Williston Schools / January 27, 2021

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A Message from the Administration

by ABS Principal Angela Filion

So...what have we learned about the pandemic that can help carry us forward? To go along with my previous submission about finding light and joy during these difficult times, I wanted to highlight some of the opportunities we have found during this pandemic that might help us move forward when this is all said and done. As a district we have a group of leaders on a design team looking at these systems and procedures that we have put in place due to the pandemic and what things we may want to preserve as we move forward. “Pandemic teaching” has changed education in some positive ways. We have created conditions for in-person or remote and have prioritized social and emotional wellness, meaningful adult and peer connections, and celebrations of success within targeted content. Our approach to education now more then ever relies on: flexibility, empathy, and essential content/skills(high leverage concepts). We designed in-person learning that will likely create future changes—for example, learning in outdoor classrooms and the use of interdisciplinary units designed around essential topics and skills are things we will likely consider in our work ahead. Some other things we may consider are: virtual parent conferences, using other parts of our campus for outdoor recess/explore, continuing some virtual meetings that will save time and travel, arrival and dismissal procedures, and the way our master schedule is designed. We will continue to analyze these new ways of thinking and will find opportunities to continue with some of the ideas we generated during these Covid times. In the meantime, please enjoy some photos of students and teachers doing some amazing work. We are so fortunate to be in person with our students and stay committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and authentic experience for them!

CVSD Meeting Agendas - 2/2

Here are the agenda links for the three CVSD Board committee meetings Tuesday (Feb. 2nd) at 7PM via Zoom:

Finance Committee

HR and Labor Relations Committee

Indicators Committee

The full board will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 2 preceding the committee meetings via Zoom at 6PM.

Here is that agenda link.

Superintendent Search Input Sessions

The CVSD community may recall from the announcement last summer that Superintendent Elaine Pinckney is retiring at the end of June. The search process for a new superintendent is underway and the Champlain Valley School District’s Board of Directors welcomes the community’s input.

As part of the superintendent search process, the School Board is interested in seeking input from parents and the community in regard to the attributes of the community and school, the issues the new superintendent will face, and what qualities stakeholders would like to see in our new superintendent.

Zoom meetings for the CVSD Community will be held with the Superintendent Search consultant on these dates:

  • January 26 7:00-8:00pm

  • January 28 7:00-8:00pm

  • January 29 12:00-1:00pm

The information needed to access the Zoom meetings is posted on the District’s website.

An online survey will be posted on the District’s website as well. The survey will be open from Saturday, January 23 to Sunday, January 31. The compilation of all comments received will be published soon after the survey closes.

* There will be separate input meetings for teachers, administrators, support staff, and high school students.

We thank you so much for your valuable input!

Learn to Ski/Ride Program Announcement

The Williston Learn to Ski and Ride Program is now on!

The program will be offered January 27- March 10.

Registration is now open!

Register on the Town Department of Rec. website at-

8th Grade Student & Parent Night



To 8th Grade Parents and Students of the Class of 2025

Join us virtually for

8th Grade Student & Parent Night

Champlain Valley Union High School

Online Thursday, February 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Principal Adam Bunting

and the CVU Student Council

This evening will provide you and your child an introduction to the academic and elective programs they will experience in the 9th grade.

We’ll be live at:

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Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021?

Kindergarten Registration for Fall, 2021 is underway at Allen Brook School.

Please submit registration paperwork, (preferably printed double sided) including proof of residency, birth certificate and immunization record by February 12, 2021.

Questions? Email or

call 802-871-6200

Allen Brook School

497 Talcott Road, Williston, VT


Updated Health Screening Questions

In order to be in compliance with state regulations and to keep our teachers, staff, and students safe, all families with children participating in in-person learning agreed with and signed a certification at the beginning of the school year that they would attest to 4 questions about their child's health before sending students to school. As a result of the Governor's current Executive Order, we have updated the required questions. Please review the questions in the image below with your family before sending students to school.

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We are reminding all parents and caregivers who drop off or pick up students to be extra mindful about your driving in the school parking lots. We are asking that all drivers please drive with extreme caution, courtesy, and at slow speeds. We have noticed some dangerous situations pop up as a result of distracted driving or elevated driving speeds. We thank you for your help in keeping all students, staff, and drivers safe.

What to Know About Potential Hill Road Closings for Buses Due to Road Conditions

On the occasions it is determined a Williston school bus will not be driving on a hill* road during the morning pick up, we hope to be able to contact families early enough for you to get students to a stop at the start of the hill to catch the bus. When the hills are closed in the morning, it includes hills on the preschool bus routes. Alternatively, during the afternoon bus runs, we will contact families to advise you that the bus will need to drop children off at the start of the hill, and you can meet the bus there if necessary. If no one arrives to meet younger students, they will be brought back to school until arrangements are made for them to be picked up. Please talk with your bus drivers to let them know if you are comfortable letting your child walk home from the drop off location.

Click here for a list of designated stops.

