Williston School District /April 1, 2015

A Message from the Administration

A New Disability: NDD

by Carter Smith

Most people, it turns out, have this disability. It occurs in all demographics: age, income, race, gender. It occurs at every season of the year, not just in winter. It is called NND or Nature Deficit Disorder.

John Sifferman, a fitness professional who writes for a blog called “Physical Living”, gives us ten reasons to go outside, and a cure for NDD.

1) Get away from it all - Going outside gives you an opportunity to forget about the text messages, emails, and to-do lists. Yes, it is even good for your children to get away from thinking about school work for a time. Getting outdoors is a good way to relax and recharge the body and mind of everyone in the family.

2) Get moving! – Stretch your legs, or use them over a variety of terrain. This better develops coordination and strengthens muscles which stabilize the body. At work, at school and in the community, almost everywhere we go, our surfaces are flat and smooth. Go outside and climb over some rocks and roots.

3) Get some sunshine that is packed full of vitamin D – Getting enough vitamin D is important for maintaining a healthy immune system and helps prevent disease.

4) Get an opportunity to take chances, and develop independence – Going outdoors is a little more risky than staying in the safety of the confined indoors. This is an opportunity to try new things, to develop new skills, and test yourself in unique ways. The author teaches you how to stretch your “limbs” in this video - climbing a tree.

5) It’s good for your eyes – In our mostly seated culture, we tend to focus our eyes directly in front of us when looking at a computer screen or paperwork. There is no screen to stare at when you step outdoors. Your pupils contract, similar to muscles, when looking at various distances. Simply by walking around outdoors, your eyes have a chance to both focus on the ground in front of you and the landscape around you, which is great exercise to combat the effects of screen time.

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. -Henry David Thoreau

6) Get in better touch with nature – There is so much to be experienced in nature. Listen to birds, smell the soil, feel the wind. Watch an animal going about its daily routine.

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. – Helen Keller

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. – Anne Frank

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Placement Process for 2015-2016

It's that time of year when the school starts planning for next year's student placements. If your child is in one of the grades that will be transitioning to a new team and teacher next year (Kindergarten, grade 2 or 4), we would like your input to help us make better decisions on behalf of all the children.

To find information about the placement process and the input form please click on this link 2015-2016 Placement Input, or go to the schools' web site ( and click on the headline link or navigate to the School Counselor page.

We look forward to hearing from you by April 17th.

WSD Wifi Network

All students and adults have been asked to turn off personal devices during the school day for the 3 months of SBAC testing or disconnect from our WSDPublic wifi. That way those that are testing can do so with a fully-functioning wifi network.

If your child chooses not to turn off their phone and he/she disconnects from our wifi instead, it may result in the phone accessing your cell phone carrier's 3G, 4G, or LTE networks. This may impact the use of data.

Thank you for your support as we move forward with the new assessment. If you have any questions about the SBAC assessment, please get in touch with your child’s teacher.

Don’t Miss WCS Dialogue Night Wednesday, April 1st - 6PM - 7:45PM

What percentage…..According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), what percentage of 8th graders “ever seriously thought about suicide”?

a. 28% b. 15% c. 9% d. 4%

For the answer to this and many other questions on drinking, drugs use and self-harming behaviors, come to the annual WCS Dialogue Night. Dialogue Night brings together middle school parents, community members and students to dialogue about important issues that teens face. Parents and their children will be seated at different tables in order to enrich these conversations about adolescent issues.

Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) students will share their assessment of the YRBS data for our school through an interactive game at each table. Student leaders from VKAT in conjunction with students from LEAD and A World of Difference (AWOD) will then be facilitating a dialogue at each table. Your input is needed to help create a community action plan for addressing areas of concern.

6PM Pizza – (No charge –RSVP needed by 3/30)

6:15-6:30PM Student overview –YRBS areas of strength and areas of concern interactive game by table

6:30-7:30PM Adult/Student Dialogue

7:30-7:45PM Conclusion – Door Prizes

For the pizza portion of the evening, please RSVP to Sarah Klionsky, SAP Counselor, or leave a message at 879-6001 extension 6079

Click here for a flyer for this event.

