Dear Southwestern Families and Students,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! As we start the new school year together on Wednesday September 8th, our staff looks forward to working with you and your child! This past year has shown us what we can accomplish with a strong partnership between our families and schools. While we are committed to educating your child, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Each school year, our goal is to provide the best education possible while keeping everyone safe. In the next weeks we will be focusing on updated safety measures and protocols to help keep our students and staff as safe as possible while in school.
We have several new faces in our building this year. Joining our staff this year is Maddison Whippo as a special education teacher, Alicia Brandi as our new AIS math teacher, Allissa Bowman as a special education teacher, and Dylan Lundmark as a 2nd grade teacher. We welcome Laury Marshall and Candace Lang as teacher aides and Katie Young will be serving as our Parents as Teachers Coordinator. We are excited to welcome all of them to Southwestern Elementary and our community.
Health and Safety Protocols
This school year we will be offering virtual learning on a very limited basis. If your child requires a virtual option due to a medical issue, please contact the elementary school main office. Students will continue to eat lunch in the cafeteria while being seated at a safe distance. We have adjusted lunch times and ordered additional cafeteria tables to keep students spread apart. Students will be seated 3 feet apart in classrooms and the cafeteria. We will continue to enforce regular handwashing and disinfecting protocols throughout the school day and after school each evening.
We will be starting the school year with students wearing masks. All students and staff will be required to wear masks when indoors and on busses. Masks will not be required when outdoors. Mask breaks will be provided throughout the day when students can be safely distanced from one another. We will re-evaluate our masking policies every 4 weeks based on community transmission.
Because of our high community transmission, we will continue to restrict outside visitors in the building. If you will be picking up your child early, please send a note to school with your child. We will be cancelling our Kindergarten open house scheduled for September 2nd and open house for grades 1-5 scheduled for September 16th.
All special area classes will return to special area classrooms. This school year each student will receive Health Education in addition to Physical Education. Mr. Arnold will be teaching Health Education where he will focus on healthy diets, exercise, anatomy, substance abuse prevention, and behavior and emotion management.
Anyone that will be riding a school bus at any point during the school year, must register for transportation. This can be done on the district website. Please be at your bus stop 10 minutes early for the first few days. After the first week, the bus route will settle into a routine and a regular time will be established. If you need to change your child’s regular transportation, please send a note with your child in the morning or call as soon as possible. Transportation modifications requested after 2:00pm cannot be accommodated. If you choose to transport your child, please review the drop-off and pick-up procedures.
Elementary School Times to Remember:
8:40 Doors open (please DO NOT drop students off prior to 8:30. We do not have adult supervision)
8:55 Tardy bell (students should be in their classroom and ready when this bell rings)
3:05 Dismissal for students being picked up by a parent
3:15 Dismissal for students riding the bus
AM class - 8:40 - 11:25
PM class - 12:40 - 3:15
We are excited about all that this new school year has to offer and look forward to working collectively as a family to ensure that our students are provided with the best educational experience. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Matt Langworthy Matt Kindberg
Principal Assistant Principal
Southwestern Elementary School Southwestern Elementary School
Through June 30, 2020, families can access all the streaming media and downloadable content on SecondStep.org!
How to Create a Second Step Account
- Go to www.secondstep.org
- Under New Users, click ”Create Account”
- Complete the required fields
- Add the Program Activation Key for the grade level of your student:
Early Learning: SSPE FAMI LY68
Welcome to SWES! Our website is updated regularly to facilitate communication with all of our families. To the left of this page we have included various links that you may find helpful and below are upcoming events. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our website please do not hesitate to contact our main office. Our phone and fax numbers are listed below. Thank you for visiting our page and for your continued support in your child's education here at Southwestern Elementary School.Mission StatementWe, the faculty and staff of Southwestern Elementary School, will work together with parents and students to build a strong school community where everyone can safely learn, care, and share in a kind, loving environment.Elementary Office - (716) 664-1881Attendance Office - (716) 484-6823Nurse's Office - (716) 484-6822Elementary Office Fax - (716) 487-3170