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Wednesday – January 23, 2013

Important Messages from The Cottage School are attached. Please sign this form indicating their receipt and return to the school with your student tomorrow. Thank You!!

Parent Signature________________________________________

Wednesday Packet January 23, 2013

Important Dates/Information

Senior Night – Friday, February 1st During Varsity Basketball Game

Teacher Work Day – Thursday, February 14 - No School Presidents’ Day Holiday– Friday and Monday, February 15th and 18th Don’t forget to turn in your enrollment contracts for the 2013-2014 school year.

Early Enrollment Deadline is Friday, February 1st.

DUE NO LATER THAN Wednesday, January 30th February LUNCH MENU SELECTIONS FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM February session begins Friday, February 1st The Lunch Menu and ASP forms are available at the following link:


January 23, 2013

Jacque’s Note

What can I say about Homecoming? As I indicated last week, the celebration begins well in advance of the big day. Alumni visits in the weeks prior to the game are a highlight. The growing excitement on campus is great fun to watch…culminating in the Pep Rally of all Pep Rallies! Who could ask for more than outrageous cheering, silly games and pie in the face fun! I love our kids and staff!! The day, itself, is a series of acts of love, hard work, dedicated talent and pure enjoyment! There is something for everyone from 1:00 through the evening. This year we had a record number of alumni join us and took two group shots to accommodate the steady stream of graduates! One of our alumni drove in from Raleigh just to attend the celebration! We love to get the updates on careers, families and see our grown up “kids”. Of course we all enjoy watching our “all heart” teams play! The MS and JV games continue to impress me with the skill development and sportsmanship of our young athletes. I love the fan turnout, as well. If we had a competition of spirit, the MS families would win this year, hands down!! Thanks to all of you who brought families, friends, and neighbors! The day is a long one and every game is an act of love. Your presence sends a strong message about your support of the students and staff! There was a definite (and regrettable) hole in the bleachers during the period between the MS games and the Boys’ Varsity games this year that we will take a look at and address for next year. By the end of the evening, the bleachers were, once again, full of enthusiastic fans who cheered their hearts out for our players! The Hall of Fame has become quite the event! Alumni students and staff make a special effort to be there for the unveiling. I know it is a powerful reminder to our current community of the caliber of students who paved the way for today’s accomplishments. I am so proud that Richie and his coaching team recognize the talent that came before and take the time to make up for the lack of ceremony in the past. Our years without the gym meant no place to call our own and to memorialize our past. Thanks to Richie and teams, we can give our alumni athletes their due! As you know, we do double duty during the next few months. With our eyes planted firmly on this year, our students and their goals, we are also in the throes of creating a budget, scheduling classes, and publishing a calendar in preparation for next year. As in all independent schools, our enrollment is the driver of all major decisions. We rely on our currently enrolled students to let us know their intentions in order to project for next year. If you are among the families who have received your enrollment contract for 2013-14, please read through it and let us know whether or not to plan for your child next year. Financial questions can go directly to our CFO, Bob Crenshaw. It is very important that we hear from you by the end of next week.



MANY THINGS TO THINK ABOUT INCLUDING…. Does your student have a diagnosed learning disability? Do you itemize your deductions? Are you listing your tuition as a Medical Expense?

AND HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR GEORGIA GOAL FORM FOR 2013? If every Cottage School parent participated in GOAL, we would have sufficient scholarship money to meet the needs of all of our families. Here’s some information that might interest you. There is a small Private Special Needs School in Roswell with 35 students. Last year, that small school raised over $300,000.00. No corporate donations were involved. Just parents reaching out to associates, acquaintances, and other families. If a school of 35 students can raise over $300,000.00, surely a school of 134 can do better than $60,000.00. Please don’t wait. GET A TAX CREDIT OF UP TO $2,500.00. Go paperless and file at,

Why give money to the State of Georgia when you can re-direct those dollars to The Cottage School?


Working with people with disabilities Come discover information about different strategies that can be used to help people with disabilities learn and develop skills

January 26, 2013 Camp Creek Church of Christ 2400 Merk Road Atlanta, Georgia 30331 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM Keynote Speakers: Shazzma Crooks Patty Daniel

Hosted By: Jacque Digieso

Mariah Barnes Gold Award Participant

Did you know?

