Thursday, November 15, 2018

November 16

Today!  Thanksgiving Lunch, Cougar Cafe style - You are cordially invited to join us for our Thanksgiving Lunch on Friday, November 16th.  An online reservation is required for this event.  Please reserve your meal by clicking on this link.  Your child’s account cannot be charged for your meal. Only cash or check payments will be accepted.  An adult meal is $4.50. A young sibling meal is $3.50.   Thank you for your support!  Erika Dolan (edolan@wwsu.org)


From CBMS Nurse Kathryn Saunders- CBMS Community: Barre Lions Club Vision Screening will be done Monday November 19, 2018. Just a friendly reminder that all 5th and 7th graders, and children with 504 plans and IEP’s  will have vision screening this Monday November 19th. Please try to have your children in attendance for these important screenings. For more information please click here. Hearing screenings will start after the Thanksgiving break.  Thank you.


Crossett Brook Pride Alliance wants to share with you that Outright Vermont has a Gender Creative Kids group! This group is specifically for youth under the age of 13, and their adult caregivers to connect with other families and older youth mentors that understand. Gender Creative Kids meets on the second Sunday of each month from 2-4pm at Outright VT in Burlington.


The CBMS Junk Band will perform in the River of Light Parade 12/1/18. If your child is interested in joining us, please sign them up here. We will have a couple of options for a meeting/rehearsal the week of the parade, and will email out details (like where and when to meet at TBPS) once that is all settled. No skills required, no instruments required, but food-related junk, drumsticks, and parents are all welcome!


From your PTO: Our annual (and hopefully sole) fundraiser in full swing right now. We have partnered with Laughing Moon Chocolates for delicious handmade fudge, and Evergreen Gardens for beautiful holiday wreaths and poinsettias. CBMS PTO only receives a portion of these proceeds, not the full amount of the sale.  Orders for fudge are over, and wreaths and poinsettias close next Wednesday. Please order now and:  https://www.cbmspto.com/online-store


5/6 Basketball- Open Gym @ CBMS this Saturday.  1-2 for girls.  2-3 for boys.  Rosters will be set after Saturday.  Some t teams may practice at CBMS on November 19 and 20- details coming.  Games begin on December 1st- details coming on that, too.


Parents get an additional 5% off CBMS yearbook pricing on purchases made by November 30. Order your's now! Thank you for supporting this year's yearbook! More info can be found on this link.


From the Harwood Union Club Interact - We are holding our 15th annual Gifts of Kindness drive. Gifts of Kindness is a toy and clothing drive that supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness during the holidays. We seek to collect new and gently used toys, clothing, outerwear, boots, hats, and mittens that we then donate to the Good Samaritan House and CIRCLE in Barre, who provide shelter for families experiencing domestic violence. More info on on what we ar collecting can be found here. We will drop off a box at CBMS on November 27th and will pick it up on December 7th. If you have questions please contact Ellett Merriman (emerriman2021@wwsu.org) or Ellen Berrings at 882-1167 or eberrings@wwsu.org. I hope you can help us with this!


Seeking decent basketball sneakers for an 8th grade boy in need. Size 11.5. If you have some unused ones sitting around, and are willing to donate, please send them in to the CBMS office.


CBMS Merch on Sale!  As of November 1st, all old CBMS apparel will be 50% off.  We have a *very limited* supply of items left, so everything is first-come, first-served.  Email Shannon at stremblay@wwsu.org with orders or questions.  Only available while supplies last. Does not include CBMS water bottles.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Nov 16- Canceled- Grades 7/8 Fun Night at HUMS- 7-9pm
  • Nov 20- Team Dream to "The Nutcracker" in Montpelier- 9:30-12:30
  • Nov 21-25- Thanksgiving Break 
  • Nov 28- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
  • Nov 30- Team Prodigy to International Festival in Essex- 8-12:30
  • Wreath/Poinsettia pick-up at Evergreen Gardens:  Friday, November 30th - Sunday, December 2nd during store hours (Monday - Saturday from 8:30AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM - 5PM).
  • Deb 1- River of Light Parade- 5:00pm start
  • Fudge pick-up at CBMS beginning on December 3rd
  • Dec 2- Hanukkah begins at sundown (through sundown on Dec 10)
  • Dec 7- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9pm
  • Dec 12- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
  • Dec 13- Team Titan to Flynn Theater- 8:40-12:30
  • Dec 14, 15- Elf, Jr. on the CBMS Matt Clancy Stage
  • Dec 21- Winter officially begins- Solstice at 5:23pm
  • Dec 24- Jan 1- Holiday break.  School resumes on Wednesday, Jan 2.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 9

