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Winter 2018

Alcott Eagles

Our fundamental purpose is to assure all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to be successful individuals and responsible citizens.


From the Principal's Desk

I can’t believe we are almost through the first semester. I have enjoyed meeting all the students and families at Alcott. Our kids have worked hard and enjoyed our new building.

Please remember to send warm clothes with your students. They need hats, gloves, and heavy coats when it is so chilly. If you need assistance with these items, please call the office.

Don’t forget to always call the office if your child will be home sick or if your phone number needs to be updated.

Snack Attack

Once a month, Student Council sells healthy snacks to students for just $0.50. Students are allowed to buy 2 items. Some of the items include: fruit roll-ups, granola bars, and popcorn. The students purchase snacks in their homerooms. The next Snack Attack is set for December 4. Remember your change and help support Alcott Student Council. Thanks to Mrs. Choyeski and Mrs. Kauffman for sponsoring this group and working with our students.

Early Dismissal

December 21 is the last day of the first semester. Students will be dismissed at 1:15 in the afternoon. School will resume on Tuesday, January 8 at 8:10 am.

Student Success Assemblies

Each month teachers choose a student who has made great academic gains. We are proud of the many accomplishments of our students. They are recognized at an all-school assembly. Our kids are working hard to improve in reading and math. Parents are a huge part of this success. Thanks for reading with your children and practicing math facts and word walls at home.

Students are also recognized for showing good character, for following the PBIS expectations around the school and for having good behavior during PE, Music and Art.

Literacy Night

Hastings College sponsored a Literacy Night event at our school in November. We had over 130 participants. Everyone enjoyed a pizza dinner and a variety of stations. All students completing the stations received a free book. We appreciate your support and the partnership with Hastings College

PBIS Update

Students have been practicing skills each week that allow them to make responsible choices and show good character. Students not receiving any office referrals for the quarter will also attend a special ZERO HERO activity during the last day of school in December. Students will also have a Winter Party on December 21. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to help with this celebration.

Message from the Nurse

Samantha Schirmer, RN


  • Dress for the weather- layer clothing; wear heavy coats, hats, boots, gloves and scarves.
  • Prevent the spread of germs- keep children home from school they are or have been running a fever of 100 degrees or more or been vomiting in the past 24 hours. (Also keep home if having frequent diarrhea.)
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue instead of your hands.
    • Wash your hands frequently and especially before eating and after going to the bathroom. Scrub for at least 30 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song in your head 2 times) and be sure to get under your nails where germs like to hide.
    • Change toothbrush if you’ve had the flu, strep throat, or any mouth infections.
  • Keep your vaccinations up to date- it’s not too late to get your flu shot!
  • Keep hydrated- cold weather may make you feel like you are less thirsty, but dehydration can make you more likely to get sick.
  • Keep moisturized- cold weather can make your skin dry, chapped, and itchy. Apply lotion after bathing and as needed. Hands and lips tend to be the worst. Keep Chap Stick or Vaseline on hand.

Here’s to staying healthy this winter!

-Nurse Sam

Winter Dates

Dec 4 Winter Festival (More information coming soon.)
Dec 10 Taco Johns from 5pm to 8pm
Dec 20 Winter Concert at 7pm at at French Memorial Chapel.






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.

Hastings Public Facebook

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..

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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.

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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.

Report to Parents

Report to Parents


School will continue to be dismissed at 2:30 on Wednesday afternoons.  In October, school will be dismissed at 2:30 on October 4, 11, 18, and 25