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Summer 2014

Hello High School Families, So here we are in June enjoying a little bit of a break, relishing the warm weather, and-believe it or notgetting ready for the 2014-15 school year! This year is an extra special one for The Cottage School, as we celebrate 30 years of helping students become confident, productive and independent adults. We wanted to make sure you have some of the details for beginning the school year now, so you can get a head start on things that need to be taken care of before registration and orientation. Policy Revisions: First, I want to thank you for the time and attention you gave to the parent survey. Based on your feedback we have made adjustments in areas like instructional delivery, technology, pay scale, and work place dress for next year. We have policy and procedure revisions in the works, including a new technology use policy that will enable HS students to maintain possession of their cell phones for the duration of the school day. In this BYOD (bring your own device) environment, teachers can more efficiently provide opportunities for students to access information and use web-based applications in class. We have updated our pay scale to align more with current minimum wage standards, there are no longer color restrictions for ladies nail polish, and we are implementing Spirit Wear Casual Fridays where appropriately nice blue jeans can be worn with a TCS spirit shirt. Due to our students difficulty managing “hoodies” as garments allowed outside only, we are asking that you take a good look at student’s outerwear. We are no longer allowing hooded sweatshirts (sweatshirt material) as outerwear, but of course, work place appropriate coats and jackets with hoods are still allowed. If you have questions, have your adolescent swing by my office with the garment so I can check it out! All of these policy revisions are intended to optimize opportunities for learning, increase student performance and to provide additional opportunities for students to practice making appropriate choices for the work place. Staff Additions: We are excited to add to our instructional team this year and want to welcome Erin Oleson in Science and Math, Isha Matthews in English, Aubrey Van Benthem in Social Science and Hector Vasquez in Spanish. All come with excellent experience and references, and we are looking forward to adding their talents to our already fabulous team. Summer Reading Goal - Two Books/Graphic Novels: Education research stresses that students should be reading over the summer. Summer reading credit is solely dependent on points earned through reading journals or projects presented to teachers upon their return to school. We will accept submissions up to August 15th. We trust that you will assist your teen in choosing reading material appropriate for their age and reading level. Manual Review: Review the revised Student Policy and Procedure Manual that is posted on our website: with your student, prior to signing the on-line form. Enrichment Classes for Rising 9th Graders: These classes July 21 – July 25 are a great way to prepare your student for the 2014-2015 year. Please see the attached flyer about this opportunity.

Forms Due by July 16th: In order to ensure your student gets first priority for registration in the classes they would like and to save time on orientation, please complete forms and submit by July 16th. Complete ON-LINE forms for Vital Student Information, Elective choices, and PE uniform orders. For the remaining forms, please complete and return either 1) mail, 2) scan and email (, or 3) hand deliver to the school. Registration: Since you will have submitted all of your forms and payments as needed by July 16th , you will breeze through registration. You will receive your preliminary schedule, calendar, text books, locker, sign-up for athletic teams, purchase PE uniforms, and reserve a parking space for your driving teen. In addition, parents will receive information from the Parent Association and Booster Club. Be sure students attend in school dress code (see Policy and Procedure Manual). Registration and Orientation for 10th, 11th, 12th Returning Students: Wednesday, August 6th 9:00-11:00A.M. Report in school dress code to the Reinhardt Community Center in the Administration Building. I strongly encourage a parent be in attendance. Registration and Orientation for all 9th grade and New Students & a Parent/Guardian: Thursday, August 7th 9:00-11:00A.M. Report in school dress code at 9:00A.M. to the Reinhardt Community Center in the Administration Building. New Student Registration REQUIRES at least one parent’s attendance with their child from 9:00-11:00A.M. Starting at 9:01A.M. there will be a group orientation session and review of some policies and procedures. RSVP- Parent and Family Social: Thursday, August 14th from 5:30P.M. to 7:00P.M. in the Reinhardt Community Center. Please mark your calendar and make plans for the whole family to attend! This is a good time to meet everyone and find families in your zip code to establish car pools. RSVP by August 12th to Stephanie with the number of family members attending the picnic: or 678250-5125. New Families: Wednesday, August 13th we are hosting a New Parent Coffee at school from 8:00-9:30A.M., and there will be a New Parent Reception on Thursday, August 28th, 6:00-7:30P.M. Medication: Some of our students take medication during the school day. Please read our HS medication policies in the Policy and Procedure Manual carefully and be prepared to follow the procedures listed. We request that you deliver a couple of „emergency‟ doses to Ivan Plastiak so that we have medication here to administer should your child forget his/her medication. To ensure that all students receive the prescribed medication and dose, please provide the school with your student’s medication in a prescription bottle with the medication information and dosage clearly indicated on the bottle. Lunch: We are working again with Wholesome Tummies. Please see attached information on the lunch program and get signed up! If you prefer to pack a lunch, be sure it is labeled with student name. There are microwaves and a refrigerator in the RCC for student use. Snack: We know the benefits of a quick snack mid-morning, so we are maintaining a snack opportunity at the beginning of fourth period. Students may purchase snacks from the snack cart or bring their own. Students are encouraged to bring something healthy and easy to eat quickly…fruit, granola, yogurt, energy bars, water…items that will give their metabolism the boost it needs to sustain attention until lunch.

