THE SCHOOL BELL

Williston School District /November 18, 2015

NO SCHOOL November 23 - November 27. Enjoy the break!

A Message from the WSD Administration

The Importance of Community

by Carter Smith


As Thanksgiving approaches I am reminded of many things that I appreciate in my life. Sometimes I take them for granted and so it is good to have a holiday that reminds me to acknowledge these gifts. I will skip the wife and kids and grandkids for now, although they are high on the list.


Today I want to appreciate and acknowledge the Williston School Community, including parents, teachers, staff and students. Last summer we had a celebration of life for Debra Lentine, a teacher who died of cancer. She was an awesome individual/professional/friend/colleague/mother/spouse/athlete. The community filled the school auditorium to honor her life and grieve for the loss. Last Friday two teachers organized a fundraiser along the lines of the Movember Foundation- many of us who could grow beards did so. The funds would go to help build a dragon boat in Debra's memory. (This is not a solicitation of funds.) Through the bearded staff and their friends and families, $1800 has been raised to this point. In another day at this rate the goal will be met.

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WCS is a Digital Citizenship Certified School

Williston Central School has been recognized as a Digital Citizenship Certified School by Common Sense, a national organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology. We are the first school in Vermont to achieve this distinction.
Many of our teachers devoted instructional time to this topic at the beginning of this school year. This was especially relevant now that our middle school students all have a Chromebook to use during the school day. All of our middle school teams and students used Common Sense’s Digital Compass (https://www.digitalcompass.org/) to explore different facets of digital citizenship, ranging from Privacy, Cyberbullying, Copyright and Giving Credit, to Digital Footprints and Information Literacy. Please click here to continue reading.

SPARK 1 Thursday After School Enrichment Session 3

The second session of Spark Thursday After School Enrichment, an after-school applied learning program for students in grades 5-8, runs December 3, 10, 17, January 7, and 14. These small group classes will be facilitated by school faculty and staff. Please access the link to the sign-up form below by November 30th. Click to read more.

Sign-up form

Engineering Design Challenge

Thanks to RETN and a wonderful group of students, the Engineering Design Challenge will be streamed both days.

Thursday, Nov. 19 - 5th and 6th grade competitors

Friday, Nov. 20 - 7th and 8th grade competitors

RETN has not only provided us with a UStream channel, but now we have our own page on their website on which to view this event and others!

retn.org/wsd

FAMILIES AS PARTNERS

Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

Follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/willistonfap

Click here for information on the Williston Annual Fund and support form.

Questions? Email willistonfap@cssu.org or visit the school webpage www.wsdvt.org and find us on the quick links.

Help us get the word out!

Comfortable with facebook and twitter? Looking for a way to put your organization and communication skills to use in our school? Here’s your chance!

FAP is looking for a Communication Coordinator. This includes Facebook and website updates, School Bell notices, posters and bulletin boards, Community Calendars and more. You would not be expected to write/create everything, just help coordinate for consistent communication.

This role can be shared if you want to bring a friend.

3rd-8th Grade Chorus Students

Our chorus has been invited to sing Christmas carols at the Trinity Baptist Church tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm.

All 3rd-8th grade chorus members are welcome to come. This event is purely optional- just for fun.
Click here for the details.

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3rd/4th Grade Chorus Parents

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

HEALTH OFFICE

We have completed 3rd and 5th grade vision and hearing screening this week.
Students that did not pass the initial screening will be re-tested in December; if they fail the repeat test, we will send out referral letters to families.
If your child passed both hearing and vision, you will not get a notification in the mail, but you are always welcome to call the Health Office at 871-6170 and inquire if you want specific details. We will do 7th grade vision on Tuesday December 1st.
Thank you and have a nice break!

Your Health Offices

Health Office Links

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

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Four Winds Nature News

Click to see this month's Nature News

Harbor House Wreath & Poinsettia Sale Ends this Friday!


Sale is November 7th-20th. Pick Up Date: December 1, 2015 @ Williston Central School Dining Room 3:00pm-7:00pm All proceeds go to 8th Grade Washington DC Trip.

Click here for more info and order form.

MONTHLY FITNESS FUN

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

WCS Engineering Challenge / Nov. 19 & 20 / WCS Auditorium

NO SCHOOL / Mon. Nov. 23 - Fri. Nov. 27

School Dance / Fri. Dec. 4 / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS

Budget Mtg. / Mon. Dec. 7 / 4:30 pm / WCS Dining Room

FAP Meeting / Thurs. Dec. 10 / 8:15-10:15 am / WCS Dining Room

Ski Program Information / Thurs. Dec. 10 / 6 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

Click here for athletics
More Upcoming Events on the School Web Calendar

Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar! www.wsdvt.org.

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 Snowboard Program- Online registration begins on Dec. 1st. Program starts Jan. 15th, deadline to register is January 8th. Informational Meeting, Registration Night and 1st Fitting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10th at 6:00pm at WCS. Click link for Informational Flyer- http://www.willistonrec.org/forms/5968_ski.programinfo.pdf

November Vacation Programs:

Babysitters Course- Ages 11-15 yrs. Monday, Nov. 23, 9:00a-3:00p, $95.

Register at- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29842

Horsemanship Camp- Grades 3rd-8th, Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 23 & 24, 8:00a-3:00p, $110.

Register at- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29938

Rec. Youth Basketball- Programs for 1st-8th grade. Deadline to register Friday, Nov. 20th.

Register at- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29932

Open Gym Programs- Fridays, 6:00-7:30p for grades 3rd-8th. 7:30-9:00p for grades 9th-12th.

Click on the link for the schedule- http://www.willistonrec.org/documents/sch.opengym.youthteen.pdf


click here for more Upcoming Programs

Click here for the November Newsletter.

Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.

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