Friday, June 3, 2011

Cougar Comments- June 3

Barefoot Truth rocks the house!

Fun Night tonight for grades 5 and 6- 7-9PM!

2nd Waterbury Bike, Walk & Breakfast - Sunday, June 5    8:00 - 9:45 am
Looking for a fun way for you and your family to welcome summer? Please join us at the 2nd Waterbury Bike, Walk & Breakfast on Sunday, June 5 at 8:00 a.m.   At 8:00 a.m. dozens of friends, neighbors, kids, and dogs will meet at Rusty Parker Park in Waterbury.  One group will head off on an easy 5-mile, family-friendly bike ride along River Road.  (All bikers must wear a helmet.)  Another group will take a leisurely 2-mile walk (strollers welcome!) along the grassy trail behind the State Complex.  Still others can  go for a run.  At 9 :00 AM everyone will return to the Rusty Parker Park gazebo for a delicious free breakfast provided by Waterbury in Motion, a volunteer group that is trying to establish a safe, accessible, and active bike/pedestrian system in Waterbury.  This is a really fun, free community event.  Get exercise, meet nice folks, and nosh!  No RSVP necessary. For more info contact Bill Minter at 345-5728.

The Waterbury Rapids Swim Team is holding summer registration at the Waterbury Recreation building Friday, June 10, 6-7:30 and at Kids’ Fest at Rusty Parker Memorial Park Saturday, June 11, 9:30-11. We are a parent-run team with an emphasis on fun and individual improvement in the water. The first day of practice is June 20 at 5PM at the Waterbury town pool. Contact Carol Baitz, President, at 244-1895, for more information. Find a registration form and read more about our team at www.waterburyrapids.com.



CBMS OMers Place 8th at World Finals!
Crossett Brook's Odyssey of the Mind team competed at the OM World Finals at the University of Maryland this past weekend and ranked 8th out of 64 teams in their category. It was the best finish ever for this team and the third-best of the 24 Vermont teams that competed at world's. The CBMS team finished second at the state tournament where it also won the top creativity honor, the Ranatra Fusca trophy. Team members are seventh graders Quincy Alves, Nina Brundage, Zoe Kravitz, Lillie Miller, Emma Russo and eighth grader Claire Brundage. Margot Rathke, grade 7, worked with the team through the state competition in March.
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. Approximately 850 teams from across the United States and at least a dozen other countries took part in World Finals this year. Teams choose from a list of problems to solve, work during the school year on their solution, and present their solutions at local and state contests. Winners qualify to compete at World Finals.
Crossett Brook teams have had great success at our state competition and have been represented at World Finals for nearly a decade. But, as students move on, we need to organize more new teams to keep the program thriving. Summaries of the problems for 2011-12 are available at http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/ and much information is at the Vermont website: http://vt.odysseyofthemind.org/
Teams typically have 5-7 student members and one or two volunteer coaches. An OM team needs members who are creative; like to design and build things; enjoy art, acting and maybe even singing; like working with a group; and especially enjoy a challenge. Want to know more? Contact coaches Holly Alves (244-5262) and Lisa Scagliotti (244-1444); hollyalves@hotmail.com or lscagliotti@comcast.net. Watch for an OM presentation for next year in early September.

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