THE SCHOOL BELL
Williston School District /January 6, 2016
A Message from the WSD Administration
by Carter Smith
“I am bored!”
Did you hear this during the downtime over school vacation from one of your children?
The state of boredom might not be so bad. In fact, studies have shown and many experts claim that boredom makes people more creative. In a March 2015 article in the London Telegraph, Sarah Knapton interviews successful adults and reviews research from psychologists that assert that boredom, “though by its very nature tedious and unpleasant ...might actually stimulate creativity.”
Dr. Sandi Mann, the principal author of a study published in the Psychologist, the professional journal of the British Psychological Society, feels that parents should allow their children to experience boredom so they can use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Albert Einstein, who used to spend time watching insects crawl on the sidewalk, once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”Continue Reading
Swift House Bottle Drive - Saturday, Jan. 9
Swift House Bottle Drive
Saturday, January 9
Swift House will be having a bottle drive to raise funds for our year end trip to New York City. Please save your bottles and cans from the holiday season. Students will be by between 9-12:00 this Saturday, January 9th for collection. If you will not be home please leave bagged bottles at the end of your driveway.Neighborhoods in which we will be collecting bottles.
Brennan Woods * Southridge Road * Ledgewood Drive * Wildflower Circle * Lefebvre Lane * Katie Lane * Golf Links * Southfield Drive * Isham Circle * Pleasant Acres * Lamplite Acres
SPARK 1 Thursday After School Enrichment Session 4
The 4th session of Spark Thursday After School Enrichment, an after-school applied learning program for students in grades 5-8, will be offered on January 21, 28, February 4, 11 & 18. These small group classes will be facilitated by school faculty and staff. Click here to read about session 4 offerings.
Please access the link to the sign-up form below by January 14th.Sign-up form
Learn to Ski or Ride Program
Join the WCS Penguin Plunge Team!
If you are interested in joining the team, please sign up on line at https://www.firstgiving.com/team/310767
Make sure to select the "Williston Central School Wildcats" team.
Be a part of your school's team and support a great cause!
Lunch / Recess Aide Opening at ABS
Allen Brook School is seeking an energetic, child-centered adult to provide supervision to our elementary students during lunch and recess. We are looking for interested candidates who love to work as part of a team, will provide positive reinforcement and redirection, and follow established protocols to keep children safe and happy during their development of self-control . This is a daily position, starting in January, from 10:45 AM to 1:15 PM for students in grades K-2
Interested candidates can send a resume with references and letter of interest to Cindy Pavlik, Allen Brook School, 497 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495 (email@example.com).
3rd/4th Grade Chorus Concerts
Wednesday, February 3rd at
2:00pm and 6:30pm in the WCS auditorium.
The musicians are required to wear concert attire* for both concerts.
The musicians need to arrive at WCS at 6:10pm for the evening concert.
*What is concert attire?
Boys: long pants, shirt with collar, and a tie
Girls: dress or skirt of appropriate length, or dressy pants, with an appropriate top
Shorts, t shirts, hats, athletic wear, flip flops, and jeans are not appropriate.
Please do not wear them.
Please look for a permission slip in your child's take-home folder this week. Contact me with any questions or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch and recess times at Allen Brook School have been extended by five minutes (now 25 minutes each). Recess will be outside as long as the temperature is above zero degrees (including wind chill).
Williston Early Education Program, Community Peer Selection 2016– 2017 School Year
The Williston School District is now accepting applications for a lottery for community peers for the 2016–2017 school year Allen Brook Preschool program. To have your child’s name included in the lottery, please pick up a questionnaire at Allen Brook School or Williston Central School, or print one off the school website and return it to the school by Friday, February 19th. Community peers must be 3 years old, but not 5 by Sept. 1st. Our preschool classes are Monday through Thursday mornings or afternoons.
Names will be drawn for a limited number of available peer slots on Friday, February 19th. Families of students who are drawn through the placement selection will be notified by phone within two weeks of the drawing. Click here for an application.
WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 /Maria Harlow, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN/ABS: 871-6248/Sylvia Love, RN
ABS Art News
In art the children are awaiting the completion of the clay bisque firing process so that they can begin to glaze their pieces before they are fired a second time. Meanwhile, in Kindergarten, we are creating drawings inspired by Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. First and second graders are making charcoal drawings of animals while observing their basic shapes and forms and then practicing visual texture and shading techniques.
For our upcoming lantern making workshops with Artist-in-Residence Gowri Savoor, http://www.gowrisavoor.com/, we are still in need of clean 32 ounce yogurt containers. Thank you to all who have dropped them in the box in our front lobby! Forthcoming will be information on the details of this exciting residency which will take place during the first two weeks of February.
Sara Beeken, ABS Art Teacher
8th Grade Yearbook
WCS 8th Graders - your 2015-2016 Yearbook Quote and Baby Photo is due by Thursday, 1/14/2016.
Click this Link For Form: http://goo.gl/forms/CEz8D1QSwa
Don't forget to order your 2015-2016 yearbook.
Every school year is full of memories. Don't miss this year's!
Now through 3/2/2016, get your yearbook for $30.00.
Skiing and Snowboarding Freestyle Club for WCS
Hello my name is Beckett Pintair. For my eighth grade challenge project I am offering a Skiing and Snowboarding Freestyle Club for WCS. We will meet Friday afternoons at Cochran’s Ski Area following ski/ride lessons during the free ski session. The Freestyle Club is open to kids who are signed up for Cochran's lessons, are at level seven or eight, and want to learn basic freestyle. In addition, this group will brainstorm ways to raise money through community service in the hopes of providing Cochran’s with a new rail. We will also have some area ski/ride professionals come in and teach us freestyle basics, from shaping jumps to grinding rails. This will be a great team building experience and a lot of fun! This club will be supervised by Mr. Alex Pintair. He can be reached at: email@example.com. If you are interested in joining, please email me at: Beckettpintair@cssu.org.
Click here for the permission form.
MONTHLY FITNESS FUN
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.
Swift Bottle Drive / Sat. Jan 9 / 9-11 am
School Board Budget Meeting / Mon. Jan. 11 / 4:30 PM
Four Winds Training / Wed. Jan. 13 / 8:30-10:30 / WCS Dining Room
FAP Meeting / Thur. Jan. 14 / 8:15-10:15
Continental Math Meet, gr. 3 / Thur. Jan. 14 / 8:15-8:45 am / WCS
Continental Math Meet, gr. 4 / Thur. Jan. 14 / 9-9:30 am / WCS
Continental Math Meet, gr. 5-8 / Thur. Jan. 14 / 9:45-10:15 / WCS
NO SCHOOL / Mon. Jan. 18 /
8th Gr. Parent/Student Info Night at CVU / Wed. Jan. 27 / 6:30-8:30pm / CVU
3/4 Chorus Concert / Wed. Feb. 3 / 6:30 pm / WCS Auditorium
FAP Meeting / Thur. Feb. 11 / 8:15-10:15Click here for athletics
Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar! www.wsdvt.org.
Recreation & Parks Offerings
Magical Deep Woods Dwellings- Using all natural materials kids will design and construct an architectural habitat for a fairy, gnome, or creature of choice. Grades 2nd- 8th, Thursdays, Jan 14- Feb. 11, 3:00-4:30p, $100. Liz Demas, Art Teacher. Register at- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29935
Young Rembrandts Drawing Programs-
Winter Session- The drawing classes are an educational program perfect for your imaginative child! Grades K-2nd, Thursdays, Jan 14- Mar 10, 2:45-3:45p, $90. Register at- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29936
Cartooning- Energize your child’s winter with fun, engaging cartoon lessons. Grades 3rd-6th, Tuesdays, Jan 12- Mar 8, 3:00-4:00p, $90. Register at- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29936
Youth/Teen Open Gym- Next scheduled one is January 15th. Click on the link for the schedule- http://www.willistonrec.org/documents/sch.youthteen.pdf
Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.