Friday, October 31, 2014

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Nan Hathaway was voted the Vermont Art Teacher of the Year from the Vermont Art Teachers Association at their annual conference recently! Congratulations to Nan!


7/8 Girls Basketball Open Gym- The next two Mondays - 11/3 and 11/10 from 6:30-8PM. 6:30-8pm

7/8 Boys Basketball Open Gym- The next two Mondays and Thursdays - 11/3, 11/6, 11/10, 11/13 from 2:30-4:30.

Seeking 5/6 Boys Basketball Coaches - CBMS is in need of volunteers to coach the 5/6 boys basketball teams this winter season. The basketball season begins the week of November 17th. There will likely be two 5/6 boys teams so we are in need of a few volunteers. Please contact Stephen LaRock if you are interested.  Email: slarock@wwsu.org
Phone: 244-6100 ext.238

Grades 7/8 Wrestling - Practices begin on November 17th  and will be held at HUHS upstairs gym from 3:30pm to 5:15pm.   This helps students to be able to  ride the bus back to Waterbury.  All that students need to participate is a pair of gym shorts, a non button up shirt and a good attitude! For more information, contact coach Kyle Canton at Kyle.Canton@gmcr.com.

CBMS Stowe Ski-Ride Programclick here for more details and to sign up.  There is a limit to the number of participants, and Nov 3rd is the deadline for registrations. 

CBMS Cross Country Ski Program - click here for information and registration.

Research from John Hattie on what truly makes a difference in learning.  Click here to see an interesting graphic on this topic.

Got Rock?!  The Grade 5 CBMS Climbing Club will kick off our second year with a brief slide show and chance to find out what this after school activity is all about on Thursday, Nov 6th in the CBMS library from 2:30 to 3:00 PM.  Any and all 5th graders and their parents are welcome.  You do not need any equipment or any experience to join, just a spirit of adventure.  We will learn the basics at school, then go the climbing gyms in the Burlington area, and then outdoors in 2015 when warm weather returns.

PTO Wreath and Poinsettia Sale!  Order today through Nov 17th.  For details, click here.

PTO "Buy Local" Coupon Books now on Sale!  For details, click here.


Winter Athletics - 2014-15 Winter Athletics Registration is now open! This includes registration for 5-8 grade basketball, 6-8 grade gymnastics, as well as 7/8 Nordic skiing and wrestling offered to CBMS students through the Harwood Middle School Athletics Program.

How to register - The CBMS Athletics Department has made the transition from "paper forms" to an online registration format (familyid.com). In order to register your child for a winter sport you must go to the CBMS Athletics page, which can be found in the Parents tab on the CBMS website.

At the top of the CBMS Athletics page there are two registration links, one for CBMS programs and one for Harwood programs. The 2014-15 Winter Athletics Registration link is located at the bottom of the FamilyID website.  
You can also access winter athletics registration with the following active links:

The registration deadline for winter athletics is Wednesday, November 26th. The winter sports season will begin November 17th.


News from the Cougar Cafe!

  • November menu is on-line - wdnutrition.wwsu.org
  • Our Amazing Thanksgiving Lunch will be on November 13th, and we love it when parents and community members attend!  Please make reservation by November 11th  To make a reservation, please call for CBMS 244-6100 or contact our Director, Erika Dolan, atedolan@wwsu.org.
  • Erika Dolan, WDSD Food Service Director, just became the President of the School Nutrition Association of Vermont! The mission of SNA-VT is the organization of Child Nutrition Professionals dedicated to elevating and advancing professionalism and leadership through education and advocacy. The vision is that feeding all children is recognized as an integral part of education ensuring all children will learn, thrive, and succeed. Congratulations to Erika!
News on Ebola from the Vermont Dep't of Health- click here

From the Waterbury Public Library
Ready for something really cool that no one else is doing? NEXT Wednesday, Nov 5th (it's an Early Release Day), kids in 4th through 7th grade will learn how to do "e-Origami". First they will make an origami shrimp, then use copper tape, a button battery, and LED lights to make the eyes light up! This is another great opportunity to get a jump on STEM basics. This program will continue again on November 19th. Please call the Library to register your child.

