Cowlishaw News


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Thank you for joining the classroom teachers for Curriculum Night this week. Teachers enjoyed connecting with families and sharing the curricular plans and goals for the school year!

Koala TV

This week, students viewed our first episode of Koala TV. Koala TV is our very own news show where we focus on "Koalaty Traits" which are characteristics that students demonstrate that make them successful at school. The first episode highlighted our Rules of Thumb. Each month a new Koalaty Trait will be explored and students will have the opportunity to be recognized for their demonstration of the Koalaty Trait. Stay tuned!
Koala TV Rules or Thumb Pt1 09-21

Creative Bulletin Boards

Cowlishaw staff have created some awesome bulletin boards this school year focused on social emotional learning and literacy! Here are a few highlights!

Pets on School Grounds

For the safety and consideration of others, please refrain from walking your dog/pets on school property. Some students are afraid of pets and others may be allergic. Thank you for your cooperation.

Looking Ahead

9/17/2021-Donuts with Dads

9/22/2021-Picture Day

10/11/2021-No School-Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day

10/22/2021-End of Quarter 1

11/18 &11/22 -Parent Teacher Conferences

CogAT Census Testing for 2nd and 5th Grade Students

On September 29th, 30th and October 1st, second and fifth grade students will complete the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT appraises the cognitive development of students by measuring students’ learned reasoning abilities. Although grounded in biological processes, these abilities are developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences. The questions on the CogAT require students to demonstrate their reasoning abilities in each of three symbol systems most closely related to success in school: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and nonverbal reasoning. The Verbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to use search, retrieval and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning; the Quantitative Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking; the Nonverbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason with novel questions that use spatial and figural content.

The results of this assessment are used to identify individual learning strengths and weaknesses and determine student program placement. This assessment will be conducted in the regular classroom setting. At the second grade level, testing will take approximately forty-five minutes during three days. At the fifth grade level, testing will take approximately thirty minutes during three days. We anticipate receiving the results of this assessment by January 2022.

Cowlishaw Birthday Book Club Is Back!!!


Cowlishaw’s LMC has the answer! Donating a book to Cowlishaw’s LMC helps to build our library collection and make your child feel special at the same time.

At some time during the month of your child’s birthday, we will invite your child to come down to the LMC and choose a book from the birthday cart. If your child’s birthday is in June, July or August, we will invite him or her to come down to the LMC during the month of his or her half birthday. There will be a flat $10.00 price for each book.

When your child chooses a book, we take his/her picture to put in the front of the book with a bookplate commemorating the donation. Your child’s name will go up on the Birthday Book Club bulletin board in the LMC, and your child will be the first to check out the book he/she chose! What an opportunity!

The registration for Cowlishaw’s Birthday Book club can be found in the PushCoin Webstore.

Please see the document below if you need help with accessing the Webstore:

How to access the IPSD Webstore

Thank you for considering this program!

It’s a great way for your child to feel special and to support the Cowlishaw LMC at the same time.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

State mandated vision and hearing screenings will be taking place at Cowlishaw starting Wednesday, 9/8 - 9/15.

All students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, and selected students in grades 4 and 5 will be screened for hearing and/or vision. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they have them at school.

Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if a report from an optometrist or ophthalmologist has been completed/submitted to school (administered within the last 12 months). If an examination report is not on file at the school, students in the mandated age/grade/group will be screened.

If your child fails either of the screenings, you will be informed of the results.

Boundary Committee

The community is invited to observe all boundary committee meetings. There will also be an opportunity for community members to view concepts and provide feedback before the final proposals are created and presented to the board of education. The community’s feedback will be incorporated into the final proposals that will be presented to the board of education for approval.

Community forums will be held at our three high schools on the following dates.

Monday, November 8 at 7 pm - Waubonsie Valley High School
Tuesday, November 9 at 7 pm - Neuqua Valley High School
Wednesday, November 10 at 7 pm - Metea Valley High School

The next boundary committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 pm at Still Middle School. For more information on the boundary process, to view meeting materials, or watch meeting videos, visit 2021 Boundary Committee.

IPSD 204 District COVID Dashboard

Positive cases of COVID-19 each school in Indian Prairie 204 can be found on the District's COVID Dashboard. The dashboard includes all positive cases of COVID-19 reported to District 204 for individuals who were on campus. The information is updated each Monday by 4 pm. If your child is in close contact with someone who tested positive, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will notify you directly regarding the need to quarantine as a precaution. Additional information found on this page includes the current transmission level and a link to the corresponding mitigation strategies.

PTA Updates

PTA Updates

Happy Friday Koala Families,

We would like to remind you that next Friday September 17th there will be Donuts with Dad at 8:00 am. Please enter at Cowlishaw’s Elementary School’s Door #2 with masks on and bring your filled out self certify form. (See attached flyer and self certify form.) We will have this event outside if weather is permitted.

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to fill out your membership and volunteering forms to join the PTA.

Save the Date for Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm for PTA’s General Zoom Meeting.

Thanks again for your ongoing support and to make this year great!


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Lunch and Breakfast Service

This year, we will continue to provide a grab and go style lunch at no charge to all Cowlishaw students. Please visit the IPSD website for more information on the free meal program and for menu options.

Health and Safety Measures

Please use the link below to view the Covid Mitigation strategies and quarantine guidance per district guidelines.

Elementary School Hours

Regular Hours:

Arrival: Doors open at 8:50. Bell rings at 9:05. Students should be in class and ready to learn at 9:05.

Dismissal: 3:35 Every Day


Arrival on Wednesdays ONLY-Doors open at 9:00 and bell rings at 9:15.

Dismissal: 3:35