Swanfield News 12/8/23

Sun, 12/17/2023 - 5:55pm

Swansfield News 12.8.23

Good Afternoon SES Families,

On Monday evening we had the privilege of honoring our African American students in grades 4 & 5 that had excellent academic grades during the 22-23 school year. This is an annual event sponsored by the Council of Elders for Howard County. Please join me in congratulating the students listed below. 


Wongel Amera

Chinezelum Anosike       

Dashawn Britt       

Abigail Boyer        

Dimitri Bullock       

Aghanwi Che       

Maxwell Medine  

Kaelan Daniel      

Saron Engdaw      

Ella-Noreen Francis         

Brandon Owaga  

Rashid Francis       

Fenet Gari  

Mati Gemechis    

Aston Halford        

Lyric Hall     

Cataleya Ingram 

Bryce Keller

Ty'Rann Kemp      

Emmanuel Kumchu        

Keziah Mbakob Bisseck  

Hanna Mesfin       

Edwin Minor

Simone Montgomery     

Saqeenah Newton         

Tobiloba Okotcha

Timilehin Reju        

Kaylan Richards   

Julien Romero      

Shane Tolentino   

Damone Williams 

Jaiden Rogers-Edwards  

Skai Talib     

Teniola Wood       

Xyon Wright

Michael Young     

Tamba Zeah         


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


Important Dates 

  • December 13th - Three Hour Early Release
  • December 25th - January 1st - Winter Break 


New Information 


Registration for BSAP Saturday Math Academy:

The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Spring 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, January 6, 2024, from 9:00 a.m.- until capacity is reached. Class space is limited. Families can register by accessing the HCPSS Connect Website. English Flyer Spanish Flyer 



There will not be any Bridges or PTA Enrichment Programs on Wednesday, December 13th due to schools closing 3hrs early.


Spelling Bee

Swansfield Elementary had once again been invited to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee sponsored by the Howard County Library and Howard County Public School System. Students from 4th and 5th grade will participate in a “first-round spelling bee” in their respective teams the week of January 8th.  The top 8 spellers from each team will then compete in a school-level spelling bee on February 1, 2024.  From this final round, one school-wide winner will be determined.  This winner will advance to the Howard County Library Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 15, 2024 at Hammond High School. The second place winner at the school level will serve as an alternate should the winning student not be able to participate. 

Attached is a list of words students should use to prepare themselves for both the team and school-level spelling bees.  Students should first study their grade level list of words. When they have mastered these 50 study words, they can further prepare for the spelling competitions by learning the study words of the other grade levels. Words not on this list may also be used during both the team and school-level bees.  

Participating in the spelling bee is voluntary. Please complete this form if your student would like to participate in the team spelling bees the week of January 8, 2024.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at tara_diventi@hcpss.org or laine_malcotti@hcpss.org. Good luck, and happy s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g!


PTA News 




The yearbook cover will feature student art this year!  Swan artists are encouraged to submit their art.  All art must be submitted on the entry form and student information must be provided.  Students are only allowed to submit one entry.  Entry forms were sent home to all students this week.  Additional entry forms can be found here:  Cover Art Contest Entry Form  All entries are due by 3 pm on Monday, January 8 in the front office.  Have a question?  Reach out to yearbook@swansfieldpta.org or memberships@swansfieldpta.org



The Green Beanz Environmental Team is collecting plastic to win a bench from Trex! Students are helping to weigh the plastic each week, but Mrs. DiVenti and Ms. Malcotti could use help bringing the plastic to drop-off bins at a supermarket (ex. Giant, Harris Teeter). 


Please use the sign-up sheet: Swansfield Plastic Recycling Pick-up to help with their efforts! From there, all you need to do is park in the front and come into the vestibule. Bags will be waiting to be picked up there. Thank you in advance for helping the Green Beanz!



The SES P.E. team and the PTA are launching a first-time fun run to help raise funds to purchase new P.E. equipment for the school. The fun run will be held on school property and the course will be approximately 1 mile long. The event date will be announced soon (Spring 2024). Interested in helping plan this fun event for students and families? Please contact recording@swansfieldpta.org to learn more.



As we enter the holiday season, some families may find it helpful to have a list of the SES staff’s favorite things. Expressions of appreciation for your students’ teachers, staff and admins are completely optional. View the list here: SES Staff Favorite Things- 2023/2024



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!


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