CBHS Parent Newsflash 5-3-21
CBHS Parent Newsflash 5-3-21

Headline News

Intensives Week was a resounding success! It was thrilling to have so many students engaged in so many vibrant compact learning expeditions. It was a great way to kick-off the final stretch of the year. 


We start the new May Hybrid Schedule today. This involves AM and PM cohorts coming in 4 days a week at similar times as in April. You can watch a video explanation of the new schedule here. 


The 9th grade will be kicking off a new social studies and biology driven mini-expedition, Questions of Conscience, this week. The juniors will be launching a new expedition this week through Chemistry and English class - Ways of the River: Penobscot Relationships and Sovereignty. 


The seniors will be sharing their soapbox speeches in Monument Square as a part of First Friday from 5:30-7pm. Parents welcome (socially distant and masked). Senior crew will be participating in their final day of Quest on Cow Island this week.


Vaccine Updates

For example, Northern Light Health is holding walk-in clinics at the Portland Expo, located 239 Park Avenue  on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pfizer vaccines are currently available at these sites for anyone 16 years of age and older. You can also make an appointment at: https://covid.northernlighthealth.org/. Also, MaineHealth is offering walk-in vaccinations at its Scarborough Downs clinic on Monday and Tuesday, May 3 and 4, for those 18 and older. 16- and 17-year-olds can schedule vaccine appointments at vaccine.mainehealth.org.


MANA and Maine DHHS are offering free transportation services for COVID-related needs such as testing, vaccine, and quarantine/isolation shelters. Please share with your networks. 

Flyers and translations: English, French, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili


If you would like assistance in arranging a vaccine appointment for your child, please contact Nurse Bell ASAP (842-4665) and she can help you make an appt. 


Student announcements for the week are here



May 11th-13th - Data Specialist/Receptionist Interviews

May 15th - Arts and Music Fest - 11am-3pm

Week of May 17th - Final Words Begin and AP Exams

May 20th - Seal of Biliteracy Ceremony

May 27th - Family Crew Night

The AP Exam Schedule 

AP Lit: 5-18 @ 12PM Digital @ Home  (1 student will take at school)

APUSH: 5-19 @ 12PM Digital @ School

AP Spanish: 5-21 @ 8AM Paper/Pencil @ School

AP Calc: 5-24 @ 8AM Paper/Pencil @ School

APES: 5-27 @ 4PM Digital @ Home

360 Arts Festival

We would like to encourage parents to come to the 360 Arts Festival on May 15th 11-3 at the CBHS campus.  We will have performers, tie dye t-shirts, poetry, food and fun.  We are looking for volunteers for the following positions that are very streamlined and should not be a ton of work but rather a ton of fun!


Help Needed

Art Market – reaching out to people who have signed up for a table with instructions for day of and helping set everyone up day of event.

COVID Team – working with Nurse Bell to make sure we keep everyone safe.

Baskets – help arrange donated baskets, monitor throughout the day and pick the winners.

Poetry table – manage the student poets who will be writing on demand poetry.

Floaters – be available to help set up, take down, add extra help and support where needed.


Help Needed with PAG for Next Fall

Additionally PAG is looking to recruit parents for next year’s open positions:

Secretary: Someone with proficiency in Google Workplace/G-Suite a plus

9th, 10th and 12th grade Parent Community Liaisons: These parents will attend PAG meetings, assist when needed with class activities and solicit parents to provide assistance and support the Volunteer Coordinator.

Annual Appeal Chair: Someone who is comfortable with reaching out to parents and alumni to support a financial contribution and our annual appeal.

Math Cup Chair: Organize the March Math Cup, solicit teams with the help of other volunteers, organize volunteer staff for supplying a lasagna dinner, oversee the event the night of. This person should be comfortable working with the Treasurer to solicit teams and sponsorships from the business community.

Project Graduation: Leads fundraising, and other events for senior Project Grad. Assembles group of interested parents who decide on a location, activities, and manage the whole event.

Website: We need someone with WordPress experience to update, maintain and manage our website www.cbhsfamily.org


Anyone interested in any of the above should reach out to Andy or Shay at chair@cbhsfamily.org


Reminder: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

A new $3.2 billion federal initiative, called the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, can help lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible households can get benefits that include up to $50/month discount for broadband services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. Households that are eligible include the following, if one member of the household:

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits;

  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019- 2020 school year;

  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, and

  • The household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.

Click HERE for more information on other household eligibility categories and benefits. Click HERE to begin the application.