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Volume 2 Issue 4 January/February 2012 www.swiftschool.com info@swiftschool.com

Students get ready to wow the audience at the Winter Concert.

IN THIS

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MOVES LIKE JAGGER Students take to the dance floor at the Winter Formal.

6 11 SHOW AND TELL Swift’s Inaugural Winter Concert was a huge success!

STELLAR GALA APPROACHES Get ready for Swift’s premier event!


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COURIER JANUARY Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Jan. 20

Primary Conferences Intermediate Conferences Middle Division Conferences

Jan. 22 Admission Open House Jan. 24 Parent Workshop Series/7:00 p.m. Jan. 25 SPA Meeting/8:30 a.m. Day of Manners/Dress Uniform Jan. 27 Spirit Day Jan. 29 Swift Family Bowling Event

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nFEATURES Moves Like Jagger ................................... 4 Swift 5th, 6th and 7th graders have moves you’ve never seen before.

Show and Tell ............................................ 6 4

Swift celebrates the holiday season with friends and family at its inaugural Winter Concert.

FEBRUARY Feb. 4 Parent and Faculty Mingle Feb. 6 2012-13 Re-enrollment issued Feb. 6-10 OG Fellow on campus Feb. 13-17 Faculty Appreciation Week Feb. 16 Preview Day Feb. 17 2012-2013 Enrollment Due Feb. 20 Presidents’ Day/No Classes Feb. 21 Parent Workshop Series/7:00 p.m. Feb. 22 SPA Meeting/8:30 a.m.

Something to Bark About .......................... 9

MARCH Mar. 9

Swift Accreditation .................................. 12

Middle Division Dance 7:00 -10:00 p.m. Mar. 12-16 Lower Division Performance Week Mar. 13-15 Middle Division Trip Mar. 19 Professional Day/No Classes Mar. 20-23 Friendship Week Mar. 23 Swift Gala Mar. 26-30 OG Fellow on Campus Woodcock Johnson Testing Mar. 27 Parent Workshop Series/7:00 p.m. Mar. 28 SPA Meeting/8:30 a.m. APRIL April 2-9 April 10 April 16-20 April 20

Students participate in the K-9 Kids Program.

Swift Gala Details .................................... 11 With only two months left, the Swift Gala Committee is gearing up for a stellar event.

It’s official! Swift received official approval of accreditation from SAIS and SACS.

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Head’s Column ............................................................................................. 2 Famous Faces of Dyslexia .......................................................................... 10 Swift Alumni Spotlight ................................................................................. 10

Spring Recess Classes Resume OG Fellow on Campus Middle School Spring Fling

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News You Can Use ...................................................................................... 11 Swift Scene .................................................................................................. 12 Coming Up .................................................................................................. 13 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012

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nHEAD’S MESSAGE

SWIFT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

RICHARD WENDLEK

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The search for concise information to include

necessary to do the assignment, doing the

here that is beneficial for parents is ongoing,

assignment, and having it prepared for the next

and the content most often winds up to be

day.

based on many conversations with lots of Swift

As students mature academic success

parents. Happy New Year! The hope is that you

becomes even more dependent on their ability

find use for what is shared.

to supervise themselves for longer time spans.

Do you think school success is mostly a

Self-supervision (aka self-discipline) shows that it

matter of IQ? Think again. Are you worried that

is the winner over IQ throughout the high school

your child’s learning difference is a doomsday

and college years.

diagnosis? It doesn’t have to be. Do you think

Teaching strategies at Swift are designed

that being an ‘average’ kid will prevent your

(dedicated) to help to inculcate executive

child from excelling in school? Not necessarily.

functions. Many parents are astounded at the

Natural ability to learn is only part of the

growth they witness in the academic realm

equation for academic success; motivation

as a result. This serves students as part of the

is another important key. Neuroscience is

magic of Swift. The question most often asked

shedding light on another group of mental

is how does a parent move a child from adult

capacities referred to as executive functions

supervision to self-supervision?

