Cottonwood News

November 7, 2017

Celebrating our Veteran's and Military Families

November 10th, we would like to say "Thank You" to our Veteran's and military families. We will be serve donuts, coffee and juice in the cafeteria from 9:15-9:45. We'll have a photo area and families are welcome to tour the building to check out the art work. From 9:45-10:45, we have planned a special assembly to honor our guests.

Please RSVP by Wednesday of this week to We look forward to serving you.

We ask that students wear red, white or blue as a sign of Cottonwood's patriotism.

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News You Can Use

Food Drive/Gift Card Drive--During the month of November, the Cottonwood Student Council is collecting food for the Andover Food Bank. At the end of the month, buddy classes will design a statue with the food and classes will be judged on amount collected and creativity of the design.

We are also collecting gift cards to Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Amazon, etc. to send to three different elementary schools in Houston. Our hope is that we can support a few of the families affected by the hurricane at Christmas.

Andover 385 Bond TImeline--Attached you will find an updated bond timeline. So far, I have worked with the playground construction manager to develop plans for the new playground. In early January, you will start to see the beginning of the new addition and the road around the stadium. We are looking forward to learning more about construction in the months ahead.

Welcome--The office has experienced a few changes. With the retirement of Julie Clopton, Rachel Peay has moved to the nurse's office as a health clerk. You will find Rachel there on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Denise Tauke will continue to work on Tuesday and Wednesday. Shari Tasker is joining the front office staff. She will work alongside Sherry Neubauer to make sure our office is welcoming and informative. Please welcome Shari, when you see her.

Educationally yours,

Shari Rooks, Principal

Cottonwood PTO says THANK YOU

A big THANK YOU to all of our students and families and neighbors for supporting our fundraiser. With your support, students raised $12,500. We asked the kids what they would like for our school and we got a variety of answers, from books to decorations. We'll share our wishes and dreams at the PTO meeting on Tuesday evening!

On Friday, we celebrated with Kona Ice and a half day of play. It was a little chilly, but the snow cones and flavorings took the chill away as we shared some time together eating and talking in the cafeteria.

Thank you for supporting Cottonwood!

Counselor's Corner--Marcie Faust

Citizenship is our theme for November. The definition of citizenship is the status of being a citizen, along with the rights, duties and privileges of being a citizen. We are going to address ways in which we show good citizenship at school and in the community. We will also going to talk about all the things we have to be thankful for and take a moment to celebrate all the good things we have.

The holiday season can be a difficult time. If your child is having a difficult time, please know that I am here for all of them. I can help with academics, friendship, the battle to come to school or struggles at home. I am here to support and advocate for all of our students. Feel free to call or email anytime.

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

Marcie Faust-Cottonwood Counselor/LPC/NBCC

316-218-4620 ext. 2

Nurse's News

Please take a moment to make sure Power School information has up to date phone numbers. Emergency contacts are called in the event a parent can not be reached.

Also a reminder on district policy, if your student has a fever or has vomited, they must remain at home until he or she is fever free/ vomit free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Make sure your student have hats, gloves and warm coats. Please continue to talk with your students about hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

Cottonwood PTO

The Cottonwood PTO consists of parents and teachers working together for the betterment of the school. Our purpose is to support our Cottonwood staff and provide opportunities for all students. Our meetings are the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 in the Cottonwood library--Nov . 7th, Jan. 9th, Feb. 6th, Apr. 3rd and May 1st. Childcare is provided by high school students.

Notes from the Sept. 5th meeting can be found here.

Notes from the Oct. 3rd meeting can be found here

Throughout the year there are several opportunities to volunteer. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

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School Safety

Students should not arrive at school before 8:20, unless they are registered for YMCA Latchkey. We do not have supervision available and we don't want anyone to get hurt or lost before school begins.

Breafast is served from 8:20-8:50.

After school dismissal is at 3:45. Please continue to follow the traffic patterns. It helps the adults if you have the name cards in the side windows. If you have suggestions on how to make our process and flow of traffic safer, feel free to share your ideas.

Communication is Key

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. We also use School Messenger to share upcoming activities through phone calls and emails. If you have suggestions on how to help communicate our learning and teaching, please don't hesitate to e-mail me

School website:

Facebook page:

PTO Facebook page:

Andover Twitter:

Cottonwood Twitter:

Teacher Facebook/Twitter pages:

Mrs. Defebaugh

Mrs. Fox

Mrs. Gallagher

Mrs. Plank

Mrs. Ralston Twitter @Mrs_Ralston

Mrs. Rich

Ms. Wright

Mrs. Hachen

Mrs. Davis

Mrs. Highfill

Mrs. Barscewski

Mrs. Kindle

Ms. McKenna

Mrs. Hanna

Mrs. Johnson/Mrs. Hays -- Hays & Johnson Kindergarten Connection (Ask for permission to join)

Mrs. Wilson

Peachjar-- 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.

Andover Food Service-- Andover School Lunch Menus are digital. Look for the link on our district website at, or go to There is also an app available. Just look for Nutrislice in your app store. Please call Nutrition Services, 316-218-4603 with any questions.

Cottonwood Student Council Food and Gift Card Drive

Wednesday, Nov. 1st 2017 at 8:30am to Thursday, Nov. 30th 2017 at 4pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Celebrating Veteran's Day with our military families and friends

Friday, Nov. 10th 2017 at 9-11am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

On November 10th, we would like to celebrate our Veterans and military families. Donuts and coffee and juice will be served from 9:15-9:45 in the cafeteria. At 9:45, students will share their program in the gym.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Boxtops due for Cottonwood PTO

Friday, Nov. 17th 2017 at 3:45pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

If you want to eat lunch with Mrs. Rooks, you will need to turn in 200 or more boxtops :)

5th Grade Lung Dissection

Thursday, Nov. 16th 2017 at 1:30-2:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Hays Kindergarten Feast

Friday, Nov. 17th 2017 at 9:30-10:30am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

2nd Grade Eye Dissection

Friday, Nov. 17th 2017 at 9-11am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Hanna/Wagner Thanksgiving Feast

Tuesday, Nov. 21st 2017 at 9:15-10:30am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Next Cottonwood News--December 1st