Swansfield News 1/5/24

Wed, 01/17/2024 - 10:18am

Swansfield News 1.5.24

Dear Swansfield Community,

We had a great first week back from winter break. The staff and students were excited to get into a routine. We have a busy few weeks ahead with our January PTA meeting, Grade 2 Title I family night, winter concert, and Grade 3 Title I family night. Please check out information about each of these events below. 

Also, the end of quarter 2 is exciting as we get to celebrate the hard work of our students at the awards assemblies. Parents are invited to an  in-person (in the cafe) celebration. There is also a virtual option with Google Meet. See below for links.  






January 30th 


Google Meet link: meet.google.com/pfu-xzzt-ivk 

Grade 1

January 31st


Google Meet link: meet.google.com/qpj-geer-fam

Grade 2

February 1st


Google Meet link: meet.google.com/azo-chaw-ire

Grade 3

February 1st


Google Meet link: meet.google.com/osv-gytj-udm

Grade 4

January 31st


Google Meetl link: meet.google.com/taf-maac-nub

Grade 5

January 30th 


Google Meet link: meet.google.com/ovs-dokd-kaq


Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Anthony J Esposito, Principal


Important Dates 

  • January 10th - PTA Meeting
  • January 11th - Grade 2 Title I Family Night 
  • January 15th - Off
  • January 15th-24th - PTA Read-a-Thon
  • January 17th - 3 Hour Early Dismissal / Professional & Wellness Day 
  • January 18th - Winter Concert at WLHS @6:30pm
  • January 22nd - No School for Students 
  • January 25th - Grade 3 Title I Family Night 
  • January 26th - Perseverance Day
  • January 30th - Q2 Awards K: 9:00 & Grade 5: 2:15
  • January 31st - Q2 Awards Grade 1: 9:00 & Grade 4: 2:15
  • February 1st - Q2 Awards Grade 2: 9:00 & Grade 3: 2:15


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 starting 1/23 we will be offering a 6-week session with 3 different enrichments for students in 2nd- 5th grade. Session dates- 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27. 

On Wednesdays starting 1/24 we will be offering a 5-week session with 3 different enrichments for students in 2nd- 5th grade. Session dates- 1/24, 1/31, 2/14, and 2/21, and 2/28 (No sessions held on 2/7-3-hour early dismissal day)

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

SES Bridges Enrichment Program Sign Up Session 3 

  • 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 January 8th- January 16th. 
  • 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 January 17th of their registration status.

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


Young Authors’ Contest 2023 - 2024

We would like to congratulate the following students for participating in the Young Authors' Contest.  We enjoyed reading all the creative poetry and short stories by these authors!  - Mrs. Ferrara, Ms. Greenwood, Mrs. Haas, Mrs. Hairston-Jones, Mrs. Steinebrunner, Mrs. Witherow


2nd Grade

Ugwanna Anosike

Finley A. Broglie

Mambo Che

David Douty

Hallie Goldberg

Osher Haberman

Ilah Kozubski

William Millard

Ange Kakmani Moukam 

Lyla Solomon


Third Grade 

Dyllan Daniel

Juliana Douty

Bethel Fisseha

Sophia K. Mathew

Zadie Skolnik

Varun Subramanian


Fourth Grade

Jiaan Arora

Meredith Campbell

Laney Dalpe

Yaseen Fahmy

Seth Goldberg

Shira Goldberg

Luke Holt

Leighton Hubard

Ssuubi Nsereko

Ashlyn Sweet


Fifth Grade

Berkay Ates

Aghanwi Che

Kaelan Daniel

Mati Gemechis

Kelly He


A special congratulations to the following students who will go on to represent Swansfield Elementary School at the county wide Young Authors’ Contest this year! 


2nd Grade Short Story: Lyla Solomon

3rd Grade Short Story:  Juliana Douty

3rd Grade Poetry: Dyllan Daniel

4th Grade Short Story: Laney Dalpe

4th Grade Poetry: Ssuubi Nsereko

5th Grade Short Story: Kaelan Daniel

5th Grade Poetry: Kelly He


There will be a celebration for our amazing Young Authors’ Contest participants in upcoming weeks.  More information to come!  


