Cottonwood News

December 8, 2015

Cottonwood Families

Cottonwood is home to 410 students, 28 certified teachers, 26 instructional aides and para's, 13 support staff and a few others who help make our family special. In looking at our students, they represent 307 families, 90 of which have one or more family members at CES. In looking more closely at the 217 families with only one child, 63 of them have the oldest children at CES, 49 are only children and 101 have their youngest child in elementary school. This is a wonderful mix of new and old. We also have 207 boys and 203 girls. We have a great deal to be thankful for at Cottonwood.
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PTO Night at Freddy's

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 5-9pm

11525 East 13th Street North

Wichita, KS

Need an easy night out for supper. Join us at Freddy's on 13th Street. A percentage of the receipts goes back to the Cottonwood PTO. Come join the fun.

PTO News

The Cottonwood PTO is now part of the Amazon Associates LLC program. If you are an Amazon shopper, log in to your personal Amazon account through this website and earn money for school. Just click on the provided banner anytime.

Need a teacher gift? Some teachers have created wishlists on Amazon. Click here to see what has been listed.

From this site, you can type in the zip code and the lists will appear.

A full listing of staff wishes can be found here

From the Counselor--Mrs. Faust

The December Counselor theme is Generosity. Generosity is the virtue of not being tied down by concerns about one's possessions. Generosity leads to charity and forgiveness. Please ask your child what this means to them.

School Supplies: If your child is running out of school supplies and you need assistance please contact me at Cottonwood 218-4620 ext. 2.

Parenting Tips for the Holiday Season: During the holiday season spend extra time with your child. Help them to truly understand the reason for the season. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the materialistic aspect that we forget to teach the kids the real meaning. Share stories of your childhood to teach them Holiday tradition.

It is easy to be Thankful for the good things. During the Holiday’s remember all the things that you have to be Thankful for.

· Be thankful that you don’t have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to.

· Be thankful when you don’t know….it gives you the opportunity to learn.

· Be thankful for the difficult times….during those times you grow.

· Be thankful for limitations….they give opportunities for improvement.

· Be thankful for a new challenge….it will build strength and character.

· Be thankful for mistakes…they will teach valuable lessons.

Banana Splits: If your child is participating in the banana splits group please visit with them about the group. Taking the time to contribute will really make the group successful. Please always feel free to call with questions or concerns about the group.

Holiday Help: If your family is in need of some holiday help please contact me. I have some resources that can provide a little help. or 316-218-4620 ext. 2

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season!!!

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

This time of year is busy for colds and flu like viruses. Please remember school

Policy states students need to be fever free without medication for 24 hours before they come back to school. This policy is in place to keep cold and viruses from spreading.

The health office hands out peppermints on a daily basis for "stomach aches" and we could use some donations. Lifesaver brand (blue or green bag) and the red and white striped peppermints are popular.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!


Cottonwood has several ways in which we try to communicate our news and views to the world.

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

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

Cottonwood Fundraising

Each year, I meet with the Building Leadership Team and PTO officers to plan activities and budgets for the school year. We always ask, "Is it valuable for students and will it make a difference?" For the most part our building budget covers the majority of classroom supplies and curriculum needs. We do find ourselves asking for enhancements to technology, including Chromebooks and web-based curriculum. ( Nightzookeeper)

With the support of PTO and our generous Cottonwood families, we have been able to add iPads and computers, utilize BrainPop, add playground equipment and trees, as well as support for AR parties and school-wide assemblies (KC Wolf)

This year, we hope to add 3-5 more Chromebooks in each of our classrooms, which are about $300 each. We want our students prepared for middle school and beyond and we believe that creating, writing and communicating will serve our students needs. Here is a link for our Fundraising efforts for the year. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or input.

Andover Public Schools Mobile App Coming Soon!

We are excited to announce that a mobile app for Andover Public Schools will be available in January 2016! This free app for your Apple and Android devices will be your one-stop shop for everything Andover. From district & school news pulled directly into the app to links to PowerSchool, athletic information, breakfast & lunch menus and payment all in one place makes this app the convenient way to stay connected to your school and district happenings. Stay tuned for more information!

4th and 5th Grade Music Program

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 7pm

1744 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Early Out

Friday, Dec. 18th, 1:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Winter Break--Enjoy the holiday's with family and friends

Saturday, Dec. 19th, 9am to Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 at 8:30am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Friday, Jan. 1st 2016 at 12am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

School Resumes for students

Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 at 8:30am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Report Cards sent home with students

Friday, Jan. 8th 2016 at 3:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS