Friday, June 20, 2014

June 20

CBMS Summer Office Hours- Ellen Barillaro will be staffing the CBMS office throughout the summer, with regular hours of 8-4.  You can contact Ellen at 244-6100 or ebarillaro@wwsu.org

Who Say's There Is No Free Lunch?  This Summer in Waterbury There Will Be!  click here for details!

14-15 School Calendar- check the link on the CBMS Homepage.

Chicken Pox- we have had a confirmed case this week at CBMS....keep an eye out for signs with your child.




THANKS FROM OUR ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAMS – (click here for cool Facebook photos)  Three of our schools’ six Odyssey of the Mind teams recently represented Waterbury-Duxbury and Vermont at the OM World Finals competition at Iowa State University. Our local group included 19 students in grades 4-7 from CBMS, TBPS, and one Bishop Marshall student along with six parent coaches and several parent chaperones. It was the first trip to World Finals for everyone and it was an amazing experience to compete along with more than 830 other teams from 35 U.S. states and 15 other countries this year. Our teams all finished in the middle of the standings among approximately 50-60 teams in each creative problem-solving category.  The OM program raised more than $13,000 to pay for registration costs for team members and coaches who paid their own travel expenses. Literally dozens of individuals contributed along with many local businesses and organizations. The coffee and tea sale with Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea netted more than $2,300. Generous grants came from the Marvin L. and Norma J. Hathaway Foundation ($2,500), the Rotary Club of Waterbury ($1,060), Ben & Jerry’s Community Action Team ($1,000), The Alchemist ($500), T.S. Peck Insurance ($500), Seventh Generation ($365), and Concept 2 ($350). Once again, Keurig Green Mountain provided a critical service by shipping the teams’ props, sets and supplies to Iowa.  Support from other local businesses included: Bargain Boutique, Bridgeside Books, Jazzercise Waterbury, Majestic Autobody, Stowe Street Emporium, The Reservoir Restaurant and Tap Room, Vermont State Employees Credit Union, Factotum, Waterbury Pharmacy, Waterbury True Value, Bob’s Ice Cream, Shepherding Hearts Christian Daycare. Help with various fundraising events came from Waterbury Parks and Recreation, Aubuchon Hardware, Crossroads Beverage and Deli, Billings Mobil, Pack & Send Plus.The CBMS and TBPS Parent Teacher Organizations also provided grants for the program to participate at the state level prior to World Finals. Nearly 50 students at both schools took part in OM this year. Teams for next year will organize in the fall. More information: http://www.odysseyofthemind.com and http://vt.odysseyofthemind.org/wp/. Local contact: Lisa Scagliotti, program coordinator, lscagliotti@comcast.net.

School Supplies Delivered Free to Your Home!!  We are pleased to announce that CBMS is participating in the School Tool Box program. Avoid the cost, time, and inconvenience of back to school shopping. Here’s how:

  • Register at Schooltoolbox.com
  • Shop on-line (teacher approved supply list provided for all CBMS teams)
  • Customize your order (only order the supplies that you need)
  • Supplies delivered to your home
Click here for an Informational Flyer.


From the Vermont Dep't Of Health:



Harwood Youth Hockey - Registration for the 2014-2015 season is now open!  Check out the e-community bulletin board for full info!


Free Youth Summer Softball Opportunities - Green Mountain Youth Sports and Development has teamed up with the USSA Softball organization to offer a unique opportunity to softball players throughout the State of Vermont!  Check out the e-community bulletin board for full info!

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • June 26th- Trimester 3 Report Cards mailed home
  • August 25th- 5:30PM- New Student Orientation- for all 5th graders and new-to-CBMS 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders.  
  • August 26th- 1st day of school for all CBMS and WWSU students

Friday, June 13, 2014

June 13

Cougar Cafe Lunch Bills - Please take a moment to check PowerSchool, and if your child has a negative lunch balance please send in $$ next week to clear this up.  Positive lunch balances will carry over to the next school year, for both students staying at CBMS and those going to HUHS.

Eraser Challenge-    We want to make you aware of a troubling "activity" that teens across America are getting involved in, called the Eraser Challenge. To date, we have had a number of CBMS students engage in this very unsafe activity.   Students have explained the Eraser Challenge this way: kids take an eraser and begin "erasing" their skin while saying the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter. Once they get to the letter Z, they stop and then compare the injury to their friends.  Most students use their arms to do this, from their elbow to their wrist — however it can be anywhere on their body.  Please take the time to talk to your child about this to make sure they are not involved in this absurd and unsafe act. See this link  with more information.  

June 19th dismissal is at 12:10- a bit later than a normal early release day due to final exams at HUHS.

