Swansfield News 4/29/2022

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 4:23pm
Swansfield Elementary School  
Swansfield News 04.29.22

Important Dates

  • May 2 - Schools Closed - Professional Learning Day
  • May 4 - Dental Clinic
  • May 4 & 5 - K Grade Field Trip - Library Center Branch
  • May 5 - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Robinson Nature Center
  • May 6 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - MD Science Center
  • May 12 - 5th Grade Middle School Visits
  • May 18 - 3 hour early dismissal/No Pre-K
  • May 30 - Schools and Offices Closed - Memorial Day


New Information

Access to Additional Google Services Parent Permission - Grades 4 & 5

Google Translate is now available in Google’s menu of additional services on HCPSS issued Chromebooks for students in grades 4-12. Parent or guardian consent is required for students to access the tool/application. 

If you have previously provided consent for Google’s menu of additional services, your child will automatically be given access to Google Translate, and no further action is needed.

If you desire to provide consent for your child to access Google’s additional services which include Google Translate, YouTube (grades 6-12), and CS First (grades K-5), complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect.
  2. Select More Options from the left panel.
  3. Select HCPSS Google Menu from the middle of the page.
  4. Click the check box to provide consent. Changes are automatically saved.

The Google Additional services will include:

  • CS First for grades 4 and 5 - This is an authorized Supplementary Digital Tool, for creating interactive stories, games, and animations using a programming language called Scratch during the Computational Thinker unit
  • Google Translate grades 4-12 - This additional service or authorized Supplementary Digital Tool, offers free service to instantly translate words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages. Students will be informed when this service is allowable for use during classwork, independent assignments, and/or World Language assessments.

Please contact Taffie Barnes (Taffie_Barnes@hcpss.orgfor more information. 

BSAP Corner

“Long Shot” by Chris Paul 


Christopher Emmanuel Paul, nickname CP3, was born May 6, 1985, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is an American professional basketball player who became one of the premier stars of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the early 21st century. Paul’s career single-handedly gives the lie to one of basketball’s enduring myths: the pure point guard. Supposedly, the pure point is a selfless, infinitely wise player who lives to do nothing other than set up teammates to score. As adept and intuitive a playmaker as the NBA had ever seen, Paul made passes that defied comprehension while shifting around his teammates (and opponents) like a master chess player. At the same time, he scored as readily as any player in the league, whether nailing the outside jump shot with impressive accuracy or knifing his way to the basket with ease. 

Paul excelled at both basketball and football as a youth but chose to stick with basketball in high school—even though, at a little over 5 feet tall as a freshman, he was considered too small to play. But Paul’s talent shone through—with a little help from a few growth spurts—and by the time he went off to play college ball at Wake Forest University, he was 6 feet tall and considered one of the top prospects in the country. Paul spent two years at Wake, showcasing both his incredible skill set and a fiery competitive streak that could get him into trouble with referees. Paul declared for the NBA draft in 2005, and he was selected fourth overall by the New Orleans Hornets. He now plays for the Phoenix Suns. 

Lost and Found

Parents/Guardians we have a number of items in our lost and found. Please stop by our lost and found and take a look to see if your student might have some items they forgot about. Just come to the main office to sign in and we will direct you to the lost and found location.



From Your Title I Team

Free Clothing

Spring/Summer clothing giveaway (ALL FREE!)  Saturday April 30, 10am to 12pm at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel MD 20723. For more information call 410-313-0390. 

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival

On Sunday, May 1st, Howard County is hosting its 1st AAPI Heritage Month Festival from 11am to 4 pm. 2022 AAPI Flyer.pdf The festival is free but all attendees must register to attend.  

The link to register is:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-american-pacific-islander-heritage-festival-tickets-297449257737




​​MCAP Testing in Grades 3, 4, and 5

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

Healthroom Corner

Dental Clinic is coming! 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. 

Vaccination Location

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

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!

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!!

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

Theater Summer Camp

Glenelg High School  is offering a new theater camp this summer for rising 3rd-8th graders!

This camp will encourage students to develop their talent and acting skills to perform Newsies Jr. in July.Summer Camp Theatre Info.png

Who: Rising 3rd-Rising 8th Graders

When: July 5-15, 2022, 9am-3pm

Performances: 2 Performances on July 14 & 15

Camp Cost: $550

Questions: Email Kassidy_Sharp@hcpss.org or visit https://www.glenelgboosters.com/summer-sport-camps/ for more info!  

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 (Home Delivery May 6)

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


SES Movie Night: Save the date!

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 3, 6:30-9:30pm for an outdoor movie night at Swansfield! Before dusk, enjoy lawn games, food trucks, and complimentary popcorn and ice cream. At dusk, a family-friendly movie will be shown on the big screen! No cost to attend, RSVP will be requested for planning. Rain date: Friday, June 10.

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:


Ideas or questions?

Contact vp.schoolrelations@swansfieldpta.org


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