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District Announcements
Parent Information Night - Twitter 101
As a parent, would you like a keener awareness of your child's social media? Interested in seeing how your child portrays him/herself on Twitter? Please join Principal Brian McCann at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 as he hosts a Twitter 101 opportunity for our Case families. You can sign up for an account here. We will highlight some of Twitter's functions, model how to Tweet, and finally how to view your child's digital footprint. Pre-registration is limited to 21 families. RSVP with Pauline Simmons at psimmons@swanseaschools.org by April 7. Don't be left behind -- become a connected parent.
Kindergarten Registration
REGISTRATION FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016
Swansea Public Schools announces Kindergarten Registration for children who will be five on or before August 31, 2015 OR for NEW 1st grade students who are not enrolled. A child must be 6 by the same date to be eligible for 1st grade. Please call as soon as possible to register a new student.

Swansea School Committee policy requires all registrants to provide proof of residency as noted in registration paperwork.  All necessary paperwork must be received prior to admittance. Any unfulfilled requirements may delay the registration of your child.

Please call 508-679-4049 or 508-675-7899 to register your child or if you have any questions.

 
 
International Student Hosting Opportunity
As part of the school district’s effort to expand its global education program, we have partnered with the Cambridge Institute of International Education to bring up to five international students to Joseph Case High School for the 2015-2016 academic year!
 
As part of this initiative, gphomestay, a sister company of the Cambridge Institute of International Education, is offering an incredible opportunity to families in Swansea.  If you are interested in making a positive impact on the life of an international student, consider becoming a host family!
 
Host families will be given a substantial stipend for providing students with meals, a private room, and for welcoming the students into their homes. 24/7 support will be provided from residential coordinators to help coordinate meeting your student upon arrival, keeping you connected with the school community, and mediating issues if they arise. Families of all types, ethnicities, backgrounds and sizes are welcome.
 
To learn more about becoming a host family, please contact info@gphomestay.com (781-996-0429) or fill out an online application: http://www.gphomestay.com/Application.html.
Superintendent's Letter on School Security
Dear Parents and or Guardians:
 
The Swansea Public Schools are committed to providing the safest possible educational environment to all stakeholders.  We are constantly reviewing, revising, drilling and practicing safety protocols and procedures as well as upgrading our buildings, safety equipment and features.  Read more...
 
School Announcements
Principal Contact Information
Sean P. Scanlon, M. Ed.
phone: 508-675-7499
fax: 508-646-4408
email: sscanlon@swanseaschools.org
address: 100 Pearse Road, Swansea, MA 02777
April Announcements
Congratulations to Carol Maynard for receiving a grant to enhance her classroom technology.  Ms. Maynard will be receiving $500 from the Stephan C. Flanagan Educator Enrichment Fund for the classroom technology grant that she wrote.
 
Thank you to all members of the Luther School community who participated in a brief survey that was emailed to parents and faculty members during February.  Your input is greatly appreciated and has helped the Luther School Council create meaningful school improvement goals for the 2015-2016 school year.
 
Our annual spring book fair will take place April 14th through April 17th.  Flyers with more information will be sent home soon.
 
Luther School will be working with the Swansea Public Library in order to meet our objective of having all of our students obtain a library card.   We are working towards this goal to help students continue reading over the summer.  More information will be sent home soon.
 
A reminder to parents to sign and return the report card envelope to school that was sent home with students on March 20th.  Students should submit their signed report card envelope to their homeroom teacher as soon as possible.
 
Our annual Boys’ Choice Event will take place at Teamworks in Somerset on Friday, April 10th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  There will be dodge ball, soccer, inflatables, and obstacle courses setup.  Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served.  The cost is $15 per family.  Please RSVP with payment by April 3rd.
 
Our annual Girls’ Choice Event will take place at Case Jr. High School on Friday, May 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Grade 5 students may arrive at 5:30 p.m. for pictures.  This year’s dance has an evening in Paris theme with pizza and desserts being served.  The cost is $10 per family and invitations will be going home with students soon.
 
April 16th and 17th will be early dismissal days at Luther School to allow for afternoon parent-teacher conferences.  On these days parent dismissal will take place at 11:30 a.m. and bus dismissal will take place at 11:35 a.m.
 
March Announcements
Thank you to all who donated to our Swansea Animal Shelter Supplies Drive. This Friday, March 6th will be our next school-wide theme day.  Students are asked to wear animal themed clothing on this day.
 
Our next classroom led charity initiative will be raising money for Multiple Sclerosis.  Ms. Nogueira and Mrs. Koutsogiannis’ classes will be leading this initiative during the month of March.  A flyer will be going home soon with more details.  Friday, March 27 will be the next school-wide theme day.  On this day students are encouraged to wear orange to show their support.
 
