Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 26












CBMS presents at this week's Dynamic Landscapes conference at Champlain College this week.











8th Grade Parents - 3 timely items:

  • The American Legion sponsors awards each year. The application for these awards require written essays, with a deadline for submission of June 2nd. Details can be found on this document. This info has been sent to your child via e-mail a couple of times in the last few months. Please encourage your child to submit an essay! 
  • Step Up Day on June 2nd - On this day, 8th graders will go straight to HUHS for the full-day.  If you want your child to buy lunch at HUHS that day, and you do not qualify for free lunch, you need to send in money to make that happen. Lunch is $3.50, and breakfast is $2.25. Two options: 1) send the money into CBMS, and we will give your child a ticket. 2) your child can pay directly at Harwood on Step Up Day. We will give tickets directly to students who qualify for free meals.
  • Great Escape permission slips and payment. We need these no later than Wednesday, May 31st. Please send them in  with your child to Miss Dona in the main office. Also in need of photos for the slideshow - if you haven't sent in your child's photos please do so as soon as possible to dculver@wwsu.org.  We are in need of 2 younger ones & 1 current one, along with a short message 20 words or less - you can put your message here.   Any questions please contact Dona Culver @ dculver@wwsu.org or call 802-244-6100



4th grade and 6th grade parents - Placement lists for grades 5 and 7 will be posted on the CBMS Homepage at 5PM on Thursday, June 1st.  


Intra-District Choice - A message from Superintendent Brigid Nease:  I am writing to make you aware of a new policy that our HUUSD Board adopted on 3/9/17.  F33-L Intra-District Choice, K-8, will allow students in grades K-8 to attend any of the schools in the Harwood Unified Union School District (Crossett Brook Middle School, Fayston Elementary School, Harwood Union Middle School, Moretown Elementary School, Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waitsfield Elementary School, Warren Elementary School) beginning in the Fall of 2017, regardless of your town of residence within the supervisory union.  Our merger under Act 46, where we operate all of our schools under one budget, makes intra-district choice possible without financial penalty to the taxpayers, unlike the previous laws around residency.  We hope the flexibility that we are now able to provide in these years of ongoing declining enrollment state-wide will attract and retain as many families as possible PK-12 to our communities.  Our earlier survey clearly indicates most families intend to continue having their students attend their resident school.  Please review the policy about Intra-District School Choice here. If you plan to make a change for your child for Fall 2017 from your resident school to another HUUSD school, you need to do two things:
1. Contact the building principal in the school you want your child to attend in the fall as soon as possible, but not later than June 21, 2017, so we can adequately prepare.  Phone numbers for the principals can be found here.  Scroll down to the bottom of page for school contacts.
2.  Complete this form and submit it to the Principal at the school you want your child to attend in 2017-18.  (You can also find the form on our Home page at www.wwsu.org.)
Bus transportation shall be made available where possible but is not guaranteed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call - 802-496-2272, ext. 114.



Waterbury Recreation Middle School Rec Camps this summer. Interested or have questions? Contact Deb Fowler at recreation@waterburyvt.com
https://waterburyvt.myrec.com/PhotoPool/Large/5.jpgHere is your chance to try new things and explore different activities. You can sign up for one week or all seven. The camps are an all day or half day camp depending on your needs and each week will have a different theme. We will be learning how to build a robotic arm, how to cook some meals, play soccer, weave and so much more. If you stay all day in the morning you will work on the Theme of the week, in the afternoon you will get a chance to go to the pool, play games, work on crafts and just hang out with friends.

Half day camp would be in the morning and you would just work on the Theme of the week

  • Week 1 Day Camp
  • Week 2 Hiking/ Fishing
  • Week 3 Science Camp, Robotic Arm Building
  • Week 4 Day Camp
  • Week 5 Cooking Camp
  • Week 6 Science Camp, Arcade Electronic
  • Week 7 Willow and Wool
  • Day Camp - This is a change to go back to Day Camp and just play games, make crafts, swim at the pool and make new friends. 
  • Hiking/Fishing - Spend the week exploring new trails and finding great fishing holes with our trained Let's Go Fishing staff 
  • Science Camp Build a Robotic Arm - You will be working every morning on a Robotic Arm that you will get to finish and take home with you to keep. 
  • Day Camp - This is a change to go back to Day Camp and just play games, make crafts, swim at the pool and make new friends. 
  • Cooking Camp - In this camp you will learn how to work with a recipe, budget and shop and of course cook and eat your food! 
  • Science Camp - Arcade Electronics - During this week of Science learn how to make Arcade Games that you can play for hours and hours of fun. 
  • Willow and Wool - Spend the week learning how to weave these natural fibers into wonderful works of art. Susie J Gray will help you master this wonderful life long activity


Ticks -  As the weather warms and ticks emerge, be sure you take precautions. The best way to prevent tick-borne diseases is to prevent tick bites. Limiting your exposure to ticks, using an effective repellent and checking your body for ticks are just some of the ways you can decrease the risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. Check your kids each night after outdoor playtime. You increase your chances of finding ticks and removing them before they can transmit disease. Read more about prevention here.