Summer Math Camps at Crossett Brook Middle School- Hosted by Tegan Garon

Middle school camp – open to any incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grader - This is your final chance to sign up for the middle school math camp – don’t miss this great opportunity for your kids! Participants will be able to practice their math skills through interactive ways—running a business, shooting baskets, and building with marshmallows—to name a few. The camp runs from Monday June 30 to Thursday July 3, from 9:00am to noon. The fee is $90 and includes ALL materials. Sign up now by emailing Tegan at teags3@yahoo.com


Transition to high school camp – open to any incoming 9th grader - If you are nervous about math in high school, or you just want to refresh your skills before summer ends, this is the perfect opportunity. Whether you are entering Algebra or Geometry in the fall, this math camp will provide students with the challenge of solving real-world problems and then connecting them to math concepts. Small group work and problem solving will be a major emphasis. The camp runs from Monday August 4 to Friday August 8, from 9:30am to noon. The fee is $95 and includes ALL materials. Sign up now by emailing Tegan at teags3@yahoo.com

School Supplies Delivered Free to Your Home!!  We are pleased to announce that CBMS is participating in the School Tool Box program. Avoid the cost, time, and inconvenience of back to school shopping. Here’s how:

  • Register at Schooltoolbox.com
  • Shop on-line (teacher approved supply list provided for all CBMS teams)
  • Customize your order (only order the supplies that you need)
  • Supplies delivered to your home

Click here for an Informational Flyer.

In addition, every order that we make to School Tool Box will provide a meal to a starving child through STB’s One Box, One Meal, Two Kids program in partnership with the Feed My Starving Children organization. 

CBMS to the W'bury Pool- On the last day of school (Thursday, June 19th), 5th-7th graders will be walking to the Waterbury Pool, and walking back to CBMS in time for dismissal.  If you live in the Village, and want your child to walk home from directly from the pool, please fill out an e-note to give permission.

Free Online Summer Math Program Strengthen your child's math skills this summer.  Just 20 minutes, 3 times a week is all it takes.  http://www.tenmarks.com/


Free Summer Meals for All Waterbury Youth! (Click here for a flyer.) Partnering with the USDA and Hunger Free Vermont, we are happy to announce that we will be serving free meals to EVERYONE under the age of 18 this summer. These professionally prepared breakfasts and lunches will be served by Waterbury Parks & Recreation from the new picnic pavilion at Anderson Fields, near the Swimming Pool. There will be no registration, no paperwork, no residency verifications, just healthy and regular meals for all kids (including those already enrolled in our Summer Day Camp)! Breakfast will be served at 8:30am and Lunch at 11:30am, every Monday thru Friday, June 23 thru August 15.

The daily meal menus can be viewed below, as well as a link to the sign-up for the needed volunteers to simply transport the meals each day. Please consider helping us provide this wonderful program to our community.
BREAKFAST MENU - click here
LUNCH MENU- click here

LOST - ONE new purple Bogs boot wandered away from the Prodigy wing during November conferences.  Its mate is feeling lonely and useless and would appreciate its return to the CBMS office.  Thanks for keeping an eye out!


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • June 13th- Team Prodigy End-Of-Year Dinner- 5:30PM- Cougar Cafe
  • June 13th- Club Cougar - last day for this school year
  • June 16th- Team Prodigy to Whales Tale Water Park (8AM-4PM)
  • June 18th- 8th Grade Recognition Assembly- 9:30AM
  • June 18th - 8th Grade Graduation- 5:30PM
  • June 19th- Last Day of School for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders (Early Release Day- 11:50 dismissal)
  • June 19th- Great Escape Trip for Graduates- departure at 7AM
  • June 26th- Trimester 3 Report Cards mailed home

Friday, June 6, 2014

June 6

Order a Yearbook!  Click Here, and the online link closes this Sunday.  Yearbooks will be delivered next week.

June Menu- click here.  

The next WDSD School Board meeting is Tuesday, June 10th, beginning at 6PM in the TBPS Library.  All related documents can be accessed by clicking here


Online registration for CBMS and Harwood fall sports is now open.


From the PTO:  My name is Missy Semprebon.  I currently have an 8th grade son, Ryan, a 5th grade Daughter, Emilee and a 3 year old daughter Olivia.  I have been an active member of the PTO at CBMS for the past 4 years.  I am very proud and passionate about that we have been able to accomplish in this time.  We provide Fun Nights for 5th and 6th graders, after-school opportunities, education and support for parents with information nights about substance abuse and internet safety.  We have shown the movies Speak out for Understanding and Race to Nowhere.  We hold an annual International Dinner, organize staff appreciation week, 5/6 Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament, community nights like the Court Jesters and Lake Monsters Waterbury/Duxbury Baseball Evening at Centennial Field and fundraiser to support our teachers and provide funds for field trips and other items that are needed.  The list seems really long and we are scaling back for the upcoming year.  

