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Volume 2 Issue 5 March/April 2012

Students Brenna, Meredith and Lauren get ready to bowl!

In this




Swift Celebrates Seuss Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 caused a ruckus on Manley Campus.

Swift Stars and Stripes forever Middle Division students greet soldiers returning home.


Bowled over with fun Photo recap of Swift’s Family Bowling Event.


Annual Swift Family Picnic


Catered by the Varsity What could be better than Atlanta’s Favorite Eatery and Swift’s Favorite Family Tradition?

Sunday May 6, 2012 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Swift School Picnic will include: Student Art exhibition and sale

Music performances by Swift Students

Face painting


Photo booth


balloon artist


dunk tank

Bake Sale

Special Thanks to the Varsity for its generous support of this special occasion Invitations to follow


Issue 5 March/April 2012


MARCH Mar. 27

Volume 2

Parent Workshop Series/7:00 p.m.

Mar. 28

SPA Meeting/8:30 a.m.

Swift Celebrates Seuss ............................. 3 Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 cause a ruckus on Manley Campus.

APRIL April 2-9

Spring Recess

April 10

Classes Resume

April 16-20

OG Fellow on Campus

April 18-20

Student Extended Trip

April 25

Middle Division Thinkers’ Coffeehouse

April 26

Sports Banquet

Swift Stars and Stripes Forever ................. 4 3

Students’ and soldiers’ lives touched during recent field trip to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Act on Your Tax Credit for 2012 ................ 7 Learn how you can help a child receive a Swift


education while positively impacting your 2012

May 3 May 6

Spring Concert

tax return.

Swift Family Picnic/Art Show

May 7-11

OG Fellow on Campus

May 15-16

Conferences for Primary and Intermediate

May 16

New Parent Welcome Reception

May 17

Field Day Grades 1-4

May 18

Field Day Grades 5-7

May 22

Middle Division Exam Review Day

May 23-24

Middle Division Exams

May 24

5th Grade Moving Up Ceremonies/7:00 p.m.

May 25

Fourth Quarter Concludes Final Day of Academic Year Early Dismissal/12:00 p.m.

May 29-31

Professional Days

Bowled Over With Fun ............................... 8 Photo recap of Swift’s Annual Family Bowling Event.

Spartan Basketball Wrap-Up .................. 11 The girls’ and boys’ basketball teams finish strong and look forward to 2013.


nIn Every Issue Head’s Column ......................................................................................................... 2 Famous Faces of Dyslexia ..................................................................................... 10 News You Can Use ................................................................................................. 11

JUNE June 1

Swift Scene .............................................................................................................. 12 Final Progress Reports Posted

Coming Up .............................................................................................................. 13 March/April 2012


nHead’s Message


Richard Wendlek

Executive Committee

Why the Giraffe Club assembly? Why Middle

formation of a child’s character development.

Division community service projects? The

It is also known that the earlier such parenting

answers are not as simple as you might think.

begins the better. Environmental input early

The complex components of character

in life can have incredibly positive or negative

– autonomy, awareness, self-esteem,

effects on the brain’s development and

assertiveness, skillful communication, relationship

on consequent future social behavior. “The

competencies – are all developmental qualities.

greatest environmental factor in our lives,” says

Character develops over time with experience

John Ratey, author and clinical professor at

as the brain is able to interpret experiences.

Harvard medical School, “is learning.”

A growing segment of brain researchers

To answer the questions at the opening of

believes there to be a ‘social brain’, not in the

this article – the development and practice

sense of a single specific area in the brain, but

of character built upon a solid ethical base

a system similar to that of memory or language

incorporating understanding and sensitivity

involving many parts of the brain working

toward others is a critical asset. We can

together. Like other brain functions, the social

accomplish this by simply following the brain; by

brain is developmental and, thus, maximized by

teaching the component elements of character

training. There is increasing evidence that sound

synchronized with the brain’s timing and growth.

character and leadership capabilities result not just from good fortune in the gene pool,

Each month students in the Middle Division

but also from careful nurturing and cultivating

venture off campus to perform community

of neurological pathways for specific skills and

service, an experiential component of

capabilities at developmentally appropriate

character formation education. Their service


includes visits with Alzheimer patients, providing assistance at a local recycling facility, and

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

Human brain development occurs predictably.

in communicating with American service

There are important windows of human

personnel returning from the Middle East. Lower

development between birth and 10 years

Division students prepare ‘Giraffe Assemblies’

of age that provide significant learning

monthly that highlight virtuous behavior. The

Morgan Sapp, Advancement Associate

opportunities for the brain’s ‘software’ to be

student council’s leadership with the various

Karen Buttermore, Director of Development

installed that results in full understanding by a

drives that have been sponsored during this

child. Research has revealed that many of the

academic year further embed community

brain’s windows of opportunity for optimum

models of character. The Day of Manners in the

learning open and close sooner than previously

Lower Division is designed to provide practice in

thought. For instance, the emotional control

applying social skills. Following the brain allows

development window appears to be from age

pathways to the heart

two to 30 months at which time a balance

as well!

