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.

Placement Transition Dates for Lower Houses

Incoming Kindergarten:

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)


Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

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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


· 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 If you have questions or would like more information, e-mail: We hope to see you on Saturday May 16th as Williston Runs! for Education!!

Four Winds Nature's Newsletter

Click here for this month's topic on frogs and toads.

Ronald McDonald House Donations

My name is Olivia Francisco and I am a 6th grader at Williston Central school. For our math class we are doing independent projects. My project is to raise money for the Ronald McDonald house by being at the Williston runs 5k. The 5k will be on May 16th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. At the 5k, I will have a table where you can donate to the Ronald McDonald house. I will also be taking donations of some of the following items from the wish list:
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.)

Cafeteria Accounts

The end of the year is quickly approaching and all student accounts must be in good standing before the last day of school. If your student has a negative balance, please get a payment in right away and plan ahead for future purchases. Negative balances must be paid off before the last day of school.

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 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 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

Hello, I am Zach Schaw a 8th grader at WCS. For my 8th grade challenge I am learning about rock climbing. For my community connection I am doing a fundraiser for Crag VT, a local climbing organization who helps clean up rock climbing routes in Vermont. I will be selling Raffle tickets for 25 cents at lunch and recess this week. The winners will receive a trip to Petra Cliffs.

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

Fun Day offers activities emphasizing cooperation, teamwork, and fun! Small groups (10-12 students) will move between stations with activities such as water balloon toss, relays, track & field events, bottle throw, obstacle course & more. The day is designed for students to enjoy being active with classmates as the school year comes to a close.

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 ________________________________________

email _____________________________________________

please return to your classroom teacher

Part 2 After School, Summer, Vacation Camp Program Link

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

8th graders who are interested in participating in the FALL Musical at CVU - There will be a Theatre Program Meeting at CVU on Wednesday, May 20th from 3:15 to 3:45. INCOMING FRESHMEN ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND. The title of the CVU Musical will be announced and you’ll also receive audition information as well. Auditions will be held in mid August, so it will be important to get all of the audition information before next school year. Eighth graders who are considering participating in next year’s Fall Musical please plan to attend this meeting at CVU in the CVU Theatre.
May Fitness Calendar

click above to see the May Fitness Calendar

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.

Join Chorus Remind 3/4!

Click here for the Remind 3/4 flyer.

Beginner Band Concert:Thursday, June 4

We have two exciting performances on this day. The details for each performance are different so please Click here to read more.

Greenhouse donated

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!

Health Office


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.

Continue Reading

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 or contact Allison Hicks at

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:

Click here to read more about the following.


Sunburn information

Health Office Links

WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 / Lisa LePrevost, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN / ABS: 871-6248 / Sylvia Love, RN

Athletics link

Williston School District Physical Education Department

Upcoming Events

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

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 Dept. Program Information

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- 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

Contact Jill Coffrin, Youth Librarian, if you have questions. Thank you for your help!

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.

This week includes:

Private summer tutors

All Shook Up Variety Show

Events at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library

Williston Summer Art Camp 2015

Williston School District

Allen Brook School and Williston Central School