Next Wednesday June 11th at the Crossett Brook Middle School library we are holding our annual elect the new board meeting.  We are losing three board members this year.  The President, Vice President and Secretary positions are all open and we are looking for new parents and care givers who would be interested in joining.  Hayley Fitzgerald would like to join as the Secretary for the upcoming year and I would like to keep the Treasury position.  Currently we have no other interest that has been expressed to us.  In this school year we were able to get our 501C3 status which opens up many possibilities for us but also requires a minimum of 3 board members.  Without help we are going to be unable to renew our status and lose all the work that took years to accomplish.  If I have to, I am willing to fill the President and Treasury positions but a Vice president is crucial to us continuing.  I also think it is dangerous to allow the two positions to be combined as it cuts back on the amount of oversight that happens to keep the Treasury position accountable.  

In the coming year we are cutting back from 3 fundraisers to 1 which will drastically decrease the amount of time and energies that we put in.  I am also thinking that we can change from monthly meetings to every other month since fundraising will not be taking up so much of our time and the teachers will be taking back part of that duty.  I am also open to ideas of how to make this more appealing to new members.  Over the past school year we had one parent join us at our meetings.  She was surprised that there were not more people present and had assumed that it was a more active PTO based on all we provide.  She assumed that her voice wasn't needed.  I would encourage everyone that has a student at Crossett Brook Middle School to come to one of our meetings, just to see what we are doing and let your voice be heard when it comes to decisions being made on your child's behalf. 

On the other hand I am proud to report that we have enjoyed tremendous support from the parents, teachers and the community over the years.  We could not provide many of the services we provide without the support of parents, caregivers and teachers.  Fun Night alone requires 20+ volunteers to chaperone, provide snacks and organize.  Whenever we put that call out there we are always overwhelmed by the support.  The community and local businesses support us in fundraising and we deeply appreciate all they do.

I have enjoyed getting to know the teachers that my children are working with and it helps me feel more connected to what they do everyday at school. I have also met many parents of the children my kids like to hang out with, which makes me feel more comfortable when the kids are hanging out.  Does any of this interest you?  Do you have any questions?  I would love to talk to you. Please share this with anyone that you know that you think might be interested.  You can contact me at missy@calmontbeverage.com

Summer Math Camp @ CBMS  - Hosted by Tegan Garon - There are still spots open for the summer math camp at Crossett Brook Middle School, hosted by UVM junior Tegan Garon.  The camp is open to any incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grader, of all math abilities.  The camp will run from Monday June 30 to Thursday July 3 from 9am to 12pm daily, and the cost is $90 for the entire week, which includes all materials.  The camp is going to be a lot of fun, and will allow students to practice various math skills with their peers, while also receiving one-on-one support from a college student who is majoring in math education.  Please contact Tegan ASAP at teags3@yahoo.com if interested.  Thanks!

NQID KIDS CRAFT CONTEST- details on the E-Community Bulletin Board.

On Sunday, June 8th at 2 PM the 2nd Annual Walk for Water is happening in Waterbury details on the E-Community Bulletin Board. 

Rapids Swim Team Registration Register and meet the coaches this Friday, June 6, from 6-7 pm at the pool or at the first practice on Monday, June 23 at 5 pm. Registration is $50 per swimmer/or $85 per family, and swimmers must purchase a pool pass from the Waterbury Town Offices. Scholarships are available! The Waterbury Rapids is looking for swimmers ages 5-19 of all swimming abilities. We are a parent-run organization whose mission is to create a safe and caring environment for swimmers to increase their swimming skills, set goals to improve their own time records, persevere to beat team records, and have the opportunity to compete at their own level against the stopwatch and swimmers from the Montpelier and Stowe swim teams. Swimmers can also work to qualify for States at the end of the season August 2 and 3. Practices are held Mondays-Wednesdays and optional Fridays, 5-6:15 pm at the Waterbury Pool, and meets are Thursdays at 5.  For more information, check out our website at www.waterburyrapids.com or contact Shannon Wisdom at shannonwisdom@gmail.com.


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • June 10th- WDSD School Board Meeting- TB Library- 6PM
  • June 11th- CBMS PTO Meeting- CBMS Library- 6:30PM
  • June 12th- Team Titan IDU/End-of-Year Dinner- 5:00PM- Cougar Cafe
  • June 13th- Team Titan to Bread and Puppet Theatre- 8AM-2:30PM
  • June 13th- Team Prodigy End-Of-Year Dinner- 5:30PM- Cougar Cafe
  • June 13th- Club Cougar - last day for this school year
  • June 17th- Team Prodigy to Whales Tale Water Park (8AM-4PM)
  • June 17th- Team Titan End-Of-Year Dinner- 5:00PM- Cougar Cafe
  • June 18th- 8th Grade Recognition Assembly- 9:30AM
  • June 18th - 8th Grade Graduation- 5:30PM
  • June 19th- Last Day of School for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders (Early Release Day- 11:50 dismissal)
  • June 19th- Great Escape Trip for Graduates- departure at 7AM
  • June 26th- Trimester 3 Report Cards mailed home