Swansfield News 9/17/2021

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 1:49pm

Swansfield Elementary School


Swansfield News 9.17.21

Important Dates


  • September 20th - Grade 5 ELA MCAP (state testing)
  • September 20th - Panda Express Fundraiser @ Columbia Mall from 11am - 7pm
  • September 21st - Grade 5 ELA MCAP (state testing)
  • September 22nd - 24th - Taharka Bros Ice Cream PTA Fundraiser
  • 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


New Information

Success Factor Focus - Kindness!

Our first success factor, KINDNESS, lays the foundation for our Swansfield community. Throughout the months of September and October, our staff and students will continue to learn about and practice kindness regularly.  We will be highlighting when students are friendly to others, when they show appreciation, when they offer help to others and when they reach out to those in need. 


We would love for this focus to extend beyond the school day.  Instead of asking your child, “How was your day?” Try asking specific questions such as: 

  • Where did you see kindness today? 
  • What did you do to spread kindness to your classmates today?
  • What did you do to spread kindness to a teacher today?

When you are out in the community and witness acts of kindness, point them out!


Student & Parent Handbook

The HCPSS Student & Parent Handbook can be found online at https://www.hcpss.org/about-us/handbook/.  


Stop Bullying

The Howard County Public School System is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all students. Preventing bullying is an important part of this goal and HCPSS recently launched a new bullying reporting tool that allows students, staff and family members to easily and confidentially report incidents of bullying.  If you or your child is being bullied, please refer to the Student & Parent Handbook and be sure to complete our new reporting form.


History of Racial Justice Struggle in Education Workshop

Join staff from Swansfield and HCPSS for a multi-session workshop. The History of Racial Justice Struggle in Education will explore the long journey for educational justice initiated by Black, Indigenous, Chicanx and Latinx communities. 

This workshop will take place over the course of four sessions - September 30, October 14, October 28, and November 11, 2021 from 5-7pm ET. The first three sessions will be virtual, with the last session currently planned as an in-person strategy meeting. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Manuel Criollo, the program director for the University of New Mexico Peace and Justice Studies Minor/Certificate Program. You can find more information and register for this workshop here


Winter Coats

Free winter coats are available through Wilde Lake Interfaith Church starting September 25, 2021 from 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.


PTA Updates 

Calling All Volunteers

Please check the PTA’s Volunteer Interest Form to see how you can get involved this year! Anyone who completes the form before Wednesday, September 22 gets first crack at committee assignments for the school year.

Upcoming Fundraisers

  • Panda Express @ Columbia Mall: Monday, September 20 from 11am - 7pm 20% of your purchase total goes to the SES PTA. Use code 327574 when ordering online or bring the attached flyer with you in-person. 
  • Taharka Bros Ice Cream is donating $10 to the SES PTA from every case of ice cream ordered during our upcoming Home-Delivery Fundraiser! Orders must be placed between September 22 - 24. Ice cream deliveries will be made to your front door on September 30. Be on the lookout for our unique coupon code. All details will be available on our website when it’s time to order. In the meantime, check out this flyer and start thinking about which flavors you want to try! 




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).  This form must be completed by September 24, 2021. After completing the form if you are interested in this program please reach out to Pat Bratchie by September 30, 2021 at patricia_bratchie@hcpss.org or call 410-313-6907.


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!




School & Classroom Wish Lists

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

Student Lounge Wish List

Classroom Wish List




Swansfield Elementary School | 5610 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044 | 410-313-6907 | ses.hcpss.org