Williston School District /January 6, 2016

A Message from the WSD Administration

The Importance of Boredom
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.”

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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

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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

Last chance to register for the Learn to Ski or Ride Program. The program begins on Friday, Jan. 15. Deadline to register is Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. We need time to create lists to get to the school for the early dismissal each week. The program is open to K-8th graders (Kindergarten must be accompanied by a parent). Registration is online, payment option online is by credit card only at this time. If you want to pay by check you will have to stop in at the Rec. Office. Before coming in to pay by check create a household account if you don’t already have one. Click here for more information and to register.


Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

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Questions? Email or visit the school webpage and find us on the quick links.

Williston Runs for Education

**Save the Date**

Saturday May 14, 2016

Currently Seeking Event Sponsors

Lots of sponsorship opportunities available!

For more information please contact

Sue Scheer at

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Join the WCS Penguin Plunge Team!

We need YOU to join our Williston Wildcats Penguin Plunge Team! This is our 6th year having a school team participating in the Penguin Plunge. The Penguin Plunge is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and all the participants jump in Lake Champlain! It is very cold but lots of fun. The date is Saturday, February 6th and it takes place at the Burlington Waterfront. We want students, teachers, staff, parents, and siblings on the team! Please email Jessica Haskins at or Jodi Bartley at if you have questions.
If you are interested in joining the team, please sign up on line at
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 (

3rd/4th Grade Chorus Concerts

The 3rd/4th grade chorus concerts will be on

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 concerns.

Winter Weather

Now that cold weather has arrived, please be sure children are dressed warmly and have proper outdoor clothing for recess. Jackets, hats, gloves or mittens, snow pants, and boots will keep students warm so they can enjoy their time outside.
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.

Health Office Links

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,, 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:

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: If you are interested in joining, please email me at:

Click here for the permission form.

Four Winds Nature News

Click to see this month's Nature News


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

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

Cochrans Ski & Ride Program / Fri. Jan. 15 /
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 / 8:15-10:15

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

Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar!

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

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-

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-

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-

Youth/Teen Open Gym- Next scheduled one is January 15th. Click on the link for the schedule-
Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.
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