Williston Schools /October 4, 2017

A Message from the Administration

The First Month at Allen Brook

by John Terko - Principal

We are off to a great start to the school year here at Allen Brook School. Teachers are finishing up assessments as well as completing the first six weeks of school with Responsive Classroom.

Responsive Classroom is built around six central components that provide a social curriculum around our academic curriculum. The six components are as follows:

  1. Classroom organization that provides active interest areas for students
  2. Morning meeting format that provides children daily opportunities to practice greetings, conversation and sharing.
  3. Rules and Consequences- review our PBIS rules over the 6 week period.
  4. Academic choice so students take control of their own learning.
  5. Guided discovery of learning materials, areas of the room and curriculum content.
  6. Assessment and reporting to parents through parent conferences and weekly notification.

All six are taught over the first six weeks and beyond to build a strong social and academic curriculum for all students to become successful learners.

In an effort to promote student socialization among the teams, we changed our lunch/recess format for this school year. We separated the grades out of each team so that all first graders have lunch and recess together, while all second graders eat and enjoy recess together. So far this has been running smoothly. This helps to create a whole school approach as we intermingle between the teams.

We will be celebrating our Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 26 from 11:15 to 1 pm. We could really use parent volunteers to help serve with your child’s grade. Weather permitting we will be in the courtyard.

Reminder: School starts at ABS at 8:00am. If you arrive after 8:10 then your child is considered “tardy”. We send out letters to parents when your child has been tardy or absent a certain number of days. Every time your child is late they are missing important activities in the classroom.

Please make every effort to have your child at ABS by 8:00am.

Fall Fest & Community Breakfast

Please join us at WCS on Oct. 7th from 8:30-10:30am!

Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, & juice for breakfast!

Music! Touch-A-Truck! Crafts!

Adults $8 / Seniors $6

Students $5

Under 4 FREE

Families as Partners

September meeting minutes and upcoming news and events


The FAP Craft Show is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th. We are seeking a few more folks to serve on the Craft Show Committee to assist with customer event promotion and volunteer coordination. Help us to continue to grow this event! This is the 26th year of the Craft Show! Please contact Karen Olson and Paula LeBlanc at to be part of this successful school fundraiser.

Digital Citizenship presentation

Join Bonnie Birdsall and FAP for a Digital Citizenship presentation on Tuesday, October 10th from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Williston Central School Dining Room.

From Common Sense Education: "From cyberbullying and photo sharing to digital footprints and online safety, the Connecting Families program helps parents address important topics and have meaningful conversations with their kids about making great choices in their digital lives."

Join Bonnie Birdsall, Williston's Digital Learning Leader, for an interactive discussion using materials from Common Sense Education's Connecting Families program. You'll get a glimpse into what we're doing in our schools to help our students be safe, kind, and responsible online and what families can do at home to support that.

~ Bonnie Birdsall has been an educator in the Williston Schools for more than 20 years, as a first/second grade teacher and for the past 9 years as the Digital Learning Leader. She has helped our schools become Digital Citizenship Certified from Common Sense Education and works with teachers and students to promote positive online choices.

Grade 2 Continental Mathematics League 2017-2018

Registration deadline for grade 2 is October 20th

Continental Math 2nd Grade Online Registration 2017-2018

Grade 2 Meet dates: Jan 18, Feb 15, and March 15

The Enrichment Program administers the Continental Mathematics League (CML) for motivated students seeking an additional math challenge. Interested students in Grades 2-8 participate in the Euclidean Division, which means “students participating require average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning capabilities. Their computational skill should be appropriate to their grade level.”

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Updates/Changes to Students' After School Plans

Please be sure to inform the office, teachers, (and Part 2, if applicable) whenever there is a change to your child's schedule.

Developmental Screening for Children ages 3-5 years

Do you have concerns about your child’s development? Allen Brook School is offering a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 years. A screening can be used to determine if children are learning basic skills and meeting developmental milestones. Early childhood professionals will engage in activities which will allow them to observe the way your child plays, learns, speaks, and moves their body. 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 in order to get necessary supports in place.

