CBHS Parent Newsflash 10-21-19
CBHS Parent Newsflash 10-21-19

Headline News
Fall trimester Progress Reports grades are now viewable via Infinite Campus.  .
Please connect with your crew advisor about a student-parent-advisor conference appointment 11/6 or 11/7. You can submit your "crucial question" for conferences here
Great Bill Nemitz column about the juniors' "People of Portland Project" here. Nominate someone today!
Senior Families: There will be FAFSA completion support nights at Deering (Tues at 6:30pm) an PHS (Thurs at 6:30pm) this week. CBHS families are welcome at either event. Language facilitators are available. The postponed CBHS Senior family financial aid night with expert Bill Smith will be from 6 to 8pm in the Great Space this Wednesday night. 
Picture day is Thursday. Details for ordering here
Sophomores will be doing team-building at Fort Williams on Friday. They will also be hosting Friday's costume dance (7 to 10pm); all monies raised will go toward supporting new Mainers as part of the sophomore's "Beyond Borders" expedition. 
A flyer regarding National "Drug Take Back Day" is attached, FYI.
Upcoming: Little Shop of Horrors - 11/8-9 at PHS
Help Wanted
a) Annual Appeal Update - Greetings Friends and Supporters of CBHS! Please be on the lookout for your first annual appeal letter of the 19/20 school year! It should arrive via USPS any day now. Included with your letter is a form and return envelope, should you wish to make your donation via check. If you prefer online donating, please visit the CBHS website and click on the "Donate to CBHS" button in the upper right hand corne.  Feel free to pass your letter on to someone you feel would also be a great supporter of our amazing school! As always, thank you so much for your generosity and support for outstanding public education! 
Sincerely, Jeanne Handy, Betsy Hanscom and Christy Scheidt, your Annual Appeal Committee

b) Arts and Music Fest
 The CBHS/PATHs Art & Music Fest is on Saturday, November 16th from 10-2 !  We will be having the world’s largest cookie walk, live, continuous entertainment, one-of-a-kind shopping and art, a basket raffle, CBHS swag, an ornament silent auction, coffee, pizza, nachos, and more!  

 Here is how you can participate:

1) We are accepting ARTISTS for the event – the application to have a table at the event is attached.  
2) Calling all artists, crafters and creative thinkers!  The Casco Bay/PATHS Arts & Music Fest  needs you to design an ornament for our ornament raffle.  Thanks again to all of the great local artists who've donated in the past! Ornaments do not have to be holiday themed -- think of them as miniature pieces of art.  All money raised supports our students.  Stop in the art room (Germany/212) at Casco Bay to pick up a blank wooden ornament to get started. Contact Peg Richard (
And please feel free to pass this on to other artist friends who might be interested.

3) If you would like to VOLUNTEER at the event or donate items such as food for the LUNCH TABLE, cookies for the COOKIE WALK, homemade ornaments for the SILENT AUCTION, please sign up here – Art & Music Fest 2019 sign up sheet (once here please click on the top of the page that reads; OPEN IN GOOGLE SHEETS in order to add your name!)

4) The BASKET RAFFLE was a huge success last year and we are excited to have it again this year.  If you are interested in donating a basket please see the attached form and email Julie Cunningham at

5)  A flyer for the event is attached – please share far and wide with friends, family, and coworkers!

For more information, please contact Nicole O'Brien at

Thank you - it's going to be a great event!

c) Reminder: Sophomore India Jenkins is leading a school-wide drive to donate warm clothes to new Mainers until THIS Friday October 25th, a week from this Friday. We need: hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, jackets and boots - for all ages - as well as snow-pants for kids. Donated items should be clean and please nothing with rips, holes or broken zippers Place any donated items in the shopping cart outside the 2nd floor kitchen. Please contact India FMI.
Select Student Announcements

Sophomores and juniors: If you would like to be the CBHS Representative to the School Board, please see Mr. Pierce to get your nomination papers. Nomination papers need to be completed and returned by this Friday October 25th to get on the ballot. See Mr Pierce or Joseph FMI.

Progress Reports are now viewable online. If you are meeting standards in a class, you may be required to attend BK 7 this week. See the relevant teacher for details. 

Crew Advisees: It’s time to sign up for Fall Conferences - 11/6-7. Ask your crew advisor for details how. 

This Friday’s Dance (7 to 10pm) :The dance will feature great student DJs, a photo booth, games, a dance contest and prizes for the best costumes (scariest, most creative, goofiest, best character, best duo and best group). All money raised from this dance will go to support groups that support local immigrants as part of the sophomores’ “Beyond Borders” expedition. Get those costumes ready. Dance tickets will be sold at lunch by Natarajan crew in the great space and during ACAD in Canada Monday-Friday of this week.  No afterschool sales will occur. Exact change would be appreciated though not required. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. 

Love to bake? Want to help the sophomore class? Please bring snacks for the Halloween Dance this Friday! We are looking for a variety of baked goods, bagged snacks (i.e. chips, popcorn, etc.) and drinks. You can bring any snacks to Mexico on Friday or bring them with you to the dance Friday night. Thank you!

