Williston School District /February 3, 2016

A Message from the WSD Administration

Think Books and Think Snow

by Carter Smith

With February vacation approaching (February 22 - 26) I thought I would begin a discussion about how to foster reading over the break.

First, I want to remind parents that reading impacts development from an early age. There is a lot of research about the positive effects of reading aloud to children. In fact, reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. If you haven't developed a routine of reading to your child(ren) this would be a good time to start. It doesn't have to be only younger children, all elementary children can enjoy and profit from being read to.

Once a child is reading, how do we get them to read in their spare time and read for pleasure?

I came across this article in Common Sense Media (1/5/2016) entitled “Practical Ideas to Help Lure Your Kids Back to Books.” Following are the suggestions from the author Regan McMahon.
  • Find the "why" in YA. YA (young adult) novels tackle the edgy issues teens struggle with, from peer pressure and romantic longing to grief and trouble at home or school. Whether they're personally grappling with these issues or seeking vicarious thrills, teens gravitate toward subject matter that's relatable. Check the YA bestseller lists and our book reviews for ideas.

  • Merge movies with books. Hollywood is turning to teen lit for ideas more than ever. Offer your teen the print version to read before or after a big film adaptation comes out, and talk about the similarities and differences between the two. Check out our list of Books to Read Before They're Movies in 2016.

  • Get graphic. Gone are the days when graphic novels were dismissed as comic books. Now recognized as literature, they may be the key to getting some teens hooked on books. They're available in a wide range of genres -- from adventure and fantasy to historical fiction, memoir, and biography -- so certainly there's a graphic novel out there to suit your teen's taste. See our editors' picks for Graphic Novels and Graphic Novels That Teach History.

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Winter’s Peace ABS Lantern Parade

ABS Artist in Residence, Gowri Savoor will be teaching the k - 2 students how to construct a vellum lantern and leading everyone in a LANTERN PARADE Wednesday, February 10th! Click here to find out more about this event.

Kindergarten Registration News

Pre-Registration for Fall Kindergarten will begin soon for Williston and St. George children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2016. Pre-registration gathers information from families to assist in the planning for registration, which is scheduled for early April. Click here for more information.

Stage Crew for Shrek!

Students grades 5-8 can participate in stage crew for the school Musical. Work sessions are Monday and Friday afterschool and Saturday mornings 11-1(this is a time change from the form). It is not too late to join!!

Forms can be picked up outside the Auditorium door and returned to the drama mailbox in the office or brought to a crew session.

The stage crew builds and paints the sets and helps with building special costume pieces. They also will run the show backstage including lights and sound, taking tickets, etc. We also will need an active props crew this show as many of the pieces need to be brought on the stage.

If you are interested, please complete one of the forms and come to one of the crew sessions! You can also call Cathy Rylant at 310-5900 or if you have questions.

3rd/4th Grade Chorus Concerts

The 3rd/4th grade chorus concerts will be on

Wednesday, February 3rd

6:30pm in the WCS auditorium.

The musicians are required to wear concert attire*

The musicians need to arrive at WCS at 6:10pm for the evening concert.

*What is concert attire?

Boys: long pants, shirt with collar, and a tie

Girls: dress or skirt of appropriate length, or dressy pants, with an appropriate top

Shorts, t shirts, hats, athletic wear, flip flops, and jeans are not appropriate.

Please do not wear them.

Contact me with any questions or concerns.

Seeking old t shirts

The WCS music dept is seeking donations of old t shirts of all sizes and condition for an upcoming recycling/community service project.

Shirts can be delivered to the WCS main office or to Ms. Kennedy and Mrs. Thompson.

Thank you!

Join the WCS Penguin Plunge Team!

We need YOU to join our Williston Wildcats Penguin Plunge Team! This is our 6th year having a school team participating in the Penguin Plunge. The Penguin Plunge is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and all the participants jump in Lake Champlain! It is very cold but lots of fun. The date is Saturday, February 6th and it takes place at the Burlington Waterfront. We want students, teachers, staff, parents, and siblings on the team! Please email Jessica Haskins at or Jodi Bartley at if you have questions.
If you are interested in joining the team, please sign up on line at
Make sure to select the "Williston Central School Wildcats" team. Be a part of your school's team and support a great cause!

