Swanson Elementary School - January 2023

Happy New Year!

Ushering in a new year comes with excitement, anticipation and, of course, the Second Semester of our school year. We look forward to continuing the pathway of providing excellent and lasting academic, social and emotional learning opportunities for all at Swanson. Let us too continue our resolution to be a safe, respectful and responsible Superstar all year long. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2023!

Mrs. Jennifer Harr

Report Cards Go Home Today!

Your Superstar will be bringing home his/her report card this week. We hope you will take the time to sit down with your child and talk about what growth and learning have occurred since the beginning of this school year. We have much to celebrate when it comes to good work and effort. We will continue to have high expectations for all of our students. If you have questions about your child’s progress and achievement, please feel free to contact us. Remember that we are your partners when it comes to your child’s education!

NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 16th

A reminder that there will be No School for Students (Teacher In-Service Day) on Monday, January 16th, 2023, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday. We encourage students and families to consider taking time to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, if able to do so safely to consider ways to participate in the annual day of service promoted on this day each year.

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Variety Show February 3rd

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

Auditions will still be held Friday, January 13 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Swanson gymnasium. The dress rehearsal be held February 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Westside Middle School auditorium.

All singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians and magicians should send their audition form, which can be downloaded and printed using the link below, back to school by Monday, January 9.

We hope to see all of our talented Superstars at this year's auditions!

Questions? Email Amal Alexander at

2023 - 2024 Kindergarten Registration Begins February 1st

Kindergarten Enrollment for District Residents for the 2023-24 School Year

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, 4:00pm on March 15th.

Option Enrollment forms can be completed using this link:

Questions about Option Enrollment, please contact Student Services at 402-390-2107.

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


A Helpful Parent Resource regarding Bullying & Cyberbullying

The National Institutes of Health recognizes bullying as a significant public health problem. In the social media era, harassment and intimidation take place both offline and on, which amplifies the severity of aggression and stress in children and their parents. Children’s Hospital has made available this 15 minute “Just Kids Health” episode on Bullying & Cyberbullying to help parents understand bullying behaviors and how to address signs of bullying and prevent it. To best support our students, Westside is pleased to provide system-wide, bullying prevention programming to tackle bullying behavior.

Recess and Falling Temperatures

Recess will be held outdoors, except when extended exposure to the elements is inadvisable or when the Principal determines it to be otherwise unsafe. Students will not have outdoor recess when either the air temperature or wind chill factor is 10 degrees fahrenheit or lower.

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, January 13th.

Next month's First Friday Spirit Day is Friday, February 3rd.

2022 District Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Irish G-G and Drew K. at the District Spelling Bee! They represented Swanson as true S-U-P-E-R-S-T-A-R-S. Great job with your performance at the school and district level!

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Swanson Digital Dozen Winner

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Henry L. from Swanson as the most recent recipient 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, and Henry should be proud of this accomplishment!

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

January 16- NO SCHOOL/Dr. Martin Luther King Day

January 26- K/1 Music Performance @ WMS, 6:30 PM

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

February 3-Variety Show at WMS, 6-8pm

February 6- Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

February 10- NO SCHOOL/Teacher Work Day

February 20- NO SCHOOL/Presidents' Day

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