The School Bell
Williston Schools / September 9, 2022
A Message from the Williston Schools Leadership Team
by Jacqueline Parks, Williston Central School Principal
It has been a wonderful beginning to our school year! I think we are all very hopeful that many things are returning to a more normal state. We have many hopes and dreams for our year and one of our collective goals is to be able to welcome families back into a collaborative relationship with school. With the pandemic, many of you have not physically been in our schools and many students have transitioned from ABS to WCS. With this in mind, we have transformed our “Curriculum Nights” to an “Open House” format that is being designed to help recreate our community and a sense of belonging for all.
Each grade band has a designated “Open House” date
Thursday, September 15th 5th-8th Open House from 6:30-7:30 pm at WCS
Thursday, September 22nd 3rd-4th Open House from 6:30-7:30 at WCS
Thursday, September 29th PK-2nd Open House from 6:00-7:00 pm at ABS
We invite you to put the open house date(s) on your calendar and come with your children! These will be free flowing events with a special scavenger hunt designed to introduce our staff and spaces to you. Of course, your child’s classroom and team will be on the list of places to visit and so will our Essential Arts, English Language Learning, World Language, Direction Center and more. Additionally, our Families As Partners (FAP) group has restarted and representatives from the FAP will be at each open house with opportunities for families to get involved.
You will notice that our 5th-8th Open House is coming up next week. You will be able to enter the building via our front entrance, after-hours entrance and the entrance formerly known as the “Bell Tower'' entrance. There will be greeters at each door with a copy of the scavenger hunt for you. Please let your student facilitate the scavenger hunt. We are also offering families the opportunity to bring a mum or other fall plant to the front entrance where gardeners will be available to help plant them.
Again, we are so excited to welcome you into our schools again and to have your student show you around!
Arrival, Dismissal, and Transportation, Oh My!
We want to thank you for your patience as we work out some of the typical start-up glitches with our arrival, dismissal and transportation routines. We are pleased to see that these are going smoother at both schools with the passing of each day. Please make sure that you are familiar with the arrival and dismissal procedures linked below if you plan to drop off or pick up your child at either school. We appreciate all you can do to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and smooth transition in and out of school!
As mentioned above - our partnership is critical to the success of our common goals to help our students be safe, happy, and healthy people. As always, I am grateful for that partnership and for the chance to work in this wonderful community.
Welcome back from the Health Office!
The Health Offices at WCS and ABS are excited to welcome you and your students to the 2022/23 school year. We want to update you on our current COVID-19 protocols and share other non-COVID related information with you. Please click here to view the full letter including information about Lions Club Vision Screening, Dental screenings for K & 3rd grade, form updates and more.
Seeking Participants for InterGen
Families as Partners (FAP) teams up with the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library to sponsor a fun inter-generational book group that brings together WCS middle school students, seniors from our community and parent volunteers. Each book group will read and discuss 5 books over the course of the school year. Meetings take place during school hours.
The program will kick-off in October with a “Get Acquainted” meeting. The book groups will then meet during school hours once a month to discuss books in a relaxed and fun setting. 5th & 6th graders meet from 1:10pm-1:50pm. 7th & 8th graders meet from 1:50pm-2:30pm. The program runs from October to March.
If your 5-8th grade student is interested in being considered for this program, please register by Thursday, September 23rd. We are also seeking parent volunteers! Use this online link to register your child or to sign up as a volunteer.
Art Smocks & Other Art News
I am looking forward to this year in art with your children. If you have not already sent a smock
to school with your child, please consider a large (over-the-head) short sleeved t-shirt that can be
kept at school throughout the year. Long sleeves hinder movement and may need to be cut. Your
child’s name in permanent marker on the front of the shirt is helpful and if your artist is so
inclined, personalizing t-shirts with art can be fun. In class, we explore many creative ideas and
often messy materials and it’s important that your child feels free to do this without worrying
about clothing. Thank you for your support.
In our K-4 Art Curriculum, learners experiment with painting, drawing, clay, sculpture,
collage, printmaking, multicultural art history and more. Throughout elementary grades
self-knowledge can deepen while skills evolve through a sequential, yet broad Visual Arts
curriculum that emphasizes discovery and invention.
In case you wonder, where’s my child’s art?...Sometimes during the year pieces will come home
while at other times, work will be exhibited at school or organized in portfolios that are sent
home in the spring. In May, we have traditionally had a school-wide art show at which time each
artist has chosen a favorite piece to display. These have been lively community events as the
children celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends. In order to provide your artist
the opportunity to make this choice (if we are able to resume this activity), there needs to be a
body of work in their folders.
