Swansfield News

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 3:51pm
Swansfield Elementary School  

Register Tomorrow for Saturday Math Academy

Enjoy Chorus and Beginning Instrumental Concerts

School Dance Next Friday

Schools Closed January 21

Upcoming Events:​​​​​​​

  • Saturday January 12: BSAP Saturday Math Academy Spring Session Registration, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (see more below)

  • Monday January 14: Middle School Information Night for families of current 5th grade students at Harper's Choice Middle School, 6:30 pm.

  • Wednesday January 16: Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm

  • Friday January 18: School Spelling Bee, 2:00 pm

  • Friday January 18: PTA Dance, 7-9 pm

  • Monday January 21: Schools/Offices Closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day

  • Wednesday January 23: Beginning Instrumental Concert, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

  • Saturday January 26: Board of Education Coffee and Conversation at SES, 9:30 - 11:00 am (see flier attached below)

  • Monday January 28: Window Opens for Parent/Teacher Conference Registration and continues through February 13

  • Monday January 28: Marking Period Ends.  Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm

  • Tuesday February 5: Schools Closed.  Professional Development Day

  • Wednesday February 6: Report Cards Go Home

  • Friday February 8: Second Quarter Awards Assemblies

  • Thursday February 14: Parent/Teacher Conferences

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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

Grade 5: Ann-Michaela Doe, Laylana Smith, Jonah Campbell, Mursal Nawabi, Aidan Thur

Hope to see you at the b-e-e!

GT Placement Orientation

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

See the attached flyer for more information.

Coffee & Conversation Flyer - SES.pdf 

Kids Heart Challenge

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 find school 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

Visitor Procedures

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.

Connect With Our PTA

Learn more about upcoming PTA activities, how you can get involved, and even join the PTA if you haven't done so already.  Visit http://swansfieldpta.org/

Visit http://swansfieldpta.org/newsletters/ to catch up on all things PTA.

Community News and Programs

Please visit the Community News and Programs page at http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/ for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.