Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feb 23

Tonight!  PTO-sponsored Internet Safety Parent Night, with WDSD Technology Coordinator Eric Hall.  Join us in the CBMS Trish Feld Library for this enlightening session, beginning at 6PM.

Please take a minute to check your child's lunch bill on PowerSchool, and make every effort to get the balance in the plus range by sending in a check as needed.

Winter Carnival at CBMS is tomorrow (Friday).  Because of the dicey weather forecast, we will be taking a bus to the Ice Center, and all other events will be held inside the CBMS building.  Remember to send your child in with his/her skates or $3 to rent skates, and appropriate dress for skating. 

Grades 5/6 Basketball Tournament this Saturday!  The Crossett Brook 5/6 Boys Basketball teams are hosting a tournament to raise funds for the trip to Ferry Beach.  The tournament will be held at the CBMS Gym starting at 9:00AM on Saturday, February 25th.  Come cheer on the CBMS teams!

Spring Parent Conferences are coming on Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th, after school and into the evening each day. Sign-ups will be again done via the Internet, beginning Saturday, March 3rd through Saturday March 10th.  The link to sign up for conferences can be found on the CBMS Homepage.

May your February Breaks be special!  Note that the CBMS office will be open next week during normal business hours.   Students are due back to school at 7:45AM on Wednesday, March 7th.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Feb 20

Lots of Spirit at CBMS this week, including "Red, White, and Blue" day on Tuesday (clothes to match the colors), "Summer Wear" day on Wednesday (no bathing suits, please!), and "Pajama Day" on Thursday!  Friday is Winter Carnival Day, and we will definitely be going skating (although the rain in the forecast may force other events inside).  Send your child into school on Friday with skates or $3 for skate rentals, and weather-appropriate clothing.  GO COUGARS!

Spring Parent Conferences are coming on Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th, after school and into the evening each day. Sign-ups will be again done via the Internet, beginning Saturday, March 3rd through Saturday March 10th.  The link to sign up for conferences can be found on the CBMS Homepage.

CBMS Yearbook Notes
  • We want your photos! To make it easy to send them to us, we’ve created a link to a Photo Dropbox on the CBMS website, located right under the link to order your yearbook. Just click on it, enter password “cougars” and remember to name the photofile so that we don’t see just a camera file name. We’ve discovered that if Dropbox sees any photo files with the same name, it will replace that photo with the latest photo.
  • If you have many photos to pass to us, consider bringing the memory card to Tom Matt, yearbook advisor, and he will upload it and return it the next day.
  • Please order your yearbook soon as Friday, 2/24 is the last day to order a yearbook at the $25/each price. After Friday, the price will be $30/each.
  • When ordering your own yearbook, we are also offering the option to purchase an additional yearbook to donate to Irene flood victims; we’ve made it easy with a box to check on either the online or paper form.

Looking for Laptops- We are looking to obtain laptops for the Lego robotics enrichment activities at both CBMS and TBPS.  Laptops will allow the robotics program to be independent of the school network and computers, which do not easily support the robotics software. Perhaps you or your business recently upgraded a laptop and you were wondering what to do with your old one. We can use most any working windows based laptop with an AC adaptor. Laptops with your contact information can be dropped off at either CBMS or TBPS main offices to the attention of Mike Maloney. Or you can contact Mike Maloney ( 244-7720) to arrange pick up. Please consider donating an unused but, working laptop. Thank you!

Harwood Youth Lacrosse Sign-ups- Time to think spring and the “Fastest Game on Two Feet.” Registration for Harwood Youth Lacrosse program is available at for middle school boys and girls in grades 5th through 8th.   Harwood Youth Lacrosse fields two boys team (girls are welcome also) in the Northern Vermont Youth Lacrosse League (, one each at the U13 and U15 levels. Practice is typically twice a week at Crossett Brook Middle School. Games are played, jamboree style, on Saturdays, May through early June. Questions? Call David Lyons at 233-8031.  Be a part of the fastest growing sport in America!

Hypnotism @ HUHS to benefit Harwood Project GraduationDr. Steve Taubman, “Master of Misperception in Hypnosis and Beyond”   Back at Harwood by popular demand on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 pm.  Advance Adult ticket $9; Ages 12 and under $7.  At the door, Adult ticket $10, Ages 12 and under $8.  Get advance tickets at The Warren Store, The Lee-Parrish Gallery in Waitsfield Village, The Stowe Street Emporium, and The Waterbury Pharmacy.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Feb 15

2Nite - 6:30PM CBMS PTO Meeting in the office conference room....all are invited and welcome!

2Nite- 7PM- Grades 7/8 Band and Chorus Concert- combined CBMS and HUMS- in the Harwood auditorium...y'all come!

Thursday, Feb 23rd- 6-7:30PM- PTO-sponsored Internet Safety Parent Education in the CBMS Computer Lab.  Join CBMS Technology Coordinator Eric Hall to discuss how to help keep your children safe on the World Wide Web.  All are welcome and invited!

February Break Gymnastics Camps, Ice Center Skating Lessons, and more....check out the E-Bulletin Board!

Joe Corbi Fundraiser is ongoing via the here for details on how to order, and thanks for your continued support of the CBMS PTO!

