Friday, March 6, 2015

March 6

School Board Meeting- The WDSD School Board will be meeting on Tuesday, March 10th, beginning at 6PM at the TBPS Library.  The 15-16 budget is topic #1.  Relevant documents can be accessed here.

Spring Conferences are coming, and online sign-ups open tomorrow!  The format for Core Team Parent Conferences this Spring will once again be Student-Led.  Some details:
  • First and foremost, your child will be leading the conference, so you need to bring him/her with you!
  • Wednesday March 18th is the date for conferences, with some teams having core conferences on Thursday, March 19th, and you will be signing up for one block on core, in addition to any individual conferences with Applied Academics teachers you would like to meet with.   Time slots begin at 3:00PM, and run through 8:00PM.
  • Sign-ups will be on-line, beginning tomorrow, March 7th and continuing through the end of the day on March 11th.  To sign-up, you will follow the link off the CBMS Homepage, or sign up directly via this link..  Directions for sign-ups appear below.  
  • Conferences will be arena-style, with multiple conferences happening simultaneously.  All of the core teachers will be available during all conferences, and you can call any teacher to join the conference at any time.  All core teams will be meeting on the core wing, except for Team Quest who will meet in the library.  
  • If you would like an individual conference with a core teacher outside of the student-led conferences, you can sign up for a time at your core conference.
  • Detailed directions to use the on-line sign-up system:
  1. Visit the CBMS homepage  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 is the password)
    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 team/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’ team/teacher 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 team/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 ( or Tom Drake (, or phone the school at 244-6100.

8th Grade Parents- Time to think about registration for 9th grade!  For information on this process and important upcoming dates, click here.  For details on how to sign up for a scheduling appointment online, click here.  These appointments are for your son or daughter, but you are welcome to attend as well! 

Waterbury Girls on the Run, Grades 3-5 - Information session, Thursday, March 12th- 6:30PM.  Families are invited to a program information session on in the cafeteria of TBPS. Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 5th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program will begin the week of March 23rd and conclude the week of June 8th. Our celebration 5k will take place on June 6th at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds. Program cost is $25.00 per girl. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Lindsay Simpson at 802- 324- 8877 or, or Carol Baitz at

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.

It’s time for the Fastest Game On Two Feet—Lacrosse!.  Registration is now open for Harwood Youth Lacrosse’s teams.  Players will have fun learning the basics of throwing, shooting, catching, stick checking, cradling and overall game play. Sign up today at this link.  You will first need to sign up for insurance at this link.  Pre-season indoor practices at the Crossett Brook gym will start Thursday, March 19th at 5:00.  

Chris Phillips will be conducting a Socrates Cafe for the entire Washington West community beginning at 6PM, Monday evening, March 16-- ALL students, faculty and community members are invited to attend. the session will take place in the Harwood Library and refreshments will be provided   Dr. Phillips—who earned his PhD in Communications, and who has Master’s degrees in the humanities, the natural sciences, and in education—is a professor, writer and pro-democracy activist. Dr. Phillips is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award. The noted educator is a Network Fellow at Harvard University's Safra Center for Ethics, and was named the first Senior Fellow at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where he designed and taught courses on such subjects as 'Socratic Method and Democratic Citizenship' and 'Money and Democracy.'  His Socrates Café and Constitution Café groups -- the subject of four acclaimed books -- are widely used in high  school and college courses  while the Democracy Café and the Spirit of ‘76 Café have further captured the imagination of a diverse public that craves meaningful discourse. They aren’t just about good conversation, however. “It’s grass-roots democracy,” Phillips told Time magazine. “It’s only in a group setting that people can hash out their ideas about how we should act not just as an individual but as a society.”  It is an amazing  opportunity to have such a celebrated author and philosopher come to our  community and offer to spend an evening with  all of us.  Please join us- it will be a fabulous evening!  For questions and more information, please contact Katherine Cadwell at 

Upcoming Dates of Note  - (full calendar can be found here)
  • Tuesday, March 10th- 6PM- WDSD School Board meeting- TBPS Library
  • Wednesday, March 11th- Early Release Day, with 8th grade vs Staff Basketball game from 10:15-11:15.
  • Wednesday, March 11th- 6PM- Incoming 9th Grade Parent Meeting @ HUHS
  • Thursday, March 12th- 6:30PM- "Race to Nowhere" screening, sponsored by the CBMS PTO.  Cougar Cafetorium.  Free and open to one and all!
  • Friday, March 13th- 7-9PM- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- $5 admission
  • 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

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