Friday, September 30, 2011

Sept 30

School Picture Day is Thursday, October 6th...Time for that overdue haircut!

Thursday, October 6th is Back to School Night..festivities begin in the gym at 6:15PM! The PTO will be serving dinner to families on Back to School Night. We are looking for some volunteers to help.  We have a cook but need a grill and a few people to help serve dinner. The dinner will consist of hot dogs, chips and a drink.

Lunch balances can be found on PowerSchool...thanks for checking regularly and keeping your balance in the plus.

Fifth Graders Ski & Ride for Free in Vermont- As you know, kids benefit from being outside, getting exercise and enjoying a healthy activity with family and friends. The Fifth Grade Passport program allows children the special opportunity to get involved in a great sport while learning to appreciate all the natural wonders that Vermont offers.  And the best part, skiing and riding is free for Fifth Graders!   Information and the application is available at

 STOWE PERFORMANCE OFFERS FREE MATINEE FOR WATERBURY NEIGHBORS- The team of James and John DeRienzo are producing Steve Martin’s comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The cast and crew dedicate this show to our neighbors in Waterbury. There is a free matinee for Waterbury residents (note that this show is for a more mature audience) Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Building theater, Main Street, Stowe. 170 tickets available at the Waterbury Public Library. A donation box will be at the back of the theater during all performances with proceeds going to the Waterbury Food Shelf. 

3rd Annual Snowboard Tent Sale- Great Deals on Used Demo Gear, Samples and some prior year's gear.  At the Rome HQ- 1 Derby Lane, Waterbury, VT 05676.  Friday, Sept. 30th – 12pm ‘til 7pm.  Saturday, Oct. 1st – 10am ‘til 5pm.  DJ Rekkon will be there Friday and Saturday afternoon spinning disks. Defy Irene by skating the ramp that survived (debatable) the flood!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sept 27

CBMS Picture Day- Date Changed- Due to an iffy weather forecast for this Thursday, we have rescheduled the date for school photos to next Thursday, Oct 6th

Parent Handbook online- We just discovered that the documents currently appearing on the on-line version of our handbook are out of date.  We are in the process of fixing this fault, and hope to have all back in order shortly.  On that note, the Dress Code that went out in the last Cougar Comments was an old one, and our guidelines around hats have not changed...they can be worn in all public spaces at CBMS, not in the Cougar Cafe during lunch hours, and not in classrooms where the teacher has a rule about hat wear.  Also, we do allow outdoor coats to be worn in school, until they become a distraction from learning.  My apologies for any confusion!

Middle School Students & Their Parents Needed- We are looking for help with our annual Craft Fair at Thatcher Brook on Sat. Oct. 15th. Students can help with the silent auction, selling popcorn and food, and face painting! Parents are welcome to donate baked goods (which can be dropped off at TBPS prior to the event),  serving food and if you'd like to help with the clean up afterwards (3:00) we sure would appreciate it!  Please contact Brenda Ververis at or 244-7195

CHANGE IN CALENDARThe WWSU admin team looked at this year's school calendar, with an eye towards "finding" some student days in order to make up for the 4 lost days due to Irene.  Currently our last day of school is slated for June 14, and that would move to June 20th with the Irene days.  Tack on snow days, and we could be in school late into June.  For this reason, Friday, November 11th, which was scheduled to be a non-student day for parent conferences, will now be a student day.  We will do parent conferences in the afternoons and evenings of Monday, Nov 21 and Tues, Nov 22, as we have done in the past. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sept 25

School photos are this Thursday, Sept 29th!  Paperwork came home late last sure to check those black holes we call backpacks for all the info you need! 

