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Tue, 08/18/2020 - 1:30pm

Dear Swansfield Families,

As we receive more information and finalize details pertaining to the HCPSS and Swansfield 2020-21 school year opening, we'll be sharing updates as needed to ensure you have the latest information available.  

School Supply List: For the 2020-21 school year, there is one supply list for all elementary schools. Please see the attached list.  If you need assistance with school supplies, please email our school counselor, Mrs. Richter, at alesia_richter@hcpss.org with your child(ren)'s name(s) and grade level(s). 
ES_Supply_List_2020.pdf 

Swansfield Distribution Days for ALL Students:  Swansfield Elementary will host two distribution days for parents to pick up the following materials:  

  • Curriculum and Instruction Materials - All students grades PreK-5 will be receiving grade level curricular packs from HCPSS.  
  • Chromebooks - Chromebooks will be distributed to all students grades PreK-5.  Students who already have a Chromebook assigned to them will keep their current device.  New students, or students who did not receive a Chromebook in the spring, will be assigned a Chromebook at this time.  

Please check the following schedule for your assigned pick up time.  More detailed information will be provided closer to the distribution dates.  We appreciate your support and flexibility as we work to ensure all students have the materials they need for a successful start to the school year.

Student's Last Name Starts With....          Date               Time     
Ab - Ak Tuesday, September 1st 9:00 - 9:30 am
Al - Av Tuesday, September 1st 9:30 - 10:00 am
Ba - Bo Tuesday, September 1st 10:00 - 10:30 am
Br - By Tuesday, September 1st 10:30 - 11:00 am
C-Day Tuesday, September 1st 11:00 - 11:30 am
De - F Tuesday, September 1st 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
G Tuesday, September 1st 12:00 - 12:30 pm
H Tuesday, September 1st 12:30 - 1:00 pm
I - J Tuesday, September 1st 1:00 - 1:30 pm
K Wednesday, September 2nd 9:00 - 9:30 am
L Wednesday, September 2nd 9:30 - 10:00 am
M - Mc Wednesday, September 2nd 10:00 - 10:30 am
Me - My Wednesday, September 2nd 10:30 - 11:00 am
N - O Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00  - 11:30 am
P - R Wednesday, September 2nd 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sa - Si Wednesday, September 2nd 12:00 - 12:30 pm
Sm - Sy Wednesday, September 2nd 12:30 - 1:00 pm
T - V Wednesday, September 2nd 1:00 - 1:30 pm
W - Z Wednesday, September 2nd 1:30 - 2:00 pm

Swansfield Staff Neighborhood Parade: Our amazing staff members have planned a neighborhood drive-thru on August 24th beginning at 10:30am.  Please look for an email in the near future from SES staff sharing the details.  

Student Schedules: Sample student schedules for all grades can be found HERE. We have attached the schedules for grades K-5 for your reference.

Fall Schedules by Grade Level.pdf 

All children must have the required State of Maryland immunizations in order to attend school, including in districts utilizing virtual instruction. Parents are responsible for providing proof of immunization to the school prior to the student attending or proof of an appointment for necessary immunizations within 20 calendar days of the first day of school. To help our students obtain the necessary vaccines, HCPSS Health Services continues to partner with the Howard County Health Department (HCHD) and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP) to offer several immunization clinics for any student who may need them. These clinics will take place outdoors at some HCPSS school buildings during the week of September 21. Multiple vaccines will be offered at no cost to families. Parents/guardians will complete the online consent process prior to the clinic dates. More details are forthcoming. More information on immunization requirements can be found online: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/IMMUN/Shared%20Documents/Min_Vacc_Req%2020_21_Final.pdf.  Please contact Kerrie Wagaman at kerrie_wagaman@hcpss.org or Shannon Blount at shannon_blount@hcpss.org in health services with any questions.

Reminders/Important Dates:

  • Monday, August 24: 
    • Swansfield Staff Neighborhood Parade beginning at 10:30am
  • Tuesday, August 25:
    • Last day to order Spiritwear - 
  • Tuesday, September 1: 
    • Distribution of Materials for ALL students - Last Names A-K
    • Back to School Night presentations for PreSchool, PreK, grades K-2, GT
      • 6:00 PM - PreSchool, PreK, K, 1, 2
      • 7:00 PM - Gifted & Talented
  • Wednesday, September 2:
    • Distribution of Materials for ALL students - Last Names L-Z
    • Back to School Night presentations for grades 3-5, Band/Strings
      • 6:00 PM - Grades 3-5
      • 7:00PM - Band & Strings
  • Friday, September 4:
    • Virtual Open House
      • PreSchool - 9:00 - 9:30 AM
      • PreK- 9:45 - 10:15 AM
      • Kindergarten - 9:45 - 10:15 AM
      • 1st Grade - 10:30 - 11:00 AM
      • 2nd Grade - 11:15 - 11:45 AM
      • 3rd Grade - 12:30 - 1:00 PM
      • 4th Grade - 1:15 - 1:45 PM
      • 5th Grade - 2:00 - 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, September 8:
    •  First day of school for students in grades K-5
  • Thursday, September 10:
    • First day of school for Pre-Kindergarten students and PreSchool students

Please complete or update your Family File before September 8, 2020.  Parents must complete the Family File every year.  Please visit www.hcpss.org/connect.

Families may apply or renew their application for the Free and Reduced Meals Program (FARMS) HERE.

If you do not have computer access, please contact one of the following staff members to assist you with completion of your Family File and FARMS application.   You may contact any of the staff members below.  However, please note that different staff members have different start dates.

  • Deborah Slater, Family Involvement Liaison, available now at 443-741-1030.  If you reach voicemail, leave a message and she will return your call.
  • Pat Bratchie, Teachers' Secretary, M-F, 9am-4pm, beginning August 21st at 443-832-3079.
  • Tamekah Wilkins, Black Student Achievement Liaison, M-F, 9am-4pm, beginning August 25th at 410-995-8286.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead as summer winds down.  Until next time...
 
Sincerely,
Laurel Porter, Lauren Beaman, Howard Carter
Swansfield Administration