Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21st, 2012

Rube Goldberg Projects

Between the 30 or so groups each working on a Rube Goldberg machine there must have been at least 1000 trials on their Rube Goldberg machines!  The goal of each machine was to pop a balloon with as many steps as possible.  Students also wrote about the physics involved in each step and illustrated these machines as well.  Many students were successful in popping the balloons.  After so many trials, those who succeeded were very excited!  If nothing else, we have truly learned the meaning of the work "perseverance."  Below are two examples.  We will be posting many more in the week to come on Williston's Schooltube page.


Jordan, Zach, Ricky and Francis at work


Ananth and Johnny complete a trial


Bottle Drive

We have another bottle drive coming up on Saturday, January 5th. We need more parents and kids to volunteer to participate, and it would also be great if a couple of people could work on getting the signs from Joan Spasyk and putting them up at the entrances to the neighborhoods, as well as putting an announcement in the School Bell. Please sign up by clicking here and using parent1 as the username and food as the password, then clicking edit at the top of the page. Thanks so much and I hope that you have a wonderful break!

Read Aloud

Ms. Parks read the nonfiction book, Independent Dames, to our 5th and 6th graders this week.  The focus of the book was the role of women in the American Revolution.  Ms. Parks had students analyze the "writer's craft" in addition to learning about history.  Students  noted how the author's language impacts the tone of the book.  They also learned new vocabulary as they listened, such as the work "dame!"  Thank you, Ms. Parks.


Professional Photos of Swift House Elves

Every year, photographer, Stephen Mease, donates countless hours at the North Pole to capture the magic of The Polar Express.  This year, he took over 600 photos, many of shiny, happy faces of young children.  These are too good not to share.  See the Polar Express albums here.  Look specifically in "Polar Express Saturday 2 2012" for many Swifties.

FAPAC December Meeting Highlights

To:  Swift House Parents
From:  Karen Cutler, FAPAC Representative
The FAP Advisory Council met on December 13th.  Check out the full minutes in a PDF format by clicking HERE.  Below are a few highlights:

Williston Wins:  The Williston Wins campaign is officially over but your tax-deductible donations can still be made by check or cash at any time.  We will be reviewing the future of Williston Wins in the next few months. 

School Budget Input:  This month's meeting largely involved a review of budget decision packets.  The minutes include great detail on many of the decision packets submitted by school staff along with narrative about the discussion that followed.  So please check out this information!!!  If you have input on any of the decision packets, you are welcome to contact a member of the School Board, which is outlined in the minutes.

Important Change:  The next FAPAC meeting is on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 pm.  The topic is the House Placement Process.  All are welcome!!! 

Please contact me at km_cutler@myfairpoint.net if you have feedback or questions on FAP.  Thanks.

 

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