Swanson Elementary School - January 2022

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2022 we wish to thank parents for getting students to school on time. We know all parents want their children to have great days at school. Starting those days on time is an excellent way to begin. Please continue to get students to school on time. Doors open at 8:20 a.m. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.

Mrs. Jennifer Harr

Report Cards Go Home Today!

Your Superstar will be bringing home his/her report card this week. We hope you will take the time to sit down with your child and talk about what growth and learning have occurred since the beginning of this school year. We have much to celebrate when it comes to good work and effort. We will continue to have high expectations for all of our students. If you have questions about your child’s progress and achievement, please feel free to contact us. Remember that we are your partners when it comes to your child’s education!

NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 17th

A reminder that there will be No School for Students (Teacher In-Service Day) on Monday, January 17th, 2022, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday. We encourage students and families to consider taking time to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, if able to do so safely to consider ways to participate in the annual day of service promoted on this day each year.

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Important Calendar Change

  • We are amending our school calendar. Friday, February 18th will now be a NO SCHOOL DAY for our students. This day will now be used as a work-day for our teachers and staff. Students will now have a 4-day weekend with NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 18th or Monday, February 21st, as was already published. Our teachers will have professional learning on February 21st. We appreciate your flexibility with this calendar change.
  • NO SCHOOL on FEBRUARY 18th or FEBRUARY 21st.

Variety Show February 9th

Swanson's 2022 Variety show, "Where are the Superstars?" has been rescheduled for Friday, February 11 at 6 p.m. at the Westside Middle School auditorium since Feb. 18, the original show date, is now a no-school day for students.

Auditions will still be held Thursday, January 20 starting at 3:45 p.m. in the Swanson gymnasium. Also, the dress rehearsal will now be held February 9 at 6 p.m. at the Westside Middle School auditorium.

All singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians and magicians should send their audition form, which can be downloaded and printed using the link below, back to school by Friday, January 14.

We hope to see all of our talented Superstars at this year's auditions! After a two-year break from this Swanson tradition, we're hoping to make year's show will be better than ever!

Questions? Email Ashley Wegner at

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Swanson Elementary is hiring!

We are looking to hire a Health Assistant to work with and care for our students. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please have them contact the school at 402-390-6485.

2021 - 2022 Kindergarten Registration Begins January 24th

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: Begins January 24th

Do you live in the District and have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten this fall? Do you know of other Westside residents with children who will be ready to start school in August?

Kindergarten enrollment for 2022-23 begins January 24th. Parents of eligible students should go to to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after January 24th.

Students entering kindergarten for 2022-23 must be five years old by July 31, 2022. Parents may opt to hold their children out of kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska state law mandates that a child who reaches six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year must be enrolled in school.

If you have questions, you may call the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2022-23 School Year

If you are a District resident who would like your K-6 child(ren) to attend an elementary school other than the school that serves your attendance area for next school year, you must submit a completed In-District Transfer (IDT) Request form to the Office of Student Services for review.

The District gives priority to families living within the District ​prior to ​placing Option Enrollment applicants who reside outside the District. We must receive a Student In-District Transfer Request form no later than ​4:00 p.m. on March 15 ​for your request to be considered prior to our placement of Option Enrollment students.

IDT forms are available at the ABC Building and our District website.​ Click here to complete the form electronically.​ An IDT request form must be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has one or more siblings currently attending a school outside their home attendance area. Transfers are approved or denied based on available space and other resources. If you have questions about the in- district transfer process, please call 402-390-2107.

Kindergarten Enrollment for Non-District Residents

If you live outside the District and have a child eligible for kindergarten who has a sibling currently attending a Westside elementary school through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an Option Enrollment Application. Westside’s Office of Student Services must receive Option Enrollment Applications no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 15. The application form is available at the ABC Building (909 S. 76th Street) and our district website or Click here to complete the form electronically.

Digital Dozen Award

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Krish P. from Swanson as the most recent recipient of the Digital Dozen award for this school year! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Website (, which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and Krish should be proud of this accomplishment!
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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.

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! Our next First Friday Spirit Day is Friday, February 4th.

21/22 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:


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.

Calendar Reminders

January 17- NO SCHOOL/Dr. Martin Luther King Day

January 27- K/1 Music Performance @ WMS, 6:30 PM

February 8 C.C. Mtg., 6:30 pm

February 14 Valentine Parties

February 18- NO SCHOOL/Teacher Work Day

February 21 NO SCHOOL/Presidents' Day

February 22 District Wide Stings Solo/Ensemble Concert @ WMS, 6:30 pm

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.

School Improvement

Swanson's school improvement goal is all students will increase reading comprehension.

Swanson's Expectations

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible