Important Dates

*Friday, January 11th: WCS Fundraiser~ Marko the Magician
*Friday, March 8th @ 6:15 pm: Swift Sponsors WCS Dance
*May 30-31: WCS 8th Grade Celebration Trip
*June 3rd-7th: Swift Trip to Washington DC

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Feb 19, 2016

Marco the Magician and School Dance

Our third and final NYC fundraiser- hosting Marko the Magician- takes place on Friday, March 18th. We are looking for volunteers and food donations for this evening as well. Click here to see the volunteer sign-up sheet and thank you for your help!

Thank you so much to all of you have signed up to chaperone the dance!  We still need food and drink donations.  Please sign up here.

Theme Week

WCS students participated in an excellent variety of workshops this week, focused on community building themes.  The week will culminate with a parade for students to share music and floats, an assembly for sharing new skills learned and the cupcakes students baked, and finally with the Student-Faculty Basketball game at the end of the game.  The game will be live-streaming on the RETN site here if you wish to tune in anytime between 1:15 and 2:45 tomorrow.  After the game the recording will be available to watch here.

Student Work

Just a small sampling of recent student work...

Where I am From- Claire G

The Cell as a School- Griffin, Brendan, Tanner

The Cell as a School - Leslie, Grace and Shane

Spark Session 5

SPARK 1 Thursday After School Enrichment - Session 5           
We are excited to offer your child an opportunity to participate in the Spark 1 Thursday After School Enrichment, an after-school applied learning program for students in grades 5-8. Sessions  will run for 5 weeks from 3:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m. with our 5th session being offered on March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. House TA’s will inform students of their workshop and where they will meet the week workshops begin. If for some reason a student does not get a workshop parents will be informed. This sessions offerings are:

Games - Join Megan LaForce in her 8th grade challenge where you will learn to play board games that are found all around the world! Play super fun games like Chess, Chinese checkers, and Backgammon with your friends . Wrap up this session by building your own favorite board game.
This session will be held in the Enrichment room.

Machine Sewing - Mrs. Goulette & Mrs. Lalancette will be teaching you how to  "up-cycle" clothing from thrift stores, use a sewing machine to create new clothing all your own style, and participate in a mini fashion show on the last day!

Computer Coding - Mr. Silber will open the door to  block coding (used for creating online games and activities) and apply those lessons at and Scratch.

Cooking - Join Mrs. Dattilio, baker extraordinaire, in the FACS room and learn some new tips and tricks for baking delicious treats. Something new every week!

Studio Art - In this session Ms. Baker will be helping you create a piece of artwork in a medium that best suits your artistic passion and needs. Ms. Baker will provide you with the materials and guidance you need to create a work of art!

Fun Fitness and Creative Construction - Join Ms. Peterson and Ms. Ward for Fun Fitness and Creative Construction. The first half of the session will involve fast paced games, fitness challenges, and running for fun. The activities are intended to sneak in some exercise so your heart is racing and your adrenaline is pumping. The second forty minutes will be dedicated to building small structures which will serve as trophies for the Williston Invitational Cross Country Running Meet in Autumn 2016! The creative juices you get flowing from running around will be used to construct something lasting and special for our Williston Central School community. Come join the fun with Ms. Peterson and Ms. Ward in Sterling House as you get your move on and leave a lasting creation for WCS! All Fitness Levels Welcome!!
Jigsaw Puzzles - 100? 500? 1,000?What size jigsaw puzzles can YOU put together? Do you enjoy having a calm and relaxing time? Do you have the patience and focus needed to put together large puzzles? Then this group is for you! Join Mrs. T-H in her room at WCS with her favorite hobby and let's put some puzzles together!

Jewelry Jazz - Design and create original jewelry with Ms. Demasin the Champlain Art Room using sculpy polymer clay, glass beads, leather cord, wire, and shrink film. Projects will include stretchy elastic beaded bracelets, memory wire beaded bracelets, and beaded stitched leather cord bracelets, beaded earrings, and shrink film jewelry.

Science and Crafts: A combination of science topics and arts and crafts with Laurie Graham in Sterling House! We will build, create and use our skill of observation to explore different science topics each week. You will bring home your new or renewed science knowledge and you may even bring home a craft to put your knowledge on display!

These small group classes will be facilitated by school faculty and staff.  The after-school bus will provide transportation home for our students. Click here to register your child in Session 5.  In order to take full advantage of this learning opportunity, students will need to make a commitment to attend all five Thursdays. The dates of the  session are: March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. Students will be placed on a first come first serve basis. If your child is unable to attend a class please contact Julie Rogers at

FAPAC February 2016 Meeting Highlights

To: Swift House Parents
From:  Sarah Forbes, FAPAC Representative
Save the dates and sign up to help make these Swift fundraisers a success!
Friday, March 4th - Swift sponsored dance. Please donate goodies and volunteer to chaperone or help sell treats the night of the dance. 
Friday, March 18th - Marko the Magician & Hypnotist. Our biggest fundraiser of the year! Student and adult volunteers are needed. 
Swift needs a FAP rep or two for next year. Are you interested?  Help now with a few tasks for Marko &/or the dance to see if it’s a fit. Swift is the BEST house to rep for because the few fundraisers we do are already highly organized and our teachers are supportive.  Contact me at Thanks!
The FAP Advisory Council held its monthly meeting on February 11th.  FAP is Williston's equivalent of a parent-teacher organization.  We meet each month, our meetings our open to all, and you will receive an email like this every month with highlights of the meeting and a link to the FAP website for the full minutes.  Check the full minutes in a PDF format by clicking HERE.  Below are a few meeting highlights: 

Administration Report:  Greg Marino, District Principal, spoke about the focus on school safety.  The administration is working on a relocation drill for both schools.  There are many reasons for a relocation drill where you need to empty a building quickly and then move the children to a safe location.  The dates of the drills will not be publicized prior to the drills.  On the day of the drills, there will be clear communication through Connect5 and local media to inform parents and the community that there is a drill going on, rather than a real emergency.  After every drill there is now a procedure to solicit feedback about how the drill was handled.  Please contact Greg Marino with any questions or concerns:
The school is being used on Town Meeting Voting Day.  On voting day, the Bell Tower entrance will be the voting entrance.  This will be manned by a voting official.  There will be a clear path from there to the gymnasium so that people are not going down the hallways.  The front door will be a handicap entrance.  The school is going to try and clear the side parking lot and leave it open as best as possible for public parking.

Upcoming Big Basket Raffle
Planning is well underway for this year’s Big Basket Raffle fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd!  Baskets will be in classrooms right after break.  Classroom theme information is being sent out tofamilies.  There are opportunities to help before the event, during the event, and to donate a food item.  Some opportunities are “One and Done” type of needs, with just an hour or two of commitment and no prep work.  Please follow this LINK to Big Basket Raffle volunteer sign-up to help with this event.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 10th at 8:15 am at Williston Central School.  We hope you can attend!!!
Please contact me at if you have feedback or questions about FAP.  Thanks!

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