Swansfield News 9/8/23

Mon, 09/11/2023 - 10:45am

Swansfield News 9.8.23

Message from the Principal

Good Afternoon SES Families,


I hope our students enjoyed their second week of school. The administration team has been impressed with the engagement of our students and staff. Empty hallways are a beautiful sight for school administrators because it means students are in their classrooms learning. We sent staff the photos below earlier this week. At just before 11:00am, there were no students or staff in our hallways. Instead, students were in their classrooms engaged in the lessons being delivered. Kudos to our staff & students! 

Our arrival and dismissal are improving each day with most buses arriving by 8:30am and departing SES by 3:30pm. We appreciate the patience of our community as we work through the transportation challenges. I hope you enjoy your weekend!


Anthony J Esposito, Principal



Important Dates 

  • September 8th – PTA Back to School Picnic @ 5:30pm 
  • September 15th - Off  
  • September 20th - Standards Based Instruction & Reporting Info Session @ 5:30pm 
  • September 20th - PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm 
  • September 25th - Off 


New Information 


BSAP Saturday Math Academy

The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Fall Session is approaching! 

This year, the BSAP Saturday Math Academy will offer an in-person enrichment program for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of math for grades 3-12 based on course availability. Registration will take place online Saturday, September 16, 2023, from 9:00 a.m.- until capacity is reached. Class space is limited. Families can register by accessing the HCPSS Connect Website

For more information, please visit: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2021/09/bsap-saturday-math-academy-virtual-fall-2021-program/  

Flyers for distribution: 

BSAP SMA Fall 2023 Flyer (English)

BSAP SMA Fall 2023 Flyer (Spanish)

BSAP SMA Fall 2023 Flyer (Chinese)

BSAP SMA Fall 2023 Flyer (Korean)

Please contact BSAP Supervisor,  Nicole Brown if you have any questions.


Gifted and Talented Interest Seminars Grades 2 -5 

This week your child heard about the interest seminars offered at Swansfield.   Seminars provide enrichment opportunities for all students based upon interest.  Students develop a broad range of advanced skills and create products in their areas of interest. Seminars are offered during recess for about 6 weeks unless noted.  Please see your child's folder for the form. 


Title I 

Shoe Donations Needed

Parents, the PE teachers can use your help! They are looking for donations of gently used sneakers to loan to students who forget their gym shoes. Please sign up below if you can help. 



PTA News 


Back to School Picnic, Friday, September 8th

Come out to the Swansfield playground on Friday, September 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for our Back to School Picnic! Families old and new to the Swan community will have a chance to get to know each other while relaxing outside. The PTA will provide water, snacks, and popsicles. 


Bring a chair or blanket and your own picnic (if you preordered pizza through the PTA, pick up right on the blacktop during the event). Questions? Reach out to membership@swansfieldpta.org. 


¡Venga a disfrutar de conocer a otros en la Familia Swan (Cisne) en el picnic de regreso a la escuela de Swansfield el viernes 8 de septiembre de 5:30 a 7:30 pm! Traiga una silla o 


First PTA Meeting: Wednesday, September 20th  

Join us for the first PTA meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. We will approve the budget and plan for the upcoming school year. The first 30 minutes will be an opportunity for members of the community to get to know each other, and the business meeting will start at 7 p.m. Child care will be provided.  


It’s the first week of the school year - that means it is time for our new families to join and our returning families to renew your Swansfield PTA membership! The PTA has planned a year of exciting programming including the upcoming Back to School Picnic on September 8, Fall Festival, Winter Bingo, Family Culture Night, and many more!  We need YOUR support to make that happen - please take a few minutes to join the PTA!   


Each individual voting membership is only $5, and you can quickly and easily join online: https://swansfield.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=trueJust select your association with the Swansfield community (parent, grandparent, staff, etc.), provide your information and payment and you will be good to go! For multiple family members, please add each individual to your cart before checking out.   

The majority of your membership fees go to the state and national PTA organizations.  Only $0.75 stays with us. We count on additional support from our community to bring you the full slate of PTA programming. If your personal situation allows, we would welcome additional contributions: https://swansfield.memberhub.com/store/items/745451.

What are your donations used for? The infographic above illustrates the impact of PTA funding during the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you for your support and helping us to do great things for our school community! 


Connect with the PTA! 

For the latest news and event updates, follow the PTA on Facebook: Swansfield Elementary School PTA | Facebook (please request to join the group and answer a few short questions to help us keep this group secure), or visit us online: www.swansfieldpta.org 




FARMS Forms  

Many HCPSS families are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program, which provides children with a wide range of benefits including free or discounted college tuition, testing and application fees, academic and athletic program fees and many others in addition to free or discounted meals. SES (Swansfield Elementary School) has a grant that allows ALL students to receive free breakfast and lunch for the 22-23 school year.  

In addition, SES is a Title I school; this means we receive extra funds to support learning. Although all our students will receive free breakfast and lunch during the 22-23 school year, we still need families to complete the FARMS application. We use these funds for additional staff, family programming, student activities and much more. Our Title I status is based on the percentage of families who qualify for FARMS.  

Families are urged to check their eligibility and complete a FARMs application as soon as possible. Families must submit a new application every school year.  

Details on the Free and Reduced Meals program, including a link to apply, are available online. 

Please contact the front office if you have any questions or need assistance with applying for the Free and Reduced Meal Program.


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