Suicide Prevention

Currently in VT a "UMatter" campaign is being launched to remind everyone of the message that every young person has a place in the Big Picture. Each one of them is needed, has a role to play and the potential to make a difference in the world around them. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 15-23 in Vermont. Schools play a crucial role in identifying and getting help for students who are in distress. UMatter also contains the message that you matter because you can help. You are a vital link to services, information and support. The site is a terrific resource with detailed information. There is also a site for VT youth that has information about responding to suicidal behavior and tips for better mental health, that site is

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The Physical Education Department wants to thank all the students, TAs, paras, teachers, administration, food service staff, custodial staff, bus drivers, and parents and all other volunteers who made this year's JUMP ROPE FOR HEART wonderfully successful.

The students raised approximately $20,000, a combined effort of Allen Brook's first and second grades & WCS's third through eighth grade! A fantastic job!
THANK YOU! It takes a village to have a successful Jump For Heart Event!!!!

Jenn, Lynn, Cathy, Pat, & Lyn

WSD presents GREASE

Williston Drama Club presents GREASE, the school version. This production includes over 80 cast and crew members and is directed by Sean Moran from the original "Grease" movie. Shows run April 10-11 at 7:30 Friday and Saturday with Matinee at 2pm on Saturday. Tickets are $8 for evening shows and $5 for matinee. You can purchase tickets online at

From the WCS Library……March was Red Clover Month at WCS

The third and fourth graders at WCS began the month with a special assembly to kick-off Red Clover Month. Then over the next few weeks, they listened to ten special picture books, each read by a guest reader from our school. The books are chosen by a committee of librarians, parents, and teachers in Vermont and must have been published during the previous year.

Now each student must vote on which book he/she thought was the best. Last year 22,187 students in Vermont voted.

Ask your third and fourth graders to tell you about the books and which one earned his/her vote. It has been an exciting month!


Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

Big Basket Raffle Breaks Last Year’s High Mark—Raises Over $10,500 for Our Schools!

THANK YOU to the nearly 300 people who attended the Big Basket Raffle. Your support helped to raise over $10,500 for our students! It is with the support of the entire community, including the 85 local merchants and our families who generously brought in merchandise to fill the classroom baskets, that this event continues to be so successful. Our children are the ones who benefit the most from these resources.

Not only did we raise a lot of money for our schools, but attendees generously donated between 500 and 600 pounds of food for the Williston Community Food Shelf.

Special thanks to the army of volunteers that gave their time for this event, including the following:

Organizing Committee: Rebecca Ashford, Kristin Baker, Dana Hark, Paula LeBlanc, Karen Maklad, Laura McClure, Lyn Porter, Wendy Ruggles, Stephanie Sumner, Debbie Underhill, Shani Varricchione, Lisa Wong, and Karen Wyman

Basket Packers/Wrappers/Movers/ Ticket Sellers, Set Up/Clean Up Help, etc.: Kim Antonioli, Amy Armstrong, Kelly DeSantos, Shannon Dugger, Laura Lynn Giubardo, Meg Freeman, John Lentine, Julia Nesbit, Pam Niarchos, Donna Powers, Cindy Provost, and the numerous bakers who provided all of the refreshments.

Announcers: Jackie Parks and John Terko

Food Shelf: Jen Selwah for Collecting and Delivering all the Food Shelf Donations and staffing our Welcome Table

Behind the Scenes Support during the planning of this event and at our event: Amy Benoit, John Lentine, Liz Neeld, Bob Pattison, Cindy Pavlik, June Simmons, Lyall Smith, and Sue Williams

Click here to see the list of business that donated to the raffle.

WillistonRuns! for Education

Calling all runners, walkers, riders- get into motion and let’s get together for some fun on Saturday, May 16th at the WillistonRuns event!!!

WillistonRuns! is a 5k run sponsored by FAP to benefit all our Williston students. You can run it, walk it or ride it; a new option this year is the 5k team event so get together with some friends and field a team for the day! Awards and a prize raffle will follow the run along with music, a bounce house and some exciting new vendors and displays.

Whether you take it on solo or put together a 3-person team; show your Williston spirit and register today for WillistonRuns! Last year the event raised over $2,700 to support field trips and classroom enrichment. This year we want you to be part of raising even more.

For more info and for online registration, check out the website here:

Paper registration forms are also available at the front office at WCS; remember, the first 100 people to pre-register will be part of our grand prize drawing.

Thanks and let’s get moving Williston!

Part 2 After School, Summer & Vacation Camp Programs

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.

Sawmill Studio for grades 3-6


Do you like to build things? Want to make something out of wood? Come try your hand at woodworking! This class will teach students the basics of building projects out of wood with hand tools. There are no power tools in this class. Students first learn how to make a toolbox and then move on to create a variety of other great projects. No experience is necessary.