– the self-governing, goal directed skills that

The answer is, of course, somewhat involved,

enable children to meet academic challenges

however, building executive functions is most

and become independent learners.

often related to consistent structure and

Executive skills are different from intelligence

consistent rules. Within this realm ‘discipline’

– in fact, they steer it – and include adaptive

should be construed as ‘self-regulation’, and not

attention, flexibility in problem solving, self-

as correcting misbehavior or misdeeds. Create

monitoring, adaptive inhibition of impulses,

‘me-supervising-me’ moments by asking simple,

and the capacity to follow through with

direct questions like ‘Do you have what you

intentions. They function as a steering wheel of

need to complete your homework?’ ‘How much

sorts concerning resources by setting priorities;

time will you need to do that assignment?’ Also,

deploying attention; setting and keeping goals

natural consequences are excellent motivators

despite distractions; and in organizing time,

for the emotional growth executive functions

responsibilities, and materials.

require. Facing consequences may serve as a

How do executive skills interface with

good incentive for further independence. Keep

intelligence? Watch your child(ren) read or do

in mind that executive functions continue to

a homework assignment. Intellectual resources

grow and develop and do not fully mature until

– visual memory of sight words, decoding skills

young adulthood. As children develop their own

that break down unfamiliar words, language

executive strategies they move toward greater

skills that make sense of what is being read,

and greater levels of

and memories that store information and tap

self-supervision and

back into it so questions may be answered

they typically soar.

later, are all at work. Simultaneously, executive

Dr. Richard Phillips, Chair Robert W. Gray, Vice-Chair Peter Williams, Treasurer Laura Green, Secretary

TRUSTEES Dr. Paul Cohen Thomas J. Flanigan Gregory Hill Jeffrey Kudlata Douglas Martin Laura Ries Paul Schur Gail Swift, Emerita Richard Wendlek, Ex officio

ADMINISTRATION Richard J. Wendlek, Head of School Dr. Andrea Salapka, Associate Head Angela Kidder, Assistant to the Associate Head Morgan Sapp, Advancement Associate Karen Buttermore, Director of Development Paul Foltz, Business Manager Ellen Ascher, Business Associate Kelly Phillips, Reception Manager Joe Ramaglia, Information Technology/Operations Linda Rapozo, Business Associate

PARENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT Heidi McFarland

skills enable them to begin the assignment and work through it, monitor understanding, reread when necessary, and pick answers from among multiple choices. It also regulates consulting

Richard J. Wendlek

an assignment book, having the materials

Head of School

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Information about the Annual Swift Family Bowling Event, Sunday, January 29, 2012 2-4 p.m. at Roswell Lanes Admission News

7TH ANNUAL SWIFT FAMILY BOWLING EVENT Sunday, January 29 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Roswell Brunswick Zone $13.00 per person (Includes 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda and all the fun you can imagine!)

Money is due to Swift no later than Friday, January 20.

For more information, contact Swift School at 678.205.4988


MOVES LIKE JAGGER On Friday, December 9, 2011 the Swift Great Room transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the Middle Division formal. The Middle Division invited the 5th grade class to be their special guests. More than 40 students attended the formal. Students enjoyed dinner and hours of dancing with friends. These dancing machines are already asking about the dance in March!

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1. Is that Justin Bieber at the Winter Formal? Nope, that’s 6th grader, Ian Laizer. Bieber beware - Ian’s dance moves will give you a run for your money. 2. The seventh grade class takes a break from dancing for a group picture. 3. Belles of the Ball: Emma Motter and Betsy Hill came prepared to “Par-Tay!” 4. Dancing Queens: Swift Middle Division teachers joined in on the fun both on the dance floor and in the photo booth. 5. Swift fifth graders were ready for their close-up in between dancing the night away.

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Swift students are no strangers to putting on a good show thanks to the fine arts program and the talented Caroline Goldstein. The varied musical selections and Orff accompaniments delighted the students and audience.

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On Dec. 15, 2011, more than 100 student

different languages. Many songs were

voices filled the sanctuary of the Dunwoody

accompanied by Orff instruments. Student

Community Church during Swift’s inaugural

musicians are learning to play percussion

Winter Concert.

instruments as another facet of Swift’s Fine

The concert featured students in the third through seventh grade general music

Arts Program. One of the highlights of the concert was

classes, the Lower Division Chorus, the Swift

the final number, “Let There Be Peace”

Singers, and the Swift Syncopations. The

composed by Andy Beck. Students were

student performers sang, played, acted,

led by soloists Michelle Wynne and Alex

and danced to winter selections, world

Haertel. The number concluded with a

music, and holiday favorites.

gospel flair.

