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Hello, McSwain Community!

I hope you are well. Take a look at the announcements below.

Coffee with Mr.P!

Once a month, we will be hosting a forum called Coffee with Mr. Pannu. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ongoing events here at Mcswain and how we could continue to strengthen the partnership between our school and our students and families. Our next session will be next Friday, 9/29, at 8:30 a.m. in the West Campus Cafeteria.

Our second meeting will focus on the dangers of social media and how to support your child.

For parents unable to make the meeting, we will also upload a presentation copy onto our website.

Donuts and Coffee will be served.

This is open to all Parents! Spanish Translation will be available.

Homecoming Float Building

I am delighted to share that McSwain will join the Homecoming Parade at Atwater High School!

Scheduled for Friday, October 13th, the parade welcomes participants from all grades at McSwain. Let's ensure we rally to show our school spirit! We invite students and their parents to join us, walking alongside our float donned in our McSwain blue and white.

In anticipation of the float building, further details will be sent out next week. Let’s join together to represent our school with pride and enthusiasm!

Safety in Transportation
As the school year is now well underway, we kindly ask you to revisit our bus policies. Students must be secure while utilizing our McSwain buses. With California School Bus Safety Month approaching, our transportation team is eager to review our protocols with students and staff!

Transportation Safety Policies and Expectations
Arriving at the bus stop on time: Students should arrive at the bus stop at least ten minutes early to ensure that they do not miss the bus.

Wait in an orderly manner: Students should wait in an organized manner, standing back from the curb or roadway, and avoid pushing or crowding.

Follow the driver's instructions: Students should listen carefully to the bus driver's instructions and follow them promptly.

Remain seated: Students should remain seated while the bus is in motion and keep the aisle clear of bags or other items.

Students are not allowed to switch seats unless directed to do so.

Keep the noise level down: Students should avoid loud conversations or shouting, as this can distract the driver and create a safety hazard.

Don't throw objects: Students should not throw objects inside the bus or out of the windows.

Keep the bus clean: Students should keep the bus clean and free from litter, food, and drinks.

Respect other students: Students should respect the personal space of other students and avoid touching or bothering them.

Use appropriate language: Students should use appropriate language and avoid using profanity or vulgar language.

Be courteous: Students should be courteous and polite to the driver and other students and avoid any behavior that could be considered rude or disrespectful.

Daily Update

ello McSwain Families,

A key component of our educational program is student attendance. To provide your students with the highest quality education programming, students need to be present at school and on time.

If a student is not consistently at school, it impacts their academic performance, social and emotional development, and overall success. Do not pull your student from school without reason.

We do recognize that a student may be absent. Please take a look at the list of excusable absences.

The State Department of Education recognizes the following as excused absences:

Personal illness/injury (the school requires a doctor's excuse for more than two consecutive days)
Quarantine Medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic services rendered.
Attendance at funeral of immediate family (one day in state, three days out of state) Exclusion for failure to present evidence of immunization (up to 5 days)
Exclusion from school for contagious disease
Absent students have the responsibility for getting and finishing homework.
It is the student's responsibility to approach the teacher and request missing assignments. Students have one (1) day for every excused absence day to make up homework.

Independent Study

When an absence for any reason of three or more consecutive school days is anticipated, parents may request an independent study contract. The earlier we can receive this notice, the better.
Students are accounted for as though they are actually in attendance. This is more than a homework request; it is a day-to-day equivalency for actual school attendance, allowing parents to monitor student work and ensure all assignments are turned in on the return day.

Student Expectations for Independent Study

Students are REQUIRED to meet all academic expectations and requirements.
All work assigned for each day is REQUIRED to be completed.
The independent study contract will be void if students cannot complete their assigned work.
Independent study contracts must be returned on the student's first day back to school.
For any missing assessments, such as quizzes and tests, and any missing assignments, it is the teacher's discretion on when and how they need to be made up or excused.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.


Mr. P

Our Library!

Hello McSwain Mustangs!

Discover the wonders of our East and West Campus Library, a sanctuary for young minds!

Our extensive collection of books, digital resources, and cozy study areas provide an enriching environment for your child's academic growth.

Join us for interactive workshops, storytime, and more. A haven for lifelong learning!

Please see this attached flyer for more information!

Daily Update 9/7

Hello McSwain Families!

I hope you are well. Take a look at these upcoming school-wide events!

Patriot Day

As many of you know, September 11th marks Patriots' Day, a day to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

This is an important day for our nation, and we believe it is essential to educate our students about its significance respectfully and thoughtfully.

To commemorate this day and show our unity as a community, we encourage all students to wear red, white, and blue on Monday, September 11th.

See this flyer for more information.

Community Skate Night

Our Parent Association will be hosting the first skating party of the year!

Date: Friday, September 15th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Admission is $7 dollars, which includes skate rentals

This event is open to students and their families. As long as a McSwain student is present, your group can go in!

For every individual that attends, the school is donated from Merced Roller Land. Thank you to our community partner!

Address: Roller Land, 18th and U Streets, Merced

McSwain 4H

4‑H is America’s largest youth development organization—empowering young people with leadership skills, community service opportunities, and hands-on experiences in arts, science, health, and agriculture.

If you want your student to join, we will have our first 4H club meeting for new members and enrollment on Monday, September 11th, at 5:30 p.m. at the East Campus Library.

Students must be in grades four and up or nine years old by December 31

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

See you tomorrow, Mustangs!

Welcome to McSwain School

McSwain Union Elementary School District, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to excellence and the preparation of all students through a commitment to progressive and comprehensive education in a safe and positive learning environment.