THE SCHOOL BELL
Williston School District /May 13, 2015
A Message from the Administration
Parent Satisfaction Survey
by Walter Nardelli, District Principal
Parents, we need your help. We have an important tradition in Williston that involves you. Each year, we send out a Parent Satisfaction Survey for you to fill out. The input from this survey provides us with important information about the quality of education we are providing your children along with the school climate in which the education occurs. The survey should take you around five minutes to fill out but it will be one of the most important five minutes you spend. It is an investment in your children’s education. From your responses, we can improve the education we offer your children. Are your children excited to come to school? Do they feel the work is interesting and challenging? How much homework are they taking home? Do they feel supported by their teachers? Are you kept informed about your children’s progress? Are your children getting the individual attention they need to help them succeed in school? Are they learning how to organize their work, keep careful notes, write well organized papers and to persevere? Are they enjoying learning which translates into lifelong learners?
By taking five minutes to fill out this survey, you will provide important information about these questions and more. We take this information very seriously and make adjustments each year to the education we provide for your students - based on your input. We will share the overall results with you in the fall.
I am including a link to the survey in this document. We will also send a link to the survey through a Blackboard Connect 5 message. Copies will be available in the office of both schools.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WSDSatisfactionSurvey2014-15
Placement Transition Dates for Lower Houses
May 19; 6:30-7:30 pm: K Parent Information Evening - ABS
June 26: K Parents Informed of Placement by mail
Kindergarten to Grade 1:
May 29: Parents Informed of Placement by mail
June 5; 8:10-8:40am: K Step Up (Grade 2 goes to K-ALL School participates except looping grade 1)
Grade 2 to Grade 3:
May 29: Grade 3 Parents Informed of Placement by mail
June 1; 8:15-9:40 am: Step Up for Incoming Grade 3 at WCS
June 8; 6:30-7:30 pm: Parent Orientation to WCS for Grade 3 (Not a visit to classrooms)
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week: May 11–15, 2015
Thursday: Treat the Teacher Thursday Take a moment to treat the teacher. This could be anything: A favorite healthy or unhealthy snack, beverage, gift card, favorite school supply, or token of appreciation.
Friday: Dessert Day! Please consider Signing Up HERE to bring in a dessert so everyone working at both schools has something to take home.
In addition to our classroom teachers, please take a moment to consider the other teachers and staff that your child comes in to contact with during the week. She/he does so much for our kids.
WillistonRuns! for Education 5K & Kids Fun Run
Put your Race Face On! Williston Runs! for Education 5K and Kids Fun Run is this Saturday May 16th. There is still plenty of time to sign up to run or to volunteer. We are on target to have our biggest, best and most fun year yet!
Schedule of Events:
· 8:00 AM - Registration & Raffle Ticket Sales Open in Williston Central Gym
- NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION FOR 3-PERSON TEAMS
· 9:15 AM – Registration closes for 1 and 2 Loop Kids Fun Run races
- Course is on the gravel track behind WCS – 1 loop = 1/3rd mile, 2 loops = 2/3rd mile
- All Fun Run participants receive a special ribbon when they cross the finish line
· 9:30 AM –Start of the 1 Loop Kids Fun Run
· 9:40 AM – Start of the 2 Loop Kids Fun Run
· 9:45 AM – 5K Registration Closes
· 10:00 AM – Start of 5K Run/Walk/Teams
· 10:45 AM – Awesome Raffle followed by Awards
- Top 3 Teams
- Top 3 Walkers
- 5K Age Group Awards
Please Note: On-line Registration will be shutting down this Friday at noon. There will be no race day registration for 3-person Teams so sign your team up now!
Register or sign-up to volunteer at willistonruns.org. If you have questions or would like more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to see you on Saturday May 16th as Williston Runs! for Education!!
Ronald McDonald House Donations
Granola Bars / Cereal Bars, Fruit/Nut Snack Bags, 100% Juice Boxes or Pouches, Individual Sized Cereal, Individual Sized Chips & Pretzels, Snack Size Raisin Packs
13 Gallon Trash Bags, Plastic Spoons, Plastic Forks, Disinfectant Wipes, Gift Cards for House Supplies ( Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.)
Gas Cards for Guest Families (Mobile, Hess, Sunoco ect.)
Information for graduating 8th graders..
Starting 5/11/2015 there will be no charging at all for 8th graders for the remainder of the year. If your 8th grader has a negative balance please pay it off right away and plan ahead for future purchases. Your students may either prepay for purchases, bring cash,
or bring food from home. All positive balances will be automatically transferred to CVU. You must maintain a positive balance at all times to make any purchases from CVU.
The SmartPay feature of mylunchmoney.com will be temporarily disabled as of 6/1/2015 to prevent inadvertently overfilling a student’s account with only a few days remaining. You may still make payments manually on mylunchmoney.com up until 6/19/2015.
