Swansfield News

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:16am

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration Continue

Enjoy Spring Break April 15-22

Upcoming Events:​​​​​​​

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

  • Friday April 12: Career Day

  • Monday April 15 through Monday April 22: Spring Break.  Schools Closed

  • Wednesday April 24: Report Cards Issued

  • Wednesday April 24: PTA Talent and Fashion Show, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

  • Friday April 26: Third Quarter Awards Assemblies (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/

GT Summer Institutes Still Accepting Registrations

The HCPSS GT Summer Institutes are still accepting registrations for the summer 2019 program.  Spaces are available in a variety of elementary classes that provide enrichment experiences in technology, science, engineering, advanced art, and more. Visit https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/ for further information.  Please make sure to click on the GT SITD link towards the bottom of the page.  Classes with a few open spots are noted on the attached list.


Free Spring Break Meals Program Will Serve Howard County Children, April 15-18

The Howard County Public School System is partnering with the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, the Howard County Library System and the Community Action Council of Howard County to provide nutrition for children in need during Spring Break.

Lunches will be served from 11:30 am -1 pm, Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18 at the following locations:

    The Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia
    Howard County Library East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
    North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel

All children ages 18 and younger will receive a free meal. There is no application, enrollment or cost for this Spring Break meal program.

Third Quarter Awards Assemblies Will Recognize Students' Achievements

We will recognize students' third quarter efforts during Awards Assemblies scheduled for Friday, April 26 in the morning and afternoon.  We will celebrate students in grades K-2 at a 9:10 am assembly, and grades 3-5 at 2:10 pm. The following awards will be presented:

  • Exemplary Attendance for students who have been present and on time 96% of school days.
  • Honor Roll for students in grades 1-2 who have all I's and W's, a 1 or 2 for all effort grades, a 1 or 2 for all learning behaviors, and no office referrals;  Students in grades 3-5 who have all A's and B's, and the same other criteria listed for students in grades 1-2.
  • Principal's Award for students who have earned all I's and 1's or all A's and 1's.
  • Community Contributor Award  for one boy and one girl from each homeroom who have demonstrated care, compassion and dedication to his/her classroom community and/or school community.
  • Soaring Swan Award for one student from each homeroom who has exhibited exceptional effort throughout the quarter.

Parents of students receiving the Community Contributor Award and Soaring Swan Award will be notified in advance. 

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: Barak K, Bryce W
  • Kindergarten: Lyriq' F, Kaylan R, Londyn D, Daneily S, Jerrod C, Dyllan J, Zayden N, Janista J, Dezerae P
  • 1st Grade: Zohar Y, Anjelyn N, Bianca M, Amen B, Glen D, Logan C, Gabriel V, Michael D, Melanie G, Winifred C
  • 2nd Grade: Sonia P, Chloe W, Ibukun F,  Kami R, Hermione B, Jordan S, Jayden L
  • 3rd Grade: Jahaziel S, Noah O, Fitsum A, Tony S, Spark L, Sierra D, Mason P
  • 4th Grade: Collinda T,  Brandon S, Funmike F, Jaden L, Gabriella D, Nicholas K, Abigail G, Kevin M
  • 5th Grade: Jaidyn J, Leslie R, Inarra S, Joey D, Breya H, Dominic T, Rashad L, Brandon R

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.

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.