A full house consisting of family

For video clips and photos from the

members, friends, and Swift faculty were

Winter Concert visit Swift’s YouTube

present to enjoy the Winter Concert.

channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/

The students began preparing for the Winter Concert in October. In addition

SwiftSchoolRoswell) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theSwiftSchool).

to singing and incorporating creative movement, students tackled songs in three

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something to

bark

about

SWIFT SCHOOL WAS RECENTLY RECOGNIZED IN LOCAL MEDIA FOR ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE K-9 KIDS PROGRAM. THESE INITIATIVES INSPIRE AND ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO PRACTICE THEIR READING SKILLS. SWIFT IS DEDICATED TO FINDING WAYS TO HELP STUDENTS DISCOVER A

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LOVE OF READING.

wift School students, who once upon a time were

experience re-interested me in the program and I decided to

too shy to read aloud because of the challenges

see how Swift could get involved.”

they face with dyslexia, are gaining confidence in

Swift is currently participating once a month in the K-9 Kids

their reading abilities, thanks to programs like K-9 Kids Reading

Reading program with the hope of increasing the frequency

Program.

and expanding student involvement in 2012. This reading

Fourth grade students at Swift are participating in the K-9

environment is a win-win situation for both child and canine.

Kids Reading Program organized by Canine Assistants, a local

Students improve their reading fluency and self-confidence

metro Atlanta charity. On Friday, Dec. 2, students spent the

while the dog enjoys the company of a child. This program

morning reading books to a visiting service dog being trained

is exceptionally special to Swift because children are often

to aid adults and children with physical disabilities or other

reluctant to read aloud. The presence of a dog eases fears

special needs.

and gives the readers a genuine opportunity to orally read.

“It was a little weird at first but it’s fun! We’re doing this to

“I read How to Eat Fried Worms to her because it’s funny,”

help our class become better at reading,” said Peyton, a Swift

said Isabelle, another Swift 4th grader. “She is sweet, listens to

School 4th grader. “It’s good for her [the dog] to get to know

me and doesn’t bark while I read.”

people.”

“Reading with purpose truly engages students,” said Felix.

Natalie Felix, an associate teacher at Swift, got involved in

“When they read to a dog, they are not intimidated at all! It

Canine Assistants several years ago. This past summer, Felix’s

is a relaxing experience for the student and the dog. I tell

son was in the hospital at Scottish Rite. During that time, her

the students that we are performing a significant service by

son and other patients were visited by dogs from Canine

helping train and prepare the dog for future placement with a

Assistants.

person with disabilities. This is very empowering!”

“The kids loved the visits and it made the hospital stay much nicer -- even for my 17 year old son,” said Felix. “That

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nFAMOUS FACES OF DYSLEXIA BRUCE JENNER

Bruce Jenner was a champion, a champion in the spirit of

“I would not have won the Olympic decathlon games.

the ancient Greek games. He was the model of the well-

Dyslexia made me outwork the next guy.

balanced athlete, one that was great enough to appear on

Jenner continued, “When I won the Olympic games, no

Wheaties. Bruce Jenner won the 1976 Olympic decathlon

one knew I had a problem. The only tough time I really had

games smashing his own world records.

was in school with my esteem. Look at successful people.

These games brought Bruce a gold medal, a new life of

They all find a niche in life. Dyslexia was my gift for it made

opportunities and fortune, but mostly they helped Bruce

me different and special. If I hadn’t had dyslexia, I wouldn’t

realize his gift of dyslexia.

have needed sports.”

“If I had not been dyslexic,” Jenner told KidsRunning

Article derived from www.kidsrunning.com

nSWIFT ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT MELISSA MASHBURN If you visit the campus of Walton High School,

In her “free time,”

chances are you’ll find Swift alumna, Melissa

Melissa has found

Mashburn practicing her backhand on the

time for others. In

tennis courts. Melissa is a junior at Walton

addition to coaching

and has played on the state champion

young tennis players,

Walton Varsity Girls Tennis Team since her

Melissa was accepted

Freshman year. She was recently ranked #47

into the highly-regarded

on the national “Prince Hot 100” list.