Preschool Lottery for 2016– 2017 School Year

The Williston School District is now accepting applications for a lottery for community peers for the 2016–2017 school year Allen Brook Preschool program. To have your child’s name included in the lottery, please pick up a questionnaire at Allen Brook School or Williston Central School, or print one off the school website and return it to the school by Friday, February 19th. Community peers must be 3 years old, but not 5 by Sept. 1st. Our preschool classes are Monday through Thursday mornings or afternoons.
Names will be drawn for a limited number of available peer slots on Friday, February 19th. Families of students who are drawn through the placement selection will be notified by phone within two weeks of the drawing. Click here for an application.


Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

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

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Volunteer Opportunity

The WCS/ABS/DAML Lost & Found Volunteer will be retiring this year. This is a great volunteer opportunity for someone wanting to help but not necessarily available during the school day or for someone more comfortable with “behind the scenes” volunteer activities. Items are picked up approximately once a month anytime the school is open. The items are then sorted, returned and donated. This may sound overwhelming, however, a system has been established making this task easy and efficient. No washing of items is required as our donation location takes care of that. Ideal candidate would have several years left in the Williston school system (i.e.: grades K-5) but not required. If interested or for more information contact:

Nicki Layman: 288-9194,

or Dee Goulette: 871-6174,

Health Office Links

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

8th Grade Yearbook

Don't forget to order your 2015-2016 yearbook.

Every school year is full of memories. Don't miss this year's!
Now through 3/2/2016, get your yearbook for $30.00.

Four Winds Nature News

Click to see this month's Nature News


Allen Brook and Williston Central School Physical Education are trying to find ways to engage our students in making healthy choices outside of school. This program is for all of ABS and WCS 3rd and 4th Grade. We want to help our students learn to become healthy fit individuals. The Monthly Fitness Fun Calendar is a way to encourage your child to make healthy choices outside of physical education. This is a completely optional activity for your child and family. Click here to continue reading.
WSD Facebook Page

The Facebook page will enhance communication, tell the amazing story of Williston, and be another place to access the School Bell. We will use this page to post other exciting news and/or happenings.

Athletics link

Williston School District Physical Education Department

Upcoming Events

3/4 Chorus Concert / Wed. Feb. 3 / 6:30 pm / WCS Auditorium

School Dance / Fri Feb. 5 / 6:30-8:30 / WCS

Continental Math Meet gr. 3 / Thur. Feb. 11 / 8:15-8:45 am

Continental Math Meet gr. 4 / Thur. Feb. 11 / 9-9:30 am

Continental Math Meet gr. 5-8 / Thur. Feb. 11 / 9:45- 10:15 am

School Board Mtg., / Tues. Feb. 16 / 7 pm / CVU High School

FAP Meeting / Thur. Feb. 11 / 8:15-10:15

NO SCHOOL Feb. 22-29. School resumes Tuesday, March 1

School Dance / Fri. March 4 / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS

FAP Meeting / Thu. March 10 / 8:15-10:15 am / WCS Dining Room

Variety Show / Fri. March 11 / 6:30-9 pm / WCS Auditorium

Marko the Magician / Fri. March 18 / 7-9 pm / WCS Auditorium

Click here for athletics
More Upcoming Events on the School Web Calendar

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

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Programs

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.

Recreation & Parks Offerings

Babysitters Course- This Red Cross Babysitters Training provides individuals with information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children. Ages 11-15 yrs., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9:00a-3:00p. $100

Click to register-

Winter Adventure Camp at Common Ground Center- Starksboro. Would your child love to spend two fun filled days at Common Ground Center exploring the outdoors? If so, register them now to join their staff for some fun in the snow! Grades: 3rd-6th, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23rd & 24th, 8:30am-4:30pm. $90

Click to register-

Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.
Click here for the February Rec. newsletter.
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