Swansfield News 11/10/23

Fri, 11/10/2023 - 1:27pm

Swansfield News 11.10.23

Good Afternoon SES Families,

American Education Week is a fantastic opportunity for parents to engage with their child's education and celebrate the hard work of students and teachers. Below is important information and a schedule for the quarterly awards during that week.

American Education Week: November 13th - 17th 

Parent Visitation: Parents are encouraged to visit their child's school at any time during American Education Week. You are welcome to observe classes, meet with teachers, and participate in various school activities. Some teacher teams or grade levels may also invite you to specific events, so stay tuned for those invitations.

Quarterly Awards Schedule:

Please join us in celebrating our amazing SES students!

Parents are invited to an in-person (in the cafe) celebration.

There is also a virtual option with Google Meet. See below for links. 






November 14th


Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/gdi-tnup-vbz 

Grade 1

November 15th 


Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/shs-yvxa-fws  

Grade 2

November 16th 


Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/bnh-xnni-bcf  

Grade 3

November 16th


Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/hcu-zsxg-avs  

Grade 4

November 15th 


Google Meetl link: https://meet.google.com/kkg-zjjr-wwi  

Grade 5

November 14th


Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/zho-cnte-ace  

Important Note: For security and safety reasons, all parents will need to sign in at the front office upon their arrival. This ensures that we can keep track of everyone on our school premises.

We hope to see all parents actively participate in American Education Week. It's a wonderful opportunity to engage with your child's education and show your support. If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact the school office. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students with you during this special week.

Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend! ~ Anthony J Esposito, Principal


Important Dates 

  • November 13th-17th - American Education Week 
  • November 14th - Q1 Awards K: 9:00 & Grade 5: 2:15
  • November 15th- Q1 Awards Grade 1 Grade: 9:00 & Grade 4: 2:15
  • November 16th - Q1 Awards Grade 2: 9:00 & Grade 3: 2:15
  • November 16th - Grade 1 TItle I Family Night 
  • November 20th - 21st - Three Hour Early Dismissal / Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 22nd - Schools Closed for students / Parent Teacher Conferences 


New Information 

Family-School Compact & Plan

This week, your child should have received a copy of our SES Title I Family-School Compact & Plan in their take-home folder. Please take a look! There are ELA and Math statements of commitment for staff, grade-level goals for students, and ways for families to get involved at the school.

A Family-School Compact & Plan is an agreement between families, students, and teachers that is jointly developed and distributed to all families. It explains how families, students, and teachers will work together to develop a family-school partnership to make sure all students are met with success, and get the support they need to achieve grade level goals. 

We welcome your ideas and input into the compact and plan for achievement; as well as our family involvement budget, and ideas for how we can work together as equal partners. For feedback and suggestions please reach out to a Title I Teacher (Carolyn Haas) or Family Involvement Contact (Deborah Slater).  Contact information for each staff member can be found on the SES Title I website at http://ses.hcpss.org/about/title-i-program 


Fall Photos

The Fall pictures have come in and are in your child's backpack today.  If you did not order pictures, you will receive a “proof".  Please look for them. You may order packages online. 


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 winter, 5 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 3:20-3:40pm, receive a snack and homework support from 3:40-4:00pm, then the enrichment session from 4:00-5:00pm.

On Tuesdays starting 11/28 we will be offering 3 different enrichments. Art Club, Readers Theatre, and So You Think You Can Line Dance, 6-week session for students in 2nd- 5th grade. Session dates- 11/28,12/5,12/12,12/19,1/9, and 1/16.

On Wednesdays starting 11/29 we will be offering 2 different enrichments. A PE Sports intramural and Math Games, 4-week session for students in 2nd- 5th grade. Session dates- 11/29,12/6, 12,20, and 1/10

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

SES Bridges Enrichment Program Sign Up Session 2

  • 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 November 8th- November 17. 
  • 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 November 22 of their registration status.

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


Register for Parent Teacher Conferences

HCPSS elementary and middle schools will hold parent teacher conferences Nov. 20-22. Parents may register for conferences via HCPSS Connect Synergy Monday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m. through Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.


