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Wednesday – January 25, 2012

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 25, 2012

Important Dates/Information Senior Night – Friday, February 3rd at Final 2012 Basketball Games Mandatory Junior Parent Meeting - Tuesday, February 7th – 6:30-8:00 PM - RCC KidZafe Internet Safety – Thursday, February 9th – RCC – 6:30-8:00 PM Teacher Work Day – Thursday, February 16th – No School President’s Day Holidays – Friday & Monday, February 17th & 20th – No School Use the link on our website,, and TCS receives a portion of what you purchase during that shopping visit. Click here and start shopping.


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM The February session begins Wednesday, February 1st. The Lunch Menu and ASP forms are available at the following link:


January 25, 2012

Jacque’s Note

As you read this note I will be in Port au Prince, Haiti on a Rotarian humanitarian visit. Our team of twelve will take an eye machine and about 150 prescription glasses to a local orphanage where we will fit the children with glasses and entertain them. We will also spend time in Leveque, the deaf community, with the same goal of assisting with eye care and training their community leaders in team building and leadership skills. I imagine our week there will be packed! Many of you are aware that I, personally, and the school, generally, have a close relationship with Rotary International. When Joe and I started the school over twenty five years ago, I realized that, if this environment was going to be fashioned after the “workplace’, I needed to be in contact with employers who could keep me mindful of the “real world” into which our students are being educated to succeed. What better way to do that than to become a member of one of the premier business based service organizations in the world? I also wanted an efficient outlet for our plans to involve our students in a variety of philanthropic endeavors. Once again, Rotary International fit the bill. Through the years we have benefited from this partnership in countless ways. Our Interact Club (the Rotary sponsored club for middle and high school students) incorporates vocational and community service at a young age. Our students have participated in many humanitarian activities, such as the Star House tutorial sessions that our students currently enjoy. The partnership with our local Rotary Club extends the outreach of educational and service opportunities in an efficient and ethical format. Several years ago, Roswell Rotary Club, under the leadership of Bob Hagan, sponsored an annual tuition scholarship for a deserving student, selected by school officials and a small committee of Rotarians. This year’s recipient, A.J. Detmar, received his award at graduation last May. My first club was a small one, Roswell East, where I served as President in 1999-2000, the same year my dad served as president of his Westminster, S.C. club! I transferred to the larger club about eight years ago and am preparing for my year as president starting July 1 st. I look forward to a memorable year with a lot of help from our club members and significant opportunities for our teens to interface with local community leaders. I am very grateful for the opportunity to bring real workplace values and trends to our TCS campus and to share our generous hearted students with the local agencies who can benefit from their energy and talents! Success in the 21st century and beyond will be solidly based on partnerships, collaborative efforts and cultural awareness. I see our partnership with Rotary as providing that network necessary to expose our students to as many opportunities to become global citizens as possible. I will be back next week with some perspectives from Haiti! Stay warm and dry!


Important TCS Community Announcement

January 20, 2012

Dear Members of the Board of Directors, Faculty, Staff, Parents and Students: In keeping with our commitment to direct, honest and open communication, and after consulting with Phil Parker on how best to communicate a recent development with you, he has asked that I inform you of an upcoming medical procedure which he will be undergoing. Phil was previously diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer. He underwent treatment and his condition improved and was stabilized. Recently, however, it was discovered that his condition has resurfaced and it will be necessary that he undergo rather immediate medical intervention. Phil was hoping to postpone the procedures until Spring Break however; after discussing this action plan, he has been encouraged, and he has agreed, that undergoing treatment sooner would be ultimately in everyone’s best interest. As has been our experience over the past twenty-seven years, whenever The Cottage School has been presented with what appears an insurmountable obstacle, a gift presents itself. I know you will all agree that the thought of finding a suitable long term substitute who could assume Phil’s role would be rather impossible. Two days after our discussions with Phil, we received an email from a business acquaintance that passed on a resume of a teacher with whom she was acquainted. Upon reviewing the resume, we discovered an experienced art teacher with a passion for running and extensive experience, both as a parent and as a professional, with students who learn differently. Katherine Bowen Daniels has agreed to take on the role of a long term substitute teacher for Phil while he is undergoing his treatment and recovery. To ensure a smooth transition, Kate will join our faculty on February 1 st and train under Phil through February 15th. Kate will take on full responsibilities for Phil’s schedule on February 21 st. Due to her experience, there will be no changes to our students’ schedules or class offerings. What a blessing! Phil will initiate his treatment on February 21st or 22nd and will be in the hospital for two to two and a half weeks. He may not have any visitors during that time. He will be in recovery, at home, for the next three months and may not receive any visitors for at least the first six to eight weeks. We will certainly keep everyone informed on his progress. As you can imagine, this is an emotionally trying time for Phil. He would greatly appreciate it if you would not engage him in conversation about his upcoming treatment but rather limit your expressions of support to cards and notes that you deliver to the Middle School office. The cards and notes will be bundled and delivered to Phil on your behalf. Please respect Phil and Anne’s request. While we still have several weeks prior to Phil taking a medical leave of absence, we wanted to inform you all in advance and with solid information so everyone would be prepared for his absence and know that we have planned for as smooth a transition as possible. We will most definitely keep everyone informed on Phil’s progress as well as to when Phil is able to receive personal visits. Until that time, please limit your contact to cards and notes sent via our offices. I know you join us in expressing our heartfelt support and encouragement to Phil and Anne, as well as, share in our eager anticipation of Phil’s return to us in August. Joe Digieso

