Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jan 29

Thanks to the many 5th and 6th grade parents who came out to last night's Ecology Week info session.  Ecology Week happens this year from April 12th through April 15th.  For those who could not make it, links to the documents we discussed are below.  Our hope is that 100% of our 5th and 6th graders will be able to attend the Ferry Beach Ecology School trip, but do know that we will be offering day trips to the Audubon Center in Huntington if there are students who are unable to join us at Ferry Beach.  Be on the lookout for more info to follow in the coming weeks.

The February Cougar Cafe Menu is now online at

CBMS is hosting the 5th Annual Hoops Tournament for Grades 5 & 6 from Feb 3-6. We're excited to see our CBMS boys and girls show their skills on the court and their great sportsmanship!  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 also looking for volunteers for 1-2 hrs per assignment and still have a number of slots open.  Please consider donating an hour or two of your time to help make this fundraiser a success.  If your availability is limited, please know that we also need food and drink donations.  You can volunteer for a time slot or to donate food & drink at this link.  Thank you; without you, this event wouldn't be possible!

Your Voice Is Important!  The Washington West Supervisory Union Community Coalition invites you to participate in a discussion about the future of learning in WWSU through a series of Community Conversations taking place in March 2016. Community Conversations, also known as the Study Circle process, is a forum for community discussion, debate and feedback regarding teaching and learning in the schools of WWSU.  Come prepared to talk about ways for students to be prepared for the future, find ways the community can engage to support our learners, and have a voice in the future of educating all of our children.  Click here for more information.

Ponderable:  "Middle school is not a time to "tread water and wait out until they go through it," said Acuña. "It's not just a phase they're going through. There are some key things happening and it's a really important time to develop a relationship that will carry you through the teen years and into young adulthood." from "Middle school: The new high school for moms", by Kelly Wallace, CNN. Click here to read the full story.  

#5 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology  Greater access to digital tools, resources, and information results in more choices,  more active student engagement, and stronger ownership of their learning. Rather than being students along for the ride on the school bus, learners are driving their own education.
Winterfest Snow Volleyball Needs YOU!  There are already two family snow volleyball teams anchored by Crossett Brook students - who will challenge them??!!   We are still looking for adult teams and family teams to compete in this year's Snow volleyball tournament Sunday, Feb 7, from 9:30 - 1:30 at the Ice Center outside volleyball courts.  Free Ice Cream coupons to the winning team!  After the volleyball championships, make a day of it and stay to play snow football and then attend free skate and/or the Winterfest Closing Ceremonies inside the Ice Center.  Register and get more info here:  

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • February 3-6- 5/6 Hoops Tourney @ CBMS
  • February 4- Winooski Valley Jazz Festival @ HUHS
  • February 9- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library.
  • February 9- Band concert for all WWSU 6th grade band students- HUHS auditorium- 7PM
  • February 12- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM. $5 admission.
  • February 16- Combined grades 5-8 Chorus and grades 7-8 Band concert - HUHS auditorium- 7PM
  • February 19- Last Day of Trimester 2
  • February 19- Winter Carnival @ CBMS
  • February 22-March 1- Winter Break- school resumes on Wednesday, March 2nd

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