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News & Announcements

Mustang Movie Night

Hello Mustang Families!

-Great news the McSwain Parent Club will be hosting our first movie night of the year!
- On October 14th, we will be showing Hocus Pocus Two
-This event is open to all students and their families and will take place in the gym
More information to come next week!

Thankyou+ Rachels Challenge

Hello McSwain families!

I wanted to reach out and say thank you to all students and families that came out and supported our float during the Atwater High School Homecoming Parade! As this was a first for our community, it was amazing to see all of the Mustang Blue and White! Great job, Mustangs!

Rachels Challenge

We are excited to bring the program Rachel's Challenge to our school on October 6th.

Rachel's Challenge is based on the beliefs of Rachel Scott. Rachel passed away during the events at Columbine High School. Rachel believed that kindness and compassion go a long way when you express it to others, no matter who they are.

Rachel's Challenge is a proactive measure in helping our students focus on the kind things we do instead of the negative things. Only Grades 5-8 will be introduced to the Columbine tragedy at an age-appropriate intensity level. If you do not wish for your student to participate, an alternative educational opportunity will be provided.

Students and faculty pass out chain links daily when they witness an act of kindness. These links go onto a school-wide chain for all to see. These chain links of kindness are built throughout the school year and are used to show kids how easy it is to be kind. The school's climate is transformed just by focusing on the positive efforts we make for one another.

The five challenges will be: Accept and Include Others, Choose Positive Influences, Be Kind, Dream Big, and Start a Chain Reaction. We know that this is going to have an amazing impact on everyone.

We look forward to creating our chain reaction of kindness with all students, staff, and families! More information will be sent next week.

4H Meeting!

Hello McSwain Families!

It isn't too late to enroll in McSwain 4-H. If you are still interested in joining, all the directions are on our website. https://www.mcswain4hclub.com/

Please join us for our first club meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 pm in the McSwain East Campus Cafeteria.

Tutoring Available!

Hello McSwain Families!

Here is a fantastic opportunity for all students. Please take a look at the announcement below.


All of California Now has Access to HelpNow.
The California State Library provides free online tutoring for California K-12 students through public libraries. Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.

24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.


Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:

English
Spanish
Mandarin
Cantonese
Vietnamese
Tagalog

Tutors can provide a virtual whiteboard, conduct live audio interactions with students, and work with learners on a wide range of concepts. Students are expected to work through the content and learn from the feedback.



The California State Library is partnering with the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) to bring this resource to California public libraries.



Our Merced County Public Library is participating. Please click this link to help your student get started!

McSwain SWAG!

Grandparents Day for West Campus!

We look forward to welcoming our Grandparents to the West campus for lunch on Monday, September 12th.

Parents, please share this message with your student's Grandparents. We will also have dedicated staff on hand in blue to help assist folks.

For those Grandparents that are attending, you will check in at the front gate.

A dedicated table will be set up for you to pay; the cost is $5. We are only taking cash or check. No outside food will be permitted.

Grandparents who have RSVPd to the event will be the only individuals allowed to enter. Unfortunately, we are not allowing walk-ins; this event is solely for Grandparents.

Once checked in, Grandparents will meet their student and head into the cafeteria to receive their meal.

Students will eat with their Grandparents in the West Campus Quad. Once lunch is over, your student will join their class, and your Grandparents will leave via the library exit.

We will also be selling water for $1 inside the quad.


Lunchtime Schedule

Please arrive a few minutes before your student's lunch schedule

TK Lunch 10:45-11:25

K Lunch 10:50-11:30

1st 11:00-11:40

2nd 11:05-11:45

3rd 11:10-11:50


McSwain Gear

We are pleased to announce that we have parented with an online retailer to deliver McSwain Gear to students and families!

If you would like to order McSwain Swag, please click this link.

We have an assortment of shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and more!

Students are encouraged to show their Mustang pride every Friday by wearing blue and white!

Indoor Schedule for 9/7

Hello McSwain Families,


Due to the excessive heat, MUESD will continue to follow our safety plan and implement our indoor schedule for Wednesday, September 7, 2022.


Our indoor schedule includes the following:

Physical education and indoor recess will occur inside.

For students who ride the bus, please contact the office (209-354-2700) if you wish your child not to ride the bus in the afternoon and be picked up from school on September 7.

Please notify the office by 10 am Wednesday, September 7. This will allow us to ensure your student is picked up from school.


