Williston School District /May 6, 2015

A Message from the Administration

Upcoming Transitions for Students and Families at Williston

by Carter Smith

This is always a bittersweet time of you as we have lots of transitions coming up for students and families at Williston. It is a time to celebrate, reflect and look forward! Our 8th grade graduation is June 11th at 6:30 in the new gym at Williston Central. That is the culminating event for our students and families as students move to high school.

Other transitions occur when students move from one grade level to another.

  • From kindergarten to first and second grade teams at Allen Brook School

  • From second graders at Allen Brook School to third and fourth grade teams at Williston Central

  • From fourth graders to middle school teams

Part of the transition process includes placement of students into new teams of teachers. Parent input forms went out on April 1 and were due back to the school counselors by April 17. Administrators and school counselors will be reviewing all types of data, along with input from the sending teachers and parents, to begin the placement of students.

Following are key dates, in chronological order, for other transitions to come this spring:

  • Kindergarten Parent Information meeting - May 19, 6:30 Allen Brook School

  • Middle School Parent Information meeting for incoming 5th graders - May 27, 6:30 Williston Central School Auditorium

  • Letters go out to parents with placement information for next year’s 1st, 3rd, 5th graders - on or about May 29

  • Third Grade Parent Orientation to WCS for next year’s 3rd graders - June 8th, 6:30 WCS Auditorium

  • 8th grade graduation, June 11, 6:30

  • Last day for students - June 16, 2015

  • Letters go out to next year’s kindergarten parents- on or about June 26

We are sending forward an exceptional group of 8th graders. We look forward to getting to know the incoming kindergartners. Let’s remind each other that transitions can be valuable learning opportunities. Transitions also help create cherished memories as we and our students move through their (and our) next milestones.


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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week: May 11–15, 2015

Calling All Super Kids!

Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It: Make Every Teacher And Staff Member At School Feel Like a Super Hero Next Week!

This is a great time to show our fabulous teachers and staff how much we appreciate all they do for our children!

For those of you who would appreciate a little direction, here are a few suggestions:

Monday: Super Hero HQ Kick-Off! Be sure to check out headquarters by the office at both schools, and wear your favorite Super Hero T-Shirt.

Tuesday: Thank You Tuesday Take a moment to let someone know why you think they are super. Use the attached format for you and your children to give some honest and sincere feedback to the teachers and staff in our schools. (Please see attachment if you’d like to print and have your child color and fill out the pictures). Extra “You Are Super” pictures will be in the offices at both schools.

Wednesday: Shhh! It’s a Surprise! We have something fun for the kids to do this morning - Be on the lookout when you get to school on Wednesday.

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

The 2015 Williston Runs! for Education 5K & Kids Fun Run is just over 1 week away! Register on or before May 11th and get automatically entered into a “special” raffle prize drawing. If you don’t want to run or walk please consider volunteering. We especially need folks to help with registration, Kids fun run and course monitors to keep our participants safe and on-course.

Register or sign-up to volunteer at If you have questions or would like more information email and please like us on Facebook page:

We are on target to have our biggest, best and most fun year yet! We hope to see you on Saturday May 16th as Williston Runs! for Education!!

“Take Me Out To The Ballgame” Saturday, July 11th at 6:05p.m.!

Grandstand tickets are $6 each.

50% of ticket sales go back to Williston Schools!

Grab a few friends and catch up with classmates!

New this year! Order online!

For more information click here

ABS Garden Club Resumes May 7

Spring is here! Plants are growing!

ABS Garden Club will resume Thursday, May 7: 12:25-12:55 for kindergarten, 1:40-2:25 for grades 1-2.

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

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.)

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.

Still Time to Join Ultimate

Who: Any WCS 5th-8th Graders

Where: Meet on the WCS playground field

When: Fridays in May from 3:00-4:30. Bring a friend!

What do I need? Bring cleats if you have them, if not, wear sneakers. Bring a frisbee if possible. 175 gram Discraft are the standard for Ultimate.

How: Complete the four WCS Athletic Forms (available in school or the WCS website) and bring them with you to your first practice.

Why: The Ultimate Club has been organized by CVU senior, Jack Carnahan, as part of his grad challenge. Ultimate Frisbee is now a varsity sport around Vermont, with a strong team at CVU! Jack is helping develop the middle school level as well.

Attention Beginning World Language Parents (mostly 6th graders)

You are invited to a Multicultural Celebration & International Food Tasting Pot Luck

Tuesday May 12th 6:00-7:30pm, in the WCS Cafeteria

Come celebrate and enjoy our multicultural community with student work and foods from many countries.

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.

