Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nov 3

Stories on the Road to Proficiency- this video was shown at the HUHS PBL Overview evening- 6 minutes- click here

The November Cougar Cafe menu is now online at this link.

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.  

PTO Winter Fundraiser has begun!
The CBMS PTO is excited to open our ONLINE winter fundraiser today, Friday, October 27th. While we are still selling your favorite items, instead of collecting checks, cash and paper order forms (which seem to go missing in middle school lockers), we’ve opened our first-ever online store! Below are important details for you. Thanks in advance for your support of our mission to enrich education, engage community and enhance connections at CBMS. 

Important Details

For those of you who have participated in this fundraiser in year's past, there are critical changes to be aware of:
  • We will no longer accept any paper orders or payments in cash or check. All orders must be completed online and our online store accepts payment through PayPal using any major bank or credit card.
  • All proceeds from this fundraiser will be divided among all five CBMS teams using a per-student ratio. However, there will be a space in the online order form to note which team should get “credit” for the sale. 
There are two ways to participate in this first-ever online fundraiser:
  • 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.
  • Collect order information and payment from family members and friends and place one large order online using your own personal bank or credit card to make payment via PayPal.
  • Should you or someone you know who wishes to place an order have limited access to technology, please contact Tamatha Thomas-Haase at 802.241.1415.

Evergreen Gardens Wreaths and Poinsettias

The online store will open on Friday, October 27th and close on Thursday, November 16th and will feature decorated pine wreaths and red and white poinsettias for purchase.
All purchases MUST BE PICKED UP at Evergreen Gardens, 15 Cabin Lane, Waterbury Center, VTORDERS 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 open on Friday, October 27th and close on Thursday, November 16th and will feature 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, VTORDERS 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).

Fencing lesson details can be found on the E-Community Bulletin Board

Interesting article- "For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity - Reframing Thoughts" - from KQED, Irritation and gloom may seem like the default mode for teenagers, but parents can help them gain a more realistic and resilient way of thinking. Click here.

Some interesting data from recent cell phone studies:
-   College students unlock their phones at least every 15 minutes, look at them about five minutes each time, and spend a total of 4½ hours a day glued to their devices.
-   Online conversations are teens’ lifeblood, accounting for much, if not most, of their social lives.
-   Teens are constantly multitasking, even though they know it’s not efficient.
-   When teens have their phones taken away, they become highly anxious.
-   Phone-related anxiety is closely linked to poor academic performance and sleep deprivation.
-   About 80 percent of teens say they rarely if ever sleep well, usually because they have a smartphone at their bedside and check it before going to sleep and during the night.
-   The average adolescent finds it difficult to study for 15 minutes at a time.
-   During a 15-minute stint of studying, teens spend at least five minutes in a state of distraction.
-   80 percent of high-school teachers and 63 percent of elementary teachers say technology is making students less able to sustain attention.
-   Office workers are interrupted (or interrupt themselves) every 3-5 minutes, take as much as 20 minutes to get back to work, and feel stressed by having to work faster to make up for the lost time.
Rosen has these suggestions for messages that educators and parents should be giving kids:
            • Your brain needs an occasional “reset.” Elementary-age children should spend no more than a half hour at a time on a device, followed by a break at least that long. Preteens and adolescents should spend no more than 90 minutes at a time with technology, followed by at least 10-15 minutes on an activity that calms their brain – going outside, exercising, listening to music, meditating, taking a shower, having an in-person conversation with a friend, playing a musical instrument, practicing a foreign language.
            • Build stamina for studying without technology. Treat this like any kind of strength training, says Rosen: start off easy and gradually increase the amount of time without a tech break. He suggests 15 minutes at first, turning off all websites and apps that aren’t relevant to the study topic, setting an alarm, and placing the phone within sight, face down. When the alarm goes off, the student can check for messages and notifications for a minute, then set another 15-minute alarm. When the student can tolerate 15 minutes, perhaps finishing a paragraph when the alarm goes off rather than immediately grabbing the phone, push the time to 20 minutes, then 25, and so on. During this strength-building sequence, it’s helpful for the teen to notify friends that there might not be an instant response to messages so they don’t keep texting.
            • Sleep is sacred. Nine hours is the recommended amount for high-school students, and kids should know that melatonin is naturally secreted in the hours before bedtime to produce sleepiness – unless they’re peering at a blue-light device. Ways to keep the melatonin pumping: use a pink-light setting in the hour before bedtime, or listen to familiar music or TV shows, read a paper book, and ramp down mental effort.
            • Cut down on the number of alerts and notifications. It may not occur to teens that they can de-activate apps that aren’t of strong interest, cutting down on distracting notifications. Rosen says he’s amazed at the number of apps he uses each day, often without even thinking.
            • Carve out tech-free zones. These might include the dinner table, restaurant meals, the car, the family den, and the bedroom. During the day, teens might need occasional one-minute breaks to check their phones and keep FOMO (fear of missing out) under control.

from “The Distracted Student Mind: Enhancing Its Focus and Attention” by Larry Rosen in Phi Delta Kappan, October 2017,

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • Tonight!  Grades 7/8 Dance/Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm
  • Nov 7- WDSD Board meeting- CBMS Library- 6pm- all relevant documents can be accessed here.
  • Nov 8- CBMS PTO meeting- CBMS Library- 6:30pm
  • Nov 8- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Nov 22-Nov 24- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 29- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library

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