Friday, November 28, 2014

Nov 28

Report Card Envelopes- thanks in advance for signing these and sending them back to school with your learner!

From Your PTO:  
  • We finished up "Dinner is Served" and put away the Waterbury Bars and Buy Local Coupon Books for now. We served 30 people and many of the orders were picked up as well. If you were not able to pick up your order it will go home with your student on Monday unless you let us know that is not OK.
  • Laughing Moon Waterbury Bars for $10 and Red Book Buy Local Coupon books for $20 are still available.  If you would like to get any more just let us know.  We will have a table at the Dec 5th Fun Night.
  • Wreaths and Poinsettias are available for pick up this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  If you are out of town that is okay but everything needs to be picked up by Tuesday because of storage space.
  • Fun Night sign ups for the Dec 5th Fun Night are now open and we would love to get an early idea of the number coming. Click here for the e-sign up. Permission Forms MUST be filled out and signed by a parent or your child will not be able to participate until we are able to reach you.  Adults coming to pick up students at the end of Fun Night MUST come into the school to sign them out.
Thank you for all your help with this very busy time of the year!


News from the WDSD Food Service 

  • Check out this cool video on our food service program! (6 minutes)- click here
  • December Menu is now online- click here

CBMS Cross Country Ski Program at Trapp's begins on Dec 15th - click here for information and registration.

Spirit Week at CBMS, sponsored by the Student Council!
  • Mon, Dec 1- Dress Up or Dress Down
  • Tues, Dec 2- Hobby/ Sport Day
  • Wed, Dec 3- Western Wednesday
  • Thurs, Dec 4- Past or Future Day (for example, you could dress up like a person in the 80's or what you think life would be like in 100 years)
  • Fri, Dec 5- Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • December 1- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Trish Feld Library.  All relevant documents can be accessed here.  
  • December 5th- Grades 5 and 6 Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • December 6th- River of Light Parade- 5PM- 
  • December 10th- Early Release Day- 11:50AM dismissal
  • December 12th- Grades 7 and 8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9PM
  • December 22, 23- No Club Cougar on these days
  • December 24-Jan 2- Holiday Break- school begins again on Monday, January 5th.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21

The PTO will be hosting "Dinner is Served" from 5-7PM during parent conferences next week.  For $5 per person, or $20 for a family, you can receive two slice of Zachary's pizza, salad, drink and dessert.  If you are rushing to get to conferences, and no time to prep dinner. let us serve you!

Laughing Moon Chocolate Bars and Red Barn Buy Local Coupon Books are available for pick up between 5 and 7PM during conferences next week. 


CBMS Cross Country Ski Program at Trapp's begins on Dec 15th - click here for information and registration.

Pajama and Slipper Day on Tuesday - through showing respect to selves, others, teaching, learning, and property, our students have earned a PJ/Slipper day on Tuesday, November 25th.  Please help with appropriate choices for this day as your child leaves for school on Tuesday.  

Creative Writing 2014/15 with Prodigy LA Teacher Julia Cicchetti!  In this first session of our after-school creative writing workshop we will focus on writing short stories! Students will have the opportunity to explore the elements of a short story while also finding a supportive place to explore their own work and that of others. We will focus on the elements of writing short stories that make for vivid, effective writing across genres. Participants will also share their writing and ideas and discuss them in a positive and constructive manner, and we will do all of this while making new connections within our school!  Cost will be $30 for a 6 week session.  Dates are: Thursdays, Dec 4, 11, 18,2014 Jan 8, 15, 22, 2015.  Time is 2:20-3 pm.  Location:  Room 210, Prodigy wing.  Minimum of 4 students

“Girls on Track” Call for Coaches - After several years of offering a successful “Girls on the Run” program for grades 3-5 at TBPS, we are interested in expanding to offer at CBMS the “Girls on Track” middle-level program for grades 6-8. The primary focus of this 12-week program is teaching girls to face many challenges and obstacles that can affect their emotional and physical well-being. Once participants have a deeper awareness of their individual values, we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships in personal development. Lastly, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world. All of this exploration is done through a guided curriculum which incorporates running. We begin in March and conclude in early June. We are seeking caring, committed coaches for “Girls on Track” at CBMS. Training is provided and running expertise is not necessary. To learn more, please contact:  Lindsay Simpson, Waterbury Program Coordinator - simpsonlindsay@yahoo.com, 802-324-8877


Grassroot Soccer Comes to HUHSHarwood Union High School is hosting a Grassroot Soccer 3v3 tournament presented by Positive Tracks on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at Harwood Union High School gymnasium. All funds raised benefit Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international nonprofit that uses the power of soccer to save lives by preventing the spread of HIV among those with the most new infections—youth in Africa.  All funds raised from Grassroot Soccer 3v3 tournaments are being matched by Positive Tracks. 
WHO: Grades 7-12 students 
WHEN: Saturday, December 20th, 2014 (1:30pm-5:30pm)
WHERE: Harwood Union High School, 458 VT RTE 100, S. Duxbury, VT 05660
WHY: Play Soccer. Save Lives. 