Materials for School: It is perfectly acceptable for HS students to wait to purchase school supplies until receiving each teacher’s syllabus. In order to assist with organizational issues, and for those of you who want to shop early, TCS uses the following COLOR GUIDE for each academic discipline. We ask that you follow these same color schemes when purchasing your school materials: English or Language Arts Classes – Red Notebooks Mathematics – Blue Notebooks Social Studies – Yellow Notebooks Science – Green Notebooks Electives – White/Black & other color Notebooks In general, HS teachers prefer separate, 1 inch, 3 ring binders for each class, but allow one binder with divided, color sections if that works best for your student. In addition, a few pens, pencils, loose leaf paper or tablets and a pack of highlighters are encouraged. A flash drive is a must! First Day of School Monday, August 11th: Be sure students have a writing utensil and at least one notebook to start the year off successfully. Remember, we are a team and we need your support to see that our students are fully prepared so they get off to a good start. We are looking forward to another great school year. Many of us will be available throughout the summer to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to call or stop by. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely, Attention Parents and Students We will have a carpool signup for those interested at orientation on August 6th and 7th. Laura Finnell High School Principal

The 2014-2015 Student Policy and Procedure Manual is now available in the “Parents” section of our website.

SUMMARY LIST TO DO:      

Summer Reading Review Student Policy and Procedure Manual with your adolescent Optional – Place lunch order on Wholesome Tummies website July 21 Optional – Rising 9th Grade Enrichment Opportunity July 21 - 25 RSVP for PAC Social by August 12 Review Booster Club Support

COMPLETE AND RETURN BY JULY 16TH:         

On-line Student

Policy & Procedure Manual Signature Page Vital Information Forms On-line Elective Selections On-line PE Order Form After School Opportunity and Competitive Sports Form with Payment Physical Form Parent Consent for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics PAC Volunteer Form Letterman Jacket Order with Payment if choosing to buy On-line

Return items to TCS either by mail, hand delivery or scan/email to

The Cottage School 2014-2015 Parents Abbreviated Calendar Semester 1 August 6 August 7 August 8 August 11 August 13 August 14 August 28 September 1 September 26 October 13 October 25 October 31 November 3 November 15 November 21 November 24-28 December 16-18 December 18 December 19 December 22-Jan 2

H.S. Orientation (returning students) 9am-11am H.S. Orientation (new students & Rising 9th Graders) 9am-11am M.S. Orientation (all students) 8am–12pm First Day of School New Parent Coffee, 8am-9:30am, RCC PAC Parent and Family Social, 5:30pm-7pm, RCC New Parent Evening Reception, 6pm-7:30pm No School – Labor Day Holiday No School – All School Teacher Work Day No School – Columbus Day Cougar Classic Car Show & Bazaar, 9am – 2pm, TCS Campus No School – All School Teacher Work Day No School – GISA Conference 3 on 3 Basketball Turkey Tournament, 9am – 1pm, Cougar Center Grandparents’ Day, 8am-10am, Cougar Center No School – Thanksgiving Break H.S. Sem. 1 Final Exams - ½ days No M.S. School – M.S. Teacher Work Day No School – All School Teacher Work Day Winter Holiday for All Students

Semester 2 January 5 January 16 & 17 January 19 February 13 February 16 March 10 March 14 April 3 April 6-10 May 18-20 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 22

First Day of 2nd Semester Homecoming Weekend No School – MLK Holiday No School – All School Teacher Work Day No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday TCS 30th Birthday Glitter/30th Anniversary Celebration No School – All School Teacher Work Day Spring Break H.S. Sem. 2 Final Exams - ½ days M.S. Awards and Graduation, 6:30pm, Cougar Center M.S. Last Day of School, ½ day M.S. Teacher Work Day H.S. Last Day of School - ½ day TCS Graduation

