Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 29

Bike & Walk to School Day is happening on Wednesday, May 4th- yes, next Wednesday!  We will convene at Rusty Parker Park at 7AM, with treats courtesy of Waterbury in Motion, and head out at 7:10AM.  Lots of CBMS staff will be walking and biking along with students, and we encourage you to encourage your child to start the day off in a great way on Wednesday!

The May Cougar Cafe Menu is now online at


Key Themes from the WWSU Community Conversations are summarized on this document.





The Sustainability Cookbook...a great Mother's Day gift! Click here for details.

Staff Appreciation Week - Happy Spring Everyone - It is that time of year again when we give praises and thanks to everyone that makes your child's day a good one at CBMS. This is for those who keep the sidewalks clear to the one who feed your child to those who engage their mind. Help me put together a wonderful week full of thanks.  Staff appreciation week is May 2nd thru May 6th. I am looking for help in the following ways: monetary donations to help with the staff luncheon and breakfast, help with food and setting up and cards and banners would be great, too. You can sign up to donate something by clicking here.  This is the last hurrah heading into the last month and a half of school and it really warms the hearts of the staff to know how appreciated they are. If you can help us with a monetary donation please send checks or cash into the office and attention it to me, Leslie Proteau, and checks can be made out to CBMS PTO. If you are interested in making a dish, a dessert or just helping with any food, click here.  Thank you all and let's all make this years Staff Appreciation week the best ever!!  Leslie Proteau - blaproto@comcast.net

Bottle Drive Saturday to Benefit Odyssey of the Mind - Clear out that bottle bin and do a good deed at the same time this Saturday! The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind teams will have bottle drive Saturday, 8 - noon at the Thatcher Brook Primary School front parking lot loop. Drop off your 5-cent returnable bottles and cans to support our extra-curricular creative problem-solving program that’s funded exclusively through donations and family contributions. IMPORTANT NOTE: Work on the I-89 bridges will close part of Stowe Street on Saturday. Enter Stowe Street from Main or Union Streets to reach TBPS. Thank you! Info: Lisa Scagliotti, OM coordinator, lscagliotti@comcast.net.

Change the World, one bottle of soap at a time! My name is Ezra Samuel and my "Change the World" project benefits the animal shelters in our area. This Saturday (April 30) I will be collecting bottles of dish soap (North Country Animal Shelter's # 1 need at this time) in front of the Chittenden Bank (corner of Main and Park Row). My goal is to collect 100 bottles of soap to keep them supplied for the rest of the year.....I need your help..please. 10am--1pm Thanks!


PH International is seeking host families for university students from Russia ages 18-20 interested in environmental sustainability.  These students will be visiting Vermont through PH International’s Russian Youth Environmental (RYEP) Program. This program is designed to help Russian youth develop a sense of civic responsibility through workshops, seminars, site visits and activities focusing on the primary themes of leadership development, community engagement, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Participants will spend a total of four weeks in the U.S. including a week at the Environmental Sustainability Institute at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, two weeks in Vermont attending a one-week Youth Leadership Academy and participation in community service projects, followed by a cultural visit to Washington, D.C. Youth participants will be placed in homestays during their time in Vermont to learn about American culture and family life. Host families are asked to provide a comfortable and clean place to sleep, breakfast and dinner, minimal transportation to centralized pick-up and drop-offlocations and some weekend activities. We are currently recruiting interested host families for July 2-20 th and/or August 13-31 st or a portion of the participant’s stay during these dates. PH International is a Vermont-based, international, non-governmental organization located in Waitsfield. With 30+ years of experience, PH works from offices across Eurasia to support civic society development through education, technology, and cross-cultural engagement. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. To find out more about hosting opportunities in July or August, please contact Renee Berrian or Hannah Corey at (802) 496-4545 or email at renee.berrian@ph-int.org / hannah.corey@ph-int.org

Info on Mr. Alligator's Summer Camps and Mud City Adventure summer offerings can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Week of May 2nd- Teams Dream, Wizards & Titan take SBAC tests 
  • Week of May 2nd- Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 4th- Bike/Walk to School Day- 7AM- Rusty Parker Park
  • Week of May 9th- Teams Dream & Wizards take SBAC tests 
  • May 10th- WDSD School Board meeting- TB Library- 6PM
  • May 13th- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 16th- Team Quest takes SBAC tests
  • May 16-18- Grade 8 takes Science NECAPs
  • May 17th- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • May 19th- Chorus Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 26th- Band Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 30th- Memorial Day- no school today

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April 22

Community Conversations "Celebration" being held on Monday April 25 from 6:00-7:00PM at CBMS.


