January 12, 2018 

Volume 27, Issue 4                                       Friday, January 12, 2017

Important Dates

There is no school Monday, January 15, to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

January 26: Supermarket Sweep Raffle

February 1, 7:00: School Committee Meeting

February 3, 1:30-3:30: Winter Warmer and Basket Raffle (2/10/18 snow date)

February 8, 6:30-8:00: TEAM SRS Meeting

February 16: Mobile Dentist

February 19-23: Winter Break

May 24: Spring Concert (evening event)

June 19: Last Day of School




Welcome 2018! It always amazes me how much we accomplish in the first four months of school. I couldn’t be more proud of the students and staff at SRS. The level of academic achievement and the character of this community are top notch. This is evidenced by the work hanging in the hallways, the publishing parties, the reading project demonstrations in the classrooms, concerts, physical activities, TEAM SRS events, and the support and kindness that the staff and children provide to each other every day.

This is the time of year when everyone makes resolutions for the New Year. As I reflected on my resolutions, I realized I had not been reading as much as I used to as technology takes over. I have set a goal to read one book a month. I know we all hope children share the same goal of reading books at home, but finding the time can pose a challenge. Keeping a stash of books in the car and around the house can help keep reading as an option throughout the day. If you need some new books for your home library, we have an abundance of free books for children to take home. Encouraging the book buddy reading model at home may also help children work reading time into their day. I know that I love to see siblings and friends reading to one another.

I wish all of you luck with your 2018 goals, whatever they may be, and I hope that this year brings us all a little closer to our best selves, and our best practices. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all of our families, staff and community members who support the great work happening here at SRS. We are truly a special place. Lastly, I’d like to wish all of our SRS families and staff a very Happy New Year. May 2018 find you prosperous and healthy.





Save the Date!



Saturday, April 14, 2018




T.E.A.M. SRS Update

This year, Supermarket Sweep will be held on Sunday, January 28. The drawing will be held on Friday, January 26 at Community Sing, so fill out the attached flyer for your chance to grab as many groceries as you can in 2 minutes at Hannaford Supermarket in Athol! Only 150 tickets will be sold! You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.

Check out our flyer for information on our new event, the first Swift River Winter Warmer on Saturday, February 3 from 1:30-3:30 PM. We hope you will join us for an afternoon of sledding, skiing, and snowshoeing with snacks, coffee, and hot cocoa around the bonfire! Food donations for the event will be gladly accepted. Larry will build a sledding hill for us to play on, so bring your sleds! You can also bring cross country skis or snowshoes to use on the Nature Trail. Tickets for the Classroom Raffle Baskets will be drawn during the Winter Warmer at 2:30 PM. See the attached flyer to purchase tickets. Final ticket sales will be held at the event. Come have fun with us!

Get a sneak peek at our new tee shirt design on the attached flyer. The new shirts feature updated styles, extra soft cotton, and in-house artwork. The deadline to order tee shirts or hoodies is Saturday, February 3, and we will take final orders at our Winter Warmer event. If you didn’t get a chance to see the shirts at the Winter Concert, we will have some on sale and for display at the Winter Warmer. Get your new Swift River School tee shirt or hoodie now!

Join us at next month’s TEAM SRS meeting on Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 PM in the Café. Childcare will be provided free of charge in the Gym!

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