Cottonwood News

Sept. 28th

News You Can Use

Walk to School -October 4th--This national activity emphasizes safer routes for walking and bicycling and the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families and schools. Please join teachers and AHS students at either the 13th Street Park Community Building or at Lakeside and Allison on the Red Bud Trail at 8:15 and we'll walk to school together.

Parent Teacher Conferences - Please plan to join teachers October 19th for this year's PT Conferences. Teachers are starting to schedule times now, so look for information in your email or in a note home. Conferences can be held from 7:30 am-8:00 pm. 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 20 minutes. 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.

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.
  • How you and the school can work together to help your child.

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?

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

Educationally yours,

Shari Rooks, Principal

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GAD Parade--Cottonwood Float

Cottonwood families, please join us during the GAD "50 & Fabulous!" parade on Saturday, 9/30/2017!

The GAD parade will begin at 10:00am. We will meet by the Cottonwood float at 9:30am. The float will be located in either the Cottonwood, Andover Middle School, or Andover High School parking lots. Please find a GAD volunteer the morning of the parade and they will direct you to our float.

Cottonwood parents and children are welcome to walk next to and ride on the 1950's inspired float! We ask that at least one parent stay with their children during the entirety of the parade.

We will have candy for the kids to handout, but please feel free to bring a bag of your own if you are able! The kids LOVE handing out candy and it runs out quickly!

Costumes are not required to participate in the parade; however, here are some suggestions if you choose to have your child dress up! Costume suggestions include: jeans rolled up to the ankle, poodle skirts, white t-shirts with the sleeves rolled up, black jackets, pink jackets, bowling shirts, and neck scarves.

We look forward to a parade filled with Cottonwood spirit and pride!

Cottonwood Student Council

The Cottonwood Student Council is made up of a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer elected by Cottonwood teachers. Officers are all 5th grade students. Each third, fourth, and fifth grade class elects two representatives for the council. StuCo meets once a month on Wednesday mornings and is a service organization that gives students opportunities to help others.

This year’s council officers and members are:

President-Olivia Doremus Vice-President-John Rather

Secretary-Lauren Heinz Treasurer-Kaitlyn Brown

Class Representatives are:

Barnes-Isabel Hawley and William Rather

Hesterman-Isaiah Day and Maia Sternfeld-Dunn

Wright-Gracee Johnson and Abigail Neibling

Rich-Avery Casady and Wyatt McDowell

Ralston-(tie scores)-Brooklyn Brown, Caleb Crowley, Mae Fetters, and Katelyn Kice

Plank-Daniel Beck and Adyson Nowak

Fox-Mari Griffin and Kamden Thornton

Defebaugh (tie scores)- Allie Conard, Luke Osburn, Ben Vardaman, and Jordyn Washington

Gallagher-Tumani Anderson and Maire O’Connell

Each year, the officers decide what projects to undertake throughout the year. Projects for this year include:


We’ll go trick-or-treating for UNICEF (Just StuCo members. We will not be trick-or-treating at school.)

We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school.


We’ll host a food drive again this year for the Andover Methodist Church food bank. We will walk to the food bank and help sort the food items.

We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school.


StuCo members who would like to participate will be Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Dillon’s in Andover.

Dessert Cart for teachers

We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school.


We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school.


Stuffed Animal Drive for the Andover Police Department.

Make blankets for the Sunshine Children’s Home

We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school..


Brinkley’s Buddies-Animal toy drive for the Kansas Humane Society

We will deliver cookies and thank-you notes to Andover’s city servants (fire, police, etc.)

We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school.


We will host a Buddy Olympics.

We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school.


Teacher Appreciation Week

We will read with the residents at an assisted living center

We will make Positive Posters to hang around the school.

Student Council will also be making a donation to Hurricane Relief to help schools rebuild.

Student Council also runs a school store every Tuesday morning. Students can buy erasers, pencils, pens, highlighters, etc. from the store. Prices range from $.25 to $2.00. Proceeds from the store finance our service projects.

If you have any questions about Student Council, feel free to contact Jill Hodge at

Andover Advantage Foundation

The Andover Advantage Foundation is celebrating 20 years! This foundation was formed by a committed group of parents, who wanted to help make the Andover schools even better. Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded 948 academic grants to teachers and 7 district wide grants. If you're interested in learning more about the foundation, click here.

Want to help celebrate? Click here!

Counselor's Corner--Marcie Faust

Counselor Time: During October, we will be working on a bullying unit. We will address what a bully is and what to do if you are being bullied. We will talk about verbal bullying, physical bullying, social bullying and cyber bullying. We will also visit about why we should not be a by stander. Please talk to your child about what they have learned. Reinforce with them how to treat others and how to be confident in themselves.

Red Ribbon Week is the last week of October. This is saying no to drugs and bad choices. Be sure to watch for more information. We want all our students making healthy choices.

We will start Banana Splits in October. I have already sent home permission slips. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

If your child is having any school or home related issues please reach out to me. I am here to help.

