Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sept 21

"Tomment" (aka a Comment from Principal Tom Drake)- I was asked at the school board meeting this week what my opinion was on the "ideal" grade configuration for a middle school.  My reply- "I'm living in it every day at Crossett Brook Middle School!"


Back 2 School Night (our version of an Open House) for all CBMS students and parents is happening on Thursday, September 27th.  If your child is not coming with you, be sure to ask him/her 1) Who his/her AG Leader is and where the AG meets, and 2) Which core team he/she is on.  The schedule is as follows.
  • 5:45-6:15- Informal Applied Academics "drop in"- visit one or more of Art, Sustainability, Tech Ed, Spanish, French, Music, Band.
  • 6:15-6:25- Advisory Group time with AG Leader
  • 6:25-7:30- Core time with Core Teams


5/6 Spelling Coach Needed!  CBMS is looking for a parent or two to volunteer to coach our 5th and 6th grade team this Fall in the HUUSD spelling bee, scheduled for Friday morning, October 12th.  If you are interested and available, please contact Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org



Middle School Volleyball Club
To avoid conflicts with soccer, the Middle School Volleyball Club now meets on Sundays (not Tuesdays). 
Place: Crossett Brook Middle School Gym
Day: Every Sunday until and including 10/28/18 
Time: 5-630pm
Who: All boys and girls in HUUSD, grades 5-8, are welcome

Contact Dona Culver at dculver@wwsu.org for more information


For your calendars:  Student-Led Conferences will be held after school and evenings on the following dates.  Details on how to sign up will be coming in early October.
  • Team Dream- Oct 25 and Nov 1
  • Team Quest- Nov 19 and 20
  • Team Wizards- Nov 6, 8, 15
  • Team Titan- Nov 13, 14
  • Team Prodigy- Nov 14, 15

Chaperones/Volunteers/Coaches/Drivers and Background Checks:  In ongoing efforts to ensure student safety at all costs, ALL coaches, volunteers, drivers,and chaperones will need a background and records check in order to work/volunteer in HUUSD schools or accompany children on field trips. If you know in advance that you will be volunteering in ANY capacity during the year (e.g. team trips, classroom volunteers, Stowe ski-ride program, Odyssey of the Mind coaching, sports team coaching, driving students on a Brainado excursion, etc.) it would make sense to get the background check done as soon as possible, as the process could take 3-6 weeks, and sometimes longer.  The steps to do so are:
  1. Contact Laura Titus at HHUSD Central Office (ltitus@wwsu.org or 583-7953) to make an appointment.  Laura will also be coming to CBMS on a day during the week of Sept 18th for a drop-in session to get the paperwork distributed.  Look for a confirmation on day and time in the next edition of the Cougar Comments. 
  2. For your appoint with Laura, bring two forms of ID and exact cash or a check made payable to HUUSD for $12.00.
  3. Next you will need make an appointment to be fingerprinted at the Sheriff’s office- 223-3001. You will need two forms of ID there also. Fingerprints cost $25.
If you have already gone through a background ad fingerprinting process for work or travel (maybe you work at a school, or for a police department, or are TSA approved, etc…) then get proof to that you have cleared and fulfilled these requirements to Laura, and that can take the place of submitting background and fingerprint checks.



School Photo Day @ CMBS is Wednesday, Oct 3rd.  Order online before picture day at mylifetouch.com with our ID VJ178088Q0. If you want to put something on the homepage its in the portal, I think you were able to get it last year.  Late orders can be accepted online only up to 48 hours after picture day. 


Want Parent Education?  The CBMS PTO is looking for ideas.  If you have a topic or three in mind, please submit them for consideration by clicking here.


PG-13 movies- You should expect that if any movie or movie clip from a PG-13 rated movie is to be shown in any class, you will be notified in advance.



