Swansfield News 3/25/2022

Sun, 04/03/2022 - 4:24pm
Swansfield Elementary School  
Swansfield News 3.25.22

Important Dates

  • April 1 - 3 hour early dismissal/No Pre-K
  • April 8 - Report Cards available online
  • April 11-18 Spring Break (No classes for students)
  • April 27 - 3 hour early dismissal/No Pre-K

New Information

Congratulations to our staff Empathy Royalty! 

Thank you staff for showing empathy to staff and students.

  • Front Office/SST/Health Room:  Ms. Richter
  • PreK-2nd:  Ms. Birmingham
  • 3rd-5th:  Ms. Bell
  • Related Arts:  Ms. Heavner
  • Special Education:  Ms. Webster
  • Custodial/Cafeteria/Monitors/TEs:  Ms. Kai
  • Reading/Math/GT:  Ms. Sommerville

BSAP Corner

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen. At fifteen, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000. Misty joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001, and in August 2007 became the company’s second African American female Soloist and the first in two decades. 

In June 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history. Misty’s passion is giving back. She has worked with many charitable organizations and is dedicated to giving of her time to work with and mentor young girls and boys. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. 

“Firebird” by Misty Copeland 



From Your Title I Team

Summer Camp Information 

It’s not too early to start thinking about summer… Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers many summer camp options for families. They also offer financial assistance for families who qualify. To learn more, click here

Tips for Encouraging Young Writers

Need some ideas to encourage your child to write for pleasure? Try a few of these writing prompts. If your child is too young to write, have them dictate or tell you a story instead. 

My earliest memory is… 

The dog looked up at me with sad brown eyes, just begging me to… 

If I could plan a perfect day, it would…

I am grateful for…


Parents of 5th grade students! 

Please look for the new seminar signup sheet in your student's FISH folder.  5th grade Cryptology will begin after spring break.

Health Room Corner

Allergy season is already upon us - if you have not done so already, please update the health room with a doctor's note if your student has an allergy. Also, as a reminder, we are still asking for a PCR to rule out a covid-like symptom, unfortunately, home rapid tests are still not accepted. 

Finally, don't forget to share the Covid vaccination card with us if you have not already done so: doris_qano@hcpss.org and tracey_ellerby@hcpss.org

Swansfield Wish Lists

We will continue to update our wish lists throughout the school year.  

Student Lounge Wish List

Classroom Wish List


PTA Updates


Congratulations to Swansfield’s Scientists!

A huge congratulations to all of our students that participated in Monday and Tuesday nights' Virtual Science Fairs. If you missed the fairs, you can still congratulate your fellow classmates on their awards, and get excited about next year's Science fair!


Tyler Plemons (K)

SWEETEST experiment!

Gavin Grossi (K) 

Most Hair-Raising Research

Cameron Prescott (K)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Award!

Delilah Oppenheimer (K)

Best Scientific Use of Flowers

William Millard (K)

Best Outdoor Observation

Naomi Doyle (K)

Best hand-drawn graphs

Caroline Kromm (1st)

Best visualization of science in action!

Amelia Kromm (1st)

Best Presentation

Miles Shreve (K)

Most Animal Friendly

Leander Mulholland (K)

Best props (polarizers and telescopes - wow!)

David Douty (K)

The COOLest project!

Leon Downey (K)

Tastiest Experiment

Hallie Goldberg (K)

Best Buoyancy Breakdown

Quentin Brannigan (1st)

Scariest Experiment!

Adam Gelinas (1st)

Most egg-cellent project!

Juliana Douty (1st)

Outstanding Osmosis Observation

Norah Wilkinson (1st)

Most APPLEtizing Experiment

Varun Subramanian (1st)

Future Geologist Award!

Annika Sudarsan (1st)

Brightest Experiment

Lillian Nichols (2nd)

Crystal Clear Results Award!

Alexander Kelber (2nd)

Best Teamwork and Communication Award

Seth Goldberg (2nd)

Explosive Result Award

Shira Goldberg (2nd)

Trendiest Experiment

Brian Gelinas (3rd)

Best Sports Project

John Plemons (3rd)

Best Chemistry Experiment

Madeleine Brannigan (4th)

Best Research Tie-in with Experiment

Nora Goldberg (4th)

Most Colorful Experiment

Julianna Tarhan (4th)

Highest Flying Project

Arjun Pinnepalli (5th)

Creative Collecting Award


There is still time to participate in the Swansfield PTA Read-a-thon! Sign up now!

We are excited for students to participate in the 2022 Swansfield Read-a-thon! March is National Reading Month, and we hope that the read-a-thon will inspire Swans to spend extra time reading outside of school and track their reading minutes each day. 

Students can participate in the read-a-thon in 4 easy steps:

  1. Sign up for a read-a-thon page to track your reading minutes. The process is quick and easy!  https://app.99pledges.com/fund/swansfield2022/addme  Make sure to include your email address since this is required to track your minutes.
  2. Ask friends and family to sponsor your reading goals (optional). All donations will go towards supporting Swansfield PTA activities and school support initiatives!  Sponsors should select a simple, one-time donation, since per-minute donations are often larger or smaller than expected! Donations can be made anytime between now and Tuesday, April 5th.
  3. Record how many minutes you read every day outside of school between Monday, March 21st and Sunday, April 3rd. Set your goal to read for at least 15-20 minutes per day!  For younger readers, reading with a grownup counts too!
  4. Enter your daily minutes on your personal page, which you will receive via email after signing up. You can also track your minutes on the reading log that was sent home in your FISH folder and enter them at the end of the read-a-thon.

Check out our school read-a-thon page to see who is participating: app.99pledges.com/fund/swansfield2022

All participants will get a special Swansfield Read-a-thon bookmark. In addition,the 5 students with the most minutes and the homeroom in each grade with the most minutes will receive special recognition! 

Questions? Contact read-a-thon chair, Debbie Goldberg, debbie.s.goldberg@gmail.com

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 

Harper's Choice Festival April 23

You are invited to the Harper's Choice Festival to be held April 23 from noon to 3 p.m. in the courtyard of the Harper's Choice Village Center behind Kahler Hall. Local faves Freezer Burn will play hot blues, classic rock, and originals while free hot dogs and veggie dogs grill. We expect to have a magician and other kid-friendly activities. 

Area nonprofits and small businesses will be highlighted, with crafts and other unique products and services for sale. And all parents voting in the day's village elections will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate from Patra's Sweet Treats. 

The Harper's Choice Festival is being organized by Neighbors for a Vibrant Harper's Choice in coordination with the Harper's Choice Community Association (for more information, please contact Lia Nigro at hcvibrant@gmail.com). Hope to see you there!


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