Williston School District /Sept. 9 2015

A Message from the WSD Administration

by John Terko, Allen Brook School principal

Another summer has passed and we are back for another school year. Williston Central and Allen Brook have gotten off to a fantastic start. Students and teachers are excited to see one another and begin a new journey of learning. The key to a successful school year is the relationships that are built with each student, teacher and family. That is at the heart of the Williston School District. Let’s have a great year.

We are still missing some vital information in each of the offices. Please be sure to turn in your summer student info sheets to help us with changes in after school care, new phone numbers and email address. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

September is filled with many events and I would like to share a timeline with you below. Please mark your calendar and we hope to see you there.

  • September 10 – WCS grades 3 & 4 Learning Expo & Curriculum Night – 6:30-7:30 classrooms, 7:30-8:00 Learning Expo
  • September 15 – ABS Picture Day
  • September 16 - WCS Picture Day
  • September 16 - Title 1* Open House 5:30pm / gr. K-2 Curriculum Night & Learning Expo: 6:30pm classrooms, 7:30 Expo
  • September 17 – WCS grades 5-8 Learning Expo & Curriculum Night: 6:00pm in the Auditorium, 6:30-7:30 classrooms, 7:30-8 Learning Expo

*On September 16 starting at 5:30 and running till 6:30 is our annual Title I open house. Our Reading Recovery Teachers will present an overview of the program and students that have been chosen, it’s a great opportunity for their parents to find out how this all works. We will provide pizza and drinks and we will meet in the ABS Library. When that is done you can attend your child’s curriculum night.

Hope to see you all at your child’s scheduled curriculum night.

Student Pictures Next Week

All students will have their pictures taken next week for school records. Families have the option to select and purchase photos by using the order forms sent home with students. Students must have the order envelope with them on picture day, along with payment.
Allen Brook School students will have their pictures taken Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Williston Central school students will have their pictures taken Wed. Sept. 16.


Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

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Click here for information on the Williston Annual Fund and support form.

Questions? Email or visit the school webpage and find us on the quick links.

Read more about FAP.

Williston Schools Annual Fund 2015

Why do we do an Annual Fund?

Equal funding for all students in each grade level; Every student per grade is allocated the same amount of money to be used toward field-trips and house activities

Significantly cuts down on the fundraisers families would be expected to participate in each year

Community Events that are fun and beneficial for families

100% of money collected goes to FAP

Tax deductible donation

Click here to donate on-line, visit us online at the FAP webpage, or print and complete this support form.

Thank you for your support of the Annual Fund – When we invest in our children, all of Williston Wins!

Continental Math League Registration for Gr. 3 - 8

CML is a math competition in grades 3-8 for motivated students seeking an additional math challenge. Teachers and parents may register interested students here. Click here for more information.


Mrs. Thompson will use the app called REMIND to communicate all information regarding the band program. To receive messages via email or text (or both) you must subscribe. Signing up is fast and easy and will assure that all important information regarding rehearsal and concert schedules come right to you. Special note to Wind Ensemble families: Mrs. Thompson uses REMIND exclusively whenever a 7:30 rehearsal is canceled either in advance or last minute. REMIND SIGN UP INFO.

It is also recommended that you subscribe to the WCS Band blog to stay informed of all matters regarding the band program.

3rd/4th Grade Chorus begins Wed., Sept. 30!

  • Wednesdays after school, 3:00-4:00.

  • Rehearsals begin Wed. Sept. 30
  • The first two rehearsals are “open.” Students can come to check it out with no obligation.

Click here to
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.Danielle Trasciatti-Holmberg (Mrs. T-H) Click here to sign up for Remind notices.


Finally, a fundraiser that is environmentally friendly, supports local business, and is calorie-free! Harbor House will be selling bulbs to raise money for our student account fund. Flower Power is part of Gardener’s Supply, a locally owned and operated company that sells high quality garden bulbs.

If you were planning to buy bulbs anyway, perhaps you will buy them through Harbor House. We are not asking students to canvas the neighborhood or have parents take the order form to work.

Sale ends 9/23/15 you can order online by clicking this

link "Flower Power"

50% of the Flower Power sales will be applied to the 8th Grade Washington DC field trip!

Any Question please email or call Jess Haskins 871-6063; or Deb Taylor 871-6062;

Four Winds Volunteers Needed!

Four Winds is a monthly parent-led program designed to give K-4 students an opportunity to study nature in and around their school. Students love this program, and it is a unique and positive opportunity to be involved in your child's classroom. The topic for this year is “Structure and Function”. Click here to read more.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact the Williston Schools Four Winds Coordinator:

Julia Nesbit (878-8520) or

CSSU School Counseling

Click here for the CSSU School Counseling Newsletter.

Spelling Bee Team ~ Qualifying Tests

Thursday, September 10th

12:35 in the WCS Enrichment room

Grades 5-8 students interested in trying out for either of the two WCS Spelling Bee Teams (6 team members in Grades 5/6, 6 in Grades 7/8) should come to the Enrichment room on Thursday, September 10th. The test for both grades 5-6 and 7-8 will start at 12:35. Each test consists of 30 words. Twenty-five of the words come from the Vermont Principals’ Association list, and 5 are extra words. The lists are available outside the Enrichment Classroom or online at The Vermont Principals’ Association website under Student Activities, Student Spelling, Study Words (or click here).