From your PTO: Our annual (and hopefully sole) fundraiser in full swing right now. We have partnered with Laughing Moon Chocolates for delicious handmade fudge, and Evergreen Gardens for beautiful holiday wreaths and poinsettias. CBMS PTO only receives a portion of these proceeds, not the full amount of the sale. Our sales numbers last year were a fraction of the previous year's, and sadly this year is lower still. The PTO funds many great programs here including grants for classroom supplies, field trips, staff appreciation events, and many other activities which enrich our students lives. Orders for fudge close Tuesday 11/13 and wreaths and poinsettia's just before Thanksgiving on 11/21. Please order now and ORDER BIG:  https://www.cbmspto.com/online-store

~Your CBMS PTO



Thanksgiving Lunch, Cougar Cafe style - You are cordially invited to join us for our Thanksgiving Lunch on Friday, November 16th.  An online reservation is required for this event.  Please reserve your meal by clicking on this link.  Your child’s account cannot be charged for your meal. Only cash or check payments will be accepted.  An adult meal is $4.50. A young sibling meal is $3.50.   Thank you for your support!  Erika Dolan (edolan@wwsu.org)


We are looking for a 7th grade girls basketball coach.  If interested, contact Athletic Director Deb Cousino at dcousino@wwsu.org


7/8 Basketball practices next week- CBMS gym
     Monday
          3:15-4:15- combined 7th grade- both boys and girls
          4:15-5:15- 8th boys
          5:15-6:15- 8th girls
     Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
          3:15- 4:15- 7th grade girls
          4:15-5:15- 7th grade boys
          5:15-6:15- 8th grade girls
          6:15-7:15- 8th grade boys


5/6 Basketball- Open Gym @ CBMS this Saturday.  1-2 for girls.  2-3 for boys.  Open gyms again next Saturday- same times.  Practices school on November 19 and 20- details coming.  Games begin on December 1st- details coming.


Parents get an additional 5% off CBMS yearbook pricing on purchases made by November 30. Order your's now! Thank you for supporting this year's yearbook! More info can be found on this link.

From CBMS Nurse Kathryn Saunders:  Vision screening will be happening in November for children in grades 5 & 7, and all students with 504 plans and IEPs, per state requirements and recommendations.  For more info on this, click here.


Seeking decent basketball sneakers for an 8th grade boy in need. Size 11.5. If you have some unused ones sitting around, and are willing to donate, please send them in to the CBMS office.

Conference sign-ups still open! Student-Led Conferences will be held after school and evenings on the following dates. To sign up, click here.
  • Team Quest- Nov 12 and 13 
  • Team Wizards- Nov 14 
  • Team Titan- Nov 13, 14 
  • Team Prodigy- Nov 14, 15


CBMS Merch on Sale!  As of November 1st, all old CBMS apparel will be 50% off.  We have a *very limited* supply of items left, so everything is first-come, first-served.  Email Shannon at stremblay@wwsu.org with orders or questions.  Only available while supplies last. Does not include CBMS water bottles.


Nov 13 Final School Engagement Workshop - RSVP!

The HUUSD School Board would like to invite members of the public, faculty, students, and HUUSD administrative team to the community engagement workshop on November 13, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Food will be provided. Please RSVP at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/ytGcY6UOYl0cNRcv2 (note, the rvsp is also available on the board page of the district website (www.wwsu.org/huusd-board)

This is the final workshop related to our work with our engagement consultants and will build on learning and themes that came out of the September 26 workshop held at the Waterbury Municipal Offices.  

Key outcomes for the Nov 13 workshop are:
  1. To identify and prioritize district-wide and school based issues that will require significant engagement in the coming months and years
  2. To establish a set of possible roles and possible responsibilities related to district and school-level engagement work
  3. To identify existing infrastructure, assets and barriers to implementing engagement across the district

We hope to see you there!

