Swansfield News

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 9:07am
Swansfield Elementary School  

School Hosting Community Circles

Schools Closed January 20 and January 27

Color-Code System for Emergency Building Closures

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday January 15 - Community Circles, 6:30 - 8:00pm

  • Friday January 17 - 1st Grade Field Trip, Maryland Science Center

  • Monday January 20 - Schools Closed

  • Tuesday January 21 - Beginning Instrumental & Swan Singers Concert, 6:30 - 8:00pm

  • Thursday January 23 - 2nd Grade Field Trip; Redistricting Parent Orientation, 6:30 - 8:00pm

  • Friday January 24 - End of 2nd Marking Period

  • Monday January 27 - Schools Closed

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Swansfield Hosting Community Circles Wednesday, January 15

Swansfield is hosting an evening of Community Circles for our current Swansfield familes Wednesday, January 15, from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  During this time, we will come together to process the impact of redistricting on our families and to focus on our strengths as a community moving forward. This is not a space to debate the redistricting decisions. As we want to create a safe space for participants, please know that media will not be permitted. If you have not RSVP'd for this event please do so by Sunday, January 12, here.

New Color-Code System for Emergency Building Closures

HCPSS is now using a color-coding notification system for emergency and other non-scheduled school closings, including for inclement weather. The operating status will be identified on the new Status website and communicated through multiple notification sources.

Read more at https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2019/11/new-website-and-system-for-emergency-closings/

Swansfield also communicates via text and email messages any unscheduled closings and other news of immediate interest.  Anyone not receiving school text messages can text the letter "Y" to 67587 from their cell phone and they will then be enrolled.  Any phone number changes should also be communicated to the school's front office staff.

Young Authors' Contest

The Swansfield Reading Team would like to recognize the following students for participating in the Young Authors’ Contest.

1st Grade: Aghanwi F. Che

2nd Grade: Anika Bakshi, Sloane Heavin, Peyton-Ryn Milner

4th Grade: Sybil-Sarah Arrey-Mbi, Arianna Simone Asiedu

5th Grade: Janell Agyare-Tanor, Priya Bakshi. Zoe Darby, Abigail Greenfield, Sarah Moss

The following students received special recognition:

Short Story Winners: Aghanwi Che, Anika Bakshi, Sybil-Sarah Arrey-Mbi, Priya Bakshi

Poetry Winners: Peyton-Ryn Milner, Sarah Moss

Congratulations and a special thanks to these students for sharing their work with us!

BSAP Spring Saturday Math Academy Registration Opens Saturday, January 11

Certified teachers offer instruction and enrichment in all levels of mathematics to a diverse student population through the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) Saturday Math Academy, offered Saturday mornings February 1–March 14 at Oakland Mills High School. Online and walk-in registration will be available tomorrow, January 11.  For more information visit https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2019/12/registration-opens-for-bsap-spring-2020-saturday-math-academy-january-11/.

Kids Heart Challenge

We will be kicking off our annual Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser for the American Heart Association in less than a month on Monday, February 3rd. This year we will be working on basketball skills during the fundraiser.  Please visit our school's webpage at http://www2.heart.org/goto/swansfield

This year's event will continue through February 28th . 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   

 Wednesday, January 22, Thursday, January 23, and Thursday, January 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Families with children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2020 are invited to attend an information session to learn more about kindergarten at HCPSS. Childcare is available for children ages 2 and older. No registration required.  Choose a session that is convenient for you.  You can find more information including session dates, times and locations here.

Spotlight on Success Winners

Throughout the year 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. For several weeks the spotlight has been on Perseverance. Congratulations to the following students who were caught in the Spotlight:
  • Pre-K: Oliver N, D'ante G, Micah G, Savanna G, Jackeline P, Tony S, Emmanuella K, Melina O
  • Kindergarten: Noah S, Gehisell C, Colton M, Alexa M, Harper A, Dylan S, Lissy M, Sam W, Saqeenah N, Bryce W, Jacob B, Korie C, Rylen C, Berket S, Noah S, Michael H, Phillip J, Kennedi Y, Mohammad A
  • 1st Grade: Brandon J, Shubha K, Lola W, Abigail G, Kainat B, Janista J, Marilyn A, Damone W, Ivy H, Madison L, Amelia M, Lysa B, Hector H, Boris G, Tristen R, Demarco W, Keziah M, Tyriq S, Journi B, Finn B
  • 2nd Grade: Peyton-Ryn M, Z'Khuriah J, Zahra A, Michelle C, Dant'a P, Aiden W, Paul A, Sadia R, Juliana B, Zyvyn N, Madison C, Ethan P, Fritz-Gerald A, Marianna L, Ravnoor S, Declan M, Ethan P, Cason L, Bianca M
  • 3rd Grade: Aaliyah H, Marcus B, Jeremiah H, Khyion B, Brad T, Remi O, Troy J, Justin M, Jalen M, Sofiya K, Skye R, Nolan F, Soraya M, Faizan B, Arthur S
  • 4th Grade: Jonathan D, Zhiyah C, Jordan H, Nathaly G, Laila V, Liam M, Antoine E, Priscillia H, Grayson S, Jacob R, Moises H, Damari K, Hope M, Sierra D, Lucas A, Chrisnie P
  • 5th Grade: Khiyon P, Terell S, Christopher D, Bryant S,  Sarah M, Kaelyn B, Kayden R, Trinity T, Autumn M, Ben H, Yeonee P, Cameron F, Kameron W, Erik A, Oscar C, Jakai H, Eve-Wallen S, Jada W, Ana F, Annalie O

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

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.

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