Swanson Elementary School November 2020



Please join us in honoring our Swanson Community Veterans this Veterans Day with a reverse Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11th from 10:30-10:55 a.m! 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!

Please note: We will be watching the weather next week, and will communicate in case we would need to cancel the event by 9:00 AM the morning of the event.

We are thankful!

At this time of Thanksgiving we, the Swanson Staff, want you to know how thankful we are for you, our Swanson families. Our Superstars are all learning and growing and the support you give both them and us is so appreciated. Please know your partnership with us does make a difference in your child’s success. We hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

In gratefulness,

The Swanson Staff

Grandfriend's Day

In lieu of our traditional Grandfriends Day celebration, our Superstars will participate in classroom grandfriend activities throughout the month of November.

Picture Retake Day! Tuesday, November 17!

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 Tuesday, November 17. Please return your whole picture package to Mrs. Jolkowski as soon as possible. If you were absent on picture day or didn't get your picture taken, please let Mrs. Jolkowski know so your picture can be included in the yearbook!

You can order pictures online from November 10 - 19th or you may request a picture order form from the office.

Original Works

By now you have hopefully had a chance to see an exciting project sent home with your student. Original Works has been part of Swanson for many years, but this year, you get to create artwork at home, together! Included in the packet are the instructions, art paper, lots of ideas, and an order form so you can purchase many fun items with your child's artwork.


It's a great opportunity to get gifts for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and yourself! If you have any questions, please email Tia Carlson at or Allison Raetz at

Food Drive - November 16 - 20

Swanson is collecting canned goods and nonperishable items for our own Westside Food Pantry. Superstars can bring their donations to their classroom. See the flyer below for the needed items.

Thank you for generosity during this time of year!

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Extended Campus Learners

Westside Community Schools is offering an at-home learning option for all students, Extended Campus Learning. Up until this point, we have guaranteed extended campus learning through the end of first semester. Westside is committing to offer extended campus learning through the end of the school year.

Families will indicate if they want to participate in extended campus learning for second semester through an application process.

  • The application will be open for PK-6th grade students November 10 through December 1st.

  • Extended campus learning applications will be reviewed at the building level before a student is granted extended campus learning placement for second semester. Students and families may be required to attend a meeting (virtual or in person) with a building representative before placement is approved.

This application MUST be completed for any family planning to learn from home second semester, including those who are currently extended campus learners.

For students physically attending school, in-person learning for the second semester will begin for all students on January 5th. Families planning on learning at school do NOT need to complete any paperwork or this application. This message pertains ONLY to families who want to learn from home second semester. Please continue reading for important changes to programming and delivery of instruction at each level.

During the first semester, we were flexible with families because it was a new model and there were some unknowns. Because we are making changes to the extended campus model that involve staffing allocations, once a family chooses a placement for the second semester, no changes will be made for the rest of the school year.

Don't Forget In School Wednesdays are a 3:00 PM Dismissal!

Keep us from getting lost!

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. If your child needs help finding a missing item call the office and we will help with the search.


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, December 4th.

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2020-21 Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu!

Calendar Reminders

November 11- Veterans Day Reverse Parade, 10:30 am

November 16 - 29 Food Drive

November 17- Picture Retake Day

November 25-29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 1 - Deadline for Extended Campus Learners

December 1 - C.C. Mtg., 6:30 pm

December 9 - No In-Person Student Day, SEL Lesson - Teacher Workday

December 21 - January 4 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


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

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