Swanson Elementary School - March 2022

No School - Thursday, March 10th and Friday, March 11th.

Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences

Wednesday, March 9th 4:00 - 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 10th 8:00 - 4:00 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 continuing to build a strong parent-teacher partnership.

You are encourage to come 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.

Thank you.

Mrs. Jennifer Harr

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is back IN-PERSON in the Swanson Library this year. Students will preview the books during school on March 8th. Then the shop will be open for business during conferences on March 9th (4 - 8 pm) and March 10th (8 am - 3 pm).

Help Needed!

Please consider signing up for a one or a two hour shift to help setup, be a cashier, or teardown on Thursday. It's a great way to meet some other parents and see the joy kids get from picking out books.

If you'd like to help with the Book Fair, click this link to sign up.

Spring Picture Day! Friday, March 23rd!/Order your Spring School Pictures today!

Bring your smile and your pre-paid picture order form!

The photographer will only take pictures of students who have a order form in hand. These pictures are optional but a fun picture to have to see growth and changes throughout the year!.

You now have the convenience to place an online order for School Pictures. The order must be placed by midnight the night before your picture date on March 23rd since not every child will have an individual picture taken.

Please click the link below to place your order.

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Dear Swanson Parents,

It is that time of year when parents might inquire about their child’s placement for next year. Before the end of this school year, all professional staff will meet with appropriate grade level teams to determine the best placement for all students.

Much thought, dialogue and time will go into establishing classroom lists for the 2022-23 school year. Our teachers are insightful and qualified to place students in classrooms with teachers who best fit student educational needs. Many considerations are involved in the process. The following criteria will be used to determine placements.

  • Staff input

  • Number of students

  • Number of boys/girls

  • Academic abilities/needs

  • Social/behavioral needs

  • Independent/dependent learners

  • Leadership skills

  • Peer relations

  • Learning styles

As a parent, you may offer your thoughts about your child’s placement. You are an important part of your child’s educational team and we value your feedback. If you choose to provide input, we ask that you:

  • Make a formal request in writing (by email to is acceptable) no later than March 25th, 2022

  • Requests should reference your child’s learning style and type, not the specific teacher you wish your child to have.

  • If there has been a request made in a previous year that still applies, please make sure we are aware of the necessary details for placement in the 2022-2023 school year.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. We appreciate your support and understanding of our placement process and the guidelines set forth.


Jennifer Harr and The Swanson Staff

NSCAS State Testing

Our 3rd through 6th grade students will take part in Nebraska's Annual state testing in reading and math with 5th graders also participating in science. These tests, known as NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System) are one of many ways we measure how well our instruction is working to support student learning. If your child is a 3rd through 6th grader, their teacher will be communicating testing dates. It's important on testing days that students are well fed, well rested, and ready to do their best!

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Too Sick for School

When is too sick for school?

  • Has a temperature of 100.4 or higher

  • Is vomiting

  • Has diarrhea

  • Eye is pink and crusty

May return when….

  • Fever free without the use of fever reducing

medication (Tylenol/acetaminophen, Motrin/ibuprofen)

for 24 hours

  • Not vomiting for 24 hours

  • Haven’t had diarrhea for 24 hours

  • Eyes are no longer pink or crusty

or have had 2 doses of antibiotics

Westside Staff Appreciation Week - April 4th - April 8th

6th Grade Parent Night

Hello, 6th Grade Parents!

We are excited to welcome your student to Westside Middle School next year! To help your child and family transition smoothly to a new building, we have a few important dates scheduled and hope you can join us.

April 4 or April 5, 6:00-7:30pm

6th Grade Parent Night

  • Parents/guardians are invited to join us at Westside Middle School as our building leaders discuss ‘WMS 101’! We will cover curriculum, expectations, activities, clubs, sports and grading.

  • Please choose one of these sessions; it is not necessary to attend both evenings.

May 13, during the school day

Warrior Walkabout

  • We will bus our 6th grade students to Westside Middle School for a special event: Warrior Walkabout! This opportunity allows students to see their new school firsthand and learn about what their new school day/year will look like.

  • Warrior Walkabout is split into two groups based on school. Information will be sent from all elementary schools for specific times and details.

  • Students will be transported back to their elementary schools for regular dismissal times and procedures.

We are excited to meet our new students and their families! If you have questions, please reach out to

Kim Eymann

Principal, Westside Middle School

No School - April 11 - 15 - Spring Break

EY News

You will find information about EY opportunities, our geography contest winners, ideas for badges to check out, and details about the writing contest sponsored by the OPL.

Jenny Henningsen

EY Coordinator

Sunset & Swanson

Digital Dozen Award

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce 6th grader, Ari B.. 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 Luke should be proud of this accomplishment!

Congratulations, Ari B!

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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, April 1st.

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

March 7-10 Scholastic Book Fair

March 9 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-8 pm

March 10 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8-4 pm

March 10-11 No School for Students

March 23 Spring Picture Day

March 24 5/6 Grade Band-O-Rama, 7 pm @ WHS

March 29 6 Gr. Vocal Music Festival, 7 pm @ WHS

April 4 6th Gr. Parent Night, 6-7:30 pm @ WMS

April 4-8 pm Staff Appreciation Week

April 5 6th Gr. Parent Night, 6-7:30 pm @ WMS

April 5 C.C. Mtg., 6:30 pm

April 11-15 No School - Spring Break

April 21 2022/23 Kindergarten Round Up

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