SUPERSTAR NEWS

Swanson Elementary School - February 2021

NO SCHOOL -- Monday, February 15 , 2021 -- Presidents' Day

Valentines Day Activity, Friday February 12th

Our Valentines Activity & Party will be Friday, February 12th. We appreciate the support of our Community Club in providing prizes for our all school Bingo activity.


  • Students may bring valentines and boxes. These will not be opened in class, but sent home for parents to determine an appropriate time for opening. Each classroom teacher will be sending specific information for valentines and boxes.
  • As in prior years, the district will be providing each student a cookie treat.

Thank you for your support with providing students a little fun given the limitations of these unprecedented times.

Parent-Teacher Communication, Week of March 8th

Next week a conference form will be sent home requesting time frames for Parent-Teacher Communication in March. Similar to the fall, our spring times will be by email, phone or webex. Our goal is to be able to have contact with every family at Swanson for these important conversations about your child's learning.

March 4th - 10th Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - More Info Coming Soon!

2021 - 2022 Kindergarten Registration Begins February 15th

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents: February 15 - March 5

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 2021-22 begins February 15th. Parents of eligible students should go to westside66.org to begin the enrollment process as early as possible on or after February 15th.

Students entering kindergarten for 2021-22 must be five years old by July 31, 2021. 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.

Requirements for Early Admission to Kindergarten

In accordance with Nebraska Statute 79-214, the Westside Community Schools allows for admission of children residing in the District as early entrance kindergarteners through a locally designed testing program. Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance must turn five between August 1 and October 15, 2021. For further information regarding early entrance to kindergarten, please call 402-390-3303.

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2021-22 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.

Click here to complete the form electronically.

Under Option Enrollment statutes, first priority for admission is given to siblings who seek to attend in the District where an older sibling is already enrolled, provided an Option Enrollment form is submitted by March 15 ​and ​provided that there is space available in a requested building and grade level. If you have questions, you may call Julie at 402-390-2107.

WE-SIDE Welcoming Equity Support Inclusion Dignity For Everyone

A mindset of “WE” is the key!


FEBRUARY CONTEST INFO

* In honor of Black History Month, we are sponsoring poetry, photography, and creative video contests in February. See more details below.

* Submissions should be about Inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, etc.

*Entries need to be turned into your school office or emailed to lucas.mike@westside66.net by 10:00 AM on February 25th.

* Gift card prizes and/or Westside gear/swag will be given out to contest winners.


POETRY CONTEST

*Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff.

* Submissions should be about Inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics.

* Any and all forms of appropriate poetry will be accepted.


PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

* Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff.

* Submissions should be about Inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics.

* Appropriate photographs of all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. will be accepted.


1-2 MINUTE CREATIVE VIDEO CONTEST

* Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff.

* Submissions should be about Inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics.

* Appropriate videos no longer than 120 seconds will be accepted.

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, March 5th.

2020-21 breakfast and lunch menu

Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu! https://schools.mealviewer.com/school/SwansonElementarySchool

Symptoms Tracker

Please continue to be vigilant in accessing your child each morning before sending them to school. Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Help Line - 402.955.3200

Visit ChildrensOmaha.org/Symptoms to access Children’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker, an online assessment tool developed by Children’s to help parents and supplement our 24/7 COVID-19 Help Line.

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Calendar Reminders

February 12 Valentine Activities in classroom

February 15 NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

March 2 C.C. Mtg., 6:30 pm

March 4 - 10 Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

March 11-12 Parent/Teacher Communication

March 11-12 NO SCHOOL - for students

March 22-26 Staff Appreciation Week

March 26 Spring Picture Day

Mar. 29/Apr. 2 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Welcome to Swanson! Home of the Superstars!

Mission

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