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October


EARLY DISMISSALS CONTINUE
School will continue to be dismissed at 2:30 on Wednesday afternoons.  In October, school will be dismissed at 2:30 on October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th.
 
PICTURE DAY
Pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 at Alcott.  These pictures will include morning Pre-school and K-5 students.  Afternoon Pre-school students will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, September 30.  We will have picture retakes on October 22.
 
WALK TO SCHOOL
Alcott School students and parents are invited to participate in the annual Walk
To School that is scheduled for Thursday, October 2.  This is an opportunity to visit with your child about safety while walking and a chance to enjoy the activity of walking.  The Alcott PTO will serve snacks and juice to students and parents who participate from 7:35 – 8:15 AM.
 
ALCOTT PTO MEETING
The Alcott School PTO will meet at the school on Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00 P.M.  PTO meets in the music room.  All parents having children who attend Alcott are invited to attend.
 
FIRST QUARTER ENDS – REPORT CARDS TO BE SENT
The first quarter (nine weeks) of school will end on Wednesday, October 15.  Report cards will be sent home towards the end of October.
 
FALL BREAK-NO SCHOOL
There will be no school on October 16 and 17 for Fall Break.
 
TACO JOHN’S NIGHT
Alcott PTO is sponsoring a Taco John’s Night on Monday, October 20.  10% of the sales from 5:00–9:00 will go to the PTO.  This includes drive through as well.  Please consider grabbing a bite to eat at Taco John’s that evening, or stop by for a treat.
 
HALLOWEEN PARTIES TO BE HELD
The Alcott School PTO will be holding classroom Halloween parties for students on Friday, October 31.  More information will be distributed at a later date.  Students do not wear costumes.
 
LITERACY NIGHTS
Last year Alcott Elementary had a series of Literacy Nights scheduled throughout the first semester.  We are currently in the process of planning these for this year.  Information should be sent home in October. 
 
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME TO END
Daylight Savings Time will end at 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, November 2.  Students should report to school on Monday, November 3 on Central Standard Time.
 
RAFFLE TICKETS
Alcott Elementary is still selling raffle tickets for the free Ford give-away provided by Hastings Ford Lincoln.  Tickets for a chance to win a new 2013 Ford Focus SE are $10.  Alcott will actually receive $9 from each ticket that is being sold.
 
ALLEN’S RECEIPTS AND “BIG G” BOXTOPS
Alcott School will again be participating in the collection of Allen’s receipts and Big G box tops.  The Allen’s store sends 1% of the total collected to Alcott Elementary.  Additionally, General Mills sends the PTO money for each “Boxtops for Education” label that is received.  So, if you shop at Allen’s or use products from General Mills, please send the receipts or labels to school.  There is a collection barrel in the hallway by the office for them.
 
LOST AND FOUND BOX
Items that are found at school are placed in a “Lost and Found” box that is located in the first floor hallway.  Anytime during the year your child loses something, please have them check the box.
 
DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER
As we enter the fall months, there are days when it is very cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoons.  Children need to be dressed for the changing weather (and for cold weather when it arrives).  Please be sure your child has a coat for cool weather as we do go outside almost every day.  Hats and gloves will be needed when cold weather arrives.
 
FIELD TRIPS AND BUSSES
When students leave Alcott on field trips, they most often will be riding a bus.  Students are picked up and dropped off by busses in front of the school.  There are times the picking up or dropping off takes place with the beginning or ending of school causing a more congested traffic situation.  If you are picking up or dropping off students, and if you see a bus, please allow the bus to park along the curb in front of the school so students can be safely loaded or unloaded. 
FIELD TRIPS/ACTIVITY DATES
9/30-PM Pre-school Pictures
10/1-AM Pre-school and K-5 Pictures
10/1-5th grade at Ag Safety Day
10/2-Walk to School Day
10/7-4th grade to Nebraska Kid Fitness Day at Hastings College
10/9-1st grade to Stuhr Museum in the morning
10/10-3rd grade Jump Rope for Heart
10/14-PTO meeting at 7:00
10/20-Taco John’s Night
10/22-Picture Retakes
10/24-Snack Attack
10/31-Halloween Parties (no costumes)
11/2-Daylight Savings Time Ends
 
SOCIAL MEDIA
This year, you are able to follow Alcott Elementary on the Hastings Public Schools Facebook page.  This can provide you the opportunity to find out what is taking place at Alcott and the other building throughout the district.
 
You can also follow Alcott on its own Twitter page.  If you have a Twitter account, you can follow us at @AlcottHPS.  When using the Twitter search tool, you’ll be able to see a picture of our building.  This is a protected Twitter account.  As such, you can request to follow Alcott.  I usually check for notifications a couple of times a week.  This is used to share general information, celebrating student success, PBiS information (Manners Matter), etc…
 
In the future, Alcott will also have a YouTube channel.  We will use this to share what activities are taking place in the school such as school improvement, PBiS (Manners Matter), and celebrating success.
 
Finally, if you would like to receive weekly updates and the monthly newsletter via email, please visit with me in the school office.  During Open House, I did have a sign-up sheet for parents’ email addresses.  I will begin sending these out in the very near future.  If by chance you DID sign up and do NOT receive the email, it’s probably because I have it mis-typed.  Please understand that the omission is not intentional.
 
 

     

 
PRAIRIE LOFT
On October 5th, Prairie Loft (4705 DLD Rd) will be holding their Harvest Celebration from 1:00-6:00 PM.  They will have many learning opportunities, demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, music, and art vendors.  Sounds like a pretty good time if you have the opportunity.  For more information, you can check out their website at www.prairieloft.org.


 

 

 

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