And, of course, we've got a couple of DCF books up for discussion:
     *On Thursday, Nov 13th at 6:30PM, in the CBMS library, we will continue our exploration of the book "Wonder" and discuss it's message of kindness, empathy and acceptance. This will be a community-wide event for ALL AGES, and refreshments will be provided. Limited copies of the book are available at the circulation desk in the Waterbury Public Library.
     *On Saturday, Nov 15th at Noon, the DCF Book Club will be discussing "Better Nate Than Ever", suitable for kids in grades 4 through 7. We'll have pizza with our discussion. Again, limited copies of the book are available at the Waterbury Public Library circulation desk - just ask!

Mark your calendars for these great events, and/or give the Library a call to register or if you have any questions. More info is also on our website.


Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • November 1- Regional Grades 5/6 Spelling Team Bee- 10AM at the Williston Central School.
  • November 3- Quarter 2 begins
  • November 3- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library.  All documents can be accessed here.  
  • November 5- Early Release Day (noon dismissal)
  • November 7- Picture Re-Takes 2Day
  • November 12- Career Fair at CBMS- during school day
  • November 13- Thanksgiving Lunch in the Cougar Cafe
  • November 14- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9PM
  • November 18- PTO Meeting- 6:30PM in Trish Feld Library
  • November 25- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Gym- 8-8:45AM
  • November 24 & 25- Student/Parent Conferences- after school
  • November 26-28- Thanksgiving Break- No School for Students on these days
  • December 1- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library

Friday, October 24, 2014

Oct 24

Stowe Ski-Ride Programclick here for more details and to sign up.  There is a limit to the number of participants, and Nov 3rd is the deadline for registrations. 

Winter Athletics
2014-15 Winter Athletics Registration is now open! This includes registration for 5-8 grade basketball, 6-8 grade gymnastics, as well as 7/8 Nordic skiing and wrestling offered to CBMS students through the Harwood Middle School Athletics Program.

How to register:
The CBMS Athletics Department has made the transition from "paper forms" to an online registration format (familyid.com). In order to register your child for a winter sport you must go to the CBMS Athletics page, which can be found in the Parents tab on the CBMS website.

At the top of the CBMS Athletics page there are two registration links, one for CBMS programs and one for Harwood programs. The 2014-15 Winter Athletics Registration link is located at the bottom of the FamilyID website.  
You can also access winter athletics registration with the following active links:

The registration deadline for winter athletics is Wednesday, November 26th. The winter sports season will begin November 17th.

Fall sports are wrapping up, and believe it or not it is time to think Basketball!  This coming year marks our fourth annual grades 5/6 Basketball Tournament held here at CBMS. It is open to boys and girls teams from around the area, and Waterbury/Duxbury is always well represented.  We are looking for someone to help organize this event.  Tasks include building brackets, contacting the other schools, and organizing referees.  I am happy to continue with the volunteer and concession end of everything, but I can't do this one alone.  If you are interested please contact me asap as teams are already contacting me and I cannot proceed without some help.  Thank you!  Melisa Semprebon
CBMS PTO President, 802-244-1918 phone, missy@calmontbeverage.com

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Changing the World, one bag at a time!  (From 7th grader Liam Jennings)  For my change the world project I am getting rid of plastic shopping bags.  The US uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags per year!  They waste resources and make mountains of garbage.  Reusable shopping bags are our solution. I made some great reusable shopping bags- photo above. They have a cougar logo and they can stand up on their own.  This is an online order form http://goo.gl/forms/kZfmf81gnD   I am also going to the soccer jamboree on Saturday.

CBMS Junk BandWe are starting a junk band during the Wednesday music block! Students must sign up before 10/29 to ensure there will be enough instruments for our first practice on 11/5!  We have plans of marching in the River of light parade on December 6th.  Click here to sign up your child. For more information, contact Dan Liptak at dliptak@wwsu.org 

Irish Session Class 3, Wednesday October 292:20 - 2:55. A new tune is introduced every week, so people can join at any time. In particular violins and flutes, but all instruments welcomed. Please be in Suzuki book 2 or similar. The tunes are taught by ear during the class. Further information and mp3 recordings of the tunes at slow and moderate speed are sent via email to the parents. Sheet music is also provided. For more information please contact Annabel Moynihan almoynihan@comcast.net 244-5965. Sponsored by the Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music. 