Amended 6/16/2014

What is GAGoal? GAGoal is a Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) in which Georgia individual and corporate taxpayers can contribute in exchange for a state income tax credit and possible federal charitable income tax deduction. GAGoal then uses the contributions to award scholarships to students from K-12 public schools so that they can attend the private schools chosen by their parents. How does our school benefit from GAGoal? As a GOAL Participating School, our school is eligible to promote the GOAL program to its donors who can designate that their contributions to GOAL be used to provide scholarships at our school. Thus, our school will be able to increase the amount of financial aid for which its students and their families are eligible. This could result in increased enrollment, increased tuition income, and increased opportunities for deserving students and their families to become a vital part of our community. In 2013-14, over 42% of TCS families qualified for need-based financial aid! How does GAGoal work? Because there is a limited amount of tax credits available each year, a taxpayer who is interested in contributing to GOAL must express his or her intent to do so to the Georgia Department of Revenue (“DOR”). If there are still tax credits available, the DOR will inform the taxpayer to proceed with his or her contribution to GOAL. So that interested contributors are not burdened at all by this process, GOAL and our school make the pre-approval and contribution process very easy to complete. Once approved, the taxpayer contributes to GOAL and designates our school as the place at which her or she would like the contribution to be used in providing scholarships to qualified students. Once the contribution is received, GOAL sends a notice to the taxpayer, who can then take an income tax CREDIT against their Georgia income taxes for the amount of their contribution made that year. What is the maximum amount that an individual can contribute to GOAL in exchange for a Georgia education expense tax credit? 

A married couple filing a joint return can re-direct up to $2,500 of their income tax payments to GOAL.

A married couple filing a separate return can re-direct up to $1,250 of their income tax payments to GOAL.

An individual can re-direct up to $1,000 of his or her income tax payments to GOAL.

An individual who is a member of a LLC, shareholder of an “S” Corporation, or partner in a partnership (pass-through entities) is allowed a Georgia income tax credit for up to $10,000 of the amount they contribute to a SSO, so long as they would have paid Georgia income tax in that amount on their share of taxable income from the pass-through entity. (For more information for owners of pass through entities, click here for more information)

How does a tax credit differ from a deduction? A tax credit is significantly more beneficial than a deduction. A credit reduces your Georgia taxes dollar-for-dollar while a deduction reduces the taxable income upon which taxes are calculated.

What is the deadline for making contributions that qualify for the tax credit? In order to contribute to GOAL for a tax credit, an individual or corporation must receive pre-approval from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The pre-approval process must be completed and all contributions postmarked to GOAL within 60 days of DOR pre-approval, and never later than December 31st of the applicable calendar year in order to be accepted. Why should I give now? In 2014, the entire $58 million cap was reached on January 22nd! As a result, thousands of Georgia taxpayers who wished to make their contribution to a SSO were unable to do so for a tax credit. Once the cap is reached, although a taxpayer can still contribute to GOAL, he or she will not receive an education expense tax credit for doing so. Because there are hundreds of private schools in Georgia that are promoting the availability of the Georgia Education Expense Credit program in their school communities, it is a very competitive environment and taxpayers need to make their pre-approved contributions as early in the year as possible. GAGoal will begin accepting application forms for 2015 beginning August 1st. Click here to be taken to the GAGoal Website and do the paperless process!

How do I find more information about Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program? If you have questions about the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, please review the GOAL website at Additional questions? Contact Joe Digieso: or 678/250-5100.

ATTENTION: Sophomores & Juniors‌ (and interested Freshmen) Sign up to take the


Please note that the deadline to apply for accommodations for the PSAT is August 22nd (College Board must receive the paperwork by August 27th) unless you already have approved accommodations through The College Board. **Please send a check for $24 made out to The Cottage School by October 10, 2014 to reserve your spot! When: PSAT on Sat. October 18, 2014, 8:00-10:30 a.m. at TCS Taking the PSAT is important because it not only prepares you for the SAT, but if you are graduating in 2016 it also qualifies you to be entered into The National Merit Scholarship Program. You could be chosen to receive a scholarship for college based on your scores! Please RSVP for this test at 770-641-8688 or

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Middle School and Rising 9th Grade Parents

Language Arts and Math Enrichment The Middle School has a great offer for you. We will be offering enrichment classes for Language Arts and Math. Has your child forgotten some information over the summer that they will need come August 11? Have them attend a week of review to prepare them for the upcoming year. TCS Staff will be enriching the students on their language arts and math facts. Sign up as soon as possible to guarantee your child a spot in the class. Contact Nancy Wadel by phone at 770-641-8688 or by e-mail at


8:00-12:00 School le d id M S C the T h July 21st-25t


After School Opportunities and Competitive Sports Academic Support – The teaching staff is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. (or in the A.M. by appointment) for additional academic support at no extra cost.

