Cottonwood News

September 26th, 2016

GAD Activities and Parade

GAD (Greater Andover Days) offers a variety of activities for our families. We hope you get the opportunity to check out some of the events. Don’t forgot the musical performances Thursday evening at the Central Park gazebo. CES 4th and 5th grade students will be performing at 6:55. Students should arrive at 6:30. Ms. Galyon sent home information earlier.

The parade is October 1st and begins at 10:00. The parade route starts at 13th and Andover Road. Entries will line up in the Cottonwood parking lot and nearby vicinity. We'll be somewhere in that area. We ask that the kids wear their Cottonwood shirts and colorful gloves. They can also bring a sack of candy to hand out. We'll all walk together. Families should arrive between 9:30 and 9:45. Parade starts at 10:00. We'll follow the trailer. Hope to see you there!

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Walk to School 2016--October 7th

Ever heard, "I used to walk 2 miles to school, through 5 foot snow drifts." I did. I am so thankful for busing! While riding in automobiles is a comfort, sometimes it might be good to take a walk to school.

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

Cottonwood students and families are welcome to join teachers and staff in either the Methodist Church parking lot or the beginning of the Red Bud Trail on 159th at 8:00 am Oct. 7th to walk or bike to school. We will only cancel if it is raining.

Grandparents Day 2016

Thank you to all the Grandparents, friends and family who helped make Grandparents Day extra special. We talked together, played together and ate together. Pictures from the day will be coming home next week. Thank you again!

Counselor Corner

By Marcie Faust

October Counselor Time: We will be working on a bullying unit the first two weeks. Please talk to your child about how to treat others. We will address what a bully is and what to do if you are being bullied.

We will also be doing Red Ribbon Week activities. This is saying no to drugs and/or bad choices. We will have spirit days during this week – Please watch for a note going home laying out the details for the spirit days.

We will be starting 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 will visit with your child in any way that I can help.

Regards-Marcie Faust-LPC/ NBCC Cottonwood Counselor-316-218-4620 ext. 2

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

We are heading into Flu season, and time to think about flu shots to protect your children. Please remind your kids to practice good hand washing and to cover mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing. Also, please remember that all cases of strep throat need to be reported to the school .
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From the Library--Mrs. Ohlund

Wanted: Adults with Arts/Crafts Skills (Book Fair display)

Looking for artsy people to help with the Book Fair display and décor! We will begin construction the last week of September and put it up the first week of October. Interested parties please email or send a note to Mrs. O, Librarian.

PTO News

PTO is an important part of our Cottonwood community. We meet monthly to share ways we can work with teachers to improve the educational experiences of our students. Please plan to join us October 11th @ 6:30 for our next meeting.

Committee chairs:

T-shirt and apparel sales - Carrie & Craig Lindeman

PTO newsletter - Carrie Lindeman

Recruitment facilitator - Mercedes Hayes

Boxtop Coordinator - Mike Scolari

Amazon Smiles Coordinator--Savanna Medina

AR Party Planner - Nicole Niessen

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

State Assessment Snack Coordinator - ???


Our schools use Peachjar as a means of sharing information with the community. 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.


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. Defebaugh

Mrs. Highfill

Mrs. Plank

Mrs. Rich

Mrs. Kindle

Mrs. Hachen

Mrs. Wilson

Ms. Wright

Mrs. Burrus

Mrs. Hanna

Mrs. Davis

Mrs. Fox

We also use School Messenger 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

Greater Andover Days Parade

Saturday, Oct. 1st, 9:15-11am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Parade route will travel down Andover Road from Cottonwood parking lot. If you want to walk with us, wear your Cottonwood shirt, colored gloves and bring a sack of candy.
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Cottonwood Walk to School Day

Friday, Oct. 7th, 8am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Students and their families are invited to Walk to School with the Cottonwood staff today! Meet at either the Andover Methodist Church (1429 N Andover Rd.) or at the intersection of the Redbud Trail and 159th Street. Meet at 8:00 a.m. and enjoy the walk to school!

Cottonwood Site Council Meeting

Monday, Oct. 10th, 5:30-7:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

All parents are welcome!

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 6:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Everyone welcome!

Book Fair Begins!

Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 8:30am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS