Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sept 30

Back to School Night is happening on Thursday, October 6th, and we hope to have 100% of CBMS students represented!  This night is for all grades at CBMS, and feel free to bring your Middle School with you!  Schedule:
  • 5:30-6:00- Applied Academics and PE "drop-in"...visit rooms as you wish.
  • 6:00-6:10- Advisory Group (AG)
  • 6:10-7ish- Core Team time

8th grade math - click here to access a "position paper" on 8th grade and High School math offerings.

Proficiency Based Learning @ CBMS- an FAQ for parents- click here

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND: Last call! Teams are being finalized for the creative problem-solving program for kids K-8 in our schools. Anyone interested who may have missed the organizing meeting, please contact OM coordinator Lisa Scagliotti as soon as possible. lscagliotti@comcast.net

2Day!  The CBMS Climbing Club will begin its 4th year with a brief slide show and chance to find out what this activity is all about this Friday, Sept 30th in the library from 2:30 to 3:00 PM. 5th graders and their parents are welcome. You do not need any equipment or any experience to join - just a spirit of adventure! We'll learn the basics at school, then go to the two climbing gyms in the Burlington area, then outdoors in 2017 when warm weather returns.

October Cougar Cafe menu- click here

LifeTouch School Photo ordering click here

Bake-A-DIfference: The 4th Annual Cookies for KIds' Cancer (CFKC) Bake Sale Event will be Thursday, Oct. 6 from 5:30-7:30 at the CBMS Back to School Night and on Saturday, Oct. 8 at The Alchemist Brewery (10 AM-2PM). CFKC raises important funds for pediatric cancer research. We welcome your yummy cookie donations of all varieties at the Donation Stations at both TBPS and CBMS on Thursday Oct. 6 or by arrangement on Friday. Please label your Cookies with type of cookie, and your name. No need to package them in any special way, as we will be doing that prior to the sale. Not interesting in baking or buying cookies? Please consider a "doughnation" in the "Cookie Jars" that will be in the school offices all next week! Thank you for being Good Cookies!  Madeline Sullivan-Drake (drakesvt@gmail.com) & Laurie Flaherty and CBMS students Ellie Odefey & Amelia Booth

Ponderable: “From the paltry amount of attention paid to the state of American education in the 2016 presidential campaign so far, one might think we’ve already successfully figured out how to prepare America’s children for the challenges of a global, high-tech, competitive environment. Reality disagrees.” Marc Bernstein in “Who Should Be Responsible for Student Learning?” in Education Week, August 24, 2016, www.edweek.org


Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • Oct 5- School Photo Day @ CBMS
  • Oct 6- Back to School Night @ CBMS- 5:30-7:30PM
  • 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 (note date change)
  • 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

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sept 23

The CBMS Homepage is the place to go for links to e-bus notes, e-absence notes, calendars, the new PTO page, athletic schedules, etc, etc...visit it often!

The CBMS Art Room needs your Newspapers- please send 'em in!


The CBMS Climbing Club will begin its 4th year with a brief slide show and chance to find out what this activity is all about on Friday, Sept 30th in the library from 2:30 to 3:00 PM.  5th graders and their parents are welcome. You do not need any equipment or any experience to join - just a spirit of adventure!  We'll learn the basics at school, then go to the two climbing gyms in the Burlington area, then outdoors in 2017 when warm weather returns.

LifeTouch School Photo ordering click here


"How To Navigate Your Child's Adolescence"- from NPR's On Point.  click here


"8 things you and your teen need to know about Sexting" (1 minute video from Common Sense Media) - click here.  Thanks for being involved parents when it comes to your child's phone use!  More info on this topic can be found here.

Organizing 2016-17 Odyssey of the Mind teams - The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind program is forming teams now for this school year. OM is an extracurricular creative problem-solving activity open to K-8 students at Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook schools. Teams typically have 4-7 student members and two volunteer parent coaches. During the fall and winter months, teams meet regularly to prepare their problem solutions that they present at the Vermont State OM Tournament in March. OM involves brainstorming, storytelling, art, building, acting and lots of creativity and cooperation. K-2 teams focus on fun and working in a group. Third graders and above do the same while competing against others at their grade level.  This year’s problem choices can be found at www.odysseyofthemind.com. If your student is interested or just curious, come to an organizing meeting Monday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the CBMS cafeteria. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact program coordinator Lisa Scagliotti at lscagliotti@comcast.net. (This meeting is mainly for NEW OM team members. Teams from last year will be contacted by coaches to decide their plans for this year.)