After School Program (ASP) – The Cottage School offers an ASP for students Monday – Friday, 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. From 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M., students participate in a supervised homework and study hour, including use of computer lab for homework. From 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M., students have the opportunity to engage in activities including: continued homework supervision; indoor board or other educational games; outdoor physical activity (weather permitting); campus speakers/presentations; co-curricular activities; home sports events. ASP fees are prepaid in advance by month and are non-refundable. Late Pick-Up – If you are unable to pick up your child at ANY scheduled pick-up time (either at the end of the school day by 3:15 P.M., practices, or ASP, etc.) there will be a $1 per minute late fee. After School for Credit – After School for Credit is also available as an after school option for your child. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have interest in enrolling your child in an After School for Credit course. Additional Academic & Tutorial Programs – Additional services are available for an hourly fee of $65 per hour, covering such topics as SAT/ACT Prep, Speech/Language services, social skills, etc. Please contact your child’s Principal in regard to additional academic and tutorial programs.

After School Program (ASP) Fee Schedule Please circle the appropriate fee for the months you wish to prepay for ASP coverage for your child:

Month August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015

$120 $160 $176 $112 $112 $152 $144 $176 $128 $120

Monday Only* $27 $36 $36 $18 $27 $27 $27 $45 $27 $27

Mon. & Fri. Only* $54 $63 $72 $45 $45 $63 $54 $81 $45 $54

Total due for the Month

Total: *If your child participates in sports, ASP coverage is available on days when practices are NOT held. No prorated fees on daily rates are available.

Competitive Sports Teams – High School and Middle School students may participate on any sports team listed below throughout the year. Fees are determined based on the number of seasons your child participates. Competitive Sports fees & After School Program fees can be combined in order to assure supervision on days when practices are not held. Competitive Sports fees also include membership in the TCS Athletic Booster Club. Please circle the sports your child chooses to participate in each season:

Fall Season: 8/12 - 10/11 Registration by Aug. 13th

Winter Season: 10/14 – 2/13 Registration by Oct. 15th

Spring Season: 2/17 – 5/1 Registration by Feb. 18th

Choices: Soccer Volleyball Cross Country

Choices: Women’s Basketball Men’s Basketball Swimming

Choices: Track and Field Baseball Tennis Golf

Total # of Seasons Participating  1 Season ($200)  2 Seasons ($400)  3 Seasons ($550) Total: $ ____________

*Note: Dates for specific sports vary within the MS/HS seasons. (Check with coaching staff for exact dates.)

Student Name (Print): ________________________________________ Please Circle: Cash Check Credit Card: AMEX Visa Master Card

Parent Name (Print): __________________________________________ Discover

Cardholders Name: __________________________________

Credit Card #: _______________________________________________ Expiration Date: ____________ Date:_____________________

Security Code: _________________

Billing Zip Code: ________________ Parent Signature:_____________________________________________

Disclaimer: There will be a 3% Convenience Fee added to all Credit Card Charges

*All fees are due in advance and are non-refundable*

School lunch was NEVER like this! The Atlanta Wholesome Tummies Team is thrilled to be back at The Cottage School this year! Our company was started in an effort to bring REAL food back to students. Our WT Café experience offers only the highest quality food available in schools using only the purest, freshest and most natural ingredients. Our foods are prepared from scratch, cooked in our commercial kitchen using many organic and locally sourced ingredients and delivered directly to your school. Key components of our program:         

We use NO high fructose corn syrup, no trans fats, no artificial flavors, colors, nitrates or preservatives We use only whole grains for breads and pastas Fresh fruits and vegetables on our menu daily – nothing canned Always a nut-free ingredients with gluten-free, vegetarian options Signature WT Creations – our line of healthy “treats” prepared from scratch Dietician approved menus Kid-favorite and more adventurous options daily Robust proprietary technology: on-line ordering and payment Locally owned and managed

