The School Bell
Williston Schools / November 11, 2022
In this issue...
Happy Veterans Day - Thank you to all Veterans
A Message from the Williston Schools Leadership Team
by Jacqueline Parks, Williston Central School Principal
“Since the start of the pandemic, teachers across the country have retired early or quit for other professions, exacerbating a long-standing substitute and teacher shortage. Now increased absences have pushed the situation to a breaking point: There simply aren’t enough substitutes.” The Atlantic Jan. 2022
“Ongoing substitute teacher shortages affect schools’ ability to function.”
DC Policy July 2022
“Substitute Teacher Shortage Causes More School Disruptions”
National Education Association October 2021
The headlines appearing in publications across the nation are painting an accurate picture of what our local schools, including Allen Brook and Williston Central, are facing on a daily basis. Despite ongoing creative recruitment efforts, we simply do not have a sufficient pool of substitute teachers and this is impacting the system in a variety of ways.
Problem-solving the daily dilemma of covering our classrooms takes a substantial amount of time for school leaders even with our amazing secretarial staff going through their standard coverage procedures first. Ultimately, decisions need to be made as to who we reassign to cover our classrooms. Unfortunately, this often means that our intervention teachers are covering classroom openings and their intervention services are put on hold. Beyond a disruption to intervention services, other teachers and support staff are filling in when they have time in their schedules, which ultimately means the work they were planning to do doesn’t get done or gets done well into the evening from home.
Our system is being stretched thin and the stress in our building is felt by everyone. We had hoped that this school year would have a more normal flow with the pandemic in the rear window. However, as many of us have experienced, a variety of illnesses have impacted our students, families, and staff since the start of the school year. Of course, we still want students and staff to stay home when they are sick to take care of their health and prevent the spread of illness. Additionally, Covid-19 is also still having an impact on our lives. Each time a staff member comes down with Covid, they are in quarantine for 5-days which increases our need for substitutes.
Mr. Marino shared about this issue at the latest FAPAC meeting in hopes to increase the awareness within our parent community. The school has also had recruitment tables at our School Open House events. In spotlighting this issue, our hope is that more parents, care-givers, and community members consider signing up to become a substitute. Though challenging work for sure, it can also be extremely rewarding and gratifying. Substitute teachers can sign-up for subbing ahead of time and/or the morning of. “Subs” can select the type of jobs they prefer and are never required to accept a position on any given day. Once you are on the list, the substitute is in full control of when they work and which jobs they accept.
Are you interested in signing up? If so, please call the CVSD office to set-up an appointment with Jessica Houriet - 802-985-1900.
Mark Your Calendar!
11/11 - Veterans Day / CVSD Strategic Survey deadline
11/16 - Picture Retakes, Morning @ ABS, Afternoon @ WCS / Explorers to Fire Station
11/21 - 11/25 - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK
12/08 - Families as Partners Meeting, WCS Community Room 8:30 - 10:30
Food Service Substitutes Needed
We are looking for a few people to help out in the kitchen preparing and serving meals for our CVSD students and adults. No experience needed, we will train. Flexible hours. Fast paced and fun. Please contact Scott Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested. We would really appreciate your help making sure our customers get the best food and service we can possibly provide.
Last March, the school district softly rolled out a new communication tool called Let's Talk. Let’s Talk makes it easy for parents, students, staff, and community members to ask questions, request information, and share feedback. Over the summer, we added topics for each of our schools. See this blog post to learn more and view a short video that explains how easy it is to use Let's Talk.
Join the #BigLibraryRead digital book club! Borrow the ebook or audiobook of A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger with no waitlists or holds November 2-16 on SORA
CVSD invites all community members to learn about and join in on the budget development process by attending upcoming School Board meetings. All members of the CVSD community are always welcome to attend Board meetings. See the topics and schedule in the image above and on the Budget page of the district's website. https://www.cvsdvt.org/budget
Links to join the virtual meetings will be available on that page and on the website calendar. We will also post the presentations on the Budget page afterward for those that cannot attend.
📷 Picture Retakes - November 16, 2022 📷
Four Winds Nature Institute
This year's theme is Cycles in Nature
September - Insect Life Cycles
October - Traveling Seeds
November - Birds on a Wing
January - Winter Ways
February - Galls Galore
March - Trees in Winter
April - Songbird Songs
May - Dandelions
Training Schedule 22-23
Trainings held at the WCS Community Room, 8:30 - 10:30
■ Wednesday, January 11th
■ Wednesday, February 8th
■ Wednesday, March 8th
■ Wednesday, April 12th
■ Wednesday, May 10th
Contact Four Winds
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact: email@example.com.
