Cottonwood News

Sept. 13th

News You Can Use

As I write this, we are getting ready to begin our 21st day of school. As I look back on the last few days, I'm reminded that sometimes, I may forget to explain or clarify some of the events/activities/programs that are part of the Cottonwood culture. I've been doing things forever, so I assume that everyone already knows. I want to spend time this year, sharing our story.

Rise and Shine--Our Cottonwood community meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45-8:55 in the gym. On Monday's, we talk about building our character. We continue to focus on respect and responsibility, but we're adding a few ideas from "The Seven Habits of Happy Kids." Our goal is to provide our students with the necessary tools to be strong, responsible, independent learners. On Wednesday's, we celebrate the students who have birthdays during the week. Friday's, we recognize various students with awards, bookmarks and brag tags. Students wearing Cottonwood or Andover shirts are eligible to win a water bottle if their name is called. Each morning, we also share announcements and the lunch menu.

Trojans in Training--A few years ago, the AHS Trojan Booster Club suggested that each elementary school have a special night to be recognized at an AHS football game. Our students have a special section where they can sit with their family and cheer on the Trojan's. Before the game, students get to walk out on the field and form the tunnel to cheer the players on. During the game, the Booster Club may come over and throw towels, mini-footballs, mega-phones, etc. It's another way to bring the Andover community together. Of course, everyone is always welcome to attend and support the Andover Trojans.

Greater Andover Days--An annual Fall celebration, the city of Andover hosts a carnival, concert, parade and party at the Central Park on September 28, 29th and 30th. The parade route starts at Cottonwood and travels down Andover Road to Andover Central High School. A list of activities for the 3 days of fun, can be found here. Information about the PTO float can be found below.

Walk to School -October 4th-Walk To School emphasizes safer routes for walking and bicycling and the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families and schools. Please join teachers, AHS students at one of three gathering places (to be announced) at 8:15 am on October 4th and we'll use the Red Bud Trail and walk to school together.

I hope to keep adding to this list each month. Please don't ever hesitate to ask questions or make suggestions to improve our community. It takes all of us working together to make a difference in the lives of our kids. They only get to experience being a child once and we want their experiences to be memorable, educational and character building.

Educationally yours,

Shari Rooks, Principal

GAD Parade--Cottonwood Float

Cottonwood families, please feel free to join the PTO in decorating this year's Cottonwood GAD float. Please visit the link below for float workdays and times.

School Safety

Students should not arrive at school before 8:20, unless he/she is registered for YMCA Latchkey. We do not have supervision available and we don't want anyone to get hurt or lost before school begins.

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

New this year, students who have a negative $10.00 lunch balance will be given a sack lunch. This meal will be charged to the student for a period of three days. If at the
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 Parents/Free/Reduced Lunch Forms or through Bonnie Scarth at Support Services, 202 W Market, 316-218-4604

Counselor's Corner--Marcie Faust

Counselor Time:

This month the theme is friendship. Friendship is a relationship to someone with whom we enjoy sharing our thoughts, ideas and time. Someone once said, “A good friend is more valuable than gold”. Please reaffirm good behavior and being a great friend.

Group and Individual Counseling:

I have time each day to visit with children in a one-to-one setting. Please let your students know that confidentiality will always be respected. They can place a note in my box or ask their teachers.

We continue to have small groups at CES. The groups include: friendship, divorce, grief support, new kids, anger management, etc….Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the groups. I meet with the teachers to set the groups during the least restrictive times. Some groups are offered during lunch time.

Marcie Faust-Cottonwood Counselor/LPC/NBCC

316-218-4620 ext. 2

Nurse's News

We have received several immunization updates and medication forms. If you can, double-check that your paperwork is complete in Care Docs. Sometimes faxes may get lost in the copier shuffle. Thank you to everyone for completing the necessary paperwork and information.

September is upon us and October just around the corner, remember to get your Flu shots.

Thank you for your generous donations to the health office. Currently we could use in need boys underwear size 4-6 and 8-10 , boys shorts and pants size 4-6, girls underwear size 4, and girls shorts size 7-8 ,9-10. Any clean gently used items are greatly appreciated.

Denise Tauke and Julie Clopton

Ext: 3

Cottonwood Library

Mrs. "O" Ohlund and Mrs. "K" Klaassen have been working with Cottonwood students for over a week. The library has new carpet and a new look. Students are checking out new books and starting to take AR tests in grades 2-5. Check us out online @ We look forward to working with you and your student.

Cottonwood PTO

The Cottonwood PTO consists of parents and teachers working together for the betterment of the school. Our purpose is to support our Cottonwood staff and provide opportunities for all students. Our meetings are the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 in the Cottonwood library. (Sept. 5th, Oct. 3rd, Nov . 7th, Jan. 9th, Feb. 6th, Apr. 3rd and May 1st) Childcare is provided by high school students.

Notes from the Sept. 5th meeting can be found here.

Throughout the year there are several opportunities to volunteer. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

PTO officers for the 17-18 school year are:

President—Tijen Owings

Vice President—Mike Scolari

Secretary—Rachel Niebling

Treasurer—Sarah Osburn

Communication is Key

Cottonwood has several ways in which we try to communicate our news and views to the world. You can download the Andover Schools Mobile App in either iTunes or Google. We also use School Messenger to share upcoming activities through phone calls and emails. If you have suggestions on how to help communicate our learning and teaching, please don't hesitate to e-mail me

School website:

Facebook page:

PTO Facebook page:

Andover Twitter:

Cottonwood Twitter:

Teacher Facebook/Twitter pages:

Mrs. Defebaugh

Mrs. Fox

Mrs. Gallagher

Mrs. Plank

Mrs. Ralston @Mrs_Ralston

Mrs. Rich

Ms. Wright

Mrs. Hachen

Mrs. Davis

Mrs. Highfill

Mrs. Barscewski

Mrs. Kindle

Ms. McKenna

Mrs. Hanna

Mrs. Johnson/Mrs. Hays -- Hays & Johnson Kindergarten Connection (Ask for permission to join)

Mrs. Wilson

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, or go to There is also an app available. Just look for Nutrislice in your app store. Please call Nutrition Services, 316-218-4603 with any questions.

Trojans in Training at AHS FB game

Thursday, Sep. 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

150 West Allison Street

Andover, KS

Cottonwood students are invited to attend the AHS vs. Goddard football game. Students will be able to cheer the Trojans onto the field before the game and then sit in a special section designated for Cottonwood families. Come help cheer the Trojans onto victory.

September 25th--No School for Students

Monday, Sep. 25th, 8am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Teachers will spend the day learning more about the Andover Instructional Framework and collaborating with their grade level colleagues.

Greater Andover Days Parade

Saturday, Sep. 30th, 9am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

Students and parents may walk the parade route with the Cottonwood float. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Check your student's Friday folder next week for more information.

Next Cottonwood News--September 28th