Falcon's Nest

Alcova Elementary School

September 2, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Alcova Parents/Guardians,

I am sure you are like all of us and looking forward to a relaxing extended weekend. We are continuing to be off to a good start with all of our students returning to school. Thank you for your support in making sure OUR students learning is the top priority.

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

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Alcova's Teacher of the Year

We are so proud of Ms. Sara Van Nus!
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Cub Scouts Parent Meeting September 8th

The Cub Scouts will be coming to the school September 7th visiting classrooms. If your student is interested in signing up there will be a Cub Scouts Parent Meeting in the cafeteria on September 8th from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

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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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.
Thank you Dacula High School softball team and cheerleaders for coming out and greeting our students last Friday.
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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.

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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.

Lunch after Labor Day

In an effort to get students acclimated to school and off to a good start, we are asking for parents to hold off on coming to lunch. Parents are welcomed to start having lunch with their child after Labor Day, September 5, 2022.


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.

New Traffic Pattern in the Car Rider Lane

Thank you for your continued patience as we try to make our car rider line as efficient as possible given the volume of vehicles we have each day. I am working with GCPS Facilities, Planning, and Construction and the Department of Transportation. They designed our traffic pattern and will be tweaking it to find the best route.

Here are a few tidbits to help us in the meantime.

In the mornings:

  • If you arrive to school early, your child must remain in their vehicle until 7:45 bell.
  • Follow the traffic pattern
  • Pull all the way forward before letting your child out of our vehicle
  • Only turn right out of the driveway
  • Do not remove barricades or cones
  • Do not let your child out of the car in the parking lot or on the side of the road
  • After 8:15am, please park and check your child in tardy at the front desk

In the afternoons:

  • Pull all the way forward before stopping to let your child in your vehicle
  • If you’re checking out your child, the cutoff time is 2:15pm but I would recommend earlier to prevent a delay getting out of the parking lot
  • Do not remove barricades or cones

Additionally, I am trying to find a crossing guard to help our walkers cross the driveway to the nearby neighborhoods, but there is a shortage. I have also submitted a request to have a police officer to help direct traffic.

If you are willing to volunteer your time to assist our teachers in the parking lot, I encourage you to use this link to indicate your interest.

Again, thank you for adhering to the abovementioned.

Below is our traffic pattern- please review the BLUE arrows on the map for Alcova ES Parent Drop off and Pick Off Plan.

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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

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