Thursday, October 6, 2016

Oct 7

Back 2 School Night conflicts- please accept our sincere apologies for the scheduling conflicts last night.  This event was scheduled in June for late September, and at the 11th hour it was realized that there was a conflict with Harwood's Open House as a result of a technical error with our online calendar.  

Stowe Ski & Ride Program- time sensitive, with an October 21st deadlineclick here for all the details!

Friday Open Gym- we will be opening the CBMS gym at 7:25AM on Fridays, in order to give any students who wish to a chance to get their blood moving before school starts!

Biking unit in PE- if your child is in the biking unit next week, they are welcome to bring their own bike and/or helmet.  Questions?  Contact Kristin Lora at

Proficiency-Based Learning

  • For those of you unable to make it to Back 2 School Night, or for those of you simply wanting more on PBL, click here to view a 5-minute screencast on this topic. 
  • What do colleges think of PBL? click here to find out!

Clown Hoax - Many of you have probably heard recent news about people dressed as clowns planning on doing harm to people in schools. Law enforcement officials assure us that none of the threats to schools have been substantiated, including reports about incidents in Vermont schools. We want to assure you that the WDSD and our local and state police officials work closely together to ensure students are safe and to respond to potential disruptions to school operations, such as this sort of hoax. You can help by avoiding the spread of rumors on social media. Report concerns about student or community safety directly to the Waterbury and/or State Police, and to CBMS. If your child has questions about this hoax, or is worried or feeling stressed about this or any other matter, please encourage him/her to reach out to Jennie Hempey, CBMS school counselor, or any trusted adult at school. We thank you for your assistance with preventing disruptions to student learning, as this sort of hoax can cause.

On Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 AM in the Steele Community Room in the Waterbury Municipal Center, Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. This performance is FREE and open to the public. All ages welcome.  

Coding for Kids at the WPLOct 11, 2016, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Have the kids take the bus to the Waterbury Public Library after school next Tuesday to learn the basics of coding with our "Coding for Kids" program.  Kids will learn how to make their own interactive stories and animations using code from Scratch Jr. and Hopscotch applications. It's a great way to get them started on crucial STEM skills.  This program is for kids ages 7 through 11. Please call the library to register your child: 244-7036.

Free Community Lantern-Making Workshops!
 Saturday November 12th 2016
 Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT

Session 1: 10am - 12pm 
Session 2: 1pm - 3pm

– Workshops are free to attend
– All tools and materials will be provided
– Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult
– There will be a limit of 20 participants for each session
– Donations will be welcome

Artists' Lantern Making Workshop - November 5th & 6th This 2-day intensive workshop will give artists, art teachers and other creative types an opportunity to experience working with larger-scale lantern structures to spearhead a lantern parade.
It is a wonderful opportunity to create a larger-scale build if you are hosting a lantern parade within your school or community. Previous experience of making is advised. This workshop is for adults only. Hosted by Gowri Savoor and Angelo Arnold.
Date: Saturday November 5th and Sunday November 6th 2016
Place: Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
Time: 10am-4pm on each day, which will include an hour break for lunch.

– Participants must attend both days
– Battery operated LED lights will be available for purchase at cost price
– Limit of 20 participants
– This workshop is not suitable for children
– Suggested min. donation $25 per person, to cover material use
Up to date parade and workshop information will be available on our blog:

Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • Oct 7- WWSU In-Service Day- no school for students
  • Oct 10- Columbus Day- no school for students
  • Oct 14- 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Oct 21- 5/6 Fun Night @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Nov 1- School Photo re-take day
  • Nov 1- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM
  • Nov 1- WDSD School Board meeting @ CBMS- 6PM 
  • Nov 8- Election Day
  • Nov 10- Student-led Conferences @ CBMS- 3-8PM
  • Nov 11- 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9PM
  • Nov 17- Concert- 6-8 band, Jazz band, 5-8 chorus- 7PM
  • Nov 23, 24, 25- Thanksgiving Break- no school for students

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