Respectfully,
The HUUSD Board
Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair
Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair
Alycia Biondo (Warren)
Jill Ellis (Fayston)
Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
Linda Hazard (Moretown)
Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   
Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)
Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   
Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)
Rosemarie White (Warren)

Rob Williams (Waitsfield)


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Now through Nov 15- Student-led Conferences at CBMS- details above
  • new date - Nov 12- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:00- CBMS Library
  • Nov 13- School Photo re-takes today 
  • Nov 14-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
  • Nov 15- Fall Band Concert- 6-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7pm 
  • Nov 16- Canceled- Grades 7/8 Fun Night at HUMS- 7-9pm
  • Nov 20- Team Dream to "The Nutcracker" in Montpelier- 10-12:30
  • Nov 21-25- Thanksgiving Break 
  • Nov 28-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
  • Nov 30- Team Prodigy to International Festival in Essex- 8-12:30

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 2

Want to include your child in the democratic process? Please note that we will be absolutely consider the absence or tardy an excused one if you take your child with you to vote on Tuesday.


From your PTO - Fall Fundraiser now open! Dear CBMS families: The PTO annual fundraiser is now up and running. We have partnered with both Laughing Moon Chocolates and Evergreen Gardens to offer an assortment of fudges, wreaths, and poinsettias. This sales does not last long, so please check it out now- click here to access the online "fundraising store". Unfortunately last years fundraising numbers were extremely low, so we really need your support and cooperation with this effort. If your student enjoys attending field trips, after-school educational programs, additional classroom supplies, and having a vibrant place to learn please do all you can to support this program. If you are a small business owner, please consider decorating your business for the Holidays via this program. Thank you! ~Your CBMS PTO



Conference sign-ups now open! Student-Led Conferences will be held after school and evenings on the following dates. To sign up, click here.
  • Team Quest- Nov 12 and 13 
  • Team Wizards- Nov 6, 8, 14 
  • Team Titan- Nov 13, 14 
  • Team Prodigy- Nov 14, 15


Restorative Circles at Crossett Brook Middle School - Students at CBMS are practicing how to listen to others and how their words and actions impact others. Students and staff participate in weekly circles during morning advisory groups.
     Restorative circles came to CBMS after staff went to a conference at the Community Justice Center in South Burlington. From there, several staff members went to the BEST Institute at UVM. The BEST Project’s goal as stated on the UVM website is to “ increase and strengthen the regional capacity across Vermont so that schools and their communities are better able to anticipate and respond to the needs of students who are at risk of, or who experience emotional and behavioral challenges.” These staff members then presented the ideas from the BEST Institute and restorative circles to CBMS staff as a whole.
     CBMS staff decided that building community needed to become a priority for all. Staff started first with circles for themselves, to build community and to build trust that everyone is doing their best and has good intentions. Trained staff leaders provided group facilitators with scripts with prompts such as “What brings you to school every day?” “What can you do for others to make them feel supported in school?” “What do you need to feel more supported in school?” Staff was inspired to hear that everyone has so much in common, everyone feels strongly about being a teacher or staff, and everyone gives a lot to students each day. This set a strong foundation for the introduction of restorative circles to students.
     Why is this important for middle schoolers? Typically, middle schoolers compare themselves to others all the time. They want to feel safe, to have positive interactions with others, and to have a feeling of belonging to a community. Through restorative circles, in a safe, supported small group, students witness others talking about what they feel themselves. Students talk about what it means to be a community, what it means to contribute to a community, and what they individually want to contribute. “Students think metacognitively about their place in the world,” says Julia Cichetti, LA teacher and a trained restorative circle and BEST leader.
     Empathy, listening, being intentional about what we say helps middle schoolers and staff become aware of the power they have as individuals to affect others. Restorative circles “would help people to get to know their classmates, make new friends, and feel more welcome”, stated a CBMS 8th grader.




Open Gyms for 7/8 Basketball Players, next week in the CBMS gym, as follows:

7/8 Girls- Monday and Wednesday from 2:35-5:00
7/8 Boys- Tuesday and Thursday from 2:35-5:00

These are completely optional sessions, and you can come for as little or as much time as you want.  No coaching- just shooting and small games as you wish.  Formal practices will begin the week of November 12th- more information on details coming next week.


CBMS Merch on Sale!  As of November 1st, all old CBMS apparel will be 50% off.  We have a *very limited* supply of items left, so everything is first-come, first-served.  Email Shannon at stremblay@wwsu.org with orders or questions.  Only available while supplies last. Does not include CBMS water bottles.


