Swanson Elementary School September 2022


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Beginning of School Reminders

*Please park in designated areas only. This is for the safety of all students, parents, and staff.

*Lost and Found is located in our cafeteria. Have your child check it out if they have lost something.

*If you are bringing a forgotten item during the school day; we have created a drop zone for parents to deliver items and leave them in our vestibule. When you arrive at school, please buzz in and we will direct you to place items on the table in the vestibule. We will then, deliver the items to your child(ren).

*Students leaving the building during the day need to be picked up from the office area and will need to be signed out. If students return during the same day, they must sign back in or they may be counted absent for the entire day.

*Keep your phone numbers and email addresses up to date at all times. Call the school to make a change.

*If you are going to be late or absent, call the office and let us know.

*Currently, we are not allowing visitors for lunch or classroom activities.

Parent-Teacher Night/Open House

Don't forget that the Swanson Parent-Teacher Open House is on Thursday, September 8th, from 6:00-7:00 pm. There will be two time slots for our parents to meet teachers and hear about "A day in the life of your child at Swanson". Plan to stop by from either 6:00-6:25 pm, or 6:35-7:00 pm. Or, if you have more than one student attending Swanson, visit both/multiple classrooms. As a reminder, this is a parent/guardian event. We hope to see you at Swanson!

School Pictures!

School Picture Day is Friday, September 9th. Pictures will be begin at 8:40 a.m. Order forms are coming home today. This year you have the option to order online. You may order online up to two days after picture day. Last day to order online is Tuesday, September 13th.

All students will have their picture taken but only those who order will receive pictures.

Order your School Pictures today!

You now have the convenience to place an online order for school pictures.

Please click the link below to place your order. Thank you!

Parent-Teacher Communication

Parent-Teacher Communication Meetings will be held on Thursday, October 12th and 13th. Teachers will communicate with parents via a Webex meeting or in-person. Please look for an email message indicating sign-up for Parent-Teacher Communication/Conferences in the coming weeks.

School Starts at 8:30 a.m.

Our instructional school day will start at 8:30 a.m. Doors will be opened at 8:20 a.m. allowing students plenty of time to walk to classrooms, hang up backpacks, check in with teachers and peers, and be ready for those first important words of the day at 8:30 a.m. Give your students every advantage of a successful day by having them here at 8:20 a.m.!

School Arrival

School Start Time

Our school day begins at 8:30 a.m. Students may enter the building at 8:20 am. We will have supervision outside starting at 8:10 a.m. We ask that students not arrive before 8:10 a.m., unless:

  • Participating in a school activity

  • Serving on Safety Patrol

  • Working with a teacher

  • Having a school breakfast

  • Attending Club 66 Before & After Care program

For the safety of all of our students, we ask that parents say "good-bye" outside of the school during arrival. Students are to independently arrive at their classrooms each morning. If students need assistance, Swanson staff members are available to help.

Keep Us From Getting LOST!

Please make sure to mark all jackets, 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 parents are welcome to look through if something is missing. Our Lost and Found is located in our cafeteria.


The Omaha Food Bank offers The Backpack Program to students at our school. The Backpack Program provides ingredients for healthy meals for children for the weekend. These meals include protein, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. All of the food is child friendly (no preparation needed) and shelf stable. The food is delivered to the school for children to bring home in a bag on Fridays. In the event that there is no school on a Friday, the bags would be delivered to bring home on the last day of the school week for the entire school year.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Denton at

Mrs. Denton


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social emotional competence, academic success, and school climate. It also improves teacher health and wellbeing. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable and safe learning environments where everyone thrives.

Schools implementing PBIS:

  • Use a continuum of evidence-based practices to support student needs
  • Engage students, families, and community members to co-create culturally responsive practices
  • Regularly check the effectiveness of their practices
  • Rely on teams to guide implementation
  • Use data to identify strengths, uncover needs, and monitor student progress
  • Implement universal screening
  • Develop content expertise through coaching and on-going professional development

PBIS is not a curriculum you purchase or something you learn during a one-day professional development training. It is an ongoing commitment to supporting students, educators, and families through systems change. When you implement PBIS well, students experience improved behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes; schools and programs reduce their use of exclusionary discipline practices and improve their overall climate.

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. The classroom with the greatest participation of Spirit Wear or Colors along with exhibiting school and classroom expectations, good attendance and positive feedback will receive the Swanson Spirit Stick for the month. We look forward to announcing this month's winner next Friday!

Please note: September's First Friday Spirit Day will be held on Thursday, September 8th due to Picture Day on Friday the 9th.

Pizza Hut Pizza

PIZZA HUT PIZZA day is on Tuesdays this year! Students may purchase extra slices from their lunch accounts if they have a positive balance in his/her account. Parents, make sure you let your child know whether you want them to have an extra slice. Extra slices are $1.20.


