Williston School District /March 23, 2016


A Message from the WSD Administration

by John Terko, Principal - ABS

Reading Smart but Scattered

During the past few weeks, the Administrative team here in Williston has been reading Smart but Scattered, by Peg Dawson, Ed.D and Richard Guare, PhD. As educators, we are aware of some of how this happens, but I’m surprised at how much I don’t know. I think back about raising my son and consider if I had only done that or this when he was young how he might have benefited. I will share a paragraph or two from the beginning of this book to give you some idea of its value. I would recommend this book as a read for all parents.

“At some point, to some degree, all children struggle with getting organized, exercise self control, and getting along with others. Battles over room cleaning erupt regularly in almost every home in the United States and there isn’t a 13 year old on the planet that does all of his homework flawlessly, with perfect promptness, every single day. But some kids seem to need constant supervision and help far beyond the point when their peers are beginning to manage certain tasks on their own. You’re probably wondering when you’re going to be able to retreat to the sidelines like other parents. When will you be relieved of issuing constant reminders? When will your child learn to calm himself rather than relying on you to do it? Will a time ever come when you can stop stage- managing every event in your child’s life to ensure their success?

Executive skills have recently been identified as the foundation that all children need to negotiate the demands of childhood, and these brain-based skills become more and more critical as children venture into the world with decreasing parental supervision and guidance. Ultimately, they are essential to successful management of adult life. Acting now to boost your child’s executive skills could spare the child a lot of difficulty in years to come. Read more

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Student Use of School Email

We are incredibly fortunate in Williston to be able to provide all of our students with their own email account. It’s not something you’ll find in all schools. Our teachers work with students about the ethical and acceptable use of email for educational purposes. Our students- as young as kindergarten in some cases- are using email to build upon their literacy skills. They send emails to one another, to their teachers, and to parents- all helping them to strengthen reading and writing skills. Yes, students test the rules and limits and learn in the process. As they get older, email is an important method of communication between students and their teachers.

Students are taught about digital citizenship- using good manners online. It’s the same as using good manners offline and face-to-face. We’re safe, kind and respectful. They are also taught that email is a privilege and should only be used for educational purposes. This is a part of the continual learning process.

In light of the recent events with email hacking, we ask for your assistance.

We are coaching our students NOT to click on links that have been shared in emails, even from those they know unless they’ve been informed ahead of time to be on the lookout for that email. It’s better to err on the side of caution. Read more


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LuckyU Raffle Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of this year's LuckyU Raffle. Student winners will be notified throughout this week by either the classroom teacher or the activity host(s). With over 4100 tickets sold, the interest in this event reminds me just how Lucky we are to be part of such amazing schools here in Williston. We are fortunate to have so many teachers and staff who consistently go above and beyond, and that our students want to spend time with! Adults from both schools volunteered their time, resources and creativity to make this event possible. A huge thank you to all of the parents that volunteered to help to sell tickets early in the morning at ABS, and to Jessica Lamorey for her help and support at WCS.

If you have any questions/comments about this, or any other FAP event, please contact
A very special Thank You to the following:
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The Big Basket Raffle and Silent Auction is the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. It has taken place every spring for 15 years. And this is going to be the 16th, on Saturday, April 2nd! Over 300 area residents and their friends and family attend. This is for ADULTS only! Which makes it extra fun!!! And admission is free. Raffle tickets start at $1 per ticket with discounting as you buy more tickets; the tickets are used to enter a chance at winning one of some 60+ themed baskets. And there will be over 25 Silent Auction items as well. Cash or check only.

For those of you with children in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade, you can drop them off at Fun Night on the other side of the school. Doors open for both events at 6:00 p.m.

Beautiful baskets filled with merchandise

Which ones do you want to try to win? New kitchen supplies. How about all that great gardening merchandise? Fishing supplies? So many great outdoor activities? Gift certificates to area restaurants, now that sounds great. Then there are all these fun games to play—maybe my kids will take a break from their electronics. Now, what color raffle tickets are going to make you the winner? Does it matter….maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t!

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A great way to have a few hours to yourself or to attend the Big Basket Raffle!

What: An evening of supervised fun for kids sponsored by Full House

Where: Drop-off/Pick-up at the Front entrance of WCS

Who: Children grades K-6th

When: Saturday, April 2, 6pm-8:30pm

Activities include: Music, Face Painting, Bowling, Bean Bag Toss, Movie, Crafts, Hot dogs, Snacks & More!

* Pre-registration Discount $8/child, $15/family

* At the door: $10/child, $20/family

* Hot dogs $1, Snacks are $.50 each, Drinks $.50 - $1.00

Please click here to pre-register.

