STATE READING, MATH and SCIENCE TESTS
During April and May, students in grades 3-5 will be taking part in the State’s testing program (NeSA). The testing schedule is as followed: April 8-11 for 4thth grade (Reading and Math); April 14th-17th (Reading and Math) and April 23rd-24th (Science) for 5th grade; and April 28-May 2 for 3rd grade. Each classroom is scheduled for two sessions of 90 minutes each for the reading assessment and two sessions of 90 minutes for math. The testing will be done on a computer.
We encourage students to get plenty of rest the night before testing as well as eating a good breakfast in the morning. Also, please encourage your students to perform their best during the tests.
Please contact the school if you have questions.
CALLING ALL 2013-2014 KINDERGARTNERS
All children beginning Kindergarten this next fall and their parents/guardians are invited to a Kindergarten Orientation on April 3 at Alcott School. The orientation begins at 6:30 PM and is expected to last about one hour. During this time, children will be doing activities with our Kindergarten teachers in the classrooms as well as doing a quick literacy assessment. Parents and guardians will meet in the gym to receive information about Kindergarten, ask questions, and work on completing the registration.
All children entering Kindergarten next fall need to be five years old by July 31. Also, parents will need to provide a certified birth certificate or other proof of age, an immunization record, and proof of a physical exam (including an eye exam) by a physician. These items are due before the first day of school next fall. However, any completed items may be brought to the April 3rd orientation.
If you have a child that will be attending Kindergarten next fall (or if you know of someone), and if they have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. Call the school if you have any questions.
The Alcott School PTO will meet at the school in the music room on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM. All parents having children attending Alcott are members of the PTO and are invited and encouraged to attend. Child-care is available at no cost to parents.
HASTINGS PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND ISSUE MEETING
On April 10th, Alcott Elementary will be holding a community meeting concerning the Hastings Public Schools bond issue that will be voted on in May. This meeting will be held in the Alcott gym at 7:00 PM. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about the bond issue and what changes could take place in the future. Please feel free to attend.
SNACK ATTACK FOR APRIL
Snack Attack will be scheduled for April 15 after school.
On April 17th, the Alcott PTO will be sponsoring Quiznos Night from 5:00-8:00. This is a great opportunity to dine out and support the Alcott PTO. Hope to see you there!
Students in the Hastings Public Schools will be dismissed for Spring Break on April 18-21. School will resume at the regular time on April 22.
FIELD TRIPS SCHEDULED
Please note that the following field trips are scheduled during the month of April:
April 9-4th grade to the Kensington
April 16-4th grade field trip (AM)
April 28-Kindergarten to the Stuhr Museum (PM)
May 1-4th grade to the State Capitol
More information will be sent home by the teachers.
ALCOTT SCHOOL CARNIVAL
The Alcott Elementary school carnival will be held on April 25th. More information will be sent home in the near future from the PTO. This activity is sponsored by the Alcott PTO.
4th and 5th GRADE TRACK MEET
This year’s elementary track meet will be held on Monday, April 28th. The rain date is Thursday, May 1. The meet will be held at the Hastings Senior High track. Each student will be responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the track. No students will be allowed to leave prior to 3:20 which is our regular dismissal time. Additional information will be provided by Mrs. Hamik.
LOST AND FOUND
Our Lost and Found box is now overflowing with coats, gloves, boots, hats, etc. If your child is missing an item, please check. All items will be donated to Goodwill at the end of the school year.
With better weather arriving again, we expect to see more pedestrians and bicycle riders before and after school. Please be aware of these as you drop off or pick up students.
Also, we continue to ask that you go in a clockwise direction around the school for dropping off or picking up. We will continue putting out the cones to limit driving on Cedar Street to only go south. Please do not park in the middle of the street. We encourage students to be safe by using crosswalks.
READY FOR PE?
With the coming of warmer weather, we have a number of students wearing sandals and “flip-flops” to school. On days when students have physical education, they need to have shoes that allow them to run and be active. If sandals or flip-flops are worn, students also need to bring along shoes for PE for safety reasons. Also, please be sure that clothing is appropriate for school. Thank you.
FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM
Throughout the school year, Alcott and several other Hastings Public Schools have participated in the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program. This is a program that offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to students as a mid-morning snack. Teachers also present a small lesson or information about each item. The intention is to teach students about healthy snacks and to allow them to experience a variety of different foods.
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Hastings Public Schools is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun.
This unforgettable week begins on June 2nd, when Kim Creech will direct the Camp Invention MORPHED!™ program at Raymond A. Watson Elementary School.
In the Super Go™ module, students design a small, motor-powered vehicle that zooms! Girls and boys will collect energy coins along the way for building ramps, bridges and tunnels for the Super Go Road Rally.
Participants will receive personalized challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees that will ignite a spirit of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship during the Design Studio: Morphed™ module.
Throughout the Amplified™ module, children invent bionic gadgets while journeying to acquire superhuman senses. Time will be spent encountering illusions and discovering if they are a supertaster.
Finally, Camp Invention’s flagship module, I Can Invent: Pinbug™, allows participants to use tools to upcycle electronics and build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine!
Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school and college students will serve as Leadership Interns – ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.
Register early to get the deepest discounts! Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to reserve your child’s spot today!