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 .  http://bit.ly/1O51fcd

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- missy@calmontbeverage.com 


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 tdrake@wwsu.org


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 tmatt@wwsu.org


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


Friday, October 23, 2015

Oct 23


Shaws Grocery Store donated $400 to CBMS as part of a community give-back initiative.  Kris Shepherd delivered the check for Shaw's, and Ellen Barillaro graciously accepted it for CBMS!  Many thanks to the good folks at Shaw's for your support of our school!

Free & Reduced Lunch Eligibility.  Has your income changed?  Household size increased?  Life changed your circumstances?  Please note that you can apply for benefits at any time during the school year. For more information please visit this site.  

Halloween is coming 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 next week, Friday, 10/30! The candy will be distributed to Randall and Elm Streets and other homes in high traffic spots! Thanks to everyone who has already donated!

CBMS After School Cross Country Ski Program - Our after school program will take place for eight weeks on Monday afternoons.  We will be taking a bus from school to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.  Parent volunteers are welcome for this program.  All paperwork must be in by December 5, 2015.  Click here for more information, and to access the registration form.

Annie Jr., the CBMS musical this year, will be starting on Monday, October 26th. On the 26th we will read through the play. Auditions will happen on Tuesday the 27th. Rehearsals will begin on the 28th. All of these activities will begin after school and last until the 5:00 bus. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Eileen Baker- ebaker@wwsu.org.

Fencing Program on the E-Community Bulletin. Click here.

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 .  http://bit.ly/1O51fcd


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • October 30- Last Day for Quarter 1
  • October 30- Staff vs 8th Grade Soccer Game- 1:30-2:30 (weather dependent)
  • 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 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 25-November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School on these days

Friday, October 16, 2015

Oct 16

Ponderable:   Teachers who have seen formerly frustrating students come back to visit as successful adults trust in the whole enterprise of schooling and growing up.”  Rick Wormeli from “The 7 Habits of Highly Affective Teachers” in Educational Leadership, October 2015; http://bit.ly/1VjnUpp

The Stowe Ski/Ride program is starting up again in January- time to tune up those boards! Please click here for information regarding sign ups for our program at Stowe Mountain Resort. This is time sensitive so please do not delay.

Halloween is coming 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 offices from Monday, 10/19 through Friday, 10/30!   The candy will be distributed to Randall and Elm Streets and other homes in high traffic spots.  Thanks in advance for your help!


Who is ready for Odyssey of the Mind?  Calling all returning OMers and anyone interested in learning more about Odyssey of the Mind! OM is a fun, extra-curricular creative problem-solving activity that keeps students busy from fall until March. Crossett Brook has participated in the state and national OM competitions for many years. It’s time to form teams for this year – no experience necessary. OM teams typically have 5-7 student members and two parent volunteer coaches. OM is for creative students who like to design and build things; those who enjoy art, acting and maybe even singing; people who like working with a group and especially enjoy a challenge.

Anyone interested in being on a team, coaching a team, or just learning more so you can decide, should come to an organizing meeting on Monday, October 19th at 6:30PM in the Thatcher Brook school library.

OM is for students of all ages - from kindergarten through college. Hundreds of teams from the U.S. and many other countries take part in World Finals every year. They start by choosing from a list of problems to solve, working during the school year on a solution, and presenting their solutions at state contests. Winners qualify to compete at World Finals. Vermont’s state tournament will be held Saturday, March 19th, at Champlain Valley Union High School.  2015-16 problem descriptions are online at this link.  More information on the Vermont OM website.  Questions? Contact OM coordinator Lisa Scagliotti at lscagliotti@comcast.net. Be sure to contact her if your student is interested but you cannot attend the October 19th meeting.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Nite - October 16- Grades 7/8 Dance- 7-9PM @ CBMS. $5. No permission slip needed.
  • October 19th- OM Organizational meeting- 6:30PM- TBPS library
  • October 30- Last Day for Quarter 1
  • October 30- Staff vs 8th Grade Soccer Game- 1:30-2:30 (weather dependent)
  • 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 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 25-November 27- Thanksgiving Break- No School on these days

Friday, October 9, 2015

Oct 9

Ponderable:   "If math were music, the traditional approach would be learning scales and the new approach would be playing songs".  from “Teachers Nurture Growth Mindset in Math” by Evie Blad in Education Week, September 9, 2015.

