January 8, 2018

Alcott News from the Desk of the Principal
January 8, 2018

Happy New Year! It has been a cold and snowy start to 2018!

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.

Elementary Progress Reports:  On or around February 2nd, classroom progress reports will be published through the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section on the front page of the portal.  If you have multiple children attending Concord Public Schools or Concord-Carlisle High School, each child’s name will appear next to any available reports.  Reports can be downloaded and saved as pdf files if you wish.  With the exception of specialized reports (Special Education or English Language Learner), reports will no longer be mailed.

To access the portal, log in from the Parent menu of your child’s school website.  (A link to request a password reset can also be found at this website or email parentportal@concordps.org.)  If you have not already done so, please set a security question upon logging into the portal, so that you can self-recover if you forget your password in the future; password resets are addressed during business hours only.

Superintendent’s Strategic Planning Committee:  

The school systems are embarking on a strategic planning process to outline the districts’ goals for the next three to five years.  As part of our work with the consultant, four large group meetings are scheduled.  The hope is for 9 of the 35 stakeholders in the large group to be members of the parent community that include representatives of each K-12 school, Carlisle, Boston, preschool and SEPAC.

The four meetings are scheduled on the following Mondays from 4:00-7:30 pm: February 5, March 26, April 30, May 21

If you are interested in participating, please submit a letter of interest to me via email at lhunter@concordps.org.

News from the Nurse:

It is hard for children to concentrate when they are not feeling well.  Here are some guidelines to help you determine when you should keep your child home:

  • If your child has had a fever of 100.0 or more within the last 24 hours.
  • If your child has had diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours or is unable to eat normally.
  • If your child has a contagious illness, for example, strep throat, or conjunctivitis and has not been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
  • If your child is unable to participate fully in school activities because of illness.
  • If your child requires medication for fever.

Protect yourself and your children from the flu:

  • Get the influenza (flu) vaccine each Fall, which is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before touching food and after using the bathroom.
  • Use an antibacterial hand gel for the times you cannot wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.
  • Stay home from work or school if you have flu-like symptoms until you have no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
  • As much as possible, stay away from people who have flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash frequently touched objects, such as door handles, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and phone receivers, with a household disinfectant.

Additional information can be found at:  www.mass.gov/flu

MCAS Spring 2018 Dates:

GR 3 ELA – April 9 & 11
GR 3 Math – May 7 & 9
GR 4 ELA – April 25 & 27
GR 4 – Math – May 10 & 16
GR 5 ELA – April 30 & May 2
GR 5 Math – May 14 & 17
GR 5 Science – May 21 & 23

Welcome new additions to the Alcott Family:  

On December 27, we had two babies born to Alcott staff members.  Congratulations to Grade 4 Teacher Laurel Woodward as she and her husband welcomed a baby girl named Abigail.  Also on this date, Custodian Dennis Dietrich and his wife welcomed a baby girl named Johanna.  We’re excited about these new additions to our Alcott family!

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!

Winter is here!:  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 (alcottowl.org).  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:

January 8 – L. Luby’s class to the Innovation Lab at Ripley
January 8 – School Advisory Council Meeting at 5:15 PM
January 9 – METCO Late Bus – 3PM
January 10 – Children’s Program – GR 3
January 10 – PTG Meeting in Library – 7 PM
January 11 – C. Anderson’s class to the Innovation Lab at Ripley
January 12 – Children’s Program – GR 1
January 13 – METCO Late Bus – 3 PM
January 15 – No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17 – GR 5 – Concord Public Works Conservation
January 19 – School Spirit Day – Hat Day
January 24 – Children’s Program – GR 2
January 26 – Parents at Lunch
January 30 – Staff Appreciation Luncheon
February 2 – Aspen Portal Open for Parents – Progress Reports
February 5 – Concord Museum Program – Knowles/Hardiman
February 5 – Gym Show – McGuire
February 7 – Concord Museum Program – Lentini/O’Hara
February 7 – Gym Show – Curley
February 8 – Gym Show – Peduzzi
February 9 – Gym Show – Woodman
February 15 – Band Informance – 7PM at Willard
February 16 – Parents at Lunch
February 16 – School Spirit – Favorite Sports Apparel
February 17 – February 25 – February vacation
February 26 – Students return to school