Four Winds

Welcome to Four Winds! Our theme for the 2020-21 school year is Structure and Function!

All of this year's materials will be delivered virtually. Unfortunately, there will be no parent volunteers in the classrooms. But we'd still love to hear from you!

You can upload photos from your lessons here!

You can find all of the virtual materials under Helpful Links.

What is Four Winds?

Four Winds is a parent-led program designed to give young students an opportunity to study nature both in and around the school. Children learn basic science concepts and practice science skills such as asking questions, making observations, and communicating information. Using prepared materials and an entertaining puppet show, parents will present information about a topic and guide the children through one or two hands-on activities.

What are the topics being covered this year?

This year's theme is Structure and Function.

Topics include:

-Spiders (Sept.)

-Predators and Prey (Nov.)

-Skull Sleuthing (Jan.)

-Birds of a Feather (Feb.)

-Calling all Owls (March)

-Daunting Defenses (April)

-The Buzz on Bees (May)

What is the parent commitment?

Parents organize and lead one program each month, lasting 45-60 minutes in Kindergarten and 60-90 minutes for 1st through 4th grade classrooms. Volunteers attend the monthly training sessions held from 8:30-10:30am on the second Wednesday of each month–the first training is on Wednesday, September 9th. There is a Four Winds blog where written materials are posted that parents can use to prepare, and a recording of the training for review. Teachers appreciate the time volunteers spend carefully preparing for and leading the programs.

How can I get involved?

Let your child’s teacher or the Four Winds coordinators know that you are interested in helping. You will be added to a list of volunteers for your child’s class and contacted in the late summer with more information. Feel free to contact the coordinator with any questions.

Williston Schools Four Winds Coordinators:

Deb Rosenfeld & Amanda Carr -

***If you are interested in helping with the Four Winds Nature program but can’t help in the classroom, we also need help preparing the materials for the units, like puppets and other supplies parents use to teach the units.***