PH International (www.ph-int.org ) 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 12 days at the Environmental Sustainability Institute at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, 112 days in Vermont participating 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-off locations and some weekend activities. We are currently recruiting interested host families for July 6-17th and/or August 15-25th 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 Ivan Tabanin at (802) 496-4545 or email at renee.berrian@ph-int.org / ivan.tabanin@ph-int.org.



Upcoming Dates of Note
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today
  • June 2nd- Step Up Day
  • June 7th- Team Quest to Boston
  • June 7th- CBMS Jazz Band plays at Burlington Jazz Festival
  • June 8th- Team Wizards to Boston
  • June 8th- Team Titan celebration dinner
  • June 9th- Team Dream to Boston
  • June 9th- Team Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19



2nite - 5th/6th GRADE FUN NIGHT- LAST ONE OF THE YEAR!! MAY 19th 7-9 pm


For 6th graders- this is the last FUN NIGHT at CBMS!
PERMISSION FORMS are required.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to bring sweet treats, healthy snacks, and drinks. We also need parent chaperones to make sure the night is safe and fun.  If you have questions, please email Kathleen Luce at kayakvt@aol.com.

HERE is the link to complete an online permission form for your child to attend the final 5th/6th grade FUN NIGHT of the year hosted by the PTO on Friday, May 10th from 7-9 PM.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBT6VVD )

HERE is a link for parents to sign up to volunteer on FUN NIGHT. We have needs for snacks and chaperones!
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0E49ACAD2CA75-may19th


ONCE THEY'RE GONE,
THEY'RE GONE
Order a yearbook today.
BUY A YEARBOOK
GOING GOING GONE
Nothing captures the memories of the school year like a yearbook. But supplies are extremely limited. Order now for 30.00 before they're just another memory.
BUY A YEARBOOK


Movie Screening- "Resilience- The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope".  Wednesday, May 24th, from 6-8pm at Montpelier High School.  Invitation is here, and the trailer is here.


Bike and Ride to School Day- Wednesday, May 24th- meet at 7AM at Rusty Parker Park, and walkers and bikers will head out to CBMS by 7:10AM.  A great way to get the blood moving and get some exercise to start the day!  Snacks provided by Waterbury In Motion.


17/18 School Year calendar- click here


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We Love Boxtops- thanks for clipping them and sending them to the CBMS Office!

Are you still looking for things your kids can do this summer, especially those in Middle School? For the first time the Town of Waterbury is offering 7 weeks of Middle School Summer Camps. You can sign up for one week or all 7, each week is different so there is something for everyone. We are also offering a variety of mini camps for all ages and of course, as always, our summer swim lessons. No need to leave Waterbury this summer for activities for the Family, check out everything going on and register online at www,waterburyvt.com, click on the Recreation Tab and then follow the link to the online registration system or call Deb Fowler at 244-7174. Don't miss out on the fun it is only a click away.


Upcoming Dates of Note
  • May 19th- Student vs Staff Hockey Game at Ice Center- 1PM
  • May 19th- 5th/6th grade Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 22nd- SBAC testing in grades 7 and 8
  • May 24th- Walk/Bike to School Day
  • May 24th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 25th- CBMS Band Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today
  • June 2nd- Step Up Day
  • June 7th- Team Quest to Boston
  • June 7th- CBMS Jazz Band plays at Burlington Jazz Festival
  • June 8th- Team Wizards to Boston
  • June 8th- Team Titan celebration dinner
  • June 9th- Team Dream to Boston
  • June 9th- Team Prodigy to Burlington
  • June 10th- HUHS Graduation
  • June 12th- Team Titan to Northern Lights
  • June 13th- Team Wizards to Reservoir
  • June 13th- WDSD School Board meeting- 6PM- TBPS Library
  • June 14th- Team Quest to Reservoir
  • June14th- Team Prodigy celebration dinner
  • June 15th- The Happening
  • June 15th- 8th grade Recognition Assembly- 1pm
  • June 15th- 8th grade Graduation- 5pm
  • June 16th- Graduates to Great Escape
  • June 16th- Last day for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- noon dismissal

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 12

5th/6th GRADE FUN NIGHT- LAST ONE OF THE YEAR!! MAY 19th 7-9 pm

For 6th graders- this is the last FUN NIGHT at CBMS!
PERMISSION FORMS are required.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to bring sweet treats, healthy snacks, and drinks. We also need parent chaperones to make sure the night is safe and fun.  If you have questions, please email Kathleen Luce at kayakvt@aol.com.

