If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook for your child, you have one last chance. All orders are due by Friday, April 13!!!
I hope you are looking forward to the 4 day week and Spring Break!!!! I hope everyone has a very safe holiday full of joy and laughter. And some quality time with our special kids.
Have a great week!
The Positiivty Project: Humor
In honor of April 1 (being this upcoming Sunday), this week the character strength is humor. One of my personal favorites. :-)
WHAT IT MEANS
Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at
seeing at the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life.
WHY IT MATTERS
For individuals, humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical. Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally
agile and alert.
Humor plays an important role in helping groups of people rise above difficult circumstances and boost moral. It removes us from our present difficulties by easing tension and making life more fun.
Thursday: Regular School Day; Turn in Your Box Tops!
Thursday is a make up day for our January snow. (On the original school calendar, it was a teacher work day.)
Turn in your Box Tops and Coke bottle tops for the Box Top Fairy's collection on Thursday! Who will be our March Super Snippers?
Friday: School Holiday and the Start of Spring Break
SPRING BREAK!!!! I'm sorry. Did I say that too loud? I'm a little excited. Hope everyone enjoys their Spring Break and comes back refreshed on Monday, April 9.
There is Still Time to Order a Yearbook!
Did you forget to order a yearbook? You still have a chance. Please send in your order form this week:
How Is Your Family Doing with the March Fitness Calendar?
This is the last week of the March Fitness Calendar challenge. Please turn in your calendars after Spring Break.
Need a new form? It is available at http://tinyurl.com/scesFit.
We need Watch DOGSWelcome to the WATCH D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students) program. This program focuses on education and safety in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures for a two-fold purpose: (1) to provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important and (2) to provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, cousins are asked to spend at least one day at their student’s school volunteering.
They will support the school through monitoring the school property, working in small groups, reading, using flashcards, helping with homework, refereeing games, listening ears, or whatever else needs to be done to PLANT SEEDS OF SUCCESS in the lives of the students.
For more information, please contact David Outlaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Opportunities to Meet the New Principal at Dillard Drive Middle
Dillard Drive Middle School has a new principal, Mrs. Margaret Feldman. Here are two opportunities to meet her:
Another Successful Book Fair!
Thank you for your support of the Spring Book Fair! Our total was about $7500, which means the school has earned around $3000 in money for books for the school.
Thank you to Aimee Langerhans, book fair committee chair, and Mrs. Wils for creating another great fair. An extra special Thank you to Alicia Haskell and Hani Brooks for returning to the Creek (even though they don't have kids here) to work the book fair! Also, thank you to ALL the volunteers who helped with setup, preview, shopping, and take down!
Congratulations to our STATE Science Fair Winner!
Exciting news! August Langerhans, a 5th grader at Swift Creek, won the State Science Fair this weekend! How incredible is that? We are so proud of you, August!
Join Us for Camp Invention! June 18-22
Looking for a summer camp the week of June 18-22? Then look no further. Swift Creek will be hosting Camp Invention, a one week where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways.
Register today at campinvention.org! Use these codes for a discount.
If you have questions contact Camp Director, Monica Coles at email@example.com, or camp parent, Marie Dexter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recap from International Night!
Did you miss International Night this Thursday? It was an awesome event! Our families did an INCREDIBLE job.
Thank you so much to these families for their incredible displays:
Thank you to all our amazing volunteers and committee members. As you can see, it takes an army to pull off an event like this:
A very special thank you to Mrs. Chadwick and the Swift Creek Service Club for all their help! They were great International Ambassadors.
And Thank you, thank you, thank you to Mrs. Burkhalter, our ESL teacher, for all her support and hard work!
Link to photos from International Night:
You'll want to make a special note of these upcoming events:
So according to the calendar, spring is on Tuesday. According to the weather forecast, Wednesday has a chance of winter weather. Please let this be the last round. Ugh!
There is alot going on at the Creek this week! We hope you can join in the fun.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything. Or if you want to get involved in anything listed below! We'd love to have your help! Have a great week!
The Positivity Project: Forgiveness
This week, the students will be learning about the character strength of forgiveness.
WHAT IT MEANS
Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and
allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you.
Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also
carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who
demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward
after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted
in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a
WHY IT MATTERS?
The ability to reconcile differences and move forward positively is a trait of any effective group. When people work together, conflict is inevitable. However, when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict toward genuinely positive behavior. A group member’s willingness to forgive imperfections of both other members and the group as a whole contribute to overall success.
Pack Healthy Snacks: Fruit and Vegetables
This week, Ms. Graves is challenging our families to pack healthy snacks, specifically fruits and vegetables, as our kids snacks. The class in each grade level with the healthiest total at the end of the week earns a special PE activity.
It's Book Fair and International Week
The media center is all set up and ready for Around the World with Books. During the week, your children will be given an opportunity to preview the books and create their wish lists. Then they will have the opportunity to shop!
To help build excitement at the school, encourage your child to participate in these daily events.
For a complete list, see http://swiftcreekeswcpssnetptahtml.weebly.com/international-night.html
With Book Fair and Family Night / International Night this week, we need a lot of volunteers!
EOG testing is right around the corner (end of May, beginning of June) and we are in need of registered parent volunteers to help proctor!! If you are interested in helping please use the web link to complete a form with your information: https://tinyurl.com/EOGatSwift
Wednesday: Picture Day
Wednesday is Spring Picture Day. This is also when class pictures will be taken. You must order your class picture BEFORE Wednesday. You can order individual pictures after though.
Thursday: Family Night at the Book Fair and International Night!
It is time for Swift Creek's First Annual International Night! We've had so many staff members and parents working to make this event a success.
Here is the schedule for the evening:
When your family arrives, please be sure to grab a passport in the front lobby. Students who receive 5 stamps can be entered in the raffle for a Mancala game.
To help get the kids excited, Mr. Propst will be announcing Fun Facts over more announcements. Stop by our Quiz Stations on Family Night, answer a question about one of these Fun Facts correctly, and win a small prize. There will be 4 stations total.
It really should be a special night. Hope you can join us! For the updated schedule, see http://swiftcreekeswcpssnetptahtml.weebly.com/international-night.html
If you can help volunteer for even half an hour that night, please contact Marie Dexter at email@example.com and let her know your availability.
Do you have any Books to Donate to Our 25 cent bin?
To help all our families purchase books, we will have a 25 cent bin at the Book Fair. If you have gently used books to donate to this bin, please bring them by the office. The money from these sales goes back to purchase books for the school.
Extended: 5th Grade Dedications and Yearbook Orders
Did you forget to put a 5th grade dedication in the yearbook? Please contact Kristy Pickurel at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The form is available at
Also, you can still order your yearbook. See the order form on the PTA web page. If you are interested in sponsoring a page for $10, see the updated order form for a list of pages that are still available. Remember your sponsorship helps keep our yearbook costs low!
Looking for a Great Summer Camp
Did you know that Camp Invention will be at Swift Creek June 18-22?
Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways.
Register at campinvention.org.
For more information, contact Camp Director Monica Coles (email@example.com) or Camp Parent Marie Dexter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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