Second quarter report cards are available online via Synergy beginning today. HERE are directions for viewing. If you have any questions about 2nd quarter grading, please contact your child’s teacher.
You may recall that due to the challenges with adjusting to virtual learning, HCPSS made some temporary changes to grading that may have been reflected on your child’s Q1 Report Card. Specifically, students in primary grades earned either an I (Independent) or W (With assistance) if they had engaged in synchronous instruction, and students in intermediate grades received A, B or C grades if they had engaged in synchronous instruction.
As was mentioned at the time, those changes were put in place for 1st quarter only. For this quarter, teachers will assign the appropriate grade based on student performance. In the primary grades that means students may receive an I (Independent), W (With Assistance), or N (Not Apparent at this Time). In the intermediate grades, students may receive any grade from A to E.
Parents of students receiving special education services can expect to receive their child's IEP progress report no later than Friday, February 12, through email. If you have any questions about your child's progress or what to expect as we fulfill requirements for progress reporting, you may contact your child's case manager.
Instructional Preference Survey Deadline Extended to Next Wednesday, February 10
Additionally, we have pulled some of the most common questions we have been asked by SES parents from the FAQ website and placed them into one document, which you can access HERE. We will continue to update this document as we work toward a phased-in reopening for students beginning March 1.
If you have not done so yet, please complete the survey following the directions below by next Wednesday. If a parent/guardian does not complete the commitment form by the extended February 10 deadline, the system will default to select that the student will remain virtual for the remainder of the year. If you require assistance, please contact us at 410-313-6907.
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held next Wednesday, February 10, and/or Thursday, February 11. Please remember that registration for conferences closes today at 4pm and is also completed through HCPSS Connect. If you need assistance scheduling a conference, please contact us at 410-313-6907.
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Math Materials Distribution Next Wednesday & Thursday
We will be distributing math instructional materials to all Swansfield students on Wednesday, February 10th, from 1:00-5:30pm and Thursday, February 11th, from 1:00-3:30pm. The materials will vary by grade level and math class. Additional materials for our Pre-K students and a refresher of school supplies for all students will also be available. The distribution will take place in the bus loop in front of school. Please view the distribution map HERE.
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 you are picking up for. If you do not have access to a printer, or if it is easier, please create your own document with the same information. You can place the piece of paper on the passenger side of your windshield.
In addition, if you have any media books that need to be returned you may bring those to drop off as well. We look forward to seeing you next week!
Third Grade Student Earns Honor
Congratulations, Logan Avrunin! Logan recently earned 1st place in this year’s Howard County Young Authors’ Contest. His original work, “The Biggest Day of My Life,” was honored in the Third Grade Short Story category. In addition, his entry advances to the state level of the Young Authors’ Contest! As one of Howard County Young Authors’ Contest winners, Logan will read his piece for a virtual “Reading Day” as well as a book fair at Barnes & Noble this spring. Way to go, Logan!
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 Empathy this week:
Preschool/Pre-K: Junior A
Kindergarten: Saboor B, Jayden A, Kaylah B, Mason H
1st Grade:Jazlyn A, Colton M, Jacob C, Sam W
2nd Grade: Damone W, Jaiden R, Kelly H, Tamba Z, John P
3rd Grade: Kaidyn H, Morgan D, Aiden W, Ethan H
4th Grade: Kayla W, Sam P, Malia W, Natalie H, Brendon M
5th Grade: Jade P, Jeremiah D, Sierra D, Ja'bria J
February 2021 Meal Service Adjustments
With schools being closed for students on Friday, February 12 and Monday, February 15, families who pre-order and walk-up for meals on Thursday, February 11 will receive meals for Thursday through Monday. Meals are free of charge for all students and any child under age 18. All meals include breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.
Family File Should Be Updated
With the upcoming return to in-school instruction, please log in to www.hcpss.org/connect to complete or update your Family File as soon as possible if you have not already done so this school year. This needs to be completed annually. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to provide emergency information. It is vital that we have updated records on file. User guides are available HERE.
Winter MAP Testing
The MAP math test will be offered next Wednesday, February 10th, from 9-11am. If your child is unable to attend, makeup testing will be offered during asynchronous learning times. To learn more about the MAP assessment, please visit HERE.
Social Emotional Learning
This week SEL teacher Sarah Croushler discusses Supporting Anxiety or Nervousness in Your Child.
Nothing Bundt Cakes, located at 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, is offering a special incentive through the end of March for our students. “Books and Bundts” is a youth reading program through which students can earn a free Bundtlet and an award certificate. Students must read for at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week, and record their time spent reading on the attached monthly tracker. Once the student has read for 400 minutes that month they can bring the completed tracker to the store and receive their sweet treat. The attached flier also outlines the program information and includes a coupon for a free bundtlet for parents/caregivers to reward you for all you do!
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!
Monday, February 8 - Restaurant Night at Panera, 5:00-9:00pm (see more below)
Restaurant Night at Panera - Support Swansfield while taking care of dinner! For in-person orders print out this flier or show it on your phone. For online orders, enter the code PRFUND.
PTA Board Vacancy - The PTA Board is currently accepting nominations for the role of Vice President for Membership. Anyone who is interested in filling this vacancy must submit a nomination form by February 12. Contact email@example.com with questions.