Swanson Elementary School - April 2021

Thank You Community Club & Families for Keeping Us Fed and for a week full of love!

We also want to thank Jackie Proctor and families who donated to feed our teachers during conference week. The delicious meal from Panera was thoroughly enjoyed and helped to keep our teachers fueled for those important conversations.

Thank you for a week a love from the delicious lunch, breakfast, snacks, gift cards to Jo-on-the-Go! The love you showered us with meant so much to all of us!

6th Grade Outdoor Education Parent Meeting

All sixth grade parents are invited to the Outdoor Education Informational meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 8th at Westside Middle School. Rondel Korbelik, director of the program, will be giving an overview of this memorable experience and opportunity for our 6th graders. Swanson sixth graders will be going to Platte River State Park on April 28-29th. Parents please plan on attending this important meeting.

2021/22 Kindergarten Round Up Open House

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New and Improved yearbook ordering!

Swanson school yearbooks will be ordered online for 2020/21

To order a yearbook:

1. Go to:

2.Find your school

3. Click or tap "shop my school"

4. Project number: 95661

5. Find your product & "Add to Cart"

6. Enter student information

7. Complete your purchase!

The cost is $12.00 each.

The deadline for ordering is Friday, April, 16, 2021. There will be NO late orders accepted!

If you are having problems ordering, please call 1-800-290-0036

(This site works best in the chrome browser)

Note: Due to online ordering there will be no extra yearbooks available on the last day of school.

Dear Swanson Parents,

It is that time of year when parents might inquire about their child’s placement for next year. Before the end of this school year, all professional staff will meet with appropriate grade level teams to determine the best placement for all students.

Much thought and dialogue will go into establishing classroom lists for the 2021-22 school year. Our teachers are insightful and qualified to place students in classrooms with teachers who best fit their educational needs. Many considerations are involved in the process. The following criteria will be used to determine placements.

  • Staff input

  • Number of students

  • Academic abilities/needs

  • Social/behavioral needs

  • Independent/dependent learners

  • Leadership skills

  • Peer relations

  • Learning styles

As a parent, you may offer your thoughts about your child’s placement. You are an important part of your child’s educational team and we value your feedback. If you choose to provide input, we ask that you:

  • Make sure your input is submitted in writing to the principal before April 16th.

  • Input should pertain to your child’s educational needs and should be pertinent to your child only.

  • I am requesting no teacher’s name be specified or requested in your input for your child’s classroom placement for the 2021-22 school year as Swanson grade level teaching assignments have not been determined.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. We appreciate your support and understanding of our placement process and the guidelines set forth.


Jennifer Harr and The Swanson Staff

A Window into the Music Classroom!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been unable to hold our normally scheduled music programs. In order to allow your student their time to shine and let you see what we have been doing in the music classroom this year, we will be providing a “Window Into the Music Classroom!”

This week, we started recording some of our favorite singing games, drumming, xylophone pieces, and movement activities that we’ve done throughout the school year. As you can imagine, this will be more informal than previous years since we have been unable to gather and perform in large groups. However, we are so excited to have this opportunity to showcase our learning in the midst of a pandemic!

During the last week of April, you will receive an email with a link to view the completed video, providing you with a glimpse into our music room!

Dr. Valerie Fuller

Elementary Instrumental Music Celebration Concerts!

Band and String Families, we are excited to announce our district wide end of the year celebration concerts! Each performer may have 4 guests in attendance with them at these events! Info about safety requirements and practices will be sent home as the dates approach. Please add the appropriate date and time for your student to your family calendars and reserve the night for this event! We can not wait to gather together for a live performance to celebrate all that these students have accomplished as musicians throughout this unprecedented year!

Mrs. CJ, Mr. Freeman, Mrs. Matheson and Dr. Meints

Fifth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym

Sixth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym

Fifth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym

Sixth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym

Attention Current 6th Grade Parents!

6th Grade Parent Information Night!

Come learn all about Westside Middle School. Parents will walk away learning about general expectations, schedules, grading and different activities that are offered to students.

Tuesday, April 13th 6:00 pm or 7:15 pm

Thursday, April 15th 6:00 pm or 7:15 pm

We will practice social distancing protocols by only allowing two people (Students will be getting this information at the Walkabout). Please sign up using this link 6th Grade Parent Information Night. You only need to sign up for one of the sessions.

7th Grade Physicals and Immunizations Requirements:


By law, all incoming 7th graders must present evidence of having a complete physical examination, updated immunizations (Tdap is required by state law), and a dental exam prior to entering school. For missing immunizations, state law allows us to accept only valid medical exemption forms, signed by a physician or notarized religious exemption forms. A signed waiver form from parents/guardian refusing to provide physical exam documentation is also required. All forms are available from the District’s ABC Welcome Center.

Physicians may print out results of the physical exam and immunizations on their forms, or parents may print the 7th grade health physical exam form from the WMS website found in the “Health Information” area. Exams must be completed anytime after March 1, 2021, and before school starts in the Fall. Students planning to participate in sports must have a physical dated after May 1, 2021.

If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, a health action plan is required. Asthma action plans must be completed and signed by a doctor and may be found on the WMS website in the “Health Information” area or picked up from the WMS main office. I will be checking my email periodically during the summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office at WMS for general information.

Kim Eymann

Westside Middle School



Year End Reminders:

End of the Year is Fast Approaching!

Please have your child check around the house for any school property that may have been borrowed during the school year and return it to school. Items to be searching for include library books, text books, calculators, templates, etc.

Information Needed!

If your child will not be coming back to Swanson next fall because you are moving or transferring to another school, please let our office know as soon as possible. This is information is important to us as we prepare for fall classes.

Medication Pick Up

Remember to pick up any medications you have in the health office before the end of school. All medications left will be disposed of on the last day of school.

Lunch Money

The end of school is near! Please check your student’s lunch account to make sure there is enough money until the end of the year. There will be NO CHARGING during the last week of school. Thanks for your very prompt attention to this matter.

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, May 7th.

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2020-21 breakfast and lunch menu

Check out Westside Community Schools Online Breakfast and Lunch Menu!

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 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.

Calendar Reminders

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

April 6 C.C. Mtg., 6:30 pm

April 13 6th Gr. Parent Information mtg., 6 pm & 7:15 pm @ WMS

April 15 21/22 Kindergarten Round Up, A-K @ 6-6:30 pm

April 15 21/22 Kindergarten Round Up, L-Z @ 7-7:30 pm

April 15 6th Gr. Parent Information mtg., 6 pm & 7:15 pm @ WMS

April 16 Last day to order yearbooks

April 23 NO SCHOOL

April 28-29 6th gr. Outdoor Ed

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