CBMS is looking for guitars!  Do you or a family member have a guitar hiding in a closet that isn't being used? I'm soliciting another round of guitar donations for our students. We are currently just one guitar short of a class set. However, we've also had a few students express interest in adopting a guitar, and it would be fantastic to have one or two available for that purpose. 



Cultivating Self-Regulation at Home- a workshop for parents, from Vicki Hoefle- click here for details.


HELP BAKE A DIFFERENCE! The 6th Annual Vermont Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, October 6th at the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe from 10am until we sell out! Last year, we raised over $3,000! You can help by baking cookies, coming to the sale, or supporting the event with a donation. This is CFKC's only Vermont fundraiser. Our goal is to make a lot of "dough!" September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month...but we are pushing it into October because every month counts when it comes to HOPE! To donate cookies, please drop your labeled cookies at one of our Cookie Donation Stations: CBMS on Th, Oct.4th or 5 Randall Street's front porch on Fri. Oct 5 in a container you don’t need returned. We are trying to simplify things this year since we have to package all the cookies before the sale and are asking for the following varieties only:
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Sugar Cookies 
  • Oatmeal Raisin 
  • Chocolate with Chocolate Chips 
If you would like to make a donation please mail check or drop off at 5 Randall Street. CFKC is a nonprofit organization and keeps overhead costs very low, ensuring nearly every penny of each dollar raised will go directly to research to find cures and less toxic treatments ! All donations are tax-deductible and the tax I.D. number is available, just ask. You can also donate online at this link.

Please contact Madeli
ne at drakesvt@gmail.com or 802-760-0611 with any questions. We would also love to support you in having an event of your own!  To learn more about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Thank you for being a good cookie!
Madeline Sullivan-Drake & Laurie Flaherty


Got a Harry Potter fan in your house?  On September 29th, Middlebury College is hosting a Quidditch Tournament.  The event will be from 10 am until 5 pm on Battell Beach, which is behind 496 College St/Rt 125, Middlebury, VT. Most food vendors and activities will run from approximately 12 to 3 pm. A full day schedule will be posted online and on Facebook in the coming week.   Parking is available at McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College. Previous content directed cars to another lot, but ongoing construction has changed that plan.  


THE MAD DASH!
  • 10/5K foot race, 5K fitness walk; and FREE KIDS FUN RUN!
  • 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 7th (sign in starts at 8:30).
  • Meadow Road, Waitsfield, behind Small Dog Electronics 
  • Online registration: www.madriverpath.com, click on Mad Dash
  • Pre-register for discount prices.
  • Rain or Shine

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Sept 22- Fall begins at 9:54am
  • Sept 26- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 27- Team Quest field trip- 8-noon
  • Sept 27- Back 2 School Night @ CBMS- 5:45-7:30
  • Oct 1- Team Quest to Little River State Park- 9:30-1:30
  • Oct 3- CBMS School Photo Day
  • Oct 5- Inservice Day- No School for Students
  • Oct 8- Columbus Day- No School for Students
  • Oct 10- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Oct 12- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9pm
  • Oct 19- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9pm

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sept 14

"Tomment" (aka a Comment from Principal Tom Drake)- "We have had one of the smoothest openings to school that I can ever remember.  The honeymoon period officially ended this week, and the reality of "yes, we are indeed heading into the heart of the 18/19 school year" has become clear.  Thanks in advance for supporting your child(ren) and our school as the school year unfolds, and remember that "direct communication" will help solve issues while they are still small.  Communicate early, and communicate often!"


5/6 Spelling Coach- CBMS is looking for a parent or two to volunteer to coach our 5th and 6th grade team this Fall in the HUUSD spelling bee.  If you are interested and available, please contact Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org


Bike & Walk to School Day it scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept 19th, beginning at 7am at Rusty Parker Park.  Walkers will leave the park at 7:10, followed by the bikers at 7:15.   This even may be rescheduled based on the remnants of Hurricane Florence, and if so we will put word out soonest.