If your graduating 8th grader is not going to CVU, please let us know as soon as possible. In that case, we will attempt to transfer any positive account balance to a younger sibling in our district. If that is not possible, we will automatically refund any balance $10 or greater. If your student’s balance is less than $10 you may request a refund in writing or by email to Scott Wagner. Any unrequested balances will be transferred into the WCS Sunshine Fund on 6/19/2015.
Thanks very much for your attention to this important end of the year information. Have a great summer and congratulations! Scott Wagner
Sign Up for a Midsummer Reunion with School Friends at the Lake Monsters Game!
Saturday, July 11th at 6:05p.m.!
Grandstand tickets are $6 each.
50% of ticket sales go back to Williston Schools!
Tickets can be exchanged for another game if your plans change, so why not buy them from school? Tickets can be purchased at Williston Runs for Education this weekend and at the Art Show May 21st.
New this year! Order online! Williston is seated in Section 101
For more information click here
Fundraiser for Crag VT
Coin Drive for Nepal
The students of Synergy are holding a coin drive to raise money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake. All money collected will be donated to the Red Cross. The Red Cross is providing food, water, medical care, emergency shelter, and non-food related relief kits that include clothing, kitchen sets, tarpaulins for shelter, and mosquito nets.
We can help make a difference in the lives of those affected by this devastating earthquake!
The Coin Drive will be from May 6th-May 20th. Each team and the office will have a collection jar at ABS.
ABS Annual School-wide Art Show
Come one, come all!
The ABS annual school-wide Art Show will take place on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015. Please note that the official opening time for the show has been moved to 6:15 (rather than 6 p.m.) and will run until 8:00 p.m. as planned. Please look for invitations and refreshment forms in your child’s weekly folder. Each child will have chosen his or her favorite piece of art to display. This is a fun filled event for family and friends and we look forward to celebrating with you!
Sara Beeken, Art Teacher ext. 6281
Fun Day (grades 1-4) Monday, June 8
Your support will be greatly appreciated by volunteering to either run a station or help with making water balloons. No experience required or special knowledge, just your enthusiasm, energy, and presence. We really need help with making the water balloons! If you aren't able to help that day, volunteers can make water balloons at your own home & deliver on the morning of June 8 to the WCS old gym. Please fill out the slip and mark off whatever you are able to help with.
The morning groups for Fun Day will be 1st and 2nd graders (Synergy, Harmony & Horizon). The afternoon groups will be 3rd and 4th graders (Equinox, Kaleidoscope, & Mosaic).
Fun Day (Mon.) June 8 (rain date June 9)
I can help on Fun Day
____ 9:00-11:00 Synergy, Harmony, & Horizon
____ 12:40-2:40 Equinox, Kaleidoscope, & Mosaic
____ I will help with water balloons
Name_________________ Phone ________________________________________
please return to your classroom teacher
A state-licensed child care program that provides a safe, engaging, and fun environment. Snacks, games, art, free choice, and clubs that link reading, writing, math, inquiry, problem solving with social & emotional components.
8th graders interested in CVU THEATRE
Middle School Performing Arts Dates:
Thursday, May 14- CSSU Jazz Fest at CVU
Wednesday, May 20- school day concerts for grades 5-8 (wear your performing arts shirt)
Thursday, May 21- evening concerts for grades 5-8 (formal concert attire)
- 5:30 concert: (5:10 call- Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, 5/6 Chorus)
- 7:00 concert: (6:50 call- 7/8 Chorus, Varietones, Wind Ensemble)
3rd/4th grade Chorus Concerts
Wednesday, June 3rd at
2:00pm and 6:30pm in the WCS auditorium.
The musicians are required to wear concert attire* for both concerts.
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.
Please contact Danielle Trasciatti-Holmberg (Mrs. T-H) with any questions or concerns. email@example.com
Garden for Life would like to thank Avery Longley for his generous donation, an amazing new Greenhouse! Sterling students were asked "What can you do to improve your world and how can math help?" His answer---Construct a greenhouse for the school garden! Well done Avery!
Additionally, the garden received a huge donation of plants from Bonnie Plants! Thanks to Ryan and Corey, our garden is off to an incredible start!
THE TICKS ARE BACK AND ACTIVE!
Health Department Warns Tick Season Already Underway
BURLINGTON – Ticks are a lot like weeds: they survive winter’s freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall and lack of sunshine. These resilient critters can carry pathogens – microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites – that cause illness.
“Ticks are abundant in all parts of the state. Using bug spray and doing daily tick checks should be part of every Vermonter’s routine,” said Erica Berl, an infectious disease epidemiologist for the Vermont Department of Health. “The earlier you remove a tick, the less likely you are to become sick.”
