Good Day!


Thank you to our wonderful parents who have served on our PTA Board: Patricia Castle (Treasurer), Maureen Tucker (2nd Vice President) and

Brynn Conover (Recording Secretary).  Their time and dedication to the PTA are so greatly appreciated.


 I am pleased to introduce our new PTA Board Members.  Serving as 2nd Vice President for 2014-2015 is Annette Varoli.  Born and raised in

Baltimore County, Annette Varoli lived in New York City for a decade, prior to moving to Columbia, Maryland last August!  She has worn many

"hats" throughout her life serving as her high school class president, an architect, a project manager in corporate construction and a holistic health

coach.  Currently, Annette is on "Mommy-Duty" to 2nd grader Elise Varoli and she is excited to bring her enthusiasm and leadership skills to help

the SES PTA and the community-at-large!

 I am also pleased to introduce our new Treasurer, Dionne Lynch Brown.  Dionne has held and continues to wear many hats. She has worked

along side her family, as an insurance professional. Her extensive knowledge on personal, professional, and financial matters has been an asset for

the last 20 years. Dionne’s real passion is her family, and being mommy to her 4th grader, Hunter. She grew up originally in Prince George's County. 

She has also lived in Nashville, TN for a few years, before coming back to Maryland, and falling in love with Columbia 14 years ago.  Dionne is

extremely excited to serve and give back to SES.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at

ptapresident@swansfieldpta.org or 410 941-9365.


Iraina Nelson-Brooks

PTA President


Are You looking for a way to give back to your school????

Here is how you can help…   We are starting our Staff Appreciation days again for the new
school year.  This is such a great way to say thank you to our staff who take such great care of our
children throughout the school year.   We aim to provide our teachers and staff with one homemade
lunch or dinner each month during the school year.   We have made it easy and convenient for our
parents by giving them the ability sign up online.   

Please go to sign up genius to sign up for any or every month!! Also please be sure to forward this information on to any other parents that you know would love to help out and are looking for the best
way to contribute back to our school.

Thanks again for all the help last year - it was great!  

Here is how to sign up......

1.)          Please go to www.signupgenius.com   

2.)          Click on the green tab Find a Sign up

3.)          Enter email: usascott@verizon.net   

4.)          Look for the Groups—Staff Appreciation

5.)       Choose which month/months you would like to donate item/items

If you have any questions please feel free to let us know.  We are looking for another great school

Thank you for your donations!


Scott Brown = Chairman = usascott@verizon.net    

Stacey Locantore = Co-Chairperson = sskloca@yahoo.com


Rewards Cards - Update Cards For The Stores You Shop

It is very simple to do.  Designate Swansfield Elementary for the cash back rewards at Giant, Safeway (E-Scrip), Harris Teeter, and Target.  Swipe your cards when you shop for groceries, shop via the e-Scrip web site, and
use your Target RedCard. The Swansfield school community benefits from the money we earn without spending
an extra penny.

For more information, visit our Fundraising page.


Our PTA membership costs are:  $6.00 per person. Membership is year-round.

Our Executive Board consists of officers, administrative representatives, standing committee chairpersons, and
special committee chairpersons. The officers are nominated and elected each year in May.


Do You Support The Walkway Improvements on Cedar Lane?

There is a current project underway to improve the sidewalk on the school's side of Cedar Lane.  The current
sidewalk is not safe or conducive to the high number of walkers, bikers and locals.   Here is some background
on the project, supported by Jennifer Toole, jtoole@tooledesign.com:

The Howard County Department of Planning has proposed to build a pedestrian/bicycle pathway along the west side of Cedar Lane
between Little Patuxent Parkway and Harpers Farm Road.  Right now, there is a very narrow sidewalk along section of road that
ends just north of the school.  At that location, kids have to walk through a dark section of forest and down a rutted dirt (mud) hill
to get to school because the sidewalk ends for a short segment.  This is only a block away from the school. 


After many years of asking for pedestrian improvements to this road, the County has now planned a beautiful trail along that side
of the road.  It will improve conditions about 1000% for kids travelling to school along Cedar Lane, to the village center, and other neighborhood destinations such as the pool and the park. 


There was a meeting at the school on January 28th to hear about plans for the pathway.  Delegate Elizabeth Bobo attended, as well
as many community members and parents of Swansfield students.  Response was overwhelmingly positive by people who attended
the meeting, however there was one couple who were opposed to the trail.  Unfortunately, they have continued their effort to
get the project cut from the county budget.

Show your support for the project by

1)Submitting a comment to Howard County Government: 


2)Writing a letter to County Executive Allan Kittleman:

Allan Kittleman, County Executive

Howard County MD

Floor Three

George Howard Building

3430 Court House Drive

Ellicott City, MD 21043


Upcoming Event Highlights


May 19:  PTA Meeting:  Join us for the last PTA Meeting of the year in the media center.  Topics will include next year's goals and elections! 

May 22 (Rain date May 29):  Field Day!  Volunteer, Check out Schedule and More:


Field Day Colors