PTG Highlights: Yearbooks on Sale & Photos Needed, Geo Quest Deadline, Volunteers Needed and much more…

It’s Time to Order Your 2019 Alcott Yearbook:  Cost for each yearbook is: $28.00 if ordered by 3/23, $32.00 if ordered by 4/6, $36.00 if ordered by 4/25. The final deadline to purchase is April 25, 2018. Order online at The password is hello bronson (all lower case with the space). If you have any questions, please email: YOUR PHOTOS NEEDED! Please submit any photos you would like to be included in the yearbook by March 31st to or Upload to Dropbox - Submit files. Email/upload photos at the highest resolution possible.

The 2019 Geography Quest’s Deadline Is Around the Corner! Make sure your child turns in their completed Quests this week. We will accept any Quests turned in by Monday, March 11th. Any child who turns in their quest (regardless of the number attempted) will receive a prize!  The Geography Quest is an annual PTG-sponsored event that lets our Alcott, Thoreau, and Willard families explore geography together, while learning history and how to use reference tools.  We hope that our students in all grades have had fun learning about several National Parks this year. Thank you to all participants.  Questions? Contact AlcottGeoQuestCommittee.

Alcott Annual Appeal: Thank you to all who have already donated to the Annual Appeal which focuses on raising money needed for the Alcott PTG to provide programs for our children and the Alcott Faculty and Staff. This month the PTG is proud to present Math Night which is funded by your contributions. All of our Children’s Programming and Teacher stipends are funded through the Annual Appeal. If you would like to donate please click here or you can send a check payable to Alcott PTG into the office and label it Annual Appeal.

Looking for volunteers! Math night is coming! Weather-themed ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Math’ is set for Friday evening, March 29th. Please sign-up directly here. Volunteering includes help with setup from 5-6, then helping man one of 10 stations from 6-8.  Each station will have a set of math games intended for grades K-5. Your job is to help the kids be successful! We also need someone to sell concessions.

Principal Search Update: The search to find Alcott's new Principal has been underway and we'd like to give an update on where we are in the process. The Committee crafted 11 questions based on qualities and characteristics Alcott's new Principal should possess that were brainstormed with staff/faculty and parents over the last 3 weeks. The Principal Search Committee has identified and interviewed 2 candidates this week. If you have any questions or would like more info, please reach out to Megan Carroll or Jane Baldini.

*Reminder* METCO Family Friends Bowling Event has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, March 12th from 12:45 to 2:30pm at the Acton Bowladrome. All details about the event are still the same, just the date has changed! If you responded "Yes" to the Evite and cannot attend the new date OR if you could not attend last month, but can attend next Tuesday, please update your response via email to Also, feel free to email with any questions. Hope to see you all next Tuesday, March 12th- keep your fingers crossed for no snow!

National Charity League is kicking off its annual Pajama Drive for Cradles to Crayons. Every winter, C2C partners with the Bruins to collect pajamas for area children in low income and homeless situations. We are collecting new children’s pajamas in any size from baby to big kid. Consider having your children help choose pajamas so they can make a connection to helping a child in need. The drive starts on Monday at Alcott and continues until March 15th. New pajamas can be dropped in the collection box in the Alcott lobby. Thank you! 

Geography Quest 2019 — In Search of Parent Graders: The Geography Quest committee has received some volunteers but hoped to get a few more to help grade the completed Quests for your child’s grade/classroom. An easy and flexible way to volunteer that only takes an hour or two of your time.  We provide an answer key and your “grading” can be done at any hour and any location that works best for you.  Students will turn in their Quests by March 11th and we will then drop off the set of quests for you to grade to your front door and you will then have approx. 2 ½ weeks to grade, add some stickers and return them. Interested? Contact Carla at

Kindergarten Registration Information - Volunteers Needed: Alcott is in the process of Kindergarten Registration planning for the 19 - 20 school year. We are gathering the list of student names eligible for Kindergarten in the Fall. If you know of someone in your neighborhood that has a Kindergarten age child, and has not heard from Alcott School, please ask them to call the school office at 978-318-9544. Kindergarten Registration packets will be mailed out on March 22nd. Mrs. Atkinson is in need of volunteers to help out on the Kindergarten Registration days, Tuesday April 23rd and Tuesday, April 30th at 1:00 and 2:00 PM. If you can help for an hour or more on either of those days, please email Cheri Driscoll at It should be a fun time greeting the students and their parents while collecting the appropriate paperwork. Thank you!

Concord Middle School Feasibility Study and Design — Residents Will Decide: The Concord School Committee is recommending a Feasibility Study for a new middle school building. To move forward, we will need residents to get involved and vote. Funding for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new CMS building is included in the 2019 Town Meeting warrant. To educate the community on options for moving forward, the School Committee will host a series of Information Sessions, Public Forums, and Building Tours. Please join us to learn about the recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback. In planning for a new facility, our goal is to engage the community in a clear and collaborative process. We welcome feedback and hope to see you at one of our events! 

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, 3/7, 7-8:30pm, Concord Children’s Center, West Concord, 1300 Main Street 

  • Monday, 3/11, 6:30-8pm, Sanborn Auditorium

Public Forums:  

  • Monday, March 18, 6:30-8pm in the Sanborn Auditorium 

  • Monday, March 25, 9:30-11am at the Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 4.

CMS Building Tours: Saturdays March 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6 9:30 at Sanborn and 11:00 at Peabody
Full Schedule of Events Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at

March 8: Geography Quest Deadline
March 12: METCO Late Bus
March 13: PTG Meeting
March 15: School Spirit Day – Crazy Hair Day
March 29: PAL, Math Night