E-Community Bulletin Board- Info added on Fencing, Civil Air Patrol- click here

Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • Oct 5- School Photo Day @ CBMS
  • Oct 6- Back to School Night @ CBMS- 5:30-7:30PM
  • 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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sept 16

2Nite! Grades 7/8 Dance, sponsored by HUMS, at the Waterbury Ice Center.  7:30-9:30PM.  $5 at the door, plus $2 for skate rentals.

Cougar Kudos to CBMS PE Teacher Kristin Lora, who recently earned the 2016 Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award at the annual Society of Health and Physical Educators of Vermont conference. Well done, Kristin!

The PTO is excited to announce that our new website is LIVE! In just a few clicks you can learn more about the ways in which the PTO supports the entire CBMS community, make an online donation, download the PTO events calendar, get to know the PTO board and eventually, sign up for after-school clubs. Even the PTO Discretionary Grant Application is now online to make this process easier for teachers and staff! Go on and take a peek and let us know what you think! While there, be sure to complete your 2 Hour Power Pledge and let us know how you would like to help out this year.

For your calendars:
  • Fun Nights (grades 5 and 6)- 7-9PM- Oct 21, Dec 2, March 10 
  • Dances (grades 7 and 8)- 7-9PM (with the exception of Ice Center dances which begin at 7:30PM)- Oct 14 (@ CBMS), Nov 11 (@ HUMS), Dec 9 (@ CBMS), Jan 20 (@ HUMS), Feb 10 (@ CBMS), March 10 (@ HUMS), April 7 (@ Ice Center- 7:30-9:30), May 12 (@ CBMS)

Proficiency-based learning is best practice for student learning. Not only does proficiency-based learning raise the bar for all students, it also improves clarity and equity. Have you ever been in a class and wondered, “What am I supposed to be learning?” Or have you ever been in a class and wondered, “What does the teacher want me to do?” Proficiency-based instruction makes the learning goals and the methods of assessment more explicit than ever. By increasing clarity the learning goals become more accessible to all students. In so doing, we can also create more flexibility for personalized approaches to skills and content, as well as increased flexibility in the pace of learning. We are confident all of these aspects will contribute to increased equity for access to learning and excellence.

"Schools use proficiency-based learning to raise academic standards, ensure that more students meet those higher expectations, and graduate more students better prepared for adult life.” - Great Schools Partnership of Portland Maine

PG-13 movies- You should expect that if any movie or movie clip from a PG-13 rated movie is to be shown in any class, you will be notified in advance.

Organizing 2016-17 Odyssey of the Mind teams - The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind program is forming teams now for this school year. OM is an extracurricular creative problem-solving activity open to K-8 students at Thatcher Brook and Crossett Brook schools. Teams typically have 4-7 student members and two volunteer parent coaches. During the fall and winter months, teams meet regularly to prepare their problem solutions that they present at the Vermont State OM Tournament in March. OM involves brainstorming, storytelling, art, building, acting and lots of creativity and cooperation. K-2 teams focus on fun and working in a group. Third graders and above do the same while competing against others at their grade level.  This year’s problem choices can be found at www.odysseyofthemind.com. If your student is interested or just curious, come to an organizing meeting Monday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the CBMS cafeteria. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact program coordinator Lisa Scagliotti at lscagliotti@comcast.net. (This meeting is mainly for NEW OM team members. Teams from last year will be contacted by coaches to decide their plans for this year.)

Parenting Course:
Navigating the Teen Years with Compassion & Courage.  Wednesday, September 28 – November 2 (6 weeks).  Click here for more details.  

Ponderable:  "The personalization of learning is a quiet rebellion against the unrelenting focus on standardized testing and the one-size-fits-all curriculum and standards that have characterized education policy in recent decades."  from  "It Takes a Community" by Kathleen Kesson."  click here.

Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • Sept 21- Bike and Walk to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park.
  • Oct 5- School Photo Day @ CBMS
  • Oct 6- Back to School Night @ CBMS- 5:30-7:30PM
  • Oct 7- WWSU In-Service Day- no school for students

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sept 9

Vermont Moves Towards Proficiency Based Learning- WCAX story (7 minutes) - click here

E-Bus notes....the best way to get word to CBMS that your child is doing something different after school!


5th and 6th grade Spelling Team - 5th and 6th grade parents- if your child is interested in trying out for this, he/she should contact Coach Melissa Williams at mwilliams@wwsu.org. Students who want to try out need to 1) sign up to be a part of Melissa's iblock (via that e-mail), 2) study for two weeks with the group of students during iBlock, and 3) try out for the team. After the team is selected, students will continue to study, either for the team bee, or for the Scripps individual bee in January.

