Friday, December 21, 2012

Dec 21

Immediate need for CBMS Art Program:  We are out of newspaper! Please recycle newspaper by way of the art room – our need is immediate  and ongoing.  Also, we are in need of old broken crayons for the new Encaustic mini-center. This need, also, is both  immediate and ongoing. If you are cleaning out your art cupboard, think of us!  Thank you!  Nan - on behalf of the CBMS artists

CBMS Yearbooks for sale!  $25.  If you purchase before the end of January, your child will receive the book a day earlier in June.  Check the link on the CBMS homepage for e-purchasing.  

When school resumes for Sandy Hook Elementary School, it will be in a new building Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible.  For details on how you can help out, click here.  

Bolton Ski-Ride program- currently only 3 signed up and we need 15 to make this program fly!   Community Member Ted Willis is once again offering this program for 5 Wednesdays beginning on January 30th.  The bus will leave CBMS at 2:45, and arrive back at CBMS at 7:30.  This program is open to 5th-8th graders, and it needs at least 15 participants to happen.  Costs include:  Ticket- $90, Bus- $75, Rentals (if needed)- $55, Helmet rental (if needed)- $25, Lesson (optional)- $55.  If you are interested in enrolling your child into this program, please e-mail Courtney Ireland (cireland@wdsdvt.net) by the end of the day on Friday, January 4th.  

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is currently being diagnosed across Vermont, and we have had two confirmed cases at CBMS.  The Vermont Department of Health has the most up-to-date information.  Click here to access. 

For your calendars:
  • Wednesday, January 2nd- School resumes at 7:45AM!
  • Thursday, January 3rd Transforming Education in the WWSU- 7PM- For more information, click here.
  • Tuesday, Jan 8th- 6PM- WDSD School Board meeting- CBMS library  
  • Friday, January 11th -  Grades 5/6 Fun Night - 7-9PM
  • Friday, January 18th - Grades 7/8 Dance at HUMS - 7-9PM
  • Monday, January 21- MLK Day- No School today.
  • Tuesday, January 22nd- 6PM- WDSD School Board meeting- CBMS library  
  • Thursday, January 24th- PTO Substance Abuse presentation- 6:30PM
  • Wednesday, February 13th- Early Release Day- noon dismissal

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dec 15

School preparedness- Please note that TBPS and CBMS have comprehensive school preparedness plans, based on the State of Vermont guidelines.  These guidelines can be found by clicking here.  The events on Friday in Newtown, CT provide a stark reminder as to why it is vital for us to continually refresh our school preparedness plan and to always keep safety of all types as a huge priority for our students and staff.  

Use of AlertNow for school delays/closings/emergencies - please note that we use both phone and e-mail when a delay or closing has been determined, or if there is a school emergency that needs to be communicated.  If a delay is called, school will begin 90 minutes late, with AG beginning at 9:15AM.  

For the latest edition of News and Views, click here

Transforming Education in the WWSU- Jan 3, 7PM- note time change.  For more information, click here.  

Message from TBPS Principal Don Schneider: Last week at the Waterbury-Duxbury School Board meeting, I handed in my letter of resignation as principal of Thatcher Brook Primary School at the conclusion of this school year, effective June 30th, 2013. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of this school community for the past 12 years. I am proud to have been one of many key players over this time that has brought many positive changes to our school. I feel that change is a necessary part of what keeps a school moving forward, and also for me as a professional, and I know that time is now. I will miss the daily interaction with students, parents, and staff members of this wonderful and supportive school community at the conclusion of my final year as principal of TBPS.

Bolton Ski-Ride program-  Community Member Ted Willis is once again offering this program for 5 Wednesdays beginning on January 30th.  The bus will leave CBMS at 2:45, and arrive back at CBMS at 7:30.  This program is open to 5th-8th graders, and it needs at least 15 participants to happen.  Costs include:  Ticket- $90, Bus- $75, Rentals (if needed)- $55, Helmet rental (if needed)- $25, Lesson (optional)- $55.  If you are interested in enrolling your child into this program, please e-mail Courtney Ireland (cireland@wdsdvt.net) by the end of the day on Friday, January 4th.  

The Waterbury Public Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will meet again on Tuesday, December 18, from 3:30-5 PM. Come and help out the library choose new young adult books, plan programs and activities for teens, and more. Participation in this  group can count towards required community service, or "Change the World" projects, and will look great on a college resume! Snacks provided. For more information contact Michelle at michelle@waterburypubliclibrary.com, or 244-7036.

A Family-Centered Mindfulness WorkshopMonday, January 7th from 3:30 to 6:30pm at the Fayston School.  Sponsored By Hannah’s House.  Click Here for more details.


Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is currently being diagnosed across Vermont. The Vermont Department of Health has the most up-to-date information.  Click here to access.  

