Swansboro Elementary

March 3, 2023

Our hats go off to Mrs. Lynch this week for a wonderful Read Across America Week and book fair! She also helps coach Battle of the Books and Odyssey of the Mind which both competed (and won;) within the last couple weeks. We just wanted to give Mrs. Lynch a shout out and let her know how much we appreciate her!

Our traffic directing volunteer would like to ask you to use your blinkers so he will know which way you are going and can get out of your way. If you don't have blinkers he says he understands hand signals:) Also as a reminder, there is NO SMOKING allowed anywhere on campus, this includes the car pool lines. Beginning Monday we will be strictly enforcing the 3:00-3:20 daily NO CHECK OUT time, so that we can safely dismiss our students. Please make sure that you are utilize School Dismissal Manager (SDM) if your child is a car rider. If you are having troubles utilizing SDM, please swing by the school any day between the hours of 9am-1pm and we can help you. We folks don't follow the procedures, it slows everyone else down. With about 700 students it is imperative that we follow procedures so that we can be as efficient as possible. Please remember that we are continuing our Attendance Heroes initiative and students that are checked out early or arrive late are not counted as having perfect attendance. With only a few more months before end of grade testing, it is critical that students are at school, ready to learn each day.

Thank you for everyone's support of our Raise Craze Kindness fundraiser. We were able to raise $27, 404 and registered 2, 310 acts of kindness. While we didn't quite reach out financial goal, we came very close and we far exceeded our acts of kindness goal (which is more important anyways), so we will be having a GLOW DANCE PARTY during Enrichment classes on March 13th. Thank you to everyone for contributing to our Kindness Fundraiser and especially thank you our fabulous PTO for for all the time and hard work they have put into making this a success! PTO is looking for volunteers for the Nearly New Fish sale March 29th -April 2nd. The more volunteers we have the more money will go back to our school. Click on this link to sign up to volunteer: https://sbespto.ptboard.com/home

This week is Social Worker Week. Please let Mrs. Kristin David know how much we appreciate her. You can email her at kristin.david@onslow.k12.nc.us. On Wednesday we will have our Strategic Planning Meeting at 4pm in the media center. Friday is a teacher workday, so there is no school for students this Friday.

Please be sure to check out our newsletter and click on the link (above) to see our February Students of the Month. These students were selected for demonstrating excellent cooperation skills and we are very proud of them! Keep up the great work Pirates!

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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Here are our very first attendance heroes! These students were Here Every day Ready On time.

Lucas Capps from Mrs. Reed's class has 3 months of perfect attendance this year.

Veronica Rich from Mrs. Killingsworth's class has 4 months of perfect attendance this year. Paisley Campbell from Mrs. Regis' class has 2 months of perfect attendance this year.

Note from our Pirate Nurse:

February is Heart Health Month. We are learning how to take care of our heart. The theme this year is "Reclaim your Rhythm". Your-Happy-Heart-Health-Families-Handout-Print_22.pdf (healthpoweredkids.org)

AT HOME ACTIVITY - Health Powered Kids

YOUR HAPPY HEART Today we learned that our heart is a muscle that cannot be exercised by ‘flexing’ it like we can our muscles in our arm. The heart is a muscle that pumps blood through our body


Here is how to start: Move More: 30 minutes a day of physical activity

Eat a rainbow: Increase fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low fat dairy

Reduce Stress and Improve Sleep

Quit Smoking/Vaping:1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Know Your Numbers: Ask your health care provider about your cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose numbers

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!

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!


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

2022-2023 OCS Elementary Calendar

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Calendar Items

Sun 3/5/2023 School Social Worker Week

Tue 3/7/2023 6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting

Wed 3/8/2023 4:00 PM Strategic Planning Meeting

Fri 3/10/2023 Workday

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

Tue 3/14/2023 Military Coffee Talk @ Nuova Luna Caffe

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

Wed 3/15/2023 Geography Bee

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

Fri 3/17/2023 NCDPI Home Base Maintenance

Tue 3/21/2023 Spelling Bee

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

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

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

Tue 3/28/2023 Multiplication Bee

Wed 3/29/2023 End of Grading Period

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

Fri 4/28/2023 DARE graduation ceremony for 5th grade

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

Tue 5/2/2023 PTO Sponsored Staff Luncheon

Tue 5/2/2023 National Teacher Day

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

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

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

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