August 23, 2016

Hinesburg school to host Special Olympics Young Athletes program

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for children with and without disabilities ages 2 through 7 years old. Beginning Sept. 10, the Hinesburg Community School will host an 8-week Young Athletes program on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. Young Athletes is available to families at no cost. [Read more…]

Williston early childhood professional localizes statewide problem

Observer contributed photo Rachel Warden (third from the left) poses with her young family. Her experiences with child care have informed her opinions on child care in the state.

Observer contributed photo
Rachel Warden (third from the left) poses with her young family. Her experiences with child care have informed her opinions on child care in the state.

By Nicole Haley

Special to the Observer

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‘Early dismissal’ options abound

Students leaving Allen Brook School on Friday prepare to get on buses lined up along a new sidewalk and extended bus driveway. The renovations were prompted by safety concerns raised by the Williston Development Review Board last fall.

Students leaving Allen Brook School on Friday prepare to get on buses lined up along a new sidewalk and extended bus driveway. The renovations were prompted by safety concerns raised by the Williston Development Review Board last fall.

Williston children will have no loss of opportunities to fill the one-hour gap created as schools release students an hour earlier on Tuesdays this fall. Communication by the school district with nearby private organizations and fitness clubs, and the interest of local businesses, has helped to fill the gap in childcare for parents. Starting Sept. 6 through May 23, 2017, Williston schools will be getting out early for staff and teacher training, with buses bringing kids home one hour earlier than usual. Allen Brook School dismissal on Tuesdays will be at 1:35/1:40 p.m., while Williston Central dismissal will be at 1:55 p.m. School busing will follow suit, and sports team activity is moving away from Tuesdays, with practices and events moving to Fridays. Late buses will run at 3:30 p.m. from WCS. [Read more…]