Principal at the school you want your child to attend in 2017-18.  (You can also find the form on our Home page at www.wwsu.org.)
Bus transportation shall be made available where possible but is not guaranteed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call - 802-496-2272, ext. 114.



Waterbury Recreation Middle School Rec Camps this summer. Interested or have questions? Contact Deb Fowler at recreation@waterburyvt.com
https://waterburyvt.myrec.com/PhotoPool/Large/5.jpgHere is your chance to try new things and explore different activities. You can sign up for one week or all seven. The camps are an all day or half day camp depending on your needs and each week will have a different theme. We will be learning how to build a robotic arm, how to cook some meals, play soccer, weave and so much more. If you stay all day in the morning you will work on the Theme of the week, in the afternoon you will get a chance to go to the pool, play games, work on crafts and just hang out with friends.

Half day camp would be in the morning and you would just work on the Theme of the week

  • Week 1 Day Camp
  • Week 2 Hiking/ Fishing
  • Week 3 Science Camp, Robotic Arm Building
  • Week 4 Day Camp
  • Week 5 Cooking Camp
  • Week 6 Science Camp, Arcade Electronic
  • Week 7 Willow and Wool
  • Day Camp - This is a change to go back to Day Camp and just play games, make crafts, swim at the pool and make new friends. 
  • Hiking/Fishing - Spend the week exploring new trails and finding great fishing holes with our trained Let's Go Fishing staff 
  • Science Camp Build a Robotic Arm - You will be working every morning on a Robotic Arm that you will get to finish and take home with you to keep. 
  • Day Camp - This is a change to go back to Day Camp and just play games, make crafts, swim at the pool and make new friends. 
  • Cooking Camp - In this camp you will learn how to work with a recipe, budget and shop and of course cook and eat your food! 
  • Science Camp - Arcade Electronics - During this week of Science learn how to make Arcade Games that you can play for hours and hours of fun. 
  • Willow and Wool - Spend the week learning how to weave these natural fibers into wonderful works of art. Susie J Gray will help you master this wonderful life long activity


Ticks -  As the weather warms and ticks emerge, be sure you take precautions. The best way to prevent tick-borne diseases is to prevent tick bites. Limiting your exposure to ticks, using an effective repellent and checking your body for ticks are just some of the ways you can decrease the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. Check your kids each night after outdoor playtime. You increase your chances of finding ticks and removing them before they can transmit disease. Read more about prevention here.



PH International (www.ph-int.org ) is seeking host families for university students from Russia ages 18-20 interested in environmental sustainability.  These students will be visiting Vermont through PH International’s Russian Youth Environmental (RYEP) Program.
This program is designed to help Russian youth develop a sense of civic responsibility through workshops, seminars, site visits and activities focusing on the primary themes of leadership development, community engagement, with a focus on environmental sustainability.  Participants will spend a total of four weeks in the U.S. including 12 days at the Environmental Sustainability Institute at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, 112 days in Vermont participating in community service projects, followed by a cultural visit to Washington, D.C.
Youth participants will be placed in homestays during their time in Vermont to learn about American culture and family life.  Host families are asked to provide a comfortable and clean place to sleep, breakfast and dinner, minimal transportation to centralized pick-up and drop-off locations and some weekend activities. We are currently recruiting interested host families for July 6-17th and/or August 15-25th or a portion of the participant’s stay during these dates.
PH International is a Vermont-based, international, non-governmental organization located in Waitsfield.  With 30+ years of experience, PH works from offices across Eurasia to support civic society development through education, technology, and cross-cultural engagement.  This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.  
To find out more about hosting opportunities in July or August, please contact Renee Berrian or Ivan Tabanin at (802) 496-4545 or email at renee.berrian@ph-int.org / ivan.tabanin@ph-int.org.



Upcoming Dates of Note
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today
  • June 2nd- Step Up Day
  • June 7th- Team Quest to Boston
  • June 7th- CBMS Jazz Band plays at Burlington Jazz Festival
  • June 8th- Team Wizards to Boston
  • June 8th- Team Titan celebration dinner
  • June 9th- Team Dream to Boston
  • June 9th- Team Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19



2nite - 5th/6th GRADE FUN NIGHT- LAST ONE OF THE YEAR!! MAY 19th 7-9 pm


For 6th graders- this is the last FUN NIGHT at CBMS!
PERMISSION FORMS are required.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to bring sweet treats, healthy snacks, and drinks. We also need parent chaperones to make sure the night is safe and fun.  If you have questions, please email Kathleen Luce at kayakvt@aol.com.

HERE is the link to complete an online permission form for your child to attend the final 5th/6th grade FUN NIGHT of the year hosted by the PTO on Friday, May 10th from 7-9 PM.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBT6VVD )

HERE is a link for parents to sign up to volunteer on FUN NIGHT. We have needs for snacks and chaperones!
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0E49ACAD2CA75-may19th


ONCE THEY'RE GONE,
THEY'RE GONE
Order a yearbook today.
BUY A YEARBOOK
GOING GOING GONE
Nothing captures the memories of the school year like a yearbook. But supplies are extremely limited. Order now for 30.00 before they're just another memory.
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Movie Screening- "Resilience- The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope".  Wednesday, May 24th, from 6-8pm at Montpelier High School.  Invitation is here, and the trailer is here.


Bike and Ride to School Day- Wednesday, May 24th- meet at 7AM at Rusty Parker Park, and walkers and bikers will head out to CBMS by 7:10AM.  A great way to get the blood moving and get some exercise to start the day!  Snacks provided by Waterbury In Motion.


17/18 School Year calendar- click here


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We Love Boxtops- thanks for clipping them and sending them to the CBMS Office!

Are you still looking for things your kids can do this summer, especially those in Middle School? For the first time the Town of Waterbury is offering 7 weeks of Middle School Summer Camps. You can sign up for one week or all 7, each week is different so there is something for everyone. We are also offering a variety of mini camps for all ages and of course, as always, our summer swim lessons. No need to leave Waterbury this summer for activities for the Family, check out everything going on and register online at www,waterburyvt.com, click on the Recreation Tab and then follow the link to the online registration system or call Deb Fowler at 244-7174. Don't miss out on the fun it is only a click away.


Upcoming Dates of Note
  • May 19th- Student vs Staff Hockey Game at Ice Center- 1PM
  • May 19th- 5th/6th grade Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 22nd- SBAC testing in grades 7 and 8
  • May 24th- Walk/Bike to School Day
  • May 24th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 25th- CBMS Band Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today
  • June 2nd- Step Up Day
  • June 7th- Team Quest to Boston
  • June 7th- CBMS Jazz Band plays at Burlington Jazz Festival
  • June 8th- Team Wizards to Boston
  • June 8th- Team Titan celebration dinner
  • June 9th- Team Dream to Boston
  • June 9th- Team Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal