Friday, October 28, 2016

Oct 28

Online Sign-ups for Fall Conferences are now open! The Fall round of Student-Led Conferences will be happening in the afternoon and evening on Thursday, November 10th.  As your child is leading this conference, please make sure he/she attends with you!  Online sign-ups close at the end of the day on Sunday, November 6th. You can access this system via the link on the CBMS Homepage. The password for CBMS is "cbms". Step-By-Step instructions to sign-up: 

  • Visit the CBMS homepage (http://cbms.wwsu.org/) and click the "Online Scheduler" icon.
  • Choose CBMS from the drop down list and click “GO”
  • Enter the school password (cbms)
  • Click on the "use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID" button to access the system.
  • Verify the child’s birth date
  • A list of your child’s Applied Academics and PE 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.  Student-led conferences will happen on the core team.
  • If you have more than one child in the school you can see all of your children's 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 child at CBMS, answer NO to that question.
  • You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.
  • Select the times that work best for your schedule.
  • Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)
  • Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.
  • Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)
Need help? Contact Dona Culver (dculver@wwsu.org) or Tom Drake (tdrake@wwsu.org), or phone the school at 244-6100.

Creative Writing Club with Ms. Cicchetti- Thursdays after school beginning Nov 17th.  click here for details.

Lego Robotics Sign-Up Nov 2016- This class is for students in grades 5-8, and is open to the first 10 students. Classes will take place on Mondays, Nov 7, 14, 21 and 28. 2:45-4:45 pm in the Dream/Quest wing. Cost is $75/student. To sign up, click here. Mike Maloney will be leading. Please make checks payable to "Mike Maloney". Refer questions to Mike at vtwood@comcast.net. Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: A Forum for CaregiversTuesday, November 1st from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m at HUHS.   To support the needs of all families, we are now offering this forum. Also know, that as time passes, additional forums will also be scheduled.  In order to have adequate space, please RSVP to Wendy Gilbert (882-1101) or wgilbert@wwsu.org if you plan on attending. 

Got Candy?  Once again the residents of Randall, Elm and a few other popular Village of Waterbury streets are gearing up for a great Halloween for your ghosts, goblins, zombies and princesses! There will be Candy Donation Stations at both TBPS and CBMS starting Wed 10/19 thru Friday, 10/28. Thanks for helping!

PTO NEWS

FUN NIGHT
A giant Cougar THANKS to all of the parents who made our first FUN NIGHT of the school year an incredible success! The snack tables were full of healthy treats and delicious baked-goods (did you see the eyeball cupcakes!) and chaperones seemed to have as much fun as the students (moms know "The Cupid Shuffle?")! Did we mention that 112 students participated??  Thanks to Kathleen Luce for her leadership and don't forget to mark your calendars for the holiday-themed FUN NIGHT on December 2nd! Online permission forms are required and will be available online mid-November!

WINTER "FUN"RAISER
By now, you have likely seen the winter fundraiser information flyer and order form. Our hope is that your student(s) is working hard to sell holiday wreaths, poinsettias and fudge to raise funds for his/her team's enrichment activities planned for the spring. Information, due dates and a downloadable order form can be found HERE on the PTO WEBSITE. Please email Amy Gibbs at amy.gibbs@cvmc.org with questions and Happy Selling!

PTO MEETING NOVEMBER 1 at 6:30PMOur 2nd meeting of the school year will be hosted on November 1st at 6:30PM in the library. Our agenda will focus on how to ensure that team fundraising needs are met; brainstorming new ideas for CBMS Spirit Wear; discussing how to make FUN NIGHT even better; and planning our upcoming Parent Education Workshop! Every person who attends the meeting will be entered to win a Bad Moms movie poster that night...could there be a better prize for attending? Snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there!



Winter weather is right around the corner, which brings the potential for school delays and closings.  Read Superintendent Brigid Nease's thoughts on this topic by clicking here.  