Title I - Grade 1 Family Night 

Remember, 1st grade families... Our Title I Family Night is coming up next week on Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us for a great evening of dinner and fun, hands-on math activities. To allow parents and 1st grade children to engage in the learning activities, there will be separate supervised play activities for siblings. Please see our invitation for the agenda for the evening. Be sure to RSVP by Monday, Nov. 13. This helps to ensure we have the right amount of food and take-home materials for all. We can't wait to see our 1st grade students and their families on 11/16!


Gifted & Talented Math & Middle School Placement Information Sessions

Curious about the GT Placement process?  Wondering what is coming next?Please join us for an information session on Monday, November 20 at 2:00 or 5:30 in room 167 (Art) for an overview of the placement process for Gifted and Talented classes in elementary and middle school. There will be an overview of the CogAt and the placement process. There will be time for Q & A as well.  Any questions please contact laine_malcotti@hcpss.org or tara_diventi@hcpss.org  ALL ARE WELCOME.


Lost and Found

Parents/Guardians there are several personal items that your students have left behind. You are welcome to stop by the main office anytime to look in the cafe’.  All items from the lost and found will be available for you to look through November 13th to 17th during our American Education Week and November 20-21 during Parent Teacher Conferences in the main lobby. All clothes that are not retrieved by November 21 will be donated to our Clothing Recycle Bin. 


Shop at our Scholastic Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair is visiting DLES Monday, November 23rd through Thursday, December 3rd. See below for hours or shop online by clicking on the Scholastic Book Fair Link. The book fair will be held in the Media Center. All proceeds will benefit the Swansfield Elementary Library Media Program. Take home copies of new and favorite books while supporting our school!


11/13 - 11/17 - Adult Only Shopping During American Education Week 9-10am

11/20 - Family Shopping Event - 2:00 pm  - 6:30 pm during conferences

**Shop online thru November 26th!!!

 eWallet is available November 13th through the 26th!  Payment can be made via cash, credit or eWallet. We are unable to accept checks.

Thank you for your support of our Library Media Program!


Mobile Dental Clinic

The MOBILE DENTAL CLINIC will be visiting Swansfield on December 5th, 2023. The registration forms will go home this week or next with Friday folders.  Alternatively, you can register online at www.MySchoolDentist.com

Please remember that this clinic is mostly for those students who do NOT routinely get seen at their dentist.  


PTA News 



SES PTA has partnered with Cozy Café Bakery again this year for a delicious fundraiser! We are selling 13-inch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Pumpkin pies, all are $18 each. Proceeds benefit SES programming and initiatives. Place online orders here, through today, November 10 at 5:00 p.m. 

The pies will be ready for pick-up on November 20 and 21 in the SES lobby from 12-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. In addition to bringing pies home, you also have the option to buy pies and donate them to Columbia Community Cares (purchase a donation pie online and we’ll take care of the rest!)


BINGO: DECEMBER 2, 2 - 4:00 P.M.

Mark your calendar for a fun afternoon of Bingo games, prizes and raffles! Free to attend. Stay tuned for an event flier with details, and announcements on our SES PTA Facebook group here: Swansfield Elementary School PTA | Facebook




Does your student enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then encourage them to have fun unleashing their inner artist by submitting an entry to the PTA Reflections art contest! Art can be submitted in the following categories: Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Photography, Literature, and Photography! The theme this year is “I am hopeful because . . .”  Winning entries will be forwarded for competition at the county level. For details, visit our website. For an entry form, please email reflections@swansfieldpta.org 



We need your help to make the 2023-24 Swansfield yearbook a great one!  Please use this link to access the community photos feature and upload your student’s photos: https://community.lifetouch.com/invite?code=SWANSFIELDPICS-24 


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, enter the following login information:

After logging in, 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.  We would love to get your first day of school photos and back to school picnic photos!

If you need assistance, email yearbook@swansfieldpta.org or membership@swansfieldpta.org


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