Northside Hospital

Playing on the courts is a long way from

“Volunteen Program” in the

walking the halls of Swift, which Melissa did

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and has

from 2002 to 2005 as a student of Mrs. Swift,

logged over 100 volunteer hours since last

Mrs. Josefov, and Mrs. Cherry. “I will never

summer. And, in 2009 and 2010, Melissa was

forget how kind my teachers were to me

awarded Walton High School’s “Raider Pride

and how they always encouraged me. They

Award” in recognition of her exceptional

made school a great place to be.” Melissa

character, integrity, and kindness.

credits Swift for teaching her a good work

“You believed in me and showed me that I could be successful.”

Once she graduates in 2013, Melissa

ethic, the importance of keeping a positive

would like to go to nursing school and play

attitude, working hard every day, and

on a college tennis team. Eventually,

never giving up. This is not only reflected in

she would like to work as a CRNA (Certified

Melissa’s tennis playing, but also in her GPA,

Registered Nurse Anesthetist). But looking

that I could be

which has been above a 3.0 every year. “I

forward means also looking back. “One of

successful.”

have to stay disciplined, especially since so

my favorite memories from Swift is going to

much of my time is spent playing tennis. I

Jekyll Island in the 5th grade. We learned a

Swift Alumnus. E-mail us at swiftalumni@

do homework every night and review a little

lot and it was really fun being there with my

swiftschool.com.

every day.”

friends. You believed in me and showed me 10

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NEWS YOU CAN USEn ADMISSION NEWS An admissions event is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Students currently in the Admission Wait Pool will be admitted prior

SWIFT GALA DETAILS The 2012 Stellar Gala will take place at the Atlanta Athletic Club, site of the recent PGA Tournament. All parents and their adult guests are invited to the event on Friday, March 23

to other candidates for the coming year. The re-enrollment

from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m. The Gala is a community event that

period for returning students is from February 6 - February 17,

consists of a cocktail reception during the silent auction, a

2012. You will receive re-enrollment information in the mail.

seated dinner, a live auction, and musical entertainment. All

SWIFT OLD SHOE DRIVE

proceeds from the event benefit the students of the school. THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS SWIFT FAMILIES AND FRIENDS CAN HELP ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF THE STELLAR GALA.

Swift School is collecting old and gently used shoes as its service learning project for January. Shoes may be dropped off in the designated boxes in the Middle Division and in the main entrance. Please contact the school for more information.

Donated Items - The committee is seeking new items (no used or slightly used items) for both the silent and live auctions. Ask the restaurants, stores and salons you visit frequently if they would like to make a tax deductible donation. Many times the answer is YES! Sponsorship - The top three levels of sponsorships include tickets to the gala plus recognition at the event and in the printed program. Sponsorships also help the committee provide a free ticket to faculty and staff to attend the gala.

Information and registration information about Swift’s

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP IN

exciting Summer Explorations program will be available

MAKING THIS A STELLAR EVENT!

by late February. Academic programming designed to maintain and enhance skills taught during the academic year are offered, and, enriching programs that help put pizazz in the summer compliment morning offerings. Watch for information in your mailbox.

ANNUAL FUND FOR SWIFT UPDATE Swift is grateful to the families who made Annual Fund gifts and pledges by the end of tax year 2011. As of December 31, current parent participation in the Annual Fund for Swift reached 72%. We still have a goal of 100% participation among parents, so please help us move forward

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER January 22: Admissions Event January 25: Day of Manners/Dress Uniforms January 27: Spirit Day

by making a fully tax-deductible gift in early 2012. Gifts to the annual fund help keep tuition more affordable for families. Rather than charge the actual cost of educating a student here, Swift provides tax deductions to those who help fund operating costs through the Annual Fund. Swift seeks outside funding as a way to lessen the impact on parents

February 6: Re-Enrollment Issued

– however – every outside funder asks what is the percent

February 17: 2012-2013 Enrollment Due

participation among families. This percentage indicates an

February 22: SPA Meeting February 24: Spirit Day February 29: Day of Manners/Dress Uniforms March 9: Middle Division Dance March 13-15: Middle Division Trip

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organization worth funding because it enjoys significant support from its own community. Achieving 100% participation from families opens the door to outside support of our excellent school. Any amount is welcomed. Please contact Karen Buttermore, Development Director, at school for additional information.

