Friday, October 19, 2012

October 18, 2012

Williston Wins

This FAPAC fundraising campaign has now brought in close to $16,000 for our schools.  This is only a 40% participation rate!  Monies from this campaign pay for all school field trips (except end of year optional Upper House field trips), teaching grants, as well as support other school programs.   Swift house has already gone on 3 field trips this year and more are planned. We have also received a grant for $628  This translates into approximately $30/student already spent by Swift House this year. Your child has already benefited from the Williston Wins campaign!  These last few weeks of the campaign are critical to the future success of this funding approach. If you have the means to contribute and have not done so I strongly urge you to mail in your Williston Wins check or donate on-line HERE. The suggested $40/student contribution is tax deductible.  If Williston Wins does not come close to its goal the alternative will be to revert back to our former practice of asking for several small checks during the year,  having our children sell wrapping paper or something similar to supplement the house activities, and cutting back on funding of grants, student services and other programs.

Ecology Field Trip

Swift 7th and 8th grades traveled to the Ethan Allen Homestead on Wednesday for hands-on lessons in ecology.  We tested the water quality of the wetland, looking at phosphate and nitrate levels, as well as dissolved oxygen, turbidity, water temperature and pH.  We learned about how this wetland, close to developed land in Burlington and Intervale Farms, is affected by its surroundings.
Students also removed large amounts of invasive plants from the property, particularly buckthorn, which ranged in size from small saplings to full sized trees.  These invasive species reduce the habitat for native plants due to the vigorous growth. For many more photos visit the Swift Photo site. The password is "flyforever".

Theater Festival and Set Building on Wednesday Afterschool and Evening

Our theater festival is set for Friday, November 9th at 6:30.  Reserved seating tickets will again be "sold" for a suggested donation of $5 per ticket.  Lisa Barland will be sending out these forms next week.

This Wednesday (10/24) and next Tuesday (10/30), we will be building and painting sets for the festival.  The one-act plays will create their sets with props, but A Midsummer Night's Dream will have two sets- a magical forest set and the traditional castle set.   This Wednesday, we need to move two "flats" to different poles, before we start painting, and we need to build a platform for the castle, and a "bower" for Titania.  We welcome any adults who would like to help! Feel free to drop by when you can, with or without your child.  The more adults, the more supervision we have for students, the more jobs we can complete!  We may also spend time the next two Saturday afternoons as well, from 1-5 pm.  We will update you next week!

Circus Smirkus Comes to WCS!

Friday Oct. 26th, 6:30 PM
WCS Auditorium

Please join us for an evening of fun and entertainment provided by 25 of our very own students. This performance is the culmination of a weeklong intensive workshop with one of Circus Smirkus’ very own professional circus coaches and promises to be a rip roaring good time for the whole family.  General admission tickets are $5 each. All proceeds benefit Williston students through FAP programs.

To order tickets please fill out the ticket form and drop it off in the ABS or WCS front office with your payment. Tickets will be delivered to your child’s house TA and sent home with your child. Checks should be written to Williston FAP.  For more information contact Liz Neeld (contact info on ticket form).

FAP Meeting Highlights

Please follow this link to read the FAP Meeting higlights from October 11th.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a national event designed to help kids make healthy choices.   The red ribbon is a symbol of living substance free.  Here are three ways to get involved next week at WCS:

1. Participate in Red Ribbon Theme Days:
  • Monday(Oct. 22th)- SLEEP OUT DRUGS – Wear PJ’s
  • Tuesday (Oct. 23th) - SHADE OUT DRUGS – Wear Sunglasses
  • Wednesday (Oct 24th) – Stay in the Game: Be Drug Free -Wear our school colors, blue + gold, or sports gear
  • Thursday (Oct 25th) – Drugs and I Don’t Match – Wear opposites
  • Friday (Oct 26th) – Red Ribbon Day – Wear Red!
Everyone that dresses up will get a ribbon that day during lunch.  At the end of the week, there will be prizes for anyone who has all five ribbons on their wrist.

2. Solve Fit Facts – Everyday, at lunch, there will be a “fit fact” question with raffled prizes from local businesses for all who participate.  Look on the school SAP webpage for facts to review at home for a better chance to win!

3. Sign the SADD Contract for Life – Please read this attached contract and sign it together! Have your child bring it in with their name and house clearly marked to be entered into a raffle for a prize from a local business.  All contracts will be returned to you after Red Ribbon Week.

Thanks so much for your participation in Red Ribbon Week and for your help in getting the word out –You are too S.M.A.R.T. to start!

Signed,  

Your WCS Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) Representatives

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