Saturday, September 15, 2012

September 14th, 2012

Picture Day
Picture day is this Tuesday, September 18th.  If you wish to order pictures, please send in the order forms with your son or daughter on Monday morning.  Thank you!


Week in Review
This week was the first week with all of our academic classes.   You will notice that for the first trimester, students will alternate social studies and science, so they have been assigned to a "Blue" class and a "Gold" class.  By the end of the week, most students had a handle on this.  Every third social studies class is a "Current Events" class.  Students in grades 5/6 are with Mrs. Donnelly using the Jr. Scholastic Magazine, while students in 7/8 are with Ms. Longchamp using Upfront Magazine


Kiva Performances
Twice a week, we have our team "Kiva" meeting.  Each meeting starts with a student performance.  This week Isaac Goldman and Baker Angstman performed for us.  This new feature to our team meetings is a delight.  Students have already signed up for the next two weeks.  We want to celebrate all levels of genres of performance!



Spelling Bee Team Selected
Thursday, interested students took the annual spelling be qualifying test.  We are pleased that many Swift House students tried out and we are proud of all of them.  Some were so close to making it, and we hope that they will try again next year.  Congratulations to Baker Angstman and Camille Menard for making it on the 5/6 team, and Ananth Malladi and Julia Neeld for making it on the 7/8 team! 

Grades 5/6 Team:

Grayson Moore
Baker Angstman
Camille Menard
Kieran Tharp
Naomi Diamond
Allie Zouck

Grades 7/8 Team:
Ananth Malladi
Sara Martin
Sam Gelin
Julia Neeld
Natalie Durieux

Stephen Mount Memorial Run
Help us honor Stephen Mount by participating the Memorial 5k next Saturday at 4:00 pm.  Preregistration is appreciated using the forms found here.



Mrs. Donnelly's Special Day!
Wednesday was Mrs. Donnelly's 50th birthday.  We decorated her room for the milestone birthday!  


Washington, DC Trip

Please send in your DC permission-intent form, if your child and you intend to go on the fabulous trip.  Currently, we have approximately 45 students and parents who have sent in forms.  If you are unable to send in deposits at this time, but you know your child (and possibly a chaperone) are intending to go, please send in the form so we don't open up the slots to students on other teams.  A few parents have already done this.  If you have any questions, please email Julie Longchamp at jlongchamp@cssu.org.

Exploravision Competition- Fridays afterschool

Exploravision is a science/technology competition, sponsored by the National Science Teacher's Foundation and Toshiba, for students in grades k-12.  For several years Ms. Longchamp has been advising teams in Swift who have submitted entries into the competition.  The competition requires students to research and understand a current technology and its history, and then design the technology twenty years into the future.  Karen Cutler is supporting this competition as a parent volunteer/mentor.  Students who wish to participate in the competition should contact Ms. Longchamp.  Students work in teams of 2-4 students in grade levels 4-6, and 7-9, so for our team the 5/6th graders and 7/8 graders are on separate teams.  More information on this competition can be found at www.exploravision.org.  The entry deadline this year is the last Thursday in January. 

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