Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 18, 2017

FAP Craft Show: Volunteer and/or Shop!

Save the date: The FAP Craft Show takes place on Saturday, November 4th, from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at Williston Central School. There are over 100 crafters, artists and specialty food vendors participating. You'll find lots of amazing handicrafts, toys, artwork, jewelry, decorative items and yummy foods all made by talented crafters and artists.

Whether you want to shop or not, we need YOU! This is one of the biggest Families as Partners fundraisers, and the proceeds from the show help fund events, activities and grants that benefit all students in the Williston schools. Please share some of your time and volunteer for a shift to set up (Friday afternoon, Nov 3) or during the show on Saturday.

The sign-up link is here: http://signup.com/go/tEwkhqs (You will need to enter your email address to sign up for a shift but will not need to set up an account with Sign-up.com).”


Conference Schedule

Wondering about the conference schedule?  We completed goal setting conferences starting in August and ending just recently.   We will be setting up student-led conferences again in late Nov/December as the first trimester ends.  Your son or daughter will share his or her work in relation to PLP goals and we will review class-specific reports as well.


Polar Express

Saturday, December 9th from 3:30 - 8:00 pm 


Last Year's Polar Express



Swift House has a long tradition in helping with The Polar Express, which raises over $100,000 each year for the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation. Last year we brought 70 elves to the event!   We have a blast and we support a great cause.

We will meet at the downtown Burlington train station. Shirts and elf hats are provided if needed. Gary Howard, our beloved retired Swift Facilitator, will be the "Santa" on this day. Please note that we need all elves to stay through the entire shift.

Click here for further details and the sign-up form.  Check with your child to see if they have signed up already.  If duplicate sign-ups occur it's not a problem; we will delete duplicates before submitting our final elf count and t-shirt order.

Sign-up by October 30th to secure your spot.  Thank you!


NYC Field Trip Forms

We are excited to being planning for the Swift House trip to NYC.  This three night trip focuses on creating a personalized learning experience for all interested students in the Big City.

Detailed letters and permissions slips for the Swift NYC trip were stapled to your child's Greensheet this week.  Some important details include:
  • Trip open to all Swift 5th-8th graders
  • Trip dates: May 29th-June 1st, 2018
  • Project Commitment: Students complete a research project related to the city starting in February, 2018
  • Fundraising Commitment: Families- both students and parents- are asked to commit to at least three of our major fundraisers.  See details on Fun Night below.
Also note, this trip is optional.  Typically 20-30 students of all grades chose to stay in Williston and form the "Home Team."  We will have a special project-based unit of study with local field trips while others are away in NYC.

For detailed information please see the forms attached to Greensheets this week, or linked below:
Please e-mail your child's core teacher with any questions.


Fun Night- Friday, October 27th

Many more volunteers needed for our first field trip for the Swift NYC trip.

Our first Fun Night fundraiser is coming up soon – Friday, October 27th from 5 – 8:30 pm (students will be arriving at 5:30 and leaving at 8). We need lots of folks to help make this event successful – you can sign up to help with set up, clean up, bringing in supplies or by participating in running some of the activities. It’s a fun night (no pun intended). The kids really enjoy it ~ Please sign up to help out here:

Fun Night Sign Up

Thank you so very much!! You support and participation are truly appreciated. Please let me know Shelly Masson know if you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts.


Yearbook Purchase

The Williston Central School yearbook is on sale now through February break.  Click here to order them online at your convenience.


Theater Updates

Performance: Thursday, November 2nd @ 6 pm


Students should have brought in their "base" costume this week.  We are busy outfitting them with all of the needed accessories here at school.

No tickets are required for the night of the show.  Show up early for a great seat.  Bring cash or a check if you would like to donate to our theater supply fund on the way in the door.

Soldier (Jonas) and Will Scarlet (Candace) practice their swordfight



Science Update

In 5/6 science we've been studying the forces within the Earth that causes changes on the Earth's surface.  Students modeled the layers of the Earth with scale diagrams.  They also researched natural resources and the forces which cause them to form.

The Earth's Layers


In 7/8 science we've studied how scientists piece together the puzzle of the Earth's plates through a variety of evidences, such as fossils, rock strata, and glacial tracks.  We have focused on using specific pieces of evidence to support a claim.


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