Cottonwood Currents

October 19, 2015

Cottonwood PTO Newsletter #3

Here's what's current with the CES PTO.

Want to know more? Join us! There's a new Cottonwood PTO Facebook page. Click here to join the group and get frequent updates. Then makes plans to attend the next PTO meeting on Monday, November 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Library.

Wednesday is School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day

Bus drivers every school day transport 227,754 children to and from schools across Kansas. In order to honor those drivers, Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, as School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day. There are 4,246 school bus drivers with commercial driver’s licenses in the state of Kansas. In Andover, we have 38 drivers that transport 2,831 students. Cottonwood Elementary alone has 262 students that ride to and from school and 6 drivers.

“Bus drivers are extremely valuable assets,” said Keith Dreiling, director of the Kansas State Department of Education’s Bus Safety Unit. “They are unsung heroes in the communities across the state. I hope everyone will thank these men and women for their time and talent in making sure our students are transported to and from school and activities safely.”

While the safety of students is the primary goal of school bus drivers, it is important for other drivers to pay heed, too, Dreiling said. On one day in April of the past three years, Kansas bus drivers were asked to tally the number of motorists illegally passing their school buses. There were a total of 1,091 illegal passings recorded in the three-year period.

More than 16 million bus stop-arm violations occur each year across the country. Pedestrian fatalities while loading and unloading school buses account for about three times as many school bus-related fatalities when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.

Parents are encouraged to review the following bus safety rules with their children:

  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. Never crawl under the bus to try and pick it up yourself.
  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, right, left before you enter or cross the street.
  • When the driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to cross in front of the bus.
  • Don’t jump up or down, fight, bully or tease other passengers or make a lot of noise while riding the bus. These activities can bother your driver, and he or she won’t be able to give proper attention to driving.
  • When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing.
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Book Fair Open Through Wednesday

It's not too late to shop the Book Fair! Stop by the CES library between now and Wednesday during school hours to get something for your young reader (or you)!

Help Needed for AR Parties on Friday

We are in need of 1-2 people to help supervise the AR parties scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 23. If you have time to give during the schedule below, please email Nicole Aeschliman at

AR Party Schedule:

11:20-11:50 Lunch 2nd Grade + 20 min. of recess 11:20-12:05

11:35-12:05 Lunch 3rd Grade + 20 minutes of recess 11:35-12:25

12:00-12:30 Lunch 4th Grade + 20 minutes (Before) 11:40-12:00 then come in and get lunch and go back outside to eat.

12:10-12:40 Lunch 5th Grade + 20 minutes of recess 12:40-1:00

Congrats BoxTop Winners!

Congratulations to the following students who brought more than 200 BoxTop labels and have won lunch with Mrs. Rooks!

Kynlee Luinstra (Grade K, Wagner)

Abigail Neibling (Grade 1, Kindle)

Heston McEntire (Grade 1, Patten)

McKenna Leivian (Grade 1, Camacho)

Trinity Scolari (Grade 2, Hachen)

Brooke Seyan (Grade 2, Highfill)

Chase Hying (Grade 2, Hachen)

Kamden Thorton (Grade 3, Wright)

Norah Leasterman (Grade 3, Barnes)

Makenna Moreno (Grade 3, Hesterman)

Addison Thrash (Grade 3, Burris)

Luke Osburn (Grade 3, Hesterman)

Marisa Veragas (Grade 3, Burris)

Addison Wissman (Grade 3, Hesterman)

Hailey Aeschliman (Grade 4, Emmons)

Milan Loyle (Grade 4, Emmons)

Kaydence Davis (Grade 5, Fox)

Mackenzie Alfaro (Grade 5, Gallagher)

Chloe Smith (Grade 5, Gallagher)

Family Fall Frolic Fundraiser -- Oct. 29

Don't miss the Family Fall Frolic Fundraiser at CES on Thursday, October 29 from 5 to 7:30!

  • Pancake feed
  • Basket silent auction*
  • Art auction
  • Reading activities
  • Duct tape Mrs. Smith to the wall
  • Pumpkin decorating contest

* We need everyone's help with the basket silent auction. Each grade has been assigned a basket theme and we are hoping that everyone will donate an item/s for this theme. Donation suggestions were recently sent home with your student, or you can find the themes by grade below. All items should be turned in to your child's classroom by Oct. 19. Thank you for helping make this Fundraiser a success!

Want to help with the evening activities? Go to Sign up Genius: to sign up.

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Trojan RoundUp - Nov. 7

Future Trojan Parents:

Andover High Schools Booster Club (AHS's parent organization that supports athletics and activities at the high school) is holding its annual fundraiser, Trojan RoundUp, Saturday November 7th from 7-11pm at Murfin Stables. Round up is a great evening out with dinner, DJ, auctions and FUN all night long!

Tickets are only $30 per attendee! If you'd like to attend this years event, please contact Laurie Nicols at or Jana Seabrook at on how to get your tickets! Grab your boots and come for a YEE HAW good time!

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