The School Bell
Williston Schools / November 18, 2022
In this issue...
A Message from the Principal - Note from our school nurses - ABS & WCS School Gear Order Info - Swift Fundraisers - CVSD Budget Development Meeting Information - Food Service employment opportunities - Williston Community Theatre - and more...
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Keep scrolling for:
- Arrival and Dismissal Information
- Information about busing
- Library and Williston Rec - Upcoming Events/Programs
- Links to calendar, handbook, volunteer info
- CVSD District & School Board Links
- Important Family Resources
NO SCHOOL THIS WEEK - SEE YOU MONDAY 11/28!
A Message from the Williston Schools Leadership Team
by Angela Filion, Allen Brook School Principal
What is WIN?
I wanted to take this segment to share with you a little bit about our new WIN block that we have implemented this year for all of ABS. You may be wondering...what is WIN? WIN is an acronym that stands for “What I Need”. It is designed to provide flexible options to support students’ individual interests and needs. From extra help to social time to extracurricular activities and more - WIN block is intended to give students “what they need." This is not a totally new concept to Allen Brook as Horizon House has been providing this for a number of years. We have dedicated a lot of time and energy to create a Master Schedule that allows for us to create this time for students 3 times a week for 30 minutes. We will have periodic rotations of WIN through out the year and all classroom teachers, Essential Arts teachers, specialists, interventionists, and social emotional staff are all contributing to making this a successful time for our young learners.
What happens during WIN block? WIN block provides a variety of options for students including the following: Targeted academic support from teachers to help reinforce or reteach learned content in a small group setting, activities planned with a focus on physical and social-emotional well-being. Students will benefit from differentiated instruction that occurs during a 30-minute daily WIN time that includes reteaching, remediation, or extension activities for Math, Literacy, technology, the arts, and Social-Emotional Learning. When students are not participating in the WIN block(as this is on a rotational schedule in grades 1-2), then they will be focusing that block of time on science/social studies lessons. We are hoping that this will be a great way for us to help support our learners in a variety of ways, especially given the staffing situation we are currently in(refer to Jackie Parks note last week on our current state of conditions with our staffing situation).
Mark Your Calendar!
11/21 - 11/25 - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK
12/03 - Swift House Bottle Drive
12/08 - Families as Partners December Meeting, WCS Community Room 8:30 - 10:30
12/15 - Mosaic to the State House
12/23 - 1/02 - NO SCHOOL - EARLY WINTER BREAK
From the Health Office
November 18th, 2022
We are starting to see Influenza-like-Illness (IFI) activity in our schools. We check the temperatures of all students who come to the health office and this time of year, we are a bit stricter on our return-to-school recommendations. While the number of confirmed influenza cases in our buildings is still relatively low, we wanted to share this important information to help keep your child and our community healthy. In an effort to reduce the spread of illness, we ask that you keep your sick child home until they are healthy (fever-free x 24 hours without medicine and their respiratory symptoms significantly improved), reinforce the importance of covering coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue, and encourage your child to wash hands often and well.
Please let the Health Office know if your child is sick with flu-like illness or if they have been diagnosed with Flu. If you have any questions, we encourage you to call your child's pediatrician or refer to the resources we've shared below.
Maria, Carol and Sylvia
WCS Health Office:
Maria Kapetanovic, RN, BSN, MSN/Ed
Carol Albertelli, RN, BSN
WCSnurse@cvsdvt.org / ph: 871-6170
ABS Health Office:
Sylvia Love, BSN, RN
firstname.lastname@example.org / ph: 871-6248
Food Service Substitutes Needed
We are looking for a few people to help out in the kitchen preparing and serving meals for our CVSD students and adults. No experience needed, we will train. Flexible hours. Fast paced and fun. Please contact Scott Wagner (email@example.com) if interested. We would really appreciate your help making sure our customers get the best food and service we can possibly provide.
Order your School Gear Today!
CVSD invites all community members to learn about and join in on the budget development process by attending upcoming School Board meetings. All members of the CVSD community are always welcome to attend Board meetings. See the topics and schedule in the image above and on the Budget page of the district's website. https://www.cvsdvt.org/budget
Links to join the virtual meetings will be available on that page and on the website calendar. We will also post the presentations on the Budget page afterward for those that cannot attend.
Four Winds Nature Institute
Training Schedule 22-23
Trainings held at the WCS Community Room, 8:30 - 10:30
■ Wednesday, January 11th
■ Wednesday, February 8th
■ Wednesday, March 8th
■ Wednesday, April 12th
■ Wednesday, May 10th
Families as Partners
- Connect to your child's school and enrich the experiences it offers all 1000+ PreK-8th grade students by joining the volunteers of the Williston Schools Families As Partners Organization!