Your CBMS PTO met this week and we have many exciting fundraising and enrichment activities planned for the year. However, with a board made up of working parents just like you, we are going to need to count on increased parent support to be successful.
Here are just a few of the things that happen for your student(s) because of PTO volunteers:
·         5/6 Grade Fun Nights
·         Team field trips to Boston and Ferry Beach - everyone gets to go regardless of ability to pay as a result of our support!
·         Grants available to teachers to enhance learning
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you filled out a two hour pledge sheet, we will contact you soon about upcoming activities in which we need your help. Haven’t filled out a pledge form yet? FILL ONE OUT HERE!
The first 5/6 Fun Night is on October 21st from 7-9PMThis night can only happen if we have ample volunteers to chaperone. If you are interested, please contact Laurie Berryman at laurie.berryman@yahoo.com.
Do you like to make soup or chili or stew? We are hosting a “Souper Supper” during student-led conferences on November 10th to raise funds to support PTO efforts. Contact Tamatha Thomas-Haase at johntamatha@aol.com if you would like to bring in a soup to share!
Our PTO website is under construction and will be available soon.
We look forward to working with you this year and our next meeting is on November 1 at 6:30! If you have any questions please email us at cbmspto@wwsu.org.

Ponderable:I really want families to know how intentional teachers are about creating a sense of community and creating relationships with kids,” Ms. Schwartz said. “Kids don’t learn when they don’t feel safe or valued.” from "What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew" New York Times article. click here

Back to School Blues BBQ & Silent Auction
Supported by Revitalizing Waterbury
  • September 11, 2016
  • 5-9 pm
  • Green Mountain Club on Route 100
Details:
  • Live tunes by the Brett Hughes Honky Tonk Trio
  • Silent Auction with over 50 items
  • Kid-friendly entertainment, including dance instruction by GMPA
  • Yummy Food & Libations available for purchase 
Tickets:  Adult - $8, Child - $4
Advance Purchase Family Pass - $20 (available at Bridgeside Books & Stowe St. Emporium)

FIRST 50 Family Passes sold will receive a FREE Raffle Ticket for a Spring Break trip to St. Maarten 



Upcoming Dates of Note: 
  • Sept 8/9- Team Prodigy camping at Little River State Park (return to CBMS at 12:50PM, normal dismissal at 2:30)
  • Sept 13- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Trish Feld Library.  Relevant documents can be accessed here.  
  • Sept 21- Bike and Walk to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park.
  • Oct 5- School Photo Day @ CBMS
  • Oct 6- Back to School Night @ CBMS- 5:30-7:30PM
  • Oct 7- WWSU In-Service Day- no school for students

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sept 2

What's new at CBMS this year??  The short answer is...lots!
  • Proficiency-based Learning in every class- click here for more details.
  • Applied Academic classes- groupings are made by grade level, and not by team, which makes for a broader range of groupings. 
  • Spanish as our World Language offering.
  • Advisory Group ("AG", formerly known as Den) is happening from 7:45-8AM each day.
  • iBlock - The "i" in iBlock stands for "individual". 30 minutes each day in all grades.
  • Enrollment is reaching new heights, with 276 as of today.
  • Administrative structure - Stephanie Hudak will be joining CBMS 2 days a week, with a focus on Special Education and Discipline.
  • Home School Coordinator - we have one again at CBMS.
  • Behavior Analysts - we have 2 analysts who are spending 2 days a week at CBMS looking at system and structures, as well as individual need in the area of behavior and discipline.
  • Sustainability Greenhouse - the frame is up, and work towards completion will begin soon.
  • Building- LED lights on the driveway, new stage curtain (Cougar Green!), and phones that are E-911 compliant.
  • Chromebooks are here, and we are 1:1 in all grades.
  • Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education partnership- year #2.
  • Project Lead the Way comes to 5th and 6th grade science.
Schoology- log on instructions will be coming to you via e-mail next week.

PowerSchool- log on instructions were sent home in the "first day packets".  

Date changes- thanks for making note!

  • October 6th- Back to School Night for all grades at CBMS- 5:30-7:30PM (original date was Sept 22nd- changed due to conflict with HUHS Open House)
  • November 10th- Student-led conferences for all grades at CBMS- appointments will be available from 3PM-8PM- sign-ups coming in mid-October.


Biking to CBMS- we welcome students biking to school, and thanks for ensuring that your child is wearing a helmet!

Bus notes- Please make sure the CBMS office gets any bus notes/calls/e-submissions by 2PM to ensure that the message gets to your child by dismissal!

SBAC scores will be coming home via snail mail by the end of next week.