Free Pertussis Vaccination Clinics
To help you to protect yourself and the babies around you, every District Office is holding a free Tdap vaccination clinic for anyone 11 years and older who has not yet had the vaccine. 
Dec. 19 • Wednesday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m

No appointment necessary

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dec 9


CBMS has had our first diagnosed case of pertussis this year.  For details on pertussis, click here.  Thanks for keeping a close eye on your children's health!

7/8 Choral and Band Concert- 7PM this Tuesday in the Cougar Cafetorium.  Click here for more details.

WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM this Tuesday in the CBMS Trish Feld Library.  For agenda and associated documents, click here.

Early Release Day this Wednesday.  Dismissal begins at noon. Looking for childcare options for your child for the early release day afternoon?  Click here.  

CBMS PTO meeting this Wednesday, Dec 11th in the CBMS office.  6PM start.  All are invited and welcome!

Looking for a foster parent:  HUHS student with muscular dystrophy needs a home that is fully wheelchair accessible and requires complete personal care, which the family and home health services will provide. He loves watching sports, enjoys attending school, and likes music, computers, and swimming. To learn more about him and how to become his foster parent, please contact Juliet Davis at (802) 479-4260.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dec 5


Tomorrow Night!  PTO INTERNET SAFETY NIGHT FOR PARENTS  As our children transition into the Middle School years they are more active on the Internet.  Whether it be researching information for school, participating in fantasy sports games, or participating on social networking sites, our children are becoming more and more familiar with the world outside our communities.  As parents we have concerns on how to protect our children from the dangers that are ever present right at their finger tips.  During this workshop, Troy Morton a parent of a CBMS 5th grader and an IT profession will provide parents with tips on:
  • White-listing "safe" sites
  • How to black-list "unsafe" sites
  • Provide info on kid friendly sites
  • Discuss cyber-bullying and tactics to monitor and report on abusive e-mail/chat sessions
After the presentation there will be time for questions.  Don't miss this workshop, it's something every parent should attend!

When:  December 6, 2012
Time:  6:30 PM
Where:  CBMS Cafeteria
Details:  Light snacks will be provided


Transforming Education in the WWSU Presentation- January 3rd, 6PM in the HUHS Library.  Click here for details.  

CBMS Office Signing in....Parents should always sign in at the front desk if going past the lobby and into the school, and all students should sign in at the front desk if arriving after 7:45AM.

December menu can be found on the Cougar Cafe website.  


Looking to Hire!  Food Service Assistant- Waterbury-Duxbury School District has a vacancy for Food Service Assistant. This is a 30 hour/week position, 5 days/week when school is in session plus additional training and/or meeting times as requested or required. Job requires food preparation and cleaning. Candidates must be able to work in a high-pressure environment, have prior cooking experience, maintain health code standards, work as part of a team and lift 50lb. The ideal candidate must have knowledge on Farm to School programs and passion to provide healthy meals to children. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references to:  Erika Dolan c/o Crossett Brook Middle School, 5672 Vt. Rte. 100, Duxbury, VT  05676, (802) 244-6100 or edolan@wdsdvt.net

Interested in Early-Release Day adventures?  Check out details on the E-Community Bulletin Board!

Softball Clinic at St. Mike's- check the E-Community Bulletin Board for full details.  

Solar Party!  Have you ever thought about installing solar panels on your home?  How does it work?  What will it look like?  And how much does it cost?  If you’ve wondered about this and want to learn more, come see one of our community's latest installations on:
Saturday, December 8, 2012
1 – 3 pm
750 Harvey Farm Road, Waterbury Center
Home of Jeff, Jill, Jeremy, and Julia Loewer
           Julia Loewer and Wynne Plagge will give a brief presentation about solar power in support of their “Change The World” project.
           RSVP to Jill Loewer at 802-375-3934 or 802-882-8214 or loewerjc@sover.net

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nov 28

Upcoming dates of note:
*Tonight! 7PM!  Grades 5/6 Band and Chorus Concert
*Dec 7- CBMS Dance for grades 7/8- 7-9PM
*Dec 8- Lantern Parade in Waterbury Village (more info below)
*Dec 11- Grades 7/8 Band and Chorus Concert- 7PM

Harwood Wrestling Team- Open to boys and girls in grades 7 and 8.  Practice is from 3-5PM at Harwood, Mondays to Fridays, and students can ride the 2:20 bus and the 5:15 bus to and from.  For more information, e-mail the coach, Kyle Canton, at kyle.jamescanton@gmail.com

December lunch menu will be posted soon on the Cougar Cafe website!


CBMS After School Cross County Ski Program at Trapp's begins on December 20th.  Sign-up details can be found by clicking here!

