Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 28

This Wednesday!  Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day - Wed. May 1- On Wednesday, May 1 students from Thatcher Brook Primary School and Crossett Brook Middle School, their families, and any community members are invited to participate in Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day.  Everyone will gather at Rusty Parker Park in Waterbury at 7:00 AM to enjoy a delicious free breakfast provided by Waterbury in Motion.  At 7:15 AM two groups of walkers will depart -- one headed to TBPS, and one headed to CBMS.  At the same time, two groups of bikers will depart for those same two schools.  Each of the four groups will be chaperoned by adults.  All bikers must wear a helmet. Come enjoy this free community event.  Share exercise and the outdoors with local children, and show everyone that Waterbury is a walking and biking community. 

Staffing Update- With the newest addition to the Lora Family, Kristin Lora will be out on maternity leave for the remainder of this school year.  Hayley Quinones has taken over for Kristin in the PE department, and Hayley can be reached at hquinones@wdsdvt.net


The E-Community Bulletin Board has been updated with information on the Waterbury Rapids Swim Team, and an Equine-Guided Leadership opportunity in May.  Check it out by clicking here.

“Changes Ahead”….What to do about that emerging teen?  Are you wondering how you’ll negotiate those guidelines around the internet, dating, and substance abuse issues that may arise ?  Then join Debby Haskins on May 1st.  Debby is a local Substance Abuse Counselor with over 25 years’ experience in working with parents & youth.  

Where:  CBMS Library
When:  Thursday, May 9th
Time:  6:30-8:00
Refreshments provided.


News from the CBMS PTO:

Dear CBMS Community,

April Showers bring May flowers and too the end of another school year.  What better time than now to provide a brief update on PTO happenings.  We have a busy spring schedule ahead of us and need all of your help to make it successful!  See below for the hightlights:

·         May 1 – PTO Meeting at 6:30pm in the CBMS Conference Room – IMPORTANT MEETING (see below for more details)
·         May 6–10 – Teacher Appreciation Week – Contact Leslie Proteau to sign up for donations and/or to help
·         May 9 – Parent Workshop – “Changes Ahead – What to do about that emerging Teen” – 6:30pm – 8:00pm (see below for more details)

Now for the details:

PTO Meeting – May 1 – IMPORTANT MEETING

This is our last PTO meeting before the annual meeting where officers for the next year are elected.  This year the PTO adopted bylaws that require 3 officers for the PTO.  In addition, we were able to secure a non-profit filing status (501c3) that allows us to apply for more grants and over time diminish the amount of fundraising we need to do.  In order for us to maintain the 501c3 filing status we MUST have THREE OFFICERS.  If the parents of CBMS wish to see the PTO continue and grow then we need to have people attend this meeting and express interest in being officers!  Next year will be my last year on the PTO at CBMS as my son moves on to Harwood after next year.  I will be an advisor to the new President.  We also need to be sure we have a Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Missy, Carrie and I are all available to answer any questions you may have about the time commitment and work involved in these positions.  I hope to see many of you at this very important meeting.

Parent Workshop – May 9

We are very excited to offer our next and final Parent Workshop of the year, “Changes Ahead”….What to do about that emerging teen?
Are you wondering how you’ll negotiate those guidelines around the internet, dating, and substance abuse issues that may arise?  Then join Debby Haskins on May 9th.  Debby is a local Substance Abuse Counselor with over 25 years’ experience in working with parents & youth.  
Where:  Crossett Brook Middle School
When:  May 9
Time:  6:30-8:00
Refreshments provided
This workshop is being offered in collaboration with the SAP (Student Assistance Counselor) at Harwood Union High School and Middle School.  Mara Urban works with students who are struggling with Alcohol, Tobacco and Other drug addiction (ATOD).  She is hired through our supervisory union to also offer education to our greater community. 

Thank you to all of you who have participated in the variety of events the PTO was able to offer this past year.  Without your help the PTO would not be able to provide great programs like the 5/6 grade fun nites, parent workshops, family dinner and movie nights, dinner is served events at parent teacher conferences, basketball tournaments, and support of other enrichment activities such as after school programs and team field trips.

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting on May 1 and wish you all a Healthy and Happy Spring!

