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May 2016

2016-2017 CLASS ROSTERS
2016-17 class rosters will be developed in July.  Each year, students are assigned to a homeroom teacher based on the recommendation from the previous year’s teacher, from parent request, and from a random mixing of students.  If a parent does have a request for a particular teacher, the following criteria needs to be followed:
 
  1. All requests must be made in writing to the school principal;  
  2. All requests must have an educational reason stated; and
  3. All requests must be received by the principal no later than May 30, 2016.  Any requests received later than this date will not be considered.
 
Please know that all requests will be honored if possible.  However, no assurance can be given that all requests will be met.
 
TRANSFER REQUESTS
As with other schools, Alcott Elementary has a number of students who attend here, but who live in another attendance area of Hastings.  Students are able to do this due to a transfer request being approved.  A transfer request is approved only until the end of the school year in which it is grantedRequest forms have been mailed to families who have children attending Alcott School on transfer this current school year.  Families new to Hastings who have not participated in a transfer, and who may wish to do so, may obtain a transfer form at any Hastings elementary school.
 
 Please note:  Transfer decisions are based on class size, student behavior, and student attendance.  As such, there are no guarantees all requests will be granted.
 
SCHOOL LUNCHES
As the school year is winding down, please look ahead at the number of times your child(ren) will be eating school lunch and send only the amount of money for that number.  Any amount left over will be carried over for next school year.
 
Also, parents will receive forms for applying for free or reduced meals for the 2016– 2017 school year during the summer.  These forms will need to be completed and returned as soon as possible.  All children will begin the school year at the lunch status they ended this year.
 
Additionally, we will not allow any lunch charges after May 13.
 
PTO TO MEET
The final PTO meeting at Alcott School is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 7:00 P.M. All parents having children attending Alcott School are invited and encouraged to attend.  Babysitting is provided at no cost for parents.
 
Lastly, the Alcott PTO would like to extend a “thank you” to all parents and staff members for their help with PTO projects for this school year.
 
LIBRARY BOOKS DUE
All library books are due.  An inventory needs to be completed before the end of the school year.  Letters will be sent to parents if materials are not returned.
 
LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
During the second half of the school year, we have collected clothing items and lunch boxes that have not been claimed.  If your child has lost an item, please have them check our lost and found box in the first floor hallway.  Any items left at the end of the school year will be donated to Goodwill.
 
SNACK ATTACK
The Student Council will be holding a Sno-Cone Snack Attack after school on Friday, May 13th.  Sno-cones will be sold for fifty cents each.
 
This will be the final Snack Attack for the year.  Due to the large number of students participating, we will limit one Sno-cone for each student.
 
FIFTH GRADE RECOGNITION
Fifth grade students at Alcott School will be recognized at a program at French Chapel on the Hastings College campus at 7:00 P.M. on May 17th.  Parents and family members are invited to attend.
 
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The last day of school for students in Kindergarten through grade 5 will be on Tuesday, May 17th.  Students will be dismissed at 3:20 on that day.  All money owed for library fines, books, and lunches will need to be paid.  Parents will be notified before May 17th if any money is owed.
 
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.  Also, please be sure that clothing is appropriate for school.  Thank you.
 
SUMMER SCHOOL
This summer, Longfellow Elementary will be hosting summer school for the Hastings Public Schools.  The intent of summer school is to help students retain knowledge that they have learned over the regular school year.  Also, it helps students to become more prepared for when school starts in August.
 
This year summer school will begin on July 5 and finish on July 28, meeting from Monday through Thursday.  Class hours are from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM each day.  The summer program is offered at no cost to your family, but it does have limited space available.  Once we reach our limit, we cannot register additional students.
 
If you are interested in having your child attend summer school, please contact the office.  There are registrations available.  Please keep in mind that if you choose to have your student attend, students MUST attend all sessions and be on time.  It would be unfair to others that are unable to attend due to limited numbers if a student is registered and does not come to the summer school sessions.  
 
SUMMER BAND AND ORCHESTRA
Summer band and orchestra will be offered from May 23rd through June 17th.  Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced band and orchestra will be held at HMS.
 
Beginning band instruments include: flute, clarinet, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, and baritone.  Students going into the 5th grade may sign up for a band instrument.  Beginning string instruments include: violin, viola, and cello.  Students going into the 4th or 5th grade may sign up for a string instrument.
 
Students who played a band or string instrument this year may continue in the intermediate summer classes (or advanced, for most 2nd year string players).  Check with your instructor if you have questions about group placement.
 
Registration letters are currently being sent home with students.  Please fill them out and return to the school office ASAP with a check for $75.00  A limited number of scholarships are available - please request a form from Mr. Matticks or Mrs. Niemeyer if you need one.  If you will be starting in the fall instead, please indicate this on your registration form, and no check is needed at this time.   
 


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.  Please let me know and I can add you.
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