    The Community Recovery Fair is this Thursday night at TBPS. This is the culmination of the Long-Term Community Recovery (LTCR) process led by FEMA to help steer the Waterbury area in a good direction to move on after the flood. There are 19 project proposals for people to take a look at and have a say in what you think is most important. The topics range widely from flood-proofing important infrastructure, relocating the town offices, attention to the arts and recreation, boosting our affordable housing stock, even helping the displaced child care/preschool operations get back to permanent homes. Hosted by the Village Trustees and Waterbury Select Board who along with the FEMA team really want to hear public opinion!! 
    WHO: Everyone in the community WHEN: Thurs., Feb. 16 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Thatcher Brook Primary School Gym
    Come view project proposals and mark a "Pasport to the Future" ballot for the ones you like best. (even kids can vote) Designed as a “drop-in” event to see the project ideas, vote, enjoy some refreshments and entertainment. Children welcome. (child care not provided, however)
CBMS PTO - Looking for volunteers to help out with the Basketball Tournament coming up in February!  The Crossett Brook 5/6 Boys Basketball teams are hosting a tournament to raise funds for the trip to Ferry Beach.  The tournament will be hosted at the CBMS Gym starting at 9:00AM on Saturday, February 25th.   We are looking for volunteers to staff the admissions table, concession stand, and to sell 50/50 raffle tickets.  Please sign up for one of the following by e-mailing Stacy Grandfield at :

  • Admissions- Admission tickets – we need two volunteers for each hour between 9-6
  • 50/50 raffle ticket sales – we need one volunteer to sell tickets for each hour between 9-6
  • Concessions Table – we need two volunteers for each hour between 9-6
  • Food – we need parents to help prepare food for the concessions.  (Chili, drinks, snacks and desserts)
  • Runners – we will need people to help transport food from the cafeteria to the gym side of building through out the day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Feb 11

Checked your child's lunch bill lately?  Powerschool is the place, and thanks for keeping all lunch bills well into the positive range!

5th and 6th Grade Wrestling will be starting on February 14 at 6 PM in the Harwood Union gym.  Anyone with questions may contact Kevin Streeter at 802-496-5964

Custodial position opening- We currently are looking for a substitute custodian on the night shift- 2:30-11PM.  Pay is $10/hour, with no other benefits.  If you know someone who is responsible and interested, please have them contact Tom Drake- or 244-6100.

HUMS Exchange- a reminder to next year's 7th and 8th grade parents that the deadline for consideration for your child to attend Harwood Union Middle School is March 5th.  If you would like to make this request, contact Lisa Atwood, interim Harwood Principal, at or 244-5186.

Vermont's Poet Laureate Sydney Lea will be speaking at the CBMS Library on Thursday, Feb 16th at 7PM.  Sponsored by the Waterbury Public Library.


TUESDAY February 14, 2012- CBMS- 6PM


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. PTO Updates- TBPS- Patty Mckibben; CBMS- Stacy Gibson-Grandfield
B. FEAT- process, future steps for 11-12 FEAT initiatives, future FEAT groups
C.  Leave of Absence request guidelines

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 (1/25/11)
B.    Board Orders
C.   Principal’s report action items

8:25            VIII.              CONFIRM TOPICS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA (March 13, 2012 @ TBPS)
Main Topics: Board reorganization, Issue staff contracts if April meeting is too late, Leave of Absence requests – review

8:30            IX.             EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Feb 5

Early Release Day this Wednesday! 

Velocity for Boys @ CBMS! Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is proud to announce that Velocity is coming to CBMS this Spring! The goals of the overall program are:
  •  To encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for Middle School boys.
  • To give boys an opportunity to try new fitness activities in a non-competitive, boys-only setting
  • To help boys build confidence and communication skills, as they bond with mentors and other participants
By creating six different activity modules, each with a corresponding lesson, we will give boys a chance to try out an activity without making a major commitment to it. Past activities include mountain biking, break-dancing, fencing, ropes course adventures, frisbee golf, orienteering, hiking and we’re always looking for new activities.  It is our goal to help each boy find at least one activity he really enjoys, and continue with it, remaining active in the future.
This year, we are offering Velocity at eight Vermont schools, including CBMS. Attached you will find a permission form for the overall program, which requests permission regarding transportation to various sites, a photo release, and some emergency contact information. 

The program will tentatively run on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30, beginning April 12th and running through May 24th. The program costs $60 per child, and some scholarship money may be available upon request.  Checks should be made to "Velocity BCBSVT", and sent with the permission slip to the CBMS office. Contact Dan Gratton, the CBMS Velocity coordinator, to learn more… or 244-6100 x122.   This program is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come/first served basis.  Velocity permission slip can be accessed by clicking here

Chill Out Zone at Lunches this week!  As a result of the large number of earned Respectiles lately, students have earned the right to use electronic devices in the Cougar Cafe this week.  If your child is going to bring electronics in, please have a conversation with your child to ensure personal responsibility with their personal digital devices!

Wondering what is being served in the Cougar Cafe?  Menus are always posted online, click here to access the February Cougar Cafe Menu.

Shop at Price Chopper or Shaw's?  Labels for Education helps bring schools supplies and more.  It is easy to register your shopper card, and more information can be found at

On Monday, February 6, 2012, the Main Street Middle School in Montpelier will be hosting a parenting presentation offered by Vicki Hoefle of Parenting On Track. The presentation is free, will run for two hours, and is open to everyone.  Click here for details.

Learn to Type at Home!  Typing Pal is an online typing tutor that CBMS subscribes here to access.

Grades 7/8 Dance this Friday night at CBMS...7-9PM.  $5.