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April 2017


All children beginning Kindergarten next Fall and their parents/guardians are invited to register at Alcott Elementary if they haven’t done so.

All children entering Kindergarten next Fall need to be five years old by July 31.  To register, 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 office at any time during registration. 

If you have a child that will be attending Kindergarten next year (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 at 402-461-7580.


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 follows:

  8:30am 10:00am 1:00pm
April 5 5K Science 5J Science  
April 6 5J Science   5k Science
April 10   5K Reading 5J Reading
April 11 4W Reading 4Z Reading 3S Reading
April 12 5J Reading 3H Reading 5K Reading
April 13 4Z Reading 4W Reading  
April 19 5K Math 3S Reading 3H Reading
April 20 5J Math 4W Math 4Z Math
April 21   3H Math 3S Math
April 24   4W Math 5J Math
April 25 5K Math 4Z Math 3S Math
April 26   3H Math  

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 at school.  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.



The Alcott School PTO will meet at the school in the library on Tuesday, April 11 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.



Students in the Hastings Public Schools will not have school on the following dates:

-April 14

-April 17

School will resume at the regular time on April 18 (Tuesday).


4th and 5th GRADE TRACK MEET

This year’s elementary track meet will be held on Monday, May 8.  The rain date is Tuesday, May 9.  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.  Additional information will be provided by Mr. Steele.



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.  Please do not park in the middle of the street.  We encourage students to be safe by using crosswalks.



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.



April 5 The 3rd Grade Tours Hastings
April 6 The 3rd Grade Continues the Hastings Tour
April 5-26 NeSA TEsting
April 14 No School
April 17 No School
April 24-30 Alcott PTO Readathon


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. If by chance you DID sign up and do NOT receive the email, it's probably because I have it mistyped. Please understand that the omission is not intentional. Please let me know and I can add you.



-April 5                        8:30-5K Sci                  10:00-5J Sci

-April 6                        8:30-5J  Sci                                                     1:00-5K Sci

-April 10                                              10:00-5K R                  1:00-5J R

-April 11          8:30-4W R                   10:00-4Z R                  1:00-3S R

-April 12          8:30-5J R                     10:00-3H R                  1:00-5K R

-April 13          8:30-4Z R                    10:00-4W R

-April 19          8:30-5K M                   10:00-3S R                   1:00-3H R

-April 20          8:30-5J M                    10:00-4W M                1:00-4Z M

-April 21                                              10:00-3H M                 1:00-3S M

-April 24                                              10:00-4W M                1:00-5J M

-April 25          8:30-5K M                   10:00-4Z M                 1:00-3S M

-April 26                                              10:00-3H M