Friday, December 20, 2013

Dec 20

Upcoming Dates of Note   
  • Winter begins-  Dec 21 at 12:11PM
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2nd)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th

Solar Array Time lapse...pretty cool!  Click here to view.

7th Grade Parents- a friendly reminder that Lift-Up Letters are due to Ms. Hempey by January 27th!

CBMS Office open over break- With the exceptions of Dec 24, 25, and Jan 1, the CBMS office will be open over the coming break if you have any school business.  If you want to make sure that Ellen is there before coming in, call ahead at 244-6100.  

The Important Thing: Emergent Curriculum- from CBMS Art Teacher Nan Hathaway  

What's “The Important Thing” students need to know and be able to do – in ART?  The idea of looking at learning by examining “Important Thing” is one I borrowed from Margaret Wise Brown's (1949) The Important Book. Given all the possibilities for things to teach about, how does a teacher discern that which is most “important” for each grade level or each individual learner? Yes there are national, state and local standards to guide the work, but when you get right down to it, there is a whole world of art and only about 40 hours in which to teach it each year. 

By asking what is “important” about a topic, idea, technique, art style or vocabulary word, the art teacher can focus on those things which are most useful, informative or inspiring. This is the starting place for curriculum design: present to all students only that which is most important. Keep it short and to the point, then elaborate later, for those who want to go deeper. And the rest who are not delving deeper into the topic you raised? Watch them and listen. Look for ideas, themes and topics that emerge from student inquiry. Take that and develop it further, “framing it” for students. Developing themes derived from student's interests is called “emergent curriculum,” and is the heart and soul of the Choice-Based art curriculum at CBMS.

Monday, January 20th is MLK, Jr. Day, and we do not have school on this day.  It is also a day dedicated to service, and the 35 AmericaCorps volunteers in Vermont are focusing their efforts on the Waterbury/Duxbury area that day.  They are looking for ideas, for help, and for students looking to serve!  So far, the "idea list" (simply ideas right now) includes:
  • Working at the Waterbury Senior Center (Shelf Building, Leveling Basement ground/ covering basement ground, Packing Meals for Meals on Wheels, Clean Walk- Shovel sidewalks of the elderly)
  • Working with the Childrens Literacy Foundation (CliF) - Sorting and Packing books to ship to children in need
  • Creating snowshoe trails near the Ice Center
  • Painting an MLK Mural or Banner somewhere in the area  
More details can be found by clicking here.  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dec 15

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- Thursday, Dec 19th.  
  • Winter begins-  Dec 21 at 12:11PM
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th

Room for more!  CBMS X-Country Ski Program at Trapp's - Thursday afternoons beginning on December 19th- click here to access all the info on this program.

Artist in Residence @ CBMS this week! Scott Paulson from Island Time Steel Drums will be working with all CBMS students this week, generating the sounds of the Caribbean.  We will end the week with a school performance on Friday, beginning at 1:30.  All are welcome to come and join the fun!  Funding for this residency is coming via the Burnham Trust.  

Solar Array is now online!  Governor Shumlin and Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell threw the switch on our new solar array on Thursday.  Click here to see the data from this new array (we are still working to combine the data from the original rooftop array into this website).  

Tuesday, December 17th @ HUHS- 6PM- Supporting our Youth Series: The Hungry Heart  Come join your community for a presentation of a film about prescription drug addiction in Vermont.  Panel discussion will include the film's director, Bess O'Brien and cast members in recovery. This film has gotten rave reviews from other schools and communities who have viewed and held similar discussions. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dec 8

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Cinderella on stage at CBMS!  Tuesday, Dec 10th and Wednesday, Dec 11th- 6:30PM ($3 per student, $8 per adult)
  • WDSD School Board meeting- Tuesday, Dec 10th, 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • Early Release Day - Wednesday, Dec 11th  (Please note that Harwood students do not have school on this day, but TBPS and CBMS have school as normal on an Early Release Day until our 11:50AM dismissal)
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM
  • Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- Thursday, Dec 19th
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th

Winter Fencing at CBMS starts on December 12th....see the E-Community Bulletin Board for details!