Do you like to organize and sort?  Do you like to be around books?  If so, the Trish Feld Library at CBMS would love some volunteer help.  If interested, please contact librarian Jen Hill at jehill@wwsu.org


The CBMS E-Absence Note is the best way to get word to Dona Culver that your child is or will be out of school.  Click here to access.

Got Bus Changes?  A friendly reminder from the CBMS office that 2:00 is the ultimate deadline for bus changes for that afternoon.  The best way to submit bus changes is the E-Bus Note.  Click here to access.


7th and 8th grade sports calendars:
  • Soccer- click here 
  • XC, Field Hockey calendar- click here


HELP BAKE A DIFFERENCE! The 6th Annual Vermont Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, October 6th at the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe from 10am until we sell out! Last year, we raised over $3,000! You can help by baking cookies, coming to the sale, or supporting the event with a donation. This is CFKC's only Vermont fundraiser. Our goal is to make a lot of "dough!" September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month...but we are pushing it into October because every month counts when it comes to HOPE! To donate cookies, please drop your labeled cookies at one of our Cookie Donation Stations: CBMS on Th, Oct.4th or 5 Randall Street's front porch on Fri. Oct 5 in a container you don’t need returned. We are trying to simplify things this year since we have to package all the cookies before the sale and are asking for the following varieties only:
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Sugar Cookies 
  • Oatmeal Raisin 
  • Chocolate with Chocolate Chips 
If you would like to make a donation please mail check or drop off at 5 Randall Street. CFKC is a nonprofit organization and keeps overhead costs very low, ensuring nearly every penny of each dollar raised will go directly to research to find cures and less toxic treatments ! All donations are tax-deductible and the tax I.D. number is available, just ask. You can also donate online at this link.

Please contact Madeli
ne at drakesvt@gmail.com or 802-760-0611 with any questions. We would also love to support you in having an event of your own!

To learn more about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Thank you for being a good cookie!
Madeline Sullivan-Drake & Laurie Flaherty



Come be a part of the holiday magic of Vermont’s longest running Nutcracker performance with Albany Berkshire Ballet. Student Dancer Auditions will be held:

September 30, 2018
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts – Flynn Space
153 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401
10:00 am Ages 4-5
10:30 am Ages 6-8
11:30 am Ages 9-11
1:00 pm Ages 12 and up

Audition fee of $15. Shows will help kick off the holiday season Thanksgiving weekend November 24 & 25, 2018. Children are generally in one show. For more information contact Lori Preiss at abbvermontnutcracker@gmail.com.



Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Sept 18- Yom Kippur begins at sundown, and ends at sundown tomorrow
  • Sept 19- Bike and Ride to School Day- 7am at Rusty Parker Park.
  • Sept 19- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 22- Fall begins at 9:54am
  • Sept 26- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 27- Back 2 School Night @ CBMS- 5:45-7:00

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sept 7


CBMS PTO meeting this coming Tuesday, September 11th.  6pm in the CBMS Library.  Topics include this year's budget, fun night organization,  and fund raising, among other topics.  Meeting should run roughly an hour.  All are welcome!


CBMS Drop Off Loop- thank you for pulling all the way forward to make the line go as smoothly as possible.


Hands-Only CPR classes for Students.  Grades 5/6- October 9th, 2:45-4:00pm. Grades 7/8- October 11, 2:45- 4:00pm. The cost is $5 as the PTO will sponsor the remainder.  All students leave with a certificate of CPR Certification.  If you would like to register your child(ren), send Dona Culver an e-mail at dculver@wwsu.org.  Some info on Hands-Only CPR:  If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.  Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Why Learn Hands-Only CPR? About 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.  About 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes.  


Middle School Volleyball Club
Tuesdays, right after dismissal until 4pm in the CBMS gym.
Starting 9/11 and running through and including 10/30.
Come learn about and practice the basic skills and rules of the game. Look forward to possibly forming a team in march to compete in a league against other area middle schools.  All grade 5-8 boys and girls in HUUSD welcome.  To sign up, e-mail Dona Culver at dculver@wwsu.org


Fencing in Moretown:  Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 10 - Oct. 15 Details on the E-Community Bulletin Board.  Click here.



