Swansfield News: 5/28/21

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:11am
Swansfield Elementary School  
Parent Input For Next Year
Media Books
Science Fair Honors

Important Dates:

  • Monday, May 31 - Schools Closed, Memorial Day

  • Tuesday, June 1 - Consideration/Input Cards for Next Year Due (see more below)

  • 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 (see schedules below)

  • Tuesday, June 15 - Last Day of School

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

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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.

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.

Science Fair Participants Earn Recognition

We congratulate the following students for their effort and participation in this year’s Virtual Science Fair.  All attending were impressed with their work and presentations, and students were individually recognized with the following awards:

  • Arianna Macatangay, Kindergarten: Best Volcano Eruption
  • Grayson Krempel, Kindergarten: Most Electrifying Project
  • Juliana Douty, Kindergarten: Most Beautiful Results
  • Varun Subramanian, Kindergarten: Best Live Demonstration
  • Jackson LaRue, First Grade: Best Chemistry Experiment
  • Leighton Hubard, First Grade: Most enthusiastic Presentation
  • Max Solomon, First Grade: Most POWERful Results
  • Seth Goldberg, First Grade: Best Kitchen Science
  • Shira Goldberg, First Grade: Best Data Collection
  • Lillian Nichols, First Grade: COOLest Science Project
  • John Plemons, Second Grade: Highest-Flying Project
  • Jonah Schaefer, Second Grade: Most Delicious Experiment
  • Anna Davis, Third Grade: Cleanest Project
  • Glen Dealy, Third Grade: Most Dazzling Project
  • Madeleine Brannigan, Third Grade: Most Engaging Presentation
  • Nora Goldberg, Third Grade: Best Data Representation
  • Logan Avrunin, Third Grade: Best Sports Project
  • Arjun Pinnepalli, Fourth Grade: Most Interesting Materials
  • Wabi Gemechis, Fourth Grade: Best Demonstration
  • Elizabeth Amaechi-Odita, Fifth Grade: Best Research
  • Julian Davis, Fifth Grade: HOT-est Project

School Photos

Students who purchased school pictures should be receiving their photos by mail soon.  Students who had a photo taken but did not pre-purchase prints will either bring home or receive by mail 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.

#SwanFamily Staff Shout Outs

These final weeks of school, we want to provide an opportunity for anyone who wishes to recognize our staff for their outstanding work and dedication to our students.  If you would like to complete a #SwanFamily Shout Out, your kind words and recognition are always deeply appreciated!

Half-Day Schedules for June 10, June 11, June 14 & June 15

As we prepare for the closing weeks of this school year, we wanted to share with you in advance the Half-Day Schedules for the last four days of school for our students in grades K-5.  Grade-level teams will be including these schedules in their weekly announcement and are updating their Canvas calendars.  The schedules will also be posted on our School Website for easy reference.

Wish List for Recess Equipment

Looking ahead to next year and recognizing a need to replenish our indoor and outdoor recess equipment, we have created a WISH LIST for our school.  Our community has been so generous this year, we truly appreciate all assistance with helping us serve our students’ needs.

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. 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.

Usain Bolt, widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time, was born in 1986 in Jamaica. Now retired, he is a world record holder in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meter relay. A nine-time Olympic gold-medal winner, his achievements have earned him the nickname "Lightning Bolt''. He has also earned numerous awards for his sportsmanship.  Today, he runs a foundation dedicated to the creation of opportunities around the world through education and cultural development. He attributes his success to hard work and a positive attitude and has been quoted as saying:

  • “I know what I can do, so I never doubt myself.”
  • "Win from within."
  • "Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you're going to perform, you've already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself."

Read Aloud“The Boy Who Learned to Fly” by Usain Bolt

Kindergarten & Pre-Kindergarten Registration 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:  Matthew R
  • Kindergarten:  Brian C, Kyla J
  • 1st Grade:  Meredith C, Wongel A, Harper A, Hannah G
  • 2nd Grade:  Damone W, Ella-Noreen F, Dimitri B, Kaylan R, Hannah C
  • 3rd Grade:  Issachar A, Kedus E, Yue N, Glen D, Mia J
  • 4th Grade:  Kayla W, Juan C, Tyler C, Cooper J
  • 5th Grade:  Ryan D, Rafael B, Laila V, Ariyanah 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

PTA Executive Board Vacancy: The SES PTA is accepting nominations for 2021-2022 Executive Board President. Anyone who is interested should complete THIS FORM by June 13.

Volunteers Needed in the Garden this Summer:  Swansfield Elementary has a new tree, vegetable and flower garden on school grounds that will need to be watered and weeded over the summer. If you are able to help, please VOLUNTEER HERE.  All details are on the sign-up website.

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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