2013 COUGAR YEARBOOKS FOR SALE NOW!  ORDER ONLINE  HERE OR SEND IN $25. CHECK OR CASH TO CBMS.  PLEASE NOTE:  HOMEROOM FOR STUDENTS IS THE TEAM NAME.  FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACTtmatt@wdsdvt.net.


PTO POINSETTIA/WREATH ORDER PICK-UP - Orders for the CBMS PTO Fundraiser can be picked up at Evergreen Gardens  Fri.,, Nov. 29,  Sat., Nov. 30 and Sun., Dec. 1. Hours are:  Fri. and Sat.  8:30 - 6, and Sun. 10-5.  If you have questions regarding the order, please contact Missy Semprebon at 802-244-1918.     Evergreen Gardens is located on Rt. 100 North in Waterbury Center,  Phone # - 244-8523. 


River of Light Community Lantern Parade to Illuminate Downtown Waterbury Sat., Dec. 8
Waterbury’s 3rd annual River of Light Community Lantern Parade takes to the village streets soon after dark on Saturday, Dec. 8. Burlington’s 20-person street samba band, Sambatucada, will lead the illuminated procession starting off at 5 p.m. at Thatcher Brook Primary School. The parade will make its way down Stowe Street to Main Street, turn left and head downtown to Park Row with a gathering at the end for singing at Rusty Parker Park. The roughly hour-long event will coincide with Revitalizing Waterbury’s annual Holiday Stroll where local merchants have extended hours and specials to encourage customers to do their holiday shopping in town. Many participants in the parade will be school children and their family members. Students made lanterns in November at special workshops led by artist Gowri Savoor and TBPS art teacher MK Monley, also organizers of the event. This year’s theme is “outer space” which will be reflected in the lantern creations. Lanterns range in size from simple hand-held paper mache creations to large pieces carried by two or more people. All are welcome to participate in the parade and bring their own battery-operated lanterns. Spectators are encouraged to line the parade route and hold or wear lighted or glowing objects to make this year’s event bigger and brighter than ever. (No fire light, please. Battery-operated LED lights will be available for sale.) Sponsors are GMCR, TBPS PTO, Ben & Jerry's Community Foundation. Up-to-date parade details atwww.ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nov 18

Parent Conferences are this Monday and Tuesday after school, and there is no school for students on Wednesday.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly this Tuesday from 8:00-8:45ish, in the CBMS gym.  Recognition of academic achievement and general involvement - all are welcome to attend!

Report Cards were sent home on Friday with students.  Please return the report card envelopes to school this week either during parent conferences or via the "backpack express".


Latest edition of the News & Viewsclick here


Information on Early Release Day afternoon offerings, Skating Lesson at the Ice Center, Dance  lessons at GMPA, Piano lessons, Gymnastics lessons at CVGA, and more....check out the E-Community Bulletin Board!

Stowe Ski/Ride Program - If you applied for this program, you should have heard back from the coordinators last week.  If you did not, please email skiandridevt@yahoo.com in order to check on the status of your child for this program.  

Join Operation: Military Kids as we celebrate the beginning of the winter season and learn about the art of printmaking! Work as a family to carve your own wintry designs onto a linoleum woodblock for printing. Use prints to make holiday cards for those in need, and then bring your blocks home for endless printing fun!
  • Who: Military families with kids of all ages. (PS: If you have someone you love in the Military, that’s you!)
  • Where: Waterbury, Vermont - location will be determined shortly!
  • Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
For more information please contact: Stephanie Atwood at 802-656-0346 orstephanie.atwood@uvm.edu to register. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Stephanie Atwood at 802-656-0346 or stephanie.atwood@uvm.edu by November 26, 2012 so we may assist you.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nov 11

Parent Conference Sign-ups are happening through this Friday, via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  100% participation is our goal!

7th and 8th Grade French Elective- The end of trimester 1 presents an opportunity for your 7th or 8th grader to drop French if desired.  These years are excellent ages for students to begin to "own" their own education, and engaging in a decision such as this presents a good opportunity in this area.  Please contact Jennie Hempey (jhempey@wdsdvt.net) if a change in schedule is desired.  

School Board meeting this Tuesday, beginning at 6PM in the CBMS Library.  Check the School Board website for agenda and related documents.  

Picture re-take day is this Friday!   Some notes on this:
  • Anyone can be photographed on Photo Re-Take Day.
  • If you ordered, but don’t like what you received, you must return your picture packet so that the barcode can be used again.
  •  If you didn't like the first picture, or you were absent on the first day, and would like to get your photo taken, you will just need to fill out a new order form - available at the CBMS office.  
  • LifeTouch can still take orders for the original picture day for up to a year, but there is a $7.50 shipping and handling charge.  The Website is: www.mylifetouch.com, and you will use the information from picture day...ID Number and Access code will be needed. 
  • If anyone has any issues LifeTouch is happy to help solve them. The LifeTouch office can be reached at 229-0299, and you should ask for Leslie or Rebecca.

