Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December 2


Tonight- Grades 7/8 dance at HUMS - 7-9PM- $5  sponsored by HUHS Student Council

Renaissance Program list is now hosted off the CBMS Homepage

5th Graders Needed in the Lantern Parade  Did you make a lantern last year with Gowri and Angelo at the Legion? Do you still have it? We need you in the parade this Saturday. Come to the State Complex between 4:00 and 4:30 to get a new light (or batteries for your old light if you still have it), a pole, and your place in line for the parade. THE MORE THE MERRIER.  Info can be found on the school web site or you can click on this link: http://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com/  Thanks so much an hope to see you on Saturday!!

Notes from the Cougar Cafe...
  • The December Menu can be found on the Food Service homepage
  • We will follow along with TBPS in their cultural week this year and also have Chinese Food for 2 days on December 13 and 15
  • Thank you in advance for checking your child's lunch balance regularly (via PowerSchool) and for keeping the balance above $0
Notes from the CBMS PTO...
  • CBMS Spiritwear for sale - contact Em Lamson for details.
  • Wreath/Poinsettia Pick-Up Fri./Sat./Sun. at Evergreen Gardens (HOURS Fri./Sat. 8-6; Sun. 10-5)
  • Joe Corbi Pizza Pick-Up 4:30 - 6:30 PM Thurs., Dec. 8 - Wizard Hallway
  • Waterbury Bars are being made and we will notify you when they are ready for pick-up!
RESPECT abounds at CBMS!  The students filled the "Mother Respectacle" and plans are underway for the Schoolwide "Pawsitivity Celebration!"  Ask your students about the details!  (If you find any "respect tiles" in your laundry, please send them with your student back to school.)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nov 29

.net is the new .org- Staff e-mails at both CBMS and TBPS now end with .net - thanks for making note!

Friday deadline!  We still have spaces in the Cross-Country Ski Program at Trapps- Thursday afternoons beginning December 15th- see details by clicking here

Gymnastics practices begin this week and practice is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday 2:40-4:10 at Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy (CVGA)  80 commercial Drive Moretown, VT.  There is a bus that goes from CBMS to CVGA.  Gymnastics is open for students in grades 6th-8th.  For more information, contact the coaches:  Anissa Touchette- e-mail:  AtLuvsGymnastics@yahoo.com
Phone:  882-8324, Cell:  363-4513; Annette Litchfield- e-mail:  Imabl2@yahoo.com, Phone:  244-8377, Cell:  522-3260, Maryah Magee, e-mail:  mmagee.vermont@yahoo.com, Cell:  735-6491


Parent Update: River of Light Lantern Parade 2011- We are all very excited about this year’s lantern parade. As this is a community event, here are some useful bits of information for the night:

Date and Time: The event is taking place on Saturday December 3rd 2011. The parade will leave from the VT State Complex on Main Street at 5pm and the event will end at approx. 6pm at Rusty Parker Park. The parade route will take us: Up Main Street, down Stowe Street and across Railroad Street, ending at Rusty Parker Park for the Waterbury Rotary’s annual Tree Lighting.  Please arrive at 4pm to collect your light and pole & take your place in the parade.

Parking: There is absolutely no parking in the church car park. Please use one of the car parks shown in the attached map or park elsewhere in Waterbury or on the street. The entrances to car parks C and D will be cordoned off at 4pm. There is also parking on the street.

What to Wear: It’s practically winter, dress up warmly! You will be outside for a while. Waterproof shoes, thermals, gloves etc. Gloves are especially useful for carrying the bamboo pole.

Bathrooms: The nearest bathrooms are in St. Leo’s Hall. There are no bathrooms on site.

Where to Go: If your child made a pyramid lantern at CBMS, they can collect it from St. Leo’s Church Hall at the back of St. Andrew’s Parish, next door to the horseshoe.  If your child is bringing a lantern with them, they can collect a light and pole from one of the four light stations
situated in the Horseshoe. (Indicated on the car parking map) When your child had a light and a pole, a steward will direct them to a place in the parade where they can wait until it is time to set off.

