Swansfield News 4/1/2022

Sun, 04/03/2022 - 4:18pm
Swansfield Elementary School  

Swansfield News 04.01.22

Important Dates

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

New Information

Basketball and Soccer Volunteers Needed!

Swansfield is looking for volunteers to coach/referee basketball and soccer games during recess for students in grades 3-5. No coaching or referring experience is necessary. You just need to have a love for the game. Please email Mr. Carter at howard_carter@hcpss.org if you would like to volunteer. 

Recess Times

3rd: 12:30-1:00

4th: 1:10-1:40

5th: 1:45-2:15

BSAP Corner 

Ella Fitzgerald, (April 25, 1917-June 15, 1996), was "The First Lady of Song." She best known for her vocal talents, including an impressively wide vocal range partnered with a uniquely sweet voice and a whimsical flair to her singing. She is also very much recognized for her scat singing and her ability to mimic musical instruments. Her journey from her humble beginnings to her rise to stardom is truly a tale of success, heart, passion, love, and perseverance. 

Throughout her career, Fitzgerald has collected quite a list of achievements: 13 Grammy wins, 20 Grammy nominations, many honorary doctorates, the National Medal of Arts awarded by the United States President Ronald Reagan, France's Commander of Arts and Letters award, and many other prestigious awards recognizing her artistry.  

By the 1990s, Fitzgerald had recorded more than 200 songs. In 1991, she gave her final concert at Carnegie Hall, Yale University, Dartmouth, and other colleges awarded her honorary doctorates. Several of Fitzgerald's awards, significant personal possessions, and documents were given to the Smithsonian Institution, the library of Boston University, the Library of Congress, and the Schoenberg Library at UCLA

“Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa” by Andrea Davis Pinkney 




From Your Title I Team

Howard County Public Schools Title I Office receives Title I funds to provide additional support and resources to Title I Schools. The Title I Office supports family engagement through the implementation of its Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Plan and by providing schools with funds to support family engagement.  Please take a moment to complete the HCPSS Title I Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Input Survey, providing feedback on the district's Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Plan and parent involvement funds.

La Oficina de Título I de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Howard recibe fondos Título I para proveer apoyo y recursos adicionales a Escuelas Título I. La Oficina de Título I apoya el compromiso familiar mediante la implementación de su Plan de participación de padres, familias y la comunidad y proporcionando a las escuelas con fondos para apoyar la participación familiar. Por favor, dedique un momento para completar la Encuesta de opinión sobre participación de padres, la familia y la comunidad del HCPSS, realizando comentarios sobre el Plan de participación de padres, familias y la comunidad y los fondos para la participación de padres del distrito.


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

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

Swansfield Wish Lists

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

Student Lounge Wish List

Classroom Wish List


PTA Updates

Last day to order Yearbooks! Friday, April 1 (ONLY $18)

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

Read-a-thon ends Sunday April 3rd!

Reminders: Make sure to log your minutes by April 5th.Donations must be received by April 6th.

Thank you to all of the students who are participating in the SES Read-a-thon! We have about 100 students registered, and we have already exceeded our fundraising goal. You can check out our progress at the link below. Way to go Swans! 


Since we have so many students participating, we will be awarding prizes to the top 10 individual readers as well as the homeroom in each grade with the most minutes. Keep reading and make sure you log your minutes on your private 99 pledges site by April 5th! Winners will be announced next week.

All participants will get a special Swansfield Read-a-thonbookmark. In addition, the 10 students with the most minutes and the homeroom in each grade with the most minutes will receive special recognition! 

  • Prize options for the top 10 readers: individual lunch bunch with teacher of choice, check out extra media book, special picture with LaSwan James, sit in the special/ rocking chair for the day, read a book with a staff member outside, be a guest reader in another class!
  • Prize options for the top homeroom in each grade: pajama day, no homework day, pick your seat for a day, class lunch bunch, guest reader, outside buddy reading


Need help logging minutes? Contact read-a-thon chair, Debbie Goldberg, debbie.s.goldberg@gmail.com

SES International Night is coming up on May 23 at 6:30pm

Please join us for this wonderful evening of food, fun and learning as we celebrate the many rich cultures that make up our Swansfield community.

Would you like to share a piece of your culture too? You can host a country table, perform a song or dance, wear clothing from your culture, or even bring some tasty foods for everyone to try. All are welcome. 

Please sign up here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DABAB2EA4F58-sesinternational

Ideas or questions? Contact vp.schoolrelations@swansfieldpta.org

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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