An interesting article- How Not to Talk to Your Kids (The Inverse Power of Praise)http://nymag.com/news/features/27840/

The Washington West SU Seminar on school transformation that was cancelled on Oct 29th due to the storm has been RESCHEDULED for JANUARY 3RD, 2013 AT 6 P.M. in the Harwood Union Library.

The next Waterbury Public Library Teen Advisory Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from 3:30 - 5 PM If you are a student age 12 to 17 who would like to help the library choose new young adult books and plan programs and activities for teens, then come to the next Teen Advisory Group meeting and brainstorm some new ideas to make the library more teen friendly. Participation in the group can count towards required community service, or "Change the World" projects, and will look great on a college resume! Snacks provided. Contact Michelle@waterburypubliclibrary.com for more information, or call 244-7036.

News from the CBMS PTO 
  • FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - Thursday, Nov. 15th, the CBMS will be hosting a movie called "Speak Out for Understanding" that was created by HUHS students.  Students who created the movie will be here to answer questions and comment on the film process.  This film focuses on acceptance and tolerance, and has an inspiring message for students and adults.  Please join the PTO for the  movie and  starting at 6:30 PM.  Childcare will be provided.
  • WREATH & POINSETTIA SALE - The PTO Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is now going on.  All wreaths are $22.   Order forms were sent out last week.  Evergreen Gardens has changed the pickup days  to Nov. 30, Dec., 1, and 2.   NOTE:  PLEASE made sure the money collected for the wreaths is $22.   Click on the link to see the NEW order forms and letter.  Thank you for your support! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nov 5

Early Release Day this Wednesday, with dismissal beginning at 11:45.  The school-year calendar can be found on the CBMS Homepage.  

November's Menu can be found on the Cougar Cafe link!

Scheduling Parent Conferences- sign-ups will be on-line, and will open this weekend.  Look for details coming in the next few days.  

School pictures & i.d. cards will be distributed later this week.

News from the CBMS PTO 
  • FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - Thursday, Nov. 15th, the CBMS will be hosting a movie called "Speak Out for Understanding" that was created by HUHS students.  Students who created the movie will be here to answer questions and comment on the film process.  This film focuses on acceptance and tolerance, and has an inspiring message for students and adults.  Please join the PTO for the  movie and  starting at 6:30 PM.  Childcare will be provided.
  • WREATH & POINSETTIA SALE - The PTO Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is now going on.  All wreaths are $22.   Order forms were sent out last week.  Evergreen Gardens has changed the pickup days  to Nov. 30, Dec., 1, and 2.   NOTE:  PLEASE made sure the money collected for the wreaths is $22.   Click on the link to see the NEW order forms and letter.  Thank you for your support! 
8:30PM- Barefoot Truth plays in Vermont for the last time ever!  Higher Ground

Monday, October 29, 2012

Oct 29

Postponed! Tonight's Transforming Education in the WWSU session has been postponed due to Sandy, and will be rescheduled at a later date.

AlertNow is how we send out emergency information regarding school closures or early dismissals.  Alerts will be sent via both voicemail and e-mail. 

Parent Conferences for all grades will be happening on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th, between 3PM and 8PM.  Sign-ups will be done electronically, and details on this will be forthcoming. 

Thanks to those of you who attended our first-ever CBMS Math Night!  Some helpful links can be found on the CBMS homepage.  

This Thursday the CBMS Student Council is facilitating a School Spirit Day....students are invited to wear their favorite sports jersey!

Coming soon- CBMS PTO Poinsettia sale...stay tuned for details!


Election Day in Waterbury 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, even more so as families are still recovering from last year’s devastating flood.  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 for Waterbury residents will take place in the gym at Thatcher Brook Primary School.  As voters walk into the gym, volunteers will be there to collect canned goods, non-perishable food items or cash.  We appreciate and thank you for your help.  Mary Miller, Election Day Coordinator.


Hannah’s House is pleased to announce another parent educational workshop with Kevin Gallagher, LCMHC titled “Fostering Independence and Setting Boundaries” on November 7th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Waitsfield Elementary School. "Helping kids make mistakes while they are with you so they don't make them without you!” Elementary, Middle and High school age groups will be discussed with their unique movements toward independence. Workshop is free, and childcare will be provided. Hannah’s House, Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit in Waitsfield dedicated to helping support the emotional wellbeing of families. Hannah’s House has grants sponsoring our workshop series from National Life, NSB, VCF and TD Bank. For more information or to contact Nicole at 496.9715 or visit www.hannahshousevt.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oct 23

OM Meeting 2Nite! Anyone interested in being on a team, coaching a team, or just learning more so you can decide should come to a kickoff meeting Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the CBMS library.

