Swanson Elementary School October 2022

Parent/Teacher Communication

Wednesday, October 12th - 4 - 8 pm Thursday, October 13th - 8 am - 4 pm

Building a Strong Parent-Teacher Partnership

What makes the difference in how your child performs in school? The answer might surprise you. It’s not your child’s IQ, the teacher, the school, or your educational level. Although all of these play a part, study after study tells the same story. Children who do best in school have parents who are actively involved in their child’s education. One of the best ways to get involved is continue building a strong parent-teacher partnership.

I ask that you come prepared to your communication conference with questions and information that will help both you and the teacher strengthen the team effort you share educating your child.

We look forward to seeing all of you during conferences!

Thank you.

Mrs. Jennifer Harr

***NO SCHOOL - October 13 - 17th***

Picture Retake Day - Friday, November 4th

Did your smile look crooked? Did your eyes shut down? Did your hair stand up? Was the camera flash too bright? Did you forget your picture money? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have your school pictures retaken on Friday, November 4th. Return your whole picture package to Miss Wendelin. If you were absent on picture day or didn't get your picture taken, please let Miss Wendelin know so your picture can be included in the yearbook!

Football Games

Westside families -

We are encountering problems at our Varsity Football Games at Westside High School involving our students. Specifically, we have noticed an increasing number of elementary and/or middle school students unaccompanied and/or unsupervised during and after games. This last week, our staff and security noted a group of younger students together in our parking lot more than 30 minutes after the stands had emptied; needless to say, it was concerning to see a group of 10-13 year olds, alone, at 10pm on a Friday night.

This is creating safety concerns, as well as crowd control and behavioral issues for our security, staff members, and other students and families. While we encourage our younger students to attend games, whether football, softball, basketball, etc., we remind you they must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. In addition, we remind all students they are expected to sit/stay in the stands to watch the game and not congregate near concession stands and restrooms.

Thank you for your support in helping Westside High to be a welcoming and safe place for all of our fans, student athletes and visitors.

Westside Community Schools

Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat in the Park

Swanson Elementary will continue with its tradition of Halloween Festivities on Friday, October 28th. We will start our outside parade at 2:30 in the afternoon starting in the front and working our way around the building to the gym door entrance. Students will Trick or Treat throughout the parade route made possible by our Swanson Community Club. Students and staff will return to their classrooms for a treat, finish out the day and be dismissed at 3:30 pm. Looking forward to a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

Halloween Parade- Friday, October 28th!

halloween reminder-fun and friendly costumes, please!

Please remember we ask that costumes be on the fun and friendly side, free of scary or frightening masks, or clothing with no blood, gore, or weapons. Please reserve make-up for evening activities. Students should bring their costumes at the beginning of the school day. Thanks for honoring this request.

Veterans' Day Celebration

Please join us in honoring our Swanson Community Veterans this Veterans Day with a reverse Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11th from 10:30-10:50 am! Please invite your family members, neighbors, and friends who are past and current service men and women of all branches of our Armed Services to join us on this special day. Our students and staff will be lining the Swanson parking lot and drive to welcome our honorees as they drive through our cue.

On this day all members of the Swanson Community of Learners will be wearing red, white, and blue. Please talk with your Superstar about the veterans who may be in your family or circle of friends to invite them to our special event!

In order to thank our service men and women, Swanson students would like to send personalized thank you notes to Veterans. Please help us by clicking on the link below to fill out a form providing the name and address of a Veteran by Wednesday, November 2nd. We will then send a thank you note via U.S. Post to the identified current or former service member.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping Swanson's long standing traditions of celebrating and thanking our veterans.

School Counseling

Please visit the link below to see what your child is learning in School Counseling with Mrs. Denton each month!

Unity Day

The month of October is Bullying Prevention Month. To celebrate this, Swanson Elementary will be participating in Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19th. Unity Day is a day when people come together in one giant message of support. The call to action is simple: wear and share the color ORANGE. The goal of the day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, and others across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community. Swanson staff will be participating by wearing orange to school on October 19th and we encourage all students to do the same! Students will be completing additional activities at school to continue the message of bullying prevention and being united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Denton, our school psychologist.

EY News

Click the link below to view the September issue - Enjoy!

Jennifer Henningsen

Westside Community Schools

EY Coordinator

Swanson and Sunset Hills

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, November 4th.

Extra Clothes Needed

The health office is in need of smaller size pants for boys and girls.(size 5-7) If you or anyone you know would be willing to donate any that your child has outgrown to Swanson's health room, we would really appreciate it!


Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu!

Westside Unified Basketball

Join us at Swanson Elementary on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 pm for Westside Unified Basketball. This is a fun opportunity that partners peers with and without intellectual disabilities to learn about basketball and build friendships! Scan the QR Code below to register.
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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

October 12 Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences, 4-8p

October 13 Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences, 8a-4p

October 13-17 NO SCHOOL for students

October 28 Halloween Parade & Parties, 2:20 pm

November 3 4th/5th Grade Vocal Music Concert @WMS, 6:30p

November 4 Picture Retake Day

November 7 Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

November 10 2nd/3rd Grade Vocal Music Concert @ WMS, 6:30p

November 11 Veterans' Day Parade, 10:30 am

November 23-25 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

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