Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jan 29

Semester 1 Progress Reports are coming home next Friday in the 'Backpack Express'.


Lost and Found is chock full....come on in and claim, or better yet urge your child to visit the lost and found!

Auditions for our school musical, The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever are coming up in a few weeks. There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in auditioning on Feb 13 at 2:30pm in the chorus room. More information can be found on the website for the musical. For those of you interested in helping with tech (building/painting/lights/sound/costumes) look for a meeting right after break!






Waterbury Winterfest starts tonight, and many of the activities will be of interest to students at CBMS! Events during the 10-day schedule include the Christmas Tree Bonfire and skating party, broom ball, Fun Run and micro-drone racing, Boy Scout adventure challenge, poetry slam, capture the flag, chess tournament, puppet show, snowshoeing, snowman building, sled hockey and snow football. The full schedule is here.


Join us for the next Community Socrates Café - Joslin Memorial Library in Waitsfield - Monday January 30 - 6:30- 8:00 PM - Discussion Question: Why Are We Afraid of People Who Are Different?  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 Joslin 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 Joslin 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 focus on searching for knowledge inherent in the Socrates Café format manifests the mission of libraries throughout history. The specific question of the January 30th café, with its emphasis on exploring issues that are important to people of all ages 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 Joy Worland, Joslin Librarian, at programs@joslinmemoriallibrary.com or Katherine Cadwell, Harwood faculty member at kcadwell@wwsu.org


5-week Parenting Course, focused on improving family bonding and reducing the risk of teenage drug use.  Click here for details.  


From HUHS: The purpose of this memo is to invite you to a Harwood Strong event. Harwood Union has received many donations, gifts and acts of kindness, and other types of support since October 8th, 2016. We are now positioned to thank all the generous and thoughtful supporters who have helped us to be Harwood Strong. We are inviting faculty, students, parent, and community members to help us hand-write thank you notes. We will have note cards, sample scripts, and fun supplies to personalize our notes. We will gather to write the notes on Monday, February 6th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the the Harwood Library. Light refreshments will be served. So that we can plan accordingly, please RSVP to Wendy Gilbert (882-1101) or wgilbert@wwsu.org byThursday, February 2nd if you would like to participate in this activity.

Upcoming Dates of Note 
  • Feb 2, 3- Winooski Valley Jazz Fest @ Harwood 
  • Feb 3- Semester 1 Progress Reports sent home via the Backpack Express 
  • Feb 11- PTO International Dinner- 5:30pm 
  • Feb 14- Jazz Night- CBMS and HUMS combined- 7pm - HU auditorium 
  • Feb 15- Feb 17- 5th & 6th grade basketball tournament @ CBMS - click here to sign up. 
  • Feb 16- Titan's Julius Caesar on stage- 8th grade performance- 5:30pm
  • Feb 17- Titan's Julius Caesar on stage- 7th grade performance- 5:30pm
  • Feb 21- Choral Festival @ HU- 5th-12th grade- 7pm concert 
  • Feb 22- No Stowe Ski-Ride/Winter Wednesday today, due to President's Week 
  • Feb 24- Last Day of Trimester 2 
  • Feb 25- March 7- School Break

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jan 20

2Nite - Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9pm. $5 admission. No permission slip needed.

We are looking for your input on offering opportunities for parents/guardians to learn more about Proficiency-Based Learning. Please click here to share your thoughts.

We're just two weeks away from the start of Waterbury Winterfest and many of the activities will be of interest to  students at CBMS. Events during the 10-day schedule include the Christmas Tree Bonfire and skating party, broom ball, Fun Run and micro-drone racing, Boy Scout adventure challenge, poetry slam, capture the flag, chess tournament, puppet show, snowshoeing, snowman building, sled hockey and snow football. The full schedule is at http://www.waterburywinterfest.com/


PG-13 movies- You should expect that if any movie or movie clip from a PG-13 rated movie is to be shown in any class, you will be notified in advance.


HUUSD Board agendas and minutes can be found here.

Girls on the Run's new middle school program, Heart & Sole, is hopefully returning to CBMS but we need COACHES and volunteers to help get the program started this year!   The 10-week Heart & Sole curriculum is filled with activities to support the emotional and physical health of the participants with a 5k event culminating event held in June. Heart and Sole is a spring program that starts at the end of March and runs through the first week of June. Sessions meet twice a week for 90 minutes each. You do not need to have running experience to coach. Coaches can commit to either one or two sessions a week. Please email Melinda Anderman at manderman@wwsu.org if you are interested in coaching.

