May 15, 2018

Alcott News from the Desk of the Principal
May/June Newsletter
May 15, 2018

I am looking forward to the possibility of spring and getting outdoors to play.

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.

Last day of school is Monday, June 25. Dismissal is at 12:30.

First day of school for students for the 2018-2019 School Year is Wednesday, August 29. Students will attend school on Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30. Friday, August 31 the school will be closed for the long Labor Day weekend.

Math Night: Thank you to Holly Legault for her organization and support with this event. The PTG is looking for one to two parents willing to lead this activity next year, since Holly’s youngest child will be graduating from Alcott this school year.

Thank you for the goodies during Staff Appreciation Week! We would like to thank Jennifer Soillis, Angela Lipson, and other additional parents who helped with our delicious breakfast treats during Staff Appreciation Week. Thank you to all parents for the flowers, kind words, and chocolate during that week. We appreciate it!

Elementary Progress Reports: The end-of-the-year Progress Reports will be released on Monday, June 25. 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 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.

Director of Finance and Operations for Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School: The current Finance and Operations Director, John Flaherty, will be retiring on June 30, 2018. After a comprehensive search and interview process, Jared Stanton has been recommended for this position. Please join me in wishing John Flaherty the best with his retirement and thanking him for 15 years of service to Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Districts.

METCO Director: The current METCO Director, Aaron Joncas, was hired to be the Athletic Director for CCHS beginning in August. After interviewing strong applicants, the committee recommended Andrew Nyamekye to be hired as the new METCO Director. Mr. Nyamekye currently leads the METCO Program in Hingham.

MCAS Spring 2018 Dates:

GR 4 Math – May 16
GR 5 Math – May 17
GR 5 Science – May 21 & 23

Next PTG Meeting is May 16th in the Alcott Faculty Room. 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 ( If parents need to change their child’s dismissal plan, please notify the front office by 2:30 PM by emailing AND Only emergency dismissals will be accepted after 2:30, because we cannot guarantee that we will be able to notify your child’s teacher of the 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:

May 16 – GR 4 Math MCAS
May 16 – Field Trip – GR 5
May 16 – PTG Meeting
May 17 – GR 5 Math MCAS
May 18 – School Spirit Day – Hawaiian Luau Day
May 18 – Field Trip – M. Woodman/A. Peduzzi
May 21 – GR 5 Science MCAS
May 22 – Staff Appreciation Luncheon
May 23 – GR 5 Science MCAS
May 24 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 2
May 25 – Parents at Lunch
May 28 – No School – Memorial Day
May 30 – Field Trip – J. Martin
May 30 – Celebration of the Arts – GR 5
May 31 – Field Trip – M. McMahon/C. Birdsall
June 1 – Field Trip – J. Tamulynas
June 4 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program for GR 1, 4, and 5
June 4 – GR 3 Bug Works
June 4 – Field Trip – Handley
June 6 – Field Trip – Sexauer
June 6 – Field Trip – Woodman/Peduzzi
June 6 – All Town Elementary Band Night
June 7 – Field Trip – Wilson/Luby
June 7 – Field Trip – Curley/McGuire
June 7 – Field Trip – Delaney
June 7 – PTG Sponsored Family Fun Night
June 8 – Field Trip – Gregor/Wilson
June 8 – Parents at Lunch
June 8 – School Spirit Day – Alcott T-shirt Day
June 11 – Field Trip – Besserer/LoRusso
June 11 – Innovation Lab – Anderson
June 12 – Field Day
June 13 – PTG Meeting
June 13 – Innovation Lab – Gregor
June 13 – Variety Show
June 14 – Flag Day Celebration
June 14 – Innovation Lab – Wilson
June 15 – Innovation Lab – Luby
June 20 – Field Trip – GR 5
June 22 – Moving-Up Ceremony – GR 5
June 25 – Clap-out
June 25 – Early Release – Last day of School at 12:30

Enjoy your summer!