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Alcott newsletter log

December 2017


During the month of December, we will continue having early dismissals each Wednesday at 2:30.  Students will be dismissed at 2:30 on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 6
  • Wednesday, December 13
  • Wednesday, December 20


Hastings College and the Alcott Title I team will be sponsoring the Alcott Literacy Night on Monday December 4. Activities will begin at 6:00 PM and will end at 7:00 PM. Please consider stopping in to learn more about reading activities that can be done at home, our Title I program, and have a chance to bring home a free book.


The Alcott PTO will be sponsoring the 2017 Alcott Winter Festival on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Festivities will begin at 6:30 P.M. at Alcott Elementary.  Please consider spending an evening for a variety of events.  Flyers will be sent home with additional details.


The Alcott School PTO will meet at Wendy’s on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 P.M.  All parents having children attending Alcott Elementary are members of the PTO and are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting.   Child-care is available at no cost for those attending.  Please note that there has been a change on the PTO calendar.

That evening, the Alcott PTO is sponsoring a Wendy’s Night from 5:00-8:00 P.M.  A portion of the receipts will be donated to the PTO.  Please consider eating at Wendy’s on December 12 to support the PTO and Alcott Elementary.  Information from the PTO will be sent home.


This year, the Alcott and Lincoln PBiS teams are collaborating to provide information for families regarding Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBiS) through a series of PBiS Parent Nights.  On Thursday, December 14, Alcott and Lincoln will present PBiS and Play at Lincoln Elementary.  The class will run from 6:00-7:00 P.M.  Please consider attending for some great information and prize drawings.


Alcott students in the 2nd-4th grade will have a music concert at the French Chapel on the Hastings College campus.  The concert will be on Tuesday, December 19 with a winter/holiday theme.  Mr. Fagiolo will send home additional information in the near future.


The Hastings Public Schools will have a 1:00 P.M. dismissal on Friday, December 22.  The early dismissal will begin the Winter Break from December 23 through January 3, 2018.  Students will return to school on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at our regular time.


Nebraska winter weather is on the way, and we get questions about weather related closings and schedule changes.  All decisions to cancel school due to weather are made at the Administration Office and given to the news media by 7:00 A.M.  If we experience wintry weather, please listen to local radio or television in the mornings.  Also, if the weather should worsen during the day, any decision to dismiss early would be made at the District level.  Therefore, calling the local building would not be as helpful as listening to local media for any announcements.  Furthermore, parents do have the final decision for determining if their child attends during any weather that school is in session.  Please do know that if children are kept at home or taken home early, they will be counted as absent.

Finally, students do go outside for recess most days.  Please be sure your child is prepared for the weather.  HPS uses an actual temperature or a wind chill temperature of 0 degrees based on district policy to determine if children are kept inside.


The Alcott School Lost and Found box is getting full.  We have coats, sweatshirts, gloves, mittens, etc.  If your child is missing an item, please have them check the box.  Also, it is available in the hallway by the office if parents would like to look through and find a missing piece of clothing.


You have probably noticed that traffic around the school can be congested, especially at dismissal time.  We appreciate the help and support that most drivers provide.  Please continue to:

  • Park on the side streets behind the building as the front is used for buses and daycare vans.
  • Don’t park in the crosswalk areas.
  • Drive in a clockwise direction around the school.
  • Pull over to pick up children instead of loading them into your vehicle in the middle of the street blocking others.
  • Please do not park in front of our neighbors’ driveways.


December 4 Alcott Literacy Night
December 5 Alcott Winter Festival
December 12 Wendy's Night/PTO Meeting
December 14 PBiS Parent Night at Lincoln Elementary
December 19 2nd-4th Grade Winter Concert
December 22 1:00pm dismissal
December 22 Last day of the 2nd quarter/1st semester
December 23-January 3 Winter Break (No School)
January 4 Classes resume/students return from Winter Break






Hastings Public Schools Foundation and Hastings Public Schools Music Department are bringing an incredible Artist In Residence (AIR) experience to our students and community October 23 – 27th, 2017. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our music students to learn and perform music from Mexico. This will primarily involve 5th grade band and orchestra students.

Sones de Mexico Ensemble ( is a 2 time Grammy nominated music ensemble that promotes greater appreciation of Mexican folk and traditional music.

Select groups of students will perform with Sones de Mexico during a FREE evening concert Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 7:00pm, at the Hastings City Auditorium.


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