Monday, December 11, 2017

December 8, 2017

POLAR EXPRESS

We had another fantastic evening as elves at the Polar Express!  The Swift elves shared their positive energy and good cheer with hundreds of passengers Saturday evening.  We are so proud of their commitment to excellent event in support of the Vermont Children's Trust.  Bravo!  See more photos at our Shutterfly site (password: flyforever).  










PS We've raised $420 through out Swift Elf fund as well!  It looks like the site is still live. If you know of anyone who might want to contribute, send it their way!


CULTURAL STUDIES

For the two weeks leading up to winter vacation, Swift will take part in a cultural research project during our literacy block.  Students will consider cultural differences and the components of culture which make each one unique.  This exploration will culminate with students creating an artifact and food from one country of their choosing.  We'll encourage students to explore a culture that has meaning to them or their family directly; have a discussion at home about their interests and options!

Our Cultural Celebration will take place on December 22nd during the school day with food and artifacts.  We will ask students to plan their food contribution well ahead of time to avoid last minute shopping!  We thank you in advance for your support on this project and will happily help students prepare food here at school if needed. 

GUYS & DOLLS INFORMATION MEETING

From School Bell: On Monday, December 11 at 5:30pm come find out about the spring musical “Guys and Dolls”. The meeting will take place in the auditorium and will answer your questions on auditions, stage crew, stage managers and the show in general. Students in grades 6-8 can audition for the play. Students in grades 5-8 can be part of stage crew. The stage crew builds and paints the sets and helps run the show during production week. There will be a workshop for the auditions on Tuesday, December 12th at 2pm. Come learn the music, dance and practice the readings to prepare for the auditions in January after the break. Auditions will take place January 4-9. Rehearsals will start January 11th. “Guys and Dolls” will run April 6-7, 2018!

JUMPROPE 

On Friday Jumprope-- our school-wide reporting system-- sent home a link to Trimester 1 reports for your son or daughter. If you did not receive this e-mail please contact your child's core teacher and/or check your spam folder. The Trimester 1 report includes feedback for all Swift, Essential Arts, Music and World Language classes.​​ For more detailed information, please login to the JumpRope portal. https://nyc.jumpro.pe/login/ The login is the same for students and parents within a family, using the student’s school email address (@cvsdvt.org) and a 5-digit password that was shared a few weeks ago.


CONFERENCES

We are off to a great start with Trimester 1 conferences. If you have not already done so, please schedule a conference with your child's core teacher here. Ask your son or daughter to share his or her PLP site with you before the conference. They can access their site from any internet connected device by logging into their school e-mail.


5th GRADE PASSPORT

Have you heard of the 5th Grade Passport?  All 5th graders are eligible for 3 free passes to each of the major alpine and nordic resorts in the state of Vermont, for a total of 88 possible days of free skiing.  Passport holders need to be accompanied by a ticket or pass holding adult and each adult may bring up to two Passport holders.   For more information or to register your 5th graders, see the website here: https://skivermont.com/fifth-grade-passport


SCIENCE UPDATE

Seventh and eighth graders have been researching how the molecular structure affects the properties of substances.  They have created models of molecules with atoms represented by gummy bears and extended crystal structures with clay and 3-d drawing apps!  We're now looking at how the bonds between atoms are broken and rearranged during chemical reactions.

Simple molecules

Propane and more

The extended molecular structure of calcium floride

Some chemical reactions produce gas

Others create new participates
Stay tuned for our 5/6 weather forecasting videos...


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Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017

Introducing Max!

We are so excited to announce that Max was born on November 16th at 2:39 pm.  Mother and baby are doing well!



Introducing Ms. Cooper

My name is Katherine Cooper, and I am very excited to be filling in on Swift house while Ms. Laberge is on maternity leave. I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching at UVM in 2016, and was lucky to complete my student teaching with Voyager House. Last year, I returned to Williston Central in a one-year position on Full House teaching seventh- and eighth-grade science. I have endorsements in middle level science, social studies, english language arts, and math, and am happy to be able to teach a variety of subjects this year. I live in South Burlington with my husband and son and we enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons - hiking, biking, canoeing, and skiing. I love to travel and visit with friends in far-away places. This summer a highlight was a trip to see a friend in the Sand Hills of Nebraska - just in time for the solar eclipse. I look forward to getting to know the students and families that make Swift House such a great place to teach.



Trimester 1 Conferences

We will begin Trimester 1 conferences after Thanksgiving. During this time your child will share his or her progress on the personal goals he/she has made this first trimester and discuss important next steps in their learning. 

Please sign up for a conference with your child's core teacher via the calendars linked below.

