Falcon's Nest

Alcova Elementary School

September 9, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Alcova Parents/Guardians,

As we embark on the Anniversary of 9/11; I hope you are able to reflect on our country and how we pulled together during such a challenging time. May you hug your families a little more this weekend and enjoy your time together.

Mark your calendars. We are welcoming parents into the building for our upcoming Curriculum Night-Family Engagement that will take place September 15th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. This is an opportunity to collaborate with teachers on the best ways to support your child at home. Hope to see you there!


Chromebooks for grades 3 -12 are assigned to students and they are allowed to take them home daily to complete homework/projects or access ebooks and other resources. If you would like your child (grades 3-5 only) to bring home a laptop each day, please do the following:

  1. Parents MUST complete the Orientation Agreement on My Payment Plus.

  2. Assigned laptops and chargers are the responsibility of the student.

  3. Chromebooks MUST be charged nightly and brought back DAILY. Extra Chromebooks are not available.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Proud to Be Your Principal!

Cortina Harris

September 16th is a Digital Learning Day

All students will learn from home on September 16th.

General PTA Meeting on September 15th

Doors open at 5:15. Please click the below link to become a member prior to the September 15th meeting.
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Alcova Elementary Media Technology Committee

We are looking for parent and community members to volunteer to be on the Alcova Media Technology Committee. This committee is in place to approve all materials that are purchased for and/or added to the Alcova Media Center Collection. In the event that a book is challenged by a parent or community member, this committee would go through the challenge process, with the help from GCPS Media Services. If you are interested in being a part of the committee, please fill out the form below.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Hervey, Alcova Media Specialist at melissa.hervey@gcpsk12.org.


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We are learning at Alcova Elementary!

The 4th grade class did an outstanding job learning about the Ecosystem. If you are in the building, stop by the Media Center and take a look at them.

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D.R.U.M. Auditions coming soon!

Happy Labor Day weekend, Alcova families!

Beginning THIS Wednesday, September 7th, we will be hosting another round of auditions for ANOTHER musical opportunity for your talented students! The Alcova D.R.U.M. ensemble is an instrumental ensemble that focuses on instilling our young musicians with the core principles of Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music. Auditions are open to all 3rd - 5th grade students who are looking for challenging and engaging performance opportunities. Please scan the QR code found on the attached flyer or visit the link found below for more information and to sign your child up for an audition. Spots are limited!


Thank you, and have a wonderful long weekend!

Mr. Holder

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The grace period for Free and Reduced Lunch will expire on September 14th

We still have many parents who have not completed the Free and Reduced Lunch application and their student is in a pending status until September 14th. After September 14th they will be charged full price per meal.

Parents: If you have not already, please complete the annual Lunch Form. For the past two years, this has not been required as all meals have been free. However, moving forward, lunch meals in our cafeteria will be charged to students/adults. While this does qualify families for Free and Reduced Meals, please compete regardless as it also can qualify parents for additional benefits to both families and the school for additional resources, etc. This year, I am asking for all families to complete the form as we are returning to a typical school year. Please click here to be directed to the Free and Reduced Lunch Application.

Please check your student(s) cafeteria balance and sign off on important orientation agreements by going to My Payments Plus.

School Hours

Please remember school hours are from 8:15am -2:45pm. Students may enter at 7:45am and car riders will begin dismissal at 2:40pm. Starting this year, announcements will begin 8:10am, so that instruction may begin promptly at 8:15am. Thanks in advance for getting your children here on time ready to learn.


Each day we strive to dismiss students with a safe organized process to ultimately ensure the safety of each student. In order to keep our procedures accurate and maintain appropriate processes to ensure the safe release of our students, all check outs in the front office must be completed before 2:15pm and all transportation changes must be made in writing with the front office by the parent by 1:00pm. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe.

Emergency - "Day of" Transportation Change Requests


If you have a emergency transportation change request you must email 978.transportation@gcpsk12.org for the change to be processed. Please use this email only for "day of" emergency changes, where you were not able to send a note in with your student. Change request must be received no later than 1:30 pm to guarantee the change request will be processed.

Car Rider Info

Just a Reminder: The Car Rider Lane will close at 8:15 am. All students arriving after 8:15, must check in at the front office with the parent. Please do not drop your child off if the doors are closed.

Important Required Back To School Orientation Agreements for all students.

All parents, please visit mypaymentsplus.com to sign off on required orientation agreements for all students. Visit our website for helpful directions on setting up an account.
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Hi Parents/Guardians,

It is hard to believe that it is time to start thinking about the holiday season. Please check out the flyer below from the Salvation Army if you are in need of a little assistance this year.

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Alcova Falcon Scholars

Alcova ES School Calendar

Click here to see the calendar