Boxtops for Ed / Hannaford's Helps Schools Raise $$ for WSD!

Congratulations to Williston Schools for submitting the most Hannaford's Helps Schools receipts to earn a $1000.00 bonus check. Thank you for thinking of the schools with your receipts. It is so appreciated.

Boxtops For Education latest submission netted over $500.00. Some new recess items have been purchased. Keep on clipping and thank you for the support. A big Thank You goes to Rebecca Ashford's class and Shirley Lackey for their diligence in clipping and counting.

May Fitness Calendar

click above to see the May Fitness Calendar

Mrs. T-H would like you to join Chorus Remind 3/4!

Click here for the Remind 3/4 flyer.

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)

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.

What do kids wish for Williston?

The Town Planning Commission would like to know!

The Williston Planning Commission is hosting two events this week to hear from ALL town residents about what they'd like to see as priorities -- these events are the 'kick-off' phase of public participation in the 5-year Town Plan revision. As part of those events, they will be offering a special kids' table of maps, stickers, and other materials with a chance for kids to comment, draw ideas, and help the Planning Commission hear young people's perspectives (names will not be collected - just ideas!).

The events are:

Thursday May 7th, 7-9 pm (better suited to older kids/teens due to the hour) and

Saturday, May 9th, 1-3pm (open to all ages but best suited to kids from elementary to High School age).

Both events are in the WCS Dining Room, light refreshments to be served.

Of course, we'd love to hear from parents too! What do YOU like about current plans or wish the Town would prioritize in land-use, transportation, and infrastructure decisions? Join us!

Note to Scout Troops -- this is a good opportunity for community service!

For more info about Kids' Wishes For Williston activities: Meghan Cope (Planning Commission member, WCS parent):

Health Office

SUNSHINE BRINGS SUNBURNS!!! The Health Office staff have seen a number of students with sunburns. Please send sunscreen to school with your child or apply prior to school as needed. For more information about Sun Safety, click on the links below.

TICK SEASON IS BACK...... Protect yourself, your children and yours pets from Lyme Disease.

Click on the link for Tick and Lyme Disease Information



Students in the 4th grade will study an important lesson on the early stages of puberty. Many students in 4th grade are beginning to show early signs of puberty.

The Always Changing Program helps boys and girls:

* Understand the physical and emotional changes they experience during puberty, and

acknowledge these changes as a normal part of growth and development.

* Learn the physiology of their bodies and correct terminology for parts of the

reproductive system.

* Understand that personal hygiene is each individual’s responsibility.

In Addition, the program helps girls:

* Understand the menstrual cycle.

* Understand what to expect during a period.

* Learn how to manage periods while continuing with normal activities.

The Always Changing Program is based on national research and consultation with school nurses, health educators, parents and medical professional. The program has been a trusted resource for over 25 years and has been taught to millions of students nationwide.

The program will be taught by the student’s classroom teacher or a familiar teacher on house, and/or school nurse and a school counselor. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Office at 871-6170.

**If you do not wish to have your child participate in this lesson and/or view the maturation video, please inform your child’s teacher or school nurse.

The video can be screened by parents by clicking on the link provided below:


OFFERED by SHAC (Student Health Action Committee)

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays May 4th to May 27th

TIME: 3 – 4:30 pm after school (rain or shine)

WHERE: WCS – meet in the outer office of the Health Office

WHO IS SHAC? Click to read more.

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

8th Grade NECAP testing / May 5, 6

School Dance / Fri. May 8 / WCS

Multicultural Festival / Tues. May 12 / 6-7:30 pm / WCS Cafeteria

4 Winds Training / Wed. May 13 / 8:30 am-10:30 am / School house

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

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 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 28 / 6:30-7:30 pm / Auditorium

Chorus Concert (gr. 3-4) / Wed. June 3 / 6:30 pm

Beginner Band Concert / Thur. June 4

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

Sunday, May 17, 9:00am- 12:00pm. Ages 4-9 years. The Curtis Co-Ed May Community Clinic is geared towards first time and new lacrosse players. Our goal is to introduce your child to the exciting game of lacrosse, by teaching them the basics through fun drills and games. All of our coaches and lacrosse professionals participate in all of the games and activities. Participants will be broken into age/skill level groups: Your child will be introduced to new drills, stick work and terminology while playing fun games. Some of our games include - capture the flag, 500, relay races, exploding watermelons, trick shot contests and sharks and minnows. This clinic is free for Williston Residents. You must pre-register with Curtis Lacrosse- Click Here

The link to the website if the above doesn’t work is -

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Programs for Kids

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.

Williston School District

Allen Brook School and Williston Central School