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Parent Teacher Conferences - Please plan to join teachers October 19th for this year's PT Conferences. Conferences will be held from 7:30 am-8:00 pm. The Cottonwood staff looks forward to sharing our ideas with you. Together we can help all of our students be successful.
Cottonwood fall classroom parties will be held Tuesday, October 31st. The Head Room Parent, with the guidance of the classroom teacher, will organize and plan the classroom party, which may not last longer than one hour. If you are providing snacks, please refer to the district wellness policy. While we love for families to be a part of the fun, remember that class parties should be for Cottonwood students only.
Regarding costumes, the following is requested:
- Costumes must be brought to school in a sack and the children will put them on at their party time.
- Children should not wear costumes that are frightening or gruesome. Imitation weapons are NOT permitted.
- Do not bring makeup and hair spray to school.
- Children will return to their street clothes before dismissal.
Party times will vary throughout the day
1st Gr.--- 1st grade will be going to Victoria Falls for a costume parade from 9:30-10:15
McKenna party (10:30-11:30) Kindle/Barscewski party from (2:30-3:30)
2nd Gr.--- 12:45-1:45
3rd Gr.--- 2:30-3:30
4th Gr.--- 2:30-3:30
5th Gr.--- 2:30-3:30
Shari Rooks, Principal
GAD Parade--Cottonwood Float
Kudo's to the GAD Float committee and the families who were able to join the parade route. Cottonwood and Sunflower tied for 1st place in the Best Non-Business Float. 1st time EVER! Here's to the Fabulous Fifities!
Cottonwood Student Council
Student Council runs a school store every Tuesday morning. 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.
Information regarding our upcoming Food/Gift Card drive will be out soon. We hope to bring in 1000 articles of food for the Andover Food Bank, which is housed in the United Methodist Church. We are also asking for Gift Cards to Target, Walmart and Amazon this year. We would like to get at least $1,000 in gift cards so that we can send them to Matzke Elementary and Kirk Elementary in Houston, Texas and two elementary schools in Vidor, Texas.
Thank you for supporting the Cottonwood Student Council. If you have any questions about Student Council, please contact Jill Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselor's Corner--Marcie Faust
Red Ribbon Week:
Red Ribbon Week is the week of October 23rd-27th. The theme this year is "Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free!" Students will recognize this week with special counseling lessons and a spirit week.
(10/23) Monday- Living Drug Free is no sweat!--(Wear sweats to school)
(10/24) Tuesday--Play Drug Free-(Dress like a rock star)
(10/25) Wednesday--Don't Sleep on It, Just Say No--(Wear pajama's to school)
(10/26) Thursday--Cowboy Up-Boot Drug (Wear cowboy apparel and boots)
(10/27) Friday--Double Up Against Drugs (Dress up like a twin or Cottonoowood Apparel)
Classroom Counselor Time:
During October, we will be discussing bullying and drug awareness. We will talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to a bully and be a good friend. For drug awareness, we will discuss making good choices and staying safe and healthy.
Halloween Safety Tips:
-Make sure your child is supervised by an adult.
-Stay in well lighted areas.
-Only go to homes that have their porch light on.
-Make sure that you check your child’s candy before allowing them to eat it.
-Make sure your child’s vision is not impaired by their mask.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween
Marcie Faust-Cottonwood Counselor/LPC/NBCC
316-218-4620 ext. 2
Fire Prevention Safety Week
Thank you to the Andover Fire Department and Ambulance service for visiting with our Kindergarteners last week. These hometown heros left us with some valuable information.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS FROM USFA
In the event of a fire, remember that
- Time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape first!
- Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it frequently.
- In your fire escape plan, designate a meeting place outside.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows two ways to escape from every room.
- Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
- Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.
- Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.
- Finally, having a working smoke detector dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.
Get more tips sheets from the National Fire Protection Association.
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.
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.
Food Service -$10.00
end of this three-day period, Andover Food Services has not been notifed as to payment arrangements or if payment has not been made, further charges will not be allowed. The student must bring payment to purchase a lunch or bring a lunch to school.
Free & Reduced Meals are available to qualifying households. They are available through www.usd385.org Parents/Free/Reduced Lunch Forms or through Bonnie Scarth at Support Services, 202 W Market, 316-218-4604
Communication is Key
School website: http://cottonwood.usd385.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CottonwoodElementary
PTO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cottonwoodelementarypto/
Andover Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndoverSchools
Cottonwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/CottonwoodElem
Teacher Facebook/Twitter pages:
Mrs. Defebaugh https://www.facebook.com/MrsDefebaugh/
Mrs. Fox https://www.facebook.com/foxin5th/
Mrs. Gallagher https://www.facebook.com/mrsgallaghers5thgradeclass
Mrs. Ralston Twitter @Mrs_Ralston https://www.facebook.com/MrsRalstons4thGrade/?ref=settings
Ms. Wright https://www.facebook.com/wrightces/?fref=ts
Mrs. Davis https://www.facebook.com/dayswithdavis/
Mrs. Highfill https://www.facebook.com/highfill2nd/?fref=ts
Mrs. Kindle https://www.facebook.com/kindle2014/?fref=ts
Ms. McKenna https://www.facebook.com/1stgrademckenna/
Mrs. Johnson/Mrs. Hays -- Hays & Johnson Kindergarten Connection (Ask for permission to join)
Mrs. Wilson https://www.facebook.com/Wilsonart2015/?fref=ts
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 USD385.org, or go to usd385.nutrislice.com. There is also an app available. Just look for Nutrislice in your app store. Please call Nutrition Services, 316-218-4603 with any questions.