Swansfield News 7/15/2022

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 12:21pm
Swansfield Elementary School  
Swansfield Summer Newsletter 7.15.22

​​​​​​​Upcoming Dates

SES Calendar of Summer Events

  • July 19 - Primary Elections - Schools & Offices Closed
  • July 21 - Swan Storytime @7pm
  • July 27 - Swan Storytime @7pm
  • August 2 - New Kindergarten Play Day @ 5:00pm
  • August 3 - Swan Storytime @ 7pm


Meet our #SwanFamily


1st Grade Team

  • Aubrey Phamdo, 1st Grade Teacher/Instructional Team Leader - Hello Swans! My name is Mrs. Phamdo! I am one of the first-grade teachers here at our Swansfield Pond! I cannot wait for another fabulous year at school! I love being a Swan, and I know you will, too! When I'm not teaching, I love hanging with my family. I coach my daughter's soccer team, read fun stories, and try to teach my dog new tricks! I hope everyone has a great summer! We will see you soon at the pond! 
  • Allison Witherow, 1st Grade Teacher - Hi Swans! I am excited to return for my 4th year at Swansfield. This will be my 15th year teaching and I can’t imagine a better job! Over the summer, I enjoy exploring nature with my three children, Matthew (13), Daniel (11), and Anna (8). Many of our adventures involve wading in rivers and streams looking for critters!
  • Maria Keefe, 1st Grade Teacher - Hello Swans! I am Mrs. Keefe, and this will be my fourth-year teaching first grade at Swansfield Elementary School and my seventh year working at HCPSS. My heart is in teaching, and I am privileged to witness the amazing student growth that occurs throughout first grade. Some of my favorite things to do include reading, making artwork, traveling, and spending time with family. I can't wait to get to know all of you!
  • Rachel Garrett, 1st Grade Teacher - Hi Swans! I am excited to start my 5th year in Howard County, but my first as a Swan! My family and I love living in the Harper's Choice community! You might see us walking or riding our bikes on the trails, swimming at the pool, or playing at the park. I can't wait to meet you soon!


3rd Grade Team

  • Emily Benz, 3rd Grade Teacher/Instructional Team Leader - Hi Swan Family! My name is Ms. Benz, and this is my 7th year teaching at Swansfield Elementary! My favorite thing about teaching is building relationships with my students and our community! When I am not teaching, I love to ride horses with my family! My horse's name is Kellie, and we love to go out in nature and ride along the trails. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family. I can’t wait for another year with our 3rd grade students!
  • Laura Fratta, 3rd Grade Teacher - Hi Swans! My name is Ms. Fratta and this will be my 5th year teaching in Howard County, but it is my 1st year at Swansfield. I am so excited to be joining the Swansfield family! When I am not teaching, I love reading, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family. I can't wait to meet my new students and have an amazing year of learning with you! See you all soon!
  • Sophia Win, 3rd Grade Teacher - Hi Swans! My name is Ms. Win, and this will be my 3rd year teaching 3rd grade at Swansfield Elementary. I have the best job in the world! When I am not teaching, I love reading at the beach and spending time with family and friends. I also love to dance, and I am a dance teacher. I am looking forward to meeting my new students. I can't wait for another amazing school year. See you soon!


5th Grade Team

  • Rebecca Seering, 5th Grade Teacher/Instructional Team Leader - Hi Swan Family! My name is Ms. Seering, and this will be my 6th year at Swansfield, teaching 5th grade! I love 5th grade because of all the special activities students get to participate in for their last year in elementary school. I enjoy getting to know each of my students individually and building our classroom community. When not at school I love to play with my puppy Luna, visit the beach, pool, and spend time with my family. Looking forward to another amazing year at SES!
  • Raelyn Boras, 5th Grade Teacher - Hi Swans! My name is Ms. Boras, and I am excited to be starting my 4th year at Swansfield! When I'm not at school, I love reading, exercising, spending time outside, traveling, and catching up with friends and family. My favorite thing about Swansfield is all the friendly and amazing staff members I get to work with! The school environment makes me excited to come to work every day with a smile. I look forward to seeing everyone back at the pond! Let's make it a great year!
  • Glenn Hayes, 5th Grade Teacher - I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Glenn Hayes, and I am thrilled to begin my 25th year at Swansfield Elementary School out of Johns Hopkins University. My favorite thing about being a teacher is learning about my students and inspiring them to be their best. In my spare time, I enjoy playing chess, basketball, traveling, and spending time with family. I am looking forward to having a wonderful year.
  • Nami Kiwalabye, 5th Grade Teacher - Hello friends! My name is Ms. Kiwalabye, and this will be my second year in the 5th grade, and my fourth year at Swansfield Elementary School! I love making connections with the students in my classroom and I am excited to start the 2022-2023 school year!




Swansfield Summer Events

Swansfield staff members are excited to bring back Swan Storytime and some additional summer events!  Our SES Calendar of Summer Events will be updated throughout the summer.  We look forward to keeping in touch throughout the summer!  

HCPSS Free Summer Meals Service

Meals will be provided at no cost to HCPSS students at Swansfield Elementary. There are no applications, enrollment, or fees to participate in this program. Meals will be served Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 12 from 12:30-2 p.m.

School Supply Store 

Do you need help getting school supplies for your Swansfield student? If so, please join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 11am to 2pm in the Swansfield Cafeteria for our (all-FREE) School Supply Store. Please see SES School Supply Store.pdf for additional information.

Plastic Bags for Recycling

Swansfield is not accepting plastic bags for the NexTrex program during the summer. We will start again in September. Please do not bring your bags to the vestibule. Bags may be brought to most grocery stores such as Giant and Safeway and placed in the proper container outside the store. Thank you for your support!