Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dec 8

New CBMS Spiritwear- click here to check it out and to place an order.

Girls on the Run's Middle School program, Heart & Sole, is returning to Crossett Brook School and we need COACHES!  At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our new middle school program, Heart & Sole, helps girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully.

Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is woven through the program as a learning mechanism and a way for girls to experience goal setting and achievement. 

The 10-week Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, asking for and providing help, and more.   The girls will culminate the season by participating in an empowering 5k event!

Heart and Sole is a spring program that starts the week of March at the end of March 19th and runs through the last week of May.  Sessions meet twice a week for 90 minutes each.  You do not need to have running experience to coach!   Please contact Melinda Anderman at for more information or to sign up.

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.

Details on how to avoid and how not to spread the Norovirus germ can be found here.

Your local Rotary clubs are seeking host families for our wonderful exchange students! We have students from Germany, Denmark, Brazil, and Italy. Seize this awesome opportunity for your family to learn about another country, make lifelong connections, and change a life.
We need families starting in January. If you can help, please contact Ron Gulyas at, Irwin Korman at, or Shannon Wisdom at

Public School Budgeting and Upcoming HUUSD Board Meetings  The Harwood Unified Union School District board of directors invites the public to attend any and all of our December and January meetings discussing FY 2019 budgeting for our schools, students, and communities. Please find a calendar of important dates below. We hope you can join us, or watch the discussions on Mad 
River Television (! As always, please feel free to reach out to any and all board members with your questions, concerns, and good ideas.

Visit for agendas and more information!


December 13, 2017 – HUUSD board will continue discussion of proposed budget expenditures including Operations and Maintenance, Long Term Capital Needs, Solar Service Contract and Leases, and Transportation. 6 pm at HUHS library.

December 20, 2017 – HUUSD board will hear and discuss first look at revenues, equalized pupils and early projected tax rates, along with continued discussion on proposed expenditures. 6 pm @ HUHS library.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – HUUSD board will hear and discuss all expenditure recommendations and estimates. Final revenues, equalized pupils and CLAs (Common Levels of Appraisal) will be available, allowing us to estimate tax rate(s) for the towns in our district. 6 pm @ HUHS library.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - HUUSD board will discuss and vote on final budget. 6 pm @ HUHS library.

HUUSD has a Waterbury vacancy on their board to be filled immediately. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, stating why they would like to serve and what contributions they would like to bring to the Board, to Brigid Nease, Superintendent, 
either by US mail (HUUSD, 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7, Waitsfield, VT 05673) or email ( Once all letters are received, the Board will review, set up interviews, and ultimately vote as a Board to fill the seat. This seat would run from now to March 2018, at which time, Waterbury would elect someone to serve for one year to complete the original term.

Deadline for receipt of letters: December 18, 2017

You are invited to share your ideas with members of the HUUSD school board! Guiding topics are: what do you value most about the schools? What is missing? What are your thoughts about our adopted goals and how would you prioritize them? This forum is part of our new effort to create more occasions to listen to - and engage with – the public. It is an important opportunity to offer your thoughts to the board in this and future budget cycles, and as we do our work throughout the year.


Monday, December 18
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Harwood High School Library
light snacks will be served

Note: please be on the lookout for a survey to address similar topics in the coming weeks

This year the Peace Alliance, a student run community service organization at HUHS, is working with AALV, an organization devoted to promoting equal opportunity, dignity, and self- sufficiency for refugee and immigrant individuals and families in Vermont. AALV started out as an organization to bring together a small group of new African Americans in Vermont, and over time has reached out to many other ethnic groups including Bhutanese, Burmese and Iraqi refugees. As the winter season is approaching, Peace Alliance is organizing a warm clothing drive, with all donations going to AALV. Many of the refugees come with simply the clothes on their backs, and are not equipped for Vermont’s chilly winters. We are collecting winter apparel of all sizes such as coats, fleeces, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, and socks. We will also be taking donations of yarn, with which the refugees can knit their own hats and mittens.  There is a box for donations in the CBMS office through December.  Thank you, and Peace to you in this holiday season!

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2NiteGrades 7/8 Dance at CBMS- 7-9pm
  • Dec 12- Hanukkah begins this evening (through Dec 20)
  • Dec 13- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 14- Winter Concert: 6-8 band, Jazz band, 5-8 chorus- 7-9pm
  • Dec 20- HUUSD School Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library
  • Dec 22- Jan 1- Holiday Break

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