Boys & Horses After-School Leadership Program-  Sound interesting?  Check out the E-Bulletin Board 

At CBMS, the focus is on learning.  Towards that, thanks for helping us with appropriate and distraction-free dress:  


  • Footwear is to be worn at all times while on school premises.
  • The style for classroom wear, as opposed to leisure wear, should reflect good health and safety habits, personality and a sense of pride through appearance in self and in school.
  • Fashion trends are acceptable as long as they do not obstruct the educational process in the classroom or endanger the physical well being of students.
  • Clothing with sexual innuendos, drug, alcohol, or tobacco messages are not permitted. 
  • Students are not encouraged to carry a backpack throughout the day. Each team or class will develop procedures for organization including the carrying of backpacks.  
  • No abdomens (stomachs, tummies) should show
  • No spaghetti straps, halter tops or low cut tops
  • No undergarments should be visible
  • Wear footwear at all times
  • Don’t wear clothing/signs which advertise tobacco/alcohol products
  • Don’t wear clothing/signs which are sexually suggestive or highly inappropriate
  • Wear appropriate-length shorts or skirts that are no more than 4 inches above the knee. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sept 21

CHANGE IN CALENDARThe WWSU admin team looked at this year's school calendar, with an eye towards "finding" some student days in order to make up for the 4 lost days due to Irene.  Currently our last day of school is slated for June 14, and that would move to June 20th with the Irene days.  Tack on snow days, and we could be in school late into June.  For this reason, Friday, November 11th, which was scheduled to be a non-student day for parent conferences, will now be a student day.  We will do parent conferences in the afternoons and evenings of Monday, Nov 21 and Tues, Nov 22, as we have done in the past.  

Why AlertNow?  We are trialing the AlertNow system this year for home e-mails of all sorts, because the AlertNow system communicates with PowerSchool and thus provides the most correct, current, and updated e-mail lists.  In the past, we have had to build these e-mail groups by hand, which is both time consuming and open to human error.   For school delays, cancellations, etc, we will be coupling the e-mail with a voicemail, which we hope will separate the "announcement-type" messages from bigger themes.  We will decide at the end of the year whether to keep going with AlertNow as our system for e-mails in the future.  

Attention all spellers!  There will be a spelling bee this Thursday for all 5th and 6th grade students who are interested in the 5/6 spelling team.  This is your chance to compete against other spellers in the Washington West School District!  The bee is from 12 :35 - 1:00.  If you are in band or chorus, you may still attend, and then return to band or chorus after the bee.  See Mrs. Williams for more details. 

·     Are you hitting the wall?
·     Wondering what’s normal for you and your children at this stage?
·     Need ideas on how to help your children or family members feel safe and secure?
·     Want some tips on keeping yourself mentally healthy?
·     Want to share what’s worked for you?

Join us for an Education and Information Session sponsored by the Washington County Behavioral Health Disaster Response Team
Tuesday, September 27th,  6:30 p.m.
Thatcher Brook Primary School Cafeteria
Refreshments and Child Care* Provided
For 24/7 Hotline and Referrals to Crisis Counseling:  (802) 229-0591 *for children 2 years old and up.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sept 19

From our PTO:
  • October 6 - the PTO will be serving dinner to families on Back to School Night.  We are looking for some volunteers to help.  We have a cook but need a grill and a few people to help serve dinner.  The dinner will consist of hot dogs, chips and a drink.
  • October 12 is the first meeting of the PTO.  All are welcome to attend!  6:30PM in the CBMS library.
  • Show your school spirit!  The PTO is considering running a concessions stand at all home soccer games for 7/8 grade boys and girls this season.  We need volunteers to make this happen.  Please contact Stacy Gibson-Grandfield if you are interested at or 244-4169.  The first home game is this Tuesday - Sept 20.  Come support CBMS sports!
From the Cougar Cafe- Due to an FDA warning, we will not be serfing cantaloupes in our schools until further notice.  When you see "Cantaloupe" in the September menu, we will be replacing with another fresh fruit.

Tonight!  Local musicians will present “Songs for our Neighbors,” a benefit fundraiser for flood relief on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Reservoir Restaurant and Tap Room, 1 South Main St., Waterbury.   Featured players will include Big Al Lemery from the Starline Rhythm Boys; Jim Pittman, Jay Mireault and Ed Germon from the Stowe Hollow Boys; Eileen Harvey Baker with Jean Bataille and Phil Baker, and more. Donations and a percentage of food sales will benefit the Good Neighbor Fund to assist flood victims in Waterbury and Duxbury.