Parents of 6th and 7th graders: Details on the 7th and 8th grade exchange with Harwood Union Middle School can be found by clicking here. Note the strict March 5th deadline for applying to the exchange.


International Potluck Dinner
     Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
     Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
     Place: CBMS cafetorium
     Suggested Donation: $5 per person or $20 per family

CLICK HERE to sign up to bring a dish! Remember – we ask that all ingredients be listed on your dish. Thank you in advance for contributing to this special evening. If you are interested in giving a 10-minute presentation to highlight a country or cultural custom important to you, please contact Pam Clapp at 802-522-6755 or pamelaclapp@hotmail.com. Suggested donation at the door is $5 per person and $20 per family. All donations go to the CBMS-PTO Fund to support their ongoing mission of enriching education, engaging community and enhancing connections. If you don’t have time to cook, just come! All are welcome! QUESTIONS? Georgiana Birmingham @ 802-279-9301 / georgianahelene@gmail.com or Pam Clapp @802-522-6755 / pamelaclapp@hotmail.com



Audubon Vermont Winter Vacation Day Camps- check the E-Community Bulletin Board for details.


Ponderable:  “Work on [a new social compact] has to start with every school teaching children digital civics. And that begins with teaching them that the Internet is an open sewer of untreated, unfiltered information, where they need to bring skepticism and critical thinking to everything they read and basic civic decency to everything they write.”   Thomas Friedman in “Online and Scared” in The New York Times, January 11, 2017.  Full article is here.


Upcoming Dates of Note
Jan 27- Team Titan to Flynn Theatre- 8:15-noon
Feb 2, 3- Winooski Valley Jazz Fest @ Harwood
Feb 3- Semester 1 Progress Reports come home via the Backpack Express
Feb 10- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9pm
Feb 11- PTO International Potluck Dinner- 6pm
Feb 14- Jazz Night- CBMS and HUMS combined- 7pm - HU auditorium
Feb 15- Feb 17- 5th & 6th grade basketball tournament @ CBMS
Feb 21- Choral Festival @ HU- 5th-12th grade- 7pm concert
Feb 22- No Stowe Ski-Ride today, due to President's Week
Feb 24- Last Day of Trimester 2
Feb 25- March 7- Winter Break

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jan 13

Proficiency-Based Learning resources
  • PBL Forum @ HU, from Thursday, January 5th- 8 minute screencast- click here
  • PBL FAQ, including information on the Progress Reports- click here
  • Semester 1 Progress Reports are coming home on Friday, February 3rd


Winter Wednesday Program began this past Wednesday! The CBMS staff has created this program to promote movement opportunities for those students not going to Stowe for the Ski/Ride program. The offerings are Ice skating, X-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Woods adventure (fire/shelter building, animal tracking), Sledding, Volleyball, Basketball, Strength & Conditioning, and Yoga.  Let it snow!

CBMS Ice Rink- this year we have a new addition to our school in the form of an ice skating rink in the "solar array" parking lot.  We were set to open the rink this past Wednesday, but the early January thaw has delayed that.  We are hoping to open the rink again on Monday.  This rink has been funded via the monies we have accrued from Boxtops for Education.  It will be used on Winter Wednesdays and some recesses, and it is available to the public after school and on weekends.   Get your skates sharpened, and we hope to see you on the ice soon!

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Clip 'em and send 'em in, please!



Parents of 6th and 7th graders:  Details on the 7th and 8th grade exchange with Harwood Union Middle School can be found by clicking here. Note the strict March 5th deadline for applying to the exchange.

International Potluck Dinner
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Place: CBMS cafetorium
Suggested Donation: $5 per person or $20 per family


This year, the Fourth Annual International Potluck Dinner will take place at the CBMS cafetorium on Saturday, February 11 from 6-8:30pm. We hope you will join the spice-filled (not too hot!) and delicious fun to celebrate the many cultures contributing to the diverse and delightful fabric of our community. This year’s dinner will feature several dishes from a variety of countries followed by brief presentations by local and international students.


CLICK HERE to sign up to bring a dish! Remember – we ask that all ingredients be listed on your dish. Thank you in advance for contributing to this special evening.


If you are interested in giving a 10-minute presentation to highlight a country or cultural custom important to you, please contact Pam Clapp at 802-522-6755 or pamelaclapp@hotmail.com.


