Williston School District /December 16, 2015

A Message from the WSD Administration

SMART Expectations for Gaining Peer Attention
by WCS Principal Jacqueline Parks

WCS is in the middle of a booster cell (large sized SMART cells) challenge to teach students the SMART way to gain peer attention. This is part of the ongoing PBiS work. This target area was identified through our Planning Room referral data. When the PBiS team reviewed the data for the month of November, they found that “obtaining peer attention” was the category that had the most infractions. As a result, the committee crafted SMART expectations for gaining peer attention. Teachers have been directly teaching these SMART behaviors throughout the month of December. Click here to see the matrix of behaviors.

You will notice that the matrix includes both social skill behaviors and self-monitoring behaviors. These can be tricky for some students to understand. We encourage parents to talk with their student(s) about the booster cell challenge and to go over the matrix of SMART behaviors with them. This extra reinforcement will make a positive difference for many, many students.

SMART behaviors are recognized through a verbal statement to reinforce the behavior. An example could be: “I noticed you stopped talking to your friend when you realized directions were being given.” The booster cell is then given as a way to recognize the behavior. SMART cells and booster cells are collected in our giant brain and a school-wide celebration occurs when the nose-high level is met.

The ultimate goal of the PBiS work is build a positive school climate where students understand and follow the behavioral expectations, so that learning can occur.


School resumes Monday, January 4, 2016

❄ FUN NIGHT ❄ Dec. 18 ❄ Last call for early registration

Parents, need a couple hours to finish up last minute shopping or just dinner alone? Drop the kiddos at...FUN NIGHT ! Hosted by Harbor House

DECEMBER 18, 2015

6:30-8:30pm, WCS New Gym


*All proceeds go toward the 8th grade Washington DC Trip*

Swift House Bottle Drive - Saturday, January 9

Swift House will be having a bottle drive to raise funds for our year end trip to New York City. Please save your bottles and cans from the holiday season. Students will be by between 9-12:00 on Saturday, January 9th for collection.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Holiday Gift Ideas for Band Students

  • Reed players can always boost their reed supply. (generally speaking, grades 4 and 5 use strength 2 ½, grade 6 uses strength 3 and grades 7 and 8 use strength 3 or 3 1/2)
  • a music stand for home practice

  • a collapsible instrument stand (provides a safe way to put the instrument down when it is not in the case)

  • cleaning /maintenance kit for the instrument

  • padded neck strap for sax players

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5th-8th Grade Concerts December 16

5th-8th Grade Concerts are Wednesday, December 16.

Grades 5 and 6 - 5:30 start, 5:10 call time.

Grades 7 and 8 (and Stage Band) - 7:15 start, 6:50 call time

concert dress

Students will also perform during the school day. Please wear black bottoms and your performing arts t shirt during the school day.


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.

Annual Fund 2015 Update!

Last chance to make an on-line donation for Annual Fund 2015. The on-line donation site will stop at the end of December. You may make a cash or check donation at anytime during the school year. Remember, EVERY student, EEE through grade 8, benefits from the annual fund.

Click HERE for more information.


Have you ever attended FAP’s Big Basket Raffle and Silent Auction School Fundraiser? It occurs in the Spring of every school year and has for the past 15 years. It is attended by 300+ community members. At this event, thousands of dollars is raised for our school programs.

Over 50 themed baskets are raffled off and 25 other items are bid on through the Silent Auction. This fundraiser is the result of the efforts of many volunteers. AND WE NEED YOU!! The Big Big Basket Raffle Planning Committee is beginning its work for the 16th Annual Basket Raffle scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Are you good at marketing/advertising? Are you good with computers and formatting
documents? Are you creative? How do you feel about approaching businesses you frequent and asking for a donation for your children’s school? These are just some of the tasks that go into planning this significant school fundraiser. And we need some new volunteers! If you have even just a little time and would like to help, please send an email to
Thank you so much for your consideration!!!

Williston Runs 2016 Survey

The Williston Runs Race Committee is considering changing the current format of the Williston Runs! for Education 5K Fun Run to a 5K Relay that would take place completely within Williston Community Park. This would create more excitement and team spirit, make the event spectator friendly and allow more participation. Not everyone can run a full 5K but most people can run 1 mile. We would still have a separate Kids Fun Run. The relay would involve teams of 2-3 persons.

Please access the survey below to input your answers.

Should we change the current 5K event format to a relay format?

( ) Yes! This sounds fun!

( ) No way! I love Williston Runs just the way it is, don't change it.

( ) I'm intrigued, but have some thoughts or ideas.

Taft Corners Jolley Donates $500 to WSD

Williston School District is pleased to accept a $500 donation from the Taft Corners Jolley station. The check was presented to District Principal Greg Marino on December 11 as part of ExxonMobil's 2015 Educational Alliance Grant Program.

The program is offered to Exxon and Mobil retailers as a way to support local communities and schools.

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!

3rd/4th Grade Chorus Parents

Please sign up to receive chorus announcements through "Remind!"
Click here for details.

Lunch / Recess Aide Opening at ABS

Allen Brook School is seeking an energetic, child-centered adult to provide supervision to our elementary students during lunch and recess. We are looking for interested candidates who love to work as part of a team, will provide positive reinforcement and redirection, and follow established protocols to keep children safe and happy during their development of self-control . This is a daily position, starting in January, from 10:45 AM to 1:15 PM for students in grades K-2

Interested candidates can send a resume with references and letter of interest to Cindy Pavlik, Allen Brook School, 497 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495 (


Free Immunization clinics at the VT Dept. of Health for those who qualify!

  • No Primary Care Provider
  • Primary Care Provider Does Not Offer Vaccines
  • Insurance Does Not Cover Vaccines
  • No Health Insurance
WHEN: The immunization clinic will be held monthly on a Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening. If these days do not work for you please call to arrange another time!
Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, 1st floor,Burlington, VT 05401
Health Office Links

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

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

School Concerts / Wed., Dec. 16 /

gr. 5 & 6: 5:30 pm / gr. 7 & 8: 7:15 pm / WCS Auditorium

Fun Night / Fri. Dec. 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm/ WCS

Budget Mtg. / Mon. Dec. 21 / 5:30 pm / WCS Dining Room

NO SCHOOL / Wed. Dec. 23 - Jan. 1

Swift Bottle Drive / Sat. Jan 9 / 9-11 am

FAP Meeting / Thur. Jan. 14 / 8:15-10:15

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

Learn to Ski or Ride Program- Final fitting night for skis or snowboard equipment- Tuesday, January. 5th, 6:00pm at WCS. Be sure to register now for the program. Program starts Jan. 15th, deadline to register is January 8th. Register online at-

Click link for Informational Flyer-

Kindergarten Basketball, Coed- 6 week clinic designed to teach the fundamentals of the game. Each week youngsters will be introduced to a new skill and fun activities that will enhance their learning. A parent is required to be active with their child. Saturdays, Jan 9- Feb 13, 8:30-9:30a, $24. Register at-

Magical Deep Woods Dwellings- Using all natural materials kids will design and construct an architectural habitat for a fairy, gnome, or creature of choice. Grades 2nd-8th, Thursdays, Jan 14- Mar 11, 3:00-4:30p, $100. Liz Demas, Art Teacher. Register at-
More upcoming events
December Newsletter

Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.
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Williston School District

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