Williston School District /October 21 2015

A Message from the WSD Administration

Celebrating Grandparents
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."

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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, .

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.


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

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!


Click here for the FAP home page and meeting minutes.

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Click here for information on the Williston Annual Fund and support form.

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

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.
Four Winds Nature News

Click to see this month's Nature News

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)


Any profit from this sale will benefit the sustainability

of the ABS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) initiative

Click here for the order form.



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

Important dates:

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.)


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.
Health Office Links

WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 /Maria Harlow, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN/ABS: 871-6248/Sylvia Love, RN

Health Office

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.

It’s that time of year already. Time to start making sure your children have cold weather (click to read more) clothing at school.

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.
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.

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.

Box Tops by Nov. 1st.

Please send all Box Tops to your child's school by October 23rd. Thank you! P.S. Keep cutting and collecting for the next submission date.
Athletics link

Williston School District Physical Education Department

Upcoming Events

Beginner Band Demo / Thus. Oct. 22 / 9:30 -10:30 am

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

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

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-

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.

Register at-

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-

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-

click here for more Upcoming Programs:

Click here for the October Newsletter.

Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.

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