Swansfield News 10/2/2020

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 11:41am
Swansfield News 10/2/20
Swansfield Elementary School  
Additional Materials Distribution
Questions/Concerns Re Virtual Learning
Map Testing

Important Dates:

  • October 5-19 - SES Book Drive (see more below)

  • Monday, October 5 - World Day of Bullying Prevention (see more below)

  • Tuesday, October 6 & Wednesday, October 7 - Materials Distribution (see more below)

  • Wednesday, October 7 - Map Testing: Reading (see more below)

  • Wednesday, October 14 - Map Testing: Math (see more below)

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Additional Materials Distribution

As we shared last week, we will be distributing additional instructional materials to all students. The pick up will take place in the bus loop following the schedule below.  

In an effort to make this as easy as possible for our families, you can arrange in advance to have another family pick up your materials for you. Parents/Guardians coming to school, please plan to pick up materials only for your family and for those families you have pre-arranged to help.

For distribution to run as quickly and smoothly as possible, we are asking all parents picking up materials to use this document to list the names and grades of students for whom you are picking up materials.  If you do not have access to a printer, or it is easier, please create your own document with the same information. 

Tuesday, October 6

  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Last Names A-C
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm Last Names D-J

Wednesday, October 7

  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Last Names K-P
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm Last Names R-Z

Questions/Concerns Regarding Canvas, Related Arts, Asynchronous Assignments & More

As we shared last week, we are working as a school to support families with answers to questions and concerns regarding different aspects of virtual learning.  Please see Virtual Learning Questions/Concerns & Responses for answers to some frequently asked questions.  

As noted in the document, we are happy to share that we will now provide parents direct links to all Related Arts assignments each week.  A link to this live document is included and will also be shared by ELA teachers in Monday’s Announcement.  

Shining The Spotlight

Each week at Swansfield Elementary we recognize students who shine by demonstrating one of our six Success Factors (Kindness, Self-Control, Perseverance, Empathy, Accountability and Hope).  Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for displaying the success factor Kindness this week:

  • Preschool/Pre-K: Junior A
  • Kindergarten: Brian C, Charley H, Karthik B, Thomas M
  • 1st Grade: Zachary K, Camden J, Therwin G
  • 2nd Grade: Deshay S, Parker C, Brayden P, Chelsea C, Briella T
  • 3rd Grade: Mehmet S, Declan M, Sophia S, Jordan M, Jefferson R
  • 4th Grade: Marcus B, Maryam J, Aniya H, Carys C, Addae W
  • 5th Grade: Jamison E, Ta'Quan J, Daniel A

Gifted and Talented Program

As shared previously, registration for the Instructional Seminars for grades 2-5 ends today.  Interested students please SIGN UP HERE

MAP Testing

On Wednesday, October 7 and 14, students in grades 2-8 will take the Measured Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. The data from the MAP assessment will help schools and teachers measure where your child is starting the year academically. The HCPSS intends to also give the assessment in winter and spring to measure how your child’s learning is progressing throughout the year. The MAP test does not affect grades and the difficulty adjusts depending on how your child responds. It is normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly.  To learn more about the MAP assessment, please visit HERE.

The Reading test will be offered on October 7 at 9am and 1pm.  The Math test will be offered on October 14 at 9am and 1pm.  Students may choose to attend either the morning or afternoon session. If your child is unable to attend, makeup testing will be offered during asynchronous learning times. Teachers will share Google Meet information and your student’s testing group as we get closer to the October 7th date.

Due to testing, HCPSS is making the following adjustments to asynchronous assignments for the weeks of October 7 and 14:

  • No Dreambox assignments will be assigned on Wednesday
  • No Lexia Core5 assignments will be assigned on Wednesday
  • No mathematics task will be assigned on Wednesday
  • No changes will be made for related arts and science asynchronous assignments.

World Day of Bullying Prevention

This coming Monday, October 5, is World Day of Bullying Prevention. All students are invited to wear blue to show everyone that we stand up to bullying.  #BlueUp

Swansfield Book Drive

Our school is collecting donations of gently used children’s books to help foster the love of reading for Swansfield students. Books should be suitable for children ages 4-12 and can include picture books, levelled readers, story books and chapter books. Please drop off your donations between October 5 and October 19 at either of two locations: in the school vestibule or in the Pointer’s Run community at 6440 Mellow Wine Way. Books may also be dropped off during the material distribution windows next week, October 6 and October 7.  Thank you in advance for your donations!
SES Book Drive.pdf 

School Counseling Monthly Newsletter

Please find attached a monthly newsletter that shares helpful information about various programs and efforts to improve student success through school counseling programs.

The School Counseling Connection.pdf 

Social Emotional Learning

This week SEL teacher Sarah Croushler discusses questions that might spark discussion with your child.  Please see the attached.



Technology teacher Taffie Barnes shares tips to help families/students work efficiently with their devices.  Today, please see the attached regarding Canvas Dashboard Views.

Technology Tip #4.pdf 

Pre-school For Eligible Howard County Children Ages 3-5

Please see the attached flier for more information from the Community Action Council of Howard County.

CAC_Education Flier.pdf 

The Council of Elders (TCOE) and HCPSS Parent Workshops

TCOE and HCPSS have partnered to sponsor a parent workshop series. There will be a total of four workshops offered and each session will be held virtually.  Please see the attached for more information.

Council of Elders.pdf 

Family File

If you have not already done so, please log in to www.hcpss.org/connect to complete or update your Family File as soon as possible. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to provide emergency information.  If you are new to HCPSS you will establish your account and complete the Family File for the first time. If you are a returning student’s family, you must update the information every year. User guides are available HERE.

Free Winter Coat Giveaway

Does anyone in your family need a winter coat? Gently used winter coats will be available for all ages on Saturday, October 10, from 10am to 12pm (or while supplies last) at the North Laurel Community Center. See the attached flier for details.

Winter Coat Giveaway.pdf 

Winter Coat Giveaway.Spanish.pdf 

#SwanFamily #LearningHero

If you are not already following us on Twitter, please do!  We just tweeted our first #SwanFamily #LearningHero yesterday and we look forward to celebrating more families in the future, applauding you for all you're doing to support our students.

#SwanFamily Staff Shout Outs

Do you have a staff member you would like to recognize?  If so, please complete a #SwanFamily Shout Out.

Connect With Our PTA

The Swansfield PTA is excited to connect with all Swansfield families, staff, and community members. To learn more about upcoming PTA activities, how you can get involved, and even join the PTA if you haven't done so already, please visit our website http://swansfieldpta.org/  You can also sign up for text messages by texting SESPTA to 33222. We look forward to connecting with you soon!


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