Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20

“One of the most robust findings in developmental psychology is that kids learn how to treat one another by watching the way adults treat them and treat each other.” from “7 Things Every Kid Should Master” by Susan Engel in The Boston Globe, March 1, 2015,

Save a tree....use the E-bus note... click here.

Early voting is open now through next Wednesday, at your Town Office. Please Vote! The Budget Overview presentation from this week's budget information session can be found here.  Voting Day is next Thursday, with polls open at both TB and CB from 7AM to 7PM.

John Halligan Assembly- Friday, April 3rd, from 12:50-2:00 in the CBMS Cafetorium.  John will be visiting us to share the powerful story of his son Ryan, who died at the hands of bullying when he was a Middle School student in Essex.  More information on his presentation can be found by clicking here.  Parents are welcome to join us.  The topics of bullying, suicide, and the power of the spoken and written word are the focus of this presentation.  This will be an all-school assembly, and if you would prefer your child not be part of this presentation, let Tom Drake know via or 244-6100 x144.  

Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe shares some thoughts on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)- click here to access.
Thatcher Brook, Crossett Brook students compete this Saturday at the Vermont Odyssey of the Mind tournament
More than 50 students from Waterbury-Duxbury will compete on Saturday at the Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament held at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook each have four teams in the competition. The tournament begins at 8AM with presentations through the afternoon. It is free and friends, teachers, family members are welcome to attend.  A schedule for the tournament is online at Teams from our schools are listed as Waterbury-Duxbury Schools. Those in Division 1 are generally in grades 3-4-5. Those in Division 2 are mainly in grades 6-7-8 with a little overlap. Primary is K-2.  If you know an OM team member and want to find their performance, ask them what problem they are solving. The “long-term” time on the schedule is the competition open to spectators. This is where problem solutions are presented in the format of a skit with specific requirements. Skits have an 8-minute time limit. No spectators are allowed into the “spontaneous” competition.  Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving activity for students of all ages. Thousands of students across the U.S. and in a dozen or more countries participate in OM competitions. OM teaches teamwork and emphasizes innovation and creativity in approaching problems. Teams who place first and second in their categories at the Vermont tournament qualify to attend OM World Finals in May this year at Michigan State University.

2nd Annual Ice Out Raffle To Guess When the Waterbury Pool Ice Will Melt Supports TBPS-CBMS Odyssey of the Mind  Spring is coming (eventually) and it’s time to start guessing when the ice on the Waterbury town pool will melt. The 2nd annual Ice Out raffle is on now with tickets on sale through April 10. Taking a guess or two or three will help support the Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook Odyssey of the Mind program. In the tradition of Joe’s Pond in West Danville, a pallet holding a large wrapped concrete brick will be placed on the frozen Waterbury Pool in the coming days. The setup will be wired to a clock rigged to stop when the ice gives way and the brick slips into the icy water.  The contestant who comes closest to guessing the “Ice Out” correct time (without going over) will win a $250 cash prize. Tickets for $2 per guess – 3 guesses for $5 --  are on sale now at several locations around town: Bargain Boutique, Bridgeside Books, Crossroads Deli, Billings Mobil, True Value Hardware; also at the Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook school offices.  Updates on the contest can be found online on the Waterbury Duxbury Vt. Odyssey of the Mind Facebook page. (In 2014, the brick tipped into the water on April 14.)  OM is a creative problem-solving extra-curricular activity that focuses on teamwork, ingenuity and resourcefulness. Each school has four teams (more than 50 students in all) participating in the upcoming Vermont Odyssey of the Mind Tournament March 21 at Champlain Valley High School.

Changing the World
- (from 8th grader Jackson Greenleaf) This month in change the world I would like to organize a drive for blank white copy paper. I know it sounds strange, but the shelter can use it quite honestly for just copying, printing, and mailing various things. This drive will end in the beginning of April. As usual all donations will go to the central Vermont Humane Society in East Montpelier. All donations can be put in the box in the CBMS lobby. 
Still a few spots left....Velocity for Boys @ CBMS!  
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is proud to announce that Velocity is coming to CBMS this Spring! The goals of the overall program are:
  •  To encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for Middle School boys.
  • To give boys an opportunity to try new fitness activities in a non-competitive, boys-only setting
  • To help boys build confidence and communication skills, as they bond with mentors and other participants
The program will tentatively run on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30, beginning April 30th and running through June 4th The program costs $60 per child, and some scholarship money may be available upon request.  Checks should be made to "Velocity BCBSVT", and sent with the permission slip to the CBMS office. Contact Dan Gratton, the CBMS Velocity coordinator, to learn more… or 244-6100 x122.   This program is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come/first served basis.  Velocity permission slip can be accessed by clicking here

Green Mountain Performing Arts is now open on Saturdays. Click here for details.  

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 @

Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • Saturday, March 21st- 12:45- Jr. Iron Chef Tournament @ Essex Fairground
  • Saturday, March 21st- Odyssey of the Mind Tournament- CVU High School- all day
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and 22nd- All Day- Rotary Spring Show @ CBMS
  • Week of March 23rd- Team Prodigy takes SBAC
  • Wednesday, March 25th- 10:45-1:45- Team Titan to Flynn
  • Thursday, March 26th- Polls open for the WDSD Budget Vote- 7AM-7PM
  • Thursday, March 26th- Hoops 4 Heart- CBMS Gym- 2:30-4:30
  • Saturday, March 28th- Vermont History Day- U-32
  • Friday, April 3rd- John Halligan Assembly- 12:20-2- Cougar Cafetorium
  • Friday, April 3rd- Fun Night- Grades 5 & 5- 7-9PM
  • Friday, April 3rd- Grades 7/8 Dance, sponsored by HUMS- 7-9PM- Waterbury Ice Center
  • Wednesday, April 8th- Early Release Day
  • Saturday, April 11th- LEAP Fair @ CBMS
  • Week of April 13th- Team Titan takes SBAC
  • Tuesday, April 14th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • Week of April 20th- Spring Break- no school this week

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