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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 Family Newsletter for September 23rd
Parent Newsletter for September 16, 2019
Principal's Newsletter August 26, 2019
Parent Survey for Annual Summit, PTA and Teacher Tell All Night Schedule

SWES Parents please click the link to select your option for the best Thursday, October 19th (New Date) Annual Summit, PTA Meeting & Teacher Tell All Night schedule

We really want to see a great parent turn out this year at the Summit, PTA meeting and Teacher Tell All (All in One) meeting night.  Please help us by sharing your opinion. We will go with what the majority of parents respond with.

See you there!

Ms. Fitzgerald

Back to School Newsletter
Dear Parents/Guardians, As principal of Southwest Elementary it is my pleasure to welcome you back from summer vacation. I am thrilled to return for my second year as the principal of the SWES Gators! Our staff has been working hard to prepare for a rewarding school year and we look forward to having our students back to fill our classroom with excitement and enthusiasm for learning! What’s New? We welcome Dr. King to our faculty as our new Assistant Principal. I am sure she will continue to maintain the same high expectations for student behavior and achievement as Mrs. Prince had throughout her 8 years of dedication and support to our community. We are also delighted to welcome Executive Director, Dr. Vallerie Cave, who will oversee our school’s progress and goals from the district level as we strive to make Southwest Elementary one of the highest achieving elementary schools in the county. We are excited to announce our 1st school wide theme: Super Gators: Learn Achieve Succeed Attendance Hero: Here Everyday Ready On time 60% of our students missed 6 or more days of school last year. We need every child at school on time, every day, and all day. • Students cannot be signed out after 3:15 p.m. School ends at 4:00 p.m. and every minute of instruction is important to your child’s success. SWES Super Mathematicians will begin a new math program called Eureka Math PreK-5 this school year as part of a SCCPSS District Wide implementation. Parents can go to and sign up for a free parent account to have access to a lot of resources, videos and materials in order to provide additional support to your child at home. SWES Super Readers and Writers will be a part of an exciting new Balanced Literacy framework that’s sweeping across our district and school. It will be implemented daily during a 90 minute literacy block. Children will take part in interactive read alouds, daily shared reading and writing experiences, engage in independent reading and writing activities and be a part of guided reading groups to support their individual levels and needs. District Assessments: We are thrilled to begin using the NWEA MAP for Reading grades K-5 and will continue with the NWEA MAP Math adding grades K & 1 to the 2-5 testing windows already in place. I look forward to seeing you at our Open House on August 2nd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the office at 912-395-3301, view our school website at or email me at Sincerely, Ms. Tara Fitzgerald Principal
5th Grade Bridging Ceremony Dress Code

Good Afternoon SWES Parents,

Your 5th grade child will be bringing this information home this week from their homeroom teacher. We want to make sure every parent and/or guardian receives this information about the 5th Grade Bridging Ceremony Dress Code.

5th Grade Bridging Ceremony Dress Code

                                                                                                                                              May 1, 2017

Dear 5th Grade Parents and/or Guardians,

We are pleased to invite you to your child's 5th Grade Bridging Ceremony on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Southwest Elementary in our cafeteria.

Students can bring a change of clothes with them on the 18th or can choose to wear their outfit to school.

Dress Code for the Bridging Ceremony


  • Dress, skirt with blouse (appropriate length) or dress pants with a blouse
  • Shoes: flats, small heel (no high heels)
  • No spaghetti straps, or strapless tops


  • Dress pants with a buttoned-up shirt/colored shirt with belt
  • A tie or suit is optional (not required)

School uniforms are acceptable as long as they are clean and in good condition.  (Boys must wear a belt with their uniform)

**Jeans and shorts are not allowed to be worn for the ceremony.  Any student wearing jeans or shorts will not be allowed to be an active part of the ceremony.

All 5th grade students will take part in the 5th Grade Bridging Ceremony regardless of whether they may need to attend summer school to meet the end of year promotion requirements.

We look forward to seeing you at the Bridging Ceremony. If you have any questions about the ceremony please feel free to contact your child's homeroom teacher.


Ms. Fitzgerald


Southwest Elementary

Weekly Newsletter

Upcoming events:

February 8th - Tornado Drill

February 9th - Black History Month Dress Down in a lab coat (or white jacket, white sweater or white dress shirt) no cost

February 10th - Jump Rope for Heart

February 11th - Father - Daughter Dance

JUMP ROPE for HEART: Donation envelops are DUE by Thursday, February 9th and the event is scheduled, weather permitting for Friday, February 10th during each student’s specials on the bus ramp.  Feel free to come enjoy a day of Fun and Fitness with your child. 

Any donation will allow students to participate in the event.  If your child reaches at least $5, they will receive a free athletic dress down, a jump rope for hear lanyard, and their first “Zoo Pet” to wear proudly. 

Tornado Drill:  Wednesday, February 8th @ 9:15 a.m. - Girls should not wear skirts or dresses this day.