Back to School Blues BBQ & Silent Auction
Supported by Revitalizing Waterbury
  • September 11, 2016
  • 5-9 pm
  • Green Mountain Club on Route 100
Details:
  • Live tunes by the Brett Hughes Honky Tonk Trio
  • Silent Auction with over 50 items
  • Kid-friendly entertainment, including dance instruction by GMPA
  • Yummy Food & Libations available for purchase 

Tickets:  Adult - $8, Child - $4
Advance Purchase Family Pass - $20 (available at Bridgeside Books & Stowe St. Emporium)

FIRST 50 Family Passes sold will receive a FREE Raffle Ticket for a Spring Break trip to St. Maarten 


SUNZILLA RETURNS - On Thursday, September 8 at 5 pm in conjunction with the Waterbury Farmers Market at the Rusty Parker Park judging will be held for the Twenty Third Annual Waterbury Rotary Sunflower Growing Contest known as The Hunt for Sunzilla, The Monster Sunflower. The Hunt for Sunzilla is cosponsored by Waterbury True Value Hardware, Evergreen Gardens, Sunflower Natural Foods, the Waterbury Farmers Market and the Waterbury Rotary Club. We will be awarding prizes for the tallest sunflower, largest diameter and heaviest sunflower head. By popular demand we will again have our Sunflower Seed Spitting for distance and accuracy contest for kids 12 and younger. We will also continue awarding a prize for the longest and heaviest Zucchini, known as The Hunt for the Other Green Monster. We recommend that people keep their cars locked following this contest or you could wind up with a year’s supply of the fixings for Zucchini Bread in the form of one Zucchini. All contestants should try to bring their entries to the Rusty Parker Park by 4:30 pm. For further information check the Waterbury Rotary Website at www.rotary-waterbury. If you have any questions contact John Malter at 244-7373.


From the Waterbury Public Library:

After School Lego Free Build Sessions
WHEN: Tuesday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 203:00 - 4:00 PM
Drop in after school and build whatever your heart desires! Strengthen your STEM muscles and spark your imagination with an abundance of Lego bricks.
For ages 7 through 11.  No need to register -- just come on in.

After School Tech Craft Time
WHEN: Tuesday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 273:00 - 4:00 PM
Step up your STEM/STEAM skills and light up your creations by adding basic circuitry!
Tuesday, September 133 -4 PM: Duct Tape Creations: Add circuitry to your duct tape creation. For ages 7–11.
Tuesday, September 273–4 PM: eOrigami: Light up your origami creation by adding circuitry. For ages 7-11.
Please call the library to register for each: 244-7036.

The No Strings Marionette Company Presents "Wasabi, A Dragons Tale"
WHEN: Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 PM in the Steele Community Room
In this modern-minded fairy tale, Princess Aja happily contemplates her upcoming marriage to Prince Olaf. Aja's preconceptions vanish when fire-breathing Wasabi swoops from the sky, reduces the palace to ashes and carries off her betrothed! You will be delighted as the spunky Princess, with a little help from her wise fairy friends, outwits Wasabi to save the kingdom and the day.
Eleven exquisitely crafted marionettes perform amidst sumptuous story-book scenery. A transforming sprite, a fashionable knight, and a seven foot dragon star in this newfangled fable, where both your imagination and the stage have no boundaries.
The event begins with an interactive sing along where kids get to be part of the show. Following Wasabi's adventure, No Strings' Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson host an intimate question and answer session where everyone gets a closer look at the puppeteers trade.
This show is FREE, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Revitalizing Waterbury, and is suitable for all ages. 

"Books Come to Life" with AB2
WHEN: Thursday, September 22 at 10 AM (during Preschool Story Times)
Join Laurie Flaherty and Rachel O'Donald of AB2 (Active Body-Active Brain) for a creative music and movement-based exploration of early literacy skills. Each class will focus on a concept of dance tied to a children's book. A wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments add to the fun and learning! Ages 3 - 6. Free - no registration required.


Do you have a girl who loves being independent, adventurous, and social?  Tell her about our Waterbury Girl Scout Troop 30228! Contact girlscouts30228@gmail.com if you're interested and with any questions...we'll have our first troop meeting in September and want to make sure you and your girl are invited to find out more.  Let us know the name and grade of your girl and we'll stay in touch about upcoming dates!


Upcoming Dates of Note: 
  • Sept 5- Labor Day- no school today
  • Sept 6- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30- CBMS Trish Feld Library
  • Sept 8/9- Team Prodigy camping at Little River State Park
  • Sept 13- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- CBMS Trish Feld Library
  • Sept 21- Bike and Walk to School Day- 7AM at Rusty Parker Park.
  • Oct 5- School Photo Day @ CBMS
  • Oct 6- Back to School Night @ CBMS- 5:30-7:30PM
  • Oct 7- WWSU In-Service Day- no school for students