Cottonwood News

November 7th, 2015


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

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

Student Council News

Student Council is sponsoring a food drive from November 16-November 20.

We are asking students to bring non-perishable food items and/or toiletries and other personal items.

Toiletries and other personal items will be donated to children at the Sunshine Children’s Home in Andover. The Sunshine Children’s home provides food, clothing, and shelter for children and their families who are neglected or abused. The Andover Food Bank provides food to needy families in Andover. Items needed are travel sized soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, lotion, deodorant, wipes and individually wrapped snacks.. Also needed are hair brushes, wipes, and individually wrapped snacks.

Food items will be donated to the Andover Food Bank.

Please support people in need by donating to StuCo’s annual food drive.

From the Library---"Mrs. O"

Cottonwood Book Fair- Reading is so much fun, you'll get goosebumps!

Thanks to everyone who attended the book fair and made it a success. We were able to profit $3000 from ​sales, which will go to purchase library books and supplies. Thirteen students won $10.00 gift certificates to the fair.

From the Counselor--Mrs. Faust

Classroom Guidance: This month’s classroom guidance topic is citizenship. Citizenship is having the desire to help out in my community and also caring about others who live and work around me. I show good citizenship when I volunteer my time in my neighborhood, my community and my school. Please reinforce this topic at home with your child. We will also be discussing Determination this month. This is something we all need work on in school and at home. Please talk to your child about this also.

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

Happy Thanksgiving! ☺

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!

Flag Folding Ceremony to recognize Veteran's Day

Monday, Nov. 9th, 9am

Cottonwood Elementary School Gym

Thank you to TSgt. Terrance Williams from the USAF Honor Guard, who is presenting information on the American Flag to all of our students. He will explain the stars and stripes and talk about responsibility.

1st Grade to Fire Station

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 9:30-11:30am

911 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

PTO Mother/Caregiver/Friend and Son Bowling

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 6pm

11413 East 13th Street North

Wichita, KS

Who's the better bowler? Meet at The Alley for an evening of pizza and bowling with Mom's /Guardians/Caregivers and Son's. You can get wristbands at the door. Hope to see you there.

PTO Meeting

Monday, Nov. 16th, 6-7pm

Cottonwood Elementary Library

Mrs. Hays 1/2 Day Thanksgiving Program and Feast

Friday, Nov. 20th, 1:15pm

Cottonwood Elementary School, North Andover Road, Andover, KS, United States--Room 408

Mrs. Hanna and Mrs. Wagner Thanksgiving Program and Breakfast

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 9-10:30am

Cottonwood Elementary Cafeteria

Thanksgiving Break--No School

Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 8am to Sunday, Nov. 29th, 11pm

All Andover Schools