Georgia ranks first in the nation for teen dating violence -2011 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study 1 in 3 teens have experienced dating violence. 81% of parents surveyed admit that they don’t think teen dating violence is an issue. Fact: Experiencing violence and abuse increases the likelihood that teens will abuse drugs or alcohol and puts them at higher risks for STDs and teen pregnancy. Partnership Against Domestic Violence promotes healthy relationships through:  Our 6 session healthy relationship curriculum  Teen Dating Violence 101 presentations for teens and adults  Our 4th Annual Teen Dating Violence Summit:

February 2, 2013 11:00am- 3:00pm The Lodge Café


Last year, PADV provided teen dating violence prevention information to over teens and adults. Please join us in our efforts to share this lifesaving information with teens and parents in Georgia. Register today at

TCS Parents: The International Dyslexia Association Southern Conference will take place February 1st and 2nd

This is an amazing two days of workshops, speakers and learning experiences all about dyslexia and takes place at the Cobb Galleria.

The Cottage School will have a table at this event, but we invite you to attend as a parent, to take advantage of all this conference has to offer!

Go to to register today!

MS January Activities DATE





Things to bring

See flyer in Packet for detailed information. All students going off campus must bring a sack lunch unless pre-ordered through lunch program. There will not be microwaves. Academic Materials *Remember to bring an independent reading book if you complete your work early.

Friday 1/25

BAPS Temple


Friday 1/25

Academics ALL DAY


High School January Pay offs DATE



Friday 1/25

1:10 –





Things to bring/U.S. $ Club Materials!

Aquarium Sleepover Savings Trip March 5th-6th Money and Permission slip due to Ivan on or before February 1st – no exceptions! You will need $284.65 in your TCS Savings Account.

Middle School’s Payoff: Tour of The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Friday, January 25, 2013 About BAPS: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), established in 1907, is a worldwide civic and religious organization dedicated to the spirituality of the individual while promoting harmony, between individuals, within families, and within diverse communities. Mandir is the name for a Hindu place of worship and prayer. The word mandir is composed of two words, Man and Dir, whose meanings are mind and still, respectively. Therefore, a mandir is a place where the mind becomes still; a place where we experience peace from worldly problems.

General Information: Students must come dressed in TCS appropriate clothing (no spirit shirts). All clothing must cover shoulders and knees (no skirts, shorts or dresses). Students must wear socks. *We will be having an outdoor picnic style lunch afterwards. Please dress accordingly.* No cameras or videos are allowed. Please refrain from touching or leaning against the delicate carvings.

Please refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum inside the complex. All students must pack a sack lunch unless previously ordered from Tasty Touch. Microwaves will not be available.

High School February Date



Friday 2/1 Academics

8:15 10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom

10:002:00 2:40

Coca Cola Museum

10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40




Friday 2/8




Academic material to complete work and spare reading materials, if you will be in academics all day!


Real money for lunch


White or light color T-Shirt

Homeroom Clubs

Materials for your club All textbooks, notebooks, planner, lunch and a change of clothes for P.M. work detail

