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Wednesday – October 17, 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!!

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Wednesday Packet October 17, 2012

Important Dates/Information MANDATORY Junior Parent Meeting – Tuesday, October 23rd – 6:30 PM-8:00 PM - RCC TCS Blood Drive – Wednesday, October 24th – 8:00 AM-3:00 PM (See Flyer) Assistive Technology Training – Wednesday, October 24th – 5:30 PM - Media Center (For New Participants-See Flyer)

Red Ribbon Week – October 22nd–October 26th Teacher Work Day – Friday, November 2nd – No School GISA Conference – Monday, November 5th – No School SAVE THE DATE: PAC Family Movie Night - Saturday, November 10th Give Thanks for Grandparents Day – Friday, November 16th – 8:00 AM-10:30 AM (Details in this Packet)

Thanksgiving Holiday - November 19th–23rd

DUE NO LATER THAN Thursday, October 25th November LUNCH MENU SELECTIONS FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM November session begins Thursday, November 1st The Lunch Menu and ASP forms are available at the following link:


October 17, 2012

Jacque’s Note

A whirlwind week with more to follow! The Youth Day Parade was really terrific. It is awesome for our kids to be a part of something so big and so full of energy! Not sure how many floats (I guess a hundred) and spectators participated, but it was a great day! Of course, the MS won First Place again this year…I believe we have an uninterrupted record since we began participating! Phil’s leadership is fabulous…I think we all would follow him anywhere! The 5K route was small potatoes! The parents and students who manned the float were awesome! Since we started the school almost 29 years ago, we have watched Roswell grow from a small town to a city! However, the Youth Day Parade makes it feel like a small town again! Kudos to the staff and students who created the idea, implemented the plan and breathed the enthusiastic spark that made all the difference!! Kudos, also to our valiant and talented Girls’ Volleyball Team! They participated in the tournament this weekend, but were short on team members. They played their hearts out and did really well. As did our Soccer teams! New winter sports teams are forming now, so the fun continues! I have not had a chance to relay to you the details about my experience with the WWII veterans last week. I cannot begin to tell you what an honor it was to spend an entire day with the Best of the Best! The Roswell Rotary Club partnered with Coldwell Banker to sponsor and accompany sixty eight WWII veterans on a day trip to Washington, D.C. We left before dawn with a police escort and passed through a crossed ladder salute given by the Roswell Fire Department. We landed with a water cannon salute at the airport. Upon disembarking, we were greeted by a 40’s swing band and an airport full of cheering and flag waving crowds. From there the day was spent on buses going from the WWII Memorial, Korean and Vietnam Veterans memorials, the statue of Iwo Jima and ended with the solemn ceremony of the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For the most part, our group was a collection of strangers. However, the bonds of the brother soldiers, from all ranks, branches and theaters, were bound by the ties of sacrifice and patriotism. There were no barriers on this trip…there was an abundance of stories, smiles, memories and hugs! One couple was the army nurse who had married the wounded soldier she cared for some sixty seven years ago….the story I will never forget is the story of the two Jewish brothers, twins, whose mom had requested special permission for them to serve together. As their platoon marched outside of Berlin they smelled an aroma that reminded them of the scalded chickens their mother had prepared when they were children. The platoon leader knew they had to follow the scent. When they arrived, they found themselves at Dachau, took their places to attack and liberated the death camp! I get chills just recalling their story! How I wish I could have brought each and every one of our TCS kids with me! All day I was haunted by the missed opportunity to learn unforgettable and life changing lessons from the men and women who made history! If you have a veteran in your family, encourage your teens to look beyond the wheel chairs, walkers and rough exteriors…ask questions and enter into their world of heroism, humanity and humility!


Parent Association Put on your calendar now… Don’t procrastinate and do not wait! Enjoy a fun family movie night. Save the date!


November 10th it will be treats for sale and the movie free!

Volunteers needed: Staff Appreciation – Gift donations & Serving Contact Brenda Hall, Movie Night – Concessions & Cleanup Contact Robin, or Viv, PAC initiative for TCS Technology Support & Development Contact Lynda Delaney,

Shop Every time you access through TCS’ site, a percentage of your purchase is donated to The Cottage School. It’s as simple as that. So access by clicking on the link above or going to Every time you use the TCS website as a starting point for an Amazon purchase, a portion of your order will be donated to TCS.


