November 8, 2018

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

I hope your Parent/Teacher Conferences are going well!

Dress for the Weather:  As winter approaches, please send your child to school prepared to go outside for recess.  The middle of the day is typically the warmest part of the day and I believe playing outside helps all students learn better.

Coats for Kids:  Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids Club needs the elementary schools help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners annual Coats for Kids drive.   In the front entrance, a box is available for all winter coats for 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 6, 2019.  Thank you for your donation.

Note from School Nurse, Paula Amante:  Flu and cold season is quickly approaching.   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.

Remember, if you keep your child home, you must notify the school by filling out a Report Attendance Form.  This can be found on the Alcott Website under the Parents tab.  Please be specific with illness details when reporting your child out sick, i.e. fever, sore throat, coughs, etc.

Wishing everyone good health!

PTG Sponsored Fall Fest:  The Fall Fest was a huge success!  Thank you to the volunteers who made this event such a success for the students.

Visitors from our Sister School in Japan:  Thank you to the students for creating such a welcoming atmosphere for our visitors from Japan.  Thanks to Lynne Kwarcinski for teaching the students songs and a dance to share with our guests.  Tim Gaudreau made a plaque for our sister school in Japan.  The fifth grade students wrote letters to the students in our sister school.

Turkey Trot:  The Turkey Trot was a huge success!  Thank you to Tim Gaudreau for organizing this annual event.  All donations will go to the Open Table and the Concord Recreation Department for scholarships.

Reporting Absences:  If your child is going to be absent or late to school, please go to the Alcott website and under “Parents”, please complete the “Report Attendance Form”.  Thank you!

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 (  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 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.

Parents at Lunch:  On 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 your child for lunch.  Thank you!

Upcoming events:

November 12 – No School – Veterans Day
November 13 – METCO Late Bus
November 14 – PTG Meeting
November 15 – Children’s Program – Grade 2
November 16 – School Spirit Day – Funky Friday
November 21 – 8th Graders visiting K and GR 1 classrooms
November 21 – Early Release – All students heading home at 12:30
November 21 –25 Thanksgiving Break
November 28 – Children’s Program – K
November 30 – Children’s Program – GR 3
November 30 – Parents at Lunch
December 3 – STEAM Lab – C. Delaney’s class
December 5 – Children’s Program – GR 4
December 6 – Picture Make-up Day
December 6 – STEAM Lab – S. Hardiman
December 7 – STEAM Lab – B. Lentini
December 10 – STEAM Lab – L. Knowles
December 11 – Holiday Fair
December 11 – METCO Late Bus
December 12 – PTG Meeting
December 12 – STEAM Lab – E. O’Hara
December 14 – School Spirit Day – Sweatshirt Day
December 14 – STEAM Lab – K. Chan
December 17 – STEAM Lab – M. Besserer
December 19 – STEAM Lab – K. Dillon
December 20 – Children’s Program – GR 1
December 20 – STEAM Lab – L. Woodward
December 21 – Parents at Lunch
December 22 – January 1 – December Break
January 2 – All Students Return to School!