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

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





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