Friday, September 5, 2014

Sept 5

Open Gym is simply that...an opportunity for all students to go into our gym from 7:20-7:45AM each day to run around and get the blood pumping!  Sneakers are a necessity.  Schedule next week:  

  • Monday 9/8: Wall ball
  • Tues 9/9: walk or run, jump rope & hula-hoop competitions
  • Weds 9/10:Basketball 
  • Thurs 9/11: Prison Ball 
  • Fri 9/12: Basketball

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball PlayersThere will be open gym for 7th & 8th grade girls on Mondays, 6:30-8:00PM starting next week, Sept. 8.

WDSD School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 9th, beginning at 6PM in the CBMS Library.  Agenda and all relevant documents can be found by clicking here.  

What's up in the Art Studio?

Donations requested!
Our lively Art Studio at CBMS relies on the wonderful supportive parents and learning community to provide all manner of interesting finds that help stock the studio for creative pursuit. A “Wish List” of things we can use is found on the CBMS Art Blog (look for the Studio-Learning Blog on the CBMS home page, under “Applied Academics – Art”: http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/ ) or directly, by clicking: http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/p/wish-list.html

Assessment in Art: We are piloting a new approach to assessment in art this year. Parents and students will notice that grade updates will no longer be posted on Powerschool, although a final comment will appear there at the end of each term. For more information of how students are assessed in art, please visit the CBMS art blog as above, or by clicking: http://studio-learning.blogspot.com/p/assessment-in-art.html

It is 2:15 in the art studio, on the first Friday of the 2014-15 school year. Two 8th graders are outside the art studio door, working on a collaborative sculpture project that they started on the first day of school. Two fifth grade boys just left – they came during their guided study time to tie up some loose ends on the fiber-art projects they were making as gifts for family. I am a little stunned to recount the following list of activities students have engaged in during the first 4 days of school:
  • Potters wheel practice, resulting in 5 bowls and 1 cup
  • Clay slab bowl
  • Clay whistle project (on-going)
  • Clay sculpture - butterfly
  • Color-mixing experiments and resulting paintings
  • Cardboard sculpture – architecture, mechanical objects
  • Bookmaking/bookbinding
  • Drawing: from observation, from memory, from imagination, from digital reference
  • Digital designing
  • Pillows on sewing machine
  • Hand-stitched objects
  • Needle-felting
  • Soapstone carving
  • Mono-print printmaking
  • Styrofoam printmaking using the etching press
  • Scratchboard drawings
  • Origami
How is it possible that so many art projects with such a variety of media and techniques are going on simultaneously in the studio in the first week of school? The answer is that the studio-setting we have established facilitates student-directed artistic inquiry. Returning students can get right to their work, knowing what studio centers are available and how to use them. Students new to the studio are learning how to work autonomously, after each new center is “opened” for the very first time. Authentic work in a studio-setting means that student-artists choose their idea, materials, and process.


Sunzilla is Coming - Sep 11, 2014, 3:00 PM to 5:30+ PM
On Thursday, September 11 at 5pm in conjunction with the Waterbury Farmers Market at the Rusty Parker Park judging will be held for the Twenty First Annual Waterbury Rotary Sunflower Growing Contest known as The Hunt for Sunzilla, The Monster Sunflower. The Hunt for Sunzilla is co-sponsored by Waterbury True Value Hardware, Evergreen Gardens, Sunflower Natural Foods, the Waterbury Farmers Market, The Painted Tulip and the Waterbury Rotary Club. We will be awarding prizes for the tallest sunflower, largest diameter, and heaviest sunflower head. By popular demand we will again have our Sunflower Seed Spitting for distance and accuracy contest for kids 12 and younger. We will also continue awarding a prize for the longest and heaviest Zucchini, known as The Hunt for the Other Green Monster. We recommend that people keep their cars locked following this contest or you could wind up with a year’s supply of the fixings for Zucchini Bread in the form of one Zucchini.
All contestants should try to bring their entries to the Rusty Parker Park by 4:30 pmFor further information check the Waterbury Rotary Website at www.rotary-waterbury

If you have any questions contact John Malter at 244-7373.



Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • September 9- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Library
  • September 16- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • September 19- HUMS Grades 7 & 8 Dance- W'bury Ice Center- 7-9PM. $5 at the door, $2 skate rental
  • September 25- Back to School Night- 6:15- 8PM

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