Thursday, March 3, 2016

March 4

Online Sign-ups for Spring Conferences are now open!  The Spring round of Student-Led Conferences will be happening in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, March 16th.  Online sign-ups close at the end of the day on Friday, March 11th.  You can access this system via the link on the CBMS Homepage.  The password for CBMS is "cbms".   Step-By-Step instructions follow.  As your child is leading this conference, please make sure he/she attends with you!  Thursday, March 17th is set aside for individual conferences with core teachers, and you can sign up for these directly at your conference on the 16th.  Step-by-step instructions:
  1. Visit the CBMS homepage  ( select the "Online Scheduler" icon.
  2. From the Online Scheduler Home Page
    1. Choose CBMS from the drop down list and click “GO”
    2. Enter the school password (cbms)
    3. Click on the "use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID" button to access the system.
    4. Verify the student’s birth date
    5. A list of your student’s teachers and core team will be displayed. Check the box next to the name of each team/teacher(s) you would like to schedule with.
    6. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students. If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.
    7. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
    8. Select the times that work best for your schedule.
    9. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)
    10. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
    11. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)

      Need help? Contact Dona Culver ( or Tom Drake (, or phone the school at 244-6100.

5th and 6th grade Parents- Ecology Week is happening from April 12-15. We are looking for commitments from you as to your learner attending the Ferry Beach trip or the Audubon Center day trips. By the end of the day TODAY, please click here to let us know your intent.

6th and 7th grade Parents: In 7th and 8th grade your child has the opportunity to attend either CBMS or Harwood Union Middle School. Details on the exchange can be found herePlease note the strict deadline of March 5th. To apply to the exchange, simply e-mail a note to Tom Drake ( expressing your interest in having your child attend HUMS.

​​​Support the CBMS Greenhouse Fund by purchasing a community cookbook (created by Sustainability students) called Sustain-Edible School! The cookbook contains over 60 tried and true recipes submitted by staff, students, parents and community members with a focus on local and Harvest of the Month ingredients.  They are on sale now for a suggested donation of $17.00.  All proceeds go towards phase 1 of greenhouse construction beginning this spring! Cookbooks can be purchased at school by contacting Sarah Popowicz at, and will also be sold at various community events within the next few months. Thanks for your support!

8th grade Parents- A reminder that all CBMS 8th graders will have their 9th grade registration meetings in late March and early April here at CBMS (ie not at HUHS)

Community Conversations - Your Voice is Vital!
What: Community Conversations - a forum for community discussion and feedback regarding teaching and learning in the schools of Washington West Supervisory Union.
How: Attendees will be divided into groups of 10 from various segments of our communities (students, parents, business owners, teachers...) and each group will be facilitated by an adult / youth team from our community. These "circles" will work together of the course of the four conversations.
When: March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: HUHS
Please follow this link to register for this event. We hope that you will lend your voice to this exciting process!

From Your PTO: Believe it or not, the school year is almost over and it's time to start thinking about next year's PTO leadership. The CBMS PTO is now soliciting candidates for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary for the 2016-2017 school year. The time commitment is fairly consistent across all roles, averaging about 5 hours a month, and leaders have the opportunity to focus on areas of interest (e.g. after-school programs, parent programs, fundraising, etc). If you want to be part of a vibrant team committed to building our community and bringing the best opportunities to our students, in partnership with CBMS, please email to indicate your interest. Candidates will be announced formally in March with the vote occurring in May.


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 March 15th. The cost is $75. To sign up, click here.

Registration Information: Heart and Sole @ Crossett Brook Middle School This spring, CBMS will offer “Heart and Sole”, a program geared specifically toward middle school girls. This is a fun, social and emotional development program through running. Lessons are facilitated by trained coaches to safely prepare girls to complete a celebratory 5k run. The program will begin the week of March 21st and end the week of June 6th. The annual 5k celebration run will be held in Essex at the Champlain Valley Fair on Saturday, June 4th.  This year CBMS will have up to 30 spots for girls in grades 5 - 8 in two distinct groups. Registration options will be: Group A) M/W 2:30 – 4:00pm and Group B) T/TH 2:30 – 4:00pm. Girls must register for both days of the same group. Registration is online only. It opens here at 7pm on March 3rd, on a first come first served basis. We anticipate the program to fill quickly and are looking for girls committed to participating in the 10 week program.  Total program cost will be $28.00 per girl. Scholarships are available as needed. Thanks to the CBMS PTO and Girls on the Run for their generous support to reduce the fee from $80.00. If you have questions regarding registration, contact Sarah Popowicz at or 244-6100.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • March 7- 8th graders meet with HUHS counselors - 1:30-2:30
  • March 8- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM in TBPS Library. All relevant documents can be accessed by clicking here.
  • March 10- HUMS Spring Sports meeting- 6PM in HUHS auditorium
  • March 10- Scott Noyes presentation at Waitsfield Elementary School- 6-7:30
  • March 11- Grades 7/8 Dance at HUMS- 7-9PM
  • March 15- Incoming 9th grade parent night @ HUHS- 6PM in HUHS auditorium
  • March 15- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM in CBMS Library
  • March 16- Student-led conferences- 3-8PM
  • March 17- Trimester 2 Recognition Assembly- 1:15-1:45- gym
  • March 17- Odyssey of the Mind Assembly- 1:45-2:30- gym
  • March 18- No School today
  • March 19- Odyssey of the Mind Tournament - CVU
  • March 19- Junior Iron Chef competition- Champlain Expo Fairgrounds, Essex
  • March 25- Fun Night for grades 5/6- 7-9PM
  • March 28- No School for students today; Inservice Day for Staff

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