From the Principal

Welcome Sward Eagles!

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Returning Student Registration:  Please make sure to log in to Skyward Family Access and complete online registration process. To ensure your discount on school fees for next year, make sure to complete this process by May 31, 2017!  Returning Student Registration:


Are you moving this summer?  Let us know and we can begin to prepare the transfer papers for you!


Check your house for missing Sward library books!  We are making our list and checking it twice because we DO charge for lost or damaged books.


Our LOST & FOUND is bursting at the seams!  Stop by to find what your child lost.  Unclaimed items will be donated after 6/8/17.  Thanks.


The Oak Lawn Public Library Summer Reading program kicks off June 1st!  Be sure to sign up your child(ren) for all the fun activities and reading adventures planned by Oak Lawn’s terrific library staff!  Everything is FREE; all your child needs is a library card.


Many thanks to Mrs. Eklin, Mrs. Bernardi and all of our parent volunteers who made our annual FIELD DAY a great day for our students!  It was a great day to enjoy being a part of the best school community in Oak Lawn!


Here is an update on the End-of-the–Year Events:

5/31…..Oak Lawn Public Library Summer Reading program presentations

6/1….Service Clubs reward field trip!

6/2…KDG field trip

6/5…G4 Poetry in the Park

6/7…5th grade picnic starts at 10 am & recognition

assembly at 2:00 pm (5th grade only)

6/8….LAST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR for    students!   HALF-day of attendance –            student dismissal at 11:30 (no lunches             served)


ATTENTION G5 PARENTS:  If you’re attending the 5th grade picnic lunch only on June 7th, please plan on arriving to school around 11:45.  We hope to start serving lunch at 11:50.  Thanks


Our MARVELOUS PTA generously donates many resources to the children and families at Sward School.  One very important program that PTA sponsors over the summer is the “KEEP SWARD CLEAN” campaign.  Each week, different Sward families volunteer to pick up the litter left on school grounds by inconsiderate others (children and parents) who come to the school’s playground and leave their garbage strewn about.  If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Jaworek at

312-613-7500.  Thanks!


Attention 5th grade boys!!  The Boy Scouts are looking for YOU to join the Sward-area troop and learn to enjoy all the activities promoted by the Scouts.  Mr. and Mrs. Egan, area troop leaders, will be here on June 7th with many activities for the G5 boys to try; they will also have information available for parents.  On June 11th, the Scouts will set up “camp” on the north side of the school from 3:00 – 6:00 for boys and their parents to experience.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to become involved!


Don’t miss your chance to win an LG 55” Ultra HD Smart TV! We are selling raffle tickets for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. Proceeds will benefit the D123 Ed Foundation. The drawing will be held on

June 15, 2017. Winner need not be present. Stop by the Sward office to purchase your tickets!


Many THANKS are shared with our amazing PTA volunteers for the commemorative events that have been planned in honor of my retirement and Mrs. Eklin’s retirement.  The “Gloodt Garden” in the front of the school is beautiful; such a welcoming sight as visitors arrive to the school!  The BLOCK PARTY was a hoot!!  It may have rained, but our spirits weren’t dampened one bit.  Thank you to all the current and former Sward families and teachers who braved the elements to share their well-wishes with Mrs. Eklin and myself.  And today…the signs around the school have brought tears to my eyes.  Each one reminds me of the incredible journey I’ve been privileged to share with each of our Sward families.  If only in a small way my presence has made a positive impact in the community, then my life is fulfilled.  Thank you to each and every one of you for the years of community building and love.