Thirteen different tick species have been identified in Vermont, but only four are known to carry pathogens that cause disease in humans.
Lyme disease, one of the more common tickborne diseases in Vermont, is transmitted from the bite of infected deer ticks. Symptoms of Lyme disease include an expanding red skin rash, swollen joints and flu-like symptoms.
Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if treatment is given early. Left untreated, Lyme disease may affect other parts of the body, including the heart and nervous system. If you believe you may have been infected or have developed a rash or fever, call your health care provider as soon as possible.
HPV FILM PREMIERE
Wednesday, June 3; 5:30-8:00 p.m., film beginning at 6:00
Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Center
Narrated by Vanessa Williams, Someone You Love reveals how dangerous the HPV virus can be, potentially causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. For more information about the film and to view a trailer, please visit www.hpvepidemic.com or contact Allison Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 10th-16th is National Food Allergy Week
Did you know that 1 in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy? That is about 1-2 children in every classroom. For children with food allergies, even a tiny amount of the food they are allergic to can make them very sick. The most common food allergies are to milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and shellfish. Since food allergies affect so many children, it is important to learn how you can protect a child with a food allergy.
For more information, please click on the links below:
MATURATION FILM FOR ALL 4TH GRADE STUDENTS
WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 / Lisa LePrevost, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN / ABS: 871-6248 / Sylvia Love, RN
CSSU Jazz Night / Thur. May 14 / 6-9 pm /
School Board Mtg. / Tue. May 19 / 7-9 pm / CVUHS
Incoming Kindergarten Parent Info. / Tues. May 19 / 6:30 -7:30 pm / ABS
ABS Art Show / Wed. May 20 / 6:15-8 pm / ABS
WCS Art Show and Opening Reception / Thurs. May 21 / 5-7 pm / WCS Dining Room
Grade 5-8 Concerts / Thur. May 21 / 5:30 (5:10 call- Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, 5/6 Chorus); 7:00 (6:50 call- 7/8 Chorus, Varietones, Wind Ensemble)
No School / Mon. May 25
FAPAC / Thur. May 28 / 8:15-10:15 am / WCS
Sterling Independent Math Project Open House/ Thur. May 28 / 5:30-7 pm
Harbor 8th gr. Challenge/DC Mtg / Thur. May 28 / 6-8 pm
Parent Orientation to Middle School / Thur. May 27 / 6:30-7:30 pm / Auditorium
Step up Activities for gr. 2 to 3 / Mon. June 1 / 8:30-9:30 am
Chorus Concert (gr. 3-4) / Wed. June 3 / 6:30 pm
Beginner Band Concert / Thur. June 4
Step up Activities for gr. K-1 / Fri. June 5 / 8:30-9:30 am
Fun Day, gr. 1-2 / Mon. June 8 / 8:30-9:30 am / WCS
Fun Day gr. 3-4 / Mon. June 8 / 12:30-2:30 pm / WCS
Step Up for Middle School, 8th gr. Yearbook Signing / Wed. June 10 / 8:15-9 am
Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar! www.wsdvt.org.
Click above to link to the Williston Rec. department web site
Lacrosse Clinic time change, Red Sox vs. Oriole Game
Lacrosse Clinic- Time change.
2:00-4:00pm, Sunday, May 17. Register with Curtis Lacrosse at- http://www.curtislacrosse.com/2015-may-community-lacrosse-clinic.php. Free for Williston Residents ages 4-9 years.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Oriole Game
Start the summer off with a bang with this great summer trip to Historic Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles. This is an early afternoon game, 1:35pm start. We will be seated in right field grandstand seats (Section 2, Row 12-15, Seats 1-14). We will ride in comfort on a Premier Coach. The bus stop in Williston for an 8:20am pick up. Arrival time approximately 12:40 pm. We will be leaving Fenway immediately after the game and arrive back in town around 9:15pm. Limited seats are available. Don’t’ wait sign up today! All Ages. Thursday, June 25. $79 per person.
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Programs for Kids
Reminder to Parents of Students who visit the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library:
This time of year brings challenges as students get excited about warm weather and the end of the school year. While we welcome your children at the library, we ask you to remind them that the library is a place for quiet reading and socializing. Students whose behavior does not meet the library’s guidelines will be asked to leave. If students repeatedly fail to meet these guidelines, they will be asked to leave for an extended period. Children must be age 9 or older to visit the library unattended. Library staff are not responsible for students at any time during their visits to the library.
Please help the library maintain a welcoming environment for all!
For our complete policy see http://www.williston.lib.vt.us/index.php/library-policies/library-behavior
Contact Jill Coffrin, Youth Librarian, if you have questions. Thank you for your help!
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