We are lucky in Nebraska to get to enjoy all four seasons. This also means that at times the weather gets in the way of our fun and plans. Below is a brief description of our procedures when the weather is not cooperating:

Cold Weather: So long as temperatures are 10° or warmer, students will be outside for recess, arrival, dismissal, safety patrol, and other outdoor activities.

Rain: When rain is heavy enough that students would get considerably wet, or when there is thunder or lightning, students will be kept inside or brought inside. In addition, if conditions have been such that fields are muddy, access to dirt and grass areas may be restricted as well as playground equipment if it is deemed too slick for safe play.

Severe Weather: If the National Weather Service issues a Thunderstorm Warning students are kept inside. In the event of a Tornado Warning, students are moved to our area of refuge at the south end of the building. Families coming to the school during this time are encouraged to take shelter with us until the warning has passed.


WCS uses a safety protocol at the K-12 level called the SRP (Standard Response Protocol). Area schools and local law enforcement agencies are adopting this language across the metro.

Key Terms:


During a hold situation, students and staff "hold" or stay in the area where they are in the building. Hallways are cleared. Classroom instruction and activities continue as normal.


During a lock-out situation, there isn’t an immediate threat inside the building, rather there may be a reasonable threat in the area. During a secure situation, school will remain in typical operating procedures (inside) but no one will be allowed to enter or exit the building.


During a lockdown situation, there is an immediate threat inside the building. Students and staff are instructed to lock the classroom doors, shut off the lights, and move to a secure area of a classroom that cannot be seen from the hallway.


Students and staff take shelter according to the hazard (i.e. fire or tornado). We evacuate to a shelter area and safety strategies are followed.

Reunification location

In the unfortunate event of a crisis resulting in an evacuation of our school, the reunification location is at the Community Conference Center at 108th and Grover. School buses will take our students to the reunification site.

We will practice and teach the procedures throughout the school year. If you have any questions please call Mrs. Harr at 390-6485.


Westside Community Schools continues the implementation of MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered System of Supports. MTSS in Westside assures that we regularly monitor student skills and follow-up with providing students what they need to be successful in learning. Beginning in August and September this means that we first screen all students to determine their current skill levels and plan our instruction to meet their needs.

What is MTSS? MTSS is a framework for providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s progress & skills are measured, and these results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. The MTSS process is flexible and allows for a continuum of supports designed to meet the needs of individual students. This support may be provided in a large or small group by the classroom teacher or other support staff, either within or outside the classroom.

What does this mean for my child? A key component of the MTSS process is that all children receive high quality instruction in their classroom. Universal screenings are brief tests used to measure the progress of all students and are given three times per year. As a result of the screenings, students may be identified as needing some degree of supplemental intervention in addition to the instruction they are receiving in their classroom. If your child is identified as needing intervention you will be notified. Please contact your child’s building principal with questions.

Nebraska Reading Improvement Act: The Nebraska Reading Improvement Act went into effect at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The goal is that all Nebraska students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. This is accomplished by ensuring all students have access to high-quality instruction and for struggling readers to receive targeted support (intervention). Our current MTSS framework in Westside Community Schools already allows for us to meet these state requirements. Also, the more students continue to read, review math facts, and write/journal each day at home, in addition to their instruction from school, the more secure their skills may become.

Westside Football Games

While we welcome all students at our Westside High Football Games, we want to ensure families and students know the rules, to ensure the safety of all involved.

  • All elementary students attending the game will need to attend the game with a parent and sit with a parent.
  • No footballs or other balls allowed in the stadium.
  • Middle school students will sit in the bleachers in the SE corner of the end zone. Middle school students will buy a ticket at main gate and enter from the student game. We are asking middle school students to show ID at the game.
  • Middle school students will use the upper concession stand and portable restrooms in the South east corner of the stadium.

Students who do not follow these rules will be asked to leave. Thank you for your help to make sure our game atmosphere is positive for all who attend!

Student Illness

Office personnel will notify parents/guardian when a student needs to be sent home from school due to illness. Conditions requiring a student be sent home include: temperature greater than 100.0°F, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained rashes, or on determination by the school nurse that the child’s condition prevents meaningful participation in the educational program, presents a health risk to the child or others, or that medical consultation is warranted unless the condition resolves.

Parents should update the office with any emergency daytime phone numbers changes so that parents can be reached if their child becomes ill or is injured while at school. Parents should also inform the School Nurse or Health Assistant of health-related information they feel is important for each child’s safety and success at school.

When is My Child Too Sick for School

Send me to school if...

· I have a runny nose but no other symptoms.

· I haven't taken any fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours and I haven't had a fever during that time.