2019 Ski & Ride program is full!  We are now in need of many more volunteers to make this program possible.  You need not have a child in the program to participate. Spread the word and network for this program.  2 days minimum volunteerism required but more if you have time.  Every Wednesday January-March from 12:45 to 4:30, you choose your days.  2 volunteer days will earn 1 Stowe non transferable Voucher.  If you don't have a pass, it is a great way to access the mountain.  Fingerprinting and background checks are required. For more information on requirements for our program!  CLICK HERE


Community Holiday needs -  Several area organizations are interested in sponsoring children and/or families during the upcoming holiday season. They have enlisted our help to make contact with interested families who have children and who would like to receive assistance.  - click here



Winter Clothing Drive - Over the last few weeks the Waterbury Center Community Church has been facilitating the collection of winter outerwear, including coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, snow pants and boots for children, women and men during our Winter Clothing Drive. On Saturday November 3rd from 9am to 3pm and on Monday November 5th from 5pm to 7pm we will be distributing the collected items to those in need free of charge at the Church which is located on Route 100 next to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

 
Food Shelf Benefit on Election Day, November 6 - once again could provide a big boost to  the Waterbury Area Food Shelf. This is the time of the year when supplies are low and the need is increasing as cold weather approaches. We are asking schools, churches and organizations to help get the word out to voters to bring an item for the food shelf when they cast their vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Voting will take place in the gym at Thatcher Brook Primary School. Volunteers will be there to collect canned goods, non-perishable food items or cash.


HUUSD School Board Meeting Updates - Oct 10 & 24

Below please find the votes and key agenda items from the last two HUUSD board meetings on October 10 and Oct 24.

October 10 Actions and Key Agenda Items

  1. Approved our consent agenda including meeting minutes, board warrants, and financial report.
  2. Approved our FY 2020 budget goals.
  3. Approved requests for the Superintendent and the HUUSD administrative team to submit both a level funded budget (based on Per Pupil Expenditure) and level service budget.
  4. Approved motion to acknowledge Open Meeting Law violation and approve solution moving forward - that the BOD will not use anonymous feedback methods in the board room or among board members.

October 24 Votes and Key agenda items


    1. Approved SMART Goals related to Developing Process for Monitoring District Performance (2.1 and 2.2)
    2. Various motions related to voting weights for each HUUSD board representative following the discovery of incorrect population data:  1) Unanimously approved a motion finding that the matrix appearing in Article 7 is/was in error; 2) Unanimously approved a motion to substitute a corrected matrix for the one found in Article 7; 3) Approved a motion (using the newly adopted matrix) to confirm and ratify all actions taken by the Board from July 1, 2017 to the present date (10/24/18). Note the policy on voting patterns will also be updated.
    3. Other:  Vermont Secretary of Education Dan French attended the meeting and answered questions from the board for an informative and interesting conversation
    4. A representative from the auditor RH Smith attended the meeting and gave information/answered questions from the board.

    Our next HUUSD board meeting is scheduled for 6 pm on Wednesday, November 7 at the Harwood Union High School library. On November 12, the board will have legal training with Attorney Pietro Lynn, On Tuesday November 13 we hope a variety of stakeholders will attend our community engagement workshop (look for more information on this soon).

    For more information, please visit wwsu.org for board agendas and minutes and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

    Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
    Respectfully,
    The HUUSD Board
    Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair
    Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair
    Alycia Biondo (Warren)
    Jill Ellis (Fayston)
    Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
    Linda Hazard (Moretown)
    Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   
    Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
    Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
    Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)
    Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   
    Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)
    Rosemarie White (Warren)
    Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

     Nov 13 Final School Engagement Workshop - RSVP!

    The HUUSD School Board would like to invite members of the public, faculty, students, and HUUSD administrative team to the community engagement workshop on November 13, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Food will be provided. Please RSVP at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/ytGcY6UOYl0cNRcv2 (note, the rvsp is also available on the board page of the district website (www.wwsu.org/huusd-board)

    This is the final workshop related to our work with our engagement consultants and will build on learning and themes that came out of the September 26 workshop held at the Waterbury Municipal Offices.  

    Key outcomes for the Nov 13 workshop are:
    1. To identify and prioritize district-wide and school based issues that will require significant engagement in the coming months and years
    2. To establish a set of possible roles and possible responsibilities related to district and school-level engagement work
    3. To identify existing infrastructure, assets and barriers to implementing engagement across the district

    We hope to see you there!