Mindfulness in Schools- a powerful, 15-minute TED Talk- click here

WDSD School Board meeting postponed- As we transition to the HUUSD board, we are finding that there are few agenda items for the WDSD School Board to address.  Thus, we have decided not to meet again until December 13th.  If you have an issue/question/concern/comment for the WDSD School Board, contact information for board members can be found here 


Volunteers needed for Stowe Ski-Ride Program! We are signing up volunteers now for the coming season.  If you would like to sign up or need further information, please go to our website at https://sites.google.com/a/wwsu.org/waterbury-duxbury-ski-ride/home/volunteer-page  We currently need an additional 10 to 15 volunteers to make this work. If you know someone who may be interested, please pass this along or tell them to check out the volunteer page on our website. The link can be found on the CBMS page.  Thank you in advance for all you do to make this program a reality for our kids! 

Good Neighbor Fund to Help Waterbury Family Hit by Tragedy - The Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund exists to lend a hand to people in our community going through difficult times. We know that recovering from tragedy may take awhile and may bring unexpected financial burdens. In an effort to support the Waterbury families dealing with the Harwood tragedy, the Good Neighbor Fund has created a special “October Fund” to make long-term support available if needed. Please consider donating to the October Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund with “October Fund” on the memo line. Send c/o Liz Schlegel, 12 Winooski Street, Waterbury VT 05676. The GNF is administered by a 501(c)3 organization, so donations to the October Fund may be tax-deductible. Contact liz.schlegel@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!


Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • Nov 1- School Photo re-take day
  • Nov 1- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM
  • Nov 1- Postponed until Dec 13th WDSD School Board meeting @ CBMS- 6PM.  
  • Nov 1- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: A Forum for Caregivers @ HUHS- 6:00-7:30PM
  • 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, October 20, 2016

Oct 21

2Nite!  5th & 6th Grade Fun Night. Friday, October 21st. 7-9PM. Halloween Theme. $10/child admission. Please sign up ahead of time by clicking here. We need parent chaperones, too. Any questions? Contact Kathleen Luce at kayakvt@aol.com  Important note: Please do not drop off your child before the doors open, please be timely at pick-up time, and please remember to sign your child IN & OUT! This is a fundraising event, and the cost is now $10/child in order to help reduce the number of fundraisers and the need to ask you for money again and again. Please notify the PTO at the above address if this is financial hardship.

2Day! Attention: Girls Soccer Players in Grades K-6 - Harwood Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Mike Vasseur would like to invite all girl soccer players in grades K-6 to the annual training with the Harwood Girls Varsity team on Friday Oct. 21 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at Harwood.

2Nite!  The Harwood Union Music Department will be presenting a special evening of music on Friday, October 21st at 7:30pm. "Harwood Strong: A Benefit Concert" will feature many local performers, and all proceeds will go toward the Celebration of Life event which the Harwood Junior Class and Teacher Advisors are currently planning for all five students.
Special guests include: George Woodard, Inora Brass, Mad River Chorale, The Renegade Groove, Sarah Reid (Class of 2011) with additional performances by our student Assembly Band, Honors Choir, and our music faculty Bruce Sklar, Chris Rivers, and Stefanie Weigand.
Harwood is mourning the loss of five vibrant teenagers from the community, but with a separate memorial celebration already in the planning stages, this concert will have a very different feel and purpose. "We are looking to provide the community with a place to gather, listen to some great music, and just take a breath." says Weigand. "Music helps us to heal and brings people together, which is what we all need right now."
Tickets will be sold at the door with a suggested donation of $15 per person. 100% of the ticket sales will go toward the funding of the HUHS Celebration of Life event scheduled for Monday, October 24th. For more information on the concert, please contact Stefanie Weigand or Chris Rivers at Harwood Union HS (882- 1159 or 882-1160). 

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

Save the Date!  Student-led conferences are happening at CBMS from 3-8 PM on Nov 10th.  Sign-ups will open next Friday, and details on how to sign up will be coming in next week's Cougar Comments.