Grades 5-8 Math Night this Thursday (Oct 25th) from 6:30-8PM.  CBMS math teachers and math coach Mary Abele-Austin will lead this session....come and learn more about the math programs at CBMS!  This event is for parents, and will happen in the Trish Feld Library.  


HELP WANTED!  - Joe Corbi Order Delivery is this Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4:30 - 6:30  PM at CBMS.  Parent volunteers are NEEDED to help!  To sign-up, please contact Missy Semprebon at 802-244-1918 or missy@calmontbeverage.com  

Grades 5/6 Fun Night this Friday (October 26), 7-9 PM.  Dressing up in Halloween garb is fine - no masks, please!  Click here to access more details and the permission slip.  $5 admission.

Checked out the E-Community Bulletin Board lately?  Click here!


Joe Corbi school orders are ending BUT orders can be taken online for a year and will be delivered directly to you by Joe Corbi. Joe Corbi is not just pizza.  Check out their whole product line, including wrapping paper!  All profits come back to YOUR school.  Link is on the CBMS homepage.

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.
The Waterbury Area Food Shelf and the Duxbury Elf Shelf (food shelf) can provide area residents with a “Holiday Food Box.”  The food box will contain items that may be used to prepare a holiday meal for families in need.
If your family is interested in receiving from either of these programs, please click here for more details, and return the completed form to school by Friday, November 09, 2012.  Forms will not be accepted after November 20, 2012.


CBMS After School Cross County Ski Program at Trapp's begins on December 20th.  Sign-up details can be found byclicking here!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Oct 18

2Night @ CBMS- PTO Family Move Night!  "Race to Nowhere" documentary and potluck (CLICK HERE to sign up to bring a dish) at CBMS.  Food served at 6:30, and the movie will begin at 6:45 with a running time of 85 minutes. No fee....come one and all!

2morrow Night @ CBMS- Grades 7 & 8 Dance.  7-9PM.  $5 admission.  

Next Friday night- Grades 5 & 6 Fun Night, hosted by the PTO...still looking for volunteers!  Please send in $5 and permission slips soonest. 

Joe Corbi school orders are ending BUT orders can be taken online for a year and will be delivered directly to you by Joe Corbi- link is on the CBMS homepage.

Cougar Spiritwear ordering deadline is this coming Monday, and orders should come into the office.   Call Missy Semprebon with questions- 802-244-1918.  

CBMS After School Cross County Ski Program at Trapp's begins on December 20th.  Sign-up details can be found by clicking here!

Ski/ Ride Program at Stowe Mountain Resort Seeks Donations of Equipment
The Waterbury/ Duxbury Sports for Life program is seeking donations of gently used skiing and riding equipment for our upcoming session for students at Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook Schools. Last years’ program was a huge success and we are expanding our participants by two fold. Our goal is to enroll all students who wish to participate, regardless of experience, financial concerns or disabilities. In order to succeed, we need to start accumulating equipment. All donations will be analyzed and tuned by a professional in the field. We will start an inventory to be used year after year. Please consider donating any of the following items you may want to pass along for a good cause. Upon donation you will receive a receipt with a federal ID # for your tax deduction needs.

Skiing Equipment should include any 120cm to 170cm skis, bindings, poles, boots and goggles. Snowboards should include any 90cm to 140cm boards, bindings, boots and goggles. We cannot accept any helmets. Donations may be dropped off at Thatcher Brook Primary School any time that school is in session. The donations may be left under the stairs in the main entrance. Those of you, who would like a receipt, please attach your name and mailing address to the donation and one will be mailed to you. Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, November 20th.


On behalf of all of our participants, thank you in advance for you donations. Please call Anne at 244-1843 or email skiandridevt@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

The Ski/Ride Program is also looking for volunteers to help lead groups on the mountain at Stowe.  Each volunteer will be required to take a 1-day training session at Stowe Mountain, which costs $45.  This training will be scheduled in December on a Saturday or Sunday.  The trained volunteer then will be able to lead a group on any or all of the Mondays that we do the program. You do not have to sign up for all the days......any help would be appreciated!  The volunteer will be in charge of leading a group on the mountain and the group will contain no more than 7 students.  Each time you volunteer you get a voucher to ski on another day at the mountain.  Volunteers need to be at the mountain on those Mondays from 12:45 until 4:30. If you think you could help us out please contact Leslie and Anne at skiandridevt@yahoo.com. Thank you!