    Respectfully,
    The HUUSD Board
    Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair
    Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair
    Alycia Biondo (Warren)
    Jill Ellis (Fayston)
    Gabe Gilman (Moretown)
    Linda Hazard (Moretown)
    Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   
    Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)
    Theresa Membrino (Fayston)
    Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)
    Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   
    Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)
    Rosemarie White (Warren)
    Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

    Upcoming Dates of Note:
    • Now through Nov 15- Student-led Conferences at CBMS- details above 
    • Nov 6- Election Day- normal school day at CBMS 
    • Nov 7-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
    • Nov 13- School Photo re-takes today 
    • Nov 13- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30 
    • Nov 14-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
    • Nov 15- Fall Band Concert- 6-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7pm 
    • Nov 16- Grades 7/8 Fun Night at HUMS- 7-9pm 
    • Nov 21-25- Thanksgiving Break 
    • Nov 28-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
    • Nov 30- Team Prodigy to International Festival in Essex- 8-12:30

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    October 26

    "Tomment":  Hearty thanks to the many of you who have signed up to attend a conference in the coming weeks.  Conferences are a great time to show support for your child and his/her learning, as well as to further your relationship with CBMS and your child's teachers.  Slots are still available- see below for details and thanks in advance for partnering with us in helping to make your child smarter, in all ways!  Tom Drake

    A friendly reminder- both in the AM and the PM, please pull all the way to the front of the loop when dropping students off or picking up from the parent pick-up loop.

    From your PTO - Fall Fundraiser now open!  Dear CBMS families: The PTO annual fundraiser is now up and running. We have partnered with both Laughing Moon Chocolates and Evergreen Gardens to offer an assortment of fudges, wreaths, and poinsettias. This sales does not last long, so please check it out now- click here to access the online "fundraising store". Unfortunately last years fundraising numbers were extremely low, so we really need your support and cooperation with this effort. If your student enjoys attending field trips, after-school educational programs, additional classroom supplies, and having a vibrant place to learn please do all you can to support this program. If you are a small business owner, please consider decorating your business for the Holidays via this program.  Thank you! ~Your CBMS PTO

    Personalized Learning at CBMS- click here for an informative, 3-minute video on this topic.

    Conference sign-ups now open! Student-Led Conferences will be held after school and evenings on the following dates. To sign up, click here.

    • Team Dream- Nov 1 
    • Team Quest- Nov 12 and 13 
    • Team Wizards- Nov 6, 8, 14 
    • Team Titan- Nov 13, 14 
    • Team Prodigy- Nov 14, 15


    Winter Sports Registration - Registration is now open for all Winter sports, including basketball (grades 5-8, based at CBMS) and for grades 7 & 8, wrestling, nordic skiing, and gymnastics (based at HUMS).  The HUUSD Athletics has made the transition from "paper forms" to an online registration format (familyid.com).   To register your child(ren), please follow the appropriate link below.  Deadline to register is end-of-the-day on October 31st.

    5-8 Basketball-  click here  Deadline to register is November 1st. (if you have questions, please direct them to CBMS Athletic Director Deb Cousino- dcousino@wwsu.org)
    7/8 Gymnastics, Wrestling and Nordic Skiing- click here  (if you have questions, please direct them to HU Athletic Director Chris Langevin- clangevin@wwsu.org)


    CBMS Staff wear orange in honor
    of National Unity Day

    Nurse's Notes, from CBMS Nurse Kathryn Saunders (ksaunders@wwsu.org)- Unfortunately, e-cigarettes, vaping, and Juuling are realities in our community.  Click here to read more information.  (note:  The CBMS PTO will be holding a parent ed session on this topic on Thursday, January 31st- 6:30pm)

    School Closing/Delay Letter, from HUUSD Superintendent Brigid Nease- click here.

    Winter Clothing Drive - Over the last few weeks the Waterbury Center Community Church has been facilitating the collection of winter outerwear, including coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, snow pants and boots for children, women and men during our Winter Clothing Drive.   On Saturday November 3rd from 9am to 3pm and on Monday November 5th from 5pm to 7pm we will be distributing the collected items to those in need free of charge at the Church which is located on Route 100 next to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.  

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow in Vermont.  For details on where you can safely dispose of outdated/unused prescriptions, click here.

    Upcoming Dates of Note:
    • Now through Nov 15- Student-led Conferences at CBMS- details above 
    • Today- 8th grade versus Staff soccer game- 1:30 
    • Nov 6- Election Day- normal school day at CBMS 
    • Nov 7-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
    • Nov 13- School Photo re-takes today 
    • Nov 13- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30 
    • Nov 14-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
    • Nov 15- Fall Band Concert- 6-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7pm 
    • Nov 16- Grades 7/8 Fun Night at HUMS- 7-9pm 
    • Nov 21-25- Thanksgiving Break 
    • Nov 28-- HUUSD School Board meeting- HUHS Library- 6pm 
    • Nov 30- Team Prodigy to International Festival in Essex- 8-12:30