Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 27

Friendly Reminder - Please inform the office if your child will be out of school or late for any reason.  Courtney Ireland is the "go to person" on this- or 244-6100.  

CBMS PTO BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEER/FOOD SIGN-UP - We are proud to host the 2nd Annual PTO Basketball Tournament for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls. Boys are playing Sat. and girls are playing on Sun. There will be trophies and recognitions for participating teams. This is a wonderful community and family event which many enjoyed last year! Hope you can join the fun and cheer for our local youth! Please fill out the e-form by clicking here so we have record of who's helping us! If you have any questions, please contact Missy Semprebon at or 802-244-1918. Thanks for your support of the CBMS PTO!

CBMS PTO INTERNATIONAL DINNER SIGN-UP - Sat., Feb. 9, 6-9 PM - Please sign-up for an international dish to share! The more cooks, the more interesting the dinner will be! We will have a guest speaker from the Ivory Coast. Feel free to bring a main dish (entree) OR a dessert. (Or you can bring both!) To access the online sign-up form, click here. Thanks! For questions, please contact Belle McDougall, e-mail

Cyber Safety Parent Forum - Feb 4th 6PM  Harwood Library.  Sponsored by the WWSU Coordinated Health Team
  • Join local and state professionals for an ongoing series of youth health and safety topics.
  • Panel discussion will focus on personal safety and bullying on the internet.
For more information, contact Linda King ( or Mara Urban (

Latest News & Views -  The Music Man is coming to CBMS, and students from TBPS will be off to see some amazing sights at the Fleming Museum of Art! Check out the article on the front page to see who was awarded "The John Poeton Award"... PreK registration is coming up, the Children's Room has a bunch of fun activities planned and check out all of the great pictures of the Medieval Fair.  Please find the newsletter by clicking here.  

Info on the Green Mountain Dojo Kyokushin Karate & Japanese Cultural Arts Center has been added to the E-community bulletin board.  Check it out!

Eight Suggestions for Improving Parent-Teacher Relations - In this New York Times article, sixth-grade teacher Sara Mosle says some parents are overly intrusive, which robs children of the opportunity to solve problems themselves and puts teachers on the defensive. At the other extreme is parents holding back for fear of irritating teachers and sparking retaliation against their children. Here are Mosle’s ideas for a productive middle ground:

  • Parents should encourage their children to take the lead in sorting out difficulties with teachers. College admissions officers tell school people that they look for students who have developed confidence and “voice.”
  • Parents and teachers should use e-mail and text messages only to convey simple information like appointments or scheduled absences. For anything more substantive, especially if one party is annoyed or angry, it’s better to pick up the phone or speak in person. Conflicts can escalate in e-mail exchanges in ways that would never happen speaking face to face.
  • Parents should not cc. the principal or other administrators when e-mailing about routine issues. “It’s disrespectful to teachers and parents alike,” says Palo Alto superintendent Kevin Skelly, “as it sends the message you don’t think there’s even a chance you can work this out on your own.”
  • Teachers should respond to parent communications promptly, even if it’s a brief acknowledgement and a request for some time to solve a problem. For their part, parents should appreciate that teachers are busy during the day and may have other responsibilities after school. “My students know that I’m unlikely to respond to an e-mail between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” says Mosle, “as that’s when I’m focusing on being a parent to my own child.”
  • Teachers should immediately apologize if they drop the ball. “Nothing is more disarming,” says Skelly, “and it’s so simple to do.”
  • Teachers and parents should emphasize and build on children’s strengths. Mosle confesses that she doesn’t do this enough as a teacher, and urges everyone, “if you have something positive to say, say it early and often.”
  • When there are conflicts, parents and teachers should present specific desired outcomes that will help the child do better.
  • Parents and teachers should “proceed with humility,” says Mosle, taking with a grain of salt occasional bellyaching about teachers, especially by adolescents working through issues with authority. “The teenager, being a teenager, may not rank your parenting skills very high, either,” says Skelly.

“The Parent-Teacher Trap” by Sara Mosle in The New York Times, Jan. 13, 2013,

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January 21

WDSD School Board meeting tonight, beginning at 6PM in the CBMS Trish Feld Library.  Click here to access the agenda.  

Looking for a "Safe Routes to Schools" champion - If you feel strongly about our students being able to safely walk and bike to school, please consider this opportunity.  Unfortunately there is no pay involved, but the ability to make a difference in our community is worth a lot!  More info can be found at

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PARENT INFO. NIGHT - Thursday, January 24, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
IMPORTANT PARENT INFO. SURVEY - Please complete by clicking here. 


PTO GR. 5/6 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - Sat., Feb. 16 - Sat., Feb. 17 

DETAILS TO FOLLOW!   For more information on any of these events, please contact Missy Semprebon at 802-244-1819,

Checked your learner's lunch balance lately? Click here to access PowerSchool, and please send in a deposit if the balance is low!

