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Southwest Elementary
6020 Ogeechee Road
Savannah, GA 31419 
Phone: (912) 395-3301 
FAX: (912) 961-3312

Tara Fitzgerald

Hours: Bell Times
Grades: PK - 5th

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Principal's Newsletter August 26, 2019
November Parent Newsletter

Hi Gator Families!

I hope everyone remembered to turn their clocks back.  It will be better for our students to have the sun shinning when they are getting ready to go their bus stops.

Just some quick reminders and updates for our parents:

Please fill out the Georgia Parent Survey at home or come in to SWES and fill it out in the parent center, media center or computer lab.  Your voice and opinion is so important and we need to hear from you.

Just click on the blue link and it should only take a couple minutes to complete. Parent Survey Link:

November Dates:

Nov. 8th – Election Day

Nov. 11th – Veteran’s Day (no school)

Nov. 14th Progress reports go home

Nov. 17th Title 1 Math & Science Night 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Parents & Students

Nov. 28th Map and SRI testing begins for Grades 2 - 5 (Nov.28th  - December 16th)

Attedance Reminder:  Attendance is mandatory.  Parents of children with excessive absences will receive notification to attend an Attendance meeting with the Principal to discuss a plan for improving the child's attendance and/or tardiness.  Please help us reduce the amount of absences and tardies by having your child at school each day on time.  Our bell time is 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m..  Absences and constant late arrivals or early pick ups has a direct impact on your child's learning.  If you child has to be absent due to an illness, please be sure to send in the required documentation to excuse the absence. 

October Parent Newsletter 2016

Good Morning Gator Families!

Thank you for having your child participate in our dress down day for the SWES App last Friday.  Our App can now be downloaded for free for both iTunes and Google Play if you type in Southwest Elementary under the search menu.  Our teachers are learning how to connect their current classroom pages to this App for easier parent communication and updates. 

Attendance - Our goal is for each student to miss fewer thatn 5 days of school this eyar.  At the end of each marking period, we will recognize our students with perfect attendance.

Upcoming Events:

October 7 - Spirit Wear - Deadline to order our new SWES spirit wear shirts. 

October 11 - 14 - Scholastic Book Fair at SWES from 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. in the Gym

Join us for one or more of our family events during our book fair:

  • October 11 - Pastries for Parents/Guardians @ 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. in the gym 
  • October 12 - Muffins with Moms @ 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. in the gym (or another special female family member)
  • October 13 - Donuts with Dads @ 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. in the gym (or another special male family member)

October 14 - Report Cards go home. 

October 21 - Pickles and Popcorn

October 28th - Halloween Trunk or Treat 6 - 8 p.m. @ SWES

November 4 - Turkey Trot Fun Run - bring in a canned good for our food drive

SRI and MAP - We will continue administering the SRI and MAP assessments throughout the school year.  Please encourage your child to do his or her very best each time he or she is given the opportunity to demonstrate what they know.  The tests are not timed and our students are encouraged to take their time, work slowly and carefully.

Test scores need to be sent home to parents no later than October 14th for the first testing window.  The following target schores have been set as part of the district's factors considered for promotion.

SRI- Reading Lexile              MAP - RIT Level

2nd Grade          360             186

3rd Grade           560            198

4th Grade           660            207

5th Grade           760            215

Pre-K Special Guest Reader:  This morning our Pre-K students had a very special guest reader when State Representative, Mr. Ron Stephens came to read to them in the Media Center.  Mr. Stephens read Rainbow Fish to the children.  The boys and girls were so excited and did a great job of asking Mr. Stephens about the story.  Great learning and activities are always happening at Southwest Elementary!

Title I Parent Center is open in the Media Center for parents to create learning activities, check out materials and so much more.  Please be sure to stop in!

Have a great week!

Ms. Fitzgerald

Principal's Welcome Message
Dear SWES Gator Parents and Community Members,
As the new principal at Southwest Elementary I have had many wonderful opportunities to meet many of our parents and our business partners during some of our beginning of the year events and during student drop off and pick up. It is a pleasure to lead a school with a strong partnership between parents, community members and educators. I look forward to continuing and strengthening these relationships and working with teachers and staff to ensure your children continue to develop a passion for learning and have tools they need to be prepared for productive futures. Parent involvement has a tremendous impact on how children do in school and I encourage you as parents to keep informed on what happens on a day to day basis at Southwest Elementary by checking the SWES webpage , becoming a part of our Parent Teacher Association and by receiving quick updates, information and photos that share the wonderful activities your children are engaged in each day add @SWESGators1 to your Twitter account.
I grew up in Rochester, New York and began teaching in Albany, New York before relocating to Miami, Florida to continue teaching and begin my family. I most recently returned from eleven years abroad working at two prestigious, nationally recognized American Schools within Mexico while raising two incredible children. I have been in the field of education for more than twenty years with a specific area of interest in reading and literacy intervention. My administrative experiences and vision has been shaped by nine years as an Elementary and Middle School Principal and two years as an Elementary Assistant Principal. I consider myself to be a positive, hands on instructional leader who enjoys working collaboratively to ensure the success of every child within our school community.
As a school leader you can feel confident that my decisions are always based on doing what is best for your children’s academic, social and emotional well- being. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity to be a part of the SWES Gator community and look forward to many more opportunities to meet parents and community members in the upcoming months. I encourage you to stop by the office, get involved and be proactive partners in your child’s education. Together we really can make a difference!
Tara Fitzgerald
Southwest Elementary Principal