Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nov 17

Progress Reports will be coming home tomorrow, via e-mail.  With JumpRope, through the Parent Portal, you can always view your learner's current scores sorted by Class.  Progress Reports will have the same data, sorted by Learning Expectation.  These reports will be sent out periodically through the year, simply to give you another way at viewing your child's progress.
  

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 annual Crossett Brook Middle School fundraiser is ending soon.
Support local businesses (Evergreen Gardens and Laughing Moon Chocolates) by participating in this fundraiser.

The CBMS PTO Online Store will close at the end of the day on November 16th for all fudge orders however, WE ARE OPEN FOR WREATHS AND POINSETTIAS until November 29th!! This is the PRIMARY fundraiser for the PTO and every dollar raised goes right back to the teams to support field trips and other team-based enrichment activities.

Order by going to www.cbmspto.com and click the giant green ONLINE STORE button on the homepage.

Evergreen Gardens Wreaths and Poinsettias  - The online store will close on November 29th and features decorated pine wreaths and red and white poinsettias for purchase.

All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Evergreen Gardens, 15 Cabin Lane, Waterbury Center, VT. ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Friday, December 1st and Sunday, December 3rd during store hours (Monday - Saturday from 8:30AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM - 5PM).

Laughing Moon Chocolates Fudge  - The online store will close at the end of the day on Thursday, November 16th and features chocolate, maple and peanut butter fudge (1/2 lb. each) for purchase.
All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main Street, Stowe, VT. ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Monday, November 20th and Friday, December 1st during store hours (9 AM - 6 PM every day; closed on Thanksgiving).




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. 


Harwood Youth Lacrosse - Registration Open
Harwood Youth Lacrosse (HYL), in conjunction with Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse (MRVYL), serves boys and girls in grades 3-8. HYL has teams at the 3rd-4th, 5th-6th and 7th-8th grade levels. Girls’ teams are mixed with MRVYL. The teams practice a few times a week beginning in late March/early April, and games with other NVTYLL (Northern VT Youth Lacrosse League) teams are played on weekends after April vacation, primarily in May and early June. HYL and MRVYL emphasize player development with the primary goal of teaching local players how to play and enjoy the sport of lacrosse.

For Girls please go to http://www.madriverlax.org. Financial Aid is available and there is free loaner equipment at the 3/4 level.

Foy Boys please go to http://www.harwoodyouthlacrosse.org. Financial Aid is available and there is free loaner equipment at the 3/4 level.

For a little incentive, if you sign up early (by December 1st), your child will be entered into a raffle for a new stick. Please feel free to contact Lorne Thomsen (244-1203 or Lorne@CampDeerwood.com) with any questions. Interested coaches and volunteers are encouraged to touch base as well.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • TodayThanksgiving Meal Lunches @ CBMS- sign up here
  • Nov 22 - Nov 24- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 10

From CBMS School Counselor Jennie Hempey- Grit & Resilience, Sleep Struggles, Bullying/Harassment vs Bad Behavior, The Over-Scheduled Child - click here to read Jennie's blog posts.


Thanksgiving meal @ CBMS on Friday, November 17th- please join us! click here for details and to sign up for a meal.

From Your PTO:  Did your 5th/6th grade child have Fun at Fun Night?  If yes- we need your help to keep them going!  The PTO needs a point person to assist with the organization (contact Laurie Berryman for details- laurie.berryman@yahoo.com) and we need more parent volunteers to sign up for Fun Night. You do not need to be fingerprinted to be a chaperone for Fun Nights.  If we don’t have enough volunteers we will have to cancel Fun Night.  Thanks!!

In need of a warm winter jacket for your child?  The CBMS nurse's office has a good supply!  Contact Nurse Marilyn at mgeiger@wwsu.org for details.



MS Winter Sports meeting- for basketball, gymnastics, nordic skiing, and wrestling.  6pm in the Harwood auditorium.  Attendance encouraged, but not required.


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. 

Want to volunteer?  Need fingerprinting?  Try the Stowe Police Dept, as we hear there is no wait time involved there.  Note that we are in discussion with the Waterbury Police Dept to bring them to CBMS in the near future for a fingerprinting session- stay tuned.


