Swanson Elementary School December 2021

Good Wishes For Winter Break!

The entire Swanson staff wishes you all a wonderful winter break filled with moments that create memories to warm your hearts. We’ll see you all in 2022!

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December 7th

7:00 PM

5th & 6th Grade Sting Concert

Westside High School

December 13th

7:30 PM

5th & 6th Grade Band Concert

Westside Middle School

Variety Show Auditions January 20, 2022!

Calling all singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians, magicians and all other talented superstars!

Mark your calendars to take the stage for the 2022 Swanson Variety Show, “Where are the Superstars?” on Friday, February 18th at 6 p.m. at the Westside Middle School auditorium.

Auditions will be held on Thursday, January 20th starting at 3:45 p.m. at the Swanson Elementary gymnasium.

Click below to download and print the audition form, which is due back to school by Friday, January 14.

We can’t wait to see all our Swanson Superstars shine this year!

Questions? Email Ashley Wegner at

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Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System- NSCAS

The state of Nebraska is moving to a new through-year assessment model to replace the traditional NSCAS tests students have previously taken in the spring. This new model, NSCAS Growth, incorporates elements of MAP Growth and NSCAS Summative. At Swanson, only the 6th graders will be taking the ELA, Reading portion of this assessment. We will be giving the test on Wednesday, December 15th, and Thursday, December 16th during the Reading block.

Check out the Lost and Found before it disappears at the end of the year!!

Please make sure to mark all jackets, coats, hats, gloves, lunch pails, backpacks and other student items with their NAME in case they are left around the building or out at recess. This helps us get them back to the right owner.

The school has a Lost and Found that students are welcome to look through if something is missing. All items will disappear during winter break!

First Friday Spirit Day!

Each first Friday of the month is Swanson Spirit Day. On this day we all wear our Swanson logo wear or school colors, blue and white, to show our spirit. We begin our day by saying the Swanson Pledge together. It’s a fun day filled with terrific Swanson spirit! The First Friday Spirit Day is Friday, January 7th!

Winter Is Coming

Please download the Westside Community Schools Snow Day Card attached below, to ensure you have contact and closing information in case of a Snow Day or Cold Day this school year!

Recess and Falling Temperatures

Recess will be held outdoors, except when extended exposure to the elements is inadvisable or when the Principal determines it to be otherwise unsafe. Students will not have outdoor recess when either the air temperature or wind chill factor is 10 degrees fahrenheit or lower.

Reminders about Drop-off & Pick-up:

The Bus Lane is reserved for our buses and vans while dropping off and picking up students. Please do not park in this lane unless you are directed by a Swanson staff member. Additionally, parents are to remain inside vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. If you need to assist your child in getting in and out of the car, please park in the parking lot. Thank you for being safe and courteous during arrival and dismissal times!

Please pick up any over the counter medicines!

We have a lot of over-the-counter medicine in our cupboard with outdated permission forms. Parents please stop by and pick up any medication you may have brought to school before winter break! Thanks!

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

The Douglas County Health Department has asked Westside and other area school districts to share the following link regarding upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children ages 5-12 who may now be eligible to receive it. CLICK HERE for their complete list.

Our district hosted a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 20; we will also host a second dose vaccine clinic on December 11 from 10:00 am until 2 pm at Westside Middle School. This is a walk-in clinic and appointments are not needed. This site is open to children ages 5 through 11, as well as those 12 years and older interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

We understand this a personal choice for your family and encourage you to discuss at home and with your family doctor. For additional information about Westside’s response and protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here to visit the special section on our website.

If you have additional questions about anything related to COVID-19 and Westside Community Schools guidelines, please email

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Remember to set up your child's lunch account through My School Bucks. This is an easy way to add money for a la carte items or extra portions, for your child's favorite lunch items. They will thank you for that. When setting up your child(ren) you will need their student ID, which you can obtain by calling the front office.


Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu!

Swanson Web Page

Visit our web page for current information on school happenings and activities during the year. Go to and click on schools and then the Swanson link.


Email is a great way to communicate with your child’s teacher. The Westside format is as follows:




Office - 402-390-6485

(Available 24 hours a day)

You are welcome to leave a message with your child’s name and reason for the absence

Calendar Reminders

December 7 5/6 Strings Concert @WHS, 7 pm

December 13 5/6 Band Concert @ WMS, 7:30 pm

December 22-31 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

January 1-4 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

January 5 School Resumes

Welcome to Swanson! Home of the Superstars!


The Mission of Swanson School, as a dynamic community alliance and model of innovative education, is to support and empower all learners to achieve academic excellence.

Swanson's Expectations

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible