February 27, 2018

Alcott News from the Desk of the Principal
February 27, 2018

I hope you had an enjoyable February Break with the mix of spring and winter weather.  I traveled to Tamworth, NH with family and friends to snowshoe and play outside.

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

Math Night:  The PTG sponsored Math Night will be held on Friday March 23rd.  Volunteers are needed to help with this fun event.  Please contact Sharon Young if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

School-wide STEAM event:  On March 7th, all students will participate in a Building Bridges STEAM task.  We’re excited for this fun, engaging, and cooperative event.

Elementary Progress Reports: Progress Reports have been released for your review in the Parent Portal.    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.

Celebrating Spanish Week: the week of March 12th – Students and staff will be celebrating the Spanish culture through literature, songs, and dance throughout the week.  Each grade level has plans to embrace the Spanish culture by integrating fun activities into their week enhancing our Spanish language instruction. The week will culminate with an All-School celebration.

Celebrating Kindness: While we promote kindness and caring all year long through our Open Circle Curriculum, we wanted to focus our efforts during the first two weeks in February to celebrate kindness through simple activities. Each grade level chose specific age-appropriate activities that promoted kindness and caring.  We celebrated kindness with a food drive for Open Table, thank you letters to the custodians and secretaries, and kind acts, such caring words or a hug to a peer. The first grade had a Growing Kindness tree, where students could suggest kind acts and choose a kind act to complete.   The students celebrated the act of being kind and caring with student-made posters and notes of encouragement hung around the school. Please review the link for a book created by the students about Kindness.


African American History and the Story of Concord:  A group of Concord and Concord-Carlisle teachers have been working to develop curriculum and resources around Concord’s African American and Abolitionist Movement History.  The goal is to incorporate the African American history throughout the curriculum rather than setting it aside as a separate unit or reserving if for Black History Month.  The current work, supported by the district and the Concord Ed fund, is outlined at the following link: African_American_History_and_the_Story_of_Concord_Overview.docx

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.

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

News from the Alcott Lost & Found:  Thanks to everyone for the role you play in helping to keep the Alcott Lost & Found piles at bay, it is a group effort!  The piles are noticeably smaller.  Keep up the labeling, it really helps ensure any wayward belongings make their way back home.  If an item is lost, students may consult their teacher to find a good time to check the Lost & Found.  Parents are likewise welcome to check.  The area is cleaned and sorted monthly by PTG parent volunteers, including the return of labeled items.  In hopes of further reducing the piles at donation time (we donate 3x/year with advance notice via the Owl), we will pilot the idea of a Lost & Found Open House for Alcott families as part of an existing Alcott family event.  Stay tuned for upcoming details!

Next PTG Meeting is March 14th at 9 AM in the Alcott Faculty Room.  School Committee Member Heather Bout will be joining the discussion.  All are welcome!

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 (alcottptg.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:
February 26 – Students and staff return to school.
February 28 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program for GR 5 Students
March 1 – Wax Museum – E. O’Hara’s students
March 2 – Wax Museum – S. Hardiman’s students
March 7 – School-wide STEAM Event
March 8 – Wax Museum – L. Knowles’ students
March 8 – M. McMahon’s students to Innovation Lab
March 9 – Wax Museum – B. Lentini’s students
March 14 – PTG Meeting with Heather Bout
March 14 – Field Trip – Hardiman/Knowles
March 15 – Field Trip – Lentini/O’Hara
March 16 – School Spirit Day – Crazy Green Day
March 20 – Last day of GR 1 & 2 Tutoring
March 22 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 3
March 22 – M. Besserer’s students to Innovation Lab
March 23 – Parents at Lunch
March 23 – Math Night
March 26 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 5
March 29 – C. Birdsall’s students to Innovation Lab
March 30 – No school for students and staff – Good Friday
April 3 – No school for students – Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 5 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 4 & 5
April 9 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 5 & K
April 9 – GR 3 – ELA MCAS
April 11 – PTG Meeting
April 11 – GR 3 – ELA MCAS
April 11 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 1
April 12 – L. LoRusso’s students to Innovation Lab
April 13 – School Spirit Day – Crazy shoe/slipper day
April 14 – April 22 – No School – April Break!
April 23 – Students return to school.