Swansfield News 9/10/2021

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Swansfield Elementary School

Swansfield News 9.10.21

Upcoming Dates

  • September 13th - Back to School Night (K-5)
  • September 13th - PTA Meeting @ 7:30 pm
  • September 14th - Back to School Night (GT)
  • September 16th - HCPSS Schools & Offices Closed
  • September 20th - Grade 5 ELA MCAP (state testing)
  • September 21st - Grade 5 ELA MCAP (state testing)
  • September 28th - Grade 4 ELA MCAP (state testing)
  • September 29th - Grade 4 ELA MCAP (state testing)
  • September 30th - Grade 5 Math MCAP (state testing)
  • October 4th - Grade 4 Math MCAP (state testing)
  • October 6th - Walk to School Day
  • October 15th - Schools Closed for Students - Professional Work Day for Staff


Back to School Night is Monday!

Monday, September 13th

  • In-Person Option (Parents Only - to maintain as much social distancing as possible)
    • 5:30-6:15pm:  Grades 1 & 2 In-Person Back to School presentation
    • 6:30-7:15pm:  Grade 3 - 5 In-Person Back to School presentation
  • Virtual Option
    • 5:30-6:15pm:  Kindergarten Virtual Orientation (for families not able to attend on 8/27/21)
      • Code: SES-K-BTSN
    • 5:30-6:15pm:  Grades 3-5 Virtual Back to School presentation, 
      • Code: SES-Grade3-BTSN
      • Code: SES-Grade4-BTSN
      • Code: SES-Grade4-BTSN
    • 6:30-7:15pm:  Grades 1 & 2 Virtual Back to School presentation
      • Code: SES-Grade1-BTSN
      • Code: SES-Grade2-BTSN

Tuesday, September 14th


PTA General Meeting - September 13th at 7:30pm

The first PTA general meeting of the school year will be held Monday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. We will meet in the cafeteria and children are welcome. At this meeting we will review and approve the PTA budget for the 2021-2022 school year. Only dues-paying members are permitted to vote. Non-members are welcome to come and see what the PTA is all about!


Outdoor Lunch Volunteers

Additional dates have been added to our volunteer sign up document.  If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email Courtney_Madden@hcpss.org to be added to the sign up document.  


Grade Level Instructional Activity Packet

In today’s daily folder, each child will receive a grade level instructional activity packet.  This guide provides grade-level, content-specific instructional activities to help keep students intellectually active while at home when schools are closed for inclement weather, during quarantine, or other unexpected events. The tasks that students complete at home will not be used as assessment or counted as part of the students’ grade. 

Each instructional area has a “choice board” of task options. Each day, please help your child select a variety of tasks from each instructional area “choice board” including language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, related arts (Health/PE, Art, Music, Library Media, & Instructional Technology), and ESOL as appropriate. 


Early Fall MCAP Testing for Grades 4 and 5 

As part of continued COVID-19 recovery efforts, the Maryland State Department of Education is conducting an early fall student assessment.   The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) is the overarching term used for all state assessments. 

MSDE will administer assessments in the Early Fall for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) and Mathematics, as well as the Alternate Assessments in ELA and Mathematics for all 4th and 5th grade students.  

Students will participate in two 60 minute ELA units and two 30 minute Math units over the course of three school days.  Please see the schedule below: 

  • September 20th - Grade 5 ELA MCAP 
  • September 21st - Grade 5 ELA MCAP 
  • September 28th - Grade 4 ELA MCAP
  • September 29th - Grade 4 ELA MCAP
  • September 30th - Grade 5 Math MCAP 
  • October 4th - Grade 4 Math MCAP 

For more information about the MCAP assessments, please refer to the following documents in English and Spanish. 


Columbia Association Points Program

Columbia Association’s (CA) Points Program awards CA memberships to income-qualified students who meet academic and behavioral guidelines under a points system.  The CA Points Program was created as a way to motivate qualified students to excel in the classroom while working toward earning a CA Membership for themselves and their families.  

To qualify for CA’s Points Program at Swansfield, students must be enrolled in grades 3-5 and also meet specific income requirements (through the completion of a Free and Reduced Meals Application).  If you are interested in this program please reach out to Pat Bratchie at patricia_bratchie@hcpss.org or call 410-313-6907.


School & Classroom Wish Lists

We are incredibly grateful for all of the donations we have received from our Amazon Wish Lists sent out this summer and school year.  Throughout the school year, we will continue to add items to our wish list for those who would like to still donate.  Thank you in advance for your support.  

Student Lounge Wish List

Classroom Wish List


Gifted and Talented Interest Seminars Grades 2 -5 

This week your child heard about the interest seminars offered at Swansfield.   Seminars provide enrichment opportunities for all students based upon interest.  Students develop a broad range of advanced skills and create products in their areas of interest. Seminars are offered during recess for about 8 weeks unless noted.  Please see your child's folder for the form or click on the link below to sign up!



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