Swansboro Elementary

March 7, 2021

Happy Sunday Pirate Families!

Thank you to everyone for making our Read Across America Week a huge success. The students really enjoyed dressing up, participating in fun reading activities, and listening to guest readers. Also, a huge shout out goes to Mr. Fish's carpentry class at SBHS. Friday they delivered the new Chicken Coup that they built for Moonlight and Midnight. What a nice upgrade! This week is School Social Worker Week. Let's show Ms. Alexandra Casemore how much we appreciate her! Tuesday is Papa John’s Spirit Night 4:00-8:00 pm. Wednesday we will have our monthly Strategic Planning Meeting virtually at 7:30 am. Ms. Highsmith will be sending out a link to team members prior to the meeting. Wednesday morning all students will have their live Teams sessions and in the afternoon please encourage your child to join our live PE & Music Teams session. The enrichment class sessions are not required but they sure are lots of fun. We hope everyone can join us! Don't forget that there are only 3 more Virtual Wednesdays. Spring Break is March 29- April 2. When we return from Spring Break, students will attend school 5 days a week (M-F). The Swansboro Community has designated this Sunday, March 14th as a Night of Hope. We are asking everyone in our community to participate by turning their porch light on at 8pm as a symbol of hope, light, and love to others. We hope you will join us in letting your light shine!

Next Monday, March 15th is the end of the grading period. This means grades will have to be finalized so that report cards can be generated. Please make sure that if your child has any missing assignments, they need to be turned in this week into order to receive credit. Failure to make up work when when absent (regardless of the reason for the absence) can have a negative impact on grades, so please be sure to check PowerSchool now, and get all work turned in before it is too late:) Thank you for your continued support!

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Note from Nurse Sammons:

If you OR your child has a fever of over 100, a new cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell or you are being quarantined per medical advice or are being Covid tested per medical request PLEASE email the Nurse or call the school. We must clear your child per OCS protocol before they return on the bus or return to in person school. Nurse Sammons email is Mollie.Sammons@onslow.k12.nc.us. For more information, please check out Nurse Sammons' webpage on our school's website.

Covid close contacts

When a student tests positive for Covid-19, we conduct contact tracing and all students that are identified as a close contact (within 6 ft of the positive person for more than 15 minutes) receive a personal phone call from the school nurse or principal to inform the parent that their child has been identified as a close contact and are required to quarantine for 14 days from date of potential exposure. This is in accordance with OCS policy and the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit.


Student Tech Support Line: 910-989-2101

Navigating Your Laptop From Home


Parent Module on Using Teams

Getting Parents Started with Teams.pptx

This is a link to the district website that has other help guides for learning from home.


Technology Use

Please remind your child about acceptable technology usage. Recently we have seen an increase of school devices being used for personal reasons such as emailing friends, taking pictures, recording videos, etc. Please remind students that every move that they make on their device can be tracked, we call this our digital footprint. Cyberbullying and looking up inappropriate things are not permissible and will result in disciplinary action. Parents please help us monitor student computer usage at home to ensure students are being responsible and safe. Thank you for your help with this.

FREE tutoring resource for military students:

Here is a video explaining how to access Tutor.com: https://youtu.be/NnCdekMC9g0
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Important Dates:

March 7-13 School Social Worker Week

March 9 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)

March 10 Strategic Planning 7:30-8:15 am

March 13 Day of Hope

March 15 End of Grading Period

March 17 @ 2 pm MCAC Parent Virtual Workshop: Helping Your Military-Connected Child Deal with Daily Stress and Frustration (registration details on flier above)

March 19 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)

March 22 Reports cards sent home with students

March 23 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)

March 29-April 2 Spring Break- NO school

April 2 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)

April 5 Teacher Workday- No school for students

April 6 Media Specialist Day

April 6 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC

April 8 Quality Council/ Systems Involvement Team 4:00-5:15 RSC

April 12-23 NC Check-Ins # 3 (5th grade Science)

April 13 Strategic Planning 7:30-8:15 am

April 16 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)

April 18-24 Public School Volunteer Week

April 19-23 Administrative Professional Week

April 21 Administrative Professional Day

April 23 Interim Reports for Elementary Students

April 23 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)

April 26- May 7 EOY iReady Math (K-5)

May 1 School Principals Day

May 3-7 Onslow County Schools Employee Appreciation Week

May 3-7 Onslow County Schools Bus Driver Appreciation Week

May 3-7 Teacher & Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week

May 3-14 EOY iReady Reading Diagnostic (k-5)

May 4 National Teacher Day

May 4 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC

May 4 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)

May 7 School Lunch Hero Day

May 7 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)

May 11 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)

May 12 National School Nurse Day

May 13 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)

May 17-21 National Educational Boss Week

May 25 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)

May 28 Last day of school for students (report cards sent home if all dues paid)

May 31 Memorial Day

June RTA (After reading camp) TBD

June 1 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC

June 1-4 Teacher Workdays

June 4 Swansboro High School Graduation

June 14- 17 OCS Camp Invention