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nSWIFT SCENE

FACULTY AND CLASSROOM HIGHLIGHTS SWIFT STUDENTS HIT THE ROAD In March Swift Middle Division students will be accompanied by

in some Greek culture in Tarpon Springs.

the faculty on a extended trip to Florida. In addition to a curricular

In April, 5th graders will travel to Nature’s Classroom in Mentone,

excursion through EPCOT students will also experience a ‘Behind the

Alabama for an environmental education experience atop Lookout

Scenes’ zoological experience at Busch Gardens where they will

Mountain. There students will be provided a field experience in the

assist zookeepers and veterinarians in caring for exotic animals. Busch

wonders of the ecosystem and the impact of human interaction with

Gardens contains the 4th largest zoo in the U.S. Students will also take

the natural environment.

THE FACULTY - THE HEART OF SWIFT The faculty is entrusted to provide Swift students with curricular

use of digitized instructional media is also scheduled. The transition

programming that brings the Swift mission to life, and ongoing

from traditional instructional materials (textbooks) to interactive digital

professional development training is an investment that has direct and

materials also requires ongoing training due to the rapid pace of the

lasting benefits for students in this regard. Current plans for professional

introduction of these materials. Additionally, Book Share, Text to Write,

workshops and courses include mathematical strategies that balance left

and other support programming continue to change the methodologies

and right brain learning. In particular, it is well known that math facts must

employed in the delivery of instruction. Over the coming summer

be accessed quickly in the process of solving problems mathematically.

Orton-Gillingham training at the Associate Level and Certified Level

Our cultural environment too often stimulates our right brains and

are scheduled to occur in June. That training will be followed by writing

the consequence is that students often have difficulty recalling basic

process training.

left brain facts. Training will focus upon left brain stimulation in the retention and recall of mathematical facts. Continuing training in the

IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE Full Accreditation by The Southern Association of Independent Schools and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Swift School proudly joins an international network of prestigious accredited schools which have demonstrated success in educating students according to distinct missions. SAIS-SACS accreditation is broadly recognized throughout the world as a standard of excellence for students, parents, and faculties.

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COMING UPn

MARK YOUR CALENDARS WITH THESE IMPORTANT DATES WORKSHOP SERIES n PARENT JANUARY 24, 7:00 P.M.

AND FACULTY MINGLE n PARENT FEBRUARY 4, 7:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Don’t miss a panel of experts as Swift hosts an interactive

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question and answer forum. The February Parent

Invitations have been mailed for Swift’s annual Parent and

Workshop Series will be held on February 21. Please

Faculty Mingle. RSVP to info@swiftschool.com. The evening

mark your calenders and plan to attend.

has no “agenda,” only to mix and mingle with other

MEETING n SPA JANUARY 25, 8:30 a.m. Get involved in your child’s school. All parents are

members of the Swift Community. Please plan to attend.

GALA n STELLAR MARCH 23, 7:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

welcome to attend the upcoming SPA meeting. This is

ATLANTA ATHLETIC CLUB

a great opportunity to network with other parents and

The Stellar Gala is quickly approaching. All parents and

participate in Swift functions.

their guests are invited to the event on Friday, March

ANNUAL SWIFT FAMILY BOWLING EVENT n 7TH JANUARY 29, 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

23 from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m. The evening will consist of a cocktail reception during the silent auction, a seated dinner, a live auction, and musical entertainment.

ROSWELL BRUNSWICK ZONE

Tickets are $80 per person. Tables are available for

Join Swift for an afternoon of bowling and fun! The event

groups of 10 (tables of eight or 12 are available on a

cost $13.00 per person and includes shoe rental, two

limited basis) Turn in your ticket requests together with

hours of bowling, pizza and drinks. Money is due to the

your friends to reserve your table which includes a

business office no later than Friday, January 20. We look

complimentary bottle of wine.

forward to your participation.

Do you own or work for a C Corporation? Georgia law allows you to redirect up to 75% of the company’s Georgia income tax liability to scholarships for Swift School and 100% of this amount is a tax credit to your company.

Swift School is a member of Georgia GOAL Scholarship, Inc.

To learn details, please contact Karen Buttermore at school 678-205-4988, ext. 232 or kbuttermore@swiftschool.com


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