Williston Schools /October 11, 2017

A Message from the Administration

We’ve got spirit, Yes we do!

by Greg Marino

One of the many great things about working in the Williston Schools is chance to work with people who have great passion and spirit for what they do. As I mention last month, this year we decided to tap into that wonderful Williston spirit and circle-up around two big events happening in our schools this year; the WCS Renovation, and celebrating the 20th year of Allen Brook School being opened. As you may have read in my last note, we marked the occassion with the distribution of rally T-shirts for everyone who works in our two schools. So, now that we have the shirts, we just had to break them out in a super fun way. What better way to show off some new spirit wear than to have a selfie contest! Williston faculty and staff rose to the challenge of creating an award winning selfie that exemlified the spirit of our two rallying points this year. We had a great time with this and are already scheming about our next rally shirt day - coming soon. Please take a minute to watch this fun video that includes all of the selfies from the contest. We have posted this on facebook as well. You can see that Williston faculty and staff are truly a spirited bunch. I hope this video brings a smile to your face, as it does for me, even after viewing it five or six times! Though two winners were already selected from this first contest, it might be fun to get into the act with some voting at your home and see who comes out on top!

We are the Williston Schools. We’ve got Spirit, Yes We Do!

Renovation Update: I know that many of you have been following the progress of the WCS renovation on the renovation website. We will continue to use this tool to send out regular updates, mostly via pictures. If you have not already checked out the site, here’s a link. There will be another big update next week, featuring some of the finishing touches of the renovation of the kaleidoscope / Harbor areas. It is really exciting to see the project progress as the weeks go by.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership in the adventure of learning here at Williston.

Student Picture Day Wed, Oct. 18

Photographers will be at ABS and WCS on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to take pictures of anyone who missed the first picture day, and to retake photos as needed.
Families as Partners

September meeting minutes and upcoming news and events


The FAP Craft Show is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th. We are seeking a few more folks to serve on the Craft Show Committee to assist with customer event promotion and volunteer coordination. Help us to continue to grow this event! This is the 26th year of the Craft Show! Please contact Karen Olson and Paula LeBlanc at to be part of this successful school fundraiser.

Grade 2 Continental Mathematics League 2017-2018

Registration deadline for grade 2 is October 20th

Continental Math 2nd Grade Online Registration 2017-2018

Grade 2 Meet dates: Jan 18, Feb 15, and March 15

The Enrichment Program administers the Continental Mathematics League (CML) for motivated students seeking an additional math challenge. Interested students in Grades 2-8 participate in the Euclidean Division, which means “students participating require average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning capabilities. Their computational skill should be appropriate to their grade level.”

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There is no school for students on Friday, Oct. 20. The day is set aside for parent/guardian/teacher conferences.

ABS Harvest Celebration Oct. 26

It is time again for our annual STONE SOUP celebration at Allen Brook School.

The event will be from 10:30am until 1:30pm on Thursday October 26th. Students are asked to bring in a bowls worth of one soup ingredient on Tuesday the 24th or Wednesday the 25th - and then share soup made of all the ingredients on Thursday. Parents and family are welcome to attend at your child's regular lunch time. Volunteers are needed to help serve the soup and direct the flow of the event - add your name here if you can help… Or just show up! The event will be from 10:30am until 1:30pm on Thursday October 26th Read more!

WCS Annual Harvest Celebration for all 3rd and 4th graders

Students are invited to read poetry, sing a song and enjoy hot cider while we say goodbye to the garden until spring.

Please send your child to school with a mug to help reduce waste.

Friday October 27th at 11:00 Parents invited!


Drop off your kids (K-4th grade) at Fun Night, Friday, October 27, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM for activities and PIZZA! This is an evening of adult supervised fun and supports the Swift House end of the year field trip.

What: An evening of adult supervised fun AND PIZZA for the kids.

Where: Drop-off/Pick-up through the Cafeteria entrance (parking lot side of WCS)

Who: Children grades K - 4th

When: Friday, October 27th 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Activities Include: Holiday-themed crafts, face painting, basketball, movie, bean bag toss, bingo, prize table and more!

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Developmental Screening for Children ages 3-5 years

Do you have concerns about your child’s development? Allen Brook School is offering a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 years. A screening can be used to determine if children are learning basic skills and meeting developmental milestones. Early childhood professionals will engage in activities which will allow them to observe the way your child plays, learns, speaks, and moves their body. Each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, but sometimes concerns can arise, and it is helpful to identify these concerns as early as possible to in order to get necessary supports in place.

Friday, October 27th from 9:00 - 11:00. Pre-registration is required.

Please call Victoria Francis, Early Childhood Outreach Educator,

at 871-6240 to schedule an appointment.

(* If you have concerns about a younger child and would like to request a screening, please call us.)

Flu Information

It’s flu season, and school is a place where germs are shared generously among students, teachers and school staff. The single best way to protect your entire family against flu is for all people aged six months and older to get an influenza vaccine each year. Young children are among those at higher risk of flu complications. Every year thousands of children younger than age five are hospitalized because of flu illness, and while it is rare, some children die from flu each year.

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Hurricane Relief

Girl Scout Troop 30921 will be having a bake sale Thursday Oct 12 at the WCS fields during the Field Hockey and Soccer games to raise money for Hurricane Relief.

We will be at the fields between 4-5 pm.

School Handbook

The school handbook has been updated for 2017-18.

More Links, More information

Upcoming Events

Thurs. Oct. 12 / FAPAC Mtg. / 8:15 -10 am / WCS Dining Room

Mon. Oct. 16 / Beginner Band Demo / 11 am -11:40 am / WCS Auditorium

Tues. Oct. 17 / CVSD Board Mtg. / 6-8 pm / CVUHS rm. 160

Wed. Oct. 18 / Equinox Open house/breakfast / 7-8 am

Wed. Oct. 18 / Student Photo Day /

Fri. Oct. 20 / NO SCHOOL

Fri. Oct. 27 / Developmental Preschool Screening / 9-11 am / ABS

Fri. Oct. 27 / Fun Night / 5:30 - 8:00 PM / WCS

Wed. Nov. 1 / Intergen Reading Program / noon -1:30 pm / DAML Library

Fri. Nov. 3 / School Dance (gr. 6-8) / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS

Sat. Nov. 4 / Craft Fair / 9 am - 4 pm / WCS

Wed. Nov. 8 / Four Winds Training / 8:30-10:30 am / ABS Cafeteria

Wed. Nov. 8 / CY Mentoring Kick Off Dinner / 6:30-8 pm /

Wed. Nov. 8 / Beginner Band Instrument Pick Up / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS Auditorium

Thurs. Nov. 9 / FAPAC Meeting / 8:15- 10 am / WCS Dining Room

Mon. Nov. 27 - Fri. Dec. 1 / Book Fair / WCS

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