Financial Assistance Information Financial assistance applications must be submitted by March 1st to The first TCS Scholarship Committee meeting will be held mid-February. Criteria for Consideration are: 1) Enrollment Contract submitted, 2) $1,000 Enrollment Fee submitted, 3) Application completed in good standing with TADS. Any Questions? Contact Bob Crenshaw in the Business Office.

Don’t Delay!!

Happy News! I wanted to let everyone know that the information that many of your students may have brought home on Friday is true…I am expecting a baby!  I am due on June 21st, and so far everything is going very well. My doctor tells me I couldn’t be doing a better job of gestating! The reason I am passing this information on to you is so that you can be prepared to answer any questions this may bring up from your student. I prepared the High School students with examples of what is appropriate and inappropriate, but more curiosity may creep up at home. Thank you so much for your support! -Ali Mills (High School English & French Teacher)


Senior Night 2012

Join us as we celebrate our Senior Stars!!! February 3, 2012 Between the Varsity Ladies’ and Varsity Men’s Games. V Ladies tip-off at 4:30 V Men tip-off at 6:00 Parents of Seniors must be there by 5:00 P.M. Dinner will be provided for Seniors and their Families. Please provide a count to your homeroom teacher.


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PADV Annual Teen Summit Presented by

Date: February 25, 2012 I Time: 10am- 3:30pm Location: Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th St NW Atlanta, GA The summit is for teens, but adults are welcome. Event features keynote speaker Johanna Orozco a survivor of teen dating violence who has been seen on Oprah, ABC’s 20/20, and The View. Space is limited register at or use your smart phone to scan the image below.

Year round Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program made possible by

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IDA-GA's 22nd Annual Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference at Cobb Galleria Conference Centre - Registration NOW open at Dyslexia Legislation: If you are interested in volunteering to help with a grass roots effort for a dyslexia bill in Georgia, please email us at, and we will put you in contact with the parent who is spearheading this effort, Tina McGinley. Calendar Notes: January 20 Parent Information Class: Understanding Dyslexia for Parents by Georgia Education Training Agency's Brenda Fitzgerald January 26, 7:00 p.m. Informational Meeting about Gracepoint School, a school in the foundational stages that is designed for students with dyslexia. The location of the school will be near the square in Marietta. The projected date to open will be August 2012. Meeting held a Stonebridge Church. Contact 678-472-2023. January 29 KidsEnabled Resource Fair 2012: Stop by the IDA-GA table February 25 IDA-GA's 22nd Annual Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference at Cobb Galleria Conference Centre - Registration NOW open at March 8 IDA-GA Outreach Meeting - Video and Discussion at a venue in Gwinnett County (more information to come) March 31 Parent Information Class: Understanding Dyslexia for Parents (Same class as the one offered on January 20 by Georgia Educational Training Agency) April 14 IDA-GA Outreach Meeting* for Adults and Older Teens, Decatur Library. At this Saturday afternoon meeting we'll explore technology. We will have a panel of presenters and then allow time for attendees to visit technology tables to ask questions, watch further demonstrations, and have hands-on time with technology. April 17 Open Membership Meeting, Location and Speaker TBA Early June IDA-GA Outreach Gathering for Teachers and Tutors, The Schenck School

“Recr uiting Your Team - For Life!” Saturday, February 4 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

2012 Northeast Georgia Transition Expo and Conference On Saturday, February 4, in the Tate Center at the University of Georgia in Athens, families of students with learning chal-

Explore College Support

lenges or disabilities can “build their teams” by visiting exhibitors


of interest, exploring options for college and life after high school,

Education Options

attending learning sessions, and planning for the future! Admission is FREE. Exhibits will open at 9:00 am and will provide information on education, employment, recreation, health

Employment Options Community Recreation

care, and much more. Learning sessions will begin at 9:30 am,

Support Groups

and will cover Medicaid waivers, transition at every stage of edu-

Applying for Medicaid Waivers

cation (in English & Spanish), wills and guardianship, and a panel discussion on post-secondary options. For details on learning sessions visit

Student Transition at Every Age … and much more!


SCORE! Conference Coordinator: Pam Moore (706) 795-0120 x 1459 Conference Promotions: Amy McCollum (706) 769-5130 x 1210 To request a sign language interpreter or assistive listening device, contact Pam Moore no later than January 27.

Sponsors: The University of Georgia College of Education; The NE Georgia Transition Team; The NE Georgia Learning Resources System; Parent to Parent of Georgia; The Council for Exceptional Children

MS January/February Activities DATE Friday 1/27





Hot Wheels


Wild and Crazy Arts and Crafts


Academics Clubs Academics

$165.60 $156.40 $165.60

To Be Announced


Dr. Who On Campus

$156.40 $165.60

February 16-20

Academics Psychological Education Week Presidents Day Holiday

Friday 2/24

Journey Through Justice




Friday 2/3 Friday 2/10

February 13-15

Things to bring/Information All students going off campus must bring a sack lunch unless pre-ordered through lunch program. There will not be microwaves.

All students going off campus must bring a sack lunch unless pre-ordered through lunch program. There will not be microwaves.

NO SCHOOL All students going off campus must bring a sack lunch unless pre-ordered through lunch program. There will not be microwaves. Students who earn Academics will need to bring extra reading material because he/she will be in academics all day.

High School February Date



Friday 2/3 Academics

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

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom


Climbing at Escalade Climbing Gym



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

T-Shirt Painting



Friday 2/10




Waiver due to HR teacher by 8:15 A.M. on Tuesday 1/31; Waiver on TCS website under ‘Forms/Permission Slips’ Money for Pizza, Appropriate shorts or jeans to change into. *Closed-toe shoes 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

Wednesday 2/15 On-Campus


Group Activities Cookout

Friday 2/17 Monday 2/20


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

Relay Games

Sex Ed.; Internet safety

Thursday 2/16


Things to bring/US$

And appropriate gym attire to wear in the afternoon.

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

Tuesday 2/14


Saturday School

Saturday 2/11 Monday 2/13

Rain out

Lunch Electives Sex Ed.; Internet safety

Lunch Electives Sex Ed.; Internet safety Levels


Winter jackets for outdoor activities

Teacher Work Day

No school Mid-Winter Break No school

Don’t forget HS Ski Trip leaves 2/21 at 1:05 P.M. !!!

Looking To The Future! Mandatory Junior Parent Meeting *Sophomore parents encouraged to attend*

Tuesday-February 7, 2012 6:30-8:00 PM in the RCC Information To Be Covered: *Planning for Senior Year *SAT & ACT Testing Procedures & Registration *Georgia College 411 and GCIS *2 and 4 Year Colleges *Vocational Rehabilitation *Co-Op We look forward to seeing you there! TCS Counseling Staff

RISE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Winter 2012 RISE is actively accepting applications for the 2012 scholarship of $2,500.00. Please access our website at: to download the application. Deadline is Feb. 15, 2012 If you have any questions, please contact us at

Here are some helpful suggestions to start the college search process: 1) Make a list of the schools that interest you.  Keep in mind your living as well as your academic goals.  Do you prefer a small intimate learning environment or the bustle of a big state school? A city or a small town? A Greek system? Do you have a particular major in mind? · As you amass information from your select schools, including and especially, all letters with ID numbers, proceed to step 2. 2) Buy a folder for each of the schools that you decide upon.  The folder should have 2 pockets  Color code folders to make locating them easier, i.e., red for UGA, yellow for Gwinnett. Tech, etc. If you have a stack of applications, you will want to put your hands on the right folder without flipping through them all.  Place all college generated information-even handouts and pamphlets in the left hand pocket. 3) Go to your school registrar or college counselor and request a copy of your transcript. It does not need to be an official document, which can take time to process, only a copy of your academic record.

4) Make a resume. Some schools actually require a resume, and if you have an interview, a resume is an easy memory tool for you (so that you don't forget a key activity) and a helpful reference for your interviewer when he is writing your report. Even if you don't need to submit one and don't plan to interview, you DO need a resume. It should include the activity, a brief description of it as well as any leadership positions or awards, years of involvement, hours per week, and weeks per year. Do this for school activities, sports, jobs and service work. You will need this for virtually every application; if you have it ready, you can cut and paste-just be sure to do so in the format specified by the application, and, irritatingly, they almost all require their own format. 5) Collect all of your standardized test reports: SATs, SAT II's, ACTs, APs. All of them and NOT the composite scores, but the full breakdown. Print or scan these for easy reference. 6) Do you have any awards? Find them and a description of what they were awarded for. Place your collected information from steps 3, 4 and 5 in an accordion file, with labeled tabs.

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