NOW ACCEPTING ENVELOPES FOR THE 6th Annual “Give Thanks For Grandparents Day”

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th 8am-10:30am Address an envelope with stamp for your guest and deliver it to Lesley in the Advancement office. We will take care of the invite and getting the envelope in the mail.

This event is for all grandparents, aunts, uncles or special friends of TCS students and includes student presentations and tours. ENVELOPES DUE BY THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1st GET YOURS IN TODAY! Remember, if you bring a special guest you can leave with them when the event is over


October 24, 2012 @ 5:30 P.M.


Media Center


Assistive Tech Training Night Note: This training will present the same information as the training session held on September 4, 2012.


Middle School and High School parents and students who use or want to use assistive software, either at home or on campus. This excludes those who attended the first training night because the information will be the same.


As part of the TCS community, you have access to powerful software tools that will take what’s on the computer screen and read it out loud. You can also use programs that will let you type answers to worksheets. However, we all get frustrated with new programs when we don’t know what the buttons do. So, come to the training, learn what the buttons do, and use the programs to improve your understanding of textbooks, handouts, and webpages, and to make filling in the blanks on worksheets easier.

How do I RSVP? E-mail Nathan Edwards:

The Cottage School Blood Drive On the Bloodmobile 700 Grimes Bridge Rd. Roswell, GA th Wednesday, Oct 24 8:00 A.M- 3:00 P.M. Appointments Preferred Parents – Sign up with Sandy in the main office (770) 641-8688 Students – Sign up On Ashley’s Door Please remember to eat iron-rich foods and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages prior to donating.

You MUST Bring a Photo ID

Students are already buzzing about what their costumes will be, but we need to be sure everyone understands the boundaries!

Remember: Costumes should be tasteful and school appropriate.

Costumes can be worn on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Stay away from costumes that are gory, …and may unnecessarily gross people out. Make sure your costume is tasteful, no extra skin showing, nothing suggestive, no weapons, no live animals as props, no inappropriate idols, no inappropriate slogans or references to drugs, alcohol or terrorism. Be careful with make-up, remember you will be wearing it all day & heavy make-up tends to smear and get very messy! Bring a school outfit with you to school in case you have to change out of your costume.

Kicking for Autism The Organization A brief synopsis… Kicking For Autism is an organization in partnership with Autism Speaks founded by a group of Atlanta teens representing various high schools in the metro area. The Junior Board is composed of 11 teens hoping to make a difference in the lives of children with high functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The idea for this organization stems from founding member Noah Newman’s experience of growing up with a brother who has high functioning autism as well as his love for soccer. He believes that soccer can provide the structure for kids to engage socially and athletically in a meaningful way. With the start of this organization, these 11 teenagers hope to make an impact in the lives of other children across the Atlanta area and provide these children with an outlet for developing social and athletic skills.

Additional Notes: Clinics are for children with highfunctioning autism ages 7–14. For questions, comments, or concerns, please email Noah Newman at

Join Us!

Our first clinic of the 2012–2013 will be SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 from 1:30– 3:30pm at the MJCCA. Clinics will be run by youth soccer coaches, speech pathologists to help facilitate the clinics, teen volunteers from the Junior Board, and teens from various other high schools. The teens plan to hold soccer clinics once a quarter with Mellow Mushroom donating pizza and Kroger donating water and snacks for the event. Other sponsors include Foot Solutions and JB Paz Productions.

Address for Marcus JCC of Atlanta: 5342 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, GA 30338

M.S. Cougar Basketball Meeting Hello Everyone, There will be a meeting for the Middle School Cougar Basketball team, both Boys and Girls, on: Wednesday October 24th, from 3pm-3:30pm to discuss the upcoming season, assessments, team rules and expectations. Practice will officially start on 10/30/12 from 3:15pm-5:00pm. The practice schedule will be the same each week with practices being held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15pm-5:00pm. Pick up time is 5pm, except on game days. Physicals must be current in order to play in League games. We are looking forward to your participation and display of Cougar teamwork!

Coach John and Coach Lauren Coach Stephanie and Coach Lynn

Middle School

October 22-26, 2012 Each day of Red Ribbon Week TCS students will take part in sessions designed to educate them about drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

Session 1: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4:

Overview of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Consequences of Using Drugs and Alcohol Consequences of Smoking Cigarettes Understanding and Resisting Social Pressures

Remember! Friday is Wear Red Day!!!