HERE is the link to complete an online permission form for your child to attend the final 5th/6th grade FUN NIGHT of the year hosted by the PTO on Friday, May 10th from 7-9 PM.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBT6VVD )

HERE is a link for parents to sign up to volunteer on FUN NIGHT. We have needs for snacks and chaperones!
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0E49ACAD2CA75-may19th


Yearbooks still for Sale (no personalization available)!  If you would like to reserve one, please contact Shannon Tremblay in the CBMS office- stremblay@wwsu.org ot 244-6100.   Alternatively, please send in $30.00 payable to "CBMS" with your student's name in the memo line. 

Bike and Ride to School Day- Wednesday, May 24th- meet at 7AM at Rusty Parker Park, and walkers and bikers will head out to CBMS by 7:10AM.  A great way to get the blood moving and get some exercise to start the day!  Snacks provided by Waterbury In Motion.


8th Grade Parents:  Dona Culver will be putting together this year's slide show for the 8th grade graduation. What she needs from you is:  3 photos - 1 current photo and 2 younger photos of your child. We would also like a short appropriate message to your 8th grader-  20 words or less, please. Submit your quote here.  (note to Prodigy parents - this is a separate slide show than the Prodigy dinner)

If your child is balking at bringing in those embarrassing shots, you can give them directly to Dona, but please make sure to identify the photos. Ideally, your photos would be in digital form, but hard copies are okay too. You can email them to Dona at dculver@wwsu.org.  Dona would like the photos asap - by May 26th at the latest.


OM Bottle Drive continues: If you missed Saturday’s bottle drive to support Odyssey of the Mind, you can still drop off redeemable bottles and cans in the big blue barrels by the parent loop at Crossett Brook Middle School. They will be there for a few more weeks. Thank you in advance for all of the donations!


Ponderable:  “Stop asking a young person WHAT you want to be when you grow up. It freezes their identity into a job that may not be there. Ask them HOW you want to be when you grow up. Having an agile learning mind-set will be the new skill set of the 21st century.”  from "Owning Your Own Future" (New York Times- May 10, 2017)

Upcoming Dates of Note
  • May 18th- CBMS Chorus Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 19th- Student vs Staff Hockey Game at Ice Center- 1PM
  • May 19th- 5th/6th grade Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 22nd- SBAC testing in grades 7 and 8
  • May 24th- Walk/Bike to School Day
  • May 24th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 25th- CBMS Band Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 5

CBMS Play- "The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever!"- On the CBMS Stage tonight and tomorrow night!  Both shows begin at 7PM.  There will be a pizza and cake sale right after the show.  Admission is by donation.  Running time is 45 minutes.  Hope to see you there!


The Grades 7/8 Dance scheduled for Friday, May 12th has been cancelled, due to low student interest in attending.  


Cougar Kudos to the Waterbury Rotary Club for once again donating a tree to CBMS in honor of Arbor Day!  A plum tree will be planted today on top of the sledding hill.



The Administration and School Counselor at Crossett Brook would like to inform you of a trending Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The fictional series illustrates events from the life of 17-year-old, Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people she says were in some way instrumental in her decision to end her life.  Each recording recounts painful events in which one, or more, of the 13 individuals played a role. The series is rated TV-MA, which stands for Mature Audience Only, and includes graphic scenes depicting sexual assault and suicide. Click here for the full letter and appropriate resources.


The Daily Announcements for CBMS, which are read each day in AG, can be found at this link.  


Two OM Fundraisers
Parents Night Out Saturday Night: 7th and 8th grade Odyssey of the Mind team members heading to World Finals in Michigan are working hard to raise money for their trip.This Saturday night (May 6) they will host a Parents Night Out at Hunger Mountain Children’s Center from 4 to 9 PM. Make a reservation to drop your tots off for a fun night of playtime, quesadillas, and a movie in pjs. Then make plans to go out. $40 for one child / $65 for two. OM coach and preschool teacher Bethany Fuller will be on site to supervise. Email to reserve a spot (or two):bethanyfuller14@gmail.com.

