Swansfield News

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 11:29am

Update on Last Day of School

Volunteers Needed for Field Day

Title I Survey

Year-End Flurry of Activities

Upcoming Events:​​​​​​​

  • Monday May 6: Talk With Me, 6:30 pm (see more below)

  • Tuesday May 7: Beginning Band/Orchestra Concert, 6:30 pm

  • Wednesday May 8: Bike To School Day (see more below)

  • Wednesday May 8: 4th Grade Field Trip, Buppert's Farm

  • Wednesday May 8: Bridges Field Trip, Biztown

  • Monday May 13: 5th Grade Field Trip, Washington, DC

  • Tuesday May 14: Pre-K Field Trip, Baltimore Zoo

  • Thursday May 16: Field Day (see more below)

  • Thursday May 16: 4th Quarter Interim Reports Issued

  • Friday May 17: Early Dismissal, 12:10 pm

  • Tuesday May 21: 5th Grade Visits Middle School

  • Tuesday May 21: 2nd Grade Field Trip, Howard County Conservancy

  • Wednesday May 22: 4th Grade Rocket Launch

  • Thursday May 23: Celebration of Learning, 6:30 pm

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Update on the Last Day of School

Please note the following changes that have been approved to the school calendar: 

  • Tuesday, June 18: Last Day of Pre-K
  • Wednesday, June 19: Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm
  • Thursday, June 20: Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm
  • Friday, June 21: Last Day of School.  Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm

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 Swansfieldany 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/


Please Volunteer To Help On Field Day and Enjoy The Fun With Our Students

Please consider donating your time for our annual Field Day on May 16.  This day is always full of fun, friendship and fabulous sportsmanship!  We need 80 volunteers to staff the morning grades Pre-K AM and 3-5 (8:45 - 11:15 am) and afternoon grades Pre-K PM and K-2 (12:00 - 3:00 pm) sessions. Many students consider Field Day the best day of the year, in large part due to your presence. 
Colors assigned to each grade for field day are listed below so your child can dress accordingly:
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten - Orange
  • 1st Grade - Purple
  • 2nd Grade - Yellow
  • 3rd Grade - Blue
  • 4th Grade - Green
  • 5th Grade - Red

PARCC Testing Continues for Intermediate Grade Students

PARCC testing at Swansfield Elementary is underway for third, fourth and fifth graders.  The math section of the assessment will be administered in the next two weeks. Please see the remaining dates below for each grade level.  Please support your student by making sure that he/she gets a good night's sleep and is on time for school each day.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the Assistant Principal, Lauren Beaman.

  • Third Grade Math May 7-9, 14
  • Fourth Grade Math May 6, 8-9, 14
  • Fifth Grade Math May 7-9, 14

Bike To School Next Wednesday, May 8

Swansfield students are invited to ride their bikes to school next Wednesday as we celebrate national Bike to School Day.  Bicycles will be secured from 8:45 am until student dismissal at 3:10 pm.  Students arriving late or leaving early that day will not be able to participate since staff won't be available to assist with the bicycles during the school day. Students should plan to bring their bicycles to the front of the school by the flagpole near the bridge.  Mr. Berry will meet students there.

Families of 5th Grade Students, You're Invited...

Harper's Choice Middle School invites the incoming 6th graders to our Night of Excellence.  This event will showcase music ensembles, a selection from this year's musical The Little Mermaid Jr, a cultural fashion show, and presentations by the G/T Instructional Seminar participants. Come check out what you can get involved in next year as a 6th grader at Harper's Choice Middle.  Join us May 16th from 6:30 - 8:15pm and preview all that middle school has to offer. We look forward to seeing you.

Title I Survey - Feedback Needed!

Swansfield is a schoolwide Title I school and as such parent involvement is critically important. Our school staff and HCPSS value your input and partnership in supporting the academic success of your child.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey regarding school improvement, climate, and family engagement. This will be used to evaluate our Title I program so that we can better serve you.  Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. Please complete the online survey by Friday, May 24, 2019.

Access the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMRchYD2Wx7naOo8zMpmMKY5t3g4A6QvhF-j6mOk5xJaZ_mQ/viewform

In Spanish: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLrx_6ye53oiC--3AJOJK3BITeIkamGXM61j0tAItpWXYSXg/viewform

G/T Teacher Receives Recognition

Congratulations to Gifted/Talented Resource Teacher Tara Diventi, the first ever recipient of the Green Apple Award for elementary teachers.  The award is presented as part of a joint program of the Howard County Conservancy and the Environmental Sustainability Board of Howard County, which is appointed through the County Executive. Tara was recognized for going above and beyond her daily responsibilities and increasing student awareness of environmental issues at Swansfield Elementary.  You can learn all about the school's programs promoting environmental awareness and sustainability at https://www.sesgreenschool.com/

Join Us for Talk With Me Program for Parents Of Young Children

If you are expecting or have a baby or young child through age 3, please join us for Talk With Me on Monday, May 6, at 6:30pm. At this workshop parents and caregivers will learn about how babies learn through simple interactions, and what you can do to help your baby’s development. All who attend can bring home free, gently-used board books. Snacks and babysitting for older siblings will be provided by Swansfield PTA. For more information please visit https://ses.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/ses-talk-with-me.pdf

Seasonal Allergies Affect Students

Seasonal allergies can affect anyone at any time.  Health Room staff hears frequently, "I have not been diagnosed with allergies" or "I have never had allergies before".  Seasonal allergies are something to consider if cold-like symptoms are not resolving.

Students may not stay inside for PE or recess unless the health room has a doctor's note with information about pollen count restrictions and duration of the restriction. If you have questions or concerns, please call the school health room.

Visit Our School's Native Plant Garden

Last fall, Rebecca Seering, 5th grade teacher, was awarded a $750 grant from the Howard County Conservancy to use for a biodiversity project at Swansfield. She asked the Green Beanz to help her organize this project.  The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Green Beanz decided to make a native plant garden to replace the one that was lost during construction.  They researched plants, chose hearty, drought resistant varieties, and contacted HCPSS ground crews to prepare the planting area on the side of the school building between 4th and 5th grades. After measuring, mapping out plant placement, and building garden beds, the Green Beanz planted the flowers last week.  The grant, in conjunction with proceeds from the yard sales, funded the purchase of flowers and vegetables that will fill the native garden in the future.  Please stop by and visit the garden.  Thanks for your support!

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: Mackenzie A, Diego R, Mackenzie A, Diego R
  • Kindergarten: Genesis D, Madison L, Desmond A, Genesis D, Madison L, Desmond A
  • 1st Grade: Blen A, Anjelyn N, Lauren L, Da'mond G, Melinda H, Kaylyne M, Jamar B, Ryan M
  • 2nd Grade: Juan C, Rakeb A, Jaslyne R, Colin S, Ryan C, Meliyah W
  • 3rd Grade: Demonte S, Jamiyah R, Sierra D, Ryan D, Ariyanah M, Juliette D
  • 4th Grade: Nathan R, David B, Alessa C, Ana F, Jayden C, Amanuel B
  • 5th Grade: Arden W, Yididiya A, Essence H, Todd P

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.