Cottonwood News

September 28, 2015

Student Council

Cottonwood’s Student Council is a service organization that gives students opportunities to help others. 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.

Each year, the officers decide what projects they would like to undertake. Service projects for 2015-2016 include:

  • October-Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
  • November-Host a food/toiletry drive for the Andover Food Bank and the Sunshine Children’s Home; host a Week of Thanks to express gratitude to Andover firemen and police officers, District Office staff, district maintenance and grounds staff, CES cafeteria workers, custodians, and bus drivers, and CES staff
  • December-Christmas caroling at Life Care Center of Andover; bell-ringing for Salvation Army; dessert cart for staff at Cottonwood
  • January-Make fleece blankets for the children at the Sunshine Children’s Home
  • February-Write thank-you notes to all staff members at Cottonwood
  • March-Clean all classroom desks at CES; dessert cart for teachers;
  • April-Make a treat for the children at Sunshine Children’s Home; teacher appreciation gifts
  • May-Clean up the grounds of Cottonwood

Each month Student Council members will read to the residents at Life Care Center of Andover. We will take Brinkley and Brandy (therapy dogs) with us as much as possible.

Student Council also runs a School Store every Tuesday morning from 8:15-8:40. 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. Any leftover money at the end of the year is given to Mrs. Rooks to use for Cottonwood. If you have any questions about Student Council, feel free to contact Jill Hodge at

From the Cottonwood Library-- Mrs. Ohlund "Mrs. O"

William Allen White Challenge”

Students in Grades 3 – 5 may participate in a reading program starting now and ending April 8, 2016. Students can earn AR points and prizes by reading select books. Students must earn 70% or better to count the book.

The WAW reading program is sponsored by Emporia State University and is named after the famous Kansas author/editor William Allen White. Each year a new set of children’s books are selected for the Kansas students to read. Students who read two or more books may vote for their favorite. The winner is announced in late April. Last year’s winner was Malcom at Midnight.

The number of books required for prizes vary by grade level. The culminating prize is a pizza party in late April.

For more information contact Mrs. O at For a list of books for 2015-16 go to William Allen White list:

Cottonwood PTO---Show Your School Spirit--CES shirts still available

If you didn't purchase a CES shirt with the recent online apparel order, we have a number of shirts available to purchase. If you see something you'd like to buy from the list below, please contact Nicole Aeschliman at

Neon shirts are $10, New Logo (blue or gray) $15


Neon Colors:
Green - Youth Large and Adult Medium
Orange - Youth Medium, Youth Large, Youth XL and Adult Medium
Blue - Youth XL
Pink - Adult Medium

New Logo (heathered softer shirts)
Gray - Youth XL, Adult Large and Adult XL
Blue - Youth Medium, Youth XL, Adult Large and Adult XL

Trojans in Training Assembly

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 2:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Andover High School athletes will travel to CES to share their stories and encourage our students to attend the football game on Oct. 9th. It will be homecoming for the high school, but they will take a moment to recognize Cottonwood. Students who arrive at 6:45 will get to go on the football field and welcome the players onto the field.

Greater Andover Days--Bad to the Bone

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 8:30am

1744 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

The parade route begins at Andover High School and travels down Andover Road to Andover Central High School. Students wishing to walk with the Cottonwood float should bring a parent and meet in the Cottonwood parking lot on Saturday between 9:00 and 9:30.

No School

Monday, Oct. 5th, 8am-4pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Site Council

Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 5:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Agenda to include district goals, safety and the CES school improvement plan

Mrs. Hays Kindergarten to the Pumpkin Patch

Friday, Oct. 9th, 12:45-2:45pm

10007 Southwest Indianola Road

Augusta, KS

Parents are welcome to meet the students at the pumpkin patch.

Andover High School Homecoming Football Trojans vs, Goddard

Friday, Oct. 9th, 7pm

150 West Allison Street

Andover, KS

Cottonwood Book Fair

Monday, Oct. 12th, 9pm to Thursday, Oct. 15th, 11am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Book Fair Hours

Oct. 12th 8:00-6:00 pm

Oct. 13th 8:00-7:00 pm

Oct. 14th 8:00-4:00

Oct. 15th 7:30-3:30

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Oct. 12th, 4pm to Thursday, Oct. 15th, 3:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Parent Teacher Conferences are held during the week of Oct. 12th. In the fall, teachers have 12 hours of conference time and in the spring, they will have 2.

Oct. 12th 4:00-6:00

Oct. 13th 4:00-7:00

Oct. 14th 7:30-3:30

We look forward to seeing you at Cottonwood soon.

Box Tops Due

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 4pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

On Friday, teachers sent home a brown lunch sack. If you have boxtops or soup labels, please make sure the students name is on the label and have it returned to school by Oct. 14th. Students who bring over 200 boxtops will eat lunch with Mrs. Rooks

Fall Family Frolic

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 5-7:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

(Pancake feed, Basket raffle, Art auction, Reading activities, Scavenger hunt, Duct tape Mr. Smith to the wall, Pumpkin decorating contest)

More information to follow. Mark your calendar's.

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