Swansboro Elementary

March 12, 2023

Congratulations to Swansboro Elementary for receiving the Purple Star Award for supporting our military students and their families. We appreciate Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Ebert's hard work in applying for this recognition. We would also like to recognize our Swansboro Elementary Educators of the Year as voted on by our staff. Please be sure to checkout our newsletter to see who our outstanding educators. In our newsletter we also highlight our Attendance Heroes for the month of February. Congratulations to Audrey Koepke, Cameron Russell and John Haun for demonstrating outstanding school attendance! Tomorrow our students will participate in the Glow Dance Party for meeting our Kindness goal. On Tuesday, our fourth graders will enjoy the NC Symphony performance. Wednesday night OCS is hosting a Geography night; check out the details in the flyer featured below. Friday night is our Sweeter Things Spirit night, so go ahead and treat yourself, you're helping out our school:) Be sure to let them know you are with SBES.

Congratulations to our Swansboro Elementary Educators of the Year:

Teacher of the Year: Heather Sigafose

Classified Person of the Year: Susan Thompson

Stem Educator of the Year: Tori Christmas

Math Educator of the Year: Amanda Chamberlain

Tech Savvy Educator of the Year: Lindsay Williams

Global Educator of the Year: Amanda Haithcock

Enrichment Educator of the Year: Allison Jones

Exceptional Children's Educator of the Year: Erin Anderson

Literacy Educator of the Year: Tiffany Morris

Student Support Person of the Year: Elizabeth Ebert

Mentor of the Year: Kat Lester

A Note from Nurse Mollie Sammons:

Parents, please update Nurse Sammons with any changes in your student's medical history, medications, hospitalizations, etc. If a student is sent home from school because they have a fever or were vomiting, please DO NOT send them to school the next day. Board policy is that the students must be fever free (below 100 without medication) and free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child is sent home, please send in a parent or doctor's note explaining they were sent home and needed to be fever, vomiting, and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning.

For parents of students turning 12 years old before the end of the school year or before the beginning of next school year, per NC State Law (G.S. 130A-440) your child will need the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines. Nurse Mollie be sending reminders home. Please send in your child's updated immunization record. Call or email Nurse Mollie with any questions or concerns.

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Tips for success:

At SBES, we do not assign much homework, however, all students should be completing at least 45 minutes per week on iReady (math) and at least 45 minutes per week on Amplify (reading). These programs are adaptive and are based on your child's individual needs according to their diagnostic assessments. Reading nightly and practicing math facts will also help our students reach their fullest potential. We appreciate parents support of our efforts.

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Attendance HERO: Here Every day Ready On time.

Swansboro had 191 students in the month of February with perfect attendance. Way to go Pirates!

Congrats to our February Attendance Heroes:

Audrey Koepke with 3 months of perfect attendance Miss Labelle's Class,

Cameron Russell with 3 months of perfect attendance in Miss Platts' Class.

John Haun with 4 months of perfect attendance in Miss Kujawski's Class.

Congrats to Miss Sparks class who had 8 students with perfect attendance or 47.6% of her class, that is amazing!

The class with the highest percentage of student attendance in March will get an egg hunt!

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School Cash Online & Field Trips:

Looking to pay school fees, pay for a field trip, sign a permission form or buy spirit wear? This is all done online through schoolcashonline.com. A few field trip reminders: 1. Everyone must have a signed permission slip to attend a trip (even those with fee waivers). 2. If forms are not returned by the due date, your child will not be able to attend. We have to secure food, transportation and purchase tickets ahead of time; therefore, we are unable to accommodate last minute additions. 3. Chaperones are not allowed on all trips, but for those in which chaperones are needed, the chaperones MUST be fingerprinted and approved through OCS. This is a lengthy process which is why we encouraged everyone to attend the volunteer training sessions at the beginning of the school year.


Check out Tutor.com, a free online tutoring services available to all military families. It is for all grades and all subjects and you can even schedule a live sessions.

Meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows:

Please keep in mind that meals are NOT free for students this year. If a child does not bring a lunch from home and does not have money, we will allow the student to charge a meal. Parents will be responsible for paying balances.

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.50

To apply for free or reduced meals, click here: https://www.lunchapplication.com/

To add money to your child's meal account, click here: https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/

To access the school menus, click here: https://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1501179229405&page=menus

SIGN UP FOR PARENT PORTAL: Stay on top of grades!

All parents are encouraged to sign up for Parent Portal. You can monitor attendance within the Portal and you can see your child's grades, assignments & due dates for students in grades 3-5. Click this link to sign up: https://onslow.powerschool.com/public/. You can contact the data manager Lori Jones at lori.jones@onslow.k12.nc.us to help with this process. She can look up your child's ID number when you email her the completed form and copy of your ID.

Bus Drivers & Substitute Teachers Needed

If you are interested in either of these positions, please visit the Onslow County Schools webpage for more information!
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Looking for easy ways to earn money for our school?

*Send in used sneakers, no matter the condition, and we will get paid to recycle them!

*Link your Lowes Foods Card to Swansboro Elementary and a portion of sales on Lowes products will go to our school.

*Sign up for Box Tops and link to our school. No more clipping, it's digital! Download the Box Tops for Education app here: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=NQGY5JLL

*Participate in our SBES Spirit Nights:

Burrito Shak- 4th Tuesday of the month. In person and call in orders only. No online orders.

Sweeter Things- 3rd Friday of the month. You must tell them you are here to support SBES!

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1. The teacher is always the first point of contact. If you cannot resolve an issue after meeting with the teacher, please schedule an appointment to meet with administration.

2. See our data manager (Lori Jones) to sign up for Parent Portal. This gives you up to date info on student attendance and assignments for (3rd-5th grade).

