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September 2018

Alcott Eagles

ASSURING THE ESSENTIAL, EXPANDING THE POSSIBLE

 

Welcome Back to Alcott

Thanks for joining us for our community open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. Past and present Alcott Eagles flooded the doors to see our newly renovated building. The Hastings Public School Board of Education clipped the ribbon and welcomed us back to our building. We appreciate the community support. Russ’s, Eileen’s Cookies, First Choice Vending, and Wal-Mart all donated items for the BBQ. We are glad to be home

The first week of school was a success. Students spent time traveling between several different school locations learning the expectations and practicing appropriate behaviors. Our PBIS team has worked hard on developing Manners Matter posters for each location. The posters remind students of the expectations. Positive behaviors are reinforced and students may receive an Atta-Way for expected behaviors. Every Friday, students’ names are drawn and announced to celebrate this success. Thanks for being part of our PBIS program by reinforcing positive behaviors at home. Our goals are to: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Let’s have a great year!

Arrival and Dismissal

Thank you for dropping off and picking up your child on the playground. Students have been finding their spots and showing good character on the playground. Those eating breakfast can enter the cafeteria around 7:40 am. They will return to their line after they are finished eating. If you would like to join them for breakfast, please enter through the office and sign-in. Remember there is no supervision before 7:50. Students enter the building at 8:05 and the tardy bell rings at 8:10.

Hastings Public Schools will dismiss at 2:30 on Wednesdays throughout the school year. The district has made a commitment to provide the best education for your child. The staff uses this time to collaborate with others across the district so all students receive the same high quality education. Thank you for your support in this process.

Your child needs to be at school every day possible. Nebraska law requires schools to notify parents after 5 absences in a quarter or ten in a semester. We will notify you if your child has this many absences or a high number of tardies. Please call the school if your child is absent or tardy. Thank you!

Items to Return

Please take a few minutes to return all the forms your child’s teacher has sent home.

  • Free/Reduced Lunch
  • Enrollment Sheet
  • Getting Home Form
  • Learning Compact
  • Handbook Receipt
  • Field Trip Form

PTO-Parent/Teacher Organization

The Alcott PTO meets monthly on the second Tuesday. All parents who have children at Alcott School are members of the PTO and invited to attend. Child care is provided. The PTO is an active part of our community and we encourage you to attend this year.

The first meeting is Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00.

PTO provided a treat to all students who brought 10 box tops. Please continue to collect these and Allen’s receipts all year long!

From the Counselor's Desk

Welcome back for the 2018-19 school year! The school year is well underway and students are adjusting to their new teachers, classrooms, and classmates. My name is Mrs. Choyeski and I am beginning my eighth year as the school counselor at Alcott Elementary

I will be visiting each classroom to welcome all the students. I will visit all of the classrooms throughout the school year. The counseling curriculum will include topics such as decision making, communication, goal setting, career awareness, understanding ourselves and others, and academic support. I also work with the entire school to promote Manners Matter – Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful!

Below are some suggestions how you can help your child be successful at school:

  • Make sure your child goes to bed early and gets a good nights rest. Children in elementary school should receive 10-11 hours of sleep to function their best in social, school, and family activities.
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher and the school. Communication can be done through face to-face contact, email, phone calls, writing in your student’s planner, and upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences.
  • Assist your child in completing homework and reading assignments. Set up a quiet place for studying, help your child get organized, and provide assistance when needed.
  • Breakfast is an important start to the day. Hungry kids can’t concentrate on learning, so good nutrition plays an important role in your child’s school performance. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts do better in school. Breakfast is served at school beginning at 7:40 a.m. each morning.
  • Create routines at home including after school, in the evening, and in the mornings before school.
  • Encourage your child and praise them for their accomplishments. The more enthusiasm a parent shows, the more excited your child will be about school.
  • Take an active role in your child’s education by becoming active in PTO.

SEPTEMBER DATES

Sep 11 PTO Meeting in the gym at 7:00 pm. Childcare is provided.
Sep 25 Picture Day!
Sep 25 Conferences from 4:00-7:45. Times are scheduled with the classroom teacher.
Sep 27 Conferences from 4:00-7:45. Times are scheduled with the classroom teacher.
Sep 28 No School!

 

 

 

 

 

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