- Be a part of this collaborative partnership whose focus is to enhance and support students, teachers and the community by providing materials, programs, field trips, guest artists, guest educators and innovative learning opportunities.
- Help elevate the potential for motivating, happy, healthy, and productive lifelong learners.
- For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrival and Dismissal
Allen Brook School day begins at 7:50 am
Williston Central School day begins at 8:00 am
- To ensure all students are accounted for, everyone arriving after these times will be marked tardy and must stop at the office for a late pass.
Be sure to read the arrival and dismissal procedures for your student(s) school [linked below] if you plan to drop off or pick up your child. We appreciate all you can do to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and smooth transition in and out of school!
Thank you for your continued cooperation during arrival and dismissal.
<<Attention ABS Families: Help us keep everyone safe by going to the designated areas for pickup and keep the sidewalks near the main entrance clear. This helps ensure adults can account for each and every pick-up that happens.>>
Wednesday: Early Dismissal!
ABS @1:35 - WCS @1:45
Williston Schools Safety Team
Swift House Fundraisers
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.
Hello from the Youth Department at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library! Please join us for a program soon! Visit www.damlvt.org or call us at 802-878-4918 for more information.
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! Followed by preschool playtime from 11-11:30 a.m. NO MUSIC Thursday, November 24.
Tween Book Club
Monday, November 28, 3-4 pm. Join our tween-led book discussion of the Golden Dome books!
Monday, November 28, 5-6 p.m. Try your hand at a one-shot November campaign!
Kids Dungeons and Dragons
Tuesday, November 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Suggested ages 8+. Join one of our teen volunteers for a kids’ D&D group.
Teen Genre Book Club
Wednesday, November 30, 5-6 p.m. Ages 12+. Discuss any book, graphic novel, web comic, etc. that has a theme of Food this November! Vote on January’s genre or theme.
Read to a Cat*
Thursday, December 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Call to register for an 8-minute time slot to read to (or hang out with) Oscar the Therapy Cat!
Fridays, December 2 and 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Suggested ages 6-8. Little siblings and interested kids can try out a 2-session D&D campaign! Caretakers should stay to help their campaigner as needed. Registration required.
Gingerbread House Decorating: Sponsored by the Friends of the Library!*
Saturday, December 3, 10-12 a.m. All ages. Have fun with your family and friends and drop by during your registered hour to decorate a gingerbread house! Thank you, Friends of the Library, for sponsoring this annual event!
Williston Recreation & Parks
Holiday Decorating Contest
Coming Soon! Watch for information on this year’s Holiday Decorating Contest in December. It has been a great event and we hope more families will enter. If you are a business and would like to donate a gift basket as a prize, please contact the Recreation Dept.
This is a parent/child program designed to teach the fundamentals of the game. Each week youngsters will be introduced to a new skill and fun activities that will enhance their learning. This program meets on Saturdays in January and February. Instructors: Rec. Staff. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29932
This program provides the opportunity for youngsters to learn the game, improve their skills, and enjoy playing. This program meets on Saturdays in January and February. The hour session will consist of a practice and scrimmage time. Parent volunteers are needed to coach teams. Sign up to coach when registering your child. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30239
There are separate boys’ and girls’ programs offered if numbers allow. The programs provide the opportunity for youngsters to play and improve their skills. The program meets twice a week for 1 hour each time- 1 practice and 1 game. Parent volunteers are needed to coach. Sign up to coach when registering your child. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30239
There is a league for boys’ if the numbers allow. The team meets twice a week for 1 hour each time- 1 practice and 1 game. The 7th-8th is part of the CVRA League, which plays other Rec. Depts. Parent volunteers are needed to coach. Sign up to coach when registering your child. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30239
Learn to Ski/Ride
Registration is now open for the Learn to Ski/Ride program. Be sure to register and pay before the early bird discount to save- December 18. There will also be two fitting dates for equipment. You must register your family for a fitting time. Info is on the registration page. Be sure to read through the Info Sheet on the program prior to the first day- Very Important Info. To Register- https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30204
Age 12+. The course provides the opportunity to earn the certification necessary to legally operate on Vermont’s Statewide Snowmobile Trails System. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29925
Ages 6-12. Join either of these programs for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You'll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your most powerful muscle - your brain. Instructors: Chess Wizards Staff
December 27-29 or February 27-March 3. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30102
Information in 1-Click
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.