PTO Winter Fundraiser CLOSES SOON!
The CBMS PTO Online Store will close on November 16th for all fudge orders however, WE ARE OPEN FOR WREATHS AND POINSETTIAS until November 29th!! This is the PRIMARY fundraiser for the PTO and every dollar raised goes right back to the teams to support field trips and other team-based enrichment activities.

Send family members and friends THIS LINK TO THE ONLINE STORE and ask that they make an order to support CBMS PTO and your child's team. Be sure to include the important details highlighted below and tell them that a bank or credit card will be required to pay using PayPal. If using the hyperlink above is not possible, tell them to visit www.cbmspto.com and click the giant green ONLINE STORE button on the homepage.

Evergreen Gardens Wreaths and Poinsettias

The online store will close on November 29th and features decorated pine wreaths and red and white poinsettias for purchase.

All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Evergreen Gardens, 15 Cabin Lane, Waterbury Center, VT. ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Friday, December 1st and Sunday, December 3rd during store hours (Monday - Saturday from 8:30AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM - 5PM).

Laughing Moon Chocolates Fudge

The online store will close on Thursday, November 16th and features chocolate, maple and peanut butter fudge (1/2 lb. each) for purchase.

All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main Street, Stowe, VT. ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Monday, November 20th and Friday, December 1st during store hours (9 AM - 6 PM every day; closed on Thanksgiving).

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Hello from the Sustainability room!  We are looking for a big garden owl to keep hawks away from our chickens. If anyone has one that is just collecting dust and you are willing to donate please drop it off at the CBMS office or contact Sarah Popowicz (spopowicz@wwsu.org) to arrange for a pick-up. Thank you!


The Waitsfield Elementary School Ski & Skate Sale is this weekend.  CBMS is still looking for ice skate donations for our PE program- keep us in mind if you see any good deals at the sale!


Timely and important letter from Superintendent Brigid Nease regarding school closings and weather delays - click here


Socrates Cafe, Harwood Union HS 
Christopher Phillips, internationally known philosopher and author of bestseller Socrates Café: a Fresh Taste of Philosophy, and The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity and Reason through the Wisdom of our Youngest, will be at Harwood Union High School on November 13th as part of Harwood’s popular Socrates Café program. Dr. Phillips has been a Network Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and was a 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award. He is the founder of Democracy Cafe, and a recent Senior Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center, as well as senior writing and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Socrates Cafes are based on ideas in Phillips’ first book, Socrates Café, most importantly the idea that people learn more when they question. Socrates observed that, “wisdom begins in wonder.” A primary goal of Dr. Phillips and the cafes is to inspire curiosity and wonder, to nurture self-discovery, openness and empathy. In that spirit, these gatherings welcome all members of the community, regardless of age, experience or background.

Phillips will kick off the evening and folks will break off into small groups where Harwood students who are experienced in leading Socratic Dialogues will facilitate the discussions. The event will take place in the Harwood Library beginning at 6pm. After small group discussions, the groups will reconvene to debrief and summarize. Refreshments will be offered at the end of the evening at 8 pm.

For more information contact: Katherine Cadwell, HUHS at katherinewcadwell@gmail.com , Joy Worland, Joslin Memorial Library at director@joslinmemoriallibrary.com or Judi Byron, Waterbury Public Library at judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com.



Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Nov 16th- MS Winter Sports meeting- basketball, gymnastics, nordic skiing, wrestling- HU auditorium- 6pm
  • Nov 17- Thanksgiving Meal Lunches @ CBMS- sign up here
  • Nov 22 - Nov 24- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nov 3

Stories on the Road to Proficiency- this video was shown at the HUHS PBL Overview evening- 6 minutes- click here

The November Cougar Cafe menu is now online at this link.


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 has begun!
The CBMS PTO is excited to open our ONLINE winter fundraiser today, Friday, October 27th. While we are still selling your favorite items, instead of collecting checks, cash and paper order forms (which seem to go missing in middle school lockers), we’ve opened our first-ever online store! Below are important details for you. Thanks in advance for your support of our mission to enrich education, engage community and enhance connections at CBMS. 

