Swansfield News 10/6/23

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Swansfield New 10.06.23

Good Afternoon SES Families,


I want to thank all the families that made it to our Maryland Science Center Night on Thursday. It was a fun evening filled with a variety of activities. A special thank you to the Howard County Arts Council that paid for this event on behalf of our school. 

This is a reminder that schools are closed for students on Monday, October 9th. Staff will be taking part in a professional learning day here at SES.  

Enjoy your weekend! ~ Anthony J Esposito, Principal


Important Dates 

  • October 9th - No school for students 
  • October 11th - Fall Picture Day
  • October 13th - Breast Cancer Awareness Day - WEAR PINK!!!
  • October 18th - PTA Meeting 
  • October 19th - RECC / K Title I Family Night 
  • October 20th - No school for students 
  • October 27th - Kindness Day
  • October 28th - PTA Fall Festival / Trunk or Treat
  • October 31st - Schools close 3 hours early / End of First Marking Period


New Information 


Young Authors' Contest

The Young Authors' Contest has begun! This contest is for students in grades 1 through 5.  The contest begins at Swansfield where students will compete with their classmates for the best short story and poem. One winner from each category will be selected at each grade level to compete at the Howard County level. Winners from the Howard County level will then go on to compete at the Maryland State level.  

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their writing talent to the Swansfield community and beyond!  Please see the attached Young Authors’ Contest Guidelines for information about the rules and guidelines. All entries must have a completed YAC Cover Sheet YA Student Coversheet, 2023-24 HOWARD.docx sent as a PDF. Submissions may be emailed to keynora_greenwood@hcpss.org and your students' homeroom teacher by December 11, 2023. Please contact Ms. Keynora Greenwood with any questions.  All Young Authors’ Contest information can be found on the HCLA website. 

Howard County Literacy Association welcomes parents as members.  Visit the HCLA Welcome Page  for information about joining.  

The reading team is looking forward to reading many amazing stories and poems. Happy writing!!


Breast Cancer Awareness Day

We have many members of our staff and community that have been impacted by breast cancer. To show that we support breast cancer awareness, all staff and students are encouraged to WEAR PINK on Friday, October 13th. 


Winter Coat Day

Free winter coats, hats, and gloves for children and adults. Saturday, October 14, 9:30am to 12pm at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. See flier for details.


Family File Office Hours!

If you still need to complete your Family File or Free and Reduced Price Meal (FARM) application, we will have laptops available at arrival (8:30-9am) on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October. Staff will be here to help. Sign in at the front office and go to ROOM 113 (right around the corner from the office). We look forward to seeing you and getting 100% completion! If you need to make arrangements to come at a different day/time, just call the front office (410-313-6907).


Health Room


Flu and COVID Vaccines 

Dear Swansfield Elementary School Community:

Each year, the Howard County Public School System partners with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention to bring flu immunizations into our schools for students.  This year, they will also be offering the latest Covid vaccine (Moderna).  The clinic at Swansfield Elementary School will be held on Tuesday, October 24th, during school hours.  If you would like your child to be vaccinated against the Flu and/or Covid at this clinic, please register at this link:  https://www.marylandvax.org/appointment/en/reg/9275201696 

You are not required to provide your child’s insurance information.  

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is safe to get a flu and COVID vaccine at the same time. If you have any concerns, please speak with your personal physician. All in-school clinics will be closed to registration one week before the clinic date to allow our health room staff time to review and prepare the consents and make sure enough vaccines are ordered.  If you have any questions, please call your school’s health room at 410-313-5621.


Community Events



Library for Kindergarten Ready Awareness for parents of African American Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers at the Howard County Library Central Branch on Saturday, September 30, 2023. See Flyer for full details.


PTA News 


Scoop Night at the Charmery - Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Grab a scoop at The Charmery, in the Merriweather District, on October 11th, mention Swansfield at the register, and the Charmery will donate 20% of sales to the SES PTA.  Can’t make it to the Charmery on October 11th?  Order online, to pick up at a later date, and it counts towards our total (just mention Swansfield in the order field).  

Bonus - at the end of the School Scoop year (9/23-3/24) whichever School Scoop Night had the biggest donation, will receive a 'Free Cone Card' for their school.  Each student and staff member will receive a card, which is redeemable for a free scoop at any Charmery location! 


Swansfield Spirit Wear Available – Now Through October 9

Show your Swan spirit by purchasing Swansfield spirit wear today!  Spirit wear is on sale until October 9th by going to:https://stores.inksoft.com/swa019/shop/homeSpirit wear will arrive at Swansfield later in October. If you have any questions, please contact: membership@swansfieldpta.org 



Yearbook Pictures Needed!

Did you take a picture of your student on the first day of school?  Did you attend the Back-to-School picnic and take pictures?  If so, we want your pics for the Yearbook! Your pictures are needed to make the yearbook great. This school year we are using LifeTouch for our Yearbook and they have a community upload feature that can be accessed by following the link below.  




Once there, you will be prompted to login to a Shutterfly account or use your Facebook credentials.  You can either use your pre-existing account or use the generic PTA account below to add your photos to the Yearbook.  To use the PTA account, please enter the following login information:

Username: yearbookphotos@swansfieldpta.org

Password: Yearbookphotos2023

Please select photos from your phone or computer.  For each photo select one or more tags that can be attributed to your photo.  Click on Begin Upload.  After the photos upload, you can choose to upload additional photos or you can close out of the account.

If you need assistance, please reach out to yearbook@swansfieldpta.org or membership@swansfieldpta.org.


PTA Membership

Don’t forget to join or renew your membership to the Swansfield PTA for the 2023-24 school year! We need YOUR support to make this year successful so 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=true. 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




After School Enrichment Sign Up

The Bridges program has partnered with the school to offer additional after school opportunities to students who are not already enrolled in the Bridges program. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays this fall, 6 different after school enrichments are being offered for students in 2nd- 5th grade. In addition to the enrichment choices each day the students that are selected will engage in a Brain Break/ SEL session from 3:20-3:40 pm, receive a snack and homework support from 3:40-4:00pm, then the enrichment session from 4:00-5:00pm.

On Tuesdays starting October 10th - November 15th  from dismissal until 5:00pm we will be offering an art club, PE intramural, and readers theater.

On Wednesdays starting October 12th- November 16th from dismissal until 5:00pm we will be offering a macrame art club, belonging girls group, and math games.

If you are interested in any of these enrichments, please sign up using the link below.

SES Bridges Enrichment Program Sign Up Session 1

  • There is no cost for this program and no transportation will be provided. 
    • All students must be picked up by 5pm.
  • Students must submit this registration form between September 29- October 5. 
  • Students can only be considered for one program per day.  
  • Participants will be selected by a lottery at the close of the registration period.  
  • Participants will be notified on or before October 6 of their registration status.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Berry at jamie_berry@hcpss.org


Swansfield Wish List

The staff have requested a few items for their classrooms for the 23-24 school year. Thank you for your generosity. https://a.co/2pGfaXr


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