2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Welcome to the William Allen School Family Connection website. 
We use this site to update families about news
 and events at our school.

December 2017

It was great to see so many families at parent conferences in November! It is not too late to schedule your conference if you were unable to attend last month. Your child’s teacher is anxious to share information about your child’s progress with you. To date, 84% of our families have had conferences with teachers. Four classrooms have hit the 100% mark!

During the month of November at William Allen, we were “thankful!” In addition to a successful food drive and Veterans Day Assembly we expressed thankfulness through writing and on our morning announcements. Classrooms created a school-wide quilt that will be unveiled and hung in our cafeteria soon! A special thank you to Clay Prewitt, Mrs. Prewitt’s husband, for donating the materials and putting the quilt together for this wonderful artifact we will have for many years! 

Our staff is working on strategies to increase competency in Mathematics this year. Each grade level has identified areas they are targeting to help students succeed and have committed to our school-wide goal. Mrs. Wiggins and Mrs. Crowe are going to a professional development workshop this month and will share what they have learned with staff. With the addition of more chrome books, students now have more access to technology applications such as” IX Math, FrontRowEd, and XTRAMATH.”

 Our students have been working with Miss Dodson and Mr. Bergeron to prepare for our upcoming Holiday Concerts. These are great traditions for our families and I hope to see you this month! I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. Be sure to take some time for your family, friends, and reading!

Lynn Allen, Principal                        

Band/Chorus News

The William Allen School annual Holiday Concert will be Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 pm in the Spaulding High School auditorium.  Students in grades 1 through 3 and chorus will be participating.  Participating students are asked to arrive at SHS by 6:10pm.  There will be a dress rehearsal at SHS the morning of the concert.  Students will be taking a bus to and from the dress rehearsal.  Students must have a signed permission slip to attend the dress rehearsal.

Elementary Band Holiday Concert is Wednesday, December 13, 7 PM at RMS Gym.  Students need to arrive at the RMS cafeteria by 6 pm. with their instrument, music stand and music. 

Concert attire is the following:  Beginner band students need to dress nicely and advanced band students need to be wearing a white top and a dark bottom.

Concert Dress Rehearsals: 

Advanced Band: Thursday, December 7, 4-5 PM at RMS

Beginning Band: Tuesday, December 12, 4-5 PM at RMS. 

These are mandatory rehearsals. 

Band Lessons Resume

Advanced Band: 1/5/17, 

Beginning Band: 1/10/17 both at RMS, 4-5 PM.


Mark Your Calendar

3th        Rochester Holiday Parade 3PM 

7th         Holiday Concert (Gr.1-3 and chorus) 6:30 PM @SHS 

12th      PTA Meeting 4:30 PM

13th     Band Concert 7PM @ RMS

25rd -1st       Holiday Break

November 2017


Happy November WAS Families,

Last month, our students and staff worked on strategies to become more “mindful.” For many, this helped them during their school day.  In some classes, being mindful was a quiet break after recess doing a calming activity, for others it was listening to music or having a gentle movement break. School-wide, we have practiced this during morning meeting and during our announcements.

Next month at William Allen, we are thankful! I hope you will join us to reflect on all we are thankful for every day. I am thankful for the many students, family members, and staff that help make our school a positive place to learn!

As we approach Veterans Day, I want to take time to recognize the contributions and sacrifices our Veterans have given and continue to give to our city, state, and country. Our students and staff look forward to honoring many Veterans this month at our assembly.

We are the William Allen Wildcats and we are mindful and thankful!

Lynn Allen, Principal

November Events at WAS 

9th Veteranys Assembly 9:15
20th Gr. 2 Thanksgiving Play 1:30


Dear Families,
This month, I want to acknowledge the passing of a beloved educator who served our Rochester School Community.
Chris Foley former principal of William Allen School (2010-2013) and assistant principal of Rochester Middle School (2007-2010) passed away last weekend after a battle with cancer.
Last week, our staff along with the district held a benefit “Jeans Day” to benefit Mr. Foley’s family.

Next Friday, October 6th the district is planning a recognition of his service with “Chris Foley Day” prior to the football game at Spaulding High School. Mr. Foley touched the lives of many students, families, and staff and leaves us with many great memories at William Allen and in the district.

Principal, Lynn Allen

The School Store fundraiser went home this week. Last year over $4,000 was donated to classroom teachers through this program. Fundraisers help to support our events and activities throughout the year, including field trips, Snowflake Social, and BINGO night! Thank you for helping to support our PTA, school, and most importantly our STUDENTS! 


Dear Families,

We are off to a great start at William Allen School!

A new year is a great time to speak to you all about our “Challenge Five” initiative in the Rochester School District. A research brief by “Attendance Works” noted, “A key ingredient for ensuring success in school is helping children — at the beginning of their academic careers — get into the habit of attending school every day.”

Following a pilot program last spring, Mr. Repucci, our assistant superintendent is leading “Challenge Five” encouraging all students to keep absences to 5 or less during the school year.

School Board Policy recognizes two kinds of absence: excused absence, and truancy.  Excused absences are absences because of illness, death in the student’s immediate family, or other approved reasons that have been verified with a written note from a physician or other qualified health professional.

We will be rolling out the initiative to WAS students and putting some incentives in place to acknowledge students that are coming to school regularly and getting to school on time. I hope you agree, coming to school every day, on time, will help encourage our children to be responsible adults with bright futures!

Lynn Allen


Please join us for our Fall Family Literacy Night! 
Thursday, September 28th from 5:00-6:30pm! 

Kindergarten Day! 

Please join us for a special day that is all about our newest and youngest members of the WAS community. You and your child will participate in activities, take a tour of our school, get answers to all of your questions and have time to meet your teacher and classmates. This will be an exciting morning and will wrap up with a hot dog lunch provided by our PTA!  

Date: Thursday August 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Where: WAS 

Meet and  Greet!
For students entering grades 1-5. Meet your new teacher and catch up with classmates! 
Date: Tuesday August, 29th 2017 
Time: 3:00 pm
Where: WAS 

                                                            Opening Day!

The first day of school will be August 30th. Doors open and breakfast starts at 8:00 am. Breakfast is free to all Rochester students!