between emotion and rational guidance must

Dr. Andrea Salapka, Associate Head Angela Kidder, Assistant to the Associate Head

Paul Foltz, Business Manager Ellen Ascher, Business Associate Kelly Phillips, Reception Manager Joe Ramaglia, Information Technology/Operations Linda Rapozo, Business Associate

Parent Association President

be found, a balance dependent upon what

Heidi McFarland

a child learns about behavior during this time. Although we can’t effectively seem to reason with a 2-year-old, we have learned that over the course of time rules, relevance, repeated

Rich Wendlek

reminders, and rewards are all required in the

Head of School

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Swift School 300 Grimes Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30075 678.205.4988

Below: Middle Division Students Ian Lazier (left, Thing 2) and Brandon Carr (right, Thing 1) helped the Cat in the Hat (Marianne Carr) greet students at morning car pool.

Swift School Celebrates Seuss, Encourages


On a bus, in a car, it doesn’t matter where you are! Swift’s primary students celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Friday, March 2 with plenty of reading education activities. Students spent extra time reading some of the world’s most popular story rhymes in honor of Theodor Geisel’s birthday. Geisel, better, known as Dr. Seuss, wrote some of the most well-known children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Classrooms donned festive attire and “Thing One and Two” caused a ruckus throughout the Lower Division. Swift encourages all parents to spend time reading with

Above: The Cat in the Hat reads to all Primary students who were dressed like their favorite Seuss character.

read to a parent for at least 20 minutes each evening. The Children’s Reading Foundation believes that “Just 20 minutes a day reading aloud with children strengthens

their children. Reading is good way to build vocabulary and

relationships, encourages listening and language skills,

keep the brain sharp while being entertained. Reading also

promotes attention and curiosity, and establishes a strong

helps improve comprehension and reasoning skills. As a part

reading foundation. These skills are essential for success in

of Swift’s homework curriculum, students are required to

school and in life. “ March/April 2012


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was for me to have so many young people express their gratitude and


concern. Please relay to the students and teachers of your school my thanks in taking the time to let us all know that what we do matters to so many others.”


Service Project in Action

The “land of the free and home of the brave” may have a new meaning to Swift

Middle Division students and faculty . On Tuesday, Feb 28, they traveled 30 miles to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to welcome home service men and women. These soldiers, who traveled more than 7,000 miles to get back to the life people sometimes take for granted, couldn’t have been happier to see the signs and flags waved by our students. Many of the soldiers paused to speak with the students and thank them for what they were doing. Seventh grader Robert Reeves who hopes to be a pilot in the military spoke with a Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot. “I find military planes interesting,” said Robert about why he wants to be a

This trip not only meant a lot to the service men and women the students spoke with but also to Swift students as well. Many of Swift families have sons, daughters, brothers and sisters serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces. Earlier in the year, seventh grader Hannah Lewey and her class received a surprise visit at school. Her brother, Corporal Bryant Lewey,

military pilot. “My grandparents were in

USMC, who had been deployed in

the Air Force and the Army. I’ve known

Afghanistan came to Swift upon his

for the past two years this is what I want

home arrival. She and the students

to do when I grow up.”

were elated to see him. Knowing that

Chaplain Captain George Tyger

many of our families have ties to the

of Camp Nathan Smith - Kandahar

Military, Navy, Marines and Air Force

- Afghanistan Roshan was one of the

made the purpose of this trip clear for

men the students had the pleasure of

the students.

meeting. Days after the field trip, Head

During the Middle Division Retreat in

of School Rich Wendlek received an

the fall, the students voted on several

email from Tyger.

service projects to implement for the

“I was returning home for R and

year. They decided that they wanted

R (rest and recuperation) leave last

to be involved with aiding the troops.

week. I was greeted by a great

Throughout the year students have

group of your students at the Atlanta

written letters and sent >>

Airport. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your school for caring enough to turn out and greet the returning troops,” Tyger wrote. “You may not ever fully know how meaningful it

“You may not ever fully know how meaningful it was for me to have so many young people express their gratitude and concern.” - Chaplain Captain George Tyger March/April 2012 5

Seventh Grader Robert Reeves shakes hands with a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.

Robert, who hopes to be such a pilot listened carefully as the pilot shared some of his wisdom.

candy overseas. In preparation for

cherish and often take for granted.

this trip, Jill McGuire, student council

Swift students were elated to be a

adviser contacted the United

part of the USO’s efforts.