Grades 5 & 6 WWSU Spelling Bee- The CBMS spelling team took second place in this year’s Bee, behind Warren by a mere 1 word!  Melissa Williams coached the team again this year, and team members included Jeswin Antony, Jack Birmingham, Winn Gillen, Oliver Menard, Garrett Nelson, Merry Smith, and Louisa Thomsen. COUGARS!

Stowe Ski & Ride Program- stay tuned for info on this program coming out soon!

Daily Den Announcements are hosted on the CBMS Homepage.  Access them there by clicking on the Afternoon Den Announcements link.

E-Bus Note- the best way to get notes for any changes in after-school transportation to the CBMS office!  Click here and click on the E-Bus Note link. 

Looking to access Athletic Schedules for grades 7/8 sports?  The CBMS schedules are here, and the HU schedules are here.  

Intro to Lego Robotics Sign-Up Oct-Nov- This is a beginner class for students in grades 5-8, and is open to the first 10 students. Classes will take place on Tuesdays, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10 and 17 from 2:30-4PM. Please note that students will need a ride home at 4:00. Mike Maloney will be leading this class, and the cost is $60/student. Please make checks payable to "Mike Maloney". Requests for financial assistance can be directed to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org or 244-6100. To register, click here.

After School Creative Writing with Ms. Cicchetti - In this 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! Dates are: Thursdays, Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, and 19, 2015. Time is 2:30-3:00. Location: Room 210, Prodigy wing. Cost will be $30 for a 6 week session. Please make checks payable to "CBMS PTO". Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org or 244-6100. To register, click here.

Building Project at Harwood Union - We are seeking community participation!  Last April, the Harwood Union School Board of Directors selected the architectural firm, Truexcullins, to implement a building study of Harwood Union MS/HS. The initial reasoning was to understand the condition and status of our building and the challenge of upgrading our facility to a 21st century learning environment for our students and staff. While our facility has received much tender loving care over the years, there are some specific needs that must be addressed,  as well as creating a 21st century learning environment for the future. We are presently in the process of determining the priorities and the financial costs in moving a building project forward to the taxpayers for a vote in November 2016.   Harwood Union has also formed an educational planning committee with representation from both staff and students with the task of providing insight and recommendations into the needs of a 21st century learning environment for the future. At this point in the process, we need to share our information and understandings with our community members. While there will be many opportunities in the near future to hear and understand the reasoning behind the “why” of this building project and the specific details related to the recommended improvements, the facilities committee will be offering the first opportunities to get involved and understand our building needs by hosting three community tours of the building. The building tours will be offered on the following dates and times:  October 15th @ 6:30 p.m., Saturday, October 17th @10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, October 20th @6:30 p.m. On November 12th at 6:00 p.m. representatives of our architectural firm, Truexcullins, will facilitate a Community Forum.  We welcome and need your participation! Please get involved!  Please save the dates and plan to attend a building tour and the Community Forum!

Need childcare plans for Monday and Tuesday, October 12 & 13, when CBMS has no school?  Apple Tree Discovery has some activities going on.  Check the E-Community Bulletin Board for more info. 

ACT 46 Defined - ACT 46 was enacted to encourage support and local decisions and actions to ensure all communities are part of a sustainable structure of education governance on or before July 1, 2019. Districts are encouraged to organize in a manner consistent with a preferred educational governance structure as outlined in the ACT or an approved alternate structure. The goal of ACT 46 is to move Vermont towards sustainable education governance models and encourage local decisions and actions that:
1. Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of education opportunities
2. Lead students to meet or exceed state Educational Quality Standards
3. Maximize operational efficiencies through greater flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, with a goal of increasing district-level student to staff ratios
4. Promote transparency and accountability
5. Are delivered at a cost valued by parents, voters, and taxpayers


Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • October 12- No School for Students today- Columbus Day
  • October 13- No School for Students today- Staff In-Service
  • October 13- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library- relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • October 16- Grades 7/8 Dance- 7-9PM @ CBMS. $5. No permission slip needed.
  • October 22- Cabaret @ CBMS- 7-8:30PM
  • October 30- Last Day for Quarter 1

Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct 2


Growth v Fixed


WWSU Grades 5 & 6 Spelling Bee @ CBMS on Tuesday, October 6th.  Come cheer on the defending champion Cougars!  8:30AM in the CBMS Cougar Cafetorium.  

