kutz cougar Chronicles

from Dr. Kahley

September 6, 2013



Monday 9/9 @ 7:00pm 3rd & 4th Grade

Monday 9/16 @ 7:00pm 5th & 6th Grade

Wednesday 9/18 @ 7:00pm 1st & 2nd Grade


Tuesday 9/17 @ 7:45am-8:30am AM & PM Kindergarten

Many Thanks!

We are so grateful to our wonderful Home and School Association and to all of our parents for supporting Kutz activities which have allowed us the following:

New Bulletin Boards in the Hallways


Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr.

11 Document Cameras

Scholastic News Children's Newspaper

Marvelous Assemblies

Help with Our Landscaping Projects

Recess Supplies

Kutz Kudo Prizes

and many, many more things!

Your support of Home and School Activities allows us to have many additional items that contribute to your child's school experience! Thanks for your support and participation!

Memorial Garden

Another thanks goes out to some very generous parents who donated funds for our Memorial Gardent in honor of the Faculty, Staff and Students at Sandy Hook. This garden is located in the courtyard closest to the main office. It will be a place for outdoor learning, collaboration and quiet reflection. Special thanks goes to the Smiling Eyes Foundation.

Love and Logic

Stories of the harmful effects of over-parenting and constant rescuing flood our news media. From parents contacting college professors to argue grades, to calling employers to lobby for their grown kids' raises, to suing schools for having the boldness to kick kids off sports teams for refusing to practice, to kids having no idea how to support themselves financially into their 30s… it is mind-boggling.

Jim Fay warned us about helicopter parenting way back in the 1970s and his words have proven true. Fewer young adults feel responsible for their own destinies and more of them are living at home without much ambition to leave. More grandparents are taking care of their kids' offspring - and their kids' debts.

by Jedd Hafer

At the Love and Logic Institute, we want to change the world. We want to help raise more responsible young people who are able to solve problems and take care of themselves out in the world. We know they can do it. All they really need are messages that say they can… and some practice.

If you wanted your child to play the accordion - but never allowed him or her to hold one (because it is too heavy), would you be surprised if he or she never got very good at it?

Often, we do the same thing with solving problems. Kids who never practice solving problems will not magically get better at it. They need repetition working on and struggling with solving problems.

What if more adults resisted their urge to jump in and solve problems for kids? What if they said something like, "Wow, that's a tough one. But if any kid can figure it out, you can! Let me know what you decide to do."

Could our world use a few more kids who weren't rendered helpless by too much interference? In our classic audio Helicopters, Drill Sergeants, and Consultants, Jim Fay masterfully describes how to avoid sending crippling messages to kids.

Parent Portal Update 2013-2014

If you need, never received, or have forgotten your Parent Portal Username and Password, please go to CBSD.org and click on the Parent Portal Icon (globe) on the top right.

Scroll down and click on the small orange box in the lower right hand corner.

Follow the instructions for Portal Help.


Kutz is in need of one or two Co-Chairs for our Spring Fair. This Fair can be held at Kutz or in partnership with another entity (Del Val?) We may have to cancel this special event for this year if we do not have anyone to take on this exciting challenge.

Please let our Home and School Co-presidents know if you are interested.

Walkers and Early Pick-ups

Please, please, please use the sidewalks when walking with your children to and from school. We have several parents cutting through the parking lot which is making for an unsafe situation.

Please come into the office BEFORE 3:15 if you are picking a child up for an appointment. If you are here after 3:15 you need to call the office to have your child put on the car rider list and you must wait in the car line.


Reading and Math Testing Window (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6) March 17th - 28th

Writing (Grade 5 only) March 17th - 28th

Science (Grade 4 only) April 28th - May 2nd

Please refrain from taking your children out of school during these times.



To order a directory for your family, please put $5 in an envelope with your child’s name and homeroom and either hand it in to your Home Room Parent on Back to School Night or to your child’s teacher no later than 9/27. If you have more than one student at Kutz, you only need to send the payment in to one classroom.

Also, if you have any changes - please write the changes down and send this in with your $5. If you do not wish your name to appear in the Directory - we need that request in writing.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Collopy at: collopysharon@yahoo.com

Boomerang Award

This year, Kutz will continue to accept nominations for the Boomerang Award, which is our way of honoring students who best demonstrate their own developmental assets. What are Developmental Assets? Students possessing a combination of “40 Assets” are typically most successful in school and in life. These assets have the power to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. For a complete listing of the 40 Developmental Assets visit: www. Search-institute.org.

September: #2 Positive Family Communication. Young person and his/her parents communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.

October: #31 Restraint. Young person can identify, regulate, and control his/her behaviors and emotions in healthy ways, particularly in stressful or unstructured situations



6 School Assembly on Kutz Rules

Wrapping Paper Fundraiser Kick-Off Assembly, 2:00PM

6 Kutz Spirit Day-Blue/White or Kutz Gear

9 Back-to-School Night, Grades 3 & 4, 7:00-8:00PM

16 Back-to-School Night, Grades 5 & 6, 7:00-8:00PM

17 Back-to-School Morning, AM & PM K, 7:45-8:15AM

18 Back-to-School Night, Grades 1 & 2, 7:00-8:00PM

20 Wrapping Paper Sale Ends

20 Pajama Day!

26 School Pictures


4 Kutz Spirit Day-Blue/White or Kutz Gear

9 H&S Meeting, 7PM

14-18 Celebrate Education Week

18 Eagles Day!

21-25 Red Ribbon Week

25 6th Grade Halloween Celebration, 7:00pm

31 Halloween Parade, 2:00pm