Swansfield Newsletter

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 6:06pm

"Interest"ing Seminars for Students

Pumped Up Recess!

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday September 22: Saturday Math Academy Parent Information Meeting (see more below)

  • Saturday September 29: PTA Fall Festival, 2:00-5:00 pm (see more below)

  • Tuesday October 2: Walk to School Day

  • Tuesday October 2: Hispanic College and Career Ready Meeting, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

  • Wednesday October 3: Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm. 

  • Thursday October 18: Pre-K AM Class Field Trip to Elioak Farm

  • Friday October 19: Schools Closed, Professional Work Day

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Applications Due Monday For G/T Interest Seminars For 2nd-5th Grade Students

Interest Seminar applications are due this coming Monday, September 24th.  If your child has misplaced the seminar form, please email Mrs. Diventi, Ms. Malcotti or your student's homeroom teacher by Monday.  Students learned about the following opportunities this week:

  • 2nd grade - Unbind the Mind
  • 3rd grade - Forensics, Green Beanz, Unheard Perspectives
  • 4th grade - I Spy, Green Beanz, Unheard Perspectives
  • 5th grade - 24 Club, Green Beanz

Donations Needed for Pumped Up Recess

Next Friday, September 28, our students can spend 20 spotlights to participate in a special Pumped Up Recess activity.  In order to provide this for the entire school, we need donations of kickballs, sidewalk chalk and/or nontoxic bubbles.  If you are able to help, please drop off your donations by Thursday, September 27.  As always, thank you for your support!

Reserve Your Spot for Yard Sale

Don't miss out!  $5 will reserve your spot for the Be Green, Get Green Yard Sale our Green Beanz Team will be holding at the Fall Festival September 29 from 2-5pm.  All proceeds will be used to buy native plants for the school.  Please contact Tara Diventi at tara_diventi@hcpss.org or Laine Malcotti at marolene_malcotti@hcpss.org if you would like to reserve a spot.  Hope to see you there!

Emergency Card Procedures with Family File

HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. By now parents/guardians should have verified and/or updated information for each child.  If you haven't done so already, please log in to HCPSS Connect, select the Family File tab and then click 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. If you need assistance please contact Family Liaison Deborah Slater at 410-313-6907 or by email atdeborah_slater@hcpss.org

Congratulations Spotlight Winners

We congratulate our Spotlight Winners for the past two weeks.  These students have demonstrated they follow our school rules and are Safe, Respectful and Responsible.
  • Pre-K:  Wongel A, Emmanuel B, Mason T, Harper W
  • Kindergarten: Penelope A, Cataleya I, Jaiden R, Ivy H, Thomas L, Elsa N, Gizelle G, Ashley M, Ernest G, Jasmine D
  • 1st Grade:  Blen A, Laila M, Ava S, Axelle A, Aiden W, Ray A, Michael D, Anthony E, Juliana B
  • 2nd Grade:  Hailey H, Miles J, Holly H, Faizan B, Desmond J, Johann J, Brent S, Josie M
  • 3rd Grade:  Kasey M, Kinley A, Aniah J, Raiven B, Jonathan D, John B
  • 4th Grade: Scarlett S, Garry S, Funmike F, Kristen A, Folu O, Maya R, Dereck L, Erik L
  • 5th Grade:  Hailey M, Rihanna W, Zoey R, Noah G, Imani S, Jordan M, Laylana S

Celebrating Birthdays and Holidays

We always want to celebrate our students and share special occasions, so we wanted to share with you our plans for celebrating student birthdays and holidays this school year.


Student Birthdays - We recognize all students who are celebrating birthdays on our school-wide morning announcements and they receive a special pencil from the front office.  Complying with HCPSS wellness policies, no food is allowed for birthday celebrations.  If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with his/her class, you are welcome to send in a small token/gift for your child to share with his/her classmates, such as a pencil, or you could choose to donate a book to the media center in your child's name. 


Halloween - In order to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for all our students and families, we are partnering with our PTA to offer a Fall Dance and Trunk or Treat event on Friday evening, October 26.  Children can dress in costume and have a great time with friends and family. Look for more information about this to come home in a few weeks. We will NOT be hosting a Halloween parade during the school day this year.  The Dance and Trunk or Treat will be in place of the parade.


Valentine's Day - Teachers and students will plan to exchange cards on February 14th. Teachers may also choose do a small activity in the classroom in conjunction with the card exchange.  No food/candy should be included with cards. This is extremely important to ensure no students with food allergies receive a food item they cannot have.  Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for that day and students will dismiss early.


End of Year Celebrations - Teachers will communicate plans for their team celebrations later in the school year. 

Academic Celebrations - We will continue celebrating our students at quarterly awards assemblies.  More information will come home later this fall about our first assembly planned for November 16.
PBIS Celebrations – We will continue to have monthly PBIS celebrations.  All students will have the opportunity to trade in Spotlights to participate in the monthly celebration.

Saturday Math Academy

The Black Student Achievement Program sponsors the Saturday Math Academy, which provides mentoring and enrichment in all levels of math by Maryland certified teachers.  Please see the attached flier for more information including registration and session dates.  Contact our BSAP liaison, Harriet Beckham Lee, for additional information by calling Swansfield at 410-313-6907.

Saturday Math Academy 

African-American Community Roundtable Forum

Join HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano and AACR President Larry Walker at a forum Monday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Wilde Lake High School.  Workshop sessions will focus on Gifted and Talented programs, Beneficial Usage of Social Media and Technology, and Social/Emotional Learning.  Contact our BSAP liaison Harriet Beckham Lee, for additional information at 410-313-6907.

Guiding Good Choices...A Program to Help Children Avoid Drug Use

If you have children ages 9-14 and are interested in learning skills and knowledge to reduce their risk of drug use, please see the attached flier for information regarding a program offered by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office and HC DrugFree in partnership with the Howard County Health Department.

Guiding Good Choices Flier.pdf 

Visitor Procedures

Throughout HCPSS, the safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority. Front office staff have been asked to follow specific procedures before admitting anyone into the building, which includes using the front door, presenting an ID and signing in with LobbyGuard. Review visitor procedures.

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/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.