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January

END OF FIRST SEMESTER
The first semester will end on Thursday, December 18.  This signals the half way mark of the school year and is the end of the second nine weeks grading period.  Report cards should be sent home with students next week or two.  There are no parent teacher conferences scheduled with this report card.  However, if you have any questions about your child’s grades, please call your child’s teacher.  The second parent teacher conferences are scheduled on February 17 and 19 from 4:00-8:00 PM.  Conference times will be sent home at a later date with students.
 
EARLY DISMISSALS
In January, school will continue to be dismissed each Wednesday at 2:30 PM.  The dates in January include:
-Wednesday, January 7
-Wednesday, January 14
-Wednesday, January 21
-Wednesday, January 28
 
PTO TO MEET
The Alcott School PTO meets on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 PM.  All parents having children at Alcott School are encouraged and invited to attend this meeting.  Childcare (at no expense to parents) is provided.
 
WENDY’S NIGHT
On January 20, the Alcott PTO will be hosting Wendy’s Night from 5:00-8:00 PM.  Please consider joining us as the Alcott PTO will receive a portion of the proceeds from that evening.
 
SNACK ATTACK
The Alcott Student Council has scheduled a Snack Attack for the month of January.  The after school snack sale is scheduled on January 23.
 
BUDDY BINGO SCHEDULED
The Alcott School PTO will be sponsoring Buddy Bingo on Thursday, January 29.  More information will be coming out after the next PTO meeting.
 
For those new to the school, Buddy Bingo is a planned family activity for students and adults (parents, grandparents, etc.) during which prizes may be won by playing bingo.  We invite all students and their “buddy” to come and play.   Popcorn will be provided free for all.  Pop and water will be for sale by the Student Council.
To assist the Food Pantry, we will be collecting canned food items at Buddy Bingo.

WINTER DRIVING
Winter usually means snow, ice, and slick streets.  This is a problem at drop off time and at dismissal time.  To assist, the following is suggested:
 
-Don’t get in a hurry.  At both of these times, there are a lot of cars and children moving around.
-Drive in a clockwise direction around the school.  When traffic is moving the same way, it makes it easier for everyone. 
-Have your children cross at crosswalks if they need to cross the street.  Drivers are used to seeing students there instead of in the middle of the block.
-Be courteous of others.  Do not stop in the middle of the street.  Also let others turn or pull out to keep traffic moving smoothly.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and your efforts in keeping everyone safe this winter.
 
LOST AND FOUND BOX
We still have quite a collection of lost items (coats, hats, gloves, etc.) in a box in the hallway.  If your child is missing an item, please have them check through the items.  Also, parents may come and check for any item that has disappeared.
 
ALLEN’S RECEIPTS
Alcott Elementary is continuing to collect Allen’s receipts through March.  Whenever you shop at Allen’s, please save your receipts and send them to school.  There is a collection barrel in the hallway by the office.
 
BOX TOPS
Many products produced contain a coupon that can be redeemed for cash by organizations.  So if you purchase any products, and if it contains the “Box Tops” coupon, please cut if off and send it to school.  The Alcott PTO redeems these for cash, and the money is used for students.
Be looking for more information from the PTO about collecting these coupons!
 
MANNERS MATTER
During January we have planned activities to teach and review the Manners Matter expectations. You can help by asking your student(s) what it means to be safe, responsible, and respectful at school.
 
COATS, HATS, GLOVES AND BACKPACKS
Cold weather is here, and we want all students to be ready for it.  If you are in need of a coat, a hat, gloves, or even a backpack for your child(ren), please contact one of the following:
-Mr. Tunks
-Ms. Crawford
-Mrs. Choyeski
All requests are confidential.
 
FOURTH GRADE STATE WRITING TEST
Fourth grade students in Nebraska participate in a statewide writing assessment each year.  The assessment is conducted over two days (in late January and/or early February) with a rough draft written the first day and the final copy completed the second day.  The writings will be graded at a state level, and results will be returned later this spring. 

 
Parents can help by being sure their fourth grader is well rested and fed breakfast each day. Also, by doing a few simple exercises at home, parents can help their child get in shape for the Nebraska State Writing Test.  By using the most common form of prewriting-talking, parents can help their children practice the critical thinking skills and creativity needed to write well and have fun doing it!
 
In the days before the test, give your child one or more of the prompts listed below, and ask what he or she might write if that prompt was given on the test. Your child may be full of ideas, and that is great!  But he or she may also draw a blank, and this is where the exercise comes in.  Model for your child how you would answer a prompt emphasizing the specific details you would use if you were asked to write about the topic. 
 
For example, suppose you used the prompt about things that make your child happy, excited, nervous, or brave.  Other prompts may include a favorite toy, inventing a game, or what they might do with $100.  Your child may have something in mind immediately, but if not, talk about your ideas.  Then talk about these ideas and/or activities.  Help your student remember specific details, because details are what make writing good.  Also, encourage your child to use a broad range of words to expand their vocabulary.
 
Of course, talking is not allowed on test day, but your child has learned quieter ways of prewriting in school that can be used then.  Parents can help develop their child's creativity while getting them mentally fit and flexible to meet the demands of the writing test.
 
Exercise your child's writing brain by talking about some of these prompts, and enjoy the conversation!  Also, please encourage your fourth grader to do their best.  Thank you for your help.


 

 

 
 
 

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