Cottonwood News

May 2nd, 2016

Spring Track is Back--Last Track Meet, May 3rd!

Dismissal could be fun tomorrow. The Bob Hoover Track meets start at 3:00 p.m. If at all possible, please plan on having your child ride the bus home. If your child must be a car rider, please pay extra attention to the staff members directing traffic and follow their instructions. We will try our best to get you home quickly and safely.


I know April and May have been busy and we really appreciate all you have done for the Cottonwood students and staff. With the PTO Non-A-Thon, Jump Rope for Heart, Sonic Night and Teacher Appreciation, we are ending the year with a bang. We truly appreciate your time and generosity. We will continue to evaluate our fundraising and service projects and work on scheduling.


Yearbooks will be distributed May 9th. We still have 20 available. $15, payable to Cottonwood or cash.

Summer Music Camp

June 6th-9th Ms. Galyon is offering a summer music camp for all students.

8:30-10:00 Kindergarten to 2nd Grade (Movement and Dancing)

10:30-12:00 3rd-5th Grade (Movement and Dancing)

1:00-2:30 3rd-5th Grade (Drumming Around the World)

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Galyon

PTO Officers Election--May 16th

Officers were nominated by the group on April 18th. Our current by-laws state that there should be an election, however, everyone is running unopposed, so unless we hear differently by May 16th, the slate of officers will be approved by those in attendance at the PTO meeting.

The slate of officers includes:

President-Nicole Aeschliman

Vice President-Tijen Owings

Treasurer-Sarah Osburn

Secretary-Catrina Thornton

Other committee chairs:

T-shirt and apparel sales - Carrie & Craig Lindeman

PTO newsletter - Carrie Lindeman

Recruitment facilitator - Mercedes Hayes

Boxtop Coordinator - Mike Scolari

Committee's for next year with positions that need filled:

AR Party Planner -

State Assessment Snack Coordinator -

Agenda topics for next year-

Updating the by-laws



From the Counselor

We will be addressing bullying in May. We are reviewing what bullying is and what to do if you are being bullied.

AMS transition- Please let me know if your child is struggling with this and I can spend some extra time with them on this topic.

We will go and visit the middle school on May 10th. Students will get a feel for the sixth grade pod and what their lunch procedure is all about. They also get to meet some of the staff.

COWS-Thanks so much for all that have volunteered to present at our third grade career fair. It will be May 4th here at CES. It is in the front parking lot from 9-11 AM. Please plan to come around 8:45 AM. If you have not yet signed up and would still like to please let me know. I truly appreciate all my volunteers and the kids love this day.

Happy Spring!!

If you need any additional support or have questions –please contact me.

Marcie Faust-CES Counselor, NCC, LPC-316-218-4620 ext 2

Summer Opportunities

If you are looking for summer programs here is what is available so far. We will continue to update this list as we hear of opportunities. You can also check the school website and look on Peachjar.

Our list of tutors--


Marla Camacho-316-613-9338 or

Wanda Lewis-316-655-9375 –she will be doing tutoring and possibly a girl book club.

Summer Camps and Programs

  • Camp Invention-Science Camp-Martin Elem. Contact Nellie Hill
  • Camp S.M.A.R.T.-Successful Math and Reading Thinkers-Prairie Creek Elem. School-contact Karen Hayden
  • All- Star Reading-Meadowlark Elem. School-contact-Cami Kasel at, Alexis Kamman at, or call Meadowlark at 218-4630.
  • Summer Reading Skills Program-Kansas State University-call 18005708936
  • Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs for adults and children-contact-18005708936
  • The Ultimate Summer Boot Camp-- 4th and 5th Grade (incoming only) Exercise and learning at WES. Email Mr. Hesterman

From the Nurse's Office--Mrs. Whiddon and Mrs. Tauke

The health office will NOT be sending home medications with students. The health office will send a note home, if certain medications need to be picked up by parents , the health office staff will contact you. If your student will not be here on the last day of school May 24th, please contact the health office so that we can send home any medications in our office. Any medications left in health office will be destroyed.

Remember all medications to be give at school require a new prescription every school year and please remember if there are summer physicals or updates to immunizations to get those turned into the health office. Have a wonderful and safe summer.

From the Library--Mrs. Ohlund

Just an FYI--Last Day for students to check out books will be May 13th. All books should be returned by May 18th.

We are working on a project and need your help. We are in need of Velveeta Cheese boxes and any wax paper, plastic wrap, aluminum foil sized boxes. We could use the tube from them as well.​ We will share our projects when they are complete.


Our schools are transitioning from printed fliers and to a new “electronic backpack” system starting March 31. Each school has its own online backpack where school information, calendars, activity information from enrichment providers, and school letters will be posted.

We are working with Peachjar on this new system. Once implemented, just go to the front page of our school website and click on the orange Peachjar e-flier button to check it out.

No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from Peachjar that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to log in to receive or view school e-fliers.

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved fliers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose.

More information about this initiative is available on the district website under the Parents Tab. Thank you for your support!


Cottonwood has several ways in which we try to communicate our news and views to the world. You can download the Andover Schools Mobile App in either iTunes or Google.

School website:

Facebook page:

PTO Facebook page:

Andover Twitter:

Cottonwood Twitter:

Teacher Facebook pages:

Mrs. Brackeen

Mrs. Highfill

Mrs. Plank

Mrs. Rich

Mrs. Kindle

Mrs. Hachen

Mrs. Wilson

Ms. Wright

Mrs. Burrus

I also try to call home on School Messenger once a month to share upcoming activities and highlights and of course our Smore newsletter. If you have suggestions on how to help communicate our learning and teaching, please don't hesitate to e-mail me

Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 2nd, 8am to Friday, May 6th, 7am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

BOE Awards and Retirement Night

Monday, May 2nd, 7pm

903 East Central Avenue

Andover, KS

Celebrating our Andover staff and volunteers. Congratulations to Mrs. Camacho and Mrs. Winkleman on their upcoming retirement!

3rd grade COWS (Careers on Wheels)

Wednesday, May 4th, 9-11am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

STEAM Day (All grades)--Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

Thursday, May 5th, 9am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Kindergarten Visitation

Friday, May 6th, 9am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

16-17 Kindergarteners attend

15-16 Kindergarteners get the day off

2nd Grade Eye Dissection

Friday, May 6th, 1pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Davis 1:15-1:45

Hachen 1:50-2:20

Highfill 2:30-3:00