School Photo Re-Take Day- November 16th-  Some notes on this:

  • Anyone can be photographed on Photo Re-Take Day.
  • If you ordered, but don’t like what you received, you must return your picture packet so that the barcode can be used again.
  •  If you didn't like the first picture, or you were absent on the first day, and would like to get your photo taken, you will just need to fill out a new order form - available at the CBMS office.  
  • LifeTouch can still take orders for the original picture day for up to a year, but there is a $7.50 shipping and handling charge.  The Website is: www.mylifetouch.com, and you will use the information from picture day...ID Number and Access code will be needed. 
  • If anyone has any issues LifeTouch is happy to help solve them. The LifeTouch office can be reached at 229-0299, and you should ask for Leslie or Rebecca.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Oct 12

2013 Stowe Mountain Ski and Ride Program Sign-Ups!  Time Sensitive! 

Interested in getting your child out onto the slopes of Stowe Mountain? We are offering the Stowe Ski and Ride program again this year to 3rd through 8th grade students. There will be a cap of 65 students for CBMS and it is first come, first serve.  Sign-ups begin Monday, October 15th and continue through the end of the day on Wednesday October 24th. To access the form, click here.  You can either send the form in with your child to school (deliver to the front office), or mail your sign up form to the school (CBMS, 5672 VT Route 100, Duxbury, VT  05676)  NO ELECTRONIC FORMS will be accepted. After we reach 65 students we will start a waiting list. If you send the form in with your child, please emphasize that he/she brings it in to the office as it is time sensitive.

After the list is firmed up we will then send out all the forms to fill out. The program this year will again cost around $90.00 per student and this pays for the pass and any and all program fees, including transportation. This fee does not pay for equipment. This is open to any and all students regardless of experience level, ability to pay, and/or physical disability.

This program will get your child up to the slopes for 8 Mondays starting January 7th and running through the end of March, weather dependent. It will also allow your child to ski/ride on Sundays and during February break.  Your child will be responsible for all classes missed, as we will be leaving school at 12:30pm and returning to Thatcher Brook for pick up between 5 and 5:30pm. If your child is interested please get your form in as soon as possible!  If you have any questions please email us at: skiandridevt@yahoo.com or call us at 244-1843.

Thank you!
Leslie Proteau and Anne Latulippe
Program Coordinators


PTO Movie Night & Potluck...please bring a hot dish to share with 10 others...no desserts please!  Race To Nowhere- Thursday, Oct 18th- beginning at 6:30PM in the Cougar Cafetorium.  Named one of the top 10 education documentaries by TakePart.com, "Race to Nowhere" is a film and call to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, and contributing citizens. Join a network of schools, colleges, corporations, hospitals, religious institutions and non-profits igniting the “Race to Nowhere” conversation nationwide. Trailer can be found by clicking here.  

Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS...next Friday, October 19th, from 7-9PM.  $5, and no permission slip needed.

Grades 5/6 Fun Night October 26, 7-9 PM
Dressing up in Halloween garb is fine - no masks, please!  Click here to access more details and the permission slip.


JOE CORBI PIZZA ORDERS are now due!  Deliver is set for Thursday, October 25th from 4-6 PM.


Want to help transform education in the WWSU?   Click here for details!

Time to kick off Odyssey of the Mind!
Calling all returning OMers and anyone who might want to learn more about Odyssey of the Mind! OM is a fun, extra-curricular creative problem-solving activity that keeps students busy from fall until March at least. Crossett Brook has participated in the state and national OM competitions for many years. It’s time to figure out teams for this year – no experience necessary. OM teams typically have 5-7 student members and one or two volunteer coaches. OM is for creative students who like to design and build things; those who enjoy art, acting and maybe even singing; people who like working with a group and especially enjoy a challenge.
Anyone interested in being on a team, coaching a team, or just learning more so you can decide should come to a kickoff meeting Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the CBMS library.
            OM includes students from kindergarten through college. Hundreds of teams from the U.S. and many other countries take part in World Finals every year. They begin by choosing from a list of problems to solve, working during the school year on a solution, and presenting their solutions at state contests. Winners qualify to compete at World Finals. Vermont’s state tournament will be held Saturday, March 23, at Champlain Valley Union High School. Problem descriptions are online at http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/. More information is on the Vermont OM website: http://vt.odysseyofthemind.org/.
            Questions? Contact Lisa Scagliotti, 244-1444, or lscagliotti@comcast.net. Please check in if you or your student is interested but cannot attend the Oct. 23 meeting.

The CBMS Lost & Found is growing....come and get 'em!

Are you a student aged 12 to 17 who would like to help the Waterbury Public Library choose new young adult books and plan programs and activities for teens? Then join the WPL Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and brainstorm some new ideas to make the library more teen friendly. Participation in the group can count towards required community service, or “Change the World” projects, and it will look great on a college resume! The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Tuesday, October 16 from 3:30-5 PM. Snacks will be provided!  
The next TAG meeting is scheduled for November 20 at the same time. For more information, contact Michelle at 244-7036, or email: michelle@waterburypubliclibrary.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oct 10

PTO Movie Night!  Race To Nowhere- Thursday, Oct 18th- beginning at 6:30PM in the Cougar Cafetorium.  Named one of the top 10 education documentaries by TakePart.com, "Race to Nowhere" is a film and call to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, and contributing citizens. Join a network of schools, colleges, corporations, hospitals, religious institutions and non-profits igniting the “Race to Nowhere” conversation nationwide. Trailer can be found by clicking here.  

