June 2, 2022

Alcott Newsletter
June 2, 2022

It is so hard to believe that June has arrived!  The last month has been packed with so much fun here at Alcott.  From field day, to field trips to turtle releases, we’ve been relishing in the activities that had been put on hold for far too long!  As we wrap up yet another unprecedented school year, I want to express my appreciation to all of you for your continued involvement and support.  Though we continue to face challenges from an ongoing pandemic, our students are able to come to school each day and learn with joy as we work together to help them reach their fullest potential.  I am so grateful to be able to do this work each and every day with your children, Alcott’s staff, and with all of you.

A Goodbye: As some of you already know, our amazing assistant principal Judy Olson is retiring at the end of this school year.  Ms. Olson has been an integral member of the Alcott community for 15 years.  During her time here, she has served as a tutor, substitute teacher, classroom teacher, math curriculum specialist and assistant principal.  She has had an incredible impact on staff and students alike and will be missed tremendously.  Though we are very sad to see her go, we are very happy for her to embark on this new journey.

A Welcome: Though we are sad to see Ms. Olson go, we are happy to be welcoming Taryn Moon to serve as Alcott’s next Assistant Principal/Math Curriculum Specialist.  Ms. Moon comes to us with great experience as a math curriculum coach and Director of Instruction in the Boston Public Schools.  Though no one will ever truly replace Ms. Olson, Ms. Moon is going to be an amazing addition to the Alcott community and I can’t wait for all of you to meet her in the upcoming school year!

Field Day Recap: I want to extend a huge thank you to Mr. Gaudreau and all of our parent volunteers who made this year’s field day a smashing success.  It was wonderful to see the joy on everyone’s faces as we came together for our first all school in person event in over two years.  I thoroughly enjoyed my first Alcott field day even if I did not win the staff water balloon toss.  That honor goes to fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Gregor!  In the picture below, the entire school cheers on the final four staff pairs (Ms Chatlosh and Ms. Jump, Ms. McMahon and Mr. Besserer, Mr. Gaudreau and Mr. Toland, and the winners Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Gregor)!

Spring Fair: Over the last two years, we’ve been forced to make a lot of changes in response to the pandemic.  Many of these “forced” changes turned out to be unexpectedly positive.  The Spring Fair was one of those unexpectedly refreshing changes.  Traditionally, the Spring Fair had been a Craft Fair hosted by 5th graders in December.  To make it safer for the entire school to attend during COVID, we delayed this event until the spring when it could be hosted outside.  Feedback from students and staff alike was so overwhelmingly positive that we expect future 5th grades may make an outdoor Spring Fair a new tradition!  Thank you so much to the 5th grade parent planning committee, 5th grade teachers and all 5th grade students for making this event such a success!

Supply Lists: The supply list for the 2022-2023 school year can be found here.  Families can purchase supplies from any store and send them in at the beginning of the year or they can purchase them through this website.  If purchased through the website, they will be delivered to your child’s class before the start of the school year.

Principal Swap: Thank you to everyone who sent their children in with spare change to vote in the PTG sponsored Principal Swap.  As many of you know, Mr. Toland won the vote!  He and I will be swapping on Monday, June 6th.  I will be teaching several of his classes that day and he will be leading the school!  Though not all students will get to experience having me as their music teacher, Mr. Toland will make the rounds to all classrooms that morning so every student can experience him as their principal!  We are both looking forward to it!