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District Announcements
Elementary Master Schedule
Figuring out which “special” an elementary school student is participating in during a school week is now just a matter of following the calendar and a short set of numbers.

Beginning this school year, Westside Community Schools has created a common master elementary schedule, which should make things simpler for parents/guardians and their children.  “Specials” (physical education, music, art, and foreign language) are on a four-day rotation.  Below is a pdf that lists numbers, which represent the four different “specials” that take place during the academic year for all elementary school.  Your child’s teacher will communicate which number (one through four) corresponds to the special activity for the day.

Also, for the parents/guardians of fifth and sixth grade band/strings students, the pdf also includes information on band/string cycle days.

ATTENTION: The attached pdf has been corrected to reflect the Feb. 2 and 4 inclement weather school cancellation days.   

Specials Calendar through the end of the 2014-15 school year
Swanson Elementary ..... Home of the Swanson Superstars!
Book Donation to Open Door Mission
Miss Nye’s Kindergarten class collected new and used books over the holiday season to donate to the Open Door Mission! They donated 80 pounds in books! Great job Kindergarteners!

100th Day of School Celebration
Celebrating 100 Days of School is a fun way to learn about the number 100. Click here for more pictures!

Swanson Sponsors Another Family for the Holidays
Thank you to all of the Bridwell 6th grade students and their families that helped collect all of these items for our family of 5!


Swanson Sponsors Family for the Holidays
Mrs. Tomich's class Sponsored a Family for the Holidays, through Star 104.5 and the Salvation Army.

First Graders Writing in Braille
Recently, while discussing non-fiction and fiction reading, we read an informational book about Helen Keller. It instantly interested the students and they began asking questions about being blind, how blind children read, Braille, and more. We have spent some of our free time researching these things and decided that we wanted to do something for the blind and visually impaired children in our community. 
Today we created holiday and winter cards out of "puff paint" for children at the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind of Visually Impaired (NCECBVI) in Nebraska City. The puff paint we used made the letters raised off the paper to create the Braille feeling. We even learned how to write our names in Braille! We had so much fun and cannot wait to mail these cards! Check out the attached pictures!

Grandfriends Day 2014
Swanson Grandfriend's Day was another success! Thank you all for joining your terrific Superstars at school before Thanksgiving! Click here for more pictures of our Superstars and family members.

Grandfriends' Day

Grandfriends' Day 

A Tradition At Swanson

Wednesday, November 26th

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

    Grandfriends’  Day is a  tradition at Swanson.  It is an opportunity for students to invite people special to them to be their guests for a time of sharing.  Grandfriends might be grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends…anyone who has a connection to a Superstar.  

   Classrooms will have special activities for students and grandfriends to enjoy together.    

   Please spread the word.  Wednesday is an early release day so all activities will end by 3:00 p.m.    If you wish your child to leave with the grandfriend, please send a note to the classroom teacher.

District Spelling Bee
Today, November 21st, was Westside's District Spelling Bee. Two students represented Swanson Elementary, Molly M. and Graham W.  Graham took 1st place for elementary and 2nd place for the entire district. WOW! Congratulations and thank you to all Spelling Bee participants!

Outdoor Ed
It's that time of year again! Cool weather, leaves falling, sleeping bags and overnight at Outdoor Education! Enjoy 6th graders! Click here for "good-bye" pictures.

Just in...more pictures from Outdoor Ed. Please click here.

Spelling Bee
On Tuesday, October 21st, the Swanson School Spelling Bee was held at Underwood Hills.    There were 13 qualifying students from grades four, five and six.  All students in grades 4-6  took a written test in October to determine who would compete.   Graham Waterstraat was the school winner and  Molly McBride placed second in  the competition.  Molly and Graham will move on to  the Westside School District Bee which will be held on Friday, November 21st at the Community Conference Center.  We wish them much luck!!  Congratulations to a
ll of the spellers!​
Rising Stars Show Choir Camp

Westside’s Amazing Technicolor Show Choir invites all students grades 4-6 to join them for a chance to be introduced to Show Choir, with a vocal and dance workshop, followed by a performance later that same day.  Click here to view the flyer with additional information!

Registration must be completed by November 21st and given to Mr. Doran Johnson - WHS 


What Is Love and Logic?

“Parenting with Love and Logic” is a five-week parent-training program designed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc.  Please click here for details and registration information! Classes will be held at Loveland Elementary School and begin October 21st! 



Soil Study in 2nd Grade
In Science we are studying the difference between potting soil and sandy soil. Students were given the opportunity to put on their scientist cap and investigate and observe these two types of soil. We used magnifying glasses and some of our senses to study the soils. We then discussed how these two types of soil were alike and different. Click here for more photos!

Community Club Volunteer Signups
Please see below for the updated calendar for the workroom in March and the week after spring break in April.  Let me know if you have any questions and as always thank you for lending your time and talent!

Please sign up for Swanson Work Room Volunteers - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/w96Chq
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
Swanson Movie in the Park
The Lego Movie was a big success. The popcorn and treats were a hit. The big screen...priceless! Click here to see more pictures.

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