Please contact Julie Rogers ~ WSD Enrichment Teacher, if you need more information.

Intergen Reading Program / A Monthly Book Group

What is it? FAP teams up with the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library to sponsor a fun book group that brings together WCS middle school students, seniors from our community and parent volunteers. Each book group will read and discuss 6 books over the course of the school year.

When? The program will kick-off in October with a “Get Acquainted” luncheon. The book groups will then meet during school hours once a month to discuss books in a relaxed and fun setting.

If your 5th-8th grade child is interested in being considered for this program, please register by Friday, September 11th using this online link.

WCS Lunch Room Sorting Station Aide

WCS is seeking someone to help facilitate the lunch room sorting station. This involves monitoring and directing students as they sort their compostable, recyclable and disposable lunch waste. This is a daily position from 11:40 AM to 1:10 PM. Interested candidates can send a resume with references and letter of interest to Liz Neeld,

Volunteering at School

Supervised volunteers and chaperones are required to complete a Consent for Release of Registry form (Vt. Adult Abuse/Child Protection Registry).
The process does not need to be repeated each year unless a person leaves the district for a period and then returns.
Please click here for the Consent for Release of Registry form. Click here for the Confidentiality Ethics agreement.

Health Office

**Medications Given at School**

It is that time again to send in any medications your child may need to have administered at school. A Medication Permission Form is needed with all prescribed medications. A form can be found on-line under School Information/Health Office or you may pick up a form in our office when the medication is dropped off. If you have any questions, please call the Health Office. Thanks so much!

Attention Parents of 7th Graders

All 7th graders are required by the state to have a Tdap and a Varicella (Chicken Pox) Booster at the start of 7th grade. If your child has had these vaccines please send in an updated vaccine record to the Health Office asap.If these boosters have not been given, please make an appointment to do so. DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1ST ! If your child has had a case of Chicken Pox a booster is not needed. We will need documentation when this occurred. If you choose to have your child exempt from receiving vaccines, please contact the Health Office for proper forms. Thanks so much for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Office at WCS (871-6170).

Health Office Links

WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 /Maria Harlow, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN/ABS: 871-6248/Sylvia Love, RN

Athletics link

Williston School District Physical Education Department

Upcoming Events

FAPAC mtg. / Thurs. Sept. 10 / 8:15-10:15 am / WCS Dining Room

3-4 grade Curriculum Night / Thurs. Sept. 10 / 6:30-7:30 classrooms / 7:30-8 Learning Expo

ABS Picture Day / Tue. Sept. 15

WCS Picture Day / Wed. Sept. 16

Reading Recovery Overview / Wed. Sept. 16 / 5:30-6:30 pm / ABS Library

K-2 Curriculum Night & Learning Expo / Wed. Sept. 16 / 6:30-7:30 classrm., 7:30-8:30 expo

5-8 Gr. Curriculum Night & Learning Expo / Thu. Sept. 17 / 6-6:30: Auditorium; 6:30-7:30: classrooms / 7:30-8:00 Learning Exop

Steve Mount Memorial Williston Invitational / Fri. Sept. 18 / 4:15 pm

FAPAC Mtg. / Thu Oct. 8 / 8:15-10:15 am /

Intergen Reading Program Kickoff Luncheon / Wed. Oct. 7 / small dining room / WCS 12:10-1:10

Click here for athletics

More Upcoming Events on the School Web Calendar

Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar!

Recreation & Parks Offerings

Soccer Camp

GPS Vermont’s full time coaching staff, of fully qualified British and American coaches, will offer a one day soccer camp during the Sept. school break. Players will be separated by age and ability. There are three age levels and two time options for the 7-14 yr. olds- half day or full day. GPS Vermont will ensure that every child has an outstanding soccer experience.

Global Premier Soccer VT

Wednesday, Sept. 23rd

3- 6 yrs. 9:00a-11:00a $25 per
7-14 yrs. 9:00a-12:00p $35 per

9:00a-3:00p $50 per

Horseback Riding Lessons

Join the staff at Livery Horse Farm for these group lessons. Lessons are for beginner through advanced riders. The focus is on English riding as well as lessons in balance seat and basic dressage. Our many school horses provide a variety of skill levels for children to safely learn on. Our lessons are held in a safely fenced, large sand ring. Children learn basic grooming and tacking as part of their lesson. Grades 3rd-8th, Saturdays, Sept. 19- Oct. 24, 1:00-4:00pm, $250 per. Kim Johansen, Owner.

Click here for the September Newsletter.

Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Programs for Kids

If you have a child going off to school for the first time there is probably some extra stress at home. “What will it be like? Will I make friends? What if the teacher is scary?” You can check out some books from our “Back to School” school themed picture books to read at home. Feel free to ask a librarian to help you find appropriate materials to ease the back to school transition.

Make sure to get your kids their own library cards while you are doing your back-to-school preparations. If they already have cards, make sure that they are up-to-date. Library cards expire every two years. Don’t worry if they have lost their cards or aren’t always carrying them. The library staff will just make sure your contact information is up-to date. When they check out materials they only need to tell us their names.

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Click here to access the DAML web site listing of events.
Click here for the Bell listing of DAML events scheduled for children.

Click here for the DAML newsletters.

Community Events

Click here for Community Events.
Included this week:
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library events
Cub Scouts
Mini Metro

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