SUNZILLA RETURNS  On Thursday, September 13 at 5pm in conjunction with the Waterbury Farmers Market at the Rusty Parker Park judging will be held for the Twenty Fifth Annual Waterbury Rotary Sunflower Growing Contest known as The Hunt for Sunzilla, The Monster Sunflower. The Hunt for Sunzilla is cosponsored by Waterbury True Value Hardware, Evergreen Gardens, Sunflower Natural Foods, the Waterbury Farmers Market and the Waterbury Rotary Club. We will be awarding prizes for the tallest sunflower, largest diameter and heaviest sunflower head. By popular demand we will again have our Sunflower Seed Spitting contest for distance and accuracy for kids 12 and younger. We will also continue awarding a prize for the longest and heaviest Zucchini, known as The Hunt for the Other Green Monster. We recommend that people keep their cars locked following this contest or you could wind up with a year’s supply of the fixings for Zucchini Bread in the form of one Zucchini. All contestants should try to bring their entries to the Rusty Parker Park by 5 pm. For further information check the Waterbury Rotary Website at www.rotary-waterbury.   If you have any questions contact John Malter at 244-7373.


Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest- Sunday, Sept 30th in Stowe.  Great opportunity for Middle Schoolers to compete! More details can be found here.  


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Today- Team Titan to The Reservoir- depart at 9:45, return to CBMS at 2:15.
  • Sept 9- Rosh Hashana begins at sundown and ends at sundown on Tuesday
  • Sept 11- CBMS PTO meeting- CBMS Library- 6:00
  • Sept 12- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 18- Yom Kippur begins at sundown, and ends at sundown tomorrow
  • Sept 19- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 22- Fall begins at 9:54am
  • Sept 26- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 27- Back 2 School Night @ CBMS- 5:45-7:00

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Aug 31

CBMS World Language offerings- students in grades 5-8 will have both French and Spanish classes this year.  For 5th and 6th grade, classes will be every other day, with a mid-year switch of languages.  For 7th and 8th, classes will be every day, again with a mid-year switch.  


CBMS Advisory Group announcements- a great way to keep up with the day to day at CBMS- click here


All students in grades 5-8 are invited to audition for a role in our school's musical, Elf Jr, during next week's auditions (Wed, Thurs, Fri after school). Every student who auditions will be cast in the show. Actors may sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board near the lobby. In their audition they will read a short portion of the script and sing a song of their choice. Does your child want to participate in the production but not get on stage? They can sign up for Tech Crew here. More info about auditions, tech crew, and more can be found at the musical website. 


5th and 6th grade Fun Nights- all 7-9pm, admission $10
  • October 12
  • December 7
  • March 15

7th and 8th grade Dances and Fun Nights- all 7-9pm, admission $10
  • October 19- Dance at CBMS
  • November 16- Fun Night  at HUMS
  • January 25- Dance at CBMS
  • February 15- Fun Night at HUMS
  • March 8- Dance at CBMS

8th Grade Legislative Page Program Each year a small group of young Vermonters are selected to work as legislative pages in the Vermont state house. Pages deliver messages for the members of the senate, the house of representatives, and the various legislative offices. Serving as a page offers a unique opportunity to observe the workings of the legislature and to witness firsthand the often historic events in Montpelier.  Many Vermont politicians, including members of the current legislature, got their start working as pages. If you will be an eighth-grade student during the 2018-2019 school year, are interested in public affairs, and would like to serve as a legislative page, you and your parents must submit a cover letter with a completed application form and other supporting information to the Office of the Sergeant at Arms postmarked on or before September 30, 2018.  More info can be found here.