For your calendars- CBMS Math Night- Thursday, Oct 25th- 6:30-8PM.  Bring your math thinking caps and be prepared to do some math and learn about our math programs!

On Columbus Day Monday, WWSU Staff was involved in an Inservice Day at HUHS, with a focus on brain research with Dr. Christian Jernstedt.  For more information on Dr. Jernstedt's work, click here.     

For those interested in the Red Cross Babysitting Class, please note that the October and November sessions are full. However a January class has been scheduled.  If there is enough interest, a class will also be scheduled after January 26th.  If interested please contact Mary Holden at Harwood- holdenm@harwood.org  


Letter from Superintendent Brigid Scheffert

Dear WWSU Parents and Faculty,

I am writing to follow up with you after receiving numerous email and phone messages expressing your concerns about the implementation of the new nutrition guidelines. As you are likely aware, schools and families around the country are truly struggling with these changes. More and more parents are reporting hungry kids and the increased need to send in snacks and second lunches to get students through the day.

I believe it will be difficult to get those in charge to understand the true impact. Much of the national press reports responses from officials indicating that the dissatisfaction is simply to be expected citing the transition period. They believe that all this fuss will simply go away in a few months because the students will adjust, and the food service directors will become more creative. USDA officials are suggesting that schools now provide after school snack programs and supper programs for our co-curricular students.

Here are some of the things we can do to both get the real messages to be heard and to get the legislation amended.
  1. Send me email messages (bscheffert@wwsu.org) of your detailed personal stories. Be specific as to how these changes are affecting your kids and family. I am creating a collection of all feedback.
  2. Send messages to legislators. Contact information is provided below. It is important that they understand the real magnitude of what is happening in Vermont.
  3. Send media pieces to local and state sources.
Parents and community members are asking what the consequences will be if we fail to fully comply with these new nutrition regulations. The answer is we simply do not know yet. It is important that we do not confuse receiving the “additional 6 cents on each meal” incentive with the requirements to meet the regulations. Whether or not we get certified and become eligible for the 6 cents, we will still need to meet the requirements. Vermont law requires each school board operating a public school to provide a food program that meets all the requirements of the National School Lunch Act. Therefore, I suppose if you don’t, one could conclude that you cannot operate a public school. Also, some or all of our federal dollars may be at risk, not just those dollars attached to our food programs. I am sure I will learn more over the next several weeks about the enforcement criteria and subsequent corrective actions.

I have scheduled a number of meetings and visits with officials. Our WWSU Executive Committee/Board will continue to discuss our food service situation, review our data over time, and determine our path of advocacy going forward. All of our correspondence, including my press release from last week, can be found on our website at www.wwsu.org. I will keep you posted throughout the year.

Sincerely,
Brigid Scheffert Superintendent of Schools


State Representatives & Senators:

Adam Greshin, Representative
611 Eurich Pond Rd., Warren, VT 05674

(802) 583-3223
adamgreshin@madriver.com

Senator Bill Doyle
186 Murray Rd., Montpelier , VT 05602 (802) 223-2851
wdoyle@leg.state.vt.us

Senator Ann Cummings
24 Colonial Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602 (802) 223-6043
acummings@leg.state.vt.us

US Representatives & Senators:

Representative Peter Welch
30 Main St., 3rd Floor, Suite 350 Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-2450
http://welch.house.gov/

Senator Pat Leahy
P.O. Box 933
87 State Street, Room 338 Montpelier, VT 05602

(802) 229-0569
http://www.leahy.senate.gov/

Maxine Grad, Representative
301 Paddy Hill Road, Moretown, VT 05660 (802) 496-7667
maxjg@wcvt.com

Senator Anthony Pollina
93 Story Rd., North Middlesex, VT 05682 (802) 229-5809

apollina@sover.net

Senator Bernie Sanders 1 Church St., 2nd Floor Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 862-0697
http://www.sanders.senate.gov/ 

Friday, October 5, 2012

October 5

No School for Students on Monday, Oct 8th, in honor of Columbus Day.  


Joe Corbi sales- final weekend!  Thanks for your continued effort with this PTO fundraising sale for CBMS.  This is the FINAL weekend to get out there and SELL!  All forms & $$ are due on October 10th.
     FAQs:
     1.  Money must be collected at the time of order.
     2.  Checks are made payable to CBMS.
     3.  Orders will be available for distribution around the end of October.