How it works: If you not already registered, please register on our website by clicking our logo at The Cottage School website. If you are already registered, please update your student’s information, this helps with distribution and getting lunches to the correct place. Pre-order one of our vast selections of entrees online at least 36 hours before lunch. Students select their two sides on site at school. Sides include: fresh, in-season fruits, veggies and allnatural and organic snacks. The Cottage School will be active on the Wholesome Tummies website and you can begin ordering online by July 21, 2014. The first lunch will be served on Monday August 11, 2014. Detailed pricing is listed on our website, with prices ranging from $4.50 to $6.00 depending on the size of the meal. We will have detailed instructions available on how to order once The Cottage School is live on our website. We look forward to serving you and your children this coming year! In the meantime, learn more about us at Thank you! Judy Gordon

Big Changes to Assistive Technology @ TCS This year, The Cottage School is pleased to announce several changes and upgrades to the assistive software available to our students. Some of the resources are available to you because you’re a part of TCS, and others are resources you might not be aware of (yet!) that are freely available. First, we’ve changed the program that runs ClassWeb. It’ll still be ClassWeb, but it will have a new look and feel—and a new web address. You’ll still be able to access electronic versions of textbooks and class resources, but we’ve updated the look and feel a little bit to make it easier to find things. Look for the specifics during orientation in August. One of the things that will be staying the same is the availability of Premier Tools to you. Premier Tools is a suite of programs that help with making decoding less of a chore—freeing you up to focus on what really matters, comprehending what you’re reading. If you go to, you’ll find a step-by-step guide for how to get these tools on your home laptop or desktop (but not mobile devices or tablets). The same suite of tools is available on every single student computer on campus, too. Because not all students need text readers—and some of us need other tools—we encourage you to browse The Freeloader’s Guide to Educational Apps (, which is a searchable site full of educational apps sorted by function and by platform (Android, iOS, Chrome, and others). No one person or school can tell you definitively what apps are the best— software is just changing too quickly and has too many options. But the Freeloader’s Guide is a good place to start with reviews that will help you find the right set of technological tools to help you be independent at school. Feel free to let Nathan, your other teachers, and your peers know if you find a really helpful app. Spread the word! As many of you know, Nathan has held several training sessions on assistive tools for students and parents over the past few years. But that’s another part of Assistive Technology at TCS that’s going to change this year. Instead of in-person trainings that take up your evening, we’re going to have an online video channel that will lead you—at your own convenience—through the same training as in past years, and through training on some other apps and tools as well. Again, more information about this will be ready for you during orientation and in future Wednesday Packets. For more information about any of the changes or to share a helpful app you’ve found, contact Nathan Edwards at

Summer 2014

Dear Parents, The following pages contain information regarding the physical education and athletic programs for the next school year. The first matter concerns PE uniforms. Of course, our policy as outlined in the Student Handbook requires Cottage School issued uniforms for all physical education and “athletic” elective classes. Please place your on-line order as soon as possible to ensure that we have enough inventory for our first day of school. The second form (Pre-participation Physical Examination) contains two sections. You must complete the front of the form yourself, while arranging for a doctor to fill out the other two pages. This form must be returned for students to gain eligibility for all Cottage School athletic teams. The Athletic Department is required by the Georgia Independent School Association and the Atlanta Athletic Conference to retain these forms on file for all students who participate in athletics. Those who are unable to get their physical over the summer will have an opportunity to do so during orientation. The third form is the Parental Consent for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics. This form must be completed by parents or guardians and returned to the school. Only students with signed consent forms will be eligible to participate in Cottage School Athletics. This form needs to be updated each year for returning student athletes. The final page is The Cottage School Letter Jacket order form for high school students’ participation. Please consider showing your Cougar pride and invest in a Cougar Letter Jacket for participating in all the sports The Cottage School has to offer as well as other extra-curricular activities such as chorus, the math team, Drama, and yearbook to name a few. We will have a jacket fitting during high school Orientation. Thank you for your attention to these matters. Sincerely, Richie Briggs Athletic Director The Cottage School 678-250-5130