Friday, October 27th from 9:00 - 11:00. Pre-registration is required.

Please call Victoria Francis, Early Childhood Outreach Educator,

at 871-6240 to schedule an appointment.

(* If you have concerns about a younger child and would like to request a screening, please call us.)

Free & Reduced Meal Application

Please click here for information on how to apply for free/reduced school meals (application also included).

Tuesday Early Dismissal Times

Every Tuesday Williston School District students will be dismissed early.
Dismissal at Allen Brook School will be at 1:35.
Dismissal at Williston Central School will be at 1:55.

The schedule for Preschool on Tuesdays will be altered. Morning classes will be from 8:00 to 10:15, and afternoon classes will be from 11:15 to 1:30.
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Job Openings in Williston Schools

Employment Application

Custodian Sub

Williston Central School and Allen Brook School have a need for custodian subs during the evening shift (2:30-11pm) and day shift (6:30am-3 pm). Please submit an application, available from either school office (Allen Brook School or Williston Central School) to Lyall Smith, 195 Central School Drive, Williston, VT 05495.

Bus Aide

Allen Brook School is seeking an energetic paraprofessional to ride the bus with students in the Early Ed. program (M, W, & Th 10:45 - 11:45 and Tues. 10:15 - 11:15).

If interested please email

Lunch/Recess Aide at ABS

We are looking for candidates to work as part of a team, provide positive reinforcement and redirection, and follow established protocols to keep children safe. Monday through Friday from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM for students in grades K-2.

Interested candidates should submit an application or contact Cindy Pavlik,, 871-6203.


Williston Schools are seeking energetic paraprofessionals to join our Special Education team. We are looking for skilled, caring individuals to provide support for individual and small groups of students in academic areas, personal development/behavior, and social cognition. Candidates will be an advocate of inclusive education, problem-solver and strong collaborator, and a positive team member. Ability to promote child growth and foster independence and a willingness to learn are essential. Please note that lifting may be a requirement of this job. If interested please email

Food Service Subs

Join our Food Service Team.

Flexible hours, Training provided, Fun and Friendly atmosphere.

Pick up an application at WCS or ABS

Contact Scott Wagner (871-6198 / if you have any questions.

School Handbook

The school handbook has been updated for 2017-18.

More Links, More information

Upcoming Events

Fri. Oct. 6 / School Dance (gr. 6-8) / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS

Sat. Oct 7 / Fall Festival / 8:30-10:30 am / WCS

Tues. Oct. 10 / Digital Citizenship Presentation / 6-7:30 pm / WCS Dining Room

Wed. Oct. 11 / Four Winds Training / 8:30-10:30 am / ABS Cafeteria

Thurs. Oct. 12 / FAPAC Mtg. / 8:15 -10 am / WCS Dining Room

Mon. Oct. 16 / Beginner Band Demo / 11 am -11:40 am / WCS Auditorium

Tues. Oct. 17 / CVSD Board Mtg. / 6-8 pm / CVUHS rm. 160

Wed. Oct. 18 / Equinox Open house/breakfast / 7-8 am

Fri. Oct. 20 / NO SCHOOL

Fri. Oct. 27 / Developmental Preschool Screening / 9-11 am / ABS

Wed. Nov. 1 / Intergen Reading Program / noon -1:30 pm / DAML Library

Fri. Nov. 3 / School Dance (gr. 6-8) / 6:30-8:30 pm / WCS

Sat. Nov. 4 / Craft Fair / 9 am - 4 pm / WCS

Wed. Nov. 8 / Four Winds Training / 8:30-10:30 am / ABS Cafeteria

Wed. Nov. 8 / CY Mentoring Kick Off Dinner / 6:30-8 pm /

Thurs. Nov. 9 / FAPAC Meeting / 8:15- 10 am / WCS Dining Room

Mon. Nov. 27 - Fri. Dec. 1 / Book Fair / WCS

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