Open to all WCS students – 3rd-6th grade

THURSDAYS after school; 3:00 – 4:30

Five Classes: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28

Grades: 3rd – 6th grade

Cost: $120

Sign up: Contact: Lorien Leyden

Click here for poster for Sawmill Studio

Click here for registration form

April Fitness Fun Calendar

Click here for the April Fitness calendar.

After School Garden Club

Attention parents of 4th & 5th graders:

After School Garden Club is beginning soon!

Spring Session: Tues. May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and June 2nd

3pm-4:30 (after school bus available)

cost $50; checks should be made payable to WCS

Instructed by Andrew Wolf & Laura Gigliotti

to sign up please email Laura at

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for Williston and St. George children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2015 is next week - April 6-9! Click here to enter your information and secure an appointment on April 6, 7, 8 or 9. More information is on the school website.


Though it seems like a long way off, please mark your calendars. The ABS annual school-wide Art Show will take place on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Each child will have chosen his or her favorite piece of art to display. This is a fun event for family and friends and we will look forward to celebrating with you.

Sara Beeken, Art Teacher

8th Grade Challenge - Kid's Night Out

My name is Olivia Werner. For my 8th Grade Challenge I am working with a non-profit organization called Unbound Grace, located in Starksboro. Unbound Grace supports all youth. It is a working farm that is based on horseback riding. It gives kids an outlet that they can look forward to and gain self confidence and discipline from. To raise money for Unbound Grace I am hosting a Kid's Night Out on Friday April 10th from 6:30-8:30 at Green Mountain Gymnastics in Williston located on Avenue D. The cost is $12 per person. Ages 7 and up are welcome. Parents are encouraged to stay and learn more about Unbound Grace and supporting our youth and meet Kerry Kurt the founder.

*Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.*

Art Show to Benefit COTS

Emma Anderson and Jonas Keim of Sterling House are working on an independent project for Mr. Bailey’s Math class. They are having an Art Show with items donated by local artists and Sweet Grass Gallery and Gifts here in Williston.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00

Where: WCS Dining Room

Why: All proceeds will benefit COTS

You can purchase art, enter a raffle, or enter in a silent auction.

There will be light refreshments at the show. We would love if you could all come to this wonderful event. For more information contact us at: or

Health Office

Both ABS and WCS are seeing a small number of students with Strep Throat. Strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children and sometimes adults. Healthcare professionals can do a quick test to determine if a sore throat is strep throat and decide if antibiotics are needed. Proper treatment can help you feel better faster and prevent spreading it to others! Please click on the link below for symptoms and more information about Strep Throat.

Champ Camp for Kids with Asthma

For the second year, YMCA Camp Chingachgook and the American Lung Association of the Northeast are partnering to help children with asthma attend summer camp on Lake George!

Northern New England Poison Center

IMPETIGO, (could this be the rash your child has)?

Impetigo, one of the most common skin infections among kids, usually produces blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands, and diaper area. The sores burst and develop honey-colored crusts. Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection and is generally caused by one of two bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes (also called group A streptococcus, which also causes strep throat). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is also becoming an important cause of impetigo.

For more information please click on link below...

More from the Health Office...

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

Dialogue Night / Wed. April 1 / 6-7:45 pm / WCS Dining Room

School Dance / Fri. April 3 /6:30-8:30 pm /WCS

Kindergarten Registration / April 6-9 / ABS

Four Winds Training / Wed. April 8 / 8:30 am- 10:30 am

Synergy Family Showcase / Thurs. April 9 / 6:30 -7:30 pm

School Musical / Fri. April 10 / 7:30 pm / WCS Auditorium

School Musical Matinee / Sat. April 11 / 2 pm / WCS Auditorium

School Musical / Sat. April 11 / 7:30 pm / WCS Auditorium

Horizon Reading Restaurant / Tues. April 14 / 6:15-8 pm / Horizon House

Dance A Rama / Fri. April 17 / 1-2:45 pm / WCS New Gym

April Break / April 20-24
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

FRART! French, Art, Music & Movement

A fun and inspiring class using visual arts, music and movement for the best French language learning possible! Each class revolves around a different art project, French vocabulary and review of the previous classes learning. Your child will be singing French songs in no time.

Grades 1st-8th: Thursday Afternoons, 3:00-5:00p

Instructor: Maggie Standley Apr. 9- May 21 (no class 4/23) $130 per

Williston Central School

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