Revised 7/1/05 Mandatory

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation


Date of Exam ___________________________

Name _________________________________________ Sex_________Age________Date of birth_________________ Grade_____School________________________________Sport(s)____________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________Phone_____________________ Personal Physician __________________________________________________________________________________ In case of emergency, contact: Name _______________________Relationship______________Phone (H)_______________Phone(W)______________ Explain "Yes" answers below. Circle questions you don't know the answers to. Yes No 1. Has a doctor ever denied or restricted your participation in sports for any reason? 2. Do you have an ongoing medical condition (like diabetes or asthma)? 3. Are you currently taking any prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines or pills? 4. Do you have allergies to medicines, pollens, foods, or stinging insects? 5. Have you ever passed out or nearly passed out DURING exercise? 6. Have you ever passed out or nearly passed out AFTER exercise? 7. Have you ever had discomfort, pain, or pressure in your chest during exercise? 8. Does your heart race or skip beats during exercise? 9. Has a doctor ever told you that you have (check all that apply): High blood pressure A heart murmur High cholesterol A heart infection 10. Has a doctor ever ordered a test for your heart? (for example: ECG, echocardiogram) 11. Has anyone in your family died for no apparent reason? 12. Does anyone in your family have a heart problem? 13. Has any family member or relative died of heart problems or of sudden death before age 50? 14. Does anyone in your family have Marfan syndrome? 15. Have you ever spent the night in a hospital? 16. Have you ever had surgery? 17. Have you ever had an injury, like a sprain, muscle or ligament tear, or tendinitis, that caused you to miss a practice or game? If yes, circle affected area below: 18. Have you had any broken or fractured bones or dislocated joints? If yes, circle below: 19. Have you had a bone or joint injury that required x-rays MRI, CT, surgery, injections, rehabilitation, physical therapy, a brace, a cast, or crutches? If yes, circle below: Head



Upper Back

Lower Back


Upper Arm Thigh




Calf/ Shin

20. Have you ever had a stress fracture? 21. Have you been told that you have or have you had an x-ray for atlantoaxial (neck) instability? 22. Do you regularly use a brace or assistive device? 23. Has a doctor ever told you that you have asthma or allergies?

Hand/ Fingers Ankle

Chest Foot/ Toes

Yes No 24. Do you cough, wheeze, or have difficulty breathing during or after exercise? 25. Is there anyone in your family who has asthma? 26. Have you ever used an inhaler or taken asthma medicine? 27. Were you born without or are you missing a kidney, an eye, a testicle, or any other organ? 28. Have you had infectious mononucleosis (mono) within the last month? 29. Do you have any rashes, pressure sores, or other skin problems? 30. Have you had a herpes skin infection? 31. Have you ever had a head injury or concussion? 32. Have you been hit in the head and been confused or lost your memory? 33. Have you ever had a seizure? 34. Do you have headaches with exercise? 35. Have you ever had numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs after being hit or falling? 36. Have you ever been unable to move your arms or legs after being hit or falling? 37. When exercising in the heat, do you have severe muscle cramps or become ill? 38. Has a doctor told you that you or someone in your family has sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease? 39. Have you had any problems with your eyes or vision? 40. Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? 41. Do you wear protective eyewear, such as goggles or a face shield? 42. Are you happy with your weight? 43. Are you trying to gain or lose weight? 44. Has anyone recommended you change your weight or eating habits? 45. Do you limit or carefully control what you eat? 46. Do you have any concerns that you would like to discuss with a doctor? FEMALES ONLY 47. Have you ever had a menstrual period? 48. How old were you when you had your first menstrual period? ______ 49. How many periods have you had in the last 12 months?__________ Explain "Yes" answers here:_________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

I hereby state that, to the best of my knowledge, my answers to the above questions are complete and correct. Signature of Athlete_________________________________Signature of Parent/Guardian________________________________Date_____________ c 2004 American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation


Name _______________________________________________________________Date of Birth___________________

Height_________Weight________% Body Fat (optional)________Pulse_______BP____ / ____ (____ / ____, ____/____)

Vision R 20/______ L 20/______





Pupils: Equal ______




MEDICAL Appearance Eyes/ears/nose/throat Hearing Lymph nodes Heart Murmurs Pulses Lungs Abdomen Genitourinary (males only)+ Skin

MUSCULOSKELETAL Neck Back Shoulder/arm Elbow/forearm Wrist/hand/fingers Hip/thigh Knee Leg/ankle Foot/toes *Multiple-examiner set-up only. +Having a third party present is recommended for the genitourinary examination.

Notes: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name of physician (print/type)________________________________________________________________Date______________ Address__________________________________________________________________________Phone____________________ Signature of physician _______________________________________________________________________________, MD or DO c 2004 American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation


Name______________________________________Sex__________Age________Date of birth___________________ Cleared without restriction Cleared, with recommendations for further evaluation or treatment for:___________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Not Cleared for

All sports

Certain sports: ________________________ Reason:__________________

Recommendations:_________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ EMERGENCY INFORMATION Allergies ________________________________________________________________________________________ Other Information _________________________________________________________________________________

Name of physician (print/type) ____________________________________________________Date _______________ Address ________________________________________________________________Phone ____________________ Signature of physician _____________________________________________________________________, MD or DO c 2004 American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation


Name______________________________________Sex__________Age________Date of birth___________________ Cleared without restriction Cleared, with recommendations for further evaluation or treatment for:___________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Not Cleared for All sports Certain sports: ________________________ Reason:__________________ Recommendations:_________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ EMERGENCY INFORMATION Allergies ________________________________________________________________________________________ Other Information _________________________________________________________________________________

Name of physician (print/type) ____________________________________________________Date _______________ Address ________________________________________________________________Phone ____________________ Signature of physician _____________________________________________________________________, MD or DO

c 2004 American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

PARENT CONSENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS STUDENT’S NAME:_________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ I (we) as a parent (s) or guardian (s) understand and realize that there is a possibility that a student may suffer injury, including permanent paralysis or death, as a result of participation in athletics. I further understand that The Cottage School disclaims any financial responsibility for the costs of medical treatment, hospitals, ambulances, or paramedics, etc., arising out of or by virtue of an injury to my (our) student while participating in such interscholastic competition or preparation thereof. My (our) above named student has my (our) permission and approval to participate in the following sport (s). Please use an X to mark approved sports: _____ ALL SPORTS


_____ TENNIS


_____ GOLF



_____ SOCCER




I (we) acknowledge that before my student can participate in such school-sponsored sports, this consent must be executed by me (us) and filed at the school, together with the statement indicating a physician has been consulted and indicated that the above named student is physically fit to participate in such school-sponsored activity. TO WIT: I (we) do herein acknowledge that we have consulted with our family physician and that our student is physically fit to participate in the sport (s) indicated above and marked with an “X” and, do herein consent to the participation of the above named student in the sport (s) indicated above and marked with an “X”. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Printed Name of Parent(s) or Guardians(s)


___________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Parent(s) or Guardian(s)


TCS LETTER JACKET ORDER FORM Please bring check, form, and old letter (if you have previously earned a letter), with you to fitting on August 6th-7th during orientation. Letter Jackets are for High School students only. If you already own a Letter Jacket but need to update the new sports you lettered in last year, please bring at this time. NAME AS YOU WISH IT TO APPEAR ON FRONT RIGHT SIDE OF JACKET

PHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU MAY BE REACHED_____________________ SIZE JACKET XS-XL $249.95 + 6% TAX____________________________($243.75) XXL AND ABOVE PLUS ANY TALLS $269.95 + 6% TAX_________________($264.95) ACHIEVEMENT(s) YOU EARNED LETTER FOR________________________

________________________________________________________________ (EXAMPLE: CHEER TEAM, BASKETBALL, TRACK, DRAMA, ONE ACT, MATH TEAM)

GRADUATION YEAR_________________________ CHECK #__________ AMOUNT__________ DATE REC’D_______________ Make checks payable to: UNIFORM SOURCE 2141 NORTH COBB PKWY KENNESAW, GA 30125 770-919-9967 Student’s Name ___________________________________________________ Homeroom Teacher ______________________________________________ Parent’s Name __________________________________________________

Promote Cougar Pride Support the Athletic Booster Club in 2014-2015 Over 65 percent of our students participate on 17 athletic teams at The Cottage School. Our athletes and coaches need your help as team parent supporters. Our gym creates additional opportunities for Booster Club activity (help with Concession Stand Oversight, scoreboard operation and the like). Please consider an investment in the success of the TCS athletic programs. Your open support of any amount (Checks payable to TCS – Booster Club; mailed or delivered to Bob Crenshaw) allows the athletic department to cover both unexpected necessities as well as “nice to have” but unbudgeted items, such as our new XC and Track & Field uniforms and coaches gifts. The students are vested; please help reinforce the principles being set forth by being involved too. Watching and cheering is great but helping is superb and a necessity! Richie Briggs, Athletic Director & Lyle Cutchin, Assistant Athletic Director The Cottage School ∙ 700 Grimes Bridge Road ∙ Roswell, GA 30075

Your Name (Parent/Guardian): ____________________________________________ Student(s) Name: ________________________________ Grade(s): ____________ Student(s) Sports (Actual or Interest): ______________________________________ Home Address (Include city/zip): __________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________ Phone: _____________________ How can I Help? (Circle all that apply): Concessions

Cougar Store

Homecoming and/or Senior Night

Sports Banquet


Scorebooks & Clock

Thank you for the support!

