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

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  

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 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 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:, 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: 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 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, "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 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 More information is on the Vermont OM website:
            Questions? Contact Lisa Scagliotti, 244-1444, or 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:

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, "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-  

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 ( 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 I will keep you posted throughout the year.

Brigid Scheffert Superintendent of Schools

State Representatives & Senators:

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

(802) 583-3223

Senator Bill Doyle
186 Murray Rd., Montpelier , VT 05602 (802) 223-2851

Senator Ann Cummings
24 Colonial Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602 (802) 223-6043

US Representatives & Senators:

Representative Peter Welch
30 Main St., 3rd Floor, Suite 350 Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-2450

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

(802) 229-0569

Maxine Grad, Representative
301 Paddy Hill Road, Moretown, VT 05660 (802) 496-7667

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

Senator Bernie Sanders 1 Church St., 2nd Floor Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 862-0697 

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.
     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 (, 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

WDSD School Board Meeting- TUESDAY October 9, 2012CBMS Library 6:00 p.m.


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
Main Topics: Budget
8:20 IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss personnel issue

9:00 XI. EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss negotiations