YOU ARE INVITED! Middle School Visioning Presentation and Forum

     When:  September 5th

     Where: Harwood Union High School Auditorium

     Time:   6:00 p.m.

The HUUSD Board would like to cordially invite all members of the HUUSD community to a presentation and forum on September 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the Harwood auditorium. The goal of the forum is for community members to actively participate in reviewing the outcomes of the middle school visioning workshop held on June 21st.  The HUUSD Board and Administration hope attendees will come prepared to view a presentation, ask questions, and provide feedback as the district moves forward with renovating Harwood and launching the school into the 21st Century!

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • September 4- Labor Day- no school today
  • September 5- Middle School Visioning Forum- HUHS- 6pm
  • September 6- Team Prodigy to The Reservoir- depart at 9:30, parent pick up by 5:00pm
  • September 7- Team Titan to The Reservoir- depart at 8:15, return to CBMS at 2:15.
  • Sept 9- Rosh Hashana begins at sundown and ends at sundown on Tuesday
  • Sept 12- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 18- Yom Kippur begins at sundown, and ends at sundown tomorrow
  • Sept 19- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 22- Fall begins at 9:54am
  • Sept 26- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6:00
  • Sept 27- Back 2 School Night @ CBMS- 5:45-7:00

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Aug 24

Opening of school packet coming home on Monday via the "backpack express".  Thanks for checking for it on Monday evening as there are a number of forms in there to be signed and returned.


Cougar Cafe menu now online at this link.


This year's musical, Elf, Jr., is open to all students in grades 5-8. There will be an info meeting for anyone interested in being involved on Wednesday, August 29th, from 2:30-3:00, auditions the second week of school, and our first rehearsal on September 10th. More info can be found at tinyurl.com/cbmsmusical. Questions can be directed to Molly Dubois (mdubois@wwsu.org).  (Please take note that there was a good deal of thought into us hosting this play, as there is a religious theme and CBMS is a secular and non-denominational public school.  We decided that this play is appropriate after reaching out to other public Middle schools who have put this play on stage, and with a focus on the major themes of the play being cultural greed, self-centeredness, hope, perseverance, and kindness - certainly themes that resonate with our Middle Schoolers.)


Safety Grant- at CBMS we received a state grant for nearly $25,000 to upgrade our door locks, purchase new radios, order "go bags and go buckets" in the case of a long lock down or evacuation, and generally to make our school an even safer place to be.


Bus clarifications: 
  • PM Bus to TBPS:  Buses 3 and 8 are now the 2 buses that will be assigned as the buses transporting students to TBPS in the afternoons. I spoke with Jess yesterday afternoon and we thought these were the best choices. Students will need bus notes to get use these buses to get off there.
  • PM Bus to GMPA:  Bus 4 will be the bus that will transport students to the GMPA dance studio.


Happy Children Do Chores- interesting article!  click here




Waterbury Youth Soccer Announces Youth Referee Program  Waterbury Youth Soccer is proud announce a great opportunity for youth in our community. The Youth Referee Program allows youth from 7th grade up to participate as referee's in the Waterbury Youth Soccer Program. Youth Referee's receive training/coaching, support at games and are paid. A great way to earn money and support the community! If your youth is interested in being a joining the Youth Referee Program please contact the Waterbury Youth Soccer Referee Coordinator, Mike Langlais, mikelanglais.email@gmail.com or visit www.waterburysoccer.com



Aug 29 Event - Public Voice in School Governance

How should the public be involved in school board decision-making? How do we make one community out of six towns? How can the school board find out what the community feels about any given topic — now and into the future?

The school board has recently hired consultants* to help answer these questions and more. Our first step is a one-hour kick-off conversation on August 29th in the Harwood Library at 6PM. Pizza and childcare will be provided.

If you are a parent, taxpayer, business owner, grandparent, or resident in any of our 6 towns, your voice is important. Please come and share your thoughts and help us move forward as thoughtfully as we can!