2014-2015 PAC Planning Board Co-Presidents:

Brenda Hall and Becky Thelen

Did you know that the Parent Association (PAC) dues are included with your tuition? Many of you may be wondering exactly what PAC is all about and how you can be involved. PAC provides much of the volunteer manpower for programs and initiatives at The Cottage School. PAC volunteers can be seen performing several activities including: administrative support at both the middle school and high school, help in our media center, staff appreciation activities, campus appreciation days, TCS birthday celebration, social events, parent support and education opportunities, community service projects and more! The list goes on and on….we’d like to hear about your talents and interests…we’ll find a satisfying volunteer position for YOU! The most important thing is for your student to see you involved in their school. Your involvement shows them just how important their education is to you. There is a volunteer position for everyone; whether you work full-time, part-time, live around the corner from TCS or have a one hour + commute each day.

There is a way for you to get involved in your PAC. Please let us know if you are

interested in participating. Please direct any questions to Brenda at or Becky at Be sure to fill out the volunteer form included in the summer packet. Our first event is the PAC Family Social on Thursday, August 14th from 5:30 pm7:00 pm in the Reinhardt Community Center on campus. This is a great opportunity to see old friends and make some new ones in the TCS Community. Mark your calendar now!

Thursday August 14 5:30– 7:00pm RSVP to Stephanie by August 12 with the number of family members: or 678-250-5125 Come celebrate the coming year at TCS! 

Make new friends and see old ones 

Learn about volunteer opportunities 

Find a carpool buddy 30th anniversary events

Upcoming PAC events & school events

The fun begins at 5:30pm with check-in located in the HS Media Center. The Social will be in the RCC (downstairs from the Media Center).

Snacks for Monday Staff Meetings Staff Birthdays (celebrated monthly at a Monday joint staff mtg) Mentor Program Athletic Department (Booster club, concessions, games) Cougar Classic Car Show and Bazaar, October 25, 2014 Glitter, March 14, 2015 Campus Appreciation (like to dig in the dirt?) Community Programs (i.e. Relay for Life) Box Tops for Education/Coke Rewards Parent Socials Media Center Support Administrative Support Will do anything, just ask!  Do you need my expertise? I can


Enjoy the Ride—Volunteer—Promote Cougar Pride Name: Student Name and Grade: Best Contact Number: Email Address: Our preferred method of communication is email.

Dear Parents:

The Cottage School strives to create and ensure a safe environment where your student can flourish both academically and socially. Part of ensuring your student’s safety to accomplish these goals is to do our best to make certain The Cottage School is a drug and alcohol free campus. The Cottage School has a history and culture of trusting our students and parents to inform us of any known illegal substances present on campus. We believe this has served us and our community well in the past and will continue to serve us well as we move forward. In addition, The Cottage School plans to renew our contract with Interquest Detection Canines in order to actively prevent the use or presence of illegal substances on our campus. Interquest uses mild mannered, scent trained dogs, such as Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Springer Spaniels and Weimaraners to detect the presence of prohibited substances. The canines will search the outside area around cars, lockers and bags. If the canine detects drugs or alcohol, the applicable student will be asked to open the designated area for a confidential search of that area. If anything is found that creates a concern for the school, the substance will be turned over to an administrator and the parent will be contacted for a conference. Canine Detection dogs are unable to discriminate between legal and illegal drugs. Students who have over-the-counter medication in appropriate doses or prescribed medication in the prescription bottle will not be penalized. The Roswell Police Department will be notified when students are in possession of illegal or unidentified substances. The Cottage School is very excited and pleased to continue this additional step in keeping our community and student body drug and alcohol free. If you have any questions or would like further information, you can view Interquest’s web page at or contact your respective principal.

Sincerely, The Cottage School

Check out The Cottage School ePayment Portal You may make all payments to the Business Office directly through the web – just select “Pay Tuition & Fees” under the “Academics” tab on the Home page ( and you will go directly to our secure ePayment Portal. You may pay any tuition, deposits, sports programs, ASP, or other fees directly through this new site. Payments can be made on your MasterCard, Visa, Discover Card or American Express Card, or you can have the payment drafted directly from your checking or savings account. Please note that a non-refundable convenience fee equal to 3% of the total charge will be billed or deducted when you use your credit card. There is no additional fee when paying by Electronic Check. For security purposes, your credit card or checking/savings information will not be saved. Please be sure when using the system to add notes in the “Notes to Office” box so that we make sure we apply your payment as you intend. Just let us know if you experience any difficulties, but we think you will find that the system works very well, and we believe this will be a huge convenience for you going forward.

AUGUST 13, 2014 7 p.m. Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center

HS Parent Mailing 2014-15  
HS Parent Mailing 2014-15