Swansfield News 4/22/2022

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 4:05pm
Swansfield Elementary School  

Swansfield News 04.22.22

Important Dates

  • April 27 - 3 hour early dismissal/No Pre-K
  • April 27 - PTA Meeting
  • April 29 - Accountability Day (Wear your Be Kind Crew T-shirt)
  • May 2 - Schools Closed - Professional Learning Day
  • May 18 - 3 hour early dismissal/No Pre-K
  • May 30 - Schools and Offices Closed - Memorial Day


New Information


​​Testing in Grades 3, 4, and 5

Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) - Spring Assessment for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders

The Maryland State Department of Education is conducting a spring student assessment as one of several strategies to identify how students are performing academically. The results will help educators better understand student needs.  These results never stand alone in assessing student growth, and will be used in combination with other assessments and class work to gauge overall student performance. 

MCAP is the overarching term used for all state assessments. MSDE will administer assessments in the Spring for English Language Arts/Literacy & Mathematics. Here are the dates for SES Students: 

5th Grade MCAP Dates: 

  • ELA - 5/3, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6 (10:00am)
  • Math - 5/9, 5/10, 5/11, 5/13 (9:00am)

4th Grade MCAP Dates: 

  • ELA - 5/9, 5/10, 5/12, 5/13 (10:00am)
  • Math - 5/3, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6 (9:00am)

3rd Grade Spring MCAP Dates:

  • ELA- 5/23, 5/26, 5/27, 5/31 (9:00am)
  • Math- 5/16, 5/17, 5/18, 5/19 (9:00am)

Students will need to bring their HCPSS issued laptop (fully charged) and corded headphones (if possible). Any student without headphones will be issued a pair to use for the assessments.  Please contact Mrs. Madden (Courtney_Madden@hcpss.org) and Mr. Carter (Howard_Carter@hcpss.org) with any questions about the MCAP assessment.

To learn more about Spring Assessments and MCAP please visit HCPSS Testing FAQ located on the HCPSS website.


Success Factor Five: Accountability!

Our students have been learning about our fifth success factor “Accountability” and the importance of accepting responsibility for our actions.  Accountability Day will be celebrated by our students and staff on Friday, April 29th, and we are asking all students to student wear their Be Kind Crew T-shirt on this day!  K

We are also in the process of accepting nominations for our staff Accountability Royalty!  If you and/or your child would like to nominate a staff member for this award please VOTE HERE by Thursday, April 28th.  


BSAP Corner 

Kindness goes a long way. We must remember that we may never know what is going on in someone else’s life. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s day and can even change their life, so why not be kind? We may never know that holding a door for someone or saying thank you or offering a helping hand can make a huge difference in the life of another. 

Kindness Motivational Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTsvSAItPqA 


Green Beanz Plastic Recycling Drop-off Help

The GreenBeanz group at Swansfield Elementary is continuing the plastic bag collection for recycling!  Our students are helping to weigh the plastic each week, but Ms. DiVenti and Ms. Malcotti are looking for volunteers to help transport the measured plastic to drop-off bins at the supermarket (e.g., your local Giant or Harris Teeter).

Please consider signing up for a time slot using the sign up genius link.. All you need to do is pick up the plastic bags from the vestibule and deliver them!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044faca92ba31-green

Thanks for helping the GreenBeanz be great junior environmentalists!!


Healthroom Corner

The HCHD is sponsoring a vaccine clinic for any dose at our May 14 vision event in the parking lot of LRHS.

Location: Long Reach High School: 6101 Old Dobbin Ln Columbia, MD 21045

Date/Time:May 14, 2022 from 8:00am -12:00pm

Vaccinations: Pfizer (5+), Pfizer (12+) 

Click here to register

Appointment required


14th Annual Howard County Family Wellness Day

The 14th Annual Howard County Family Wellness Day on Sunday, June 19th from 8:30am to 1pm at Centennial Park South, brings together the entire community, challenging every organization, public and private, and every citizen, to make a commitment to healthy living. 

With games, crafts, and performances along with vital health screenings, and health education, Family Wellness Day is a total community collaboration. HC Family Wellness Day.pdf

The event starts with remarks from our community dignitaries and the Matzohball 5K Run/Walk.  For more information, schedule of activities, and booth space availability, visit:   www.FamilyWellnessDay.org  Questions: Contact melba@wepromotehealth.org


Wilde Lake High School Jazz Cabaret - TICKETS GOING FAST!

Join us for an evening with your Wilde Lake friends and family to enjoy live music with the Award Winning Jazz Ensemble. Witness Wilde Lake's Main Street transformed into a timeless Jazz Cabaret! You won't want to miss the return of this annual event! Light Food & Beverages available for purchase. 

May 7th, 2022

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Concert begins at 7:00 pm

Wilde Lake H.S. - Main Street

Wilde Lake HS Band Boosters

$10 Adults, $12 at the door

$5 Students & Seniors, $7 at the door

No smoking or alcoholic beverages on HCPSS premises

Questions?? Please contact Co-chairs Lisa Shaw or Christine Sheeler : WLHSBANDBOOSTERS@GMAIL.COM 

Jazz Cabaret Ticket Order Form: https://forms.gle/8rVYiiFCX24ms6v78

This event has limited seating and tends to sell out, so please get your tickets soon.




Dental Clinic

This is a reminder that the Dental Clinic will be on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.  Please be sure to submit all permission forms to your student's teacher as soon as possible. Feel free to register online at www.MySchoolDentist.com or complete and return the paper consent to the school. 


Basketball and Soccer Volunteers Needed!

Swansfield is still 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


Providing Proof of Negative Covid-19 Results 

Effective April 5, 2022, if a student or staff member exhibits COVID-like symptoms, the parent/guardian or staff may submit any of the following to show proof of a negative test and return to the building:

  • Negative PCR test result - A copy of the test result should be emailed to the school nurse or health assistant
  • Negative rapid test result - A copy of the test result should be emailed to the school nurse or health assistant
  • Negative at-home test result - A photo of the negative test, along with the student or staff member's full name, date of birth, and the date and time the test was taken should be emailed to the school nurse or health assistant, who will follow up with parents/guardians as necessary.

A negative rapid test result will not require a confirmatory PCR test IF the student or staff member has not been identified as a close contact or part of a cohort outbreak.


Swansfield Wish Lists

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

Student Lounge Wish List

Classroom Wish List



PTA Updates

PTA Executive Board Nominations

ALL SIX officer positions will be vacant at the end of this school year. Nominations for the next 2 year term are being accepted now! If you’re interested in serving on the SES PTA Executive Board, please complete this brief survey by March 13. 

Who is eligible?

Any member of the SES PTA (including staff, community members, grandparents, etc).

Which positions need to be filled?


VP for School Relations

VP for Membership


Corresponding Secretary 

Recording Secretary

Want to chat with an outgoing board member about their position?

Email board@swansfieldpta.org 

Questions for the Nominating Committee?

Email the Nominating Committee Chair, Elizabeth Kromm eekromm@gmail.com


Taharka Brothers Ice Cream is Back May 2-4

I scream, you scream, SES screams for Ice Cream!! Save the date families for a cool and yummy fundraiser!! Code: SwansfieldSpring2022



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!



Connect with Us:


5610 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044









Howard County Public Schools would like to continue connecting with you via email. If you prefer to be removed from our list, please contact Howard County Public Schools directly. To stop receiving all email messages distributed through our SchoolMessenger service, follow this link and confirm: Unsubscribe

SchoolMessenger is a notification service used by the nation's leading school systems to connect with parents, students and staff through voice, SMS text, email, and social media.