Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sept 1

CBMS PTO meeting this coming Tuesday, Sept 5th, beginning at 6:30PM in the CBMS Library.  All are welcome!  More information on your PTO can be found at this link.

Direct Communication @ CBMS - If and when issues come up that you want to address with CBMS staff members, the best way to do that is to "go straight to the source."  For instance, if the issue is something that happened in the math classroom, contact the math teacher directly.  E-mail is a great way to contact us.  If the issue is not resolved at the source, feel free to contact either Stephanie Hudak or Tom Drake, the CBMS principals.  If you are going to err, err on the side of communicating too much versus not enough...we can't make things right if we don't know what needs to be addressed.

Art Wish List - A Community of Artists
Visit the CBMS Art Blog:

Dear Parents, Students, Teachers and Staff,

The art room at Crossett Brook is a working art studio, where students approach art and the art world in a manner similar to practicing artists - identifying ideas and projects, learning new skills and techniques, practicing with materials and tools, developing individual style and voice, and evaluating both process and product.

Here is a wish-list of items needed to help support our work:

Old Crayons
Wallpaper sample books
Balloons! all sizes
Fabric – scraps and yardage
Spools of thread
Embroidery floss
Cardboard tubes (paper towel tubes, wrapping paper tubes)
Bottle tops, jar lids
Dress form/manikin
Clean plastic containers (yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese)
Dry cleaning plastic bags
Sewing machine in working order
Small wood scraps
Pliers. nails, hammer - other hand tools
Wood carving tools
Vice, clamps
Rolls of newsprint or other paper
Mat board scrap
Wallpaper sample books
Hairstyle books
Blender for papermaking
Aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap
Corrugated cardboard
Old but clean socks
Old Blankets/Polar fleece
Sheep fleece/wool (I can wash it if it is right off the sheep!)
Discarded stuffed animals that nobody loves anymore
Artificial flowers
Solid colored bed sheets, especially WHITE!
Interesting finds you think we can use
Small boxes
Artificial flowers
Wire hangers
Old pillow cases

**If there is a remote possibility we can do something with it, then send it...we are VERY creative. If we can't use it, we'll either find someone who can, or we will recycle or toss it lovingly.

Thank You!
Nan Hathaway
CBMS Art Teacher -

Vermont Agency of Education - Back to School Blackboard- some interesting facts and figures about Vermont's public schools.  Click here.

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Clip 'em and send 'em in, please!

Soccer Schedules for 7th and 8th grade soccer can be found at this link.

Lost lunch box - like the one in this photo.  If your child brought it home by mistake, please return it to the CBMS office.

Ticks and Lyme Disease
Fall season is approaching and ticks are active. Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks, which are found in our area. Deer ticks live in grassy, wooded, brushy areas and can be very small (see picture below). Ticks typically must be attached for 36 hours or longer to spread lyme disease; promptly removing ticks can prevent infection. Lyme disease can affect your skin, heart, nerves, and joints. Lyme disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics. However, not all tick bites require antibiotics. The American Academy of Pediatrics issues guidelines as to when treat tick bites so that children are not exposed to unnecessary antibiotics.

After a tick has been attached and removed, a person often experiences redness where the tick was attached. This is from the tick's saliva while it was attached and is a normal reaction. It can be compared to when a person gets bitten by a deer fly and has a large red area where the fly bite occurred.

Read below for tips, from the Vermont Department of Health, that can help you deal with ticks:

While outdoors

  • As much as possible, avoid high grass and bushy areas; stay on hiking trails.
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to minimize skin exposure to ticks.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks to form a barrier to tick attachment.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to help see ticks on your clothing.
  • Check for ticks, looking particularly for what may look like nothing more than a new freckle or speck of dirt, and remove ticks promptly (see reverse page).

After you come inside

  • Check your or your child’s body for ticks, and remove them promptly. Pay special attention to the head, armpits, and groin area.
  • Showering within a few hours of being outside may also be helpful.

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites.

It is okay if the tick's head is not removed. Lyme disease is contained in the tick's stomach. As long as the body is removed from the head, lyme disease cannot be transmitted. If the head is not removed, a person's body will expel the head in a few days.

The rash associated with Lyme Disease has a bullseye appearance. If you notice this type of rash, it should be evaluated right away.

For more information on Lyme Disease and how to prevent it, please visit the Vermont Department of Health and the AAP Healthy Children website

Ponderable:  "It’s hard enough for adults to sit back and let teens make decisions. It’s even harder to sit back when you are sure that what they are about to do is a mistake or likely to fail. Yet this is what you must do… It’s okay to let them skin their knees, but not break their necks. If the decision they are about to make represents a real danger, then you should obviously step in. But if it’s not dangerous, step back. It’s okay to give a warning or offer advice – but if they aren’t listening or interested in your opinion, don’t push it." Dan Appleman in Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Groups, Teachers, and Parents.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Sept 4- Labor Day- no school today
  • Sept 5- PTO meeting- 6:30- CBMS Trish Feld Library
  • Sept 7/8- Team Prodigy to Little River State Park- depart at 1:15 on Sept 7, return at 2pm on Friday
  • Sept 20- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in HUHS Library
  • Rosh Hashanah- begins sundown on Sept 20 and ends at sundown on Sept 22
  • Sept 22- Grades 7/8 Dance @ Ice Center- 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sept 27- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm in HUHS Library
  • Sept 28- Back 2 School Night @ CBMS- 6:15-8:15pm
  • Yom Kippur- sundown on Sept 29 to sundown on Sept 30

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