Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jan 8

Ecology Week Parent Info session for parents of 5th and 6th graders- Ecology Week is happening from April 12-15.  Come and hear about what is happening on the Ferry Beach Ecology School trip and the Audubon Center day-trips. Thursday, January 28th- 6:30PM in the CBMS Library.

Got recipes? The CBMS Sustainability program is creating a community cookbook, and we are looking for submissions! Click here for details, and click here to submit a recipe.

Supplemental Education Services, in the form of After-School Tutoring, is available for students whose families quality for Free/Reduced Lunch.  February 1st is the deadline to apply.  More details can be found on the links off the CBMS homepage.

Introduction to Sign Language Jen Hempey will lead an introduction to sign language. Open to students in grades 5-8 at CBMS. Thursdays, Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, and 18 from 2:30-3:00PM. Cost is $25 for 6 classes. Please make checks payable to "Jen Hempey". Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake.
"Most Likely to Succeed- The Film".  For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today's innovative world. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week, and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter. Film Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators.” Most Likely To Succeed is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.   Click here to see the trailer.

Join Us for this event-- Free and open to the public
January 14, 2016 6:30-8:00 p.m. Harwood Union High School

#7 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology- Many students already use personal 1:1 technology outside of school to engage in the key 21st century skills of communicating, collaborating, and creating. They should not have to “power down” when they pass through the schoolhouse doors.

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: Students who previously completed the first beginner’s class or are already familiar with the Lego Mindstorms program to control robots to drive forward, backwards and make controlled turns. Students must possess a desire to learn about building robots, programming and working together with other students to solve problems. This is not a class for a student that just wants to “fool around” or just “play with Legos”.

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

Cadence Gentley and Desirae Byrd are raising money for suicide prevention. They are working with a non-profit organization called To Write Love On Her Arms. The organization works with teens that are struggling with addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. Since they are non-profit, the only way they get money to help teens get treatment and recover is by donations. Cadence Gentley and Desirae Byrd are accepting donations which will go straight to the organization. For any questions you can contact them at or, or you can go to the organization's website Thank you!

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Words from the Library

The current display outside the CBMS Trish Feld Library is about recognizing and naming things that get in the way of students’  reading.  Some students have identified the following reasons: distractions, being unable to focus, not finding the right book, not having enough time, not being able to read the words, not understanding what is going on in the story. Instead of ignoring those things that are getting in the way...let’s acknowledge them and start talking about ways to get into reading. 

There are many strategies that are available and just starting the conversation and checking in can make all the difference!  The big thing is redirecting where the child is stuck. This is an opportunity to listen to your child say “I am no good at reading” or "I only want to read fantasy" or “I just can’t understand this book.” Here is a chance to point out the fixed mindset thinking and direct your child to a growth mindset.  (To learn more about mindset check this out). Reminding your child that he or she may not understand yet, but by asking questions, finding new strategies, setting small goals, and working hard, they will.  

Meet your child where he or she is at:
When they struggle despite strong effort
You can say: “You might be struggling, but you are making progress. I can see your growth (in these places).”

When they struggle and need help with strategies
You can say: “What parts were difficult for you? Let’s look at them.  Let’s ask ------ for advice—s/he may be able to explain/suggest some ideas/recommend some strategies.” 

When they are making progress
You can say: “I see you using your strategies/tools/notes/etc. Keep it up!  You were working on this for a while and you didn’t quit!  Your hard work is clearly evident in your progress with the book.” 

When they succeed with strong effort
You can say: “I am very proud of you for not giving up, and look what you have to show for it!  Congratulations – you really used great strategies for reading and understanding the book.” 

When they succeed easily without effort
You can say: “It’s great that you have that down.  You’re ready for something more difficult.  What book do you want to read next?”

These conversations about reading can expand to other parts of your lives. Feel free to be in touch, ask questions, and let me know how it goes!  Jennifer Hill, Librarian, 244-6100 x244.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • January 12- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library. All relevant documents can b accessed here.
  • January 14- "Most Likely to Succeed" movie screening- 6:30PM in the HU auditorium (note time change)
  • January 15- Last day of Quarter 2
  • 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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