Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 13

WDSD Budget Update- The WDSD School Board decided at last week's meeting to once again bring the same budget to the voters that was voted on during Town Meeting Day.  The re-vote will be happening on Thursday, March 26th, with polling for W'bury residents at TBPS, and D'bury residents at CBMS.  Polls will be open from 7AM-7PM on that day.  There will be a budget information meeting at 6PM on Tuesday, March 17th, in the TBPS Cafeteria, where the public will have the opportunity to ask questions about the budget.  Some quick facts on the proposed budget (more details can be found at this link):
  • Overall Budget Increase from the 14-15 budget is 2.1% in overall spending, 91% of which is salaries and benefits.
  • Overall Decrease in Staff of 5.22 positions
  • Increases in Health Insurance (4.5%) & Salary (tbd%, based on contract negotiations)  
  • WDSD Enrollment is steady or slightly up
  • This budget is $466 per student less than the state average (excluding special education costs)
  • Average Student:Teacher Ratio is 17:1
Thank you in advance for casting your vote on March 26th!

Report Cards are coming home today in the "backpack express".

The Vermont Modelers Club will run a flying demonstration of remote controlled airplanes in the CBMS gym on Sunday, March 15th from noon to 4PM. Open to all students and parents!  Come see if flying is for you!  Click here for more information on this club. 

Student-Led Conferences next week!  Make sure to bring you learner, as he/she is leading the conference!  If you have not yet signed up for a conference, call Dona at 244-6100 and she will get you a slot. 

Dinner is Served on Wednesday!  The CBMC PTO will be serving a pasta dinner at CBMS during conferences on Wednesday only.  No need to cook- stop in and buy dinner for the family and fill your bellies while supporting your PTO!

From our Food and Nutrition Program:
  1. Our Food Service Director, Erika Dolan, attended the School Nutritional Legislative Action Conference in Washington DC. Together with one thousand other directors she learned about new USDA regulations, how to better manage our programs, nutrition and how to successfully lobby lawmakers and federal agencies. She also spent one day at Capitol Hill educating and advocating our State representatives about our School Nutrition Programs needs, challenges and successes.
  2. The VT Jr. Iron Chef competition is on Saturday, March 21st- 12:30-2PM, with the awards at 3PM, at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction.  Admission: $3 per individual or $5 per family.  CBMS has a team again this year. Go Cougars!!!!!
  3. Please make sure to keep a positive balance to your child’s lunch account for continued service.  Please send payment asap if your account is negative.  You can check your balance on PowerSchool- click here.
Grades 7/8 Track and Field Team at Harwood begins the first week of April.  To register your student-athlete, click here.

7th grade parents- Time to write "Lift Up Letters" and help your child feel great about him/herself!  Click here for more information.

Vermont State Chess Championships- Grades K-12 This tournament will be held on Saturday, April 18th, at Berlin Elementary School. For details, check out

Waterbury Girls on the Run, Grades 3-5 - Information session, Thursday, March 12th- 6:30PM.  TBPS Library

2nd Annual Ice Out Raffle To Guess When the Waterbury Pool Ice Will Melt.  Supports TBPS-CBMS Odyssey of the Mind.  Tickets can be purchased in the school offices through April 10th.

Spring Lacrosse Registration – Register now for Spring Lacrosse! The lacrosse program includes Mad River Valley, Waterbury and Duxbury boys and girls in grades 3-8 (2nd graders if space permits).  There are free full sets of loaner equipment available for the season 3rd and 4th grade boys and all girls for no charge (security deposit required), first come, first served.  Registration is $75 for grade 3/4’s, $100 for all others (there is also a $25 US Lacrosse membership fee + $25 late fee).  Register online at  You will also receive a cool reversible pinnie with your registration, which is yours to keep after the season! Late fee can be waived for first time players, and scholarships are available.    Register now: we will be soon starting indoor lax as well.  For more information and registration, please visit the website at or email Denise Russo @

3rd Annual Summer Math Camp @ CBMSHosted by Tegan Garon.  This summer, your kids have the opportunity to attend a week-long math camp, where they can practice skills and learn new concepts in a fun and interactive way!  Tegan Garon, a senior at the University of Vermont’s Honors College majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics, will be hosting the camp for the third year in a row.  Through collaborative, hands-on, and real-world activities, campers will be able to refresh their math skills and explore new topics.  Learning activities in previous years have included: running a mock candy store, shooting baskets to teach statistics, building towers of toothpicks and marshmallows, and much more.The camp will run Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3, from 9:30am to noon, at CBMS.  The camp is open to any incoming 6th, 7th, or 8th grader, of any math ability.  The cost for Reserve your spot and sign up SOON by emailing Tegan:  You may also email him with any questions or concerns.

The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor and long-time music educator Lou Kosma, will present its annual Family Concert on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Barre Opera House. Note that this is not called a “children’s concert” but rather a family concert because it features wonderful music that will be enjoyable for all. This year’s theme is Espana! featuring the exciting music of Spain. The concert includes also performances by talented local music students playing with the Green Mountain Youth Symphony under the baton of Robert Blais as well as a work by student composer Eileen Kocherlakota.  Following the concert there will be an “instrument petting zoo,” an opportunity for all to examine up close and even try various orchestral instruments. Students in attendance will have the chance at winning a prize of music lessons worth $150.Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Barre Opera House box office, 476-8188 or on line at

Save the date for one of the largest energy fairs in Vermont:
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT
TOUR 70+ exhibits and talk with dozens of experts about energy audits, solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves and much more 
LEARN how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions
PARTICIPATE in break-out discussions on many interesting topics 
KIDS can enjoy a free show by Marko the Magician at 11AM 
The Fair draws 700 attendees and exhibit space sells out every year.  Local green energy companies that would like to exhibit at the LEAP Energy Fair are encouraged to contact Ned Houston as soon as possible at

Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • 2Nite- Friday, March 13th- 7-9PM- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- $5 admission
  • Tuesday, March 17th- 6PM- TBPS Cafeteria- WDSD Budget Info Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 17th- 6:30 PM- CBMS PTO meeting- Trish Feld Library
  • Wednesday, March 18th- 3-8PM- Student-led conferences
  • Thursday, March 19th- 8-9:15- Tri 2 Recognition Assembly and OM Assembly- Gym
  • Thursday, March 19th- 3-8PM- Student-led conferences
  • Friday, March 20th- No School for Students Today
  • Saturday, March 21st- Time TBD- Jr. Iron Chef Tournament @ Essex Fairground
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd- All Day- Rotary Home and Garden Show @ CBMS
  • Week of March 23rd- Team Prodigy takes SBAC
  • Wednesday, March 25th- 10:45-1:45- Team Titan to Flynn
  • Thursday, March 26th- Vote on the WDSD Budget- Polls open 7AM-7PM

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