THE SCHOOL BELL
Williston School District /December 16, 2015
A Message from the WSD Administration
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.
❄ 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
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
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
Students will also perform during the school day. Please wear black bottoms and your performing arts t shirt during the school day.
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.
BIG BASKET RAFFLE NEEDS YOU!!
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 email@example.com.
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.
( ) 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
The program is offered to Exxon and Mobil retailers as a way to support local communities and schools.
Join the WCS Penguin Plunge Team!
If you are interested in joining the team, please sign up on line at https://www.firstgiving.com/team/310767
Make sure to select the "Williston Central School Wildcats" team.
Be a part of your school's team and support a great cause!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IF YOU MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA, YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR VACCINATIONS AT NO CHARGE:
- No Primary Care Provider
- Primary Care Provider Does Not Offer Vaccines
- Insurance Does Not Cover Vaccines
- No Health Insurance
WHERE: Vermont Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, 1st floor,Burlington, VT 05401
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.
Now through 3/2/2016, get your yearbook for $30.00.
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MONTHLY FITNESS FUN
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.
gr. 5 & 6: 5:30 pm / gr. 7 & 8: 7:15 pm / WCS Auditorium
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
Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar! www.wsdvt.org.
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- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29954
Click link for Informational Flyer- http://www.willistonrec.org/forms/5968_ski.programinfo.pdf
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- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29932
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- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29935
More upcoming events
Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.