REGISTRATION FEE: $20.00 per person (includes t-shirt), 3-5 players per team.  For more information and to register, visit https://grassrootsoccer.wufoo.com/forms/harwood-union-high-school/

About Grassroot Soccer:  Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower communities to stop the spread of HIV. The vision of GRS is a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS-free generation. GRS has programs in 10 African countries with flagship sites in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Founded by four professional soccer players, Grassroot Soccer is mobilizing the most vulnerable population of youth ages 12 – 19 to break the cycle of AIDS by engaging local coaches who equip young people with the knowledge, skills and support they need to avoid HIV. For more information, visit www.grassrootsoccer.org.

About Positive Tracks: Positive Tracks is a youth-centric non-profit that empowers young people to fundraise for charities using the power of athletics. Positive Tracks partners with charitable organizations to fulfill its three-fold mission: to encourage youth fitness and wellness; to teach creative, hands-on philanthropy; and to extend Positive Tracks youth challenge grants to charity partners. Positive Tracks operates out of Hanover, NH, and serves multiple regions of the country. For more information, visit www.positivetracks.org.


Full Day Thanksgiving Skating Party- Have you made plans for your child's day on November 26th, when school is closed? Apple Tree is going for a FULL day of skating at the Ice Center in Waterbury AND the Stowe Arena. For more information and to register click here.


Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • 2Nite November 21- Movie Premier- High Fives Foundation- 6:30-8:30PM - CBMS Cafetorium
  • November 24 & 25- Student/Parent Conferences- after school from 3-8PM.
  • November 25- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Gym- 8-8:45AM
  • November 26-28- Thanksgiving Break- No School for Students on these days
  • December 1- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library.  All relevant documents can be accessed here.  
  • December 5th- Grades 5 and 6 Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • December 6th- River of Light Parade- 5PM- The annual River of Light Parade, Saturday, Dec. 6, 5-7pm needs volunteers to keep the marchers safe and help host the bonfire after-party. Please sign-up here: http://goo.gl/vn0Du3
  • December 10th- Early Release Day- 11:50AM dismissal
  • December 12th- Grades 7 and 8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9PM
  • December 22, 23- No Club Cougar on these days
  • December 24-Jan 2- Holiday Break- school begins again on Monday, January 5th.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nov 14

Question: What is the average of 85, 82, 90, two absences, five late arrivals, three tardy homework  assignments, a failure to participate in class on four occasions, two note-passing incidents, and one unusually poor test performance the day the family dog died?

While it may seem mathematically impossible (How can you average together numbers and behaviors?), this kind of calculation happens all the time in schools. It’s called grading. Luckily, there are more accurate, equitable, and educationally useful ways to report learning progress and academic achievement. One approach is proficiency-based grading.

More to come.....


The Fall round of parent conferences will be happening in the afternoons and evenings of Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th.  Parent Conference sign-ups close at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 18th, and you can access that system via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  The password for CBMS is "cbms".

From Your PTO:
  • Thank you for all your hard work with your fundraising efforts on the wreaths/poinsettias and Buy Local books.  Just a reminder that this will be our last weekend to get out there and meet our goals.  Please remember that the goals set by the teachers are on the profits each child should make and not the sales.  The profits per item where listed so the kids could do some math and make sure they are meeting there personal goals.  Orders can be turned in to Dona in the office or during  AG. 
  • 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.
  • Creative Writing 2014/15 with Julia Cicchetti!  In this first session of our after-school creative writing workshop we will focus on writing short stories! Students will have the opportunity to explore the elements of a short story while also finding a supportive place to explore their own work and that of others. We will focus on the elements of writing short stories that make for vivid, effective writing across genres. Participants will also share their writing and ideas and discuss them in a positive and constructive manner, and we will do all of this while making new connections within our school!  Cost will be $30 for a 6 week session.  Dates are: Thursdays, Dec 4, 11, 18,2014 Jan 8, 15, 22, 2015.  Time is 2:20-3 pm.  Location:  Room 210, Prodigy wing  Minimum of 4 students

On November 21, from 6:30-8:30PM there will be a movie premiere at Crossett Brook Middle School. (from 8th grader Eli Moskowitz's Change the World project) The movies that will be shown are Level 1’s "Partly Cloudy", a ski movie, and "Oakley’s For Me", a snowboarding movie featuring Jake Blauvelt, a local rider. There will be a raffle giving away all sorts of cool prizes. There is a $5 admission fee, but all the profits go to The High Fives Foundation. High Fives is a non profit organization run by Waterbury native Roy Tuscany. The foundation's mission is to help action sport athletes with life altering injuries get back to the sport they love. Please come to support this amazing cause and a great movie and community event!