Service Organization (USO) to coordinate plans. Because of security, students and USO representatives do not know when flights carrying soldiers arrive. The USO’s mission is to provide services that directly benefit the outstanding members of the U.S. military who serve with dedication, skill and pride, defending the freedoms we

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above: Michael Rosen and Alex Creed hold signs as service men and women arrive at the USO location.

LEFT: Cullen Moore and Sarosh Taufiq greet a returning soldier.

Act on Your Tax Credit For 2012 Today! As they file their 2011 tax returns, many Swift families are experiencing a 100 percent State of Georgia tax credit in the amount they redirected to Georgia GOAL Scholarship program for student scholarships at Swift School. Now is the time to act to receive the same tax credit for tax year 2012. Last fall, the entire $50 million allocation from the state was depleted in October. Due to the popularity of the program, funds for this year are expected to be fully allocated in early summer 2012. Individual taxpayers may redirect up to $1,000 of Georgia tax owed, and married couples filing jointly may redirect up to $2,500. Taxpayers can indicate what private school they want to direct their tax obligation to. In addition to the tax credit from the State of Georgia, a federal tax charitable deduction is allowed to the contributor. Look for a mailing with instructions and forms on April 10. Any questions regarding this program can be directed to Development Director Karen Buttermore at school March/April 2012




Fourth grader Matthew Angove gets ready to throw a strike.

Every year Swift gathers at the Brunswick Zone Roswell bowling alley for an afternoon of family fun. On January 29, Swift hosted its 7th annual event. Hundreds of students and families participated. Many students look forward to this event all year long. 1. Fifth graders Josh Hargrove, Jack McFarland and Grant Meyer were Swift Kingpins of the alley. 2. The Giliberto family gets ready for high-scoring competition! 3. Second grader Alex Smith not only enjoys bowling with family and friends, but pizza too! 4. The Wynne family is all smiles.


Could it be because someone just bowled a strike? 5. This Kodak Moment brought to you by fourth grader Ethan Smith and his mom Jill Norton. 6. Who says blondes have more fun? It’s clear that redheads Avery


Hodson and Koltun Dixon are




having a blast!

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nFamous Faces of Dyslexia Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen or simply H. C. Andersen as he is

Hans Christian did not excel as a student. He was alienated

known in Denmark was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense,

by his fellow students, and was continually mocked by his

Denmark. Andersen was a poetry and fairy tale writer in the

teachers for his ambition to become a writer. He much

19th century. His fairy tales are known throughout most of

preferred memorizing stories rather than learning to read.

the world. His stories have been translated into more than

He would retell stories to anyone who would listen, and

150 languages. In recent years, several of his stories have

he would complement his story telling by imitating ballet

been adapted to the movie screen by the likes of Disney.

dancers or acrobats while telling the story. Today it is believed that he suffered from dyslexia which certainly would have contributed to his difficulties in school.

nSpartan Basketball Wrap-up

The Spartans and Lady Spartans finish Strong

The Spartan basketball teams had an impressive inaugural season. The Lady Spartans completed the season with three wins and four losses while the Spartans claimed one victory. The athletes showed a relentless and respectable effort from game to game and practice to practice. With some experience and growth behind them, the Spartans are expected to come back strong.

Lady Spartans: (Sitting left to right) Jenna Dodd Meredith Ryals Ainsley Kudlata (Standing left to right) Brenna Vetrovsky Lauren Soule Coach Saylors Captain Molly Brown Amanda Doran

Boys top scorer Will Battle- 56 Points Girls top scorer Molly Brown 35 Points 10 March/April 2012

Spartans: (Sitting left to right) Brandon Carr Captain Robert Reeves Chris Brady Gram Smith Ronin Molina-Salas Ian Lazier (Standing left to right) Brandon Reid Will Vesey Trevor Masse Coach Rhett Saylors Ethan Kittle Owen Hodson Will Battle

News You Can Usen Spartan Track and Field news The Track and Field Season is underway and practices are being enthusiastically attended at the Independence High School in Alpharetta. Coach Zeller and Coach Saylors are busy placing the students into their best events. The first meet was held on March 20. Track and Field Meet Schedule March 28 - Independence High School 3:45 to 6:00 p.m. April 11- Independence High School

3:45 to 6:00 p.m.

April 17 - Bill Badgett Stadium

3:45 to 6:00 p.m.

April 18 - Bill Badgett Stadium

3:45 to 6:00 p.m.

April 19 - Independence High School (Rain Date for 17th or 18th)

3:45 to 6:00 p.m

Information and registration information about Swift’s exciting Summer Explorations program is available online under the “academics” tab on the Swift home page. Academic programming designed to maintain and enhance skills taught during the academic year are offered, along with enriching afternoon programs that compliment morning offerings. Register today! Visit for more information.

