Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 7

CBMS is becoming a 'phone & personal device free school' again after Spring Break.  Over the past two school years, we have made a valiant effort to incorporate responsible use of electronic devices into our repertoire of learning, through the use of green/yellow/red zones for personal device use.  While we have put forth a solid effort in this regard, we have found that the use of personal devices has gotten in the way of learning in other areas, both academic and social.  Harwood’s Middle School has not allowed phone/device usage during the school day this year, and their experience with this has been very positive in regards to learning and social interactions.  Additionally, recent studies have shown that phone/device usage can enter into the realm of addiction, and we do not try to incorporate other addicting substances via "limited use" into our school learning.  Beginning Monday, April 24th, phones and personal devices that are brought to school will need to be kept in lockers from 7:30am-2:30pm.  As this is a mid-year and not insignificant shift, we are going to back this up with strict enforcement, as follows:
  • If school staff see a phone/device during school hours, we will ask your child for it.  If he/she gives it over willingly, we will take it to the office and your child can pick it up at 2:30.  
  • If your child gives the staff member a hard time before handing the phone/device over, then the parent will need to pick up the phone/device in the office.
  • If your child refuses to hand over the phone/device, your child will need to serve an out-of-school suspension on the following school day.  
  • Subsequent refusals to hand over the phone/device will result in increased days of out-of-school suspension.  

All CBMS students will still have access to school-owned technology, including Chromebooks.  While it may seem that disallowing personal devices will make it harder to communicate with your child during the school day, you still have two easy and good options on this:  1) Your child’s school e-mail account, and 2) Dona and Shannon in the office are always available via phone and e-mail.  We will be taking another hard look at our approach to this topic between now and the 17/18 school year.

For those of you who conferenced this week, if you did not have the chance to fill out the parent survey at the end of your conference, you can access that quick survey at this link.

17/18 School Calendar- click here

2nite - 7:30-9:30 - 7th/8th Grade Dance @ Ice Center, hosted by HUMS.  $5 admission, $2 skate rental.

A Hearty Cougar Welcome to Jeremy Carpenter, our new Waste Station Monitor!

Once again, the Sustainability program will be hosting an E-Cycles Drive between 9:30-2:00 at CBMS on Saturday April 8th. This is a FREE event...take advantage of this opportunity to recycle those unused electronics properly. While you are there, visit the LEAP Energy Fair in the CBMS gymnasium. Learn how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions! There will be 75+ exhibits, vendors, workshops, local food and kids activities. This is also a free event! Questions? Feel free to email Sarah Popowicz at

Bottle Drive April 29 to Support Odyssey of the Mind! The Waterbury-Duxbury Odyssey of the Mind teams are planning a bottle drive for Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Thatcher Brook Primary School front parking lot loop. Plan to drop off your 5-cent returnables to support our extracurricular creative problem-solving program. In addition, several large blue barrels are outside at Crossett Brook Middle School now to collect returnables before the 29th.

Six teams with Crossett Brook and Thatcher Brook students in grades 1-8 recently competed and finished at the top of their categories at the state OM tournament. Two teams are headed to the OM World Finals at Michigan State University May 24-27. The program is funded exclusively through fundraising and family contributions.

The drive will have limited ability to pick up returnables. If you have a large quantity of bottles and cans to contribute and cannot make it on the 29th, please email Lisa Scagliotti to make arrangements.

WISH LIST for Cadance Hammond's Change The World Project - Thank you for thinking of our animals. The cost of supplies annually is $25,000. Every donation helps. Deadline for donations is the Friday before Spring Break. Donation box is located in the CBMS Lobby.  The following items are regularly needed to care for our animals:
  • Gift cards to Pet Food Warehouse (where we can purchase food at a discount!)
  • California Natural dog food
  • California Natural cat food
  • Dog & Cat Treats
  • Nylabones and hard toys for dogs
  • Cat Litter
  • Cat toys
  • Paper Towels
  • Windex
  • Dishwasher Liquid
  • Laundry Detergent (HE only, please!)
  • Bleach
  • Postage Stamps (Forever)
  • 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper
  • Dry erase markers (fine tip)
  • 15 & 30 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Stretch & Scratch Kennel Enrichment Toys
  • Kuranda Cat Beds
  • Ziploc sandwich-size bags
  • Tennis balls
  • MOBIL gas cards (for transporting animals)
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Tape (scotch, duct, and electrical)
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Sheets (flat, not fitted) for our kennels

This Weekend - Learn How to Reduce Fuel Bills at 11th LEAP Energy Fair  Is it time to weatherize your drafty house? Are you thinking about solar power for your home or business? Are you interested in new energy efficient heat pumps everyone’s talking about? Find the information you need at the 11th LEAP Energy Fair, Saturday, April 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury.

The LEAP Energy Fair is one of the largest in Vermont, and it’s completely free. You can tour more than 75 exhibits and talk with experts about solar power, weatherization, heat pumps, energy audits, biomass, pellet stoves, electric vehicles, and much more. There will also be several breakout sessions on topics of special interest. 

This family-friendly event includes a free show by Marko the Magician, free ice cream, free electronics recycling, children’s activities, and local food and refreshments while you learn how to shrink energy bills and save money.

This free community event is hosted by the volunteers of Waterbury LEAP. For more information contact Ned at 244-7829, or visit

Upcoming Dates of Note

  • 2Nite- HUMS grades 7/8 Dance @ Ice Center- 7:30-9:30. $5 admission. $2 skate rental. 
  • April 8- Vermont History Day @ Montpelier HS 
  • April 8- LEAP Energy Fair @ CBMS 
  • April 12- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm - agenda and minutes can be found here
  • Week of April 17- Spring Break 
  • April 26- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.

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