Thursday, February 4, 2016

Feb 5

CBMS To Offer Girls On The Run! - CBMS is excited to offer a new middle level Girls on the Run program called Heart & Sole. The goal of this program is to build confidence and develop "a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness." This program will help girls grow stronger physically and emotionally through dynamic lessons as well as strength training and running. The girls will watch themselves grow stronger and more confident throughout the program, culminating in a 5k run and celebration on June 4th at the Essex Fair grounds!  For more information check out the website.  Some logistics:
  • We will hold 20 practice sessions over 10 weeks time (beginning March 21st and endingJune 4th)
  • Practices will be held at CBMS from 2:30 - 4:00.
  • We are still determining which days will work best for students and will either be a M-W practice or a T-Th practice. More info to follow.
  • Thanks to PTO support, we are able to offer this program at a reduced rate of  $25-$35 per student, depending on final numbers. This is a drastic savings from the $80.00 fee GOTR charge...thanks again PTO! 
  • Some scholarship money is also available, please contact the coaches (emails below) for more information on this.
  • An informational meeting will be held on February 9th, during Den, for any student interested. This will help us project numbers and organize a practice schedule based on needs. Please encourage your student to attend if interested!
Space is limited, so please email Sarah Popowicz with interest. Include your students name, grade, team as well as practice dates that would work best for you (M-W or T-Th). This will help us finalize a practice schedule and calculate final costs. Look for more information and registration details within the next few weeks. We are so excited to get started!
Sarah Popowicz (head coach)
Mollie Burke (assistant coach)
Melinda Anderman (assistant coach)

How parents can model healthy tech habits, by Rachel Mark of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education.  A good read, full of timely reminders for parents on how to help with healthy technology habits.  Click here.

Family and friends invite you to join us along with the Harwood Boys Varsity Hockey Team and Garret Davis in a remembrance game honoring Mandy Drake Morse, Taber Merchant and all those who choose to give life. Mandy was a teacher and firefighter in our community, who lost her life battling genetic liver disease while awaiting a liver transplant.  Taber was a fellow student whose family chose to donate life after his passing.  The boys will be wearing special green “No One Fights Alone” jerseys in their honor.  

  • Who: Harwood Varsity Boys Hockey vs Missiquoi Varsity Boys Hockey
  • What: Remembrance Game for Mandy Drake Morse and Taber Merchant to bring awareness to organ donation and saving lives.
  • When: Saturday, February 6 at 6:45 PM
  • Where: Ice Center of Washington West, Waterbury, VT
  • Why: To help up raise awareness for liver disease and donating life.
Astronomy with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Optional opportunity during Den time - first Tuesday of the month in Melissa Williams room and open to all CBMS student. Join the Perot Museum astronomy education staff for monthly updates that bring you the latest and greatest in space science news! Your students will also learn what to watch for — and when — in the skies near you. Urge your child to attend!

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 for volleyball and get more info here  

New this winter, Sugarbush Resort is offering full day camps for kids’ ages 7 to 12 over the Vermont February Vacation week.  This is a full day ski and ride camp, complete with supervised transportation to and from the mountain, lunches and four hours of lessons.  In knowing that many parents work over the break and are looking for day camps, we have arranged pick up and drop off each day in the CBMS parking lot.  Since this is our initial year, we wanted to start small and limit the program to just two local Middle Schools, Crossett Brook and Camel’s Hump.   Click here for more details. 

Ponderable:  I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate- this 5-minute video, while a bit edgy in parts, will make you think.  click here.

Save the Date - 10th Waterbury LEAP Energy Fair - Saturday, April 9 - 9 AM to 3 PM (FREE event!) - at CBMS - One of the largest and most popular energy fairs in all of Vermont. 700+ attendees. A family-friendly event. More than 75 energy-related exhibits with experts on solar power, energy incentives, energy audits, weatherization, green building, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves, and many other subjects.
  • Breakout sessions on a variety of topics such as 'Sustainable Transportation', 'Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps', 'Solar Power', and 'Weatherization'. 
  • Free electronics recycling 
  • Free performance by Marko the Magician at 11 AM. 
  • Food and drinks available 
  • Learn dozens of ways to reduce your energy bills and save money. The event is hosted by the volunteers of Waterbury LEAP. Please come join us!
Any green energy companies companies that would like to have an exhibit table at the LEAP Energy Fair should contact Ned Houston as soon as possible at Exhibits sell out every year. Register early and save 50% on exhibit fees. Any questions? Contact Duncan at

#4 of the Top 10 Reasons for Moving to 1:1 Learning Technology  Technology has been shown to be a powerful tool for differentiating and personalizing learning. Students needing more support for basic skills can access help at any time. Likewise, students needing greater challenge can have their needs addressed. 1:1 access makes personalization possible.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • February 3-6- 5/6 Hoops Tourney @ CBMS
  • February 9- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in the CBMS Library. Relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • 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, ending with the 8th Grade vs Staff Hoops game at 1:30.
  • February 22-March 1- Winter Break- school resumes on Wednesday, March 2nd

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