THE SCHOOL BELL
Williston School District /October 21 2015
A Message from the WSD Administration
by Carter Smith
Let me start by apologizing for being late with this article. National Grandparent’s Day was September 13, 2015.
I want to acknowledge the importance of grandparents in our current world and in Williston. Grandparents phone, Facetime, or text from a distance on a regular basis (61% communicate at least weekly with their grandchildren, Pew Research Center, 9/11/15). Many grandparents provide respite and child care. Some grandparents parent their grandchildren, temporarily or permanently, because of tragedy or because of the struggles of their own children.
President Obama wrote to commemorate National Grandparents Day:
“Today, grandparents continue serving as quiet heroes in every corner of our country. From reading bedtime stories to their grandchildren to volunteering in their communities to acting as primary caregivers, they work hard each and every day while showing love and kindness to their families and those around them. Let us continue to show them the same, and let us forever honor their tremendous efforts to nurture, guide, and drive us in all we do.”
Ruth Goode, an author from Manhattan wrote about a wide variety of topics during her life of 94 years, including A Book for Grandmothers, in 1975. In this quote she writes about grandchildren from a grandparent’s perspective. "Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends - and hardly ever our own grown children."
Budget Input Deadline Fri. Oct. 23!
Input from the community that is served by the Williston School District is a vital component in creating a vibrant education system that addresses the present and future needs of all of the children in Williston. The administration's goal is to provide the best education possible in the most efficient way. Each year the administration and school board evaluate budget "Decision Packets". These packets address needs that have been identified by individuals within the school. The administration recognizes that ideas and contributions from our parent community can offer a unique perspective to this process. Please click here for the opportunity to submit your ideas. The deadline for submission is Oct. 23, 2015. If you have questions please contact Shani Varricchione,email@example.com .
Facilities Public Forum Thurs. Oct. 22, 6:30pm
The WSD Facilities Committee invites the community to a public forum Thursday, Oct. 22 in the WCS Dining Room. This is an opportunity to learn about the committee and the scope of their work.
The facilities committee is a group charged by the WSD School Board with assessing the current condition of the Williston Central School facility and grounds and creating a capital improvement plan that will help assure an environment that supports the very best learning for many years to come.
Please join the committee on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30-7:30 pm in the Williston Central School Dining Room.
Annual Craft Show Saturday, Nov. 7
Come to the 24th Annual Craft Show at Williston Central School on Saturday, November 7th, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Start your holiday shopping or treat yourself!
- over 100 crafters/vendors selling unique and handmade items
- hot lunch choices available for purchase
- media/book sale occurring concurrently
- FREE admission
- Spread the word to your friends and neighbors!
Volunteers are needed for the Craft Show! Please donate an hour or two of your time to help SET UP, ASSIST CRAFTERS UNPACK VEHICLES, AND HELP SERVE FOOD TO CRAFTERS. WE ALSO NEED HELP IN THE KITCHEN THIS YEAR!! Please CLICK HERE to sign up for a time slot. Sign up with a friend! Thank you!Click here for a flyer.
CRAFT FAIR BOOK & MEDIA SALE- BACK BY DEMAND!
Voyager house will be organizing the book and media sale at the Craft Fair Nov. 7th. If you have any books you'd like to donate, please send them to school with your child. There will be a large collection box in the front offices of both WCS and ABS. We are looking for gently used best-sellers (no textbooks or dated 'travel' books) as well as children's chapter and picture books. We will also collect music CDs and movie DVD's. This is the favorite part of the craft fair for many shoppers, so please help gather some great books!
Any questions, please contact Katie Fieldsend at KFieldsend@cssu.org
Volunteer Open House
Thursday, October 29 @ 6:30pm
Williston Central School Dining Room
Find out how you can make an impact. Our goal is for everyone and anyone interested to be able to volunteer in a way that fits their schedule and skill set. Join us on October 29th to learn more about the many events throughout the year that could benefit from your hidden talents and great ideas! Please RSVP HERE so that we may plan accordingly.
2015 Annual Fund
Williston FAP would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the 2015 Annual Fund. EVERY field trip that has happened so far this year has been covered by these funds – picnics, camping, beach day, hikes, plays, museums… Thank you for your help in supporting these experiences that enrich student learning and team building!
If you have not yet contributed, it’s not too late. Click HERE for more information or to donate.
When we invest in our children, all of Williston Wins!
FAMILIES AS PARTNERS
Follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/willistonfap
Click here for information on the Williston Annual Fund and support form.
Don't forget to order your 2015-2016 yearbook.
Now through 3/2/2016, get your yearbook for $30.00.
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Order Your ABS "Bee" Wear
New this year... long sleeve T-shirts and hoodies, and of course we will still offer T-shirts and hats!
Order form must have complete payment (check to ABS PBIS or cash)
ORDER DEADLINE NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Any profit from this sale will benefit the sustainability
of the ABS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) initiativeClick here for the order form.
UNDERSTAND AND REDUCE ANXIETY IN CHILDREN
Tuesday, November 10th from 6:30 – 8:00 in the WCS Auditorium
Join us for an evening with psychologist and anxiety expert, Dr. Paul Foxman, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Center for Anxiety Disorders in Vermont, and author of The Worried Child and Dancing with Fear.
Dr. Foxman will help parents learn:
- How, why and when anxiety develops in children
- The different forms of anxiety
- What parents can do to reduce stress and anxiety
- When and how to refer for professional help
Dr. Foxman will answer questions at the end of his presentation. Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development as well as their physical health. Children today are exposed to family and school stress, violence in society and media overload. The result is a shell-shocked generation of children, many of whom suffer from anxiety. Our task is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope.