What's Happening at SWES - Jan. 21, 2017

Dear Gator Families,

What's happening at SWES?

GMAS: We are 44 school days away from students taking the GMAS.

Math Tutorials:   Letters were sent home in November for math tutoring and this week additional students have been identified from the new MAP math assessment data.  Teachers will send home additional invitations in grades 2-5 for math support. Tutoring is at 8:00 a.m. and children that are invited need to be on time and attend consistently.

Attendance is important.  If you want your child to do well academically and reduce the risk of retention then your child must be in school.  We want to see our students succeed and all research demonstrates the connection between attendance and school success.  Please make sure your child is here all day.

Perfect Attendance Celebration:  We have changed the date for our Perfect Attendance celebration to Thursday, February 2nd. Children with perfect attendance are in school all day.  Per the Family Handbook being tardy or signed out early counts against perfect attendance. Invitations go home this Wednesday for our 60+ students with perfect attendance.  The students will be treated to pizza and ice cream from The Ice Cream Stop and our business partner Mr. Michael Allen from Marco's Pizza will provide pizza during the celebration. 

Do you know what a Gator Buck is?  We have pretty amazing students at SWES who work hard academically and are positive role models for others.  Friday's we pull 20 names from our Gator Buck Bin and those students come to the office for a fun incentive for being responsible, respectful and Great Gator role models!  If a student is signed out early they miss this opportunity to earn an incentive.  Children need to be in school if their name is called.  Keep encouraging your child to do their best academically and with behavior choices each day.


Upcoming Events:

Jan. 27 - PTA Pickles and Popcorn $1 & Spirit Wear Day

Jan. 31 - Box tops are due

Feb. 3 - Progress Reports go home

Feb. 11 - Father/Daughter Dance (Saturday @ 6:00 p.m.)

Have a great week Gator Families!

Ms. Fitzgerald
SWES Parent Newsletter January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!  We can't wait for our amazing students to arrive this Wednesday morning as we begin the 2nd half of the semester!  We always have incredible things happening at SWES.  It is a great place to learn!

Upcoming SWES events:

January 4 - 3rd marking period begins

January 4 - Jan. 20th SRI & MAP testing Grades 2 - 5

January 7 - Student Success Expo & STEM Festival is this Saturday, at the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn Street.  The Expo is open to the public from 10:00a.m.- 3:00p.m.  *****Student door prizes include laptos, Kindles and other electronic devices.  Students must deposit completed passport in the designated drop boxes; prizes will be awarded at the expo. Students must be present to win!

January 13 - Report cards go home

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. (Holiday) no school

January 18 - 25 DIBELS and mClass assessments Kindergarten and First Grade

January 19-  Math Family Fun Night at Lower Woodville Tompkins 6:00 pm-7:30 pm for SWES families to attend.  This will be a great night for families.  We look forward to seeing many SWES families in attendance at this event.

SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) End of Year Goals:

Grade 2 360

Grade 3 560

Grade 4 660

Grade 5 760

MAP (Math Assessment) End of Year Goals:

Grade 2 186

Grade 3 198

Grade 4 207

Grade 5 215

Uniform Reminders:  Children need to be in complete uniform everyday, please make sure they are using a belt if the pants, skirt and/or shorts they are using has belt loops, no hoodies, and shirts are expected to be tucked in at all times.

Attendance:  Excellent attendance helps students stay on track for academic success. We want all of our SWES in attendance everyday.  This month we will have a special celebration to recognize all students with perfect attendance during the 1st semester!

Welcome back and I hope 2017 brings wonderful things to each and every SWES Gators Family.


Ms. Fitzgerald

Principal's Newsletter December 10, 2016

Hello SWES Parents,

On behalf of the SWES faculty and staff I would like to wish each of our wonderful SWES Gator families a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. 


SCCPSS schools are in session Monday and Tuesday, December 19th & 20th. 

December 16th

  • Students can bring in $1 to purchase pickles and/or popcorn.
  • If students have SWES spirit wear from last school year or the new shirts for this school year they can wear it with their uniform pants, skirts and shorts.
  • Last day of the 2nd marking period. 

SWES Parent Survey

Parents let us know how we can help our community to become more involved in school events and their children's educational experience here at SWES.  We have over 800 students and this past week had only 25 parents attend the PTA meeting and 20 families attend the Moving On Up 5th grade transition event. 

Click on the link provided and take 2 minutes to complete our anoynomou parent survey:

Uniforms and Dress Code:

More and more students are coming to school without the appropriate attire for the dress code.  Many students are missing belts and wearing hoodies

  • During the vacation break please take advantage of the many great sales and purchase your child belts, zip up jackets and any other items they need as we begin the second semester. 
  • Check your child's school supplies and make sure they have pencils, paper, colored pencils and glue sticks. 


Students that are assigned math tutorials will not have tutorials on Monday and Tuesday December 19th & 20th.  Tutorials will resume the week of January 9th.

Have a wonderful week and vacation!


Ms. Fitzgerald


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