Lego Robotics Sign-Up Nov 2016- This class is for students in grades 5-8, and is open to the first 10 students. Classes will take place on Mondays, Nov 7, 14, 21 and 28. 2:45-4:45 pm in the Dream/Quest wing. Cost is $75/student. To sign up, click here. Mike Maloney will be leading. Please make checks payable to "Mike Maloney". Refer questions to Mike at vtwood@comcast.net. Please submit requests for financial assistance to Tom Drake at tdrake@wwsu.org

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: A Forum for Caregivers.  To support the needs of all families, we are now offering two different dates and times for this forum. Also know, that as time passes, additional forums will also be scheduled.  In order to have adequate space, please RSVP to Wendy Gilbert (882-1101) or wgilbert@wwsu.org if you plan on attending.
  1. Thursday, October 27th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m at HUHS. 
  2. Tuesday, November 1st from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m at HUHS. 



How is CBMS supporting our students and being 'Harwood Strong'?   The tragedy of October 8th tipped the definition of "normal" for many of us right on it's head.  As a general rule, normal is good because normal is what we know and can expect and can count on.  Since the tragedy, we have strived to make CBMS an oasis of normal and an oasis of support in a turbulent world.   We have leaned on Harwood and the work of their crisis team and grief experts, and we have kept our eyes, ears, and hearts open to our students who are in need of support.  Systems and supports that have helped in this regard include our AG program which breeds an ability to know our students, the writing of memory book postcards for HU, visits by therapy dogs, the wearing of black and gold ribbons and "HU Strong" pins, the ability to get outside and move more with the additions of the slackline and GaGa pit, and forging ahead with relationship and community building events like last week's well-attended 7/8 Dance, tonight's 5/6 Fun Night, and the upcoming 8th grade vs Staff soccer game.  We view the grieving attached to the tragedy of October 8th as one which will remain within this community for a long, long while, and we at CBMS are committed to maintaining our campus as a calm oasis in the midst of the turbulence through the long journey ahead.

CBMS School Counselor Jennie Hempey's perspective - I have seen a lot of kids over the past two weeks on an individual and small group basis.  The kids have come steadily when and as they've needed, and they are slowly processing and talking about their needs.  The thing I am struck by most is that many kids are grappling with the idea that there is not a way to "make" this better.  It is simply a new normal that they are having to adjust to.  Because the losses we've experienced were those of young kids, our kids have been abruptly faced with the idea of their own mortality.  This is a hard and scary topic to discuss, but they are moving forward through it.  I am proud of them and will continue to be there to support them for as long as it takes.  

Resources for dealing with grief with children and families
  • WDEV radio show with sudden death trauma specialist Fran Whitney Nelson- click here
  • Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief- click here
  • Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief- click here
  • The Dougy Center- National Center for Grieving Children and Families- click here

How Are We?  Please Don’t Fade Away…from Superintendent Brigid Nease

For the past eight days, it seems as though every other minute I am being asked, how are you? How are your students, faculty, and administration? Simply put, we are not well, but we will be ok. We are Harwood Strong. 

Eight days ago our Harwood School Community received the tragic and unbelievable news that we had lost five wonderful, bright and talented Highlanders; Eli, Cyrus, Mary, Liam and Janie, in a senseless traffic accident. There are no words adequate to describe the loss of these students. Our grief and pain are felt deeply by everyone around the state because we all know that these five students could just as easily have been our sons and daughters, and that any one of our schools could be suffering this tragedy.

Immediately on Sunday, the Harwood Crisis Team went into action. We partnered with other professionals who offered help as well as local clergy and opened up the HUHS building on Sunday and Monday to all those needing to come. Monday, our crisis team gathered to plan for the opening of school on Tuesday. Nothing could have prepared us for this week. We remained steadfast in our mission to keep all students safe and supported, and the gut wrenching grieving continued. None of us really know what we are doing. There is no script, no plan for this. We keep putting one foot in front of the other, work hour to hour, day to day and week to week, as we mourn deeply with the families of these students and our communities. 

Following the beautiful vigil on Monday, our students returned. We continue to provide individual and group counseling services, art therapy, service dogs, a dedicated memorial space where students can leave mementos and write special messages about their friends, several gathering spaces set up with food and other supports, assemblies, debriefings, and regular messages home to parents. We are taking our lead from our students. They are telling us what they need as they figure out what that is.

