Swanson Elementary School October 2021

Parent/Teacher Communication

Wednesday, October 13th - 3 - 8 pm Thursday, October 14th - 8 - 4 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 continue building a strong parent-teacher partnership.

I ask that you come prepared 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.

We look forward to seeing all of you during conferences!

Thank you.

Mrs. Jennifer Harr

***NO SCHOOL - October 14 - 18th***

Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, November 3rd

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 Wednesday November 3rd. Return your whole picture package to Mrs. Jolkowski. 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!

Football Games

Westside families -

We are encountering problems at our Varsity Football Games at Westside High School involving our students. Specifically, we have noticed an increasing number of elementary and/or middle school students unaccompanied and/or unsupervised during and after games. This last week, our staff and security noted a group of younger students together in our parking lot more than 30 minutes after the stands had emptied; needless to say, it was concerning to see a group of 10-13 year olds, alone, at 10pm on a Friday night.

This is creating safety concerns, as well as crowd control and behavioral issues for our security, staff members, and other students and families. While we encourage our younger students to attend games, whether football, softball, basketball, etc., we remind you they must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. In addition, we remind all students they are expected to sit/stay in the stands to watch the game and not congregate near concession stands and restrooms.

Thank you for your support in helping Westside High to be a welcoming and safe place for all of our fans, student athletes and visitors.

Westside Community Schools

Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat in the Park

Swanson Elementary will continue with its tradition of Halloween Festivities on Friday, October 29th. We will start our outside parade at 2:20 in the afternoon starting in the back and working our way around the building to the front entrance. New this year, students will Trick or Treat throughout the parade route made possible by our Swanson Community Club. Looking forward to a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

halloween reminder-fun and friendly costumes, please!

Please remember we ask that costumes be on the fun and friendly side, free of scary or frightening masks, or clothing with no blood, gore, or weapons. Please reserve make-up for evening activities. Students should bring their costumes at the beginning of the school day. Thanks for honoring this request.

Veterans' Day Celebration

Please join us in honoring our Swanson Community Veterans this Veterans Day with a reverse Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11th from 10:30-10:50 am! 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!

In order to thank our service men and women, Swanson students would like to send personalized thank you notes to Veterans. Please help us by clicking on the link below to fill out a form providing the name and address of a Veteran by Tuesday, November 2nd. We will then send a thank you note via U.S. Post to the identified current or former service member.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping Swanson's long standing traditions of celebrating and thanking our veterans.

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Student iPad Information

This year, we are allowing our elementary aged students to check out and take home iPads.

  • This will apply to 5th-6th graders at any time a teacher deems appropriate to use for homework and enrichment.
  • This will be available to all K-6th grade students when they are absent due to COVID-19 illness or quarantine.

Parents/guardians will have to fill out a check-out form and pay for a Cooperative Loss Agreement (insurance) before students will be allowed to take home an iPad.

  • The cost of the Cooperative Loss Agreement is $25. This will be billed to you through MySchoolBucks if you choose to participate.
  • Parents/guardians must read through the Elementary iPad Loan Agreement Description of Terms, including student and parent responsibilities.
  • Students will not be permitted to take home an iPad without a completed agreement/payment.
  • Forms are due by September 10.

If you agree to this and would like your child to have the option to bring home a district iPad, PLEASE CLICK HERE:

Once an agreement is completed, your check-out form will be reviewed and entered into PowerSchool. Check-out procedures for an extended absence will be the same as if you were picking up materials/books for a child if they were ill or not in class.

School Counseling

Please visit the link below to see what your child is learning in School Counseling with Mrs. Denton each month!

EY News

Click the link below to view the September issue - Enjoy! .

Jennifer Henningsen

Westside Community Schools

EY Coordinator

Swanson and Sunset Hills

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! The First Friday Spirit Day is Friday, November 5.

Extra Clothes Needed

The health office is in need of smaller size pants for boys and girls.(size 5-7) If you or anyone you know would be willing to donate any that your child has outgrown to Swanson's health room, we would really appreciate it!
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Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu!

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.


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

Calendar Reminders

October 5 Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

October 13-14 Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences

October 14-18 NO SCHOOL for students

October 22- Ghouls on the Run, 6:00 pm

October 29 Halloween Parade & Parties, 2:15 pm

November 2 Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

November 3 Picture Retake Day

November 9 4/5th Grade Vocal Music Concert @ WMS, 6:30 pm

November 11 Veterans' Day Parade

November 18 2nd/3rd Grade Vocal Music Concert @ WMS, 6:30 pm

November 24-28 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

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.

Swanson's Expectations

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible