Generous Gift Helps Fund Several Swansfield Initiatives
Last year through the generous donation of community benefactors Lillian and Don Bauder, the Bauder Fund was established at Swansfield Elementary School to help fund initiatives that promote staff and student development. The gift stipulates the use of the funds over a ten year period. This year the gift has helped promote our staff's study of restorative justice and also helped fund student recognition for being good community members. We are very fortunate to have such community support helping our school further its mission to educate and nurture our children.
Saturday Math Academy Spring Session Registration Opens Tomorrow
The Black Student Achievement Program's Saturday Math Academy offers mentoring and enrichment in mathematics to students in grades 3-12. Students will have opportunities to engage in STEM related activities and chess instruction. You may register online at http://www.hcpss.org/schools/bsap/saturday-mathacademy/ or register in person at Oakland Mills High School tomorrow, January 12, from 9 am to 12:00 pm. Registration fee is $80 and must be paid at registration. The session will begin February 2 and continue through March 23.
Swansfield School Spelling Bee
Congratulations to the following students who will be participating in Swansfield's School Spelling Bee at 2 pm on January 18th in the cafeteria. These 4th and 5th graders earned a chance to compete in the school spelling bee after being one of the top five spellers in their respective team bees.
Grade 4 : Kristen Arthungal, Annalie Osei-Bonsu, Yeonee Pak, Zoe Perkins, Nathan Rodriguez
Parents who are interested in learning more about the GT placement process for 4th grade math and middle school can plan to attend one of two information sessions planned by Swansfield Gifted and Talented teachers. The sessions will be held in Ms. Malcotti's classroom from 4:00 to 4:30 pm and from 5:30 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 14, during parent/teacher conferences.
Board of Education Coffee and Conversation, Saturday, January 26
We kicked off our annual Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser for the American Heart Association this past Monday. This year we will be working on basketball skills during the fundraiser. Please visit our school's webpage athttp://www2.heart.org/goto/seshfh2019
This year's event will continue through February 2. Any donations collected locally and NOT online should be turned in by that date.
Thank you for supporting our school and the American Heart Association!
Road To Kindergarten Workshops
Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2019?
Please join us for an information session about kindergarten in the Howard County Public School System. At this workshop you will learn:
Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit)
Details about the kindergarten program
Information about HCPSS kindergarten registration
Ways that families and children can be supported during the transition to kindergarten
Sessions are designed for adults only. Child care is available for children ages 2 and older. Doors will open at 6 pm to allow time for parking, child care drop off, and check-in. Sessions begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Choose a session that is convenient for you. No registration is required.
Wednesday, January 23 at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia
Thursday, January 24 at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City
Wednesday, January 30 at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia
FARMs Program Provides Many Benefits For Eligible Families
The Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs) program provides access to an array of services for qualified families including free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, free SAT and ACT registration, free tuition to take college courses at Howard Community College while still enrolled in high school, free college applications, reduced AP exam fees, reduced costs for a number of services provided by Howard County Rec and Parks, Columbia Association and Comcast, and much more. Visit theHCPSS website for more information and to apply.
Where To Find Emergency Closing Information
Winter is here! Make sure you know where to findschool closing notifications.
Congratulations Spotlight Winners
We congratulate our Spotlight Winners for the past few weeks. These students have demonstrated they follow our school rules and are Safe, Respectful and Responsible.
Pre-K: Dylan R, Emmanuel B, Therwin G, Kamar C
Kindergarten: Brayden P, Dayon D, Logan R, K'myiah H, Luna M, Addison D, Jo'siah E, Angie R
1st Grade: Kamerin A, Zahra A, Victoria G, Anthony E, Ben N, Jahziah B, Evelin E, Declan M, Hazaiah D, Winifred C
2nd Grade: Owen P, Arthur S, Colin S, Troy J, Deshawn G, Braden K
3rd Grade: Audrey P, Edwin M, Moises H, Ryan D, Gabby R, Kevin F, Gloria V, Juliette D
4th Grade: Brasela L, Britney K, Kevin M, Jeremiah S, Navika S, Kamaryn V, Karen G, TJJ
5th Grade: Brielle K, Imani S, Rashad L, Dabria S, Stephanie G, Nastasja F, Yididiya A, Lucy M
Howard County Public School System welcomes visitors to our schools. To limit interruptions and distractions to teaching and learning and to maximize safety for all, persons who wish to visit a school are asked to comply with the following procedures:
Anyone wishing to visit the school building during the school day should call the front office and pre-register for an appointment prior to the date of the visit. Absent an emergency, requests to meet with a classroom teacher or other staff member should be made at least 24-hours in advance to allow staff sufficient time to make arrangements for substitute coverage, as necessary.
Visitors dropping off items for a student in the front office, and who will not otherwise be proceeding into the school building, may do so without being required to sign in.
All other visitors must provide their identification and sign in on a visitor register in the front office upon arriving at school before proceeding to any other part of the school building.
Once signed in, the visitor will be issued a school-produced visitor badge, which must be displayed at all times while the visitor remains in the school building.
Visitors must remain in approved areas only and at all times act in a manner appropriate to the orderly operation of the school and the learning environment. Any visitor who engages in uncooperative or disruptive behavior will be required to leave the premises immediately.
We appreciate your cooperation as we work together to build a safe and productive learning environment for all our students.
Volunteers/Chaperones Must Complete Training
All volunteers and field trip chaperones in HCPSS schools must complete the online training course prior to volunteering (see link below), print a completion certificate and return it to the front office. If you are unable to access online a printed version is available at school.