Tuesday, December 17th @ HUHS- 6PM- Supporting our Youth Series: The Hungry Heart  Come join your community for a presentation of a film about prescription drug addiction in Vermont.  This will follow the same presentation held at the school during the day and will provide a nice opportunity to dialogue with your children around this shared experience. Panel discussion will include the film's director, Bess O'Brien and cast members in recovery. This film has gotten rave reviews from other schools and communities who have viewed and held similar discussions. 


Music Offers a Boost to Education in Low-SES Environments, By Kayt Sukel  December 02, 2013

Socioeconomic status (SES), the standardized measure of a person’s social and economic standing as it relates to others, has long been correlated with cognitive and educational outcomes. A child raised in a lower SES household is more likely to show more diminished abilities in language, memory, and cognitive development than his or her higher-SES peers. For decades, educators have looked for different interventions that might offset this disadvantage—including music programs. Now, researchers at Northwestern University have demonstrated that just two years of musical training in high school may offer some assistance.  See the full story by clicking here.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec 3

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- Friday, Dec 6- 7-9PM
  • River of Light Lantern Parade- Saturday, Dec 7- 4:30
  • Cinderella on stage at CBMS!  Tuesday, Dec 10th and Wednesday, Dec 11th- 6:30PM ($3 per student, $8 per adult)
  • WDSD School Board meeting- Tuesday, Dec 10th, 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • Early Release Day - Wednesday, Dec 11th
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM
  • Trapp's Cross Country Ski Program begins- Thursday, Dec 19th
  • School Break- Dec 23rd - January 1 (school resumes on January 2)
  • Stowe Ski/Ride Program begins- Wednesday, January 8th
This Friday Night is Grades 5/6 Fun Night - 7-9PM - $5 and a Permission Slip for admission- click here to access the permission slip!  Parents- please note that we need 10 more chaperones in order to make this event a "go"!

December Cougar Cafe Menu is now online

Grades 5-8- CBMS X-Country Ski Program at Trapp's - Thursday afternoons beginning on December 19th- click here to access all the info on this program.

Calling all past lantern makers for the River of Light! We would love to have you join this year's procession on Saturday, December 7th. Bring your lantern to TBPS between 4:00-4:30 PMGet a new light OR exchange your batteries for your old light! Let's reuse what we have.  This year we will begin at TBPS, head up Stowe St., and right on Main St. to Dac Rowe field for a community bonfire. Dress WARMLY - with hats and gloves. Questions?  Contact MK Monley - mmonley@wwsu.org  Up to date information can be found by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

Supporting our Youth Series: The Hungry Heart - Come join your community for a presentation of a film about prescription drug addiction in Vermont.  This will follow the same presentation held at HUHS during the day and will provide a nice opportunity to dialogue with your high school children around this shared experience. Panel discussion will include the film's director, Bess O'Brien and cast members in recovery. This film has gotten rave reviews from other schools and communities who have viewed and held similar discussions.  Harwood Union High School-Library.
Wednesday, December 18th, 6pm

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nov 24

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Parent Conferences- Nov 25, 26
  • Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Tuesday, Nov 26th- 8AM 
  • Thanksgiving Break- Nov 27-29
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- Friday, Dec 6- 7-9PM
  • River of Light Lantern Parade- Saturday, Dec 7- 4:30
  • Cinderella on stage at CBMS!  Tuesday, Dec 10th and Wednesday, Dec 11th- 6:30PM ($3 per student, $8 per adult)
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM
Dinner Is Served!  Make it an evening out, by joining us in the CBMS cafeteria for dinner and a bit of socializing either before or after your parent/teacher conference. The PTO will be providing dinner during the conferences from 5-7PM on both Monday and Tuesday this week. We will be serving pizza (cheese or pepperoni), salad and drinks for $5.00 a person. Hope to see you there! We are looking for 2 volunteers each night to help us serve the meal. If you are able to help out for all or part of the night, please contact Gayle Moskowitz at bgmosk@myfairpoint.net.