Tomorrow!  Concessions/Raffle Sale at Waterbury Soccer Jamboree - Concessions including home-made bakes goods, coffee, cider/lemonade and hot dogs will be sold at the Soccer Jamboree on Saturday, October 25th at Dac Rowe (9-4). Staffed by Capital Soccer players raising money for their Spring Break trip to Barcelona, Spain. They will also be selling raffle tickets to win a free week of Capital Soccer Camp at your location of choice in Summer 2015. 

CBMS Cross Country Ski Program - click here for information and registration.

Halloween Candy Donations: There will be a box for donations of Halloween Candy at both TBPS and CBMS now-thru the 31st. The Candy will be distributed to the homes on Elm, Randall and Park Row Streets to help reduce Candy costs. Thanks for helping out your neighbors!

The High Fives Foundation will be at CBMS during last block on Monday, Oct 27th to run an assembly on “Know Your Park", which emphasizes critical concepts to improve safety in terrain parks at ski resorts.  This assembly will take place in the Cougar Cafetorium, and is optional but open to all who want to attend. This video has more details: http://basics.highfivesfoundation.org/


The Harwood Union Music Department is very excited to be presenting the Middle School Musical this year. Our cast of just over 20 will be presenting two showings of ALADDIN JR in the Harwood Auditorium. The show runs about 90 minutes without an intermission and is very family friendly. All of your favorite Disney characters are included: Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie, Jafar, Iago, the Sultan, and more! The music will not disappoint, either. From “Friend Like Me” to “A Whole New World” you will be singing along throughout the entire show. We hope to see you and the whole family at these colorful and energetic performances on Friday, October 24th at 7pm and Saturday, October 25th at 4pm. Tickets are available at the door for $5 a person. 

Mulan, Jr. will be coming to the CBMS Stage in May.  Auditions in February, with rehearsals begin in March. Open to all student in grades 5-8.  Details to follow after the New Year.  

The Harwood Music Department is pleased to announce the Annual Harwood Variety Show on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 in the HUHS theater. Tickets are $5 with proceeds to benefit the Harwood Music Dept. scholarship fund – an important resource to help students and families benefit from the school’s private lesson program. Emceed by Cormac Stevens, the Variety show includes performances by Stowe Dance – TRIP Dance Company, Harwood Drum Line, HU Music Faculty, Malayna Johnson, Nina Sklar, Ben Read, I Cantori, Emeric Rochford and others. Please join us in support of HUHS Music, Doors open at7pm – tickets available at the door. Contact Chris Rivers with questions - 882-1160.

Kicks for Cans & Coins - FOOD DRIVE & COIN DROP to benefit Waterbury Food Shelf  Let's help Waterbury Food Shelf stock it's shelves in preparation for the holidays!

What: Food Drive and Coin Drop to support Waterbury Food Shelf 
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9am – 3pmduring Waterbury Youth Soccer League's Annual Jamboree
Where:  Dac Rowe Fields in Waterbury, VT 


Sponsored by Waterbury Youth Soccer League and the SOL Project, a Waterbury-based youth leadership project 
focused on kids giving back through community service and outreach activities.  http://solprojectvt.wordpress.com/

Capital Soccer is looking for some U13/14 girls to round out their roster.  Players eligible for the U13/U14 age groups would be born between 8/1/00-7/31/02.  Anyone interested or with questions should contact Eric Bagley at ebagley@capitalsoccer.net.

Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • 2Nite!  October 24- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • October 29- Cabaret Night @ CBMS- 7PM- $5/adult and high school students, $3/middle school students and younger
  • October 31- Quarter 1 ends
  • November 1- Regional Grades 5/6 Spelling Team Bee
  • November 3- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library
  • November 5- Early Release Day (noon dismissal)
  • November 7- Picture Re-Takes 2Day
  • November 12- Career Fair at CBMS- during school day
  • November 14- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9PM
  • November 18- PTO Meeting- 6:30PM in Trish Feld Library
  • November 25- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Gym- 8-8:45AM
  • November 24 & 25- Student/Parent Conferences- after school
  • November 26-28- Thanksgiving Break- No School for Students on these days
  • December 1- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library

Friday, October 17, 2014

Oct 17

A Hearty Cougar Kudos to Waterbury in Motion, Waterbury LEAP, Bill Minter and Duncan McDougall for their efforts and energies in making Bike and Roll to School Day a reality. Look for a repeat performance in the Spring, and let it roll and walk!

CBMS Trish Feld Library Volunteers- We need YOU! Contact Jen Hill (jehill@wwsu.org) if you can volunteer some time!

TODAY  Mike Vasseur, Harwood girls varsity soccer coach, has once again invited all of the girl players in the district in grades K-6 to join the varsity squad for a fun practice TODAY 4-5:30 p.m. at Harwood. Details: dress appropriately for the weather; wear shinguards and cleats; bring a water bottle. If anyone has extra size-4 balls to bring along, they would be appreciated too.  Many on the varsity team took part in these special practices when they were k-6 players. The h.s. girls set up a bunch of fun games and drills for the younger players. It’s loads of fun for the kids to take part and it’s a pretty impressive sight to see all of the young talent out there. They get a taste of the big field and get to imagine what it will be like to play there someday.

TODAY VOLLEYBALL!  Are you excited that there's now a high school volleyball team?  Come with us to watch a Harwood game TODAY (Friday, Oct 17th) at 5:30PM at Harwood Union High School.  And stay tuned for a CBMS pick-up volleyball club next spring (March timeframe).  Contact Maureen McCracken at maureenmccracken1@comcast.net for more info about the club or to coordinate a carpool (or a CBMS fan section?) for tonight's game!

Irish Session Class. Wednesdays 2:20-2:55. Tunes will be taught by ear. Recordings will be provided for reference. Students should be in Suzuki book 2 or equivalent. Violins and flutes especially but other instruments welcomed too. We will have some guests and we will take a field trip. Although it is preferred, it is not necessary to attend every session. Sponsored by The Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music.  For more information contact Annabel Moynihan almoynihan@comcast.net phone:  244-5965 

Halloween Candy Donations: There will be a box for donations of Halloween Candy at both TBPS and CBMS starting Monday, Oct 20-thru the 31st. The Candy will be distributed to the homes on Elm, Randall and Park Row Streets to help reduce Candy costs. Thanks for helping out your neighbors!

Stowe Ski-Ride Program:  Anyone interested in either volunteering for the ski/ride program this year or having your child participate in the program please contact us at ski_ride@wwsu.org. Sign ups will officially begin next week. Leslie Proteau and Anne Latulippe, program coordinators.

Election Day in W'bury – Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  Once again could provide a big boost to the Waterbury Area Food Shelf! This is the time of the year when supplies are low and the need is increasing as cold weather approaches.  Polls are open from 7AM – 7PM.  Voting will take place in the gym at Thatcher Brook Primary School. As voters walk into the gym, volunteers will be there to collect canned goods, non-perishable food items or cash.  We appreciate and thank you for your help.  Mary Miller, Election Day Coordinator.


Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • October 22nd- Teen Substance Abuse - Parent Education class, with Bert Klavens.  6:30-8PM, in the CBMS Library.
  • October 24- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • October 29- Cabaret Night @ CBMS- 7PM- $5/adult and high school students, $3/middle school students and younger
  • October 31- Quarter 1 ends
  • November 1- Regional Grades 5/6 Spelling Team Bee
  • November 3- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library
  • November 5- Early Release Day (noon dismissal)
  • November 7- Picture Re-Takes 2Day
  • November 12- Career Fair at CBMS- during school day
  • November 14- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9PM
  • November 18- PTO Meeting- 6:30PM in Trish Feld Library
  • November 25- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Gym- 8-8:45AM
  • November 24 & 25- Student/Parent Conferences- after school
  • November 26-28- Thanksgiving Break- No School for Students on these days
  • December 1- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oct 10

Needed- Play Director for Mulan, Jr- We have a play picked out for our MS play this year, but we are in need of a director.   If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please be in contact with Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org or 244-6100.

