Students in the Hastings Public Schools will be dismissed for Spring Break on April 2-6. School will resume at the regular time on April 7.
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:
-March 31 9:00-4Z Math 10:30-3L Math 1:00-3W Math
-April 1 9:00-3S Math 10:30-4H Math
-April 7 9:00-5J Math 10:30-5K Math 1:00-4H Math
-April 8 9:00-4Z Math 10:30-3L Math
-April 9 10:00-3S Math 1:00-3W Math
-April 10 9:00-5J Math 10:30-5K Math
-April 13 9:00-4H Rdg 10:30-4Z Rdg 1:00-3L Rdg
-April 14 9:00-5K Rdg 10:30-5J Rdg 1:00-3W Rdg
-April 15 10:00-3S Rdg
-April 16 9:00-4H Rdg 10:30-4Z Rdg 1:00-3L Rdg
-April 17 9:00-5K Rdg 10:30-4Z Rdg 1:00-3W Rdg
-April 21 9:00-5J Sci 10:30-5K Sci 1:00-3S Rd
-April 23 9:00-5J Sci 10:30-5K Sci
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. 5th grade will also do two sessions of Science.
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 2015-2016 KINDERGARTNERS
All children beginning Kindergarten this next fall and their parents/guardians are invited to a Kindergarten Orientation on April 9 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 9th 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 14 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.
CHERRY BERRY NIGHT
On April 23, the Alcott PTO will be sponsoring a Cherry Berry Night from 5:00-8:00. This is a great opportunity to dine out and support the Alcott PTO. Hope to see you there!
FIELD TRIPS SCHEDULED
Please note that the following field trips are scheduled during the month of April:
April 2-2nd grade to Hastings Museum (11:45-12:50)
April 22-4th grade to the Kensington (12:50-2:00)
April 30-Kindergarten to the Stuhr Museum (1:45-3:15)
More information will be sent home by the teachers.
ALCOTT SCHOOL CARNIVAL
The Alcott Elementary school carnival will coming up soon. 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 27th. The rain date is Thursday, May 4. 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. Students will no 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.
5th GRADE BAND AND ORCHESTRA
The 5th Grade Band and Orchestra students will present a concert on Tuesday, April 21st, at 7:00pm at the Hastings High School Auditorium. This is a free concert open to the public.
The concert will start with the Orchestra, followed by the Band and last no longer than one hour.
The 5th grade Band and Orchestra students have been working hard to learn their instruments and are excited to perform for the public. Band students start playing in 5th grade, Orchestra students begin in 4th grade. Please plan to join these students to support their hard work and enjoy a great evening of music.