*If you’d like to find out more about the consultants, link here to their bios: Sue McCormack of Everyday Democracy and Matt Leighninger of Public Agenda.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • August 27th- First Day of School for all CBMS students- 7:45AM, with dismissal beginning at 2:30PM
  • August 28th- Grades 7/8 soccer practices begin
  • Note date change- August 29th- Team Titan BBQ at Hope Davey- 5-7
  • To be rescheduled August 30th- Team Quest to Reservoir- 9:45-2
  • August 29th- Public Voice in School governance- 6:00 pm- see details above
  • August 30th- Grades 7/8 Fall Sports meeting- 5:30-6:30- HUHS Auditorium
  • September 3rd- Labor Day- No School 2day

Thursday, August 16, 2018

August 17

At CBMS, the school day begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:30pm each day.


CBMS is looking for 2 soccer coaches for our 8th grade boys teams.  Stipend is roughly $1,500 for the season, which runs from mid-August through late-October.   If interested, contact our Athletic Director Deb Cousino at dcousino@wwsu.org


Anyone wishing to borrow equipment for Ski & Ride Program 2019 should contact PJ Dewey to make an appointment as soon as possible.  This  is a courtesy and so we ask that you come in before October 15th.  802-578-3585   This gear is donated and is first come, first serve.  


Registration for Waterbury Youth Soccer League’s 2018 fall season is open! Please visit www.WaterburySoccer.com to register and to learn more about our program. The cost is $35 per child for the Kindergarten program, $45 per child for 1st-2nd grade program, and $50 per child for the 3rd-6th grade program. Early registration ends Sunday, August 26, 2018, so act now!  Program fees increase by $10 after this date.

New Student Orientation for all 5th graders and new to CBMS 6th, 7th,and 8th graders. Wednesday, August 22nd, from 5:30-6:30 in the CBMS Cafetorium.  Come on in, get some important information, and get set up for the start of school!


The CBMS Website is the place to go for info on:
  • Supply Lists for all core teams and PE
  • 18/19 Calendar
  • Free/Reduced Meals application and Cougar Cafe menus (Aug-Sept will be online soon!)
  • Y Pod (the CBMS after-school program) registration form
  • E-bus note form (no need to send hard copy notes!)
  • E-Absence form 
  • CBMS Spiritwear
  • And more...bookmark this site!

"Start of School Packets" will be coming home in the 'backpack express' on the first day of school.


The Y Pod, the CBMS after-school program coordinated by the Y, opens on the first day of school- Monday, August 27th.  More info on this program can be found here.  To register your child, see the link on the CBMS Homepage.  Questions can be directed to director Marc Grimes at mgrimes@wwsu.org 



Fall Sports
 
  • CBMS Grades 7-8 Soccer- Practices will begin on Tuesday, August 28th. For more info, contact CBMS athletic director Deb Cousino at dcousino@wwsu.org. Please plan on attending the Grades 7/8 Fall Sport meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 5:30 in the HUHS Auditorium. Registration is at this link
  • Grades 7-8 Cross Country and Field Hockey - Info meeting at 5pm on Wednesday, August 15th in the HU auditorium. For more info, contact HU athletic director Chris Langevin at clangevin@wwsu.org. Please plan on attending the Grades 7/8 Fall Sport meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 5:30 in the HUHS Auditorium. Registration is at this link.


    Updated Bus Routes can be accessed via this link.


