September 8, 2018

Alcott News from the Desk of the Principal
September Newsletter
September 8, 2018

We had a very smooth start to the school year! A few staff members mentioned that it was like we had been here for weeks, with the opening routines starting on the first day and everyone back into the regular schedule.

Drop off in the morning: If you are dropping off your child in the morning, please use the drop off circle. If you would like to walk your child to the front door, please park in an open parking spot and walk from there. Please do not park in the drop off area in the morning. Thank you!

Bus area: Cars are not allowed on the driveway in the front of the building from 8:35 to 9:10. This area is for buses only. 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 (alcottptg.org). If parents need to change their child’s dismissal plan, please notify the front office by 2:30 PM by emailing natkinson@concordps.org AND kcorliss@concordps.org. Only emergency dismissals will be accepted after 2:30 PM, 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.

New staff joining us:
Gulbahar Kayabay – METCO Tutor/Bus Monitor
Maren Studlien – Kindergarten Assistant in Allison Forseter’s classroom

School wide initiatives: We opened the school year with a presentation by Beverly Daniel Tatum on conversations about race. She shared insight from her latest book Can We Talk about Race? and strategies for facilitating these conversations. We are excited to continue our conversations about diversity throughout the school year.

Another initiative we are working on this school year is writing. Teachers will be participating in training from staff members from Teacher’s College Initiative at Columbia University in the Lucy Calkins’ writing curriculum. This district-wide initiative will be a multi-year endeavor.

Parents at Lunch: The last Friday of each month, we invite eight parents per grade to sign-up and join their child for lunch. Please sign-up through the PTG website and have an approved CORI. You must be on the Parents at Lunch list to join you child for lunch. Thank you!

Back to School Night – Wednesday, September 12th :

Time: Event: Location:
6:30 – 7:00 PM GR 2 Teachers Present In classrooms
GR 3 Teachers Present In classrooms
Curriculum Specialists, Specialists (Art, Music, PE, Library) In café
Principal, PTG Representatives In café
Community Groups In café
7:00 – 7:30 PM Kindergarten Teachers Present In Auditorium
GR 1 Teachers Present In classrooms
Curriculum Specialists, Specialists (Art, Music, PE, Library) In café
Principal, PTG Representatives In café
Community Groups In café
7:30 – 8:00 PM GR 4 Teachers Present In classrooms
GR 5 Teachers Present In classrooms
Curriculum Specialists, Specialists (Art, Music, PE, Library) In café
Principal, PTG Representatives In café

 

Upcoming events:

September 11 – METCO Late Bus – 3:00 Departure
September 12 – PTG Meeting at 9:15 AM
September 12 – GR 4 Turtle Presentation
September 12 – Back to School Night (see schedule above)
September 14 – School Spirit Day – Go Gold for Kids
September 28 – Parents at Lunch
October 8 – No School – Columbus Day!
October 10 – Field Trip – LoRusso/Woodward
October 10 – Concord Museum visiting GR 3
October 11 – Concord Museum visiting GR 3
October 12 – School Spirit Day – PJ Day
October 12 – Concord Museum visiting GR 3
October 12 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 5
October 13 – PTG Sponsored Family Fest/Book Fair – 1 – 4 PM
October 15 – Field Trip – K
October 17 – Picture Day
October 17 – Field Day – K
October 17 – PTG meeting at 6 PM – 7 PM, with Information Gathering beginning at 7PM
October 19 – Field Trip – Besserer/Chan
October 19 – Rain Date Picture Day
October 22 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 1 & K
October 25 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 4
October 26 – Parents at Lunch
October 29 – Field Trip – J. Handley
October 30 – Turkey Trot
October 31 – Field Trip – K. Sexauer
November 1 – Field Trip – J. Tamulynas
November 1 – PTG Sponsored Children’s Program – GR 2
November 2 – Field Trip – J. Martin