Swansfield News: 12/11/20

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 3:26pm
Swansfield Elementary School  

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday Evenings - Virtual Storytime, 7pm.  Code:Swansfield Storytime

  • Wednesday, December 16 - PTA Social/Meeting, 6:30pm 

  • Thursday, December 17 - SES Spiritwear Day (see more below)

  • Monday, December 21 - Comfy & Cozy Day (see more below)

  • Tuesday, December 22 - Tacky Tuesday (see more below)

  • December 24 through January 3 - Schools/Offices Closed for Winter Break

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While our Swansfield staff has been hard at work on all things virtual, we've received a tremendous amount of support from our amazing PTA this year that has furthered all our efforts and uplifted our spirit in countless ways.  We've felt the love from donated monitors to help us teach remotely, to numerous wish list donations to help us teach more effectively, to amazing yard signs that have reminded us how valued we are. We thank our amazing community and the PTA Executive Board for your vision and work in bringing all this to fruition.  You ROCK!

Upcoming School Spirit Days 

Please join us and help us celebrate our Swan Spirit!

  • December 17 - Swansfield Spiritwear Day!  Wear your favorite Swansfield spiritwear or Swansfield Colors (Blue & White) to show your school pride!
  • December 21 - Comfy & Cozy Day!  Wear your pajamas all day!
  • December 22 Tacky Tuesday!  Wear your tackiest accessories or clothing!

Adjustments to Asynchronous Assignments

Families, particularly of primary students, have expressed concerns about the virtual elementary workload including the complexity of asynchronous lessons, the number of content areas taught, and the number of weekly asynchronous assignments.  In order to support elementary students with successfully navigating during virtual instruction, the following adjustments have been made:

  • Students will only have asynchronous assignments in social studies, science, or health during a given week. There will not be an overlap of instruction or assignments for these content areas.
  • Health lessons will be taught for one week during the marking period and include two synchronous lessons and two asynchronous lessons instead of five asynchronous lessons as assigned  in the first quarter.
  • The length and complexity of social studies, science, and health asynchronous assignments have been reduced.
  • Related arts asynchronous assignments have been streamlined.

Winter Break Meals Adjustments

Schools will be closed for winter break from Thursday, December 24, through Friday, January 1. To ensure children have access to essential nutrition during the holiday period, families may pick up additional meals in advance of the break. Pre-ordering will not be available for meals picked up December 21-23 or January 4-6. Learn more HERE.

Columbia Community Care Toy Distribution

Columbia Community Care is hosting a Toy Distribution tomorrow, December 12, beginning at 11am and continuing until 2pm or until all the toys are gone (whichever comes first).  The distribution will take place at the following three locations:

  • Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
  • Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center
  • Faulkner Ridge Neighborhood Center

Donations are being accepted at the same three sites through 2pm today.

Register For Holiday Food Support 

The Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) Holiday Food Support Project provides $100 in direct food support for families experiencing food insecurity and financial hardship this holiday season. ONE support per family is offered, while quantities last. Pick up in person (masks required) on Friday, December 18, between 4:30 and 5:30 pm at one of four Howard County locations: 

  • Elkridge 50+ Center: 6540 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge 21075
  • North Laurel 50+ Center: 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel 20723
  • Howard Crossing Apartment Homes: 8732 Town and Country Boulevard, Ellicott City 21043
  • Long Reach Village Center: 8775 Cloud Leap Court, Columbia 21045 

To participate, you MUST register in advance at https://DCRSholidayfoodsupport.eventbrite.com by December 16. 

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 Self-Control:

  • Preschool/Pre-K: Djibree C
  • Kindergarten: Avery T, Khaliya B, Khyzair S
  • 1st Grade: Abigail B, Hanna M, Hannah G, Dashwan B
  • 2nd Grade: Cameron G, Jennavieve V, Ellie M, Lyriq' F, Jonah S
  • 3rd Grade: Ryan O, Melanie S, Hosea F, Kaylyne M, Emyiah H
  • 4th Grade: David A, Coralee S, Ethan R, Tyler C, Aaron S
  • 5th Grade: Bethany G, Sybil-Sarah A, Aumirror E

New Digital Tools Available For Students

HCPSS students can now access a new set of supplemental digital tools for virtual instruction that are available only through Google’s menu of additional services. However, parental consent is required before the students can access. Please see this News Post on our school website for further information and directions for granting consent and accessing these tools for your students.

#SwanFamily Staff Shout Outs

Thank you to all of our students, parents and/or family members who have completed a shout out to an SES staff member already this school year.  Our teachers appreciate your kind words!  It’s not too late to submit a shout out if you have not already done so, or to send another one!  #SwanFamily Shout Out can be completed at any time!

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.

PTA News


  • November 16 through December 11 - Swansfield PTA Readathon

  • December 16 - Social Half Hour for Adults and PTA General Meeting from 6:30 - 8 PM

Today, Friday, December 11, is the last day for the SES Read-A-Thon! We will announce total minutes read on Monday, December 14, by grade and will include them in next week's newsletter. Thank you so much for everyone’s support! 

Thank you to everyone who has supported our students and staff with donations.  You can continue to offer support by visiting this Amazon Wish List. Any items donated will be greatly appreciated!

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. You can also sign up for text messages by texting SESPTA to 33222. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Community News and Programs

Please visit the Community News and Programs page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.


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