It's never too early to start planning for summer!  Check out the summer soccer camp offering on the E-Community Bulletin Board!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jan 17

MLK Assembly @ CBMS - this Friday!  We would like to invite parents and community to our commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will present a short program this Friday morning (January 18th) at 8:00 am. The multimedia presentation will include reading and  performances by both the 5/6 and 7/8 choruses. Our program will last approximately 20 minutes.  

MLK Jr. Day- reminder that there is no school this coming Monday, January 21st.  How about making it a Day of Service?

Grades 5/6 Fun Night this Friday @ CBMS - 7-9PM.  $5 and permission slips needed for admission.  

Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS this Friday.- 7-9PM.  $5 admission.  

Save the date!  Community International Dinner Feast-Feb. 9th 6-9pm @CBMS Cafetorium.  Contact- Belle McDougall -

The full calendar of CBMS school events can be found by clicking here.  Athletic events can be found by clicking here.  

Health Update from the School Nurse:

Monday, January 14, 2013

Jan 14

Due to the mid-term schedule at Harwood, there are no 4:30 or 5:30 buses on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday this week.

No School on Monday, January 21, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  

Looking for a "Safe Routes to Schools" champion - If you feel strongly about our students being able to safely walk and bike to school, please consider this opportunity.  Unfortunately there is no pay involved, but the ability to make a difference in our community is worth a lot!  More info can be found at

PTO Happenings

  •      January 16 - PTO Meeting 6:30 PM at CBMS Conference Room
  •      January 18 - 5/6 Grade Fun Night - 7:00pm to 9:00pm - this was re-scheduled from last week.  For those who already sent in permission slips for last week, we will be honoring them this week, no need to send in another slip or more money.
  •      January - 24 - Parent Workshop - What you need to know about Underage Drinking - 6:30 PM CBMS Library - officers from the VT Department of Liquor Control will be conducting this workshop.  This is for Parents only, light snacks to be provided.
Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events in February - International Dinner and 5/6 Grade Basketball Tournament.

The School Board of Directors has approved the search process for the recruitment and selection of a new principal at Thatcher Brook Primary School for the term to begin July 1, 2013. The search committee process will be led by Brigid Scheffert, Superintendent of schools. Twelve committee members will participate and guide a comprehensive and transparent process that will involve considerable community input. The committee of 12 is in need of 4 Waterbury-Duxbury community members. The commitment involves approximately 36 hours over a three month period. Most committee meetings, including interviews begin at 3:15. If site visits occur, travel and all day commitments may be needed. At least two evening events are being considered. The tentative schedule involves the following possible dates: Jan. 25; Feb. 5,8,15 and 28; Mar. 8,11,12, 15, 18, 28, 29; and April 9. These dates may not all be needed and are subject to change slightly. It is essential to the work of the committee that participants are present at all meetings.

If you are an interested and available community member in Waterbury or Duxbury please submit a few written paragraphs outlining your background and the reasons you are interested in participating to Brigid Scheffert, Superintendent of Schools at  

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Jan 6

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. Also in great need of old white sheets!  If you are cleaning out your art cupboard, think of us!  Thank you!  Nan - on behalf of the CBMS artists

Checked your learner's lunch balance lately?  Click here to access PowerSchool, and please send in a deposit if the balance is low!

Stowe Ski-Ride program begins this Monday.  E-mails have been sent from Anne and Leslie...if you haven't received them please check your spam folder!

WDSD School Board meeting this Tuesday, beginning at 6PM in the CBMS library.  All documents related to this meeting can be found by clicking here.  

Grades 5/6 Fun Night this coming Friday, Jan 11th.....7-9PM.  $5 and a permission slip are needed for entrance.  

Illness and homework - we have had lots of sick kids lately, and as a result we have had a good number of requests for missed homework.  Teachers will do their best to provide relevant missed work, but it is very often difficult to provide a take-home assignment that replicates what occurs in the classroom.  The best approach is to urge your child to go see his/her teachers directly on return from being out.  

We love and utilize BoxTops and Labels for Education- please clip all you can and send them in to the CBMS office!
Labels For EducationBox Tops for Education

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jan 2

Fun Night for Grades 5 & 6- Friday, January 11th- 7-9PM.  Permission Slip can be accessed by clicking here.  

Next PTO meeting is January 16th at 6:30 PM in the CBMS office...all are welcome to attend!

Bolton Ski-Ride programcurrently only 5 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 ( by the end of the day on Friday, January 4th.  

Thursday, January 3rd Transforming Education in the WWSU- 7PMFor more information, click here.

2013 Fencing Classes begin Jan. 10th - more info can be found by clicking here.  

First Annual International Potluck Dinner, for the CBMS and Waterbury/Duxbury Communities, to benefit the CBMS PTO scholarship fund.

     Date: Saturday February 9th
     Place: CBMS Cafetorium
     Time: 6-9pm
     Price: $10/person ; $20/family

The first annual International dinner will be held on February 9th at CBMS. Everyone is invited--students, families and friends. The dinner will feature specialties from around the world. We will have a keynote speaker from the Ivory Coast in Africa to inform us about his life in West Africa with slides and discussion to follow dinner.  If you are interested in preparing a dish for this special, international feast, please contact Belle McDougall  at