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District Announcements
2016-17 Kindergarten Enrollment Now Available
Enrollment in Westside Schools
District Residents
Kindergarten enrollment for District residents for NEXT year (2016-17 school year) is open through Feb. 15.

To enroll for Kindergarten for NEXT School Year (2016-17), click HERE. (District residents ONLY.)
 
Click here for more information about the process and the documents you will need.
 
To enroll a student for the CURRENT School Year (2015-16) school year, click HERE.
 
Non-Residents/Open Enrollment
If you live outside our district and wish to download a Learning Community Open Enrollment application for the 2016-17 school year, click HERE . You may also apply online through the Learning Community website by clicking HERE.

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES WHO RESIDE IN DOUGLAS OR SARPY COUNTY.
SWANSON ELEMENTARY... HOME OF THE SUPERSTARS
Welcome to Swanson!
Swanson Elementary School
8601 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone:(402)390-6485    FAX(402)390-2159
School Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:40 a.m. - 3:30
Wednesday 8:40-3:00
Principal, Swanson Elementary
Conference Time!
Family Game Night
                                                                


Family Game Night with Fat Brain Toys
Friday, January 22nd at 6:30pm

Round up your family during this cold time of year and turn off the technology!  Fat Brain Toys will be bringing a variety of games to share and play with the Swanson families.  Pizza Hut orders will be taken and delivered to school before game time begins.  We are looking for about 5-8 volunteers to learn the games ahead of time and help guide families as they rotate and play.  If you are interested in being a game facilitator, please contact Erin Siebler aterinsiebler@yahoo.com or 402-660-0674. Please look for a form in your child's backpack this week with further details as well as pizza order forms!
Westside Night at Do Space

Do Space at 7205 Dodge Street
Thursday, January 28th
Open House 5-7pm  

Personalized Learning Initiative Presentation
Mark Weichel, Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning
6:15pm - 7pm
Please RSVP if you plan to attend the presentation on Personalized Learning to ensure enough seating.  RSVP to drelicharz.cristina@westside66.net

Do Space:  Technology for all ages at our fingertips within our District.  Mark your calendars to come tour the facility and interact with Do Space professionals to find out how this resource is a place for your family to learn, create, explore, and invent.  Learn how our District is focusing on personalized learning with a presentation by Mark Weichel, Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning.   

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity at Do Space for all Westside families! 
Hour of Code at Swanson
The first step to introduce children to computer science is to participate in the Hour of Code, the largest learning campaign in history. In one hour, students can learn that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages. We did the hour of code at Swanson the week of Dec 7-11. Ask your child about his/her coding and check out code.org for more coding opportunities.  -Mrs. Jenny Henningsen (EY Coordinator)

 
Food Drive for Westside Food Pantry
 

Student Council will be collecting canned food and nonperishable items for the Westside Food Pantry from Wednesday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th. Thank you!







 
Kindness Counts!
Swanson 4th graders joined fourth graders from Loveland and Rockbrook for an all-day Kindness Retreat by Youth Frontiers.  The day was filled working in large and small groups on activities based on being kind to one another.  High school volunteers from Westside High School's Varsity basketball and track teams volunteered to be group leaders.
 

Author Visit


Don Tate, children's book author and illustrator, came to Swanson to share his work with students and staff.  Mr. Tate explained the process he goes through and shared many books he has authored and illustrated.  Thank you Mrs. Hiatt, our wonderful school librarian, for bringing Mr. Tate to Swanson!
Science Happenings in Third Grade
Science stations have officially started as we learn about PATTERNS IN THE SKY!  All of the third graders are super eager to learn in a fun, hands on approach way, as we navigate through our third grade science indicators. Throughout this unit, the students will work through eight stations, while conducting daily science experiments to create a fun learning environment!


Guest Readers at Swanson
Josh Luedtke, the Creighton Prep basketball coach, came to read today in Mrs. Davis' classroom.  He taught the kids about having good character and making right choices!
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We LOVE our FAMILIES!


Here is a "shout out" to all of our families who help to make Swanson an amazing place.  Thank you to Mr. Jim Sledge for being a guest reader in Mrs. Davis' third grade classroom...a great example of how families make Swanson a great place to learn!


















 
Outdoor Education
The 6th graders enjoyed their time at Platte River State Park for Outdoor Education.  They participated in horsemanship, a night hike, and fishing, plus much more during their time at the park.  It was another successful trip of our 50+ years of going!

Omaha Coupon Book Fundraiser


Today marks the second, and final, week of sales for the Omaha Coupon Book Campaign. All orders must be turned into teachers by next Monday, October 5. 

It's all in the $20 Omaha Coupon Book.  Use 2-3 coupons and you have covered your investment and there are over 500 in the book.  It's a great way to save money and support our teachers and students.  

Please contact Ms. Tess Fogarty with questions.
Movie in the Park
Please plan to join us for Movie in the Park! This Friday, September 18 at 7:00 PM. Bring your blankets and chairs. Concessions will be sold to help support the 6th grade community project. This week, the children are voting on the movie to be shown...so stay tuned!
Buddies
On Friday, September 11, 2015, Swanson Classrooms paired up with buddies! They introduced themselves and participated in activities to get to know each other better.  Activities focused on our FISH philosophy and the idea of "being present".
Facebook


Swanson now has a Facebook account.  Go to Swanson Elementary to LIKE and follow us to stay up to date with all the happenings at Swanson!






 
                                                             
Curriculum Night
Mark your calendars for Swanson’s Curriculum Night on Tuesday, August 25th! This is a time for teachers to visit with you about classroom expectations, procedures and grade level curriculum. We hope to see you at one of the two sessions offered.
First Curriculum Night Session (K-6) - 6:15-6:40 p.m.
Swanson Community Club Meeting in the Gym - 6:45-7:00 p.m.
Second Curriculum Night Session (K-6) - 7:05-7:30 p.m.
Swanson School Calendar
Westside Community Schools is now using a Google calendar system.  We are no longer using the calendar embedded on our District website.  We hope the new calendar system will provide you easier access to our school information. To view the new calendar, click here
Mark Your Calendars!
Pack your Blankets!
Meet your community!




August 20th @ 5:30 pm
Back to School Potluck 
“Winner winner chicken dinner!”

See the August newsletter for ALL of the details.  This should be a fun evening!

 
                              

What a terrific three-day start to our 2015-16 school year!  We have a total of 305 students joining us this year at Swanson and 52 amazing and talented staff members.  We look forward to spending the next 177 days together!

 

 Swanson Open House
We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer!  Please mark your calendars for Monday, August 10, 2015, to join us at Swanson for our Open House  Students and families are invited to meet their teacher and have a sneak peek of their classroom for the year.  Rooms will be open from 6:00-7:00.  We hope to see you there!  
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