3. Pay attention to the weekly ALL CALL and EMAIL that is sent out every Sunday evening. If you don't want to listen to the message, no worries, the email contains the transcript as well as important links and cute pictures of our students:) If you are not receiving the call and email, please let Lori Jones (lori.jones@onslow.k12.nc.us) know so that we can make sure your info. is up to date. This is the method that we will use to communicate with parents in the event of an emergency, so you need to make sure that you are receiving these calls.

4. Check out our school website: https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/swansboroes

5. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/swansboroelementaryschool/

6. Remember, for safety reasons, we do not give out student information over the phone and all changes in transportation must be done through School Dismissal Manager.

7. If there are custody issues, we must have a copy of the current custody paperwork on file with a judge's signature. If not, both parents have equal access to the student and their educational records.

8. If you have concerns regarding bus routes, stops, schedules and drivers, please direct those concerns to our transportation coordinator Barbie Massey at 326-1436. SBES does not have direct communication with the buses; therefore, this must go through the transportation dept. Please remember if you would like to stay up to date with bus changes and delays, please download the Edulog Parent Portal App. More info can be found here:https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/Page/1266

Dell Purchasing Partnership with OCS:

DELL and Onslow County Schools has joined hands to bring technology opportunities to our students, parents and staff members. Up to 30% off DELL Devices, Electronics and Accessories

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2022-2023 OCS Elementary Calendar

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Calendar Items

Mon 3/13/2023 Glow Dance party during Enrichment classes

Tue 3/14/22 10:15-1:15 4th Grade- NC Symphony

Wed 3/15/2023 OCS Geography Night (see flyer above)

Fri 3/17/2023 3:00 PM Sweeter Things

Fri 3/17/2023 NCDPI Home Base Maintenance (parent portal will not work)

Tue 3/21/2023 OCS Spelling Bee- Parkwood at 5:30 pm

Wed 3/22/2023 OCS How to Become a Teacher Virtual Session

Wed 3/22/2023 Prof Dev Day - Early Release

Thu 3/23/23 8:45-5:00 2nd Grade- Field trip to Camp Don Lee

Tue 3/28/2023 5:00 PM Burrito Shack

Tue 3/28/2023 OCS Multiplication Bee- Blue Creek Elem at 5:30 pm

Wed 3/29/2023 End of Grading Period

Thu 3/30/2023 Spring Pictures (pier background)

Mon 4/3/2023 National Assistant Principal Week

Mon 4/3-7 Spring Break- No School

Tue 4/4/2023 Media Specialist Day

Thu 4/6/2023 3:30 PM Dairy Queen

Mon 4/10/2023 Workday

Tue 4/11/2023 6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting

Wed 4/12/2023 4:00 PM Strategic Planning Meeting

Thu 4/13/2023 6:00-6:00 4th Grade- Raleigh/Capital Area

Thu 4/13/2023 Report Cards

Thu 4/13/2023 4:00 PM Quality Council & System Involvement Team

Mon 4/17/2023 Public School Volunteer Week

Tue 4/18/2023 Military Coffee Talk @ Nuova Luna Caffe

Tue 4/18/2023 5th grade concert & art show

Thu 4/20/2023 Chess 4th & 5th grade

Fri 4/21/2023 3:00 PM Sweeter Things

Fri 4/21/2023 NCDPI Home Base Maintenance

Fri 4/21/2023Chess 2nd & 3rd Grades

Mon 4/24/2023 Administrative Professional Week

Tue 4/25/2023 5:00 PM Burrito Shack

Tue 4/25/2023 Board of Education Meeting

Wed 4/26/2023 Administrative Professional Day

Thu 4/27/2023 Math Counts 4th & 5th

Thu 4/27/2023 K-2 Field Day

Fri 4/28/20233-5 Field Day

Mon 5/1/2023 Teacher & Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week

Mon 5/1/2023 OCS Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Mon 5/1/2023OCS Employee Appreciation Week

Mon 5/1/2023 School Principals Day

Mon 5/1/2023 Workday- PTO Sponsored Staff Luncheon

Tue 5/2/2023 National Teacher Day

Tue 5/2/2023 5:30 PM Board of Education Meeting

Wed 5/32023 DARE graduation ceremony for 5th grade

Thu 5/4/2023 3:30 PM Dairy Queen

Fri 5/5/2023 Kindergarten field trip to Garner Farms

Fri 5/5/2023 School Lunch Hero Day

May 8-26 EOY Math & Reading Diagnostics

Tue 5/9/2023 Interim Reports

Wed 5/10/2023 National School Nurse Day

Wed 5/10/2023 4:00 PM Strategic Planning Meeting

Fri 5/12/2023 Dreamer's Club production of Annie Jr. @ 6:30 pm

Sat 5/13/2023 Dreamer's Club production of Annie Jr. @ 6:30 pm

Mon 5/15/2023 National Educational Boss Week

Fri 5/19/2023 NCDPI Home Base Maintenance

Tue 5/23/2023 Military Coffee Talk @ Nuova Luna Caffe

Tue 5/23/2023 5:00 PM Burrito Shack

Thu 5/25/2023 OCS Excellence in Education Event

Mon 5/29/2023 Holiday

Wed 5/31/2023 EOG Reading Grade 3 & Science Grade 5

Fri 6/2/2023 End of Grading Period

Tue 6/6/2023 EOY Reading Gr 4-5, RTA Gr 3 Select Students

Tue 6/6/2023 6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting

Thu 6/8/2023 EOG Math Gr 3-5

Fri 6/9/2023 Last Day for Students- K graduation at 9am, 5th graduation at 11am