Supervision:  CBMS students can be dropped off at the parade site OR you can feel free to walk with them. BUT you must HAVE A PLAN OF WHERE TO MEET AT THE END of the parade. There will be hundreds of people in Rusty Parker Park. Please know where to meet up with your children. I would like to suggest that the train station porch might be a great spot to meet.

At The Park: After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all bamboo poles will be collected for future use. Please hand yours to a steward volunteer. The lanterns and lights may be taken home.

Lantern Etiquette: To make this a safe and fun event for everyone in the parade, please go over the following lantern etiquette with your child before the parade:
- No running with lanterns
- No swinging the lantern about
- No overtaking the band or the front. The band will set the pace.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nov 20

Parent Conferences this Monday and Tuesday...thanks in advance for being prompt for your scheduled conference, and for your willingness to being a partner with CBMS staff in your child's education!

Art room supplies needed: Hello CBMS Community!  The art studio is in immediate need of the following. For a complete list of needed supplies, visit the CBMS art blog, http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/  
and look for “wish list” on the left side of the page. Many thanks!  ~Nan- CBMS Art teacher 
  • Fabric (scraps and discarded clothes)
  • Thread
  • Small wood scraps
  • Jar and bottle caps and lids
Please keep your child's lunch bill balance in the positive...PowerSchool has the current balance.

Ferry Beach Blog has been updated- check it out by clicking on the link off the CBMS Homepage!

Join the Waterbury-Duxbury Community for the River of Light on December 3rd!

CBMS Yearbooks- On-line orders are now being taken, via the link on the CBMS Homepage!

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 15

Parent Conference Sign-Ups...as of now 54% of our families have signed up for conferences.  On-line sign-ups close this Thursday evening.  Please sign up by clicking here (password is "cbms").  If you have troubles signing up, please call Em at the CBMS office- 244-6100. 

Ferry Beach Information Meeting for parents of 5th and 6th graders, with Ferry Beach staff, tonight.  6 PM - 7 PM in the CBMS Trish Feld Library. 

Stowe Ski and Ride program has filled up.  We still have spaces in the Cross-Country Ski Program at Trapps- Thursday afternoons beginning December 15th- see details by clicking here


"Dinner Is Served" during Parent Conferences, next Monday and Tuesday.  4:45 - 6:45 in the Cougar Cafe.  Pizza, salad, and a drink-  $5 per student or $20 per family.  Sponsored by the PTO.

PTO Fundraisers - The pizza, wreath, and poinsettia fundraisers will be ending next Tuesday, Nov 22.  Please send in any orders to the office, and thanks in advance for supporting the PTO!

The Waterbury Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group’s  (TAG) next meeting is tonight from  3:30- 5PM at the Waterbury Library.   Snacks provided!  Have your say in programming, activities, andbooks for teens, and suggest ideas to help get the Library more "teen friendly". Please email michelle@waterburypubliclibrary.com for more information. Your participation can count towards required community service and will look great on a college resume!  

Lantern Parade December 3- Save the Date - Saturday, December 3, 2011 - from 5:00 - 6:00 PM for The River of Light Lantern Parade. Updated information can be found on our blog at: http://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com/  More information will be sent home in the coming weeks. This year the parade will be a community event and the children's participation in the event will be key to its success. Our hope is that most of the students who are making lanterns this year will be in the parade. Our community is one amazing place and this will be another way to connect everyone through a community arts event. We hope that you can join us!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 11

Parent Conferences- sign-ups open first thing tomorrow morning!  Check the CBMS Homepage for the link. 

Stowe Mountain Skiing and Riding for grades 3-8!  10 Wednesdays in Jan/Feb/March, leaving CBMS at 12:30PM and returning to TBPS at 4:45PM.  $100/student for the whole thing, including transportation.  This includes these 10 Wednesdays as well as a number of other days, including most Sundays, school snow days, a number of school vacation days.  Rentals are not available for this program, and this program is not for beginning skiers/riders. We also need parent volunteers for this program.  There is a training day involved (choose Dec 10 or 11, cost of $45) and then for each volunteer day you receive a voucher for another day.  To express interest, or ask questions, please contact Leslie Proteau by Sunday, November 13th- blaproto@comcast.net

Dance tonight at HUMS- Apologies for the late notice, but this dance was just added.  Hosted by the Rwandan Program.  Open to 7th and 8th graders.  7-9PM in the Middle School Gym.  $5.

On-Line Ordering for Joe Corbi items- click here for details

Missing iPod Touch- serial number C3LGMFXODNQY  (the serial number can be found under the back cover near the battery compartment).  Please keep an eye out at home and if you find this unit please send it into the CBMS office!

Nov 10

Parent Conference Sign-Ups open up this Saturday (Nov 12), and will remain open through next Thursday (Nov 17).  To sign-up, visit the CBMS Homepage and click on the "Parent Conference E-Scheduler" link.  The password is "cbms".  This is a very user-friendly system, and more detailed instructions should are below. For Applied Academics classes, be sure to ask your child which class he/she is currently enrolled and sign up for a conference as appropriate. 

Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions

  1. Visit the school’s homepage (https://sites.google.com/a/wdsdvt.net/cbms/) and select the Online Scheduler icon/link.
  2. From the Online Scheduler Home Page
    1. Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO”
    2. Enter the school password (cbms)
    3. Enter your student’s “Student ID”.  If you do not know their Student ID, use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID button to access the system.
    4. Verify the student’s birth date 
    5. A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed.  Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with.
    6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students.  If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
    7. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
    8. Select the times that work best for your schedule. 
    9. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)
    10. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
    11. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)

Need help?  Contact   Em Lamson at elamson@wdsdvt.net or 244-6100

Barefoot Truth is playing at Higher Ground this Saturday...all age shows at 7PM (seated acoustic) and 10:30PM (non-seated electric)

Girl Scout Troop 30028 Pie Sale.  Amber Proteau, Emma Jean, Madison D'Amico, Anna Belongia and Becca Russell are having their 3rd Annual Pie Fundraiser again this year.  They are making pumpkin and apple pies ......proceeds to benefit the Good Neighbor Fund and another Waterbury/Duxbury nonprofit (tbd).  The pies are $12.00 each and will be made on November 19th.  Pies will be picked up at the Waterbury Congregational Church.  Their goal is to try and make and sell 150 pies.  If anyone is interested in buying a pie they can email Leslie at  blaproto@comcast.net.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nov 7

This Friday is a normal school day!  In the original calendar, this day was supposed to be a non-student day for parent conferences.  Then came Irene.  Normal day for students on Friday, and parent conferences will be happening in the afternoons/evenings of November 21 and 22.  On-line sign-ups for Parent Conferences- wil be open from midnight on Fri, Nov 11th until midnight on Thursday, Nov 17th...details to follow later this week.

Cast list for Alice in Wonderland has been posted- click here to see it!

PTO Meeting this Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 pm in the office conference room.  

Ferry Beach info meeting, with staff members from the Ferry Beach Ecology School, on Tuesday, Nov 15th at 6PM in the CBMS Library.





School Board Meeting tomorrow night, starting at 6PM in the CBMS Library.  All are invited and welcome...agenda is as follows:

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. FEAT Presentations
B. Budget- initial discussions
C. Policy Packet #2- First Reading
D
. WWSU-level Tech Coordinator and Facilities Coordinator- discussion
E. Act 153- discussion

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

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

8:10            VI.             OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

8:15            VII.            ACTION ITEMS  (10 minutes)           
A.   Board Minutes (10/11/11)
B.    Board Orders
C.   Principal’s report action items
D.   Designate a rep and an alternate for new teacher negotiations
E.    Set additional board meeting dates in Dec, Jan

8:25            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (Dec 13, 2011 @ CBMS)  Main Topics: Budget, Policy Packet #2

8:30            IX.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue

                       
ADJOURNMENT

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nov 3

CBMS Picture Re-takes are tomorrow (Friday). If your want your pics reprinted because of the "over-touch up effect", you just need to have your child bring in the package tomorrow and drop it off in the office.

