Friday, October 30, 2015

Oct 30

Ponderable:   I wish that every teenager had to take a course on how their brain works so that they would understand that they’re building their brain by what they do every day.”  Frances Jensen in “Secrets of the Teenage Brain” in Educational Leadership, October 2015 .

A Friendly Reminder on Tardiness...classes begin promptly at 7:45AM.  Please take into account the time it takes for your child to transition from your car, to their locker, and to their first-block class.  In reality, dropping off at 7:40AM at the latest will get your child to class on time and give him or her the BEST opportunity to learn!

Help to keep your child safe online! The CBMS is bringing Technicool to CBMS on Thursday, November 5th, beginning at 6:30PM in the Trish Feld Library.  More info on this program can be found on this link.  

Our annual PTO Winter Fundraiser is kicking off on 10/30, and running through 11/16.  Are you looking for a way to support your school and local businesses?  This is the place to come.  We have Wreaths and Poinsettias from Evergreen Gardens, Waterbury Bars from Laughing Moon Chocolate and Buy Local Discount books from Red Barn.  Every penny of the profits go directly to your student's team to support the activities that they have planned out.  Letters from each team with information about their needs will accompany the paperwork that comes home on Friday.  Please check the "black hole" known as the bottom of your child's backpack.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to any of the PTO Board or you can contact me directly. Thanks for your support! Missy Semprebon- 

Save the Date!  Student-Led Conferences will be happening for all students on Monday, November 23rd, with blocks available from 3-8PM.  The e-sign up window opens on November 12th, and details on how to sign up will be coming in next week's Cougar Comments.  Your learner is leading the conference, so be sure to bring him/her with you!

Got Schoology?  Accessing the parent portal is the best way to keep up with your learner's school work! A document outlining how to set up a Parent Schoology Account can be found at this link.  If you need help, e-mail Tom Drake at

Winter Sports begin in mid November!  Click here to register- deadline to register is Friday, Nov 13th.

  • Gymnastics (Grades 6-8)
  • Basketball (Grades 5-8)
  • Wrestling (Gr 7/8) and Nordic Skiing (Gr 7/8) through HUMS - meeting on Nov 17 at 6PM in the HUHS auditorium
Halloween is 2morrow and your Waterbury Village neighbors are excited for another great year! Please help by dropping your candy donations off at the candy drop boxes at TBPS and CBMS thru the end of today.  Candy will be distributed to Randall and Elm Streets and other homes in high traffic spots! Thanks to everyone who has already donated!

CVGA Gymnastics Show in the CBMS gym.  Show times are November 13th @ 6:00pm and November 14th @ 2:00pm & 6:00pm.  More details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board.  

Got Housing?  CBMS Staff Member Tom Matt had a house fire at his home on Blush Hill in Waterbury this past week.  His house will need to be gutted, and he is looking at being out of the house for 6 months.  He and his wife Deborah lost everything on the 2nd floor, including all of their clothes, and the first floor has lots of smoke and water damage.  They are currently renting a ski apartment in Waitsfield, and can be there through T'giving.  However, Tom would love to be in the W'bury-D'bury area for logistical reasons.  Deborah works at the senior home in Berlin and hates driving in the snow, so being in this area would help a lot.  If you know of any accommodation for the two of them, and their two dogs, please e-mail Tom at

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Day - October 30- Last Day for Quarter 1- Applied Academics for grades 5/6 change on Monday
  • 2Day - October 30- Staff vs 8th Grade Soccer Game- 1:45-2:30
  • November 3- PTO Meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • November 5th- Technicool, sponsored by the CBMS PTO- 6:30PM- CBMS Library. This is a parent workshop focused on technology safety, digital citizenship, and healthy online relationships.
  • November 9- School Photo Re-Take Day- 8-11AM
  • November 10- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • November 13- Last Day of Trimester 1
  • November 13- Grades 7/8 Dance- HUMS
  • November 13- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 14- CVGA Gymnastics Show- 2PM & 6PM in the CBMS gym
  • November 19- CBMS Concert- 6-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus- 7PM
  • November 23- Student-Led Conferences- 3-8PM
  • November 24- Trimester 1 Recognition Assembly- 1:45-2:30
  • November 24- Regular school day at TBPS and CBMS, but no school for students at HUHS.
  • November 25-November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School on these days

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