Important Details

For those of you who have participated in this fundraiser in year's past, there are critical changes to be aware of:
  • We will no longer accept any paper orders or payments in cash or check. All orders must be completed online and our online store accepts payment through PayPal using any major bank or credit card.
  • All proceeds from this fundraiser will be divided among all five CBMS teams using a per-student ratio. However, there will be a space in the online order form to note which team should get “credit” for the sale. 
There are two ways to participate in this first-ever online fundraiser:
  • Send family members and friends THIS LINK TO THE ONLINE STORE and ask that they make an order to support CBMS PTO and your child's team. Be sure to include the important details highlighted below and tell them that a bank or credit card will be required to pay using PayPal. If using the hyperlink above is not possible, tell them to visit www.cbmspto.com and click the giant green ONLINE STORE button on the homepage.
  • Collect order information and payment from family members and friends and place one large order online using your own personal bank or credit card to make payment via PayPal.
  • Should you or someone you know who wishes to place an order have limited access to technology, please contact Tamatha Thomas-Haase at 802.241.1415.

Evergreen Gardens Wreaths and Poinsettias

The online store will open on Friday, October 27th and close on Thursday, November 16th and will feature decorated pine wreaths and red and white poinsettias for purchase.
All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Evergreen Gardens, 15 Cabin Lane, Waterbury Center, VTORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Friday, December 1st and Sunday, December 3rd during store hours (Monday - Saturday from 8:30AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM - 5PM).

Laughing Moon Chocolates Fudge

The online store will open on Friday, October 27th and close on Thursday, November 16th and will feature chocolate, maple and peanut butter fudge (1/2 lb. each) for purchase.
All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main Street, Stowe, VTORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Monday, November 20th and Friday, December 1st during store hours (9 AM - 6 PM every day; closed on Thanksgiving).


Fencing lesson details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board



Interesting article- "For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity - Reframing Thoughts" - from KQED, Irritation and gloom may seem like the default mode for teenagers, but parents can help them gain a more realistic and resilient way of thinking. Click here.


Some interesting data from recent cell phone studies:
-   College students unlock their phones at least every 15 minutes, look at them about five minutes each time, and spend a total of 4½ hours a day glued to their devices.
-   Online conversations are teens’ lifeblood, accounting for much, if not most, of their social lives.
-   Teens are constantly multitasking, even though they know it’s not efficient.
-   When teens have their phones taken away, they become highly anxious.
-   Phone-related anxiety is closely linked to poor academic performance and sleep deprivation.
-   About 80 percent of teens say they rarely if ever sleep well, usually because they have a smartphone at their bedside and check it before going to sleep and during the night.
-   The average adolescent finds it difficult to study for 15 minutes at a time.
-   During a 15-minute stint of studying, teens spend at least five minutes in a state of distraction.
-   80 percent of high-school teachers and 63 percent of elementary teachers say technology is making students less able to sustain attention.
-   Office workers are interrupted (or interrupt themselves) every 3-5 minutes, take as much as 20 minutes to get back to work, and feel stressed by having to work faster to make up for the lost time.
Rosen has these suggestions for messages that educators and parents should be giving kids:
            • Your brain needs an occasional “reset.” Elementary-age children should spend no more than a half hour at a time on a device, followed by a break at least that long. Preteens and adolescents should spend no more than 90 minutes at a time with technology, followed by at least 10-15 minutes on an activity that calms their brain – going outside, exercising, listening to music, meditating, taking a shower, having an in-person conversation with a friend, playing a musical instrument, practicing a foreign language.
            • Build stamina for studying without technology. Treat this like any kind of strength training, says Rosen: start off easy and gradually increase the amount of time without a tech break. He suggests 15 minutes at first, turning off all websites and apps that aren’t relevant to the study topic, setting an alarm, and placing the phone within sight, face down. When the alarm goes off, the student can check for messages and notifications for a minute, then set another 15-minute alarm. When the student can tolerate 15 minutes, perhaps finishing a paragraph when the alarm goes off rather than immediately grabbing the phone, push the time to 20 minutes, then 25, and so on. During this strength-building sequence, it’s helpful for the teen to notify friends that there might not be an instant response to messages so they don’t keep texting.
            • Sleep is sacred. Nine hours is the recommended amount for high-school students, and kids should know that melatonin is naturally secreted in the hours before bedtime to produce sleepiness – unless they’re peering at a blue-light device. Ways to keep the melatonin pumping: use a pink-light setting in the hour before bedtime, or listen to familiar music or TV shows, read a paper book, and ramp down mental effort.
            • Cut down on the number of alerts and notifications. It may not occur to teens that they can de-activate apps that aren’t of strong interest, cutting down on distracting notifications. Rosen says he’s amazed at the number of apps he uses each day, often without even thinking.
            • Carve out tech-free zones. These might include the dinner table, restaurant meals, the car, the family den, and the bedroom. During the day, teens might need occasional one-minute breaks to check their phones and keep FOMO (fear of missing out) under control.