Grades 7 and 8 Dance at Harwood Union Middle School this coming Friday from 7-9PM

Fun and Free event next Thursday:  From Prince Edward Island - The Sky Family’s CELTIC REVIVAL!  Rollicking Celtic fiddles mixed with Riverdance style Irish step dance and hilarious skits make up this high-energy Celtic Dance and Gospel production. All members of the family perform on  several instruments and all contribute to the rich vocal harmonies and lively dance. Its family 

entertainment at it’s best!  The show will be performed at CBMS on Thursday, September 29th, beginning at 7PM.   Concert is FREE and excellent for the whole family.  Donations to help support the Sky Family will be accepted. For information call Elizabeth at 802 793 8749 and check out the website at

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sept 16

Does your child want to learn to play the guitar?  Eileen Baker is looking for interest in an after-school guitar group for newbies.  If your child is interested, please contact Eileen at

Club Cougar is nearly full....if you want to sign your child up do not delay....e-mail Cathy Knight

SES Tutoring-deadline to apply is next Friday, Sept 23rd.  For more information, contact Cathy Knight at

5th and 6th grade parents- if you have not done so, please sign and send in the permission slip for Bully Be Gone on Monday!

3rd Waterbury Bike, Walk, & Breakfast Sept. 25 The 3rd Waterbury Bike, Walk & Breakfast will be held Sunday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m.  Come reconnect with your friends and neighbors, share stories about the flood, and enjoy a lovely fall outing with the entire family. At 8:00 a.m. 100 to 200 adults, kids, and dogs will meet at Rusty Parker Park in Waterbury.  One group will head off on an 5-mile, family-friendly bike ride along River Road.  All bikers must wear a helmet.  Another group will take a leisurely 2-mile walk along the trail behind the State Complex. At 9:00 AM everyone will return to Rusty Parker Park for a delicious free breakfast provided by Waterbury in Motion.  This is a fun, free community event.  No RSVP necessary. For more info contact Duncan McDougall at 477-2968.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sept 14

E-Race Irene!  This Sunday, September 18th, you can help Waterbury's flood relief efforts by Running or Walking 5K!
Hope Davey Park, Registration 8:30, Start 10:00 am, $25 Entry Fee, Includes T-shirt for first 300.  For more info email  

3SQUARESVT TO REPLACE LOST FOOD: Due to power outages, flooding, and devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene, the Department for Children and Families(DCF) can provide replacement benefits to current 3SquaresVT participants who lost food due to the storm. The deadline is MONDAY, SEPT. 19 for participants to report their loss by calling DCF at 1-800-479-6151. You will need to report how food was lost (power outage of more than four hours, flooding, etc.) and the dollar value of the loss up to the value received for August. Participants will not be eligible for replacement value unless they file a food loss report. 


"Anxious Parenting:  A Historical Perspective"   The Vermont Center for Family Studies is bringing a distinguished historian of parenting to Vermont on Friday, Oct 28th.  Dr. Stearns is an engaging speaker who connects with educators and parents, helping them to gain a broader perspective. For more information, click here

NECAP Testing in October! 
Crossett Brook Students in Grades 5 through 8 will participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Students in all of those grades will be tested in reading and mathematics, and grades 5 and 8 will be tested in writing.

The NECAP tests were designed to measure your child’s progress in meeting Vermont’s Grade Level
Expectations, or G.L.E.’s. that define the knowledge and skills a student should have mastered by the end of each school year. The Grade 6 test, for example, will measure what a student should know and be able to do after completing fifth grade. The reading and math test includes short and long reading passages that are followed by several multiple choice questions, as well as one or two “constructed response” questions that require a short written answer. The writing test includes multiple choice and constructed response questions, and a single extended writing prompt. A constructed response question requires students to show their work and/or explain their reasoning. Test results for all students will be available in March 2011.

The New England Common Assessment Program is one of the important tools available to parents and educators to determine how well our school is helping students meet standards and grade level expectations. In every assessment, scores are only as meaningful as the effort students put into the tests.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Encourage your child to take the tests seriously and to give his or her best effort. You can best help your child prepare for the assessment by making sure that she or he is rested on the days the tests will be given. As with every day, it is critical that students have a good breakfast before heading off to school. One math section must be done without calculators, and two require calculators. So, if your child owns one, please send it in on Monday, October 17. Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period.