Pennies for Patients The Swift community united together to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Students, parents, teachers and administration raised $1,550.00 over a three week period for the organization. Leukemia is the most common cancer to affect children under 18-years-old. Thanks to innovative research funded by LLS and the fundraising effort of programs like Pennies for Patients, survival rates have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled for blood cancer patients. Swift is very proud of the efforts students made in order to be a part of this very worthy cause.

2012-2013 Preliminary Calendar August 7-9 Professional Development Days 10 Faculty Retreat 14 New Parent Orientation 13-16 Assessment/Classroom Prep 17 Meet and Greet 20 Classes Commence 27 Above and Beyond After School Programs Commence September 4-6 Parent Nights 13-14 Middle Division Retreat (Dates tentative) 18-20 Parent Coffees (8:30 a.m.) October 12 15 18-19 24 26

End of First Academic Quarter Professional Prep Day (No classes) Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day Lower School Parent Conferences Middle Division Parent Conferences

November 19–23

Thanksgiving Recess (No classes)

December 3-7 Scholastic Book Fair 14 End of Second Academic Quarter 17–18 Middle Division Semester Exams (Tentative) 20 Winter Recess Commences January 3-4 Professional Training Days (No classes) 7 Classes Resume 11 Lower Division Parent Conferences 11 Report Cards Issued 6th Through 8th Grades March 14 15 22 29

End of Third Academic Quarter Professional Prep Day (No classes) Progress Reports Issued All Grades Spring Break Commences (No classes)

April 1–5

Spring Break (No classes)

May 9 10 21-22 23

Lower Division Parent Conferences Middle Division Parent Conferences Middle Division Semester Exams Final Day of Academic Year All dates tentative March/April 2012


nSwift Scene

Faculty and Classroom Highlights Swift Students Turn to Wax March 12 - 16 marked the Lower Division Performance Week for Swift students. Students in first and second grade transformed into “wax figures” of pivotal histocial icons such as Ben Franklin and Abraham Lincoln. These students recited interesting facts about “themselves” when their button was pressed by “museum” visitors. Other students became poets and Native Americans throughout the week.

Evan Hogan dressed as famous baseball player Jackie Robinson.

Fourth Graders Visit Tellus Museum In March Swift fourth grade classes visited Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. The students particiapated in fun science experiments that helped them understand reflection with convex and concave mirrors. Students spent time in the Museum’s hands-on exhibit (“The Big Backyard”) experimenting with various sounds, light sources, simple machines, and weather exhibits. “The Big Backyard was fun because we could touch stuff,” said students. “We loved it!” The students watched a movie about planets in the Planetarium at Tellus. Students learned that some scientists believe that other planets may have life, Jupiter rains acid, and there is water on Mars. The Swift visitors were also fascinated with Foucaoult’s pendulum; they learned that the earth is spinning very quickly!

Fourth grade students pose for a picture outside Tellus Science Museum before leaving.

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


Day n Founder’s April 27, 1:30 p.m.

5th grade class trip April 18-20 Fifth graders will experience extended travel from

Founder’s Day will be celebrated on Friday afternoon

April 18-20 to Mentone, Alabama for a hands-on

to honor Swift School founder Gail Swift and recognize

environmental education experience.

faculty members who are celebrating 10 years of service. The event will be conducted on the front lawn. Students,

Coffeehouse n Thinker’s April 25, 7:00 p.m.

faculty, alumni, and parents are invited to attend.

Middle Division parents are invited to attend The Thinker’s Coffeehouse on the evening of Thurday, April

Concert n Spring May 3, 7:00 p.m.

25 at 7:00 p.m. on the deck. Get ready for an evening

Dunwoody Community Church

of poetry and drama as students double as performing

Students in primary and intermediate grades are busy

coffeehouse waiters and waitresses. Invitations to follow.

preparing a spectacular Broadway themed show for family and friends. The concert will also feature the

Meeting n Spa April 25, 8:30 a.m.

Lower Division Chorus. Mark your calendars to attend this wonderful event. Details to follow.

All parents are welcome to attend the upcoming SPA meeting. This is a great opportunity to network with other parents and participate in Swift functions.

Annual Family picnic n Swift’s May 6, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Swift’s Annual Family Picnic and first-ever Student Art

banquet n Sports April 26, 6:00 P.M.

Show is scheduled for Sunday, May 6. Plan to join the

Doubletree hotel- roswell

community for a lovely Sunday afternoon! Invitations to follow. Catering provided by The Varsity.

A sports banquet will be held to honor, celebrate and recap the achievements of our student athletes during the inaugural Interscholastic sports year. More details to follow.

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.

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