This month's WDSD newsletter is packed full with pictures and news! Check out the 4 authors highlighted in this edition - we are excited about these visits... The 8th grade soccer team is pictured on the cover, with the CBMS staff, and you have to see the adorable children that celebrated "Where the Wild Things Are" on page 2. Budding scientists are on page 3, right beside the artists and Spelling Bee Team. http://www2.tbps.org:81/OFFICE/WD%20News/index.htm

Community Holiday Programs for Families in Need- click here for details

Snow will soon in the air- again! Please take note the following ski & ride opportunities!
  1. 2nd year- CBMS Cougar Cross-Country Ski Program at Trapps- Thursday afternoons beginning December 15th- see details by clicking here
  2. New this year- Stowe Mountain Skiing and Riding for grades 3-8!  10 Wednesdays in Jan/Feb/March, leaving CBMS at 12:30PM and returning to TBPS at 4:45PM.  $100/student for the whole thing, including transportation.  This includes these 10 Wednesdays as well as a number of other days, including most Sundays, school snow days, a number of school vacation days.  Rentals are not available for this program, and this program is not for beginning skiers/riders. We also need parent volunteers for this program.  There is a training day involved (choose Dec 10 or 11, cost of $45) and then for each volunteer day you receive a voucher for another day.  To express interest, or ask questions, please contact Leslie Proteau by Sunday, November 13th- blaproto@comcast.net 
  3. 5th grade parents- take advantage of the 5th Grade Passport for cheap lift tickets- http://www.skivermont.com/events-and-deals  
Volunteers STILL needed to help build lanterns with students for the River of Light Lantern Parade. Lantern Building will take place at CBMS with artists Gowri Savoor and Angelo Arnold the week of November 7th, as follows:
  • Monday/Wednesday, Nov 7th and 9th (9:00-11:00)- Dream 6th graders
  • Monday/Wednesday, Nov 7th and 9th (12:20-2:20)- Titan 7th graders 
  • Tuesday/Thursday, Nov 8th and 10th (9:00-11:00)- Wizards 6th graders 
  • Tuesday/Thursday, Nov 8th and 10th  (12:20-2:20)- Prodigy 7th graders
If you are able to help, please email MK Monley at mmonley@wdsdvt.net by November 1st with the following information:  Your name, your child’s name, and which session(s) you can attend.  Thanks for your help- It should be a lot of fun!  For more information visit our blog which is linked to the CBMS home page. http://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nov 1

Scrapbooking Club with Lisa Cunningham begins this Wednesday, and meets on all Early Release Days- click here for details.

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the afternoons and evenings of Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22.  Sign-ups will be done on-line again this year, and the site will open on Wednesday, November 9th...details to follow early next week. 

Looking for info on calendar dates, food service, or Club Cougar?  Check the CBMS Parent Page for lots of useful information!


What Kind of Parent Involvement Helps Children the Most?   In this American School Board Journal article, Patte Barth, director of the Center for Public Education, reports on a new National School Boards Association study of parent involvement. Researchers found that the practices most likely to produce higher student achievement take place at home:
-   Monitoring homework;
-   Making sure children get to school;
-   Rewarding their efforts;
-   Talking up the idea of going to college.
These parent actions are linked to better attendance, grades, test scores, and preparation for college.  From “Research: What Can Parents Do?” by Patte Barth in American School Board Journal, November 2011 (Vol. 198, #11, p. 32-33), http://www.asbj.com