Friday, January 15, 2016

Jan 15

CBMS is hosting the 5th Annual Hoops Tournament for Grades 5 and 6 - February 3-6.  Purchase tickets at the door for $3 per adult and $1 for seniors and students.  Children under 5 are admitted for free. Tickets are good for all games that day. 
We are looking for a number of volunteers for 1-2 hrs per assignment and would like your support!  Games Feb 3rd-5th are occurring in the late afternoon/early evening and games on Feb 6th are occurring in the morning into mid afternoon.  There should be a timeslot that works for pretty much anyone!  Your time makes a big difference!  If your availability is limited, please know that we also need donations of food and drink.  Please use this link to volunteer your time or to donate food & drink.  

A group of 5th and 6th graders from Team Wizards are trying to create the world's largest die!  We are in need of 1.5" PVC pipe for the structures, and also 1.5" PVC connectors.  Thanks for donating if you have any!

#6 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology-  Early experiences with the challenges and opportunities of 1:1 learning with technology in school will prepare students for bigger challenges and opportunities when they enter college and work. In a sense, early guided exposure can “inoculate” students against the pitfalls of technology while they still have support and close supervision. 

Ponderable: "No other age level is of more importance to the future of individuals, and, literally, to that of society; because these are the years when youngsters crystallize their beliefs about themselves and firm up their self-concepts, their philosophies of life, and their values - the things that are the ultimate determinants of their behavior." J.H.Lounsbury- click here to read the full article.

Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot Beginners 2 Class – With Challenges - Instructor: Mike Maloney

This is level 2 beginners’ class. You will review skills learned in level 1 beginner class and then take it to the next level with both building and programming challenges. You will learn to use sensors and add loop and switch instructions, possibly adding a third motor. You will build robots to meet the constraints presented in a variety of challenges based on your skill level. There will be instructions followed by hands on training activities leading to challenges to put what is learned into practice.  Working in pairs, students will apply the engineering process to learn about planning, designing, building, programming, testing, problem solving and team work. This is a class where you will work hard and have fun learning.

Who should attend: New or experienced students are welcome!

This class will fun for 5 consecutive Tuesdays, starting Jan 19th .  The cost is $75.   To sign up, click here.  

There will be four Waterbury school board positions on the ballot on Tuesday, March 1st
  • Harwood Union High School Board -- the seat currently held by Dale Smeltzer
  • Waterbury-Duxbury School Board  -- the seat filled by Alison Scileppi
  • Waterbury Town Board  -- the seat held by Ellen Dorsey
  • Waterbury Town Board  -- the seat filled by Steve Odefey
All are 3-year terms subject to the results of the ACT 46 merger vote.  Petitions are due on January 25th and require the signature of 30 registered voters.  Petitions can be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office at the rear of the Fire Station through 1/15 and in the new town offices after 1/19.

Usually the Harwood and WDSD Board meet monthly for roughly 3 hours, occasionally with two meetings in January and February regarding the budget.  Most members are also needed to serve on 1 or more additional committees or boards that meet from twice a year to twice a month that involve topics such as: employee negotiations, district consolidation, Washington West Supervisory Union work, policies, and building use.  

The Waterbury Town Board only meets once annually every March for under 30 minutes to authorize the WDSD to operate the schools on the behalf of the Town of Waterbury.  This board may call special meetings from time to time primarily on the occasion when a Waterbury seat on the WDSD board is vacated mid-term.  (Note:  Duxbury Town Board seats are nominated and selected on the floor of their annual Town Meeting.)   

First ever “Babysitter’s Social” – The Children's Room will be hosting this special playgroup for parents and others to meet and network with each other while our little ones play. Everyone will have the opportunity to fill out a name card with your needs and/or experience.  Are you are a qualified student looking for sitter opportunities or a parent looking for childcare swaps. Maybe an adult looking to work part-time for a family looking for occasional care in Waterbury, Duxbury and The Mad River Valley! If so, you should stop by and chat with each other. The Children's Room will not provide any screening or endorsements of individuals participating. We recommend each parent and/or sitter check references of potential matches. Refreshments will be served!   Click here for more details.  

Attention primary- and middle-school parents! In a blink of an eye, you will find your student in 12th grade speeding towards graduation. You’ll wonder where the time went and you’ll be planning the celebrations. For now though, consider coming out on Friday, January 29th to Sugarbush Resort for a fun night out that will benefit this year’s seniors. The HUHS Project Graduation Mardi Gras Mystery Dinner & Silent Auction starts at 6 p.m. at the Gate House Lodge at Sugarbush. This is a key fundraiser for Project Graduation, an annual event organized by parent volunteers to provide a safe, fun, substance-free celebration the night of graduation. The entire cost is fundraised and parents chaperone. This year’s goal is $100 per student for transportation, food and associated fees.
Doors open and auction starts at 6PM, dinner at 7PM. While guests arrive and check out the silent auction items, actors from the the Valley Players theater group mingle and share clues to the mystery that will unfold during the theatrical presentation. Audience members during dinner and dessert help solve the mystery with prizes awarded along the way. Tickets for the event are $25 per person before January 29, $30 at the door. Student tickets are $15. Purchase tickets online at: A nominal processing fee (under $2) will be added to adult tickets.
Project Graduation owes much of its success each year to the generosity of local businesses and individuals who donate goods, services, or make cash contributions. To donate an item to the Silent Auction, contact Anne Greshin. Cash donations are greatly appreciated. Checks may be made to Harwood Union Project Graduation; mail to: Harwood Union High School, 458 Vt. Route 100, Moretown, VT 05660. For more information: Anne Greshin, 802-583-3223 or

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • January 15- Last day of Quarter 2 (Applied Academics for grades 5 and 6 change next week)
  • January 18- MLK Day - No School today
  • January 19- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30 in the CBMS Library
  • January 19- 9th Grade Parent Night @ HUHS (for parents of current 8th graders)- 6:30PM in the HU Library
  • January 26- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library
  • January 28- Ecology Week Parent Info Session for 5th and 6th Grade Parents- 6:30PM- CBMS Library

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