Ooops...forgot to get your wreath and poinsettia order form in?  Have no fear...Thanks to the generous support of Evergreen Gardens we are able to extend the deadline through the Thanksgiving break to Dec 2nd!  We thank all the students and parents who have already contributed to the sale.  Here is an opportunity to offer local wreaths and lovely poinsettias, as well as tasty chocolates, to friends and family over the holiday.  Need another order form?  Click here!  Thank you to Evergreen Gardens and our supportive Cougar community!

CBMS bottle collection on Monday.  Please send your child to school with returnable bottles and cans, and have them place them in the large trash can in the lobby with pictures of cats and dogs on the front. All proceeds will go to the Central Vermont Humane Society.


Grades 5-8- CBMS X-Country Ski Program at Trapp's - Thursday afternoons beginning on December 19th- click here to access all the info on this program.


Calling all past lantern makers for the River of Light! We would love to have you join this year's procession on Saturday, December 7th. Bring your lantern to TBPS between 4:00-4:30 PMGet a new light OR exchange your batteries for your old light! Let's reuse what we have.  This year we will begin at TBPS, head up Stowe St., and right on Main St. to Dac Rowe field for a community bonfire. Dress WARMLY - with hats and gloves. Questions?  Contact MK Monley - mmonley@wwsu.org  Up to date information can be found by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nov 19

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Sign-ups for Parent Conferences close- Wednesday, Nov 20
  • This Wednesday Night!  CBMS Concert- Wednesday, Nov 20- 5-8 Band and Chorus- 7PM start
  • Trimester 1 Report Cards coming home with students- Friday, Nov 22
  • Parent Conferences- Nov 25, 26
  • Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Tuesday, Nov 26th- 8AM 
  • Thanksgiving Break- Nov 27-29
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- Friday, Dec 6- 7-9PM
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM

Parent Conference sign-ups close at midnight this Wednesday!  Our goal is to have 100% of our students represented at conferences.  Sign up by clicking here, or by calling Dona in the CBMS office at 244-6100.  


Lego Robotic Club for 5th-7th graders who have not taken this class before...next session starts on Nov 25th!  More info the the e-sign up form can be found on the PTO website- click here to access. 

Dinner Is Served!  Make it an evening out, by joining us in the CBMS cafeteria for dinner and a bit of socializing either before or after your parent/teacher conference. The PTO will be providing dinner during the conferences from 5-7 on both Monday & Tuesday, November 25th 26th. We will be serving pizza (cheese or pepperoni), salad and drinks for $5.00 a person. Hope to see you there!  We are looking for 2 volunteers each night to help us serve the meal. If you are able to help out for all or part of the night, please contact Gayle Moskowitz at bgmosk@myfairpoint.net.  Spirit wear will also be available for purchase during conferences in the cafeteria.

Changing the World - Peanut Butter & Jelly food drive for the Waterbury Food Shelf is happening from November 18th to the 22nd. Collections happening in the CBMS Main Lobby, and all donations are most welcome!


Do you like to build?  Want to learn how to use tools like hand saws, hammers, and planes?  Come join Saw Mill Studios for a woodworking class!  We will teach you how to build a toolbox and then you can chose to build a variety of other projects that we offer.  There are no power tools in this class.  The class is being offered for 5 sessions on Tuesdays - Dec 10, 17, Jan 7, 14 and 21 from 2:30 to 4 pm.  Cost is: $110.  To sign up, click here.