Event Date: April 25, 2016
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: Crossett Brook Middle School

Please join us for a celebration of the culmination of our Community Conversations which took place during the month of March. During the series of conversations over 100 parents, community members, staff, and students participated in a dialogue about the future of education in our communities. At this event we will share what we learned from this experience, and the actionable feedback that was received. This event is open to anyone regardless of whether or not they attended the Community Conversations. Directly following this event there will be an opportunity to continue the conversation to consider ways to become involved in helping this initiative have impact. Or, for those who are interested we will also be offering a chance to view the documentary film "Most Likely To Succeed". 

End of School dates:
  • 8th Grade Graduation- June 9- 5:00PM
  • 8th Grade Great Escape Trip- June 10 (details to come)
  • Last Day of School for 5th, 6th, 7th graders- June 10th (noon dismissal on this day)

Velocity Program for MS Boys - If you have a son attending CBMS, pease read this doc regarding the Velocity after school program for boys, which starts at the end of April. Questions? E-mail Dan Gratton at dgratton@wwsu.org


8th Grade Parents- this was e-mailed to your 8th Grader - Each year, the American Legion sponsors awards that are handed out at the 8th Grade Recognition Assembly. The application for these awards require written essays, with a deadline for submission of June 1st. Details can be found on this document. Looking for lots of submissions, and thanks in advance for making the last quarter of your Middle School Years the best quarter!

Staff Appreciation Week - Happy Spring Everyone - It is that time of year again when we give praises and thanks to everyone that makes your child's day a good one at CBMS. This is for those who keep the sidewalks clear to the one who feed your child to those who engage their mind. Help me put together a wonderful week full of thanks.  Staff appreciation week is May 2nd thru May 6th. I am looking for help in the following ways: monetary donations to help with the staff luncheon and breakfast, help with food and setting up and cards and banners would be great, too. You can sign up to donate something by clicking here.  This is the last hurrah heading into the last month and a half of school and it really warms the hearts of the staff to know how appreciated they are. If you can help us with a monetary donation please send checks or cash into the office and attention it to me, Leslie Proteau, and checks can be made out to CBMS PTO. If you are interested in making a dish, a dessert or just helping with any food, click here.  Thank you all and let's all make this years Staff Appreciation week the best ever!!  Leslie Proteau - blaproto@comcast.net

Save your redeemable bottles and cans for just a little longer, folks! The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind teams will have a spring bottle driveSaturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to noon at the Thatcher Brook Primary School front parking lot loop. Drop off your returnables to support our extra-curricular creative problem-solving program. Six teams with students in grades 3-7 recently competed and finished at the top of their categories at the state OM tournament. The program is funded exclusively through donations and family contributions. If you have a large quantity of bottles and cans to contribute, please send me an email and we will try to coordinate a pickup. Lisa Scagliotti, OM program coordinator- lscagliotti@comcast.net


Act 46 Consolidation Public Forum #2  The second in a series of public information forums have been set up to help voters learn more about Act 46 Consolidation, and how our local communities may be affected by it. Please join the Washington West Supervisory Union Executive Committee, Act 46 Study Committee, and Administration in the second of four public forums regarding the Act 46 Consolidation:

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Harwood Union High School library

There will be a panel discussion and question and answer period. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend.

Info on Summer Soccer Camps and an upcoming 6k run for water.org can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • April 25- School resumes from Spring Break
  • April 25- Community Conversations Celebration and Screening of the film Most Likely To Succeed- 6-8:30PM- CBMS Cafeteria 
  • Week of April 25th- Team Prodigy takes SBAC tests
  • April 27th- Act 46 Consolidation Public Forum #2- 6:30-9:30PM- HUHS Library 
  • Week of May 2nd- Teams Dream, Wizards & Titan take SBAC tests 
  • Week of May 2nd- Staff Appreciation Week
  • Week of May 9th- Teams Dream & Wizards take SBAC tests 
  • May 10th- WDSD School Board meeting- TB Library- 6PM
  • May 13th- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 16th- Team Quest takes SBAC tests
  • May 16-18- Grade 8 takes Science NECAPs
  • May 17th- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM- CBMS Library
  • May 19th- Chorus Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 26th- Band Concert @ CBMS- 7PM
  • May 30th- Memorial Day- no school today

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 8

Change in venue, times for tonight's grades 7/8 dance- begins at 7:30PM, at the Ice  Center, sponsored by HUMS.  $5 plus skate rental fee.  