OM Bottle Drive continues: If you missed Saturday’s bottle drive to support Odyssey of the Mind, you can still drop off redeemable bottles and cans in the big blue barrels by the parent loop at Crossett Brook Middle School. They will be there for a few more weeks. Thank you in advance for all of the donations!




Community Socrates Café!
 Waterbury Public Library Wednesday May 10, 6:30- 8:00  PM
“Does Privacy Matter In Our Country Today?”

A Socrates Café is an opportunity for dialogue about timeless and timely questions that all human beings deal with in their lives. Rather than being a debate or a discussion, a Socrates Café is a dialogue where participants are encouraged to listen to each other and to learn from one another. This form of discourse- and its focus on the search for knowledge- comes from Socrates, who observed that, "Wisdom Begins in Wonder." These gatherings are open to all members of the community, regardless of age, experience or background. Harwood students who are experienced in leading Socratic Dialogues will facilitate the discussions.

This will be the first Socrates Café to be held at the Waterbury Public library. The library is designed to bring diverse community members together: a public, centrally located space that by definition belongs to and welcomes the entire community. Inviting students into the library to lead a community exercise for all ages represents not only the Waterbury Public Library’s commitment to working with other community organizations, but also the library’s tradition of honoring the experiences, knowledge and contributions of all members of the community.  The discussion question at the upcoming May 10th café embodies the library’s commitment to lifelong learning and to being a space and organization that champion’s ideas and creativity.

Community members of all ages are invited, and refreshments will be provided.  For questions and more information, please  contact Katherine Cadwell,  Harwood Union  High School faculty member a,katherinewcadwell@gmail.com or Judi Byron at the Waterbury Library,judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036


An Evening with Moira McCarthy Stanford, Host of Despite Diabetes

As members of the Type-One Diabetes Advisory Council at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, we work to create opportunities for families living with type-1 diabetes to come together to connect and learn from each other.  The Advisory Council has offered community meetings such as Taking Diabetes to School and Sports and Diabetes.

We all have stories about how type-1 diabetes has changed our lives.  Sharing these stories, as well as information about the latest research into better treatment options and one day a cure, provides hope and inspiration to continue the good fight against this relentless disease.

The Parent Advisory Council in collaboration with JDRF, is pleased to present an evening with Moira McCarthy Stanford on May 18th in the Sullivan Room of the Given Building at the University of Vermont Medical Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  

Moira is a former national award-winning crime reporter and newspaper editor, and the author of the best-selling books, The Everything Parents Guide to Diabetes and Raising Teens With Diabetes: A Parent Survival Guide, which was released in June of 2013. Moira is also an avid skier, and is a contributing editor at SKI Magazine as well as a weekly sports columnist and Travel Editor for the Boston Herald and a sports talk radio personality in Boston. Her advocacy and tireless support of type 1 diabetes research has landed her a spot as guest speaker on CNN Live and many other media outlets. She is also the creator of a well-known blog, despitediabetes.com.

Moira is also very involved with JDRF. She was chair of JDRF's Children's Congress 2005, national chair of JDRF Grassroots Advocacy, national chair of Outreach, president of the New England Chapter and has served on various international committees.  Moira McCarthy Stanford lives in Plymouth, MA and is connected to type 1 diabetes through her 25-year-old daughter, Lauren Stanford, who was diagnosed at the age of 6.

Please join us for an inspiring evening filled with the latest research developments in the world of type-1 diabetes, as well as motivational stories of living well, despite diabetes.

Light refreshments will be offered.



Upcoming Dates of Note
  • May 5th- CBMS Musical on stage- curtain at 7PM
  • May 6th- CBMS Musical on stage- curtain at 7PM
  • May 10th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 9th, 10th and 12th- Grade 8 Science NECAP testing today
  • May 11th- Sharenado (culminating Brainado event)- 1-2:15
  • May 11th- College Admissions presentation @ HUHS- 6PM
  • May 18th- CBMS Chorus Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 19th- Student vs Staff Hockey Game at Ice Center- 1PM
  • May 19th- 5th/6th grade Fun Night- 7-9PM
  • Week of May 22nd- SBAC testing in grades 7 and 8
  • May 24th- HUUSD Board meeting- HUMS Library- 6pm- agenda and minutes can be found here.
  • May 25th- CBMS Band Concert- all grades- 7PM
  • May 29th- Memorial Day- no school today