Trimester 1 Conference Sign-Ups


 FAP Annual Fund

If you have not already contributed to the FAP fund, please consider doing so today.  These funds pay for our campout, Flynn trips, Sand Bar Picnic, the Intergenerational Reading program and so much more.  We have raised only 25% of the $4,000 anticipated to cover 92 students.  Click here to donate.
Swift House has raised $1,000 of the $4,000 FAP Goal

The Williston Families as Partners (FAP) is dedicated to ensuring that the children of Williston receive the best education possible. Strong schools and strong families combine to create a vibrant Williston community and help our children reach their full potential.

For a suggested donation amount of:
$30 per student in grades EEE-4 and/or
$45 per student in grades 5-8 ​

Your contribution to the Williston Schools Annual Fund will ensure the continuation of important FAP programs that directly support and enhance the education of all of our children:

  • equitable funding of field trips that extend the learning beyond the classroom; 
  • educational grants for classrooms to provide enhanced developmental opportunities for all students; 
  • new technology for classroom use; 
  • student services in the form of clothing, equipment and scholarships to camps for those most in need; 
  • speakers and workshops for parents; 
  • an inter-generational reading program; 
  • and teacher appreciation events

Polar Express Updates

We are officially cut off-- the Vermont Children's Trust ask they we limit ourselves to the elves we have already signed up.  If you and/or your child have signed up, please review the following details:


 Flashlight Drive for Puerto Rico at WCS 

Ever since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, over 80% of public schools in Puerto Rico have been closed, and still are! Tanner Wolpert and Asa Roberts are working with former Swift student Storm Rushford and his family to send flashlights to help these schools. Our goal is to send more than 450 flashlights by Friday, November 17th. These flashlights will help a school without power by bringing enough light for students to read and write as soon as they can. The types of flashlights we are looking for are relatively cheap and light, and suitable for moving around the school. Please drop off your flashlight donations in the box outside of the front office at WCS.

Williston Ski and Snowboard Program

Please see this week's School Bell for detailed information about this fantastic program!

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is opening up on Monday after Thanksgiving break.  Swift House students will attend as core groups on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 27th: Ms. Donnelly and Ms. Skapof's cores
  • Thursday, December 1st: Mr Hunt and Ms. Laberge's cores

The book sale is also open after school for families.  Please see the School Bell for further information.


New Related Arts Rotations

New Essential Arts rotations start Monday after Thanksgiving break.  Students starting gym do not need gym clothes the first day!


Theater Photos, continued

Behind the scenes, preparing for the show (which of course means many new beards and mustaches!).  











Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12, 2017

Marko the Magician- Save the Date 

Friday, February 9
6:30 PM 

Marko the Magician second fund raiser for NYC. We will need 25 separate snack donations and 15 beverage donations, along with ticket and concession sales associates.  We will send out a sign-up form when the date gets closer.

Flashlight Drive for Puerto Rico at WCS 

 Ever since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, over 80% of public schools in Puerto Rico have been closed, and still are! Tanner Wolpert and Asa Roberts are working with former Swift student Storm Rushford's and his family, to send flashlights to help these schools. Our goal is to send more than 450 flashlights by Friday, Nrvembeo 17th. These flashlights will help a school without power by bringing enough light for students to read and write as soon as they can. The types of flashlights we are looking for are relatively cheap and light, and suitable for moving around the school. Please drop off your flashlight donations in the box outside of the front office at WCS!

Swift Theater Production

Thank you for your support on another great year of theater!  We are so appreciative of:
  • Patrick Clow who helped direct both The Tempest and Robin Hood
  • Kim Jennings who put together and organized costumes for both shows as well
  • The many families who helped us with the most thorough strike and clean up ever
  • Swift students for pulling all of the many moving pieces together to put on the show!























For many more photos, or to save copies of photos yourself, please see our Google Folder.

Joseph

Congratulations to Vanessa and Amelia Worth, and Maeve Serinese for their wonderful performance in the CVU production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!  The participated as part of the "Children's Chorus."





Social Studies Update

7/8 grade Social Studies students have been busy exploring the 5 themes of geography: location, place, region, human/environmental interaction, and movement. Students worked in groups to create slideshow presentations about man-made environmental issues last week. They researched what is causing the issue, where it is happening, and what we can do to help. Please take a look at some of our presentations!



 5/6 have been learning about the fine nuances of map making. We've been studying how to use a scale, compass rose, and a legend with symbols. The students recent finished their draft of mapping out Williston Central School from a bird's eye view. ​





Winter Clothing Drive Refugee Outreach Club (R.O.C.) is teaming up with Williston Central School to host a winter clothing drive from November 1 through November 12. Please bring in new or gently used winter coats, hats, mittens, boots, and any other warm clothing to the main lobby at CVU or to the lobbies at any of the local elementary schools in the CSSU district. All donations will be going to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and other organizations with a mission to provide for local New American communities in Vermont. Thank you for all of your support.