Sleep and Teens- some thoughts from CBMS School Counselor Jennie Hempey- click here

CBMS in the News- Vermont History Day - click here

Club Cougar will be closed next week (the week of April 11th) due to the grades 5/6 Ecology Week.  

Ferry Beach Ecology School notes:
  • Buses will be rolling out of CBMS at 6:30AM on Tuesday.  Plan to arrive at school by 6:15AM.
  • Arrival back to CBMS on Friday, April 15- estimated time of arrival is 4:30PM.  Thanks in advance for being at school to pick up your child!
  • Follow the FBES activities online!  The Ecology School Blog can be accessed at http://ferrybeach2016.blogspot.com/  This blog will be updated at the end of each dayi.  
  • Want to purchase FBES Merchandise?  Click here to access their online store.
  • Packing list- click here

Audubon Center notes:
  • Dress for the weather each day.  Students will be outside at the Audubon Center most of the day.  High bog-type boots are a must!
  • Bus will depart CBMS at 8:15AM each morning, and be back to CBMS by 2:15 each day.
  • Permission slips- please make sure to send these to the CBMS office by Monday latest.
  • Itinerary:
    • Tuesday the 12th - Spring Inquiry – Amphibian focus
    • Wednesday the 13th - All About Birds
    • Thursday the 14th - Orienteering
    • Friday the 15th - Wilderness Skills 

End of School dates:
  • 8th Grade Graduation- June 9- 5PM
  • 8th Grade Great Escape Trip- June 10
  • Last Day of School for 5th, 6th, 7th graders- June 10th (noon dismissal on this day)

8th Grade Parents- this was e-mailed to all 8th Graders - Each year, the American Legion sponsors awards that are handed out at the 8th Grade Recognition Assembly. The application for these awards require written essays, with a deadline for submission of June 1st. Details can be found on this document. Looking for lots of submissions, and thanks in advance for making the last quarter of your Middle School Years the best quarter!

10th LEAP Energy Fair - this Saturday, 9AM-3PM, in the CBMS gym. Free admission. For more details, click here.
The Sustainability Program will hold it's annual E-Cycles drive at CBMS this Saturday from 10:00 -2:00 in conjunction with the LEAP Fair. We will collect old, outdated and broken electronics that you are looking to get rid of, and dispose of them sustainability.  For more info, click here.

Save your redeemable bottles and cans for just a little longer, folks! The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind teams will have a spring bottle driveSaturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to noon at the Thatcher Brook Primary School front parking lot loop. Drop off your returnables to support our extra-curricular creative problem-solving program. Six teams with students in grades 3-7 recently competed and finished at the top of their categories at the state OM tournament. The program is funded exclusively through donations and family contributions. If you have a large quantity of bottles and cans to contribute, please send me an email and we will try to coordinate a pickup. Lisa Scagliotti, OM program coordinator- lscagliotti@comcast.net

Velocity Program for MS Boys - If you have a son attending CBMS, pease read this doc regarding the Velocity after school program for boys, which starts at the end of April. Questions? E-mail Dan Gratton at dgratton@wwsu.org

Staff Appreciation Week - Happy Spring Everyone - It is that time of year again when we give praises and thanks to everyone that makes your child's day a good one at CBMS. This is for those who keep the sidewalks clear to the one who feed your child to those who engage their mind. Help me put together a wonderful week full of thanks.  Staff appreciation week is May 2nd thru May 6th. I am looking for help in the following ways: monetary donations to help with the staff luncheon and breakfast, help with food and setting up and cards and banners would be great, too. You can sign up to donate something by clicking here.  This is the last hurrah heading into the last month and a half of school and it really warms the hearts of the staff to know how appreciated they are. If you can help us with a monetary donation please send checks or cash into the office and attention it to me, Leslie Proteau, and checks can be made out to CBMS PTO. If you are interested in making a dish, a dessert or just helping with any food, click here.  Thank you all and let's all make this years Staff Appreciation week the best ever!!  Leslie Proteau - blaproto@comcast.net


Upcoming Dates of Note: 
  • 2Nite!  April 8- Grades 7/8 Dance at the Ice Center, sponsored by HUMS. $5.00 (plus skate rental) 7:30-9:30
  • April 9- LEAP Fair @ CBMS
  • April 12-15- Grades 5/6 Ecology Week
  • April 12- WDSD School Board meeting- TB Library- 6PM- relevant documents can be found here.
  • April 15- Team Titan to Flynn Theatre- 11-2
  • April 18-22- Spring Break- no school this week