Cottonwood News

October 13

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Mrs. Faust and Officer Kintzel have been working with the students on standing up to bullies, making friends and making good choices.


Wednesday, October 14th, Cottonwood students are encouraged to "Make it ORANGE and make it end!" That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Please join us in wearing orange.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Children have their own individual personalities, their own listening skills and work habits. To help students learn new knowledge and skills, teachers must know as much as they can about each child’s likes and dislikes. No one knows more about these things than you, the parents. No one has more influence over your children than you. That’s why teachers need your help to do a first-class job. Working together, you and the teacher can help your child have a successful school year.


When attending conferences, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Start the conference right: be there on time, and plan not to run over the 20 minutes that have been set aside for each parent. If a longer conference is required, please let the teacher know ahead of time. Some conferences may be student-led. In this case, know that the students have worked hard to prepare his/her information. Listen carefully and be sure to ask questions. The best conferences are those in which both teachers and parents work together for one purpose and one purpose only: to help your child do well.


Getting Ready: Each teacher will come prepared with samples of your children’s work and with ideas to help them do even better in school. You can get ready for the conference, too. Talk to your children before the conference. Find out what they think are their best subjects, and what subjects they like the least. Find out why. Ask your children if there is anything they would like you to talk about with their teachers.


Before you go to the school, write a note to yourself about:


  • Things about your child’s life at home, personality, problems, habits, and hobbies you feel is important for the teacher to know.
  • Questions about your child’s progress.
  • How you and the school can work together to help your child. If your spouse can’t attend the conference with you, ask for his/her concerns and questions.


The Conference: Some good questions to ask are these:


  • What are my child’s best and worst subjects?
  • What kinds of tests are being done? What do the test tell about my child’s progress?
  • Does my child participate in class discussions and activities?
  • How well does my child get along with others?
  • Have you noticed any sudden changes in the way my child acts? For example, have you noticed any squinting, tiredness or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems?


Be sure to ask the teacher for specific suggestions on ways to help your child do better. This is the most important part of the meeting. It will become your action plan. If the teacher says something you don’t quite understand, don’t be shy about asking for an explanation. It’s a good idea to end the conference by summing up decisions you’ve made together. If needed, ask to meet again.


The Cottonwood staff looks forward to sharing our ideas with you. Together we will help all of our students be successful.

From the School Counselor--Mrs. Faust

Red Ribbon Week began in 1989 as a grassroots effort to celebrate the life of a DEA agent who was killed in the line of duty, fighting the war against drugs. Since then, schools and communities have continued to encourage students to make responsible, healthy choices through awareness and celebrations.


Cottonwood students will work in their counseling classes with Mrs. Faust and Officer Kintzel to talk about being responsible and "The Power" of making good choices. In addition to the Red Ribbons, the students can participate in the following activities:

Monday, Oct. 26th ---“RED DAY” Help celebrate Red Ribbon Week by wearing RED clothes.

Tuesday, Oct. 27th ---“Let’s Team-up Against Drugs!” Wear your favorite professional sports team shirts to help “Team-up” against drugs. You may also wear sweats today.

Wednesday, Oct. 28th ---“It’s Crazy to do Drugs!” Wear crazy clothes & socks. You may also make your hair crazy.

Thursday, Oct. 29th--- “Follow Your Dreams, Don’t do Drugs!” Wear pajamas today, to show your support for a drug-free life.

Friday, Oct. 30th ---“Hats-off to a Drug Free Life!” Wear your favorite hat and Cottonwood t-shirt.

Fall Parties--October 30th

Cottonwood fall classroom parties will be held Friday, October 30th. The Head Room Parent, with the guidance of the classroom teacher, will organize and plan the classroom party, which may not last longer than one hour. If you are providing snacks, please refer to the district wellness policy. While we love for families to be a part of the fun, remember that class parties should be for Cottonwood students only.

Regarding costumes, the following is requested:

  • Costumes must be brought to school in a sack and the children will put them on at their party time.
  • Children should not wear costumes that are frightening or gruesome. Imitation weapons are NOT permitted.
  • Do not bring makeup and hair spray to school.
  • Children will return to their street clothes before dismissal.

PTO--Fall Family Frolic

On October 29th, Cottonwood is hosting a Fall Family Frolic from 5:00-7:30. This is your opportunity to participate in reading activities with the teachers, enjoy a pancake meal with your family or meet other Cottonwood families. Please plan to join us. For more information, check out the Cottonwood PTO facebook page. Some of the art work that will be at the Silent Auction is below.

Box Tops Due

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 4pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

On Friday, teachers sent home a brown lunch sack. If you have boxtops or soup labels, please make sure the students name is on the label and have it returned to school by Oct. 14th. Students who bring over 200 boxtops will eat lunch with Mrs. Rooks

Cottonwood Book Fair

Monday, Oct. 12th, 9pm to Thursday, Oct. 15th, 11am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Book Fair Hours

Oct. 12th 8:00-6:00 pm

Oct. 13th 8:00-7:00 pm

Oct. 14th 8:00-4:00

Oct. 15th 7:30-3:30

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Oct. 12th, 4pm to Thursday, Oct. 15th, 3:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Parent Teacher Conferences are held during the week of Oct. 12th. In the fall, teachers have 12 hours of conference time and in the spring, they will have 2.


Oct. 12th 4:00-6:00

Oct. 13th 4:00-7:00

Oct. 14th 7:30-3:30


We look forward to seeing you at Cottonwood soon.

Fall Family Frolic

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 5-7:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

(Pancake feed, Basket raffle, Art auction, Reading activities, Duct tape Mr. Smith to the wall, Pumpkin decorating contest)


More information to follow. Mark your calendar's.

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