from “The Distracted Student Mind: Enhancing Its Focus and Attention” by Larry Rosen in Phi Delta Kappan, October 2017, www.kappanmagazine.org





Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Tonight!  Grades 7/8 Dance/Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm
  • Nov 7- WDSD Board meeting- CBMS Library- 6pm- all relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • Nov 8- CBMS PTO meeting- CBMS Library- 6:30pm
  • Nov 8- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Nov 22-Nov 24- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oct 27


The Cougar Co-op Leadership Team is in search of coffee bags for making reusable tote bags.  If you purchase Green Mountain Coffee in the 1-pound bags (like in the picture), please send the empty bags to Sustainability, via the CBMS office.  Thanks!

P.A.T.H.- the new and improved Personalized Learning Plan- click here for more details!

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 Volunteer Page on our Ski & Ride website for information and Stowe Form.  




Our Food and Nutrition Program was featured in a great 'Farm to School' article in the Times Argus. Check it out at this link.



Student-Led Conferences will be held after school and evenings on the following dates.  Sign Up Today!
  • Team Dream- Nov 2 
  • Team Quest- Nov 2
  • Team Wizards- Nov 2
  • Team Titan- Nov 1, Nov 2
  • Team Prodigy- Nov 1, Nov 2
You will be signing up with a core-team, student-led conference by using an online sign-up system.  If you would like to conference with Applied Academic teachers, please contact the teacher directly at the following addresses:

  • Art- Nan Hathaway- nhathaway@wwsu.org
  • Spanish- Kelsey Burnell- kburnell@wwsu.org
  • Tech Ed- Doug Lombard- dlombard@wwsu.org
  • Sustainability- Sarah Popowicz- spopowicz@wwsu.org
  • Music/Chorus- Molly Dubois- mdubois@wwsu.org
  • Band- Dan Liptak- dliptak@wwsu.org
  • PE- Dan Gratton- dgratton@wwsu.org; Kristin Lora- klora@wwsu.org  
To sign up for a core conference, you will select the specific link for your child's core team from this link.  Sign-ups are now open!  Need help signing up?  Contact Dona Culver at dculver@wwsu.org or 244-6100.


CBMS Staff wear orange in honor of National Unity Day.








































PTO Winter Fundraiser Starts TODAY!
The CBMS PTO is excited to open our ONLINE winter fundraiser today, Friday, October 27th. While we are still selling your favorite items, instead of collecting checks, cash and paper order forms (which seem to go missing in middle school lockers), we’ve opened our first-ever online store! Below are important details for you. Thanks in advance for your support of our mission to enrich education, engage community and enhance connections at CBMS. 

Important Details

For those of you who have participated in this fundraiser in year's past, there are critical changes to be aware of:
  • We will no longer accept any paper orders or payments in cash or check. All orders must be completed online and our online store accepts payment through PayPal using any major bank or credit card.
  • All proceeds from this fundraiser will be divided among all five CBMS teams using a per-student ratio. However, there will be a space in the online order form to note which team should get “credit” for the sale. 
There are two ways to participate in this first-ever online fundraiser:
  • Send family members and friends THIS LINK TO THE ONLINE STORE and ask that they make an order to support CBMS PTO and your child's team. Be sure to include the important details highlighted below and tell them that a bank or credit card will be required to pay using PayPal. If using the hyperlink above is not possible, tell them to visit www.cbmspto.com and click the giant green ONLINE STORE button on the homepage.
  • Collect order information and payment from family members and friends and place one large order online using your own personal bank or credit card to make payment via PayPal.
  • Should you or someone you know who wishes to place an order have limited access to technology, please contact Tamatha Thomas-Haase at 802.241.1415.

