Swanson Elementary

April 1, 2021 Home of the Squirrels!

Principal's Corner

Greetings Swanson Families,

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. It's so nice to have longer days, warmer weather, and the snow melting. Hard to believe we are in the 4th quarter of school already!

Every day my heart is full of joy greeting students in the halls and hearing them share their accomplishments in school. This past week I had a rewarding time playing at recess with the students, observing them play with each other and making friends.

One of my favorite stories is Leo the Late Bloomer. It's been an honor, as your Swanson Principal, to watch our little Swanson Squirrels all bloom in their own time this past school year. Another favorite time of day for me is walking into classroom and hearing students read, problem solve with their classmate during math, write stories, and explore learning.

The end of this month is MAP and aimswebPlus testing. I am eager to review our schoolwide data and measure academic growth. Even during a pandemic, we have high expectations and it's a joy to watch our children soar to success. I'll share our data in the May newsletter.

In partnership and support,

Mrs. Halfacre


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The Matsu School District is actively interviewing and hiring substitutes right now! We are looking for Custodian, Nutrition Services, and Classroom/School Support substitutes. Please complete an application by visiting www.matsuk12.us/jobs and don’t hesitate to contact us at hr@matsuk12.us or 907-746-9245 with any questions.

Boundary Exemptions for 2021-2022

Is your student on a boundary exemption? These forms must be filled out for your children each year they attend. Get your boundary exemption form in now for next year - go to this page to get your form. You can scan and email it to tammy.halfacre@matsuk12.us or bring a paper copy to the front office.

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Fred Meyers Rewards

Support our school every time you shop at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card. Just re-enroll or link your Rewards Card to Swanson Elementary and scan it every time you shop at Fred Meyer. You’ll still get the Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates.


This is a great & zero cost opportunity for parents to support our school!

Spring MAP Growth Benchmarks

Students will be taking their final MAP Growth Benchmarks of the school year in reading, math, and language usage (2nd graders only) during the weeks of April 19th and April 26th. Please read "Parents Guide to MAP Growth" in the link below for more information about this computer-adaptive test.


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Library News

From the Library:

The last day to check out books is Friday, April 30th. All books are due back on Wednesday, May 5th, for the purpose of inventory and settling any lost book balances.

If you receive a note about lost books and you can’t locate those books, please call or email me at the library. If you can’t afford to replace a book that’s lost/damaged, please let me know and we can work out something. Thank you for helping your child get all of their books back as quickly as possible.

861-5315 Kim.Evans@matsuk12.us
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** COVID-Related Info & Updates **

Click here for the how students can return to school from travel if your family is planning on going out of state.

Click here for reminders about students being excluded from school for symptoms.

Click here for the household quarantine guide.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the district's coronavirus page that is resources/forms for families.

COVID Call Line

The COVID Call Center, hosted by Connect Mat-Su, is a volunteer information line for any questions regarding COVID. The call line will be staffed Monday-Friday from 4-7PM. The phone number for the call line is 907-373-2628; press 2 for COVID-related questions.

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Covid-19 Updates and Information

Greetings Parents,

Thank you so much for keeping your child home when you notice symptoms and contacting our school nurse if you have a positive test. All these proactive measures help us do our part to notify families and prepare for remote learning. When we have a positive case that involves your child's class you will receive a text message and an email notifying you that your child is a potential close contact. After Public Health completes the contact tracing another email will be sent noting dates your child can return to school. If you have any questions or concerns please call the office or feel free to contact our school nurse Hazel O'Neill.

Coming Up:

Ready, Set, Grow ~ May 13th Title 1 Event

I'm often asked the question, "How can I help my child get ready for school next year?" Knowing parents want to support their children and as a school we want to support our families, it's with excitement to announce our first annual "Ready, Set, Grow" Title 1 event for May 13th. Weather pending, this activity will be outdoors (Swanson Playground) and families will have the opportunity to visit teachers and gather materials/activities to work on over the summer to prepare for school next year. Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Sherrod, who will join us for Third Grade, as the main event along with Mrs. Evans sharing her passion for literacy.

More information will be in our May Newsletter.