2-4 student and faculty volunteers would be appreciated at the CBHS/DHS co-hosted math meet on Wednesday, October 30th at Deering High School.  Student volunteers will assist from 2:45-5:15 and receive 2.5 hours of STEM ELO credit. Please contact Ms. Natarajan if you'd like to help.

Seniors: If you are a senior and have not yet responded to Ms. Natarajan's email about the STEM endorsement, please do so before conferences and copy your crew advisor so it can be part of your conference conversation.

Sophomores Only:  The STEM Expo will be held on Friday, November 1st, and Ms. Natarajan will be taking a group of sophomores at 11:45 a.m.  (Lunch and block 6). If you'd like to attend, please respond to the survey on her Google Classroom by THIS Friday.  

Cabinet is working on a student proposal that would involve student volunteers helping at lunch to create the possibility of two lines - and faster service. Thanks to Zander for the idea.  

If you need to get a flu shot, please see Nurse Bell.  

We are going to start trying to use reusable bags for the Friday Food Partners Program.  If you have a reusable bag to use, put it in your backpack to have for Fridays!!

Please, PLEASE no latex balloons in the building. We have students and staff who can have dangerous allergic reactions to latex. 


Civic Accountability Reminder of the Week

Dance Rules and Norms 

The following Dance norms and rules were devised 2 years ago by Cabinet and faculty after some students and staff experienced unsafe behavior at a dance. 

CBHS Dance Norms: Goal: We want to have dances that are safe and fun for all; that means both students and chaperones.


  • Do not touch, hold or grab anyone else on the dance floor without clear consent.

  • No R-Rated dancing, even with consent.

  • We are all responsible for each other’s safety. Check in with people if you see something happening to another student that is questionable to you. 

  • Report what you see to an adult if you do not feel comfortable intervening yourself.

  • Please see a chaperone if you experience any non-consensual touching or dancing.


• All dance entrants will receive a customized bracelet to wear for the night. 

• People who do not have tickets for the dance may not loiter on campus or in the school building during the dance. The police will be notified and trespassers could be arrested. 

• Any CBHS student who helps another student sneaking in will be banned from all PPS dances for a calendar year, including prom. 

• Any CBHS student who engages in non-consensual dancing/groping will be asked to leave the dance immediately and will be banned from PPS dances for a calendar year and parents will be notified; Additional school consequences and police involvement are also possible, depending on the circumstances.

• Any student attending a CBHS dance agrees to be subject to a breathalyzer. CBHS staff will randomly ask dance guests to submit to a breathalyzer upon entry. 

Reminder: Juniors and Seniors: Do you want to get in shape during Acad? Earn some PE credit? See Ms. Koharian to find out how. 

College Visits This Week

Monday, October 21

  8:00 - Clarkson University

10:30-  Earlham

Wednesday, October 23

10:00- Trinity College

1:00 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Thursday, October 24

  8:30 - Curry College

  9:30 - Pitzer College

10:00 - Trinity College

12:30 - Plymouth State


Upcoming School Meetings


Host Crew


Set Up Crew

Small Green Act



Work Ethically









Sophomores will be meeting is special groupings with guest speakers during  TST today. Your crew advisor has details. 


Tuesday -  Student facilitators will be trained for our first Courageous Conversation of the year during Acad tomorrow in the Great Space.

11-2 - AL 3 students to UNE


FAFSA Night at DHS - 6:30pm

Wednesday  - Senior Family Financial Aid Night - 6 to 8pm at CBHS

Special Schedule for Thursday (Picture Day and Courageous Conversation)

Bk 4 – 8:00-9:21 – (Photos for 11/12 Supported Study and Learning Lab)

Bk 5 – 9:25-10:46 (Photos for : 9:20-10:30: Acad Strat 9/Acad Lang 2, Jr Supported Study/ELL Supported Study, Learning Lab – 10:35 – PATHS Students)

Lunch – 10:46-11:15  Photos for 9th Grade (1st half of lunch: Bernstein, Crowley, Leque, Hampton: 2nd half of lunch: Morales, Murray and Richard)

Acad – 11:19 – 12:11 (Remaining Grades 10-12)

Bk 6 – 12:15 -1:36 (1:25-35 – Remaining PATHS)

Crew – 1:40-2:30 – Courageous Conversation (50 minutes)y  

FAFSA Night at PHS - 6:30pm

Friday - Sophomore Team-Building on Fort Williams/Bristol RI Visits



Cabinet - 2:45

Halloween Dance - 7 to 10pm



Grades Close for Danger Reports - 11/1

Conferences - 11/6-7

Little Shop of Horrors - 11/8-9


Alzar School is a semester leadership school for motivated students in 10th and 11th grade. Alzar School provides challenging academics, cultural exchange, and outdoor adventure.  Students spend around 6 weeks of their semester in Patagonia, Chile. An admissions representative will be on campus on Tuesday, November 12th at 12:15 PM to meet with interested students.