Suggested donation at the door is $5 per person and $20 per family. All donations go to the CBMS-PTO Fund to support their ongoing mission of enriching education, engaging community and enhancing connections.  If you don’t have time to cook, just come! All are welcome!


QUESTIONS? Georgiana Birmingham @ 802-279-9301 / georgianahelene@gmail.com or Pam Clapp @802-522-6755 / pamelaclapp@hotmail.com


Preventing Drug Abuse: The Best Strategy. Why is adolescence a critical time for preventing drug addiction? click here for more details.


Stop Motion Animation Workshop - Learn a new skill for the new year – make your own stop motion animation short film!  Ever wondered how to make a stop motion animation film? It’s not hard! With today’s technology, anyone can create a masterpiece. Join Delia on Wednesday evening, January 25, for an hour and a half workshop where we’ll cover the basics of the program Stop Motion Pro. (Studio Maker Pro can be used on iPads, iPhones and with Android Operating Systems.) During this low-key and fun workshop you’ll have a chance to experiment with the different program features and even make a very short animated movie. Once you learn the basics, the sky is the limit!  This free workshop for adults and teens (ages 12+) will be held on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, at the Waterbury Public Library. Please register by calling the Library at 244-7036.


Upcoming Dates of Note 
Jan 16- MLK, Jr Day- No School for Students today
Jan 18- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library - relevant documents can be accessed here
Jan 20- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9pm
Jan 27- Team Titan to Flynn Theatre- 8:15-noon
Feb 2, 3- Winooski Valley Jazz Fest @ Harwood
Feb 3- Semester 1 Progress Reports come home via the Backpack Express
Feb 10- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS
Feb 11- PTO International Potluck Dinner- 6pm
Feb 14- Jazz Night- CBMS and HUMS combined- 7pm - HU auditorium
Feb 15- Feb 17- 5th & 6th grade basketball tournament @ CBMS
Feb 21- Choral Festival @ HU- 5th-12th grade- 7pm concert
Feb 22- No Stowe Ski-Ride today, due to President's Week
Feb 24- Last Day of Trimester 2
Feb 25- March 7- School Break


Friday, January 6, 2017

Jan 6

Cougar Cafe menu - http://wdnutrition.wwsu.org

3pm buses next Tuesday - Friday: With HUHS having mid-term exams next week, with noon dismissals, our 3:00 buses will be able to leave CBMS earlier than usual.  With the exception of bus #11, students normally on 3:00 buses should be arriving home roughly 30 minutes earlier than usual on these days.  Bus #11 students will arrive home at the normal time.  The 5:00 bus will run as normal all week.



From Your PTO:  
  • Sexting, Cyberbullying and Snapchat, Oh My!  Safe Technology Use for Middle Schoolers
Thursday, January 12 @ 6:30 PM
CBMS Library 
Join CBMS parents in an engaging, interactive discussion with Stephen McArthur, a nationally-recognized expert on sexting education, to talk about the issues of sexting, cyberbullying, and other technology-related challenges currently facing both kids and their parents. Stephen will help parents explore questions about monitoring internet and technology activity and parents are invited to participate in small-group discussions following his presentation. We hope to see you there!
Stephen McArthur is a long-time staff advocate, board member, and volunteer for Circle, formerly Battered Women's Services & Shelter in Washington County. He worked for 10 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. before moving to Vermont where he has also been in the music business as a producer for over 30 years. Stephen has been nationally recognized for his work around sexting education.
  • PTO Meeting Coming Soon!
Join us for our third meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 in the CBMS Library. If you have ideas for improving the winter fundraiser or wish to help out with planning upcoming fundraisers (Mom’s Night Out and CBMS Duct Tape Challenge), we hope to see you there!
These meetings are open and all are invited to participate. We promise we won’t assign you to a committee or make you sell a thing – we just want your voice, your ideas and your perspective! 


Ponderable:  "This is exactly what is wrong with this generation" 19 minute video- click here.


Upcoming Dates of Note 
  • Jan 11- CBMS PTO meeting- 6:30pm in the CBMS Library 
  • Jan 11- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library - relevant documents can be accessed here
  • Jan 12- PTO parent presentation- Safe Technology- 6:30- CBMS Library 
  • Jan 16- MLK, Jr Day- No School for Students today 
  • Jan 20- Grades 7/8 Dance @ HUMS- 7-9pm 
  • Jan 25- HUUSD Board meeting- 6pm- HUHS Library - relevant documents can be accessed here