Families as Partners
- Connect to your child's school and enrich the experiences it offers all 1000+ PreK-8th grade students by joining the volunteers of the Williston Schools Families As Partners Organization!
- Be a part of this collaborative partnership whose focus is to enhance and support students, teachers and the community by providing materials, programs, field trips, guest artists, guest educators and innovative learning opportunities.
- Help elevate the potential for motivating, happy, healthy, and productive lifelong learners.
- For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrival and Dismissal
Allen Brook School day begins at 7:50 am
Williston Central School day begins at 8:00 am
- To ensure all students are accounted for, everyone arriving after these times will be marked tardy and must stop at the office for a late pass.
Be sure to read the arrival and dismissal procedures for your student(s) school [linked below] if you plan to drop off or pick up your child. We appreciate all you can do to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and smooth transition in and out of school!
Thank you for your continued cooperation during arrival and dismissal.
<<Attention ABS Families: Help us keep everyone safe by going to the designated areas for pickup and keep the sidewalks near the main entrance clear. This helps ensure adults can account for each and every pick-up that happens.>>
Wednesday: Early Dismissal!
ABS @1:35 - WCS @1:45
CVSD School Board
Information from your CVSD School Board here
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Thursday, November 17 is the Great American Smokeout!
For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.
Quitting smoking is a process. Check out 802Quits.org for tips, resources, and support available free to all Vermonters every day. The Tobacco Treatment Specialists working as Quit Partners in our area can be contacted through the UVM Medical Center's Community Health Improvement Office at 802-847-2278 or CHITTS@vtmednet.org.
The 802Quits Vermont Quit Partners offer:
Group cessation classes - a forum for peer support, encouragement, and goal setting.
Tools, such as distraction putty (to relieve stress and keep hands and minds busy) and pedometers (to track steps between cigarettes).
Free nicotine replacement therapy - including gum, patches, or lozenges
Did you know smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world?? According to the Vermont Department of Health, smoking costs the state approximately $348 million in medical expenses and results in about 1000 smoking-attributable deaths each year.
The health benefits of quitting smoking are significant. Check out this graphic showcasing these health benefits.
It’s Turkey Time Again! 🦃
October 20, 2022
It’s Turkey Time Again! The Williston Community Food Shelf is hoping to collect 150 turkeys for our
clients for Thanksgiving. We would appreciate it, if you would put this notice in your weekly
Bulletin/Newsletter, or post it on your bulletin boards, for the next few weeks.
The Williston Community Food Shelf will be hosting our annual “Turkey Drive” this year on Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 8:00-11:00 am at the Food Shelf, for the collection and distribution of turkeys. We are asking interested groups, and citizens, to drop off a turkey to the Food Shelf. The Williston Community Food Shelf is located at 400 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 130 (down behind the Williston Coffee Shop) in Williston. Alternately feel free to donate gift cards ($15 are best) from the local grocery stores, which we will give our clients to purchase their own turkeys. Gift cards can be
dropped off, or mailed to the Williston Community Food Shelf at P.O. Box 1605, Williston, VT 05495. Your kindness is appreciated.
With the recent increases in the costs of food and fuel, the number of clients seeking assistance at the Williston Community Food Shelf has risen rather dramatically in the last three months. We are expecting a large number of people to look to us to provide turkeys this year.
Please help us to reach our goal of having a turkey for each one of our less fortunate neighbors. If you have any questions, or need more information, please feel free call me. Thank you.
Ginger Morton, President
Williston Community Food Shelf
Swift House Fundraiser
Grazers is supporting the Williston Central School and the Swift House Team’s trip to NYC.
For every “Swift Smacker Deluxe” burger sold during the month of November, Grazers is donating $1.00 to help with our fundraising. Swift student Alissa Pavlov came up with the winning name and ingredients. Congratulations Alissa!!!
CVU Theater Presents: Amélie - November 11-13th
Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner.
Showtimes are Friday, November 11th at 7pm, Saturday, November 12th at 2pm and again at 7pm, and Sunday, November 13th at 2pm at the CVU theater. Purchase tickets ahead of time online at: https://www.ticketsource.us/cvutheater or at the door the day of the performance. Be sure to check the ticket site to see if the show is sold out. $10 General Admission; $8 Students/Children/Staff. All ages show.