The path of healing we are traveling together will become a long road. By the time you read this, we will have attended at least four memorial services alongside our students, providing busing to each. I cannot begin to explain to you the pervasive, deep pain present every day in our building. I cannot begin to explain to you the immense courage, empathy, love and hope that accompanies that pain. Our students are remarkable. Their ability to openly share their feelings of grief and remembrances of their lost friends would blow you away. They exude maturity, wisdom, and compassion far beyond their years. You can be very, very proud of them.

You can also be very proud of the entire staff, faculty and administration at Harwood. I remain in awe of their strength, dedication and skill to help and support our students while they themselves are grieving. They inspire me,  and I admire them. 

Our students, staff and administration are comforted and feel loved by the overwhelming generosity and kindness coming our way from other schools, businesses, individuals, and so many from around our beautiful state of Vermont. The numerous cards, flowers, food, gifts, and donations are sincerely appreciated and needed. You are lifting us up.  I would like to sincerely thank you all on behalf of all of us. 

As we move forward, things continue to change day to day. We will continue to provide whatever support is necessary to take care of our kids.  Fortunately, with help from the Governor’s Office and the Agency of Human Services, we are able to bring on a Clinical Crisis and Recovery Coordinator and a Social Worker to support HUHS, funded by AHS. This will help us immensely.

Some of the other pieces we are working on are offering some other therapeutic options for students, such as trauma informed drumming, Tai Chi, Yoga, and other exercise opportunities. Staff from all the schools in WWSU are gathering and preparing written memories about all five of our lost students, which will be compiled into memory books for each of their families. Soon, parents will be invited to participate in a parent night focused on how to provide support for students struggling with grief.

Our students, along with the faculty and administration, are planning a Celebration of Life for Eli, Cyrus, Mary, Liam and Janie on Monday, October 24th from 6:00-8:00pm at HUHS. More information will be coming, but I can tell you that event will be held in the gym, with live streaming into the auditorium. This will give us a capacity of about 2200. Parking will be limited at HUHS because staff and many students will already be parked there. We ask you to park at your local schools and businesses and we will provide busing from those locations. 

Thank you for helping by walking on this healing path with us. No one would wish to be on this journey. All of us wish we could simply awaken from a very bad dream, but that isn’t possible. We need to remain each other’s soft place to fall. Often with tragedies of this magnitude, the outpouring of support naturally fades over time. Stay with us. Please don’t fade away. Our kids at Harwood and, due to the widespread ripple effect of this tragedy, in schools throughout the state, need us, and they will for some time to come. We are Harwood Strong. Community Strong. Vermont Strong.

FUNDRAISER FOR MAD RIVER VALLEY "FIVE FAMILIES" COMMUNITY FUND

Please join us for a fundraiser at the Mad River Barn on Wednesday, October 19th from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, with a Buffet Dinner Service ($22 adults / $12 children under 12). This is a "show up and eat" event (no reservations required/accepted). Our goal is to feed 600 people, so please spread the word.   100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Mad River Valley “Five Families” Community Fund

Menu:
- Field greens / roasted winter veg / cherry vinaigrette
- Herb roasted chicken
- Meatloaf
- Garlic mash potato
- Vegetable stew / smoked cheddar polenta
- Ben & Jerry's ice cream

We are also hosting a silent auction with over $22,000 in auction items. To view and place bids on auction items, please visit this link.

Lastly, we'll be submitting to the Mad River Valley "Five Families" Community Fund over $11,000 in monetary donations contributed as part of this fundraising effort.

Got Candy?  Once again the residents of Randall, Elm and a few other popular Village of Waterbury streets are gearing up for a great Halloween for your ghosts, goblins, zombies and princesses! There will be Candy Donation Stations at both TBPS and CBMS starting Wed 10/19 thru Friday, 10/28. Thanks for helping!

Mad River Valley Old Time Harvest Festival this Saturdaycheck the e-community bulletin board for details.


Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • 2nite! Oct 21- 5/6 Fun Night @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Oct 24- A Celebration of Life @ HUHS- 6-8PM
  • Oct 27- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: A Forum for Caregivers @ HUHS- 11:30am-1pm
  • Nov 1- School Photo re-take day
  • Nov 1- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30PM
  • Nov 1- WDSD School Board meeting @ CBMS- 6PM 
  • Nov 1- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: A Forum for Caregivers @ HUHS- 11:10am-1pm
  • 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, October 13, 2016

Oct 14

Grades 7/8 Dance 2Nite, at CBMS.  7-9PM.  $5 at the door.  No permission slips needed, but thanks in advance for not dropping your child off before 7PM, and for picking up promptly at 9PM!