Stacy Gibson-Grandfield, PTO President
Carrie Dessureau, PTO Vice President
Melisa Semprebon, PTO Secretary and Treasurer


8th Grade AMERICAN LEGION SCHOOL AWARDS - any 8th grader can apply!
  1. AMERICANISM AWARD:
To be awarded to two (2) students writing the best essay. Essay should be typed or handwritten; 400-500 words; no personal names shall appear in the essay; the topic shall appear at the top of the page; at the end of the essay shall be the student’s signature and address.  This year’s topic is:  “What Freedom do I Enjoy the Most?”
  1. CITIZENSHIP AWARD:
Awarded to two (2) students writing the best essay and also contributing to their community and school. Explain what extra curricular activities you are involved in with your school and community. Essay should be typed or handwritten; 300-400 words; no personal names shall appear in the essay; the topic shall appear at the top of the page; at the end of the essay shall be the student’s signature and address.  This year’s topic is:  “What Makes America Great?”
  1. SCHOLASTIC MEDALS:
A medal will be presented to the scholastic students of the eighth grade. The school shall provide these names, based on academic achievement in the 8thgrade.
  1. OUTSTANDING STUDENT MEDALLION:
Students MUST do both essays (numbers 1 & 2 above) and be a student with good grades.

All essays are due no later than JUNE 1st.



Crossett Brook, Thatcher Brook Odyssey of the Mind Teams Fare Well at State Tournament, Rookie Fifth Graders Headed to World Finals in Michigan

Three teams from Crossett Brook Middle School and one from Thatcher Brook

Primary School competed in the recent Vermont State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament and one brand- new team of fifth graders will travel to Michigan State University next month for the OM World Finals competition.

Crossett Brook had three teams in the creative problem-solving competition, two of which were entirely 
new students and parent coaches. A team of sixth-grade boys finished in first place in their first-ever OM contest. They solved a problem that involved building a balsa-wood structure as part of their skit. The structure held 157 pounds of weight. Team members were Michael Bove, Ryan Dessureau, Nat Grader, Andre LaTulippe, Andrew Proteau with coaches Carrie Dessureau and Francois LaTulippe.

A rookie team of just four fifth-graders placed third in their category but also took home a special creativity 
award that gives them an invitation to the World Finals competition. They have decided to attend and will travel to Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., over for the giant event over Memorial Day weekend. World Finals features teams from across the U.S. and about a dozen other countries. They are Maya Brookens, Alina Chmura, Kate McCracken and Addie McKibben with coaches Patty McKibben and Maureen McCracken.

Another sixth-grade team of girls competed in a crowded category of 11 teams finishing third. They were 
Korinna Cummings, Josie Gillen, Kyle Hekeler, Madison Houston, Orielle Koliba, Harley Miller Rowley, Lilianna Zeidens with coaches Jan Gillen and Lawrence Houston.

Also new this year was a primary team mostly from Thatcher Brook that took on solving the balsa-wood 
problem at their level. They placed sixth and had a great experience, according to coach Roger Clapp. Team members were fourth graders Mason Berry, Adrian Clapp, Gavin Dewey, Eva Hynes; fifth grader Sam Lord; second grader Lewis Clapp; also coach Gwynne Berry.

Odyssey of the Mind is an extracurricular activity where teams must creatively solve problems and 
present their solutions to a panel of judges. Problem elements include building mechanical devices, designing structures, and creating theatrical presentations. Each problem has a detailed list of requirements and teams are scored on how well they meet the criteria with extra points awarded for style and creativity.

Crossett Brook students have participated in the competition for the past seven years. Many participants 
have gone on to World Finals.

The OM program is organized and run by parent volunteers and supported mainly through fundraising 
activities. Support this year has comes from Vermont Artisan Coffee and Tea, the Green Mountain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont State Employees Credit Union, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and numerous individual donations.

Upcoming Dates of Note

  • May 1- Walk and Bike to School Day.  
  • May 1 – PTO Meeting at 6:30pm in the CBMS Conference Room
  • May 6–10 – Teacher Appreciation Week 
  • May 8- Early Release Day
  • May 9 – Parent Workshop – “Changes Ahead – What to do about that emerging Teen” – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • May 14- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the TBPS Library
  • May 15- 
    Grades 5/6 Concert (Band and Chorus)
  • May 16- Team Prodigy Poetry Evening- 5-6:30PM
  • May 17- Grades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9PM
  • May 20, 21- Science NECAP testing- Grade 8 only
  • May 22- Grades 7/8 Concert (Band and Chorus)
  • May 23- Team Dream to Boston
  • May 31- Team Quest to Boston



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