Williston School District /February 10, 2016

A Message from the WSD Administration

Safety First, by Greg Marino

As cliche a catch phrase the title of this article is, it is difficult to dispute the logic behind it. As with most cliches, there is some very simple and irrefutable truth at its core that has given the phrase, Safety First, its sticking power. That simple truth as it relates to our Williston schools is that first and foremost, our schools need to be a physically and emotionally safe environment so that staff and students can focus on the crucial work at hand of teaching and learning. In order for faculty, staff, and students to invest completely and without distraction in that teaching and learning, they must first believe that they are coming to a place each day where their body will be safe from harm. Though we are fortunate to live in what could be comparatively considered a very safe place, history has proven that no schools are immune to incidences that can put adults and students in harm's way, whether caused by mechanical accident, extreme weather, fire, or human act of violence.

In Williston, like in any school, we can never take our safety for granted. With this premise at the core, we at WSD, in collaboration with local and state emergency responders, have worked this year to strengthen the Williston School District Safety Committee in an effort to continue the important and ongoing work of keeping our schools safe. What history has shown us about safety, and what the experts reinforce, is that it must be viewed as a shared responsibility. All members of a community need be aware of the habits, routines, and choices we make each day that can impact safety in our own community.

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Parents Expectations During a School Emergency

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Winter’s Peace ABS Lantern Parade

ABS Artist in Residence, Gowri Savoor will be teaching the k - 2 students how to construct a vellum lantern and leading everyone in a LANTERN PARADE Wednesday, February 10th! Click here to find out more about this event.

Free Tutoring

Supplemental Educational Services (SES) are additional academic instruction (tutoring) outside the school day designed to increase the academic achievement of students. These services are free of charge to eligible* students to improve academic performance in schools such as Williston School District that did not achieve Adequate Yearly Progress in mathematics or literacy.
*All students in the school that are eligible for the Free & Reduced Lunch program are eligible to participate. Click here for an application. Please read the notification letter for more information.
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Next Swarm Party @ ABS

Students at Allen Brook School have earned another PBiS school-wide celebration. This celebration was earned by filling the beehive in the main office by being SAFE, KIND and RESPONSIBLE!

The celebration, Movie Afternoon, will be on Friday, February 19 from 1:00- 2:30. The following G movies will be shown: THE PEANUTS MOVIE, RIO and BABE. Students will be able to choose one of the three movies and enjoy the afternoon with their friends (all adults will be participating with supervision)!

These are all G movies! If you choose to have your child not participate and/or limit their viewing choice please notify your child’s classroom teacher by Friday (2/12) so that an alternative activity may be planned in advance.


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.

NO SCHOOL February 22-29. Return to school Tues., March 1

VOTE MARCH 1, 2016

Please VOTE March 1, 2016, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at Williston Central School

Official Town Warning (lists articles of business for the Williston Town School District meeting on Monday, Feb. 29, 7 pm in the WCS auditorium, as well as Ballot questions for Australian ballot voting on March 1.

Voters can also vote in the Town Clerk’s Office up until Monday, Feb. 29. Ballots are available now for anyone wishing to vote early. To request an absentee ballot be mailed, call 878-5121 or email

Preschool Lottery for 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.

Shirley Circle Bus Change

Starting Monday, February 15, Bus K will no longer drive into Shirley Circle. The bus will stop on River Cove Road at the entrance to Shirley Circle to pick up and drop off students.

Box Tops for Education

It is time to do another submission of Box Tops for Education. Please turn them in to your child's school before the winter break starts. Thanks for the help with clipping and sending them in. The first submission made over $1100.00. Awesome!
Health Office Links

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

8th Grade Yearbook

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


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

ABS Lantern Parade / Wed. Feb. 10 / 4:30-6:30

Continental Math Meet gr. 3 / Thur. Feb. 11 / 8:15-8:45 am

Continental Math Meet gr. 4 / Thur. Feb. 11 / 9-9:30 am

Continental Math Meet gr. 5-8 / Thur. Feb. 11 / 9:45- 10:15 am

FAP Meeting / Thur. Feb. 11 / 8:15-10:15

Theme Week at WCS / Feb. 15-19
School Board Mtg. / Tues. Feb. 16 / 7 pm / CVU High School

ABS Movie Afternoon / Fri. Feb. 19 / 1-2:30 pm

NO SCHOOL Feb. 22-29. School resumes Tuesday, March 1

Williston Town School District Meeting / Mon. Feb. 29 / 7 pm / WCS Auditorium

VOTE / Tuesday March 1 / 7 am - 7 pm / WCS gymnasium

School Dance / Fri. March 4 / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS

FAP Meeting / Thu. March 10 / 8:15-10:15 am / WCS Dining Room

Variety Show / Fri. March 11 / 6:30-9 pm / WCS Auditorium

School Concert (Gr. 7 & 8) / Wed. March 16 / 7pm

Marko the Magician / Fri. March 18 / 7-9 pm / 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

Spring/Summer Program Guide

The Spring/Summer Program Guide will be available this week in the Feb. 11th edition of The Observer. Look for great new programs and camps, and some of the old favorites. Registration begins Feb. 12th and is on the Recreation website at Some programs begin in early March so register now!

February Programs

Babysitters Course

This Red Cross Babysitters Training provides individuals with information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children. Ages 11-15 yrs., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9:00a-3:00p. $100

Winter Adventure Camp at Common Ground Center-

Would your child love to spend two fun filled days at Common Ground Center, in Straksboro, exploring the outdoors? If so, register them now to join their staff for some fun in the snow! Grades: 3rd-6th, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23rd & 24th, 8:30am-4:30pm. $90

Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.
Click here for the February Rec. newsletter.
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