CBMS 5/6 Spelling Team- at last week's WWSU grades 5/6 Spelling Bee, the CBMS team took first place! Team members include: Grace Casey, Summer Herrington, Janelle Hoskins, Garrett Nelson, Noah Rivera and Louisa Thomsen.  Next competition will be the regional Bee to be held in late October or early November.  Go, Cougar Spellers! 


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

What's the deal with Proficiency-Based Learning?  Narrated by Vermont students Anneka Williams (from HUHS) and Sam Houlihan, this 7-minute video makes a strong case for transforming schools through Proficiency-Based Learning.  click here


CBMS PTO WINTER FUNDRAISER- information coming home soon!  You can also click here to access, and these files are attached to the Cougar Comments e-mail.
Once again, CBMS has teamed up with Evergreen Gardens and Laughing Moon Chocolates to offer holiday wreaths, poinsettias and fudge to raise funds for annual team enrichment activities. 
  • Order forms must be completed and returned, along with payment, no later than November 11th! 
  • See order form for details on poinsettia varieties, fudge flavors and prices.
  • All checks should be made payable to CBMS PTO.
  • 100% of what a student raises goes to her/his team - so be sure to note your team on your order form!

5th & 6th Grade Fun Night. Friday, October 21st. 7-9PM. Halloween Theme. $10/child admission. Please sign up ahead of time by clicking here. We need parent chaperones, too. Any questions? Contact Kathleen Luce at kayakvt@aol.com  Important note: Please do not drop off your child before the doors open, please be timely at pick-up time, and please remember to sign your child IN & OUT! This is a fundraising event, and the cost is now $10/child in order to help reduce the number of fundraisers and the need to ask you for money again and again. Please notify the PTO at the above address if this is financial hardship.



Thank you to the many Good Cookies who supported the Bake Sales at CBMS and the Alchemist last week by baking or buying cookies or donating "dough." Each dollar raised will be matched, thus raising over $2,000 for Cookies for Kids Cancer. Special thanks to CBMS student Ellie Odefey for her help organizing this event, and to our local bakeries Greniers, Stowe St. Cafe and Henders for the delicious donations!We are so grateful for your support. Together we can Bake a Difference!!   Madeline Sullivan-Drake & Laurie Flaherty

Attention: Girls Soccer Players in Grades K-6 - Harwood Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Mike Vasseur would like to invite all girl soccer players in grades K-6 to the annual training with the Harwood Girls Varsity team on Friday Oct. 21 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at Harwood. The varsity players coach this fun session for dozens of young players from across our school district. The big girls have games, drills and scrimmages planned. It’s a highlight of the season for everyone. Players should come dressed for soccer, including shin guards. Bring a water bottle and a soccer ball (w/name on them). Parents are welcome to watch. Questions? mike.vasseur@gmcr.com

A Celebration of Life - Our local communities are having a Celebration of Life for the five local students who lost their lives last weekend on Monday, Oct 24, from 6-8 PM at Harwood Union High School. Details, including information about a shuttle, will be forthcoming.

The Town of Waterbury is excited to be offering two Kids Night Out Events on Oct 29th and Dec 10th, as well as three School Vacation Camps on Dec 27-30, Feb 27-March 3, and April 17-21. These programs will all be run by our trained staff from Summer Day Camp. For more information on these programs and many more exciting things that will be coming available make sure you go to the Town web site at www.waterburyvt.com or call Deb Fowler at 244-7174. Don't miss out on the fun new activities we are starting to offer!



Upcoming Dates of Note:  
  • 2nite!  Oct 14- 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Oct 21- 5/6 Fun Night @ CBMS- 7-9PM
  • Oct 24- A Celebration of Life @ HUHS- 6-8PM
  • 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, 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 klora@wwsu.org

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!
Date:
 Saturday November 12th 2016
Place:
 Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
Time:

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: https://ariveroflightinwaterbury.wordpress.com

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