Fun Night - Another 5th and 6th grade Fun Night is fast approaching! Mark your calendar for Friday, December 6.
There are a few changes from previous Fun Nights:
  • permission/volunteer form is now online. Click here to take you to the permission/volunteer form on the PTO website. There will be no paper copies going home.
  • the $5.00 admission will now be collected at the door.
Please register no later then Wednesday, December 4th.   In order to make this event possible, we need a minimum of 55 students and 12 chaperones. Please contact Gayle Moskowitz at bgmosk@myfairpoint.net if you have any questions.

From Superintendent Brigid Scheffert:  I am writing to let you know that I have developed a blog. Please remember I am a novice, and it will likely take me some time to pick up the pace. All feedback is welcome. My blog address is: scheffertssharing.blogspot.com

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nov 15

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Sign-ups for Parent Conferences close- Wednesday, Nov 20
  • CBMS Concert- Wednesday, Nov 20- 5-8 Band and Chorus- 7PM start
  • Trimester 1 Report Cards coming home with students- Friday, Nov 22
  • Parent Conferences- Nov 25, 26
  • Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Tuesday, Nov 26th- 8AM 
  • Thanksgiving Break- Nov 27-29
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- Friday, Dec 6- 7-9PM
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM

CBMS School Counselor Jennie Hempey wrote a nice piece on "Bullying versus Bad Behavior" in conjunction with the PTO showing of "Bully" last week.   Click here to access.  

Grades 5/6 "Freestyle Fridays"...Learn to Skate Ski at Dac Rowe!  For more information, click here

Looking for 4 more enrollees!  Lego Robotic Club for 5th-7th graders who have not taken this class before...next session starts on Nov 18th!  More info the the e-sign up form can be found on the PTO website- click here to access.  

Parent Conferences- E-sign ups are now open, and close next Wednesday.  Sign up via the link on the CBMS homepage.  We urge you to bring your learners to these conferences!  CBMS Spring Conferences will all be student-lead, and getting your child used to coming to conferences is a really good idea!

Deadline is this Friday! Community Holiday Programs for Families in Need - 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. Additionally, the Merchants Bank Waterbury branch will display a “Holiday Giving Tree” for area children and senior citizens.  Community members will either purchase or make a gift for an anonymous child (according to the age, gender, and size provided).  Waterbury and Duxbury residents with children enrolled in grades Pre K- 8 are eligible to participate.  The gifts for the children will be delivered to Thatcher Brook Primary School and will be available for pick up by a parent or guardian on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If your family is interested in receiving from either of these programs, please return the completed form to school by Friday, November 08, 2012.  Forms will not be accepted after November 15, 2013. Click here for more information.

IMG_0374.JPGCBMS students recently planted seven sugar maple trees donated by the Duxbury Land Trust. They worked with state wetlands coordinator Alan Quackenbush to plant the trees properly to help support the bank of Crossett Brook and shade the outdoor classroom. The students researched tree species and chose the sugar maple since it is Vermont’s state tree. The students will also be taking care of the trees as part of a service learning project.

The Interact club at Harwood Union High School is holding their annual Gifts of Kindness donation drive. They are collecting donations such as: clothing, outerwear, toys, electronics, boots, and toiletries which will be donated to the Good Samaritan House in Barre. All donations are greatly appreciated, and they can be placed in the large box in the main lobby. If you have any questions, please contact RJ Hommel at rj.hommel@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for any and all donations!



Dear Washington County Schools,

THERE IS ONLY 1 MORE DAY FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP TO RECEIVE TOYS FOR TOTS.