Evergreen Gardens Wreaths and Poinsettias

The online store will open on Friday, October 27th and close on Thursday, November 16th and will feature decorated pine wreaths and red and white poinsettias for purchase.
All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Evergreen Gardens, 15 Cabin Lane, Waterbury Center, VTORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Friday, December 1st and Sunday, December 3rd during store hours (Monday - Saturday from 8:30AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM - 5PM).

Laughing Moon Chocolates Fudge

The online store will open on Friday, October 27th and close on Thursday, November 16th and will feature chocolate, maple and peanut butter fudge (1/2 lb. each) for purchase.
All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main Street, Stowe, VTORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Monday, November 20th and Friday, December 1st during store hours (9 AM - 6 PM every day; closed on Thanksgiving).


8th Graders versus Staff Soccer Game


Online Registration for Middle School Basketball (5th-8th) is now open!   Registration Deadline is Friday, December 1st.  Middle School Basketball starts Monday, November 13th.  Harwood and CBMS will be co-oped for 7th/8th grade basketball.  To register, click here.  



Registration is now open for HARWOOD YOUTH LACROSSE, open to players in three age divisions: 

U11 (3rd and 4th graders); U13 (5th and 6th graders) and U15 (7th and 8th graders).  To register, please visit: harwoodyouthlacrosse.org

Registration is open through January 15th, and players who register before December 1st will be entered in a raffle to win a free stick.

Questions:  Feel free to contact Lorne Thomsen: Lorne@CampDeerwood.com or call 244-1203.


Once again the Waterbury Recreation Department is offering the wonderful Young Rembrandts program once a week after school. This program is designed to help bring out the artist in any child whatever their artistic ability is. If your child enrolls make sure to have lots of room on your refrigerator for the beautiful art work they will bring home. Young Rembrandts starts Monday, Oct 30th, from 3-4:15, in the community room of our library. The program is 6 weeks long and ends Dec 4th.   It is open to anyone in grades 1 to 6 and is $70 for residents and $80 for non-residents. The bus from Thatcher Brook does stop in front of the Municipal building to help with transportation. Don't miss out on this great program, go to www.waterburyvt.com look under Recreation to register. If you have any questions call Deb Fowler at 244-7174.



~ Kicks for Cans ~
                      


What: Canned food drive to support Waterbury & Duxbury Food Shelf during the annual Waterbury Youth Soccer GG Invitational Tournament


When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9am – 3pm


Where: Dac Rowe Fields in Waterbury, VT


Sponsored by Waterbury Youth Soccer League and the SOL Project, a Waterbury-based youth leadership project focused on kids giving back through community service and outreach activities. For more information on the SOL Project, visit:  http://solprojectvt.wordpress.com/



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow- Saturday, October 28th.  For details on drop-off points, click here.


Once again the residents of Randall, Elm and Park Row streets are gearing up for a great Halloween for your ghosts, goblins, zombies and princesses!  The neighborhood streets will be closed to traffic starting around 5:00 on 10/31.  Some houses in the neighborhood counted 800+ trick or treaters last year!!  There are Candy Donation Stations at both TBPS and CBMS offices thru Monday, 10/30. Thanks for helping!





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We love Boxtops for Education at CBMS...please clip them and send them into the office!





Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Nov 1- Student-led Conferences- Teams Titan, & Prodigy
  • Nov 2- Student-led Conferences- Teams Dream, Quest, Wizards, Titan, & Prodigy
  • Nov 3- Grades 7/8 Dance/Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm
  • Nov 8- CBMS PTO meeting- CBMS Library- 6:30pm
  • Nov 8- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Nov 22-Nov 24- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library