Friday, September 26, 2014

Sept 26

Description: C:\Users\Meredith\Dropbox\CFKC\CFKC New Site Files\NEW CFKC_Logo_13.jpgTODAY!  My name is Cat Davis and I’m a 7th grader at Crossett Brook Middle School.  I’m doing a school project called Change the World for which I need to dedicate several hours a month to a cause I feel is important. My cause is Children in Need Around the World.  This month, I’m working with Vermont Has Heart, a group of local volunteers for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer who have joined the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 50 State Challenge this September to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. We are doing a bake sale Friday, September 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Crossett Brook Middle School. Pre-orders of chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies by the dozen will be taken through September 23. Advance orders can be submitted by email at no later than September 23.  Pickups will be at Crossett Brook Middle School during the bake sale on September 26 between 3:00 and 5:00. Cookies will be available that day individually for suggested donations of $1.00 each and by the dozen for $10 while supplies last at the sale.  Brave Coffee is donating coffee for the bake sale as well. People interested in baking for the sale can also write us at  Donation can be made online on our group’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website:

Thanks so much for your consideration!

Grades 5/6 Fun Night!  The kids have settled in and it is time to have some fun! On Friday 10/3/14 our first Fun Night of the year will happen. Click here to access the e-permission slip.  The $5 will be accepted at the door and a permission slip is required.  We also need parent support on these events - it requires an army to raise our kids and at least 12-15 to run a Fun Night!  Thank you to Gayle Moskowitz and Julie Motch for taking the lead on these events.

Tech Club! (from Mark Kline, WDSD Technology Coordinator) We will be starting a Tech Club at CBMS next week. It will be held in the Club Cougar room starting at 1:35PM each Wednesday. Students can stay until dismissal time OR stay after and take a late bus.  Click here to view a poster with a few thoughts about what we might do. Students who are interested, or think that they might be but aren't sure, should come to the Club Cougar room at 1:35 next Wednesday to learn more.  If a student wants to join but happens to have something going on during the last part of the day on Wednesdays (like a band lesson) let me know. We might be able to work something out.

Substance Use, Parenting and Teenagers - How can we help our children avoid having problems with drugs and alcohol?  If substance use does become a problem, how will we know and what should we do?  Come join Bert Klavens on October 22nd for a discussion about how to help your children develop healthy attitudes about substance use, and how to help them if problems do arise.

Bert Klavens, M.A. LADC is the Director of the Healthy Youth Program (HYP) a service of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau in Montpelier, Vermont. HYP serves youth 12-25 with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues and utilizes a Positive Youth Development, strength based treatment approach. Bert is a licensed addictions counselor, who has worked with youth, adults and families in Central Vermont for over 20 years. He is married with two adult children and a very large dog.

Career Fair! On Wednesday, November 12th from 8:00am-2:20pm Crossett Brook and Harwood Union Middle Schools will be hosting our first ever career fair.  The career fair will be targeted towards middle school students who are just beginning to think about how their education relates to real life opportunities.  We are gathering interested state and local business and industry leaders, service providers, artists, scientists, politicians, athletes, farmers, journalists and others to present information about their fields and places of work. We are interested in having presenters engage students with audio, visual, or hands on displays as Middle schoolers love to touch, feel, experience, and interact with their learning.
Middle school students sometimes feel disconnected to their education because they do not understand how it supports their future.  They fail to realize that the process of moving into the world of work begins now with their dreams, recreation, involvement, and volunteering.  The more we can engage our youth in the community around them, the more successful we will be at transitioning them into prosperous contributing members of our society.  This is where your support is crucial!   

If you decide to participate, It would be important to convey two main pieces of relevant information: First, how the student’s current education positions them for work in this field, and second, what path a student might take to pursue this career?  We hope that presenters would convey the message to students that their education is a relevant and important investment in their future, and that there are a wealth of opportunities awaiting for them.  If you or your business are interested in participating in this career fair, please complete the form found on the CBMS web page.

We will contact you as we draw closer to the event to confirm your participation and update you on specific details.  Thank you in advance for considering this event.  With your participation, we hope it will be a great success!  

Jennifer Hempey and Tara Cariano School Counselors, CBMS and HUMS

Family Fun Run/Walk Saturday in Downtown Waterbury ~ 2nd Annual Event Benefits Hunger Mountain Children’s Center - Hunger Mountain Children’s Center’s 2nd Annual Family Fun Run/Walk is set for Saturday afternoon in downtown Waterbury. Registration begins at 3:15 p.m. with a race start at 4 p.m. from Rusty Parker Park on South Main Street. The course is an easy mile for runners and walkers of all ages. (Strollers welcome.) Prizes will be awarded for top finishers in each age group. The afternoon event will feature a bounce house, face-painting, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and pizza. Enter the $5 raffle for a chance to win a one-night stay (with breakfast) at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. Registration fees: $35 for adults; $15 for kids 12-16; $10 for kids 5-11; free for children under 5.
HMCC is Waterbury’s oldest and largest state-licensed child care center and preschool caring for children from age six weeks through preschool. The non-profit center is in the process of purchasing its former longtime home at 123 South Main Street from the State of Vermont to renovate, expand and reopen in Waterbury village in 2015. HMCC was displaced from the Main Street facility by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and is still operating out of temporary space at the Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly Church on Rt. 100 in Waterbury Center (no affiliation). HMCC is a partner provider in the Universal Preschool program with Thatcher Brook Primary School. Proceeds fromSaturday’s event will help support the building project. For more information,

Nutcracker auditions- info on E-Community Bulletin Board
Something to think about: Teaching young adolescents is a “dance between middle schoolers’ lingering childlike curiosity and their mounting distractions: peers, sex, risk-taking, pop stars, and keeping track of body parts in time and space.” From “Motivating Young Adolescents” by Rick Wormeli in Educational Leadership, September 2014,

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • October 3rd- School Photo Day
  • October 3rd- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • October 8th- Walk & Bike to School Day! Meet at 7AM at Rusty Parker Park. 
  • October 22nd- Teen Substance Abuse - Parent Education class, with Bert Klavens.  6:30-8PM, in the CBMS Library.

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