Kutz Cougar Chronicles

Welcome Back Newsletter from Dr. Kahley ~ August 29, 2013

Our Theme for this Year is......... Diving into a Super School Year!

Faculty and staff gathered for Breakfast and were encouraged to dive right into the school year! Our 3 School Goals are:

1. Fact Fluency - we want students to know their math facts well.

2. Healthy Choices with a Focus on Food - we want our students to eat/try healthy foods.

3. Friendship Skills - we want our students to know how to make and cultivate friendships.

These goals will allow us to move in a positive direction while addressing the whole child. Your support is so important! By reinforcing these goals at home, students will be assisted in their acquisition of skills.


Please join us on Thursday, August 29th - from 2:30 to 3:00 pm for a short Open House at which time your children can find their classroom, meet their teacher and drop off school supplies.


Just a friendly reminder that we will no longer accept any type of food for Birthday Treats. Please leave the cupcakes, donuts, and pretzels at home. If you feel the need to treat your child to something special at school on his or her special day, here are some suggestions:

Purchase one of our library books and dedicate it to your child.

Send in a book for the class library.

Let your child bring in photos of himself/herself over the years.

Send in a plain white T-Shirt for all the class to sign with fabric markers.

Hand out small tokens such as pencils, stickers, bookmarks or erasers.

We will still have classroom parties and celebrations throughout the year. Treats may be brought in for these special events as long as there are healthy food options for children to choose.

2013-2014 Cafe Prices

Breakfast Meal-$1.55 If eligible - Reduced price $0.30

Lunch Meal-$2.45 If eligible - Reduced price $0.40

Milk $0.70

Children are encouraged to take a fruit or vegetable with every lunch they purchase in our cafeteria. This is consistent with the USDA requirements.


Back to School Night - September 9th, Grades 3 & 4, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Back to School Night - September 16th, Grades 5th & 6th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Back to School MORNING - September 17th, AM & PM Kindergarten, 7:45 - 8:15 AM

Back to School Night - September 18th, Grades 1st & 2nd, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

From our School Nurse

Dear Kutz Parents,

Many classrooms in our school have students with severe peanut allergies and have been identified as being peanut safe. Please go to www.cbsd.org/page/12605 then onto the Nurse/Health tab to identify the peanut safe classrooms and to read the letter outlining the peanut safe procedures. If you have any questions please contact our Certified School Nurse, Mrs. Valerie Wendell-Wesolowich @ 267-893-3915


Nan took her children, Mack and Sara, shopping for school supplies. "What a nightmare," reported Nan. "Money is really tight this year but they don't care. They just kept begging for the best. They threw such a fuss that I finally decided it was easier to give in than to fight with them in front of everybody in the store. I had to use two credit cards and I don't know how I'm going to make ends meet this month."

Jody had a different experience. She visited with the kids about the family budget one evening. "We don't have as much money to spend on school supplies this year since Dad is out of work. This is how much each of you can spend.

"Tomorrow, we'll make a trip to the store with your lists. Our job is to check prices. We won't be buying. After you have the prices, you can figure out what you want to buy without spending more than your budget. I'll be glad to help if you need it. Once you have it all figured out, make a new list. Then I'll take you back to the store to spend your money.

"Oh, by the way, kids," she mentioned, "if you can buy your supplies for less, you can keep the money that's left over."

Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall to watch these kids making their purchases?

It appears that Nan never learned that kids shouldn't dictate how the family money is spent. Nor has she learned how to set loving limits with her children.

Jody, instead, realized that tight economic times provide grand opportunities for teaching our kids how to shop, save, and spend money wisely.

Jim Fay

Sidenote from Dr. Kahley - I tried this idea with Devon and it was incredibly successful. He has a better appreciation of what things cost.


In addition to the email messenger alerts that you already receive, we are now able to provide text messaging for emergency school closings, delayed openings, early dismissals, and bus transportation issues to your cell phone. Text messages will only be sent to recipients who have subscribed to receive them. Follow the instructions on the website in order to receive alerts from CBSD, Kutz and Transportation. Please go to:

- www.CBSD.org

- Parent Resources (Tab at the top)

- Look for Quick Links

- Choose Text Message Alerts Information under Quick Links - follow the instructions.

Your cell phone must be on file with us. Parents can review the cell phone we have on file by reviewing their demographic information on the Parent Portal.


To check your infomation in our system go to www.CBSD.org go under Parents/Students and then Parent Portal on the left.

Boomerang Award

This year, Kutz will continue to accept nominations for the Boomerang Award, which is our way of honoring students who best demonstrate their own developmental assets. What are Developmental Assets? Students possessing a combination of “40 Assets” are typically most successful in school and in life. These assets have the power to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. For a complete listing of the 40 Developmental Assets visit: www. Search-institute.org.

September: #2 Positive Family Communication. Young person and his/her parents communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.


Please, please, please – if at all possible, allow your children to ride the bus. Riding a bus is part of the “school experience.” You will also be helping to keep Kutz less congested at dismissal time and therefore a little bit safer for all.

Please limit pick-up to an ONLY IF NEEDED BASIS (e.g. after school activities, childcare, custody issues, etc.) If you must pick-up your child…please display your “family name” placard in your car window. This makes our car-rider dismissal safer and more efficient. If you need a placard. Please fill out the information below.

Also, please pull your car all the way through the curve to the end of the sidewalk. Cars should be positioned right up to the first parking space. This allows more cars to pull into the parking lot in order to be safely off of Rolling Hills Boulevard. Thank you for your attention to these matters.

Placard Information for Car Riders

Please prepare a placard for my car window.

I am _________________________________________________


The placard should read _____________________________________



_______________________________ Homeroom ______________

_______________________________ Homeroom ______________

_______________________________ Homeroom ______________



29 Meet, Greet & Drop-off Supplies, 2:30-3:00PM


2 Labor Day, NO SCHOOL


5 Rosh Hashanah, NO SCHOOL

6 School Assembly on Kutz Rules

Wrapping Paper Fundraiser Kick-Off Assembly, 2:00PM

6 Kutz Spirit Day-Blue/White or Kutz Gear

9 Back-to-School Night, Grades 3 & 4, 7:00-8:00PM

16 Back-to-School Night, Grades 5 & 6, 7:00-8:00PM

17 Back-to-School Morning, AM & PM K, 7:45-8:15AM

18 Back-to-School Night, Grades 1 & 2, 7:00-8:00PM

20 Wrapping Paper Sale Ends

20 Pajama Day!

26 School Pictures