For students who owe hours Sex Ed.; Internet safety

Wednesday 2/13 On-Campus


Group Activities Cookout

Lunch Electives Sex Ed.; Internet safety

Lunch Electives Sex Ed.; Internet safety Levels


Winter jackets for outdoor activities

Teacher Work Day

Thursday 2/14 Friday 2/15 Monday 2/18 Friday 2/22


Things to bring/US$

Beaded JuteHemp Macrame

8:20 12:35 1:15 8:20 12:35 1:15 8:20 11:30

Tuesday 2/12


Saturday School

Saturday 2/9 Monday 2/11

Rain out


No school Mid-Winter Break No school Clubs

Materials for your club


Dear High School Parents: As you are probably aware from recent stories in the news, juveniles in Georgia can be prosecuted as adults for certain criminal offenses. Juveniles who are at least 13 years old must be prosecuted as adults if they are charged with one of the “Seven Deadly Sins”: murder, voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery with a firearm, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, and aggravated sexual battery. In order to explain the Seven Deadly Sins, we must teach students the elements of each of these offenses, four of which are sexually explicit. We have decided that the best way to do this is to have an experienced attorney teach this sensitive material to our high school students in gender based groups. Deborah Craytor, who instructs students on Georgia Law, will be coming to speak to The Cottage School high school students on Monday, February 4, 2013 in two morning sessions: One for the female students and one for the male students. Please sign and return the attached form to your child’s homeroom teacher by this Friday, January 25th.

Permission Slip By signing below, I consent that my child ________________________________ may participate in the presentation of the Seven Deadly Sins by Deborah Craytor.

______________________________ Parent Signature


______________________________ Student Signature


College visit to Georgia Gwinnett College Wednesday - January 30th, 2013 We will leave at 8:00 a.m. and have lunch off campus (Please bring money for fast food or a lunch from home) Please see Kristen in the loft for the college visitation form! Visitation forms for this visit are due to Kristen no later than Monday, January 28th, 2013 (no exceptions)

If you have any questions or concerns please call Kristen Bell at 678-250-5113 or email

March 5th - 6th, 2013 Where? GA Aquarium

Students must have their $70.00 & permission to Ivan by February 1st!

Emergency Phone #: 770-883-1582

Departing? March 5th @ 5:30 P.M. Returning? March 6th @ 3:00 P.M.

COSTS $70.00 fee covers transportation, aquarium admission, educational activities and guided tours thru the main galleries of the aquarium, tour behind the scenes in each of the galleries, tour of the Correl Center (vet clinic) and Commissary (fish kitchen), sleeping mat, dinner in Café Aquaria, continental breakfast, and many other activities including squid dissection and Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow. RECOMMENDED THINGS TO BRING Sleeping bag, toiletries, PJs, eye masks or bandanna for sleeping in light, sweater, things to change into, some extra $$ for spending, and medication.

REQUIREMENTS       

$70.00 Real money (payable to TCS) $284.65 TCS savings account Must be at least a Level I Must owe no hours Have earned less than 2 “behavior related” Pink Slips this semester Must be academically current Must have work re-contracted or complete prior to the trip and be signed off by their teachers. Students who turn in money & permission forms on time will be issued a sign-off sheet that will be due to Ivan by March 1st. There will be no refunds given after 2/4/13

(please detach and return with payment)

Permission Slip- Return this portion only!!! ___________________(student- please print name clearly) has my permission to attend the sleep over at GA Aquarium on March 5th – 6th, 2013. I have attached $70.00 payable to TCS and understand that he/she will need some extra spending money if they wish to purchase items from the gift shop. __________________________________ Parent Signature

Senior Scholarship Awards 2012-2013 Please congratulate our seniors on their scholarship awards so far. We are so proud! Evan Roberston – Young Harris College – Dean’s Scholarship Award $52,000 Mars Hill College – Mars Hill Scholarship Award $40,000 Simon Hirschhorn – Queens University – Academic Scholarship $48,000 Jake Neuber – University of Alabama – Collegiate Scholar Scholarship $56,000 University of Mississippi – Academic Excellence $22,000

College Acceptances Congratulations! Jake Neuber on his acceptance to Ole Miss, Auburn University, University of South Carolina and University of Alabama Simon Hirschhorn on his acceptance to Southern Polytechnic State University, Queens University of Charlotte, Georgia College, Oglethorpe University & New College of Florida Davey Ison on his acceptance to The University of Alabama & Oglethorpe University Desi Levan on her acceptance to Brevard Community College Evan Robertson on his acceptance to Young Harris College, Mars Hill College, Queens University of Charlotte and Limestone College Chip Sheffield on his acceptance to Southern Polytechnic State University

If your senior has a post-secondary acceptance letter or has been awarded scholarship money please contact Kristen Bell at 678-250-5113 or so we can share their accomplishments!

January 23, 2013 Wednesday Packet  

News from The Cottage School for January 23, 2013