Swansfield News: 5/21/21

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:09am
  Swansfield Elementary School  
Career Videos
Consideration Card
Media Books

Important Dates:

  • Friday, May 21 - Last Day to Complete Title I Surveys (see more below)

  • Monday, May 24 - PE Field Week Concludes

  • Monday, May 24 - Career Day Videos Due (see more below)

  • Thursday, May 27 - PTA Meeting, 7pm (see more below)

  • Monday, May 31 - Schools Closed, Memorial Day

  • Tuesday, June 8 - Last Day for PreK/RECC Students

  • Wednesday, June 9 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremonies

  • June 10, 11, 14 & 15 - Early Dismissal Days for Students

  • Tuesday, June 15 - Last Day of School

  • Wednesday, June 16 - Report Cards Available to View at Noon

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Counselors Requesting Career Videos To Share With Students

In lieu of our annual Career Day where we host school visitors, our school counselors are asking for your help putting together optional career videos for students to view the last weeks of school.

If you are interested in sharing information about your career with our students, please record a quick 2–3-minute video explaining what you do, what type of schooling or training you need, what skills or talents you need, and why you love your career so much.  Please remember that students respond well to engaging, fun, and exciting videos. Please email your video to Mrs. Richter or Mrs. Rainier by next Monday, May 24th.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Parents/Guardians Please Provide Input for Next School Year

Hard to believe we are beginning planning for next school year!  Parents/Guardians, please feel free to complete this Consideration Card before June 1 to share information about your child that will help us plan for their schooling in the 2021-22 school year.

TItle I Surveys

We would appreciate it if all families would complete two surveys regarding our Title I funding and programming to help us plan for next year. Both surveys are linked below and must be completed by Friday, May 21st. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do this.
Swansfield End of Year Title I Survey
HCPSS Title I Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Input Survey

Media Books Due Back To School No Later Than June 1

Swansfield families, our Media staff must complete a full inventory prior to the end of the school year.  To accomplish this, all books checked out by students must be returned by June 1.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.

School Photos

Students who had school pictures taken recently should be receiving their photos by mail soon.  Students who had a photo taken but did not pre-purchase prints will be bringing home a proof sheet with instructions for online ordering should families wish to purchase at this time.  If you have any questions, please call our front office, 410-313-6907.

Notice of Pesticide Application

In keeping with the HCPSS universal pesticide application notification procedure, please find attached a notice regarding pesticide application scheduled for Swansfield. The application is for the environmental areas either the weekend of  May 29-30 or June 5-6, 2021, weather permitting.  

Pesticide Application.pdf 

Student Chromebooks

Students who will remain in HCPSS schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year may continue to borrow HCPSS technology devices over the summer. Families are encouraged to review the HCPSS Chromebook Care guidelines with their students to ensure that devices are taken care of. Only students leaving the school system , including those unenrolling or graduating, must return their assigned HCPSS technology devices.  See more HERE.

Welcome To The BSAP Corner

Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) Liaison Tamekah Wilkins shares inspiring stories. You can follow Swansfield BSAP on Instagram @ses_bsap.

Kindness is such an important concept. It is also a way of life. But how can one show kindness with the world and those around them? This is the perfect read aloud for introducing or reviewing what it means to be kind, ways to spread kindness, and how even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference.

Read Aloud: “Be Kind” by Pat Zeitlow Miller

Kindergarten & Pre-Kindergarten Registration Underway for School Year 2021-22

Kindergarten Registration for next school year is now being conducted ONLINE (scroll down to the green Begin Online Registration link). Students must be five years old by September 1, 2021 to register. If your child will be attending Kindergarten in the fall, please visit the HCPSS Getting Ready for Kindergarten page, which includes resources to support kindergarten readiness. 

Applications for the Pre-K Program are also being accepted ONLINE (scroll down to the green Begin Online Registration link).  Children must be four years old by September 1, 2021 to attend.

Please call the school front office at 410-313-6907 with any questions.  

Learning Together Program Prekindergarten Applications Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the Swansfield Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) prekindergarten program for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.  This class includes children with and without disabilities.  The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills.  Parents of children who will be 3 years old by September 1, 2021 may learn more about the program by reviewing the attached Learning Together Program (LTP) Flier. If you need assistance with the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at earlyinterventionservcies@hcpss.org or call 410-313-7017. If you have any additional questions about our program, please contact RECC teacher Nancy Barsoum at nancy_barsoum@hcpss.org.


Visitor Protocol Across School System

Visitors are not permitted under HCPSS Infectious Disease Plan. Exceptions are made for emergency services, contractors, and special situations. Facility special visitors will be limited and should occur by scheduled appointment only. No walk-in visitors are permitted. As much as possible, appointments to meet with parents and customers should be accommodated via telephone, video conference, or other suitable technology. When a face-to-face visit is necessary, the school or office must schedule an appointment time with the visitor and follow set steps outlined on page 23 of the Bridge to Normalized Instruction.

When guidelines once again allow for in-person volunteers and/or visitors, the attached form must be completed to document visitors interacting with our learning environment.

School Visitation Form.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 Hope:

  • Pre-K: Bryan D
  • Kindergarten: Savanna G, Javin A, Khyzair S, Carson E
  • 1st Grade: Alexandra C, Max S, Yaseen F
  • 2nd Grade: A'va E, Harper C, Averil W, Shubha K, Austin E
  • 3rd Grade: Zahra A, Maya L, Matthieu S, Tara S, Jefferson R
  • 4th Grade: Leia S, Julia K, Austin H, Sydney H
  • 5th Grade: Jamiyah R, Aaron A, Toni A, Gabrielle M

Staying Connected

Swansfield and HCPSS frequently send updated information to parents/guardians via email and text. Please be sure that your Family File is up-to-date and that you have opted into text messages to ensure you receive all messages. To opt into texts, text “yes” to 67587 from the cell phone listed in your Family File. If you need assistance updating your Family File, please contact our front office at 410-313-6907. If your Family File is updated and you have opted into texts, but are still not receiving messages, please fill out this form or contact the Swansfield front office.

PTA News

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, May 27: Monthly PTA Meeting

Our May PTA meeting will be held on Thursday, May 27th. As always, the optional social hour starts at 6:30 PM, and the meeting kicks off at 7:00 PM. Please register HERE to receive the Zoom link. We hope to see you there!

Community News and Programs

In response to community requests for resources, the HCPSS Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.

Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org.


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