Our Sole distributor this year is going to be The Salvation Army of Washington County

Here is how the program will work:
  1. Families need to live in Washington County
  2. The Children need to live in the household of whomever is signing up.
  3. To sign up they need to go to The Salvation Army of Washington County's main office
    Located: 25 Keith Ave., Barre 05641  / 802-476-5301

    [CLICK HERE FOR A MAP TO THE SALVATION ARMY IN BARRE]
If families don't sign up - they won't get toys!
LAST DAY TO SIGN UP IS:
    1. Monday December 2nd – 10 am to noon
Distribution will be on Friday Dec 20th
When Folks sign up, you will be given an number and a time to come and get your toys, clothes & gift cards for food on Dec. 20th. You will be given the address for the warehouse at this time.
If you have any questions or concerts, please don't hesitate to contact me.
All My Best,
Amy Mattinat
Toys for Tots Coordinator of Washington County VT
phone = 522-5990
email = amy@autocraftsmen.com
Website = www.vttoysfortots.com

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nov 12

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • Orders due this Friday!  PTO Wreath and Poinsettia Sale- Nov 1-15  (If this deadline is an issue, please contact Carrie at dessureauc@yahoo.com or 244-7262)
  • 2Nite- School Board Meeting- Tuesday, Nov 12 - 6PM - CBMS library
  • 2Morrow!  Sign-ups for Parent Conferences open- Wednesday, Nov 13- directions below.  
  • 2Morrow!  7/8 Basketball Parent/Athlete Meeting- 5:30 in CBMS Cafeteria
  • 2Morrow!  PTO Meeting- Wednesday, Nov 13- 6:30PM - CBMS library
  • Sign-ups for Parent Conferences close- Wednesday, Nov 20
  • CBMS Concert- Wednesday, Nov 20- 5-8 Band and Chorus- 7PM start
  • Trimester 1 Report Cards coming home with students- Friday, Nov 22
  • Parent Conferences- Nov 25, 26
  • Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Tuesday, Nov 26th- 8AM 
  • Thanksgiving Break- Nov 27-29
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- Friday, Dec 6- 7-9PM
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM

Tonight!  5/6 Basketball Open Gym: 
• Boys 6:00-7:00

• Girls 7:00-8:00

Please bring sneakers and signed paperwork.



Thanksgiving Dinner comes early to the Cougar Cafe!  Parents are welcome, and reservations should be made by the latest Thursday 8am by contacting the CBMS Office at 244-6100 or dculver@wwsu.org


The Fall round of parent conferences will be happening in the afternoons and evenings of Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th.  Parent Conference sign-ups open up on-line on Wednesday, November 13th, and close at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 20th, and you can access that system via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  The password for CBMS is "cbms".   Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions are as follows: 

  1. Visit the school’s homepage  (http://cbms.wwsu.org/) 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. Click on the "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 Dona Culver (dculver@wwsu.org) or Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org), or phone the school at 244-6100.




Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nov 7

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • PTO Wreath and Poinsettia Sale- Nov 1-15
  • 2Nite!  PTO Screening of "Bully"- CBMS Library- Thursday, Nov 7th- 6:30-8:30PM
  • School Board Meeting- Tuesday, Nov 12 - 6PM - CBMS library
  • Sign-ups for Parent Conferences open- Wednesday, Nov 13
  • PTO Meeting- Wednesday, Nov 13- 6:30PM - CBMS library
  • Sign-ups for Parent Conferences close- Wednesday, Nov 20
  • CBMS Concert- Wednesday, Nov 20- 5-8 Band and Chorus- 7PM start
  • Trimester 1 Report Cards coming home with students- Friday, Nov 22
  • Parent Conferences- Nov 25, 26
  • Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Tuesday, Nov 26th- 8AM 
  • Thanksgiving Break- Nov 27-29
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6
  • Grades 5/6 Fun Night- Friday, Dec 6- 7-9PM
  • Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- Friday, Dec 13- 7-9PM

The Fall round of parent conferences will be happening in the afternoons and evenings of Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th.  Parent Conference sign-ups open up on-line on Wednesday, November 13th, and close at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 20th, and you can access that system via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  The password for CBMS is "cbms".   Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions are as follows: 
  1. Visit the school’s homepage  (http://cbms.wwsu.org/) 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. Click on the "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 Dona Culver (dculver@wwsu.org) or Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org), or phone the school at 244-6100.

