Swansfield News 9/29/23

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Swansfield News 9.29.23



Good Afternoon SES Families,


We had a great week at SES and most classrooms began their reading group rotations. If your child’s class did not start reading groups this week, they will begin their rotations next week. 


Next Thursday, October 5th, SES will host the Maryland Science Center Family Night. We would like to see ALL our SES students and families next week. The event begins at 5:30pm and will wrap up at 7:30pm. Families are not required to attend the entire time, please stop by when you are free. As a reminder, students must be accompanied by an adult. There will be eight stations for families to visit and each family will receive a passport to document the activities they have completed.


Enjoy your weekend! ~ Anthony J Esposito, Principal


Important Dates 

  • October 5th - Maryland Science Center Family Night @ 5:30pm
  • October 9th - No school for students 
  • October 11th - Fall Picture Day
  • 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 


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


Community Events


Howard Lions' Pride Third Annual Craft Fair:  Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Howard High School. Our 100+ vendors will be selling crafts, books, candles, kitchen goods, jewelry, home decor, clothing, accessories, and much more! General Info link: https://tinyurl.com/3tzxuhme.


We are still accepting craft and food truck vendors, so please spread the word and this link: https://tinyurl.com/bdfuta49.



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.


Biz Kidz Academy's FREE Shark Tank Competition

Registration is now open for Biz Kidz Academy’s FREE Shark Tank Competition! Competing young entrepreneurs, fashion designers, models, artists, performers, creative writers, and other competitors are encouraged to enter a creative written or video entry. 

Attached are the competition guidelines.


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Free Bikes 4 Kidz - Bike Collection Day is Saturday 

If you have a bike you no longer need (in any condition and any size, preschool to adult), you can drop it off this Saturday (September 30) at any Howard County Fire Station from 9am to 2pm. 

If you would like to be considered to receive a bike for your student, please complete the Swansfield Family Needs Survey to sign up for more information about Free Bikes 4 Kidz. 


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/home Spirit 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.  


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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




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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