MS October Activities DATE


Friday 10/19




Career Day/Clubs


Friday Off-Campus 10/26

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

Academics Levels Corn Maze Lunch Corn Maze Homeroom

$165.60 $160.08

Friday On-Campus 10/26

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

Levels Fall Activities Lunch Fall Activities Homeroom Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom


Academics 10/26

Things to bring

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


High School October Pay offs DATE Friday 10/19 Academics



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

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom


Tellus Science Museum

Off-Campus 2:40 10:00 On-Campus

Friday 10/26


Campers 262.03

Annual TCS



Orienteering Competition Homeroom

Things to bring/U.S. $ Academic material to complete work and spare reading materials, if you will be in academics all day!

$326.03 Campers 253.58

Homeroom Pumpkin Carving Contest Lunch

12:00 12:45 2:40

TCS$ $336.89

Sack lunches or real $ for lunch

$315.16 Kick Ball Tournament

Campers 245.12

Appropriate change of clothing for the afternoon

Materials for your club

Wednesday, Oct 31st Halloween Come to school in appropriate costume. Not sure yours is appropriate? Run it past your Principal first!

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:30-8:00 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

The Katie Anne Perry Dance Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. In The RCC COME IN YOUR MOST AWESOME COSTUME!! (Must be school appropriate) Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Each ticket includes 1 raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $1 each. The Raffle starts at 7:15 P.M.

High School

October 22-26, 2012 The National Red Ribbon Celebration (October 23rd-31st) brings millions of people together to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and encourage prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. TCS will be celebrating from October 22nd to the 26th. Each day of Red Ribbon Week TCS students will take part in sessions designed to educate them about drug and alcohol abuse prevention.


Prescription Drug Abuse Sock-It-to-Drugs Day - Everyone wears crazy socks


Methamphetamine Team Up Against Drug Day - Wear a team shirt

Wednesday: Spices as Drugs Drugs and I Don't Mix Day - Wear mismatched clothing


Ecstasy Put a Lid on Drugs - Everyone wears your favorite hat


What to do if your friend is on drugs Red Day - Everyone wears as much red as they can

College Acceptances Congratulations! Jake Neuber on his acceptance to Ole Miss, Auburn University, and University of Alabama

Simon Hirschhorn on his acceptance to Southern Polytechnic State University

Desi Levan on her acceptance to Brevard Community College

Check this list weekly for updates!!

Senior Trip th


Our senior trip has been planned for May 4 – May 9 , 2013. It will be a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Sensation. We will sail out of Port Canaveral, Florida, making stops at Freeport and Nassau and enjoy one day at sea (these stops are subject to change). This will be a wonderful opportunity for the seniors to spend time together, making lasting memories. We would like all of our seniors to be able to participate in this event. But, this trip should be considered a privilege, something to be earned. For a student to be eligible to participate in this trip, they will need to be current with all of their schoolwork, with satisfactory grades in each of their classes. Their academic success must come first! In addition, we expect each student to demonstrate mature, responsible and trustworthy behavior throughout the school year. Student safety will be our primary concern and we will do everything in our power to ensure this. Lastly, seniors who plan on going on the cruise must have $115 in savings at TCS. The cost of the trip will be approximately $1000.00. This includes port charges, taxes and all gratuities. This also includes round trip transportation between The Cottage School and Port Canaveral on a motor coach. The payments will be collected in three parts: 1. 2. 3.

$250.00 deposit ($125 refundable until Dec 16) $350.00 payment $400.00 (approx.) payment

due 10/25/12 due 12/6/12 due 2/1/13

There will be partial refunds available under some circumstances. A specific refund schedule will be included in a future Wednesday Packet. Trip insurance is available on an individual basis at a set cost in addition to your payment (this cost varies depending on the number of people who are interested and ranges from $50-$75. This will insure that you will be refunded up to $350 for last minute cancellation. Contact Ashley Bidlack ( or 404-353-0752 if you have any questions.

Student Name

HR Teacher

My child has my permission to go on the Senior Cruise. I have enclosed a deposit of $250.00 ($125 refundable up until 12/19/12).

Parent Signature ____ I would like further information about trip insurance Please return this form with your deposit check – made out to The Cottage School to Ashley Bidlack by 10/25/12. PLEASE ATTACH A COPY OF THE PASSPORT OR SEND IT IN SO A COPY CAN BE MADE! If you don’t have a passport, please get one ASAP!

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