Swansfield News: September 20, 2019

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 2:07pm

Kindergarten and First Grade Family Learning Night

Flu Clinic Scheduled

Schools Close 9/30 and 10/9

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday September 25: PTA Meeting, 6:30pm

  • Monday September 30: Schools/Offices Closed

  • Wednesday October 2: Walk to School Day

  • Wednesday October 2: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Level Night, 6:15 pm (see more below)

  • Monday October 7: World Bully Awareness Day.  WEAR BLUE.

  • Tuesday October 8: Hispanic College and Career Ready Meeting, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

  • Wednesday October 9: Schools/Offices Closed

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Kindergarten and First Grade Family Learning Night October 2

Parents/guardians of kindergarten and first grade students, please plan to join us Wednesday, October 2, from 6:15 to 7:45 pm for Family Learning Night.  While our K-1 students engage in activities that spread kindness throughout our community, parents/guardians will participate in learning sessions focused on literacy and math. Childcare will be provided for younger and older siblings. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

School Counseling Monthly Newsletter

Beginning this school year, we are now sharing a monthly newsletter with information from our school counselors as well as the HCPSS School Counseling Department. The newsletter shares helpful information from a local as well as national perspective of various programs and efforts to improve student success through school counseling programs. Please use the link below to read September's issue.

September Elementary School Counseling Newsletter.pdf 

Flu Clinic Scheduled for October 30

Flu season is fast approaching! Our Flu Clinic will be held Wednesday, October 30.  If you would like your child to receive the vaccine, you can follow either of the options below:

  1. Complete the online consent at www.vaccineconsent.com, OR
  2. Complete and return the consent form sent home earlier this week in Monday folders

We also need 2-3 parent volunteers for the clinic. Please call the Health Room at 410-313-5621 if interested! Thank you!

Seminar Applications Due Next Friday

Parents of students in grades 2-5 should look in this coming Monday folder for Student Interest Seminar Applications.  All applications are due Friday, September 27. 

Registration Opens September 21 for BSAP Saturday Math Academy

The Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) will hold student registration for Saturday Math Academy (SMA) tomorrow, Saturday, September 21, at Oakland Mills High School (9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia) from 9:00 am until capacity is reached.  You can find additional information and also register online at https://www.hcpss.org/schools/bsap/saturday-math-academy/. The link to the registration form will become active at 9:00 am when walk-in registration opens.

Community Conversation on Restorative Justice at Rouse Theater October 7

The HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in sponsorship with the Howard County Education Association and the Restorative Justice Partnership, will be hosting a community conversation on restorative justice.  Please plan to attend October 7 from 6-9 pm in the Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School.  Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 pm.  Please see the attached flier for details.

What is Restorative Justice.pdf  

Student, Parent, Family and Community Engagement

As we begin another great year at Swansfield, we want to be sure all families are aware of HCPSS Policy 10000, Student, Parent, Family and Community Engagement. The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the school system that endorse and encourage meaningful partnerships between and among schools, parents, families, and the community to support the social, emotional and academic growth of students.

Policy 10000 – Student, Parent, Family and Community Engagement

Changes in Elementary Report Cards

To align with changes recently made to HCPSS Policy 8010 Grading and Reporting, the PreK-5 Learning Behaviors section of the report card will be modified. Similar or related learning behaviors will be combined to support parents and teachers in identifying areas of focus.  Learn more at https://www.hcpss.org/academics/learning-behaviors/

Emergency Card Procedures with Family File

HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information.  Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect, selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File.  Instructions are available online.

Free and Reduced Meals Program

Parents of students who quality for Free and Reduced Meals must submit a new application every school year.  Details on the HCPSS Free and Reduced Meals program are online, including how to apply.  Paper applications were sent home in the communication folder this week.  If you need assistance please contact Family Liaison Deborah Slater at 410-313-6907 or by email at deborah_slater@hcpss.org

Spotlight on Success Winners

Each month Swansfield Elementary is recognizing students who shine by demonstrating one of our six Success Factors, which are Kindness, Self-Control, Perseverance, Empathy, Accountability and Hope.  These past two weeks the spotlight has been on Kindness. Congratulations to the following students who were caught being KIND:
  • Pre-K: Jennah E, Jezelle B, Joga S, Tony S
  • Kindergarten: Martellus V, Nolawit B, Riley P, Genesis K, Lillian N, Cami J, London M
  • 1st Grade: Brayden S, Penelope A, Addison D, Malik H, Amelia M, Safira A, Genesis D, Emilianna C, Gizelle G, Layla B
  • 2nd Grade: Laila M, Juliana B, Drew J, Axelle A, Sloane H, Leo K, Yue N, Olamibode A, Michelle C, Kaylyne M
  • 3rd Grade: Zulma M, William D, David A, Sonia P, Gabriel S, Jojo A, Paula H, Holly H, Lois B
  • 4th Grade:  Gabby R, Kasey M, Arianna A, Sybil A, Aniah J, David E, Anaya M, Liley B, Diamond G
  • 5th Grade: Gabby D, Aa'Morah N, David B, Z'Rae B, Scarlett S, Josiah W, Trae'Qwan P, Nyla C, Stefany O, Sean M

School Visitor Procedures

The 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 campus, building or classroom are asked to comply with the following procedures:

  • Anyone wishing to visit a school is asked to contact the Principal to discuss the purpose of the visit and to establish a convenient time for both the visitor and the school.
  • The school will arrange for an escort for the visitor.
  • Upon entering a school, all visitors must sign in at the main office and receive a visitor badge. Visitors will be required to provide a photo ID.
  • To avoid interrupting instruction, no students are allowed to shadow HCPSS students.
  • Understandably, interactions between visitors and school staff and students will be limited.
  • If a follow-up meeting with school staff is desired, the visitor will schedule it for a mutually convenient time.

In addition to the HCPSS guidelines above, Swansfield Elementary will follow the Howard
County Educators Association negotiated agreement to ensure a teacher is notified 24 hours in advance, either orally or in writing, of a visitor to his/her classroom. The teacher may request that the visit be rescheduled based on the instructional needs and the best interests of the students in his/her classroom.

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/monthly-bulletin/ 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.