We will use the Connect 5 automated calling system to send a voice message to families on the hill roads.

*These are the hill roads: Butternut, Highlands, Porterwood, Oak Knoll, Rabbits Run, Evergreen, Fortier, Douglas, Yantz Hill, lower River Cove, Meadow Ridge, Ledgewood, Bayberry, Terrace, Jasmine, Wild Ginger, French Hill, Sunrise Drive, Sunset, Lincoln, Chaloux, and Walker Hill.

CVSD Early Ed Preschool Lottery

Champlain Valley School District School-Based Early Education Programs Preschool Lottery is coming soon!

The CVSD School-based Early Education Programs are now accepting applications for a random preschool lottery drawing for the 2021-22 school year. Our part-time, partial days, preschool classrooms are 5 STARs, licensed early education programs that provide play-based, developmentally appropriate environments for all children in an inclusive setting. Our curriculum is based on the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) and Teaching Strategies Gold. We believe that a diverse classroom offers opportunities for adults and children to practice acceptance and compassion and also provides a broad range of learning experiences.

Our programs closely follow the CVSD school calendar. Students who will be age 3 or older by September 1, 2021, but not yet 5 years old, are eligible to enter the lottery for our programs.

All applications must be received by February 5, 2021. You can download an application here: Early Education Lottery Application. More information is available on our CVSD Early Education Website also. Students will be selected via a lottery and families notified in early March.
ABS Library website

Reading is an Investment

Extra Masks, Winter Clothing

With the colder weather, having the right clothes for recess and outdoor learning is necessary. Please ensure your children come to school with jackets, gloves, hats, snow pants and boots .

A big reminder to parents to send in an extra mask because masks are getting wet at recess.

In addition, we hope families can ensure all students have a spare set of clean, dry clothes at school, as we are not able to share clothing safely this year.

Four Winds

Hello Scientists! We hope you and your family are well and enjoying the snow! Our January Four Winds Presentation on SKULLS is complete and ready for you to enjoy! Just click on the link!

FWNI has also provided a collection of Winter exploration ideas for your family, students or classes to try. Hopefully it will inspire everyone to put on winter gear and head outside to discover the beauty of nature in winter!

Click on the links below! You will find fun facts, diagrams, photos, activities, and even the videos of the beloved puppet show!

The theme for the year is Structure and Function.

Our first unit explores Spiders.

The second unit investigates Tremendous Trees.

This third unit compares Predators and Prey!

New! Our fourth unit uncovers Skulls and Teeth!

You can also take a look at this collection of Winter explorations

As of right now, we are postponing our outdoor, socially-distant (but in-person!) lessons. We will let you know when we will resume these gatherings.

Stay tuned for our future lessons:

February - Birds of a Feather

March - Calling All Owls

April - Defenses

May - Bees

Feel free to email, visit our website, or share your findings and photos on our Padlet.

Be curious!

Deb & Amanda, Your Four Winds Williston Coordinators

Virtual Learning Academy Website

click here to access the VLA site

Hybrid Learning Website

Hybrid Learning Schedules, Tech Support info and more

Upcoming Events

Feb. 2 - School Board Meetings (see info above) 6 pm; 7 pm for committee meetings

Feb 22-26 - No School / Winter Break

March 1 - CVSD School Meeting, 5 pm zoom Details: Meeting ID: 989 3602 5245 Phone Participation: 1-646-876-9923 Passcode: 528121

Passcode: cvsd11

Apr 19-23 - No School / Spring Break

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Child Find Notice

Champlain Valley School District (CVSD) is required by federal law to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities. The process of locating, identifying and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find.

CVSD schools conduct Kindergarten screening each spring, but parents may call to make an appointment to discuss their concerns at any time. As the school district of residence, CVSD has the responsibility to identify and provide services to any child with special needs who may require special education and related services in order to access and benefit from public education.

If you have, or know of any CVSD resident who has a child with a disability under the age of 21 or a child who attends a private school located in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George or Williston, Vermont, we would like to hear from you. Sometimes parents are unaware that special education services are available to their children.

Please contact the School Principal, (Williston Central/Allen Brook Schools – 878-2762) or the Director of Student Support Services, Meagan Roy at 383-1234 or

ABS Arrival and Dismissal Time

Students being driven to ABS in the mornings can now arrive between 7:50 to 8:10 am (all grades). Walkers are welcome as early as 7:40, when the buses are arriving. Click here for full document.

School Meals

Please visit the Food Service website for the remote learning days order form and more information.

We are excited to be able to serve your children hot food at school once again as well as continue to offer grab and go and delivery of meals for those students who are learning remotely. CVSD will be able to continue to offer free meals for all children 18 years of age and younger as we start school.

If your student has special dietary requirements please let us know. We will be happy to make reasonable accommodations (prepare a vegetarian version, substitute gluten free grain, bread or crust, soy milk or offer an alternate meal) to make sure they can have something nutritious and delicious to eat.

February Menu