Back Packs Get Heavier in Cold Weather!  Here are some timely tips for Back Pack Safety.

Lego Robotic Club for 5th-7th graders who have not taken this class before...next session starts on Nov 18th!  More info the the e-sign up form can be found on the PTO website- click here to access.  


Community Holiday Programs for Families in Need - 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. Additionally, the Merchants Bank Waterbury branch will display a “Holiday Giving Tree” for area children and senior citizens.  Community members will either purchase or make a gift for an anonymous child (according to the age, gender, and size provided).  Waterbury and Duxbury residents with children enrolled in grades Pre K- 8 are eligible to participate.  The gifts for the children will be delivered to Thatcher Brook Primary School and will be available for pick up by a parent or guardian on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If your family is interested in receiving from either of these programs, please return the completed form to school by Friday, November 08, 2012.  Forms will not be accepted after November 15, 2013. Click here for more information.

Thanksgiving Apple Pie Fundraiser - Senior Girl Scout troop 30028, along with several CBMS Change the World students, are selling apple pies to benefit the local food shelves and the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund.  Made with local VT apples and fully homemade crusts, they are only $13 each.  Pie pick up is Saturday, Nov. 23 from 4-6PM at the Waterbury Congregational Church.  Please email kimbelongia@yahoo.com to place your Thanksgiving pie order before they sell out!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Nov 1

Upcoming Dates of Note  
  • PTO Wreath and Poinsettia Sale- Nov 1-15
  • Early Release Day (noon dismissal)- Wednesday, Nov 6
  • PTO Screening of "Bully"- CBMS cafeteria- Thursday, Nov 7th- 6:30-8:30PM
  • School Board Meeting- Tuesday, Nov 12 - 6PM - CBMS library
  • PTO Meeting- Wednesday, Nov 13- 6:30PM - CBMS library
  • CBMS Concert- Wednesday, Nov 20- 5-8 Band and Chorus- 7PM start
  • Trimester 1 Report Cards coming home with students- Friday, Nov 22
  • Parent Conferences- Nov 25, 26
  • Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Tuesday, Nov 26th- 8AM 
  • Thanksgiving Break- Nov 27-29
  • Picture Re-take Day- Friday, Dec 6

Hot News- CBMS PTO attains 501C3 status!  Yahoo, and congrats to the PTO!  Please come to the Screening of "Bully" next Thursday night!

The snow is falling, the mountains are white, and the children are ready for Halloween night!  Thanksgiving and Hanukkah play tag in November with the holiday season quick in December.  Want to do something that is festive and bright…adorn your house in pink, marble and white. Love the aroma of the balsam and pine?  Add a wreath and the smell is divine!  Still feeling festive and want to sell more?  Knock on your neighbor or local business’s door.  The sales are small, so you might say, but they all add up in much larger ways!  Support your school and local business too and the money will pass right back to a student near you!  CBMS PTO Wreath and Poinsettia Sale: Nov 1-15, 2013.  Please check with your son or daughter this Friday, Nov 1 for the order form.  Orders and money will be accepted through Nov 15, 2013.  Pick up will be at Evergreen Gardens Dec 6-8, 2013.  All checks may be made payable to CBMS PTO.  More details and additional order forms can also be found on the CBMS PTO website.  