NECAP testing at CBMS is happening over the next two weeks [next week- Reading on Tuesday, Reading on Wednesday, Reading & Math on Thursday; the following week- Math on Tuesday, Math & Writing (gr 5, 8 only) on Wednesday, Writing (gr 5, 8 only) on Thursday].  Thanks in advance for doing everything you can to send your child to school well rested and well nourished!

WWSU Superintendent Brigid Scheffert has written a press release on the effects that the new federal nutrition guidelines have had on the food offerings in the WWSU schools.  We fully support Superintendent Scheffert's efforts in looking high and wide at the effect these guidelines are having on many schools in Vermont and in the United States.  From the WDSD perspective, Erika Dolan, WDSD Food Services Director, has had to make some adjustments based on these new regulations, but our experience this year in the Eagle Cafe and Cougar Cafe has continued to be very positive.  Our students are buying lunches in healthy numbers, and while the entrees might be marginally smaller due to caloric restrictions, the CBMS salad bar looks great and is an "all you can eat" affair.  Clearly these new federal guidelines have had a major impact on many schools, but through Erika Dolan's sensible and thoughtful leadership our students continue to enjoy wholesome, healthy, and filling meals in the WDSD.  Our hope is that Superintendent Scheffert's efforts in this arena will continue to allow us to keep the good eats coming in the WDSD for years to come!  To read the press release, click here.  

Change of date:  The HUMS 7th/8th Grade Dance originally scheduled for March 22nd dance has been moved to March 15th.

The October Cougar Cafe menu can be found online by clicking here.  





Lego Mindstorms NXT Robots for Beginners- Robots anyone? Have fun learning to build and program robots. You will work in pairs to design and build robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT Education building kits. You will use many different Lego building elements together with motors, gears and sensors to design and create unique robots. You will write a program using a computer to teach your robot to move and react in order to solve many challenges. Drive your robot on a challenging race course that might have some obstacles to maneuver around. But first you will need to learn to drive and earn a license. What will you do when your robot does not do what you want it to do? In
addition to having fun, you will learn about robots, programming, problem solving
and teamwork.

This is a 5 session, one-day-per-week, hands-on class with many challenging activities to introduce building and programming robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics Education kits. Students work in pairs learning how to solve problems while having fun learning about programming robots to perform tasks to meet a variety of challenges. There will be introduction instructions followed by hands on training activities leading to challenges to put what is learned into practice. Students will learn to build and program robots to drive straight, turn, backup, change speed, respond to connected sensors and solve problems when the robot does not act the way students want them to.

This class is for students with little to no prior experience with the Lego 
Mindstorms NXT Robot building kits. Students must be able to work in a team with other students and follow class rules.  Cost is $50/student.  This class is limited to 5th and 6th graders, and we hope to offer a 7th and 8th grade class later this year.  Class size is limited to 10 students, so sign up asap! To sign up, contact Cathy Knight (cknight@wdsdvt.net, 244-6100).  For questions, contact instructor Mike Maloney (vtwood@comcast.net244-7720).  

Last Week for After Irene Floodgates Art Project - October 5-7th are the last days for the After Irene Floodgates Art Project in the temporary gallery on Elm St. in downtown Waterbury. If you have not had a chance to view this exhibit, now is your chance. Hours for the remaining days are Friday, October 5th from 6-9PM, Saturday October 6th from 4-8PM, and Sunday October 7th with extended hours from 10AM to 5PM. Artists in the show range from ages 3 - 80 something. More than 250 school children, neighbors, flood-affected folks, volunteers, professional artists, etc. all contributed to this amazing project that tells individual stories of Irene and its aftermath. Thanks again to Jeffrey and Maryanne Larkin for donating this space to display this body of work. After Irene was organized by Revitalizing Waterbury with support from the Episcopal Church of Vermont. More information at www.revitalizingwaterbury.org.


WDSD School Board Meeting- TUESDAY October 9, 2012CBMS Library 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 IV. DISCUSSION (90 minutes)
A. Sports For Life Task Force update
B. Community Bike Path- discussion on easement on State Farm Land
C. Budget for 13-14- initial discussion
D. CBMS PTO- 501C(3) status
E. School to Home Communications Update- Ellen D.
F. Additional Solar at CBMS

7:40 IV. PRINCIPALS REPORT - Board Feedback (10 minutes)
  1. Written Report and Recommendations
7:50 V. WWSU REPORTS (10 minutes)
  1. Superintendent’s report
8:00 VI. OTHER BUSINESS (5 minutes)

8:05 VII. ACTION ITEMS (10 minutes)
  1. Board Minutes (9/11/12)
  2. Board Orders
  3. Principal’s report action items
8:15 VIII. CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (November 13th, 2012 @ CBMS)
Main Topics: Budget
8:20 IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue

9:00 XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss negotiations

ADJOURNMENT