Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 10

From CBMS School Counselor Jennie Hempey- Grit & Resilience, Sleep Struggles, Bullying/Harassment vs Bad Behavior, The Over-Scheduled Child - click here to read Jennie's blog posts.

Thanksgiving meal @ CBMS on Friday, November 17th- please join us! click here for details and to sign up for a meal.

From Your PTO:  Did your 5th/6th grade child have Fun at Fun Night?  If yes- we need your help to keep them going!  The PTO needs a point person to assist with the organization (contact Laurie Berryman for details- and we need more parent volunteers to sign up for Fun Night. You do not need to be fingerprinted to be a chaperone for Fun Nights.  If we don’t have enough volunteers we will have to cancel Fun Night.  Thanks!!

In need of a warm winter jacket for your child?  The CBMS nurse's office has a good supply!  Contact Nurse Marilyn at for details.

MS Winter Sports meeting- for basketball, gymnastics, nordic skiing, and wrestling.  6pm in the Harwood auditorium.  Attendance encouraged, but not required.

Calling all volunteers for Ski & Ride!  Sign up for Volunteer clinic at Stowe by November 9th.  Seeking at least 30 more parents, teachers, community members to chaperone our Ski & Ride Program.  Without you, this program will not exist.  Visit the Volunteer Page on our Ski & Ride website for information and the Stowe form. 

Want to volunteer?  Need fingerprinting?  Try the Stowe Police Dept, as we hear there is no wait time involved there.  Note that we are in discussion with the Waterbury Police Dept to bring them to CBMS in the near future for a fingerprinting session- stay tuned.

PTO Winter Fundraiser CLOSES SOON!
The CBMS PTO Online Store will close on November 16th for all fudge orders however, WE ARE OPEN FOR WREATHS AND POINSETTIAS until November 29th!! This is the PRIMARY fundraiser for the PTO and every dollar raised goes right back to the teams to support field trips and other team-based enrichment activities.

Send family members and friends THIS LINK TO THE ONLINE STORE and ask that they make an order to support CBMS PTO and your child's team. Be sure to include the important details highlighted below and tell them that a bank or credit card will be required to pay using PayPal. If using the hyperlink above is not possible, tell them to visit and click the giant green ONLINE STORE button on the homepage.

Evergreen Gardens Wreaths and Poinsettias

The online store will close on November 29th and features decorated pine wreaths and red and white poinsettias for purchase.

All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Evergreen Gardens, 15 Cabin Lane, Waterbury Center, VT. ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Friday, December 1st and Sunday, December 3rd during store hours (Monday - Saturday from 8:30AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10AM - 5PM).

Laughing Moon Chocolates Fudge

The online store will close on Thursday, November 16th and features chocolate, maple and peanut butter fudge (1/2 lb. each) for purchase.

All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main Street, Stowe, VT. ORDERS WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP between Monday, November 20th and Friday, December 1st during store hours (9 AM - 6 PM every day; closed on Thanksgiving).

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Hello from the Sustainability room!  We are looking for a big garden owl to keep hawks away from our chickens. If anyone has one that is just collecting dust and you are willing to donate please drop it off at the CBMS office or contact Sarah Popowicz ( to arrange for a pick-up. Thank you!

The Waitsfield Elementary School Ski & Skate Sale is this weekend.  CBMS is still looking for ice skate donations for our PE program- keep us in mind if you see any good deals at the sale!

Timely and important letter from Superintendent Brigid Nease regarding school closings and weather delays - click here

Socrates Cafe, Harwood Union HS 
Christopher Phillips, internationally known philosopher and author of bestseller Socrates Café: a Fresh Taste of Philosophy, and The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity and Reason through the Wisdom of our Youngest, will be at Harwood Union High School on November 13th as part of Harwood’s popular Socrates Café program. Dr. Phillips has been a Network Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and was a 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award. He is the founder of Democracy Cafe, and a recent Senior Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center, as well as senior writing and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Socrates Cafes are based on ideas in Phillips’ first book, Socrates Café, most importantly the idea that people learn more when they question. Socrates observed that, “wisdom begins in wonder.” A primary goal of Dr. Phillips and the cafes is to inspire curiosity and wonder, to nurture self-discovery, openness and empathy. In that spirit, these gatherings welcome all members of the community, regardless of age, experience or background.

Phillips will kick off the evening and folks will break off into small groups where Harwood students who are experienced in leading Socratic Dialogues will facilitate the discussions. The event will take place in the Harwood Library beginning at 6pm. After small group discussions, the groups will reconvene to debrief and summarize. Refreshments will be offered at the end of the evening at 8 pm.

For more information contact: Katherine Cadwell, HUHS at , Joy Worland, Joslin Memorial Library at or Judi Byron, Waterbury Public Library at

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Nov 16th- MS Winter Sports meeting- basketball, gymnastics, nordic skiing, wrestling- HU auditorium- 6pm
  • Nov 17- Thanksgiving Meal Lunches @ CBMS- sign up here
  • Nov 22 - Nov 24- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library

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