Edition #18-December 14, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I am so thankful to have such a gracious hard working staff to work with each and every day! South family I truly hope you have a great holiday! Much Love to all, Dr. Cottone

Calendar Items


  • PTSO meeting at 6:00 at Brickhouse
  • Teacher Assistant Meeting at 2:00-2:45


  • Chick Fil A Night from 5-8


  • School Improvement Team meeting 3:30-4:30 in reading room


  • Ugly Sweater day school-wide
  • Student of the Month Field Trip 9:15-12:15
  • Staff Christmas Party-4:30-6:30 at Hickory Tavern


  • Full day of school
  • Pajama day school-wide-Polar Express Day
  • 3rd grade choir Caroling Tour from 2:45-6:00
  • Payday...Careful...Long January ahead!!!

***Monday December 21st is an Optional Workday so be sure to fill out leave paperwork if you plan to take off.

Today is Your Birthday!!!

Cindy Booker on Monday the 21st

Donna McConnell on Christmas Eve

Sylvia Martinez on Christmas Day

We will miss YOU

Mrs. Walker's last day will be on Friday. If not for medical reasons she would not be leaving so please wish her well. Kareema you will be missed but Never Forgotten...COME BACK someday!!! Mrs. Vanessa Harmon (Rogers student teacher) will take over this class in January.


MLK Guidelines for the Art and Essays are on the second page of the invite I sent out on December 9th. Please send Tanae McLean all entries for the competition via email or courier. The deadline is January 12. Also, let me know who is planning on entering as I want to make sure South is represented on this special day.

Also, on MLK day we are going to try to get as many SOUTH families to attend the 2:00 Charlotte Hornet Game. I will be sending a flyer out and need everyone to ADVERTISE. Not a fundraiser just a FUN time!

5 MORE DAYS...Have FUN but Remain Consistent


We want to thank you all for participating in the 2015 Elementary Tech PD. We especially want to thank our amazing facilitators Rachel Graham, Ritamarie Brannon, Susan Overcash, Erin Micklow, Angie Godbout, Cheryl McCrorey and Amy Judd. It was so empowering to see teachers from across our district collaborating and working towards our common goal of increasing student learning. Our hope is that you took at least one tool or instructional strategy that you can use with your students as early as this week. If there was another session you wished to attend and weren't able to, click here to access the Google Drive folder that contains materials from each session. HUGE thanks so much to Susan Overcash and Lauren Pollock for their vision and follow through on this entire collaborative endeavor!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 9:00 - 1:00 at the Mack Center.


HUGE Shout Out to Coach Erin Micklow and Coach Kathi Landis for all they did for our Girls who participated in Girls on the Run this Fall. This is a great self-esteem booster for those girls and I appreciate you devoting your time and energy to this!