    Upcoming Dates of Note:
    • August 22nd - New Student Orientation for all 5th graders and new-to-CBMS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders - 5:30PM-6:30PM, in the Cougar Cafetorium
    • August 27th- First Day of School for all CBMS students- 7:45AM, with dismissal beginning at 2:30PM
    • August 28th- Grades 7/8 soccer practices begin
    • August 30th- Team Quest to Reservoir- 9:45-2
    • August 30th- Team Titan BBQ at Hope Davey- 5-7
    • August 30th- Grades 7/8 Fall Sports meeting- 5:30-6:30- HUHS Auditorium
    • September 3rd- Labor Day- No School 2day

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    August 10

    Dear CBMS Parents, Guardians, and Families,

    The start of the 18/19 school year is close, and we look forward to making this a huge year for learning at CBMS! This edition of the Cougar Comments contains a good deal of important info to get your child transitioned from summer mode to school mode, so thanks in advance for reading it all and taking action as needed. The new school year will bring new staff members into the CBMS community, as well as some changes to existing staff member positions, and we thank you in advance for offering a warm Cougar welcome to:
    • Andrew Bothfeld- Day Custodian
    • Deb Cousino- Athletic Director
    • Josh Estes- Dean of Students
    • Brian Granger- IT Assistant
    • Melissa Hunkins- Science Teacher on Team Prodigy
    • Emma Liskowsky- Intensive Needs Special Educator
    • Kaylie Viens- Math Teacher & Paraeducator on Team Wizards
    • Laura Wedel- French
    • School Nurse- To be hired

    New Student Orientation for all 5th graders and new to CBMS 6th, 7th,and 8th graders. Wednesday, August 22nd, from 5:30-6:30 in the CBMS Cafetorium.  Come on in, get some important information, and get set up for the start of school!


    The CBMS Website is the place to go for info on:
    • Supply Lists for all core teams and PE
    • 18/19 Calendar
    • Free/Reduced Meals application and Cougar Cafe menus (Aug-Sept will be online soon!)
    • Y Pod (the CBMS after-school program) registration form
    • E-bus note form (no need to send hard copy notes!)
    • E-Absence form 
    • CBMS Spiritwear
    • And more...bookmark this site!

    "Start of School Packets" will be coming home in the 'backpack express' on the first day of school.


    The Y Pod, the CBMS after-school program coordinated by the Y, opens on the first day of school- Monday, August 27th.  More info on this program can be found here.  To register your child, see the link on the CBMS Homepage.  Questions can be directed to director Marc Grimes at mgrimes@wwsu.org 


    Fall Sports

    • Waterbury grades 1-6 Soccer- check out this link
    • CBMS Grades 7-8 Soccer- Practices will begin on Tuesday, August 28th. For more info, contact CBMS athletic director Deb Cousino at dcousino@wwsu.org. Please plan on attending the Grades 7/8 Fall Sport meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 5:30 in the HUHS Auditorium. Registration is at this link
    • Grades 7-8 Cross Country and Field Hockey - Info meeting at 5pm on Wednesday, August 15th in the HU auditorium. For more info, contact HU athletic director Chris Langevin at clangevin@wwsu.org. Please plan on attending the Grades 7/8 Fall Sport meeting on Thursday, August 30th at 5:30 in the HUHS Auditorium. Registration is at this link.

    Updated Bus Routes can be accessed via this link.


    Duxbury Land Trust Event at Duxbury Town Forest – tomorrow, August 11th  The Duxbury Land Trust is hosting a free nature event on Saturday, August 11 from 10AM to 1PM at the Duxbury Town Forest.  Come explore, get your feet wet and use microscopes and magnifiers to discover the micro-world of cells, algae, and protozoa in the Duxbury Town Forest. More info can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.


    Fencing in Moretown:  Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 10 - Oct. 15. 6:30 PM-8:00 PM.  More detail can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.


    Upcoming Dates of Note:
    • August 22nd - New Student Orientation for all 5th graders and new-to-CBMS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders - 5:30PM-6:30PM, in the Cougar Cafetorium
    • August 27th- First Day of School for all CBMS students- 7:45AM, with dismissal beginning at 2:30PM
    • August 28th- Grades 7/8 soccer practices begin
    • August 30th- Team Quest to Reservoir- 9:45-2
    • August 30th- Grades 7/8 Fall Sports meeting- 5:30-6:30- HUHS Auditorium
    • September 3rd- Labor Day- No School 2day