PARCC testing will begin this month, starting on March 17 with the grade 3 math test.  The testing period will run from March 17 through April 10.  It is especially important for students to be on time for school on testing days.  The school day begins at 8:35 a.m. and it is best for students to arrive to school prior to this time.  Students may be dropped off starting at 8:20 a.m.
 
PARCC Schedule
Grade 3
Math – March 17, 18
ELA – March 25, 26, 27
Grade 4
Math – March 19, 20
ELA – March 30, 31, April 1
Grade 5
Math – March 23, 24
ELA – April 6, 7, 8
 
February Announcements
Registrations for the next session of Mad Science begin today, February 10th, directions for registering were sent home with students this past Friday.  Students must register by February 27th.  Classes will run on Tuesdays from 3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. starting on March 3rd and ending April 7th.
 
During the month of February, Mrs. Poirier and Mrs. Sutherland’s homerooms are leading a food and supplies drive to support the Swansea Animal Shelter.  Luther School will be accepting the following items: canned dog/cat food, dry dog/cat food, litter of any kind, industrial trash bags, paper towels, blankets, sheets, towels, wipes, and dog/cat toys.
 
Mrs. Medas, our physical education teacher, is coordinating our annual Hoops for Hearts fundraiser to support the American Heart Association.  A flyer was sent home with students in late January with more details.  Mrs. Medas is asking that all donations and forms be submitted by the end of February.
 
On February 26th, Texas Roadhouse of Dartmouth will be running a Line Dancing after school activity at Luther School in the gymnasium.  The event will run from 3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. and the cost to participate is $5.00.  100% of the proceeds will go to the Luther School Organization (LSO) to help lower the costs of our end of the year field trips for students.  Registration forms will be going home soon and registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
 
As of today, Swansea Public Schools have had four (4) snow days.  This means the current last day of school is now Thursday, June 18th.  This could continue to change if we have any additional snow days.  Please keep this in mind when planning vacations during the month of June.
 
January Announcements
The Luther School Organization will be hosting a family movie night on Friday, January 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. here at Luther School.  We will be showing the movie Frozen in the gymnasium starting at 6:30 p.m.  Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided by the LSO.  This event is free and students must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Mrs. Platt has organized a Luther School Providence Bruins Night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. for Friday, January 23rd.  Additional order forms are available in the main office and the deadline to order tickets is January 16th.  The cost is $18 per ticket.  For more information, please contact Becky Platt at rplatt@swanseaschools.org
 
During the month of January, Luther School will be running a book drive in order to continue to build up our school library.  Please consider donating a new or gently used book that would be appropriate for grades 2 through 7.  Non-fiction books about animals, sports, historical events and biographies are especially needed.  Books may be dropped off at the main office.

 
Student Drop-Off/Pick-up Procedures

Our morning and afternoon student drop-off and pick-up procedures have changed significantly from last year due to the addition of a new parking lot and drop-off/pick-up area to the right of the school.

Morning Arrival/Drop-off
All student drop-offs between 8:20 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. will take place in the new parent drop-off circle to the right of the school (south side). Students are not permitted to be dropped off prior to 8:20 a.m. This parking area has an entrance and exit separate from the main driveway in front of the school.  During this time only buses, faculty members, and vehicles displaying a handicap placard will be allowed access to the driveway directly in front of the school.  Parents are asked not to park on Pearse Road as there will be numerous parking spots in the new parking lot/drop-off area available for parents.  When dropping students off, it is extremely helpful and more efficient if the driver pulls as far forward as possible in the designated drop-off zone, so that as many vehicles as possible can unload simultaneously onto the sidewalk. 
If your child arrives to school after 8:40 a.m., please park in front of the school and escort your child into the building, using the front main entrance.
For the first week, there will be several staff members helping in the drop-off area to ensure a smooth transition to the new procedures as well as to answer any questions parents may have.  During this transition period, I ask for your patience, cooperation and understanding.  Student safety is our top priority during this busy time.
 
Afternoon Pick-up
The student school day ends at 3:05 p.m.  Parents picking their child up should park in the new parking lot area and enter the building through the south side of the building using the exterior staircase to go down the stairs in order to enter the computer lab.  The computer lab will be the new parent pick-up location, parents will no longer report to the gymnasium.  Parents must remain in the computer lab to ensure the security of the building.  Luther Staff will not allow parents to enter the building prior to 2:55 p.m.  Parents must have a government issued photo I.D. to verify their identity and to sign a child out.  If anyone other than a parent will be picking a student up, the school must have a note notifying the school that the student’s guardian is allowing this person to sign the child out.
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