For your information and planning, we plan to follow this testing schedule:


Tuesday, October 18
Reading Part 1

Wednesday, October 19
Reading Part 2

Thursday, October 20
AM - Reading Part 3

PM – Math Part 1
12:25 -2:10

Tuesday,  October  25

Math Part 2

Wednesday, October 26

AM- Math Part 3

PM – Writing Part 1
5, 8
5 – 12:35 – 2:10  PM
8 -12:35 – 2:10 PM

Thursday, October 27
Writing Part 2

Please try and avoid scheduling any appointments during this time as students do better when they test with their peers. Please call or e-mail us if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sept 13

Harwood Youth Hockey sign-ups- this Wed from 6-8PM at CBMS.  Click here for more info.

CBMS School Events Calendar- Early Release Days, School Vacations, Team Field Trips, etc.  This is the best place to see what is going on at CBMS, and we update this calendar regularly.   Click here.

VERMONT FLOOD RELIEF DISTRIBUTION CENTER  NOW OPEN AT 2802 Waterbury Stowe…ALL ARE WELCOME.  Road across from the Sunoco station in Waterbury Center (old Clay
Studio/Re Store/Hillside Florist). We encourage people to bring lists of  needed items so we can help compile them.  NO donation drop-offs at this time.  Hour:s  Mondays, Wednesdays- 9am-noon and 5:30pm-7:30pm, Saturdays- 9am-noon.  Men’s, Women’s and Children's clothing of all sizes, Shoes and socks, Outerwear, Toys, Linens, Bedding, Dishware, Some Electronics…And MORE.  To arrange for delivery, contact or 244-8708.

School Board Meeting AGENDA

TUESDAY September 13, 2011



6:00 p.m.


6:00            I.            CALL TO ORDER and CONFIRM AGENDA

6:05            II.            COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC (Note that additional comments from the public will be welcomed throughout the agenda.)

6:10            III.            DISCUSSION (90 minutes)
A. Irene Impact on WDSD
B.  Cooperative Sports Agreement- review
C. TBPS Lobby design
D. WWSU Preschool Partnership Agreement  - annual approval
E. “Buy Local”
F.  5-Year Foci/ Restructuring Plan Update
G.  Budget Process – expectations, guidelines, timeline
H.  Board Curriculum retreat
I.   State Farm 

7:40            IV.            PRINCIPALS REPORT - Board Feedback (10 minutes)
A.   Written Report and Recommendations

7:50            V.            WWSU REPORTS            (20 minutes)           
B.    Superintendent’s report

8:10            VI.             OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

8:15            VII.            ACTION ITEMS  (10 minutes)           
A.   Board Minutes (6/14/11)
B.    Board Orders
C.   Principal’s report action items

8:25            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (Oct 11, 2011 @ CBMS)
Main Topics:  VCAT Overview,

8:30            IX.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sept 10

We need boys!  The 7th and 8th grade boys soccer teams are in need of more players....please urge your son to come on out and play!   More information can be found from Dan Gratton-

CBMS "Back To School Night"- Thursday, October 6th, beginning at 6:15PM and ending by 8:15PM.  Y'all come!

Interested in playing Spring Soccer with Mad River Soccer or reffing with Waterbury Youth Soccer?  Check out the Cougar Community E-Bulletin Board- click here
Washington West Help for Families Displaced by Tropical Storm Irene- Tropical Storm, Irene has caused unprecedented devastation in Vermont and in our Washington West towns.  During the past week we have seen and heard how this hurricane and flooding has impacted so many families, businesses and schools across the state and our thoughts are with the hundreds of families that have been affected.  Here in Washington West Supervisory Union we have several students, families and staff who have lost their homes and belongings due to the recent flooding.  Many of them are displaced and need financial support for food, clothing, furniture, bedding, toys, etc.
  • If you know of any students or families affected by the flood and in need of support please contact the guidance office at your school.  We are here to help.
  • If you know of students or families who have been displaced and are lacking permanent housing, are temporarily homeless, please contact your school administrator or the WWSU Homeless Education Liaison, Donarae Dawson Pike, who can be reached at 496-2272 x 113.