CBMS Cross Country Ski Program - click here for information and registration.


Sign Language After-school ClubJennie Hempey and Mollie Burke-Bendzunas will lead an introduction to sign language.   Open to students in grades 5-8 at CBMS.  Meeting times will be 2:20-3 pm, Thursdays for 6 weeks, Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20.  Cost is $25/session.  Sign up by clicking here.

Letter from Superintendent Brigid Scheffert about School Closings and Delays- click here

Spring Lacrosse Registration - information can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.

iBlock Defined: The "i" in iBlock stands for "individual".  iBlock is a 30-minute block that happens each day on each core team, and is focused on the specific needs of individual students as determined by a combination of local assessments, teacher observation and opinion, and student voice. Each iBlock session will last either 3 weeks or 6 weeks, depending on the area of focus.  During iBlock, we aim to bring in additional school-wide staff members to partner with core staff and keep iBlock groups small and focused. The goal of iBlock is simply to put a daily focus on the needs of individual students in order to bring timely improvement to those specific areas.  Examples of areas of focus for this block can include, but are not limited to:
  • math reasoning and strategies,
  • reading comprehension and fluency,
  • geography and spelling skills,
  • technology skills such as keyboarding and website design,
  • individual areas of focus such as foreign language acquisition
  • organizational and social skills.


Parents and Students of Grade 8 Mathematics - As you may know the Common Core Standards for Mathematics have been adopted and implemented across all schools in the Washington West Supervisory Union. These standards changed the topics addressed by grade level, and what we used to consider “Algebra 1” is now primarily covered in the Grade 8 Curriculum. We are carefully tracking all 8th grade student’s progress on these Algebra standards throughout the year. Some students will have demonstrated sufficient evidence of proficiency of Algebra 1 content during 8th grade and will receive one high school credit upon successful completion of the course, whereas others will continue their study of Algebra on into 9th grade. We are currently working on a custom report which will be available in PowerSchool for you to track progress toward standards mastery throughout the year. We will let you know as soon as that information is available.

SBAC is the Smarter Balanced Assessment, and all CBMS students will be taking this on-line assessment in the Spring.  For a trial preview of this assessment, click here.  (please use this for parent preview only, as we will be using these samples with students over the next few months in order to orient them to this new on-line format)

Organizing 2014-15 Odyssey of the Mind teams
It’s time to form teams and start working on solving this year’s Odyssey of the Mind problems with an eye toward the state tournament March 21. OM is an extracurricular creative problem-solving activity open to students from kindergarten through college. Waterbury-Duxbury schools have sent multiple teams to the tournament and on to World Finals in May for many years.
OM teams typically have 4-7 student members and one or two volunteer coaches (parents usually although teachers make great coaches too!) OM appeals to students who like to design and build things; those who enjoy art, acting, storytelling and maybe even singing. At the k-2 level, it’s all fun with beginners getting used to working in a group. Third graders and above compete against others at their grade level.
This year’s problem choices can be found at www.odysseyofthemind.com or on the Vermont OM sitehttp://vt.odysseyofthemind.org/wp/. If you or your student are interested or just curious, please come to an organizing meeting Wednesday Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Crossett Brook library. Questions? Contact coordinator Lisa Scagliotti at lscagliotti@comcast.net.

Irish Music Sessions at CBMS - Wednesdays 2:20-3 at CBMS beginning October 15th– December 10th.  Learn how to play jigs, reels, polkas, slides, airs and hornpipes. Irish music has travelled around the world and has many stories to tell, we will learn about Irish history as well. Guests will come play tunes with us and we’ll take a field trip to a local Irish session. This class is designed for violin and flute but is open to other instruments in particular piano, guitar, cello, and clarinet. Please have a music teacher and be at least in Suzuki book 2 or the equivalent. The tunes will be taught be ear, but recordings and sheet music will be provided for reference.  Taught by Annabel Moynihan, for more information please contact me at almoynihan@comcast.net ; 244-5965.  Sponsored by the Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music.

