January 9, 2017

Dear Alcott Families,

Happy New Year!  The Alcott School Community finished 2016 with a flurry of activities that were wonderful examples of our core value of Caring.  These included:

  • Curley’s first graders made dinner placemats for an assisted living facility in Burlington.  Many of the residents spend the holidays there and they loved the students’ holiday messages and drawings.
  • Grade 5 held their annual community service project for the Minuteman ARC of Concord.  The students, teachers and staff collected over $1,000 in gift cards, and also filled six boxes with sports equipment, paints, brushes, and exercise weights to help the people that depend on the ARC for services.
  • Pimentel’s second graders sent holiday cards to Military Missions, an organization that collects handmade cards to include in care packages that are sent to the troops serving overseas, and also made 50 kid bags for the Open Table.
  • Fourth grade students from Mrs. Woodward’s class made holiday cards for the residents of the assisted living community at Rivercourt Residences in Groton.

On December 21, the entire student body rang in the holidays at our All-School Meeting with spirited renditions of 11 Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa songs. The Podcast will be posted on Ms. Kwarcinski’s web page.

Also at our All-School Meeting, Mr. Gaudreau presented representatives from Open Table, the Healing Garden and the concord Rec. Scholarship Fund with check, for $4,828, $500 and $1,000 respectively. These donations were thanks to Alcott’s annual Turkey Trot fund-raiser, which he has organized for more than 21 years.  Over that time, the Turkey-Trot has raised over $100,000 for a variety of charities.

2017 at Alcott is off to a great start!  Fourth and fifth grade members of the Green Monsters Club at Alcott have been busy planning for the Cooler Concord Fair on February 4, 2017.  In addition to the fair, The Green Monsters will continue researching endangered animals, and finding new ways for Alcott to reduce, reuse and recycle more efficiently.  The Monsters are always looking for more members!  If your child is interested, the next meeting is Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 12:30-3:00 in Mrs. Curley’s classroom.

We hope you will help The Monsters by filling out this brief survey https://goo.gl/forms/HZpYq8OPAIzHUF562 to help them collect information on how your family is working toward reducing its carbon footprint.  Survey results and a short video created by The Green Monsters will be displayed at the Cooler Concord Fair on February 4, 2017, 10AM-4PM, at CCHS.  Our school can win up to $1,000 if enough parents attend!  Students from all the schools have been working hard on their exhibits. We hope you will come and see ours!

Finally, as we begin he New Year, I have a few reminders:

  • Absences & late Arrivals: Please remember to call the Alcott Absence Line at 978-318-0679 (option 2) if your child/children are absent or arriving late to school. Please leave your child’s full name, teacher’s name and reason for absence or late arrival.  Do not email the school with this information.  You can leave a message on the Absence Line any time before the start of school.  Checking the messages on the Absence Line is a priority in our main office to ensure that we can account for all of our students the very first thing each day.  Thank you for your assistance!
  • Changes to your child’s dismissal plans: Please send in an Alcott Dismissal Note with your child if you plan to change his/her dismissal plans for that day. Sample Dismissal Notes are online at the Alcott School website, on the PTG website (org) and in the First Day Packet. If an emergency arises during the day and parents need to change their child’s dismissal plan, please notify the front office by 2:30 PM. Only emergency dismissals will be accepted after 2:30, because we cannot guarantee that we can notify your child’s teacher of that change.
  • Lost & Found: We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of parent volunteers who meet monthly to go through the lost and found items that accumulate.  Items that have not been claimed are donated three times a year.  The last clean-up/donation effort was on December 16.  Despite that, the pile of lost and found items continues to grow.  One thing that would help lessen the pile of lost items and improve the probability that things will be “found” is if everyone would put their child/children’s names on all the things they bring to school.  Our lost and found volunteers have been able to reunite students with their things when they have been labeled.  Our lost and found area is in the entrance to the cafeteria if you want to stop by and look for a missing item.
  • Reminder AM Drop-Off:  Please remember that students should not be dropped off at school before 8:50 AM each day.  Faculty is not on duty to supervise students until that time.  Thank you for your cooperation!


Kathy Codianne
Interim Principal