Swansfield News 3/4/2022

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Swansfield Elementary School  
Swansfield News 3.4.22


Important Dates

  • March 7 - Kindergarten Registration begins KindergartenRegFlierEnglish.1.22.pdf
  • March 11 - Empathy Day - Wear your Be Kind Crew T-Shirt
  • March 16 - 3 hour early dismissal, No Pre-K
  • March 21 - K&1 Virtual Science Fair
  • March 22 - 2-5 Virtual Science Fair
  • March 23 - PTA General Membership Mtg.



New Information


Chromebook Storage

As we move into semester 2 of the school year, we will be making a shift in how and where Chromebooks will be stored.  Students in grades K-3 will be keeping their Chromebooks at school. This shift will help reduce the wear and tear of the transport of devices and allow for consistent use in instruction during the school day.  Students will still be using the Chromebook assigned to them throughout the day. If a student has a specific need for the device to go home each day, special permissions may be granted. Students are expected to abide by the HCPSS Code of Conduct and Policy 8080 Responsible Use of Technology. Please continue to talk with your child about the appropriate use of technology in and out of the classroom.



Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser

A big thank you to everyone who supported our annual Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser for the American Heart Association! Our students raised more than $6,000 for this great cause.  We also recognize Frankie Walczak from third grade who was our top fundraiser.  Way to go!



Donations Needed for Empathy Day!

As you know, our Swans recently learned about different organizations that support/help others in need.  Today our Swans voted on which organizations they would like to support on Empathy Day. 

One of the ways our Swans will support multiple organizations will be to create cards.  These cards may be get well cards for cancer patients, thank you cards for our health care workers or good luck cards for athletes competing in the special Olympics. We have plenty of cardstock, crayons and markers but we are looking for other decorative items that our students can use to make these cards extra special.  We would need all items by Thursday, March 10th.  We have included a list of ideas below:

  • Stickers
  • Gem stickers
  • Decorative trim or ribbon
  • Decorative or patterned paper

A second way our Swans will be supporting different organizations is by collecting donations.  Some of our classes will be creating fliers or public service announcements to inform the community about ways they can contribute in the future.  Other classes would like to collect healthy snacks to pair with a card for our doctors and nurses at Howard County General.  If you would like to donate some individually wrapped healty items for their project, please send them to the front office by Thursday, March 10th.

Thank you in advance and please be on the lookout for more information about how our Swans decided to support our community in the near future.



Staff Success Factor Royalty 

As you know, at Swansfield we have 6 Success Factors: Kindness, Self-Control, Perseverance, Empathy, Accountability, and Hope. On Success Factor Celebration days, a student from each class is voted to be Success Factor Royalty. We would like to include our awesome staff in this process and crown them as Success Factor Royalty as well!

We would love for students' voices to be heard in this process. We are asking that students/families to cast your votes for staff members who you think exhibit our Success Factor Empathy.  Staff and student Empathy Royalty winners will be celebrated on Empathy Day- Friday, March 11th.  All votes are due by Wednesday, March 9th. 

Are you wondering who won staff royalty for Kindness, Self-Control and Perseverance?  They are listed below!

Kindness Royalty Winners

  • Carie Martin
  • Courtney McDevitt
  • Emily Benz
  • Jaie Berry
  • Josie Bulla
  • Trish Boe
  • Nikia Darden

Self-Control Royalty Winners

  • Alexa Narron
  • Sade Dukes
  • Keysha Lassiter
  • Josiah Marsh
  • Emma Talbot
  • Mayra Zelidon
  • Keynora Greenwood

Perseverance Royalty Winners

  • Ms. Qano
  • Ms. Keefe
  • Ms. Seering
  • Ms. Wachtman
  • Ms. Wyant
  • Mr. Robert 
  • Ms. Hairston-Jones



Thank you PTA!

The SES staff would like to send out a HUGE thank you to the hospitality committee and families how donated items for the SOUPer Staff Lunch.  It was a wonderful treat and truly appreciate the donations and homemade soups!  Thank you!



Health Room Corner

Covid Vaccine clinics are being held by the HCHD at local libraries, please use the links below to for more details about setting up appointments. 

3/8/22   5-7pm  Central Branch Library 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044  

3/9/22  4-6pm  Savage Library 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723

3/15/22  4-6pm  Elkridge Library 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075 

3/16/22  4-6pm  Miller Library 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 

3/22/22  4-6pm  Miller Library 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042   

3/23/22  4-6pm  Savage Library 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723   

3/29/22  4-6pm  Glenwood Library  2350 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723 

3/30/22  4-6pm  Central Branch Library 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044 



BSAP Corner

Follow Swansfield BSAP on Instagram @ses_bsap 

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. 

Sonia Sotomayor became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. On May 26, 2009, nominated by President Barack Obama, she was confirmed as the first Latina Supreme Court justice in U.S. history. Sotomayor is known on the court for her trust in the judicial process. She is also known for her kindness toward jurors and the attorneys who work hard to advocate for their clients. Her fiery attitude and down-to-earth perspectives will serve the court well for years to come.  

“Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge grows in the Bronx” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKX40j6F9KE 



PTA Updates


Help Swansfield find it’s next PTA Executive Board 

All 6 Executive Board positions will be open in June and your PTA needs great leadership! Members are needed for a Nominating Committee. Any member may volunteer, including staff. Here’s how the process works: 

  1. Individuals interested in being on the nominating committee should contact Lizz Hammon (vp.schoolrelations@swansfieldpta.org) by March 28
  2. The current PTA executive board will formally elect members of the nominating committee on April 1
  3. Members of the nominating committee will elect their own chairperson by April 8
  4. Nominating committee activities may begin once a chairperson has been established. The committee will prepare a slate of candidates that must be distributed to current members no less than 10 days prior to the June 15 election. 

Members of the nominating committee may be included among the slate of candidates.



Order your yearbook before April 1st! 

Order online by going to www.strawbridge.net   Your online Code is: YB113041 



Upcoming Science Fair - it’s not too late to participate!

The Swansfield Science Fair will take place online on Monday, March 21st for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade and Tuesday, March 22nd for students in grades 2-5. Students will have the option to share their science fair experiment by creating a video or recording a google slides presentation about their project.

If your child is still not sure whether they want to participate in the 2022 virtual science fair at Swansfield, check out some of the entries from last year’s science fair to see how fun and easy it can be! Click here to see a few examples.

If any students are interested in participating, please let us know by filling out this Interest Form for each child. By filling out the form, you will be sent a template your child can use if they want to do a slide presentation, along with a packet of information about the fair and a “how to video” that explains how your child can prepare their entry. We recommend signing up by Feb 16th to get access to these resources. Final entries must be uploaded by March 9th at 5pm.

Participating students will earn a prize.

Questions? Contact your

Science Fair Co-Chairs: Meagan Downey (leatherbury.meagan@gmail.com) or Jeanie Prescott (jeanieprescott@gmail.com)