Swansfield News

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 4:19pm

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration Continue

Smile for Spring Pictures...Please Note Changes to Ordering Process

Around the World in One Night at Swansfield's International Night

Upcoming Events:​​​​​​​

  • Wednesday March 27: Spring/Class Picture Day

  • Thursday March 28: International Night, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Tuesday April 2: 2nd Grade Field Trip, Chesapeake Arts Center

  • Thursday April 4: Hearing and Vision Screening

  • Friday April 5: Marking Period Ends.  Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm for All Students

  • Tuesday April 9: 5th Grade Field Trip, Howard County Conservancy

  • Thursday April 11: 3rd Quarter Report Cards Issues

  • Friday April 12: Career Day (see more below)

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Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration Continue for School Year 2019-20

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 1, 2019, it's time to register for Kindergarten.  Similarly, if you have a child who will be four years old by September 1, parents can enroll the child in our Pre-Kindergarten program.  Families can visit Swansfield any school day between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm to enroll their students for next school year. More information can be found at http://www.hcpss.org/enroll/.  If you choose, parents/guardians can begin the Kindergarten registration process online and complete in school.  Visit https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2019/03/2019-2020-kindergarten-registration-online-enrollment-open-completion-in-schools-march-11-15-2019/

Spring Picture Day is March 27

Spring pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, March 27.  Information was sent home in Monday folders this week.  Every student will be photographed and within a few weeks picture packages will be sent home for families to decide what they would like to purchase. Class pictures will also be taken on this date, however the class pictures must be ordered and paid for in advance.  Please note this if you would like to have one as a keepsake.

Middle School Placement Forms Due Next Friday

Parents of 5th grade students, please remember that your child's middle school placement forms must be returned to school by next Friday, March 29.  Thank you!

Celebrate our Diversity at International Night

Our PTA has been hard at work planning Swansfield's International Night, which will be held Thursday evening, March 28th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please plan to join us and see the display boards showcasing different countries, sample delicious food, and see a variety of performances showcasing different cultures.We hope you can join us for this fun night while we celebrate the Swansfield Community!

Hearing and Vision Screening

The Howard County Health Department will be conducting our annual Hearing and Vision Clinic on April 4, with a re-screen scheduled on April 11.  All students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade, as well as any students newly relocated to Maryland, will be automatically screened unless we receive a written objection.  Teachers may also refer students from grades 2-5. Please check your child(ren)'s folders for paperwork in case of referral.

Swansfield Hosting Career Day....and We Need You!

Swansfield will be hosting a schoolwide Career Day on Friday, April 12, and we are looking for presenters! Do you have a career you’d like to share with students? Do you know someone with an interesting career? Do you have a friend or family member who might be willing to participate? Presentations will be about 20 minutes. If you are interested or would like more information, you can sign up athttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFSJZGPDdeDJWOWkFmqzqdCPmT4OkaPDwaRINqrDhesNhOlg/viewformor, contact Alesia Richter alesia_richter@hcpss.org or Deborah Slater deborah_slater@hcpss.org. Thank you for your support!

Revised School Calendar Due to Inclement Weather Days

Howard County public schools have closed due to inclement weather five days this school year: November 15, January 14 and 30, February 11 and February 20. That is one day more than the four inclement weather days identified on the 2018-2019 academic calendar. The last day of school is currently scheduled to be Friday, June 21, with the final three days dismissing three hours early.

The Board of Education will have discussions on how to account for the fifth inclement weather day used, and any necessary subsequent days, at a future public meeting. Maryland state law requires schools to be in session for a minimum of 180 days each year, and waivers to this requirement must be approved by the Maryland State Board. These are not automatically granted even when a State of Emergency is in effect.

HCPSS will continue to update parents, staff and students on any future adjustments made to the academic calendar.

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: Wongel A, Mohammad A, Matthew C, Alexa M
  • Kindergarten: Eyobed S, Yeilyn G, Gideon M, Steven Z, Jayla H, Omari K, Temi O, Skai T, Thomas L
  • 1st Grade: Celia P, Jonathan A, Zyvyn N, Matthew O, Axelle A, Ray A, Chrystina J, Emyiah H, Kendell M
  • 2nd Grade:  Kaylie T, Christian C, Khyion B, Isaac S, Johann J, Ariana M, Faizan B
  • 3rd Grade: Kenneth S, Rafael B, Gabrielle M, Michaela T
  • 4th Grade: Kahlil M, Z'Rae B, Kharisma G, Jason K, Kaelyn B, Chloe M, Cameron F, Samelia S
  • 5th Grade: Jaidyn J, Aaliyah B, Andrew H, Ronan M, Kristian S, Judith H, Paxton W

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 the HCPSS website for more information and to apply.

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.