Swansfield News 1/26/24

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 9:44am

Swansfield News 1.26.24

Good Afternoon Swansfield,

The second quarter has come to an end and we are proud of the hard work students displayed throughout quarter 2. We look forward to celebrating their hard work in a couple of weeks at our quarter 2 awards assemblies. 

We want to thank our 3rd grade families that joined us on Thursday evening for the Title I family night. The third grade team planned a fabulous night of learning for families. 

Please make sure you sign up for our family night in February. Our BSAP team will be hosting a Black History Trivia night on February 22nd. We will need to limit this event to the first 250 people that RSVP. Please make sure you complete the link below to secure your spot.

Have a great weekend! Go RAVENS! ~ Anthony J Esposito, Principal


Important Dates 

  • February 2nd - Spelling Bee 
  • February 5th - Q2 Awards K: 9:00 & Grade 5: 2:15
  • February 6th - Q2 Awards Grade 1: 9:00 & Grade 4: 2:15
  • February 7th - 3 hour Early Dismissal / Parent Teacher Conference 
  • February 8th - 3 hour Early Dismissal / Parent Teacher Conference
  • February 9th - Professional Learning Day / No school for Student
  • February 12th - Q2 Awards Grade 2: 9:00 & Grade 3: 2:15
  • February 15th - Science Fair
  • February 19th - Schools and Offices closed 
  • February 22nd - Black History Trivia Night
  • March 1: 5th Grade Baby Pictures Due (upload for SES Yearbook - see details below)

New Information 

Black History Trivia Night

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Black History Trivia Night, a fun and engaging event for the entire SES community.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Location: SES Cafeteria

Trivia Night Highlights:

  • Test your knowledge and compete against other SES families in Black History Trivia.
  • Learn more about the rich history and celebrate the numerous achievements of Black Americans.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.
  • Enjoy dinner served from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
  • Topics Guide 

RSVP Information:

To secure your spot, please RSVP by clicking HERE. Please note that due to budget and capacity constraints, we will be able to accommodate the first 250 people who RSVP. Once this limit is reached, we will not be able to accept additional RSVPs. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

This promises to be an exciting and educational evening for the entire SES community. We look forward to seeing you there!


School Spelling Bee

Please join us virtually on Friday, February 2 from·1:30 – 3:00pm

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/gyq-qwwb-taq 


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. 


Quarter 2 Awards






February 5th


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

Grade 1

February 6th 


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

Grade 2

February 12th


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

Grade 3

February 12th


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

Grade 4

February 6th 


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

Grade 5

February 5th


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


PTA News 


Read-a-thon ends Sunday, January 28th!

Please make sure to complete the online record of your minutes from 1/15 through 1/28 (and optional donations) by Sunday, February 4th! 

All Swans participating in the Read-a-thon will receive a prize. Swans reaching their grade-level goals for total time read outside of school over the two weeks will receive a special prize! 


  • Preschool - 1st Grade goal: 200 minutes total, about 15 minutes a day
  • 2nd - 3rd Grade goal: 275 minutes or about 20 minutes a day
  • 4th - 5th Grade goal: 350 minutes, or 25 minutes a day

It’s not too late to track your minutes - minutes must be submitted by February 4th to be counted! Contact Read-a-thon chair Michelle Li at Readathon@Swansfieldpta.org with questions.

Students can participate in the Read-a-Thon in 5 easy steps:

  1. Sign up for a Read-a-Thon page to track your reading minutes. The process is quick and easy!  https://app.99pledges.com/fund/2024readat/addme. Make sure to include your email address since this is required to track your minutes. 
  2. Ask friends and family to sponsor your reading goals (optional). All donations will go towards supporting Swansfield PTA activities and school support initiatives! Sponsors should select a simple, one-time donation, since per-minute donations are often larger or smaller than expected. Donations can be made anytime between now and Sunday, February 4th.
  3. Record how many minutes you read every day outside of school between Monday, January 15th and Sunday, January 28th. 
  4. Set your goal and take small steps each day! For younger readers, reading with a grownup counts too! Swans meeting their goals will receive a book as a prize! 
    1. Preschool - 1st Grade goal: 200 minutes total, about 15 minutes a day
    2. 2nd - 3rd Grade goal: 275 minutes or about 20 minutes a day
    3. 4th - 5th Grade goal: 350 minutes, or 25 minutes a day
  5. Enter your daily minutes on your personal read-a-thon page, which you will receive via email after signing up. You can also track your minutes on the paper reading log sent home in your Friday folder and enter them at the end of the Read-a-Thon.

Check out our school Read-a-Thon page to see who is participating: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/2024readat/  

Prizes: All participants will receive a special prize. Students who meet their total reading goal (200 minutes for Pre-K-1st, 275 minutes for 2nd-3rd, 350 minutes for 4th-5th) will get a book!

In addition, the 10 students with the most minutes and homerooms with more than half the students participating will receive special Swansfield recognition! The top 10 readers will get to choose from an individual lunch bunch with a teacher of choice, checking out an extra media book, a special picture with LaSwan James, sitting in the special/ rocking chair for the day, reading a book with a staff member outside, or being a guest reader in another class! Homerooms will get to choose from pajama day, no homework day, pick your seat for a day, class lunch bunch, guest reader, or outside buddy reading.

Questions? Contact Read-a-Thon chair, Michelle Li at Readathon@Swansfieldpta.org 


Restaurant Night:  Tuesday, February 6th at Neo Pizza

Plan on having Neo Pizza on Tuesday February 6th to support the Swansfield PTA!  Neo Pizza will donate 20% of all proceeds from sales to the PTA. Stay tuned for more details, and keep an eye out for a flyer to present when ordering!


Fun Run: Committee and Volunteers Needed!  

The SES P.E. team and the PTA are holding a first-time Fun Run on Saturday, April 27 to 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. Are you interested in helping plan the Fun Run? Do you have a connection to a business that may want to support SES by sponsoring the event? Please contact recording@swansfieldpta.org to learn more.



Share Photos for our SES Yearbook 

Is your student in 5th grade? We want a baby picture of your 5th grader to include in the Yearbook by March 1.  Please use this link to access the community photos feature and upload your photos:



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 photos of any school related events!

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


Volunteer for the PTA Nominating Committee

All six of the PTA board positions will be open for a two-year term beginning at the end of this school year. The Nominating Committee is a 5-person committee who will solicit volunteers for the board positions and develop a list of candidates for the positions. The Nominating Committee will begin their work in March and the vote will be held at the May 2024 general membership meeting. Time commitment will be approximately 3-4 hours total between March and May. If you are interested in joining the Nominating Committee, please email president@swansfieldpta.org

Interested in volunteering for the PTA Board, but want more information about the roles and responsibilities of board members? Please email president@swansfieldpta.org. We’d be happy to chat with you!


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