As we continue to deal with the excessive heat, we will monitor the situation and update the community on our plan daily. We would follow the same procedure of keeping students inside during a rainy day.


Please continue to remind students that they are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. In addition, students can fill their water bottles at our hydration stations. Thank you for your continued partnership.


Best,

McSwain Administration

Indoor Schedule for 9/6

Due to the excessive heat, MUESD will follow our safety plan and implement our indoor schedule for Tuesday, September 6, 2022.


Our indoor schedule includes the following:


Physical education and indoor recess will occur inside.


For students who ride the bus, please contact the office (209-354-2700) if you wish your child not to ride the bus in the afternoon and be picked up from school on September 6.



Please notify the office by 10 am Tuesday, September 6. This will allow us to ensure your student is picked up from school.


As we continue to deal with the excessive heat, we will monitor the situation and update the community on our plan daily. We would follow the same procedure of keeping students inside during a rainy day. Please continue to remind students that they are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. In addition, students can fill their water bottles at our hydration stations. Thank you for your continued partnership.


Best,

McSwain Administration

Heat Update

As you know, a significant heat advisory is coming next week, with temperatures expected to surpass the 100-degree mark. Please note that MUESD has a plan in place for the heat advisory in addition to air quality events.


Action plans include the following measures:


Physical education activities are limited to less strenuous activities or rescheduled to classroom instruction, calm games, cafeteria, and gym.
Cooler areas such as classrooms, cafeterias, and the gym are used during recess if needed.
Running or strenuous activities will occur earlier in the day during cooler periods.
To partner with us in his effort, students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. In addition, students can hydrate their water bottles at our hydration stations.

SEL

Our school will engage in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) this year. We will focus on the core competencies based on research done by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and built on the student expectations here at McSwain. We will be two distinct programs here in developing our SEL program. The Leader in Me in grades Tk-5 and 6-8, Sown to Grow.


The SEL curriculum is designed to help develop the ability to self-manage and regulate emotions, build empathy, create positive and long-lasting relationships with others, and make responsible decisions in our daily lives.


When practiced daily, these character values can transform students and their relationships with others and create a ripple effect of happiness, health, and productivity. We want to encourage a thoughtful and respectful two-way partnership between your family and the staff here at McSwain. This way, we can continue to build on each other’s work in your child’s day-to-day life.


Community Skate Night

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

Date: Friday, September 9th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission is 7 dollars which include skate rentals
This event is open to students and their friends. You will need to check them in.
Address: Roller Land 18th and U Streets, Merced
Please refer to this attached flier

Celebrating a Birthday

McSwain School offers birthday treats for your child and their class!

If you want to pre-order birthday treats, please look at this flier.


Reminder

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 would like your student to join, we will have our first 4H club meeting for new members and enrollment on Wednesday, August 31st, at 5:30 pm at the East Campus Library.


Students must be in grades four and up or nine years old by December 31st
Please see the attached flyer for more information and meeting time. Spanish translation is also available.

Daily Update

Hello McSwain Families!


I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here are a few updates.


Dropping Items Off

Academic time is critical for students learning and development. In turn, we want to ensure that we are respecting educational learning time and not interrupting the learning.


The office will not interrupt learning for items that need to be picked up. We want to maximize learning time.

If your student has forgotten an item, you can leave it in the office. It is their responsibility to come and grab it during their break and or transition time.

If a student is on the West Campus, we will work on calling for the student at a non-instructional time.

For students on the East Campus, it is the responsibility of the student to come during transition time.

If any student on campus forgets a lunch, do not worry; we will be able to provide one to them.

Thank you for your assistance and our continued focus on increasing learning.


Drop Off Tips

Please follow the steps below to speed up dropping off students in the morning.

Have your students ready to exit the vehicle with all of their belongings

You do not need to get out and walk them to the gate.

Once you are in the parking lot, please pull up to the curb; you do not need to wait until you are directly in front of the gate.

As we continue to look at our drop-off procedures, we will continue to update our community.


Parent Club Meeting

The McSwain Parent Club will meet on 8/29 at 6 pm in the West Campus Cafeteria. This is open to all! Please come and join us!


Pop Up People's Pantry

Open to all families! Feel free to stop by and pick up some fresh produce

Homecoming Float Building

McSwain Elementary will participate in the Atwater High School Homecoming Parade! The parade will be on September 23rd.

Our Leadership Class has worked with Atwater High School Leadership, and we have settled on two float themes. A Star Wars Theme and Monster Inc! More information to come.
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