African American Read In

We hope you can join us to read to students at Swansfield in honor of Black History Month!  We are looking for readers for Tuesday, February 6th . We hope to have at least one reader for each classroom. Books will be provided. 

Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/mryrreys  Questions? Contact Tamekah Wilkins (tamekah_wilkins@hcpss.org).


Grade 2 Title I Night

Our 2nd Grade ELA Family Night is coming up next Thursday, January 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Join us for a great evening of dinner and fun, hands-on reading, spelling, and writing activities. To allow parent and 2nd grade child 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, Jan. 8. This helps to ensure we have the right amount of food and take-home materials for all to enjoy. We can't wait to see our 2nd grade students and their families!


Grade 3 Title I Night

The 3rd grade teachers have planned a great family night for you, coming up in two weeks on Thursday Jan. 25th @ 5:30-7:30 PM. Learn about how to support your child in citing relevant text evidence, and in practicing multiplication facts at home through game play. To allow parent and 3rd grade child 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, Jan. 22. This helps to ensure we have the right amount of food and take-home materials for all to enjoy. We can't wait to see our 3rd grade students and their families!


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’ during school hours.  Items from the lost and found will also be in the main lobby during Parent Teacher Conferences on February 7th until 3:00pm. All clothes that are not retrieved by February 9th will be donated to our Clothing Recycle Bin. 


PTA News 



January 10 Membership Meeting will be VIRTUAL! 

Join the PTA - virtually - for our January membership meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m. Link to join the meeting: https://meet.google.com/txb-oqjh-gvq. You do not need to be a PTA member to attend the meeting. Come learn about all we’ve been up to and our plans for winter/spring!


Save the Date: Read-A-Thon!

The annual PTA Read-A-Thon will take place January 15-28, 2024. Students will be able to log reading time online and raise money for the PTA. All participants will receive a prize, and students who meet grade-level reading goals will earn extra prizes! Homerooms with at least half of students participating will also receive prizes. Learn more, including how to sign up, here: https://swansfieldpta.org/the-2024-read-a-thon-is-here/.  Questions? Email readathon@swansfieldpta.org All students who meet their reading minute goal will receive a prize! Stay tuned for more information in early January.


Restaurant Night: January 30 at Neo Pizza

Stay tuned for additional details.


Save the Date: 2024 Swansfield Elementary Science Fair!

The Swansfield Science Fair will take place in-person on Thursday, February 15, 6:30 - 8pm.

This year's science fair will include the opportunity for students to present their science fair project on a trifold board (provided by the PTA for students that sign up). Projects will be judged during the fair with awards issued and prizes for all participating students awarded after the fair.

For more information on participating check out:

  • Science Fair Student Packet - includes written step-by-step directions on how to formulate a science fair project and lay out your trifold board
  • Science Fair workshop video - includes recorded information on how to come up with a good question, hypothesis and way to test your hypothesis (only 14 minutes long!)
  • Science Fair consult (optional) - if your student is feeling unsure about their project, they can opt to participate in a 15-minute consult with a science-loving adult (virtual and in-person options available) to discuss their project and get feedback. Please indicate your student’s interest in this option when signing them up for the science fair on the science fair interest form.

If your child is interested in participating, you must fill out the Science Fair Interest Form. If you have more than one student, please fill out a separate entry for each student participating.

If you want to volunteer, we will need parent judges for the night of the fair and science-loving adults for the student project consults! We also welcome any members to join the science fair committee. Please let us know if you can help as a volunteer on the volunteer sign up form.

Questions? Contact your Science Fair Co-Chairs: Teryn Thomas and Jeanie Prescott at sciencefair@swansfieldpta.org 



Last Chance: Yearbook Cover Art Contest Entries Due January 8

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


Please Share Photos For Our SES Yearbook

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:


Password: Yearbookphotos2023

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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