Babysitter Training  A session will be held on Sat, Nov 1 and another one on Sat, Nov 8, for students who are ages 11 years and up.  You only need to sign up for one of the sessions.  The maximum class size is 12 students and the minimum to run the class is 7.  The course starts sharply at 8:30AM and finishes right at 3PM.  Students need to bring a bag lunch, beverages, snacks, and pencil.  To hold their slot, a check must be made payable to Harwood Union for $55.  It can be mailed to the attention of Mary Holden; Harwood Union High School; 458 VT RTE 100; S. Duxbury, VT 05660. Questions?  Contact Mary at mholden@wwsu.org


Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • October 13th and 14th- No School for Students
  • October 15th- Walk & Bike to School Day! Meet at 7AM at Rusty Parker Park.
  • October 15th- Odyssey of the Mind organization meeting- 6:30PM in the CBMS Library.
  • October 22nd- Teen Substance Abuse - Parent Education class, with Bert Klavens.  6:30-8PM, in the CBMS Library.
  • October 24- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • October 29- Cabaret Night @ CBMS

Friday, October 3, 2014

October 3

Grades 5/6 Fun Night 2Nite....click here to access the e-permission slip.  7-9PM.  $5 at the door. 

Change the World Fundraisers currently underway:
  • Pet Food to benefit Central Vermont Humane Society. (box in CBMS lobby, and drive ends on Monday)
  • Flip Flops to benefit orphans in Haiti.  (box in CBMS lobby, and drive ends next Friday)
Improving Back to School Night?  As in everything we do, we should always evaluating and wondering if there is a "better way".  If you have thoughts in this regard for our Back to School Night format, please send them to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org.

CBMS Cross Country Ski Program - click here for information and registration

Lego Robotics After-School Club....2nd session opened - click here for details

Sign Language After-school ClubJennie Hempey and Mollie Burke-Bendzunas will lead an introduction to sign language.   Open to students in grades 5-8 at CBMS.  Meeting times will be 2:20-3 pm, Thursdays for 6 weeks, Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20.  Cost is $25/session.  Sign up by clicking here.  

Irish Music Sessions at CBMS - Wednesdays 2:20-3 at CBMS beginning October 15th– December 10th.
Learn how to play jigs, reels, polkas, slides, airs and hornpipes. Irish music has travelled around the world and has many stories to tell, we will learn about Irish history as well. Guests will come play tunes with us and we’ll take a field trip to a local Irish session. This class is designed for violin and flute but is open to other instruments in particular piano, guitar, cello, and clarinet. Please have a music teacher and be at least in Suzuki book 2 or the equivalent. The tunes will be taught be ear, but recordings and sheet music will be provided for reference.  Taught by Annabel Moynihan, for more information please contact me at almoynihan@comcast.net ; 244-5965.  Sponsored by the Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music.

October menu is on-line!  http://wdnutrition.wwsu.org/

River of Light Parade- info on E-Community Bulletin Board

Toys 4 Tots....check the  E-Community Bulletin Board

Make sure your child's food service account is ranging in the positive!  You can check your child transactions at anytime on PowerSchool. (For information in how to login into your account please contact school secretary Dona Culver - dculver@wwsu.org or 244-6100).  If you have a negative balance please send payment promptly to school to avoid interruption in serviceYou can send payment with your child to school or mail it to:
     CBMS
     Attn: Erika Dolan / Food Service
     5672 VT Rte. 100
     Duxbury, VT 05676
Any questions regarding your child's balance please contact our Director of Food Services, Erika Dolan - edolan@wwsu.org


The Children's Room call out!  We have been entered in a contest to be won by your votes.....Up to 15,000 dollars will be given away. Please see below for details...but most importantly, go to this link http://www.pcconstruction.com/donations/and vote now....and then like and share this post as often as you can.....The competition is steep as Waterbury has many wonderful organizations that will be trying to get votes. The Children's Room is a non-profit grass roots organization celebrating it's 30th year in Waterbury. For many we have been the gateway to becoming connected with our community for many families just starting out in the area. If you look around you, on any given day in town, you will see someone who has brought their children to the room or was brought by their parents or caregivers.....many of your neighbors and friends have served on the board over the years. Thank you in advance for your vote!