Marcie Faust-Cottonwood Counselor/LPC/NBCC

316-218-4620 ext. 2

Nurse's News

The temperatures outside have not felt much like Fall, but Fall and Cold/Flu season are just around the corner. Remember to get your Flu shots!

Please reinforce with your kids the importance of hygiene. Reminders to cover their mouths and noses when coughing/sneezing, and to always wash their hands never hurt. As always good nutrition, drinking plenty of fluids and making sure to keep to a regular bedtime to insure students are getting the sleep are all a part of staying healthy.

Thank you to everyone who donated clothes to the health office, we are currently well stocked.

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Cottonwood Library

Students in grades 3 – 5 are able to participate in the William Allen White program. This is a Kansas state book award and the winner of the award is chosen by the students. The award is in honor of William Allen White, a renowned newspaper editor, politician, and author. Each year books are nominated for a 3 – 5 category and a 6 – 8 category. The books must be published within the last two years. The book lists are selected by Kansas librarians and often include Newbery award winning books.

At CES, students in grades 3 – 5 have the option to participate. Students read the books and take an AR quiz at school. Students must get at least a 70 % or better on the AR quiz for it to count. Those who read two or more books from the list may vote for their favorite in April. Students also earn prizes after reading two, four, then (6 for 3rd, 7 for 4th, 8 for 5th). The last prize is a pizza party the end of April. The date is yet to be determined. Students have until April 15th to complete the challenge for prizes.

More information about the award and a list of this year’s *nominated books can be found at:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Happy reading!

Mrs. Ohlund, CES Librarian

*The book George is not required or available at CES. Although will be counted if your child takes the test and passes with 70% or better..

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Cottonwood PTO

The Cottonwood PTO consists of parents and teachers working together for the betterment of the school. Our purpose is to support our Cottonwood staff and provide opportunities for all students. Our meetings are the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 in the Cottonwood library. (Oct. 3rd, Nov . 7th, Jan. 9th, Feb. 6th, Apr. 3rd and May 1st) Childcare is provided by high school students.

Notes from the Sept. 5th meeting can be found here.

Throughout the year there are several opportunities to volunteer. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

PTO officers for the 17-18 school year are:

President—Tijen Owings

Vice President—Mike Scolari

Secretary—Rachel Niebling

Treasurer—Sarah Osburn

School Safety

Students should not arrive at school before 8:20, unless he/she is registered for YMCA Latchkey. We do not have supervision available and we don't want anyone to get hurt or lost before school begins.

Breafast is served from 8:20-8:50.

After school dismissal is at 3:45. Please continue to follow the traffic patterns. It helps the adults if you have the name cards in the side windows. If you have suggestions on how to make our process and flow of traffic safer, feel free to share your ideas.

Food Service -$10.00

New this year, students who have a negative $10.00 lunch balance will be given a sack lunch. This meal will be charged to the student for a period of three days. If at the
end of this three-day period, Andover Food Services has not been notifed as to payment arrangements or if payment has not been made, further charges will not be allowed. The student must bring payment to purchase a lunch or bring a lunch to school.

Free & Reduced Meals are available to qualifying households. They are available through Parents/Free/Reduced Lunch Forms or through Bonnie Scarth at Support Services, 202 W Market, 316-218-4604

Communication is Key

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. We also use School Messenger to share upcoming activities through phone calls and emails. If you have suggestions on how to help communicate our learning and teaching, please don't hesitate to e-mail me

School website:

Facebook page:

PTO Facebook page:

Andover Twitter:

Cottonwood Twitter:

Teacher Facebook/Twitter pages:

Mrs. Defebaugh

Mrs. Fox

Mrs. Gallagher

Mrs. Plank

Mrs. Ralston Twitter @Mrs_Ralston

Mrs. Rich

Ms. Wright

Mrs. Hachen

Mrs. Davis

Mrs. Highfill

Mrs. Barscewski

Mrs. Kindle

Ms. McKenna

Mrs. Hanna

Mrs. Johnson/Mrs. Hays -- Hays & Johnson Kindergarten Connection (Ask for permission to join)

Mrs. Wilson

Peachjar-- Peachjar is an “electronic backpack” system where schools post calendars, activity information from enrichment providers, and school letters. This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved fliers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose.

Andover Food Service-- Andover School Lunch Menus are digital. Look for the link on our district website at, or go to There is also an app available. Just look for Nutrislice in your app store. Please call Nutrition Services, 316-218-4603 with any questions.

Greater Andover Days Parade

Saturday, Sep. 30th, 9am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Students and parents may walk the parade route with the Cottonwood float. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Check your student's Friday folder next week for more information.

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, 6:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Join us as we continue to plan for the school year! All parents are welcome. Childcare is provided.

Walk to School Day

Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 8:15am

1008 East 13th Street

Andover, KS

Two locations Community Building at 13th Street Park or Red Bud Trail at Lakeside and Allison.

PTO Non-A-Thon

Friday, Oct. 6th, 9pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

This year's PTO Fundraiser will run from October 6th to October 24th. More information will be shared soon.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 28th, 7:30am-8pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

No School-End of 1st Quarter

Friday, Oct. 20th, 8am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Next Cottonwood News--October 13th