Swansfield Newsletter- September 7, 2018

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 5:31pm


Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, September 10: Schools/Offices Closed

  • Wednesday, September 12: Back to School Night; Gifted and Talented Program Information Night; and PTA Ice Cream Social (see more below)

  • Wednesday, September 19: Schools/Offices Closed

  • 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. 

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Please Join Us For Back to School Night Next Wednesday, September 12; PTA Will Host an Ice Cream Social Throughout the Evening

Gifted and Talented Program Information Also Presented Next Wednesday

We look forward to seeing all our Swansfield families next Wednesday evening for our Back to School Night.  Come visit with your child's teacher(s) and learn more about the upcoming school year. Gifted and Talented staff will share information during the first and second-grade team presentations.  They will have a dedicated presentation for Grades 3-5 from 6:00 - 6:30 pm.

Grades 1 and 2 Back to School Night Presentations: 5:15 - 6:15 pm

Gifted and Talented Presentation: 6:00 - 6:30 pm

Grades 3-5 Back to School Night Presentations: 6:30 - 7:30 pm


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 qualify 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


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 to 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.


Counselor's Corner

Swansfield Guidance Counselor Alesia Richter supports Swansfield students in a variety of ways.  Learn more about her work with your students, and student leadership positions open to 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade students this school year.

Counselor’s Corner.pdf 


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 flyer 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.


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 the 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/


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.