News from the Cougar CafĂ©:  We started the year with so many good things coming from our Food Service Program:
  • Our Program is partnering with Vermont FEED in a very exciting program for this school year. This partnership will develop stronger roots for our Farm to School Program.
  • The first Local Crunch at Lunch event was very well attended and students and parents had the opportunity to celebrate Farm to School month together in our cafeteria.
  • We have purchased many products and fresh produce locally, including all of our lettuce.  (Green Mountain Harvest, Red Hen Bread, Pastabilities, Misty Knoll Farm, Neil Farm, Cabot Creamery, VT Bean Crafters, Owls Head Farm, and others)
  • As many of your might have seen on the news the State of Vermont, in partnership with VT FEED and the School Nutrition Association of Vermont, has created a cookbook with recipes tested in schools across the state featuring local ingredients. We are very proud that one of the Chefs participating in this project was our Food Service Director, Erika Dolan. This year Erika has also been elected the President Elect of the School Nutrition Association of Vermont, where she provides professional development to school food service staff and help support child nutrition program throughout the state.
  • In November you are invited to join us for our Thanksgiving Lunch on November 14th. Please contact the CBMS office by e-mail (dculver@wwsu.org) or via phone (244-6100) and make a reservation by Tuesday November 12th. On the menu – Roasted Turkey with Gravy or Stuffed Mushroom, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, and Tossed Salad (no salad bar this day).
Thank you so much for your continued support of our food service program!


High 5's Assembly- Last Friday the High 5's Foundation came in to present to a large number of CBMS students about the importance of wearing helmets in many activities- Helmets are Cool!  You can view the video that presenters showed to our students at https://vimeo.com/77008826


Op Ed: Common Core - What is it and why did Vermont adopt it? by Armando Vilaseca, Secretary of Education (October, 2013)

Vermont, along with 44 other states, adopted a common set of educational standards called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which will be used to articulate what we expect our students to know and demonstrate in grades Pre-K - 12. Vermont’s current Framework of Standards has been in place for over a decade and has served us well. As society’s needs change and the expectations for schools change, our standards must also be adjusted.

CCSS provide all of the participating states a common platform to build their local curricula. It's important to point out that the local schools and teachers still decide how they want to teach and what curriculum they use, the standards provide the schools and teachers with a framework. These standards are an evolution of our current standards and are written to prepare all students to be "college and career ready" by the time they graduate from high school. Vermont played an active role in the adoption of these standards as former Governor James Douglas (then chair of the National Governors Association) worked with President Obama to initiate this work. Vermont has experience working across state lines, as we were a founding member of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP); we collaborated with NH, ME, and RI to develop rigorous common standards and uniform assessments. Our New England experience was used as a model for the CCSS.

For many years, as a Vermont educator, I could never understand why as a nation we had fifty sets of standards, and why each state had different sets of goals for their students to meet. I understand and support the concept of states’ rights, but this idea no longer makes sense when we have become such a mobile and transient society. Often these moves mean students miss information or have lessons repeated because of the incongruence of our state standards. Additionally, the assessments aligned to these standards are used to compare states even though the standards have varying levels of difficulty.

Recently, there has been much discussion at the local and state level about the adoption of these new standards. The CCSS were written by states for states to meet our country’s needs in the future, and are not federal standards. Some will argue that these standards are not needed, or are not rigorous enough, or are too rigorous, or are being driven by foundations or big monies. It is true that many national organizations have supported the writing of these standards, but it was not the big corporations driving the decision to adopt the standards, rather it was our states that led this charge. 

Vermont was involved in developing these standards and we have also been instrumental in working on the assessment that will measure our new standards. Vermont and our bordering New England states have all been actively engaged in this work, we all see this as the logical evolution of our current standards. 

You may have heard arguments against these standards by an array of individuals and groups. Are these standards perfect? No, but they are an improvement from our current standards. These standards are more reflective of Vermont's and our country's needs, both now and in the future. Working among states requires some collaboration and compromise. It is a testament to our Governors and our states' educational leaders to have come up with such a forward thinking concept. I applaud the legislators and state boards of education for supporting and adopting these new standards when our political process in Washington seems paralyzed by partisan gridlock.  

Governor Shumlin and I have advocated for raising math and science graduation requirements for some time – doing so will align our graduation requirements with these new standards.

For many of you, this information is new and I hope that it has been helpful in providing you some perspective on what the Common Core is and why it is important not only to Vermont but for our entire country. 

Armando Vilaseca, Secretary of Education, lives in Westford, VT.