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Alcott newsletter log

April 2018


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 (NSCAS). The testing schedule is as follows:

April 4 8:30 - 5J - ELA   12:45 - 4B - ELA   
April 5 8:30 - 5K - ELA   12:45 - 4W - ELA   
April 6 8:30 - 5J - ELA (cont.)  9:05 - 5K ELA (cont.) 12:45 - 4B - ELA (cont.) 1:20 - 4W - ELA (cont.)
April 9 9:50 - 3H - ELA      
April 10 9:50 - 3S - ELA      
April 11 9:50 - 3H - ELA (cont.) 10:30 - 3S - ELA (cont.)    
April 12 8:30 - 5K - Math   12:45 - 4B - Math  
April 13 8:30 - 5J - Math   12:45 - 4W - Math  
April 16  8:30 - 5K - Math (cont.)  11:00 - 5J - Math (cont.) 12:45 - 4B - Math (cont.) 1:25 - 4W - Math (cont.)
April 17 9:50 - 3H - Math      
April 18 9:50 - 3S - Math      
April 19 9:50 - 3H - Math (cont.)      
April 20 9:50 - 3S - Math (cont.)       
April 24 8:30 - 5J - Science      
April 25 8:30 - 5K - Science      
April 26 8:30 - 5J - Science (cont.) 9:10 - 5K - Science (cont.)    
April 30 - May 4 Make Up Tests      

Each classroom is scheduled for two sessions of approximately 60 minutes each for the English Language Arts (reading) and Math assessments. The testing will be done on a computer at school. 5th grade will also do sessions for 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 10 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.


The Alcott PTO will be sponsoring a Pizza Hut Night on April 16 from 5:00-8:00. A portion of the receipts will be donated to the PTO and Alcott Elementary. Information from the PTO will be sent home.


The Alcott PTO encourages families to submit box tops for April. Classes that submit 100 box tops by April 16 will get a popcorn party. Please consider turning in box tops as it benefits Alcott Elementary.


This year’s elementary track meet will be held on Monday, May 7. The rain date is Tuesday, May 8. 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.


We ask that students not arrive at school prior to 7:55 A.M. unless they are arriving for breakfast. Students may enter from the back of the building between 7:55-8:00 and go directly to their classrooms to get ready for the day. Please note that school begins at 8:10. Students arriving in their classroom after 8:10 are counted as tardy. Breakfast will be served at 7:35. When students finish with breakfast, they will go to their classrooms. School breakfast will not be served after 8:00. If your child will be eating breakfast at school, they must be here before 8:00 to be served. Also, students who are dropped off by a parent for breakfast are to be dropped off behind the building. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO OUTSIDE SUPERVISION FOR STUDENTS PRIOR TO 7:45.


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.


The Band and Orchestra students will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, May 1st, beginning at 7pm, at the Middle School. Students will ride a bus to the Middle School for an afternoon rehearsal that day and will be treated to a FREE Pizza Party before the concert. Doors at the Middle School will be open at 6:30 for Family and friends to attend the concert.

There are also three voluntary rehearsals in preparation for the concert;

  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 4-5pm, Band Students Only, Middle School Band Room
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 4-5pm, Orchestra Students Only, Middle School Orchestra Room
  • Tuesday, April 24th, 4-5pm, Band & Orchestra Students, Middle School Band

Transportation will be available if students need a ride from the Elementary School to the Middle School on these dates. Parents will pick students up at the Middle School after rehearsals, there will be NO transportation back to the elementary schools. Parents can expect a letter in March explaining the details of the concert and the rehearsals.


April 10 PTO Meeting
April 11 The 2nd Grade Goes to the Hastings Museum
April 16 Pizza Hut Night
April 20 The 2nd Grade Goes to the Hastings Museum
April 27 Kindergarten Goes to the Stuhr Museum
April 30 The 4th Grade Goes to Lincoln







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