May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021 |

May Newsletter 2021 It is hard to believe that there are only six weeks of school left!  Spring is usually an incredibly busy time at school and, pandemic or not, this spring is no different!  I do hope that, no matter how fast the pace may get, we are still able to appreciate just how fortunate we all are to be at this point in the school year!  A year ago, I never would have predicted that we would reach this milestone.  Thanks to the amazing team of educators, families and students that we have at Alcott, I know we

April 1, 2021

March 31, 2021 |

Alcott Monthly Newsletter – April 2021 Happy Spring!  We are in the final stages of preparing to bring all students back to full days of in person learning.  As such, this month’s newsletter is filled with information and updates about our return on Monday, April 5th.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time! Devices: Laptops, iPads and chargers should be returned to school on April 5th.  Once we return to full days, devices will be stored at school.  We are also asking students to bring a pair of headphones. Supplies: Students should start bringing

March 8, 2021

March 8, 2021 |

March 8, 2021 I know I say this at the start of every month, but it feels truly remarkable to be at this point in the school year, particularly after the spike in positive cases we experienced at Alcott right before February vacation!  As we approach the one year milestone of when this pandemic forced us all to change our lives dramatically, I need to express my gratitude once again to everyone who has made it possible for us to make it to this point.  The last year has shown what a remarkable community of students, staff and families we

February 4, 2021

February 4, 2021 |

Every time we start a new month, we reach a milestone.  If you had asked me last summer whether I thought we would still be learning in person in February, I would have expressed some serious doubts.  For sure, the Alcott community has recently encountered some COVID challenges.  However, public health officials feel comfortable that, with the classroom closures we have implemented, the situation has been contained.  Of course, Dr. Hunter and I are monitoring everything very closely and will continue to be in close communication should anything change.  In the meantime, I have several other updates to share in

January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021 |

Welcome Back!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation.  As much as I continue to miss being able to spend time with my extended family and friends, I was grateful for the time I had with nowhere to be with my immediate family.  With vaccine distribution underway and 2020 officially behind us, there is a spirit of optimism in the air even as social distancing continues to be critical.  With an end in sight (albeit in the distance) and with four months of successful in person pandemic learning under our belts, I am eager to see what the rest of

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020 |

Letter from the Principal – December 2020 Wow!  It is hard to believe that December is here and school is still open for in person learning.  I feel incredibly grateful that this is the case!  I hope that you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving break.  December always feels like a busy month and this one will be no different! COVID Updates: We are incredibly fortunate that we currently have no instances of school based COVID transmission.  This is a great sign that masks, distancing, testing and quarantine protocols are working effectively.  However, with cases increasing, we do expect

November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020 |

Principal’s Updates November 2, 2020 It feels like I say this at the beginning of so many communications to families, but it bears repeating how grateful I feel every morning that I get to come to school in person!  I wasn’t sure how long school would remain open for in person learning, but I can tell you that making it to November feels like an incredible accomplishment.  A heartfelt thanks go out to all of the families, staff and students for doing their part to keep our community as healthy as possible so that our doors can remain open for

October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020 |

Letter From the Principal – October 2020 In the last few days, it has really started to look like fall outside!  This feels like quite a milestone given that, just a month ago, we were still finalizing preparations to reopen schools after the extended closure.  Eighteen days into our in person reopening and things are going incredibly well.  Students are embracing old routines and adjusting to new ones.  Everyone is being incredibly flexible when we encounter bumps in the road.  As the weather continues to change and we approach the cold and flu season, I know that new challenges will

September 4, 2020

September 5, 2020 |

Principal Update – September 4, 2020 Dear Alcott Families, The first day of school is right around the corner!  The staff and I are so excited to finally be kicking off the 2020/2021 school year!  I want to highlight a few important reminders before we officially start next week. Virtual Opening Day – September 8: I will be hosting a welcome back meeting for all students (and their families) at 9am on Tuesday, September 8th.  The zoom link for this session was sent via email.  Each classroom teacher will be hosting their own sessions on this date as well.  You can

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020 |

Principal Update – May 1, 2020 Dear Alcott Families, I wanted to invite all of you to participate in a parent meeting next Wednesday, May 6 at 2:30pm.  This will be an opportunity to learn about Phase 3 and ask any questions that you may have (about Phase 3 or otherwise).  Zoom details will be emailed closer to the date.  If you are unable to attend or just prefer individual communication over a community forum, please do not hesitate to email me with your questions or concerns at any time. I also wanted to touch on two frequently asked questions ahead of