Swanson Elementary School - February 2023

NO SCHOOL -- Friday, February 10 , 2023 -- Staff Inservice

NO SCHOOL -- Monday, February 20 , 2023 -- Presidents' Day

Valentine's Day Celebrations

Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14th!

Swanson Valentine's Celebrations will be on Tuesday, February 14th. To make sure we have enough room for the fun activities planned in classrooms we ask that families only join the classroom parties if they are the one who signed up to be a Classroom Volunteer through the Swanson Community Club.

Students are welcome to bring a Valentines box or bag to collect their Valentines. Students who choose to bring Valentines to pass out are asked to bring one for every student in the class. Valentine cards and treats will not be opened in class, but sent home for parents to determine an appropriate time for opening. Each classroom teacher will send out reminders and directions for Valentines in the days to come.

Need Help with Valentines:

Having your child make Valentine's cards or notes is a fun and meaningful way to show kindness to their classmates. If you bring a treat with or as the Valentine, they must be store bought. If your child would not be able to bring Valentines but would like to participate please contact Mrs. Denton, our School Psychologist and Counselor and we are happy to help make sure all children can take part.

Variety Show February 3rd

Swanson's 2023 Variety show, "Where are the Superstars?" is scheduled for Friday, February 3 at 6 p.m. at the Westside Middle School auditorium.

Dress rehearsal will be held February 1 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Westside Middle School auditorium.

Questions? Email Amal Alexander at

2023 - 2024 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents:

Kindergarten enrollment for District residents for the 2023-24 school year begins approximately

Feb 1, 2023. Please check our website at as soon as possible after Feb 1st to start your enrollment online.

Children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2023. Parents may wait to enroll their child(ren) in kindergarten for an additional year. However, Nebraska law requires that child(ren) who reach the age of six prior to Jan 1st of the then current school year must be enrolled in school.

For questions about enrollment, please contact the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100 or

Student In-District Transfer Requests for the 2023-24 School Year

Are you a District resident and would like your K-6 grade child(ren) to attend an elementary school in Westside other than the area where you live? The deadline to submit an In-District Transfer request for the upcoming school year is 4:00 pm on March 15th.

An In-District Transfer request form must also be completed for any child starting kindergarten next year who has a sibling attending an elementary school outside of their home attendance area.. The deadline to submit this request is also 4:00 pm on March 15th.

In district transfer forms can be completed using this link:

Questions about In-District Transfers, please contact Student Services at 402-390-2107.

Kindergarten Enrollment for Non-District Residents

If you live outside of the Westside district and have a child eligible for kindergarten in 2023-24 who has a sibling attending our schools through the Option Enrollment program, you must submit an option application for your kindergartener. The deadline to apply for Option Enrollment is 4:00 pm on March 15th.

In addition to kindergarten, you can apply for any other grade level by the same deadline, 4:00 pm on March 15th.

Option Enrollment forms can be completed using this link:

Early Admission for Kindergarten

Children of District residents who wish to be tested for early entrance to kindergarten must turn 5 years old between August 1 and October 15, 2023.

For further information regarding early entrance testing, please contact Early Admissions at


EY News

The EY Newsletter has ideas for enrichment projects for students, info about a new writing contest for grades 5-8, and some of the most recent contest winners.

Jenny Henningsen

EY Coordinator

Sunset & Swanson

Digital Dozen Winners

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Cooper F., Isabella R., and Maddox S. from Swanson as the most recent recipients of the Digital Dozen award for the 22-23 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. Cooper, Isabella, and Maddox should be proud of this accomplishment!

Young Writers

Several students from Westside Community Schools took the prompt of "peculiar pets" and created fabulous poems! The poems were entered in the Young Writers poetry contest along with thousands of other entries from around the nation. The poems were selected for publishing based on imagination, creativity, and use of language. The favorites have been named. Congratulations to Swanson 6th Grader Isabella and Swanson 5th grader Kendall who had poems chosen to be published in the 2022 Peculiar Pets-Around the USA.
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Polar Plunge Reminder:

Hello WeSide Unified Sponsors,

#BeBoldGetCold because it's time to register for the Polar Plunge. Polar Plunge is a fundraising event organized by Special Olympics which supports WeSide Unified Activities in Westside.

General Event Info:

Date: February 11, 2023

Time: Check-in: 9:30am, Plunge: 11am

Location: Lake Zorinsky

156th and F St, Omaha, NE 68137

Post-Plunge Party: Brewsky's Food & Spirits

15350 Weir St

Polar Plunge Instructions 2023

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Savor the memory of our Westside Football Championship Season!

Show your pride in t-shirt or sweatshirt style. Shirts are available for shipping and are being sold in The Colosseum!

CLICK HERE to order online!

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 3rd.

22/23 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

February 1 Swanson Variety Show Rehearsal @WMS, 5-8pm

February 3 Swanson Variety Show @ WMS, 6-8pm

February 10- NO SCHOOL/Teacher Work Day

February 13 Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

February 14 Valentine's Day

February 20 NO SCHOOL/Presidents' Day

March 3 Pizza/Bingo Night @ WMS, 6pm

March 6 Community Club Mtg., 6:30pm

March 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8am-4pm

March 16-17 NO SCHOOL for Students

March 16-17 Scholastic Book Fair

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