THE SCHOOL BELL
Williston School District /June 10, 2015
A Message from the Administration
Parent Satisfaction Survey Results
by Walter Nardelli, District Principal
Thank you for taking the time to fill out the Parent Satisfaction Survey. We had a record number of parents (383) respond to our invitation to give us feedback. We are sharing the overall results for the Williston School District so that you can see what you had to say. Click here to view the results. On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration, I thank you for your support. The two questions we asked you to comment on at the end of the survey received a number of accolades and suggestions for improvements (330 responses total). The administration will take time in the summer to review all of the comments and share significant findings with you in the fall.
Carol Huntington, our Literacy Coordinator, is sharing tips for parents on how you can keep your children’s literacy skills fine tuned during the summer. Please take a moment to review the information and make a plan for how you will support and improve your child’s reading during the summer. Reading is good for everyone!
Thank you for your support during the years I have been district principal in Williston. Your support for education sends a strong value message to your children, which is a key component of their success in the future.
I wish you all health and happiness for you and your family. Have a wonderful summer. Let me end with one of my favorite quotes:
"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
The Importance of SUMMER READING
Or How to help your children stave off loss of reading skills over the summer
It happens every year around this time. Kids seem more restless wishing that recess could last a little longer, that they had long stretches of free time. No doubt about it – summer is coming and kids are counting down the days. However, summer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading! Research shows that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. And, children will never have a chance for higher achievements without higher-level reading skills.
In fact, students who read at least four books over the summer can prevent any academic loss. Students will read more when they have easy access to books, and are free to choose which books they want to read. Having choice helps strengthen engagement and motivation to read for pleasure.
What can parents do to help their children read during the summer? How to require reading and still keep it pleasure-oriented? Here are some tips:
· Help your child create a “summer reading plan”. Select four books that he or she would like to read. Discuss where and when to read.
· Make sure you as parents are seen reading daily. It works even better if you read at the same time as your child.
· For young children, looking at the pictures in books and turning pages qualifies as “reading”. We become picture-literate before becoming print-literate.
From the WCS library…
A huge thank you to everyone who has helped remind students to return their library books and who have helped find the "temporarily misplaced" titles. If you have paid for a lost book, please know that we are always anxious to refund your money whenever the missing book is found. It is never too late to return a book.
If you received a letter about library books that your child still has, please help him/her find them and return them to us. If you can’t locate them, please send the money to school to pay for their replacement.
Students in grades 3-7 who have returned all of their library materials for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to borrow up to five books for the summer. These books must be kept safe and in good condition and returned to the WCS library on the first day of school, August 26. We hope lots of students will take advantage of this great opportunity.
This summer we hope you will plan time to also visit the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library on a regular basis with your family. They are planning lots of great programs for children of all ages. This summer’s theme is “Every Hero has a Story.” The bookmobile (yes, brand new bookmobile!) schedule as well as details about summer activities are available at www.williston.lib.vt.us or by calling 878-4918.
Please encourage your children to spend some time every day reading. (A minimum of 15 minutes would be great.) Research continues to reinforce what librarians and teachers have long known: keeping kids reading through the summer is key to maintaining students’ literacy skills while encouraging a lifetime love of books.
Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the Commission on Reading said, “Reading is a continuously developing skill. Reading, like playing a musical instrument, is not something that is mastered once and for all at a certain age. Rather, it is a skill that continues to improve through practice.”
Here's hoping you and your family have an awesome summer practicing reading!
Williston Food Shelf’s Summer Food Program
Starting June 20th the Williston Food Shelf will once again be providing an extra bag of food to all Williston and St George families. All families are encouraged to come twice a month to receive an extra bag of food to supplement breakfast and lunch. We are located at 300 Cornerstone Drive- behind Oasis Day Spa. Our hours are: Tuesday 5-6:30pm and Thursday & Saturday 9-11am.
Imagine (Part 2) Offerings
A state-licensed child care program that provides a safe, engaging, and fun environment. Snacks, games, art, free choice, and clubs that link reading, writing, math, inquiry, problem solving with social & emotional components.
****Please pick up your child’s medications***
Everything must go!
As the school year comes to an end, we’d like to remind you to think about picking up any medications your child has in either of our Health Offices. This includes any medications that your child may need next year, as we cannot store medication in the Health Offices over the summer. Prescription medications must be picked up by a parent. Please call your child’s Health Office to make arrangements to get these medications home.
Thank you, and have a great summer!
Immunization Reminder for Parents/Guardians of Students Entering 7th Grade in the Fall of 2015
Vermont’s immunization regulation requires parents to provide documentation of one dose of Tdap vaccine and two doses of Varicella before 7th grade entry. If your child receives vaccinations over the summer please send an updated immunization record to the Health Office. If a student doesn't meet the vaccine requirements, or have a current exemption on file, they may by temporarily admitted only after approval of the school nurse or administrator. Failure to meet requirements may result in exclusion. Please click on links below for more information regarding state requirements for immunizations.
Immunization Rates for School Year 2014-2015 at ABS and WCS
Immunization are required for enrollment in all Vermont schools in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The Vermont Legislature passed a requirement in 2012, that all schools must make immunization rates for the student body available to the public. Click here for the WSD rates. Click here for the ABS rates.
Also, the link below provides a complete list of immunization rates for all schools in Vermont. http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/ImmSurv.aspx
WCS: 871-6170, 871-6171 / Lisa LePrevost, RN, Carol Albertelli, RN / ABS: 871-6248 / Sylvia Love, RN
Check out upcoming school events and dates on the School website Calendar! www.wsdvt.org.
Bag lunches can be ordered for Tuesday, June 16 (last day of school, early dismissal). Please let your child's teacher know if turkey or ham sandwiches are available
Recreation & Parks Offerings
July 4th Celebration
Be sure to check out the flyer on this year’s July 3rd and July 4th events. Follow the link for details-
Summer Camp Registration
It’s not too late to register for summer camps. Camps begin the week of June 22nd and end the week of August 10th. There are Day Camps, Sports Camps, Technology Camps and Specialty Camps to choose from. Registration for camps are accepted up to a week prior to the start of a camp. Visit our website for details on the camps and to register- www.willistonrec.org.
There are still openings in the following programs. Follow the links for more details and to register:
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Programs for Kids
Summer Reading at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Starts June 16
Discover your super powers at the library this summer! Join us at our Superhero Parade on Saturday, June 20, 10:30 am with CHAMP from the Vermont Lake Monsters. All ages are invited to wear a costume and sign up for “Every Hero Has a Story” 2015 Summer Reading Program. Bring pets and stuffed animals in costumes too! Take the Summer Reading Challenge and win free books and raffle tickets. Keep track of the amount of time you spend reading, including books, magazines, and audio books. All programs are free. Enter to win a family membership to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center when you register. Click here for the Every Hero flyer.
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.