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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 Jan. 7 inclement weather school cancellation day.   

Specials Calendar through the end of the 2014-15 school year
Swanson Elementary ..... Home of the Swanson Superstars!
Swanson Vocal Concert Cancelled
Mr. D'Jernes has become ill and will reschedule this evening's concert at a later time. 
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.

Mittens, Gloves and Scarves are in demand!
Can you help us fill the need?
Student Council would like your help
To collect a large amount indeed.

Cold noses, fingers, necks, and hands
Is what we want to rid.
If you can help us to collect
and meet our 500 bid.

Mittens, scarves and gloves of NEW
to distribute and donate.

It is the frostbite, cold, and chills
We hope to eliminate.

Beginning Monday December 8
Our classes will collect.
It is our community
We hope to protect.

December 8 is when we begin
And the 17 we will complete!

Bring your items to your classroom
Where they will be collected.
All of which must be new
As used will be rejected.

Thanks for you generosity!
You’re kindness is expected!
For during this time of year
We want no one to feel neglected!


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!

Halloween Parade
Swanson's Halloween Parade was terrific. Thank you to all the families and friends for celebrating with us!

Please click here for Parade Pictures!
Please click here for for Halloween fun!

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!

Pizza Adjectives
We have been talking about adjectives in first grade and how they are used to describe a noun. We used pizza to help us with this by filling out a five senses chart. The kids enjoyed eating pizza and writing down many adjectives to describe how pizza feels, tastes, smells, looks like, and even sounds like when they were chewing it! Here are some pictures of the kids while they were “investigating” their pizza! Click here for more pictures!
Community Club Volunteer Signups
Do you have 15 minutes?
Morning Parent Helpers!
The staff would like to have parent assistance during morning drop off.  Parents are needed to open car doors and help keep your eye on kids and traffic until the teachers are able to open the doors for the children at 8:30 a.m.  The time needed is from 8:15 to 8:30 a.m.  Please sign up! - Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
   1.  Click this link to go to our invitation page on Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/fu4yBz
   2.   Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on Volunteer Spot)
   3.   Sign up! Choose your spots – Volunteer Spot will send you an automated confirmations
Note:  Volunteer Spot does not share your email address with anyone.
On-Going Opportunities to help!
We have a Community Club volunteer page available throughout the year at http://vols.pt/9K1Y2W
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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