Please feel free to call me with questions. I hope that your child has an enjoyable and creative
Sara Beeken, Art
Allen Brook School, K-2
WCS, Equinox 3-4
Looking for Lunch & Recess Supervisors at WCS & ABS
Come and join our lunch and recess teams. Work with school staff to supervise and support students during lunch and recess times.
- 3 hours per day - up to 5 days/week
- $16 per hour
- no experience needed
- follows the school calendar
Attention parents of 4th Graders!
The WCS 4th grade chorus will begin rehearsals for the first session on Tuesday, September 27th. The group rehearses every Tuesday after school in the WCS music room from 3:00-4:00. There will be a performance in early February.
All 4th graders may come to the first two rehearsals (September 27th and October 4th) to sing, watch, and just check it out with no obligation to join. Be on the lookout for a chorus info/permission slip in your child's take-home folder. If your child then decides to be a member of the 4th grade chorus, please send in the bottom portion of that slip. Alternatively, you may complete this online Google form. If your child does NOT wish to be a chorus member, then you don't need to do anything.
Please contact Danielle Trasciatti-Holmberg (Mrs. T-H) with any questions or concerns. email@example.com
Beginner Band Starts in September
Tuesday, 9/13-- Students attend information meet and sign ups begin
Tuesday, 9/20- deadline for signing up for Beginner Band AND for
Monday, 9/26- Ellis Music Co. delivers instruments and supplies to Kim Thompson
Tuesday, 9/27- Beginner lessons start (Schedule will be shared with students. Instruments and
materials delivered by Ellis Music Co. will be given to students at their first lesson.)
At this time, the beginner band program is available to all interested students in grades 5 and up. All beginners will attend a weekly small group lesson during their school day and will perform later in the school year. Students may choose:
flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or percussion.
Access is back in Action!
Access is back in action with another semester of amazing enrichment options for both in-person and online learners. The Fall/Winter 2022 season runs from September – January, and the majority of classes take place at CVU High School, with the exception of online classes offered through Zoom. Class descriptions and details are listed on our website and can be sorted by category, month, week, or online. With over 200 class options and 89 fabulous instructors, there is something for everyone at Access!
ENROLL TODAY! Popular classes fill quickly, and low enrollment leads to canceled classes. To view the complete list of classes and to enroll online, visit our website https://cvsdvt.ce.eleyo.com/ (or Google, ACCESS CVU). For questions about classes or to enroll via email or phone, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org / 802-482-7194.
Upcoming Youth Programs
Please Note: Children in 5th grade and up may use the library unattended, while those in grade 4 or younger must be supervised by a person over 16 years of age.
Preschool Story Time on the Green
Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Join Danielle for stories, songs, and rhymes.
Preschool Music & Preschool Playtime
Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Sing and dance with Linda Bassick on the Town Green! Followed by preschool playtime on the patio from 11-11:30 a.m.
Teen Night: Dungeons & Dragons Characterization
Monday, September 12, 5-6 p.m. Ages 12+. Gear up for our first campaign in October by meeting up now to create your character!
Skype a Scientist: Jack Hester
Monday, September 12, 6-7 p.m. All ages. Come to the library to connect with a scientist over Zoom. We’ll learn about robotics, programming, and how these relate to different jobs, like jobs in the health field!
9/15 - WCS Open House for Grades 5-8, 6:30pm
9/22 - WCS Open House for Grades 3 & 4, 6:30pm
9/29 - ABS Open House, 6:00pm
10/03 - WCS School Pictures
10/05 - NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur & Dashian
10/07 - ABS School Pictures
10/10 - NO SCHOOL, Indigenous People's Day
Resources to keep accessible:
- First Call - 488-7777: phone support, crisis intervention, assessment and referrals
- In Crisis: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (National Hopeline Network: USA)
- National Suicide Prevention Life line- 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call or chat online
- Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
- Outright Vermont - support for LGBTQ+ community
- UVM Breathe In Breath Out - How to deal with stress due to COVID-19
- Vermont 211 -Vermont database of resources and services
- Vermont Support Line (833) 888-2557) - peer support warmline open 247 - 365 for call or text
- COVID Counselors @ VT-211
- Teen Crisis Text Line - Crisis Text Line provides free emotional support and information to teens in any type of crisis, including feeling suicidal. You can text with a trained specialist 24 hours a day. Text “HOME” to 741741.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - Website where you can find information to help yourself or a friend who may be having thoughts of suicide.
- Trevor Lifeline - 1-866- 488-7386 - provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. It offers free, 24/7, confidential counseling. TrevorText—text START to 678-678; TrevorChat—instant messaging at TheTrevorProject.org/help. It also runs TrevorSpace, an affirming social networking site for LGBTQ youth at TrevorSpace.