Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dec 9

PowerSchool Tip- the screenshot above is an example of what it will look like when you log on to PowerSchool.  In the past, when we gave grades, you would click on the grade to show the assignments behind that grade.  Now, in the world of proficiencies, you will simply click on the dashes ("--") next to the class and under the appropriate marking period (T1 is trimester 1, S1 is semester 1, etc).  With proficiencies, B means 'beginning', E is for 'emerging', P stands for 'proficient', and AD equals 'advanced'.

Greetings from your PTO! As you know, it has been a whirlwind of fundraising for all of us this past month…Fun Night, poinsettias, wreaths and fudge, oh my. 

A giant THANK YOU to the brave parents who chaperoned our 2nd Fun Night last Friday, and to those of you who sent in sweet treats and healthy snacks for all to enjoy. We raised $915 and had a festive evening with incredibly well-behaved and gracious students. 

Our Winter Fundraiser, despite a few hiccups, was incredibly successful as well. Below are the preliminary totals for each of the teams. We will finalize these totals in the coming weeks and report the official results to teams during our January 11th PTO meeting. 

CONGRATULATIONS to those on DREAM for their hard work! 
Row Labels
Sum of Total Sales
Sum of Total Profit to Team (including donations)
Grand Total
(Totals subject to change. Final to be reported January 11, 2017.)

The PTO is adding a new fundraiser to our calendar this year: Mom’s Night Out. Why should the kids get all the fun? Details coming soon!

After careful thought and consideration, the Waterbury Rotary Club has made the decision to discontinue the Renaissance Program. This decision came about after dialogue with Harwood Union and Crossett Brook administrators.

The Renaissance Card program was started over fifteen years ago, with the primary goal of providing extra encouragement for students to set goals focused on academic achievement. While this program has certainly provided incentive for a number of students to excel over the years, collectively we feel that the Renaissance Card program has run it's course. School programming now includes goal setting that is structured and well supported by the system including stronger and more intentional efforts to create ongoing partnerships between schools, families, and community entities, and a stronger emphasis on personalized learning.

The Rotary Club will continue to support student scholarships and the Rotary Interact Club at Harwood, and will be considering other service initiatives as the opportunity arises. The administrations at both schools are committed to continuing to recognize and honor growth in academic achievement on an ongoing basis as we continue to evolve our systems of learning. Please note that the Sugarbush pass program is a separate program, and school administrators are currently working with Sugarbush to determine the best way to continue this program within the new system for the 17/18 winter season.

Lost Ring.  Description: silver band with etchings surrounding: stars, swirls, other designs. Similar to photos, no stones though. Has sentimental value as is a family ring. Last seen on Dona Culver's front office desk several weeks ago. If found, please return to the CBMS office.  No questions asked. Mom is so sad to have lost it.

Changing the World:  Jack Birmingham is collecting coats and boots to bring to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program throughout the month of December. If you have any old coats or boots (any size) you can put them in the bin in the CBMS lobby. Please don't bring anything other than coats and boots. If you have any questions email Jack at


Allie Harris has organized a Yoga & Meditation healing  fundraiser this Sunday, December 11th from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m  at the Contois Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont. Allie is a nurse who had stopped to assist and was involved in the secondary crash on October 8th. There will be an hour of yoga, followed by 45 minutes of meditation while Allie plays the violin. Her hope is, “that the community will have a place to come together to appreciate life through awareness of breath and the physical body. ... that it will be healing for those suffering the loss of loved ones as we generate positive energy this holiday season.”  She encourages families, friends, survivors, first responders, and community members to attend. There is no admission, but donations will be made in the names of Eli Brookens, Cyrus Zschau, Liam Hale, Janie Cozzi, and Mary Harris to the Harwood fund. Feel free to go to one or both parts of this event! If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, you can do so here:  (The Contois Auditorium is located in Burlington City Hall at 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT)

Upcoming Dates of Note
  • 2Nite Dec 9- 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Dec 13- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Library- relevant documents can be found here.
  • Dec 14- HUUSD Board meeting- HU Library- 6pm
  • Dec 22- All-School Music Assembly- Peace in the Valley- 1:45-2:30
  • Dec 23- break until Jan 3

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