Vermont's Department of Children and Families says households that received food benefits in August and then lost food during Tropical Storm Irene are eligible for extra benefits. Renee Richardson is director of Vermont's food and nutrition programs. She says people in the ‘3SquaresVT' program will be reimbursed for the value of their food loss up to the amount they were eligible to receive in the month of August.  "This is really important, because some folks stockpile their food. And so, even though the storm hit us about 3 days before the beginning of the next month for some folks who had stockpiled their food or who lost their entire homes or whatever, they will be able to get their full August benefit replaced, if that's the value of their food."    Households in the ‘3SquaresVT' program who lost food as a result of the storm should contact the Vermont Department for Children and Families to request a replacement benefit.   Call 1-800-479-6151.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sept 8

Mr. Grow is leading a Children's Chorus at an Irene fundraising event this Saturday in Montpelier, and all CBMS students are invited to participate!  Here's a link to a page with information:  Mr. Grow has been working with CBMS singers on the songs and hope that at least some can make it to Montpelier on Saturday.  Please feel free to contact Mr. Grow at or

Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch?  If you are displaced from your home as a result of Irene, you are officially "homeless" and can qualify for benefits in free or reduced lunch.  If your financial circumstances have changed as a result of Irene, your new circumstances may qualify you.  To apply, simply visit
and fill out the application- it takes 5 minutes!  Notify the school of your change in circumstances via a phone call or an e-mail to Em Lamson ( or Tom Drake (  Let us know how we can help!

Do you have an interest in subbing at CBMS?  If so, there is an Orientation on Wednesday, September 21st, from 6-7PM in the CBMS cafeteria.  If you would like to discuss subbing, please contact Dona Culver at
Flag Football!  Gymnastics!!  Dance!!!  Check out the Cougar Community E-Bulletin board for details on all these and more!

Club Cougar- opens on Monday, September 12th!  For details, contact Cathy Knight at

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sept 5

Opening Assembly- this Tuesday, from 8:05ish-8:25ish in the CBMS gym.  While this assembly is primarily for CBMS students and staff, parents are always welcome to attend!

It's not too late to get involved in Fall Sports!  CBMS still needs 7th & 8th grade soccer players...especially 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys!   Practices are after school every day this week. Please have your child see Mr. Gratton on Tuesday if interested.  In addition, the Parent Meeting for the 7th & 8th grade cross country and field hockey is this Wednesday at 5:30PM at the Harwood Union High School auditorium.  

Despite the flood on Elm Street, One Studio Dance is starting classes this Tuesday, 9/6!  All classes that were previously scheduled at 2 Elm Street have been temporarily relocated.  Classes between 3-9pm, Mon-Fri, have been moved to the gym at TBPS and classes before 3pm, Mon-Fri and on the weekend have been moved to the Waterbury Jazzercise Studio.  If you are a current One Studio student who has been affected by the flood or if you want to enroll for classes but need assistance, please contact April Taylor at or Laurie Flaherty at or call 802-244-8600.

Cougar Cafe Lunch Menu- The menu for the first week of school will reflect the menu originally posted for the week of August 30th...Pizza on Tuesday, Spaghetti on Wednesday, Localvore Day on Thursday, and Chicken Fingers on Friday.  See the new Cougar Cafe website for details-

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sept 4

The CBMS staff is full prepped and geared up to begin school in the Post-Irene era.  While the CBMS physical plant went untouched through the storm, we fully realize that many of our students and staff have been directly and indirectly affected by the waters, winds, and subsequent damage from Irene.  On a simple note, if your child had school supplies washed away in the flood, we will have supplies on hand this coming week to get your child prepared for learning.  On a more complex note, we realize that there will be some emotional baggage as a result of Irene, and we will keep an eye on your child as far as his/her availability for learning.  A good parent resource for dialoguing with children can be found at
If you want us to know anything specific about your child as it relates to the beginning of school, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the most appropriate staff member.  The Waterbury-Duxbury community has truly rallied around Irene, and the CBMS community will continue that rally of support with the onset of school this week and in the weeks to come.  COUGARS!

New E-mail Addresses for CBMS staff- The extension on our e-mail addresses is now "" instead of ""  The first part is the same (for example, Tom Drake is

Bus Routes can be found on the CBMS Homepage

CBMS Agendas/Planners have arrived.  The cost is $4, and you can pick one up at the CBMS office Monday-Friday between 8AM and 4PM.