· I haven't thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours

Keep me at home if...

· I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.

· I'm throwing up or have diarrhea.

· My eyes are pink and crusty.

*Have two or more symptoms.

Call the doctor if...

· I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.

· I have been throwing up or have diarrhea for more than two days

· I have the sniffles for more than a week and they aren't getting better.

· I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I'm having trouble breathing after using my inhaler.)

Clothes Needed

The health office is in need of smaller size pants/underwear 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!
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Sept 12 - Parent Get-Together

We hope you can join us for our first parent get-together of the year at Casual Pint (8718 Countryside Plaza) on Sept 12th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. It's a no-host social with a special welcome for new Swanson families.

Sept 30 - Movie in the Park

Come enjoy an outdoor movie and concessions on the grassy hill behind Swanson. Bring your whole family and a blanket or chairs to sit on! Concessions open at 6:30, Movie begins at 7:00 pm.

Oct 7 - Homecoming Parade

We are looking for a parent willing to rally Swanson students and parents to march together in this year's Homecoming parade. School dismisses at 12:30pm that day and the parade begins at WHS at 1:30pm. Email or text Jacque Torson ( or 719-332-5009) if you'd like to help!

Oct 13 - Conference Dinner Provided to Teachers

We are looking for a parent willing to help organize dinner this year for our wonderful Swanson teachers and staff while they work late for conferences. You get to work with a veteran parent who's been doing it many years now. Email or text Jacque Torson ( or 719-332-5009) if you'd like to help!

Oct 28 - Halloween Parade

We are looking for a parent willing to help organize volunteers to decorate tables and hand out candy during the school Halloween Parade on Oct 28 at 2:30pm. Email or text Jacque Torson ( or 719-332-5009) if you'd like to help!

Be sure to visit our Swanson Community Club website for easy access to the:

  • Family Directory
  • Activities Calendar
  • Spirit Wear Store
  • And More!

Swanson School Apparel on Sale Now!

Don't miss your chance to show off some school spirit! Swanson apparel items will be on sale from September 1-September 16. Orders will be delivered to the school for your child to bring home. Whether you're new to Swanson or need a new size, be sure to place your order so you can show your Swanson Superstar Pride!
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Westside Homecoming Parade


  • Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 (lunch will be served before dismissal)
  • Westside MIDDLE School will dismiss at 1:00 (lunch will be served)
  • Westside High School and West Campus will dismiss at 1:10 (lunch will be served)
  • The Homecoming Parade will begin at 1:30 using a route throughout the neighborhood by Westside High School.
    • Exit East/Main Parking Lot (turning right) and proceeding south on 85th Avenue to Hickory Street; turn right (west) on Hickory Street and head West to 88th Street; turn right on to 88th Street and head North to William Street. Parade Ends at 88th and William Street (entry to South Student Parking Lot).
  • The Pep Rally and a special district-wide celebration will take place at the football field at approximately 2:30 after the parade ends back on campus.
  • Club 66 will be open from this early dismissal time through normal operational hours at all sites.
  • Buses will run accordingly at the adjusted dismissal time. There will be no activity buses that run at a later time after the parade/pep rally.

Battle of the Books

Mark your calendars to join us for the 2022 Battle of the Books on March 25, 2023 at Westside Middle School!

This annual Westside district tradition provides an opportunity for teams of 3-5 students in 4th-6th grade to participate in a quiz bowl-style competition where they answer questions based on content from the 2022-2023 Golden Sower nominees.

Visit our FAQ or rules page for more information about the event. Team registration begins October 7!

Battle of the Books

Annual AHERA Notice

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) requires that each public school district annually notify parents, staff, and employee groups if an asbestos management plan is in place at their school building.

Swanson Elementary School, a newly constructed building opened in 201_, [Oakdale and Sunset 2018, Swanson 2019, Prairie Lane 2021] was designed with asbestos-free materials. No management plan or inspections are therefore needed.
The Designated Person responsible for managing the District’s AHERA compliance and the contact person for questions is the Director of Facilities, Russ Olsen (402) 390-8331.

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.

There's an App for That? The Westside Community Schools App

We're excited to share that you can now keep your important Westside and Swanson information right at your fingertips. The Westside Community Schools App is available for both iPhone and Android in the App Store. Using this app allows you to follow important information for our school and district, access calendars, and links to important resources. Be sure to download it and check it out!

2022-23 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu!


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

September 2 No School for students

September 5 No School - Labor Day

September 8- Swanson Spirit Day!

September 9 School Pictures

September 12 Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

September 30 Movie in the Park Night

October 3 Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

October 7 Early Dismissal K-6th 12:30pm

October 12 Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences, PM

October 13 Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences

October 13-17 No School for students

October 28 Halloween Parade and Parties 2:30

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