Schoology @ CBMS- What is Schoology?  In short, and from the classroom end, it is like PowerSchool on steroids!  Information on how to access the Parent Portal on Schoology was e-mailed out earlier this week.  If you did not receive it, e-mail Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org).  A good 4-minute intro movie to the Parent Portal can be found on this link.  

Tonight!  5/6 grade Halloween themed Fun Night 7-9 pm- Come dance with ghouls, aliens and celebrities and play ping pong with goblins, wild animals and superheros. This early Halloween party will be a chance for your student to try out his/her costume, or be someone new. School dress code will be in affect: shirts and shoes required, no revealing clothing. Permission Forms - E-form can be found here) MUST be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian or your child will not be able to participate until we have confirmation from you. Adults coming to pick up students at the end of Fun Night MUST come into the school to sign them out. Admission Fee- Please have your child bring $5 to Fun Night to cover expenses.
Substance Use, Parenting and Teenagers talk sponsored by the CBMS PTOHow can we help our children avoid having problems with drugs and alcohol? If substance use does become a problem, how will we know and what should we do?  Come join Bert Klavens for a discussion about how to help your children develop healthy attitudes about substance use, and how to help them if problems do arise.  Bert Klavens, M.A. LADC is the Director of the Healthy Youth Program (HYP) a service of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau in Montpelier, Vermont. HYP serves youth 12-25 with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues and utilizes a Positive Youth Development, strength based treatment approach. Bert is a licensed addictions counselor, who has worked with youth, adults and families in Central Vermont for over 20 years. He is married with two adult children and a very large dog.

Inclement weather is coming... New this year to our delayed opening schedule is a 2-hour delayed start, which falls in line with the vast majority of Vermont Schools.  Superintendent Brigid Nease provides all the details in this letter.  Let it snow!

Intro to Lego Robotics Sign-Up Oct-Nov- This is a beginner class for students in grades 5-8, and is open to the first 10 students. Classes will take place on Tuesdays, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10 and 17 from 2:30-4PM. Please note that students will need a ride home at 4:00. Mike Maloney will be leading this class, and the cost is $60/student. Please make checks payable to "Mike Maloney". Requests for financial assistance can be directed to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org or 244-6100. To register, click here.

After School Creative Writing with Ms. Cicchetti - In this 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! Dates are: Thursdays, Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, and 19, 2015. Time is 2:30-3:00. Location: Room 210, Prodigy wing. Cost will be $30 for a 6 week session. Please make checks payable to "CBMS PTO". Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org or 244-6100. To register, click here.

You don’t have a family plan, you say?  Click here for the CDC Emergency Family Planning Guide!  In addition to being a source of helpful information, you will find a template to help you create your own Emergency Family Communications Plan.  We also have more resources available athttp://healthvermont.gov/emerg/E-ReadyFamily.aspx.  Finally, you can help build Vermont’s emergency response efforts. Spread the word about OnCall for Vermont, where people can learn about how to help in their communities by serving as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2Nite- October 2- Grades 5/6 Fun Night- 7-9PM @ CBMS
  • October 6- Grades 5/6 WWSU Spelling Bee @ CBMS- 8:30AM
  • October 7- School Photo Day
  • October 8- Substance Abuse Workshop for Parents, sponsored by the CBMS PTO.  6:30PM in the CBMS Library.
  • October 12- No School for Students today- Columbus Day
  • October 13- No School for Students today- Staff In-Service
  • October 13- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • October 16- Grades 7/8 Dance- 7-9PM @ CBMS. $5.
  • October 22- Cabaret @ CBMS- 7-8:30PM
  • October 30- Last Day for Quarter 1