January 6, 2020

Letter from the Principal – January 6, 2020

Happy New Year!!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful vacation and was able to spend time with family and friends.  It’s hard to believe that we just entered a new decade! I look forward to seeing what the new year will bring at school!

Staffing Changes: I want to extend a warm welcome to two new staff members.  Joelle Bottasso will be covering in 1st grade for the rest of the year for Mrs. McGuire.  Jennifer Sullivan will be joining us at the end of January to fill in for Ms. Lentini. We also have a few staffing changes to highlight.  Kelly Dillon will be covering for Mr. Besserrer for the second half of the year. Kim Gleckas will be filling in for our reading tutor, Catherine Watts.  And Alex Poirier will be transitioning into the special education tutor position in 4th grade.

Progress Reports: Progress reports will be published to the Aspen Parent Portal on February 11th.  If you haven’t used the portal in a while, you might want to double check to make sure you can log in.  Follow this link to the Alcott Website if you need help logging in.

Cold Weather Recess: We make every effort to send students outside to play each day.  Please help us by making sure you send your children to school with warm winter clothing, including snow pants when appropriate.  If you need any support with winter outerwear, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school.

MCAS Schedule: Our MCAS schedule for the Spring of 2020 will be as follows:

April 2 and 3 – Grade 5 ELA
April 6 and 8 – Grade 4 ELA
April 15 and 16 – Grade 3 ELA
April 29 and 30 – Grade 5 Math
May 4 and 6 – Grade 4 Math
May 7 and 8 – Grade 3 Math
May 13 and 14 – Grade 5 Science

Upcoming Community Event:

National Leader of the Sunrise Movement: Varshini Prakash
January 21, 2020, 7:30-9 PM
Willard School Auditorium
185 Powder Mill RD., Concord, MA

On January 21, 2020, the Climate Solution Speaker Series is thrilled to present Varshini Prakash, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement. The Sunrise Movement is a youth-led grassroots organization mobilizing millions to stop climate change and transform the economy. Last September, the Sunrise Movement was a key organizer in the Global Climate Strike which attracted millions of protesters in 163 countries.

Varshini was raised in Acton, MA and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she led a successful campaign to force trustees to divest holdings in fossil-fuel companies. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the New Yorker, WBUR and more.

A Message from the Integrated Preschool: The Concord Integrated Preschool is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  They offer both half day and full day options that run Monday through Thursday according to the CPS calendar. A lottery will be held on January 24th and families will be notified by January 27th.  More information about the program and Application Forms are available at: https://preschool.concordps.org/  Please contact Janet O’Shea, Early Childhood Coordinator at joshea@concordps.org or (978) 202-1147 with any questions.

Upcoming Events

January 2nd Welcome Back!
January 9th 7:45am SAC Meeting
Grade 3 Simple Machines
January 14th METCO Late Bus (departs at 3pm sharp)
January 15th 9:30am PTG Meeting
January 17th School Spirit Day – Crazy Slipper and Shoe Day
January 23rd 7pm String Concert (Optional) at Peabody
January 20th MLK Day – No School
January 28th PTG Winter Staff Luncheon
Grade 3 Two Worlds Meet
January 29th Grade 2 Bash the Trash
Grade 3 Two Worlds Meet
Grade 5 Water Conservation Program
January 30th Grades 4 and 5 Ryan Haack Program
January 31st Parents at Lunch
February 3rd Grade 1 Gymnastics Show (McGuire/Bottasso)
February 5th Grade 3 Early Winds

Grade 1 Gymnastics Show (Curley)

February 6th Grade 1 Gymnastics Show (Peduzzi)
February 7th Grade 1 Gymnastics Show (Woodman)
February 10th 7:30pm PTG Meeting
February 11th Progress Reports Published in Aspen
METCO Late Bus (departs at 3pm sharp)
February 13th Band Concert at Willard
February 14th School Spirit Day – Alcott Red Day
February 17-21 No School – February Vacation
February 28th Parents at Lunch