Paper registration forms are available at the ABS and WCS main offices. Please drop forms and payment in the envelope labeled "Fun Night".

Blood Drive March 26 for 8th Gr. Challenge

Hello, my name is Jack Sinopoli and I am a student at Williston Central School. For my eighth grade challenge I am hosting a blood drive on March 26th in the dining room at Williston Central school from 11 am - 4 pm. Please consider donating because the need for it is always constant. You can visit the American Red Cross website to sign up for a time slot here:

or you can call


Sincerely, Jack Sinopoli

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Registration for Fall Kindergarten has begun for Williston and St. George children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2016. Registration is scheduled for early April. Click here for more information.

Gardens / Grounds at School

We are excited to watch as plants and flowers begin to emerge and grow this spring! We ask that everyone be mindful and respectful of the plantings around the schools to preserve and encourage their continued growth. Unless you are weeding or otherwise attending to the gardens, please don't pick the flowers! And thank you for keeping children from playing among the plants.
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Jump Rope for Heart

WSD's annual Jump Rope for Heart will take place at Allen Brook School the morning of Friday, April 1st from 8:45-11:15 am.

Jump Rope for Heart is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Participating WCS students will be bused to ABS in the morning and brought back to WCS after the event is over.

Parent volunteers should arrive at ABS by 8:30 on April 1st.

Collection envelopes should be turned into the PE teachers by March 28th. If there is money still to be collected, the envelope will be returned to the child and all money must be collected by April 8th. If your child has done online collections, the summary sheet of online donations needs to be printed and returned with the Jump Rope for Heart Envelope.

Parents Expectations During a School Emergency

Please familiarize yourself with these expectations (also available on the school web site ( and follow them in an emergency.

Get your tickets to Shrek!

Tickets are now on sale for Shrek! Performances are on April 8th and 9th. Go to the Drama link on the school website to make your purchase.

Girls Science Discovery at the UVM College of Medicine

The University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Chapter of the American Women’s Medical Association will be hosting their annual Girls’ Science Discovery Day on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the UVM College of Medicine in Burlington, VT. Williston Central School has been invited to bring three seventh or eighth grade girls to the event.

The day consists of a keynote address, interactive workshops run by faculty and medical students, and an ice cream social. Workshops from previous years have included learning about the immune system, medical imaging, and anatomy. Activities have included viewing human organs, casting an arm and drawing blood from a dummy.

Any girls interested in attending should complete the Google Survey found here before Friday, March 25th. Further questions can be directed to Amy Skapof at If we have more than three interested and enthusiastic candidates we will draw names on Friday, April 1st. Those chosen to attend will be contacted by April 1st with more details.
Health Office Links

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

Four Winds Nature News

Click to see this month's Nature News

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

NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences / Fri. March 25

Voyager Recycle Sale / Sat. March 26 / 9am - 2 pm / WCS Cafeteria

Jump for Heart / Fri. April 1 / 8:45 - 11:15 am / ABS

School Dance / Fri. April 1 / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS

Big Basket Raffle and Fun Night / Sat. April 2 / 6-8:30 / WCS

Kindergarten Registration / Tue.-Thur, April 5-7 / ABS

School Play / Fri. April 8 & Sat. April 9 / 7 pm / Sat. matinee 1 pm

Four Winds Training / Wed. April 13 / 8:15-10:45 am / WCS Dining Room

Horizon Reading Restaurant / Wed. April 13 / 6-7:45 pm / ABS

FAPAC Mtg. / Thu. April 14 / 8:15-10:15 am / WCS Dining Room

Synergy Family Showcase / Thur. April 14 / 6-7 pm

No School / April 18-22

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

Middle and High School Performance Training- Begins next week grades 6th-8th, Tuesdays, March 29- May 3, 4:30-5:30pm. $75. Grades 9th-12th, Mondays, Mar. 28- May 2, 4:30-5:30pm. $75. Register at-

Young Rembrandt Cartoon Drawing- Children enrolled in the Young Rembrandts Cartoon Class will learn the essential skills they need to illustrate exciting cartoon imagery that is filled with dynamic characters and expressive personalities. Grades K-2nd, Thursdays, Apr. 7- May 19, 2:45-3:45pm. $70. Grades 3rd-6th, Tuesdays, Apr. 5- May 17, 3:00-4:00pm. $70. Register at-

Summer Camp Registration- Camp registration is now open. Take a look at the Camp Guide and Camp Grid to plan a great summer for your children. Summer Camp Guide-

Summer Camp Grid and Camper Info/Health Form-

Spring/Summer Program Guide-

Click here for the Recreation & Parks website.
Click here for this months Rec. newsletter.
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