Upcoming Youth Programs
Please Note: Children in 5th grade and up may use the library unattended, while those in grade 4 or younger must be supervised by a person over 16 years of age.
Hello from the Youth Department at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library! Please join us for a program soon! Visit www.damlvt.org or call us at 802-878-4918 for more information.
Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Join Danielle for stories, songs, and rhymes.
Preschool Music & Preschool Playtime
Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Sing and dance with Linda Bassick! Followed by preschool playtime from 11-11:30 a.m.
Storytime with Author Visit
Monday, November 14, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Meet Vermont author, Kayla Johnson, and enjoy picture books about sharing culture and a quick craft!
Kids Dungeons and Dragons
Tuesday, November, 15, and 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Suggested ages 8+. Join one of our teen volunteers for a kids’ D&D group.
After School STEAM Fun Activity
Wednesday, November 16, 2-3 p.m. Explore science and other STEAM subjects at the library!
Read to a Dog*
Thursday, November 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register for a 10-minute time slot to read to Lola the Therapy Dog!
Food for Thought
Thursday, November 17, 5-6 p.m. Ages 12+. Join our teen advisory group – you bring the thoughts, we bring the food!
Monday, November 21, 5-6:45 p.m. Suggested ages 5-10; older youth also welcome though! Practice lines from 5-6:15 p.m. Friends and family enjoy short skit at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments in the lobby. Produced by teen volunteers. Register your actors in advance!
Williston Recreation & Parks
Holiday Decorating Contest
Coming Soon! Watch for information on this year’s Holiday Decorating Contest in December. It has been a great event and we hope more families will enter. If you are a business and would like to donate a gift basket as a prize, please contact the Recreation Dept.
This is a parent/child program designed to teach the fundamentals of the game. Each week youngsters will be introduced to a new skill and fun activities that will enhance their learning. This program meets on Saturdays in January and February. Instructors: Rec. Staff. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29932
This program provides the opportunity for youngsters to learn the game, improve their skills, and enjoy playing. This program meets on Saturdays in January and February. The hour session will consist of a practice and scrimmage time. Parent volunteers are needed to coach teams. Sign up to coach when registering your child. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30239
There are separate boys’ and girls’ programs offered if numbers allow. The programs provide the opportunity for youngsters to play and improve their skills. The program meets twice a week for 1 hour each time- 1 practice and 1 game. Parent volunteers are needed to coach. Sign up to coach when registering your child. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30239
There is a league for boys’ if the numbers allow. The team meets twice a week for 1 hour each time- 1 practice and 1 game. The 7th-8th is part of the CVRA League, which plays other Rec. Depts. Parent volunteers are needed to coach. Sign up to coach when registering your child. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30239
Learn to Ski/Ride
Registration is now open for the Learn to Ski/Ride program. Be sure to register and pay before the early bird discount to save- December 18. There will also be two fitting dates for equipment. You must register your family for a fitting time. Info is on the registration page. Be sure to read through the Info Sheet on the program prior to the first day- Very Important Info. To Register- https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30204
Age 12+. The course provides the opportunity to earn the certification necessary to legally operate on Vermont’s Statewide Snowmobile Trails System. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29925
Ages 6-12. Join either of these programs for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You'll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your most powerful muscle - your brain. Instructors: Chess Wizards Staff
December 27-29 or February 27-March 3. https://willistonvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30102
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Resources to keep accessible:
- First Call - 488-7777: phone support, crisis intervention, assessment and referrals
- In Crisis: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (National Hopeline Network: USA)
- National Suicide Prevention Life line- 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call or chat online
- Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
- Outright Vermont - support for LGBTQ+ community
- UVM Breathe In Breath Out - How to deal with stress due to COVID-19
- Vermont 211 -Vermont database of resources and services
- Vermont Support Line (833) 888-2557) - peer support warmline open 247 - 365 for call or text
- COVID Counselors @ VT-211
- Teen Crisis Text Line - Crisis Text Line provides free emotional support and information to teens in any type of crisis, including feeling suicidal. You can text with a trained specialist 24 hours a day. Text “HOME” to 741741.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - Website where you can find information to help yourself or a friend who may be having thoughts of suicide.
- Trevor Lifeline - 1-866- 488-7386 - provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. It offers free, 24/7, confidential counseling. TrevorText—text START to 678-678; TrevorChat—instant messaging at TheTrevorProject.org/help. It also runs TrevorSpace, an affirming social networking site for LGBTQ youth at TrevorSpace.