Misplaced at 7th grade boys soccer game (away at Stowe) Lime green and grey Under Armor sports bag, containing neon green Nike cleats, orange shinguards, and a red LG cellphone. Call 272-8984 if you have any information on the whereabouts of this bag.

Green Mountain Performing Arts presents The Magic of Winter, A Celebration of Dance, Song & Musical Theater at Harwood Union High School at 1:00 on Saturday, November 22.  For more info, click here.  

Changing the World, one treat at a time! (from 8th grader Jackson Greenleaf) This month I am composing a drive for dog and cat treats. All kinds of dog and cat treats are accepted, but no peanut butter please! All donations will go to the Central Vermont Humane Society. This drive will end the first week in December. Thank you so much!

5th Grade Parents - take note of this ski and ride opportunity for 5th Graders only!  http://skivermont.com/fifth-grade-passport.html





Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • 2Nite - Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9PM
  • November 18- PTO Meeting- 6:30PM in Trish Feld Library- relevant docs can be found here.
  • November 21- Movie Premier- High Fives Foundation- 6:30-8:30PM - CBMS Cafetorium
  • November 25- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- Gym- 8-8:45AM
  • November 24 & 25- Student/Parent Conferences- after school from 3-8PM.
  • November 26-28- Thanksgiving Break- No School for Students on these days
  • December 1- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library.  All relevant documents can be accessed here.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Nov 7

The Fall round of parent conferences will be happening in the afternoons and evenings of Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th.  Parent Conference sign-ups open up on-line on first thing on Wednesday, November 12th, and close at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 18th, and you can access that system via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  The password for CBMS is "cbms".   Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions are as follows: 
  1. Visit the school’s homepage  (http://cbms.wwsu.org/) and select the Online Scheduler icon/link.
  2. From the Online Scheduler Home Page
    1. Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO”
    2. Enter the school password (cbms)
    3. Click on the "use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID" button to access the system.
    4. Verify the student’s birth date
    5. A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed. Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with.
    6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students. If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
    7. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
    8. Select the times that work best for your schedule.
    9. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)
    10. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
    11. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)

      Need help? Contact Dona Culver (dculver@wwsu.org) or Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org), or phone the school at 244-6100.

Bad at Math is a Lie by Matt Waite.  A good, quick, and relevant read!

Career Fair- date change- due to a number of factors, the date for the CBMS-HUMS Career Fair is now Feb 18th.

Is your child feeling Stressed Out!? Relaxation Club, with Ms. Lora, might be the answer!  Come and try out some different relaxation exercises after school in the French Room on 11/12, 11/19, 12/3 and/or 12/17. Make arrangements ahead of time to take the 3:00 bus, or get picked up at 3:00. Please sign-up on the CBMS homepage ASAP because space is limited.

News from the Cougar Cafe:
  • Our Amazing Thanksgiving Lunch will be served on November 13th, and includes Roasted Turkey w/Gravy or Stuffed Mushroom, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, and Tossed Salad.  Parents please make a reservation by November 11th.  Please calling for 244-6100 or contacting our Director, Erika Dolan, at edolan@wwsu.org.
  • Kale!  Click here to check out this cool video on the "Harvest of the Month"
  • Lunch Balances- thanks in advance for keeping your child's lunch balance in the positive!  Up-to-date balances can be accessed via PowerSchool.

Winter Sports Meetings:

  • CBMS Parent/Athlete Meeting for 7/8 basketball. Thursday, Nov 13th at 6:30PM in the Cougar Cafetorium.  
  • HUMS Parent/Athlete Meeting for 7/8 Nordic Skiers and Wrestlers.  Tuesday, Nov 11th at 5:30PM in the HUHS auditorium.  

Thank you to all the generous folks who gave Halloween candy at TBPS, CBMS and BGB Salon.  The Residents of Randall, Elm, Park Row and Butler Streets were so grateful!


Upcoming Dates of Note (full calendar can be found here)
  • November 12- Career Fair at CBMS- during school day  Rescheduled to February 18.
  • November 11- Harwood MS Winter Sports Meeting for Parents/Athletes of nordic skiers and wrestlers - 5:30 HUHS Auditorium
  • November 13- Thanksgiving Lunch in the Cougar Cafe
  • November 13- CBMS Winter Sports Meeting for 7th and 8th grade Basketball Parents/Athletes- 6:30 in the Cougar Cafetorium
  • 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 from 3-8PM.
  • November 26-28- Thanksgiving Break- No School for Students on these days
  • December 1- WDSD School Board Meeting- 6PM in CBMS Trish Feld Library