Swansfield News: 12/4/20

Fri, 12/04/2020 - 2:30pm
Swansfield Elementary School  

Important Dates:

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

  • Monday, December 7 - Last Day for Free Shipping for All Spiritwear Orders (see more below)

  • Monday, December 7 - PTA Restaurant Night, Texas Roadhouse in Columbia, 3-10pm (see more below)

  • Tuesday, December 8 - Restorative Justice Conversation, 6:30 pm (see more below)

  • Wednesday, December 16 - PTA Meeting, 7pm 

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Restorative Justice in Education: A Conversation with Dr. Kathy Evans

Please join the Restorative Justice Partnership; Howard County Public School System's (HCPSS) Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Howard County Education Association for a conversation between Dr. Kathy Evans, educator and coauthor of The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education, and Dr. Kevin Gilbert, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • Register for Restorative Justice in Education: A Conversation with Dr. Kathy Evans on Tuesday, December 8, at 6:30pm HERE.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information or questions, please contact Kevin Gilbert at kevin_gilbert@hcpss.org

PTA Spiritwear Store Now Open

We're excited to announce the PTA Swansfield Spiritwear Store is now open!  There are many design options and color choices available. All items will ship directly to your house and shipping is always free for orders over $50, however all orders placed by December 7 will ship free! Be on the lookout for specials and coupons each month. Please see the attached flier and visit the website linked above and also found on the Swansfield and PTA websites for more information and to shop.  Thank you.

Swansfield Spiritwear Flier.pdf 

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: Deon A
  • Kindergarten: Orion L, Jessica A, Remo R, Leen A
  • 1st Grade: Amiya F, Kingston B, Kha'liyah F, Sarah G
  • 2nd Grade: Lyric D, Malik H, Dimitri B, Jayden H
  • 3rd Grade: Alesha W, Maya L, Jeremiah K, Marcus B, Karen M
  • 4th Grade: Orin M, Olivia L, Andrew K, Juan F
  • 5th Grade: Alexa J, Demonte S, Edwin M

Community Academy: Social Media, Human Trafficking and Peer Pressure

Parents/Guardians attending the December 5 Community Academy will learn about the potential impact of social media usage on peer relationships and mental health as well as effective strategies to protect children from human traffickers. This program is co-sponsored by The Council of Elders. Learn more and register to receive a link to the online session.

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

Ongoing/Upcoming events:

  • November 16 through December 11 - Swansfield PTA Readathon
  • December 7 - Restaurant Night at Texas Roadhouse (8820 Stanford Blvd, Columbia) from 3-10pm. Be sure to tell them you are there to support Swansfield Elementary School!
  • December 16 - PTA General Meeting for December at 7pm

The 20/20 SES Read-A-Thon runs through December 11th! That gives us one more week to  reach our goals, which are a total of 202,000 minutes read and $5,000 in donations. Please visit https://www.read-athon.com/readers/tool/Bwkwqm/1 to sign your child up today and start logging minutes. We're proud of all the children participating!

Looking to connect with other Swans? All parents/guardians can find a school directory on HCPSS Connect with the information of families that chose be in a PTA/PTSA Directory. To find the directory:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect
  2. Select the More Options button at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select the 5th choice: School Directory

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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