Dr. Foxman received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University. He travels extensively to speak and appear on television and radio as an expert on the topic of anxiety. Dr. Foxman is known for his knowledge and clarity, sense of humor, compassion, and engaging speaking style.
Brought to you by your WCS School Counselors (Chris Ford & Shannon Dugger)
Performing Arts Shirt Orders
All 5th-8th grade performing arts students will wear a WCS Performing Arts shirt on concert days and to field trips and other organized events. These looked great in past years!
You do not need to buy a new shirt if you still have one from last year that fits. If you need a larger size, or are new to 5th-8th grade band and/or chorus, please order your shirt here and send in payment (cash or check to WCS) by Friday, October 30, 2015. Shirts are $8 and financial support may be requested. Questions? Please check in with Karla Kennedy or Kim Thompson.
Beginner Band Starts in November
Thursday, 10/22- students attended the beginner band instrument demonstration.
Friday, 10/30- deadline for signing up for beginner band (on music web page)
Wednesday, 11/11, 7 pm- Ellis Music sponsored instrument pick up night. (WCS auditorium)
The beginner band program is available to all interested students in grades 4 and up. All beginners will attend a weekly small group lesson during their school day and have an opportunity to perform in concerts. Beginner band students may choose to learn the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or percussion* (see box below).
Students that choose percussion will be asked to rent a percussion kit that includes a mallet instrument and a drum pad.Click here to read more.
Development Screening for Children ages 3-5
Allen Brook School is offering a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 years, who are not currently enrolled in kindergarten or the EEE program. A screening can be used to determine if children are learning basic skills and meeting developmental milestones, or if they might be having difficulties in certain areas. 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 get necessary supports in place.
Friday, October 23 from 10:00 - 12:00. Pre-registration is required.
Please call Victoria Francis, Early Education Outreach Coordinator, at 871-6240 to schedule an appointment. Click here for for information.
(* If you have concerns about a younger child and would like to request a screening, please call us.)
MONTHLY FITNESS FUN
WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 /Maria Harlow, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN/ABS: 871-6248/Sylvia Love, RN
7th Grade Immunization Updates Needed
The Health Office at WCS needs updated immunization records for 7th grade students! All 7th graders are required by the state to have a Tdap and 2 Varicella vaccines. We have 20 students who are missing immunizations. If your child has received these vaccines, please send in the record asap. If your child has not received these vaccines, please schedule an appointment for your child and notify us of a date. If you choose to have your child exempt from receiving vaccines, please contact the Health Office for proper forms. State immunization rules require that all religious and philosophical exemptions must be signed and submitted at the start of each school year. If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at WCS at 871-6170.
We appreciate your help in assisting us fulfill the state immunization requirements.
The Health Office at Allen Brook is asking for donations of new underwear for kids sizes 6-8 and new socks. Please bring all the donations to Sylvia Love at the Health Office in Allen Brook school. Thank you.
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.
Williston Food Shelf 8th Grade Challenge
My name is Jenna Jerome and for my 8th grade challenge I am working with the Williston Food Shelf. The mission of the food shelf is to provide high quality food to those in need in our community. I will be volunteering there and collecting food donations. You can help me by bringing in a nonperishable food item and putting it in the box outside the front office at WCS. Good food donations could include pasta, soup, crackers, rice, and macaroni and cheese, pet food, tissues. Donations will be accepted from October 14-28. Thank you in advance for helping me support the food shelf.
Stone Soup at ABS / Thurs. Oct. 22 / 11am-1 pm
Facilities Public Forum / Thurs. Oct. 22 / 6:30-7:30 pm / WCS Dining Room
Preschool Developmental Screening / Fri. Oct. 23 / 10 am- noon / ABS
Volunteer Open House / Thurs., Oct. 29 / 6:30pm / WCS Dining Room
CY Mentoring Kick Off Dinner / Wed. Nov. 4 / 6:30-8 pm /
Craft Fair / Sat. Nov. 7 /9:30am-4pm / WCS
Book Fair / Nov. 9-13 / WCS
Paul Foxman Parent Presentation / Tue. Nov. 10 /6:30 pm - 8 / WCS Auditorium
Instrument Pick up / Wed, Nov. 11 / 7 pm / WCS Auditorium
FAP Meeting / Thurs. Nov. 12 / 8:15 am - 10:15 / Old School House
Community Budget Forum / Thurs. Nov. 12 / 6 pm - 7 pm / WCS
WCS Engineering Challenge / Nov. 19 & 20 / WCS Auditorium
Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar! www.wsdvt.org.
Recreation & Parks Offerings
Learn to Lift
This is a comprehensive program for boys and girls, ages 12-13, to learn the ins and outs of weight lifting in a fun, structured, and safe environment. Mondays & Wednesdays, Oct. 26- Nov. 11, 3:15-4:30pm. $89. Register at- http://www.willistonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29949.
Total Performance Ski Program
This is a 7 week dry land training program to develop improved strength, power, endurance and increase joint stability and flexibility. Ages 14+, Mondays & Thursdays, Nov. 2- Dec. 17, 6:30-7:30pm. $149.
Rec. Youth Basketball Programs- Kindergarten Basketball Clinic, 1st/2nd Coed Program, and separate leagues for boys and girls in 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th.
Click for Flyer- http://www.willistonrec.org/forms/5967_flyer.basketballinfo.pdf.
Coaches and referees are needed in the leagues. Please sign up to be a coach when you register your child or contact us to coach or be a referee- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the October Newsletter.