Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jan 26

Progress Reports will be coming home later today, via email. With JumpRope, through the Parent Portal, you can always view your learner's current scores sorted by Class. Progress Reports will have the same data, sorted by Learning Expectation. These reports will be sent out periodically through the year, simply to give you another way at viewing your child's progress.

New & updated website from the CBMS Health Office - click here

Winter Walk to School Day- Friday, Feb 9th. Leave Rusty Parker Park at 7:10 to arrive at CBMS by 7:40. Hot chocolate in the gym lobby for walkers...come join us!

Grades 5/6 Parents- not able to make the Ecology Week meeting last night? Two files of note from last night- the intro slides are here, and the Ferry Beach Ecology School overview is here. Another file of note is the blog from Ecology Week 2-16- click here. A good website with information on the Ferry Beach Ecology School (packing list, typical schedule, etc) is here. FAQ for parents is here. We will be asking for commitments for your child to attend either the 4-day Ferry Beach trip, or the day-trips to the Audubon Center, in early February.

Friday Open Gyms at CBMS - Most Friday mornings from 7:25-7:45 we open the gym to give all students an opportunity to get their blood moving before school officially begins. Prison Ball and Basketball are currently the popular games of choice, and this open to all CBMS students. Encourage your child to join in the Friday Morning Fun!

Waterbury Winterfest begins this Friday with the bonfire and skating at Anderson field!  For a full schedule of events, click here

Waterbury Action Team forming, focused on addressing the challenges of affordable child care.  Click here for more details.

Water Bottle
Updated CBMS Spiritwear- click here to check it out and to place an order.

Harwood Union presents parent workshop featuring Drew Donofrio Monday, January 29th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. This presentation is for adults only (no students please). ALL parents/caregivers are welcome.   Today’s world impacts our children in ways unimaginable for previous generations. Consequently, old methods of communicating with kids seem inadequate. Trying to get through to our children can feel impossible. Often, they are searching for the definition of who they are through negative outlets. This leaves parents confused, searching for answers, and striving to have profound influence over their children This workshop is designed to give parents a better understanding of the issues facing our children: drug and alcohol usage, vaping, the impact of technology (digital distraction), bullying, risky behavior, exposure to adult material, distracted driving, and several others. Armed with the knowledge of what your children face today, this program will provide effective methods of communication through an in-depth understanding of how children receive information and what motivates them to want to apply it. Our speaker will incorporate real-life stories and examples from both his extensive law enforcement career working with youth and technology crime, as well as his experience as a parent and stepparent having raised seven children.

The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can and Should Be Teaching Our Children - When children and teens are in the grips of worry and anxiety, adults often feel stuck as well. Parents, educators, and many therapists feel overwhelmed by the frequency and intensity of anxiety in the children they care about. They don’t know what to do and things that feel most loving and intuitive often make the problems worse. Untreated anxiety in children is one of the top predictors of depression in adolescence and young adulthood but research proves that teaching children cognitive and social skills can make a difference in preventing the development of these struggles. 
Lynn Lyons, LICSW will be at the Fayston Elementary School on Thursday, February 1, 5:30-7:30 to address strategies that work and ones that don’t, offering her perspective on managing and preventing anxiety from taking over children and their families. Such as:
  • What adults can do to both prevent anxiety from becoming so powerful and help children manage it when it does show up? 
  • What is the connection between anxiety and depression? 
  • Why are breathing, relaxation, and distraction strategies sometimes ineffective? 
  • What do we do when an anxious child is falling apart? 
  • How can parents, schools, and outside providers work together more effectively?
Parents, educators and all those who care about the growing number of children and teens dealing with anxiety are welcome to this free event sponsored by the Fayston PTO and Early Ed. Group, Spring Hill School, Waitsfield Children’s Center and Hannah’s House.  For more information call the Fayston School at 496-3636 or email

Upcoming Dates of Note:
  • 2nite- Jan 26- Grades 7/8 Fun Night @ HUMS- 7-9pm- $5 at the door
  • Jan 29- iDefineMe Workshop for parents- HUHS- 6:30pm (7th and 8th graders will be attending an assembly on this at HUHS this morning)
  • Feb 1 & 2- Winooski Valley 7th/8th Jazz Festival- HUHS
  • Feb 1- Lynn Lyons speaking at Fayston Elementary School- 5:30pm
  • Feb 5- Panel Presentation: Proficiency-based Grading & Reporting- HUHS Library- 6pm
  • Feb 9- Winter Walk to School Day - depart Dac Rowe at 7:10am.
  • Feb 9- Team Titan to Flynn Theater to see "Pilobolus Shadowland" (modern dance) - 8:15-11am
  • Feb 14- HUUSD board meeting- 6pm- HU Library- website with all info is here
  • Feb 16- Grades 7/8 Dance @ CBMS- 7-9pm (note this is a change from the original date on March 16)
  • Feb 20- WWSU 5th-8th Chorus Night @ HUHS - 7pm (rehearsal that morning from 8-11:20)
  • Feb 21- No Stowe Ski-Ride Program today
  • Feb 21- HUUSD board meeting- 6pm- HU Library
  • Feb 26-March 6- Winter Break (school resumes on Wednesday, March 7th)

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