November 6, 2017

Alcott News from the Desk of the Principal
November 6, 2017

I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving season!

Arrival/Dismissal Times: The students begin to transition to their classrooms at 8:50 AM. All students should be in their classrooms by 9:00 AM and will be dismissed at 3:30 PM. Every Tuesday is an early release day with students leaving at 12:30. Kindergarten students have an early release on Thursday too. Please make note of the arrival and dismissal times.

Parent’s Driving to School:

  • If you plan to drive your child, please drop off your child in the Drop-Off area. The Drop-Off area is labeled as you drive into the school parking lot on the right. Please enter the first driveway, stop at the curb to allow your child to exit the car on the curbside, and then drive out to exit.
  • Please do not park in that area in the morning because it creates a hazard for others.
  • If you would like to walk your child to the front door, please park your car in a parking space and walk your child to the front door.
  • Cars are not allowed on the road in front of the school, which is considered a bus lane, during arrival and dismissal times.
  • It is against the law to drive by buses with their lights flashing. Thank you for helping to keep all students safe.

Upcoming dates to know:

November 7: No School for students. Parent/Teacher Conferences!
November 10: We are open for school for all students and staff.

Middle School Sponsored Coats for Kids: Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners Annual Coats for Kids Drive. We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults, and babies – that are in good wearable condition. We cannot accept vests, hats, gloves, or snow pants. Please donate coats that you would give a friend to wear. Coats are being collected now through January 8, 2018. Thank you for your generosity. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Fall Festival: Thank you to the parents who volunteered at the Fall Festival to make it such a wonderful family friendly event. A big thank you goes to Cheryl Dryer and Cheri Driscoll for their organization of this event. Secondly thank you to Pat Woods and the Alcott Dads for sitting on the Dunk Tank and dropping into icy cold water. A special thank you goes out to Tim Gaudreau for sitting in the tank for me!! The raffle baskets from each class were amazing! Thank you to all the parents who participated in making those baskets. They looked like they were created by professionals! The Book Fair was another wonderful event and a thank you to Lisa Shaw for organizing this activity. Thank you to the many parent and high school volunteers! It takes a village to pull off this type of event and it was an amazing celebration for the Alcott community. Again, many thanks to all involved!

Please join the conversation:

“School Calendars, Religious and Cultural Awareness, and Accommodations”
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00pm, in the CCHS Learning Commons.

The Community is invited to a Public Forum on issues and concerns surrounding the school calendar, religious and cultural awareness and accommodations for students whose religious and/or cultural practices may affect school work and/or school attendance.  The evening will be facilitated by Karen Thomsen from the EDCO Collaborative IDEAS Initiative (Initiatives for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students).  Hosted by the School Committee’s Calendar Working Group, this Forum is an opportunity to hear the voices of the community and for citizens, families, parents and students to express their thoughts and concerns on academic calendars and the diversity of religious and cultural practices that exist within our community.

Winter is coming: Please have your child dress for the weather. The warmest part of the day is during school hours and I will be sending your child outside for recess. I am a firm believer in dressing for the weather and getting outside to enjoy it. Please send your child with a hat, gloves, snow pants, etc. so that they are prepared to enjoy this season! It is helpful to have your child’s name in each article of clothing to increase the likelihood of it being returned to your child. Thank you!

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 or on the PTG website ( 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 after that time. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Free and Reduced Lunch paperwork: If you are eligible for this support, please obtain the form from the District Website and submit it as soon as possible. Parents have to re-apply each year for this support.


Upcoming events:

November 6 – Field Trip – Tamulynas
November 7 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School for students
November 8 – Field Trip – Sexauer
November 10 – Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Thank you Breakfast
November 13 – Children’s Program – GR 2
November 14 – Professional Status Celebration – Laura Knowles
November 15 – PTG Meeting
November 17 – School Spirit Day – PJ Day
November 17 – Parents at Lunch
November 21 – Field Trip – Delaney
November 22 – 8th Graders visiting students in K and GR 1
November 22 – Early release at 12:30
November 23 & 24 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
November 27 – School resumes
November 27 – Welcome back to Alyssa Silva
November 29 – Children’s Program – GR 3
December 4 – Children’s Program – GR 4
December 6 – Lesley STEAM Project visits Alcott
December 7 – CMS Honors Choir visits Alcott
December 12 – Holiday Fair
December 13 – PTG Meeting
December 14 – CCHS Choir visits Alcott GR 5
December 14 – All-School Meeting
December 15 – School Spirit Day – Sweatshirt Day
December 22 – Parents at Lunch
December 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 – No School – Winter Break
January 1 – No School – New Year’s Day
January 2 – School Resumes