Few Vermonters will forget August 28, 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene swept up the East Coast, sending torrential rains and severe flooding across the Green Mountain State. The residents and businesses of Waterbury, just 25 miles southeast of PC Construction headquarters, were especially hard-hit. Three years later, the town is getting back to business. Last year, PC Construction began the deconstruction and rebuilding effort – to the 500-year-flood level – for the Waterbury State Office Complex, the largest construction project ever awarded by the State of Vermont.  We’ve been amazed at the strength and resilience of this community. We’ve been working in the town for nearly a year, and we’re humbled by the hospitality and gratitude we’ve received.
To show our appreciation and admiration for all that is great about Waterbury, we’ve selected the town as our next location for this year’s “Building Communities: PC Construction Gives Back,” donation contest. We need your votes to help us give away a total of $15,000 to three nonprofits in the area. Our employee-owners have picked 10 of their favorites, now it’s up to YOU to narrow the list down to three. The organizations with the most votes will take home $10,000, $3,000 and $2,000. It’s easy to get involved. Just visit pcconstruction.com/donations and cast your vote before midnight on October 31, 2014
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Advice for Parents on Homework“Homework has a branding problem,” says author Bruce Feiler in this New York Times article (“The Homework Squabbles” by Bruce Feiler in The New York Times, September 14, 2014, http://nyti.ms/1rs2juA).  “Or, to be a little less pointy-headed about it, everybody hates homework.” But this hasn’t always been so. “Parents have been having these battles since before electric lighting,” he says. In the 19th century, homework was popular because people viewed the brain as a muscle that needed to be strengthened by nightly exertion. At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a backlash against repetitive drills, and by the 1940s, homework was out of favor. Then Sputnik got people panicked about the U.S. falling behind the Soviets and lots of homework was part of the solution. There was another dip in the 1960s, and then A Nation at Risk caused yet another surge in the 1980s. Today we’re hearing from both sides: Chinese kids are doing six hours of homework before breakfast! No, play is more important than make-work and Google wants employees who are creative. 

In Feiler’s own household, the homework wars come down to squabbles over several questions, and he went looking for answers from experts: 

• Do children need to work at their own desks or is the kitchen table okay? Eva Pomerantz, a specialist on parent involvement at the University of Illinois, likes the kitchen table because a parent is usually around, increasing the chance of connections, but is busy preparing meals, which makes it less likely they’ll do the homework themselves. But it depends on your house, she says: “If you have a crazy, noisy kitchen, that’s probably not the place for your kids to be doing homework unless they have amazing concentration.”
• Is it okay for children to do homework sprawled on their beds? “It’s not about the kid being on their bed while they do their homework,” says Erika Patall, a University of Texas expert on motivation and achievement. “It’s about the extent to which they’re really engaged and attentive to their work.” Young people vary in their preference for bright or dim lighting and sitting up or lying down. If the kid is falling asleep, looking out the window, or on the phone, then bed homework is a problem. 
• How about listening to music or doing FaceTime with friends? Patall says the research on multitasking is pretty clear: “People tend to be very bad multitaskers, even people  who say, ‘I’m a great multitasker.’” Doing other things extends the time homework takes and erodes the quality of work. 
• Should parents go over homework to check for errors? “If you’re concerned that imperfect homework makes you look bad, that’s problematic,” says Pomerantz. But regularly looking over homework may help students put in more effort and catch their own mistakes. 
• Should parents criticize sloppy homework or stick to encouragement? “You don’t always have to be upbeat,” says Patall. “You don’t want to deliver critical messages that imply things can’t be fixed. So you never want to say things like, ‘You’re stupid.’ But pointing out a situation where they should try harder would certainly be justified.” 
• What will make children more self-motivated? The key is to give them as much control over their homework as possible, says Pomerantz, who has to fight her own tendency to be controlling. She tells her children how hard she works and says she expects them to do the same. “If you give them space to be self-reliant,” she says, “they usually will take it.” 



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