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Wednesday – November 30, 2011

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 November 30, 2011

Important Dates/Information High School Fall Play – Monday, December 12th, 7:00 PM High School ½ Day Exams – December 19th-21st – Noon Dismissal/HS Only M.S. Teacher Work Day – Wednesday, December 21st – No School/MS Only Teacher Work Day – Thursday, December 22nd – No School MS & HS Winter Break – December 23rd-January 6th Office Staff Return – Wednesday, January 4th First Day of Second Semester – Monday, January 9th


November 30, 2011

Jacque’s Note

Thanksgiving has passed and we are at the end of November! In a few weeks, we embark on another Holiday Season and this year comes to a close. You would think, since this happens every year, I would be prepared for all that this season brings. The hectic pace, the contact with friends and family, wistful conversations about the years gone by, the anxiety/anticipation for the year to come….all routine, and yet, all very, very new. For our family this was a Thanksgiving of reunions. Our Marine returned from his fifth tour in the Middle East; this time for a year at the military college in Pakistan. Next week family will travel from all over the country to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. New babies born in the last year are finally introduced to the extended tribe. Plans are being made to meet with friends who are often in our thoughts but rarely in the same room! After all the years of celebrating without family, or with partial family, this year is going to end on a grand note. Forget the economic woes…the lost opportunities…the stress and strain of life today…if we are rich in our relationships, we can find joy and give joy….that’s my wish for each of you. I want to extend a very special thanks to the parents who go above and beyond for TCS. We know that raising any kids, and especially our kids, is a full time and thankless job. When you add the additional task of volunteering at and for the school, you enter a whole new realm of generosity. This year we are expanding our marketing tool box by adding a number of luncheons that enable local professionals to visit our campus and spend time with our kids/your kids. In order to stay within our already extremely tight budget, we have asked volunteers to prepare the luncheon. First, let me say the food is spectacular!! On the morning of the luncheon, already overburdened moms and dads bring in containers of lovingly prepared dishes and condiments…after they have gotten their kids ready for school, prepared themselves for the day, driven carpool and fought the traffic! Their effort is greatly appreciated...and I believe, will be well rewarded! Thanks to the Dads who, instead of leisurely watching their daughter/son play volleyball/basketball, jump up to help as a line judge or other needed officiating. I have already sung the praises of the Moms who worked the Volleyball tournament last month with a joyful spirit and cheerful attitudes! The parents who worked tirelessly to plan the CPR and the Family Movie night are taking parental involvement to an entirely new level! I hope you all realize how much your efforts enhance our ability to serve your teens! After the long Thanksgiving break, we are ready to buckle down for the last haul. I am so impressed with how well our student body has maintained their focus. It is the time we begin to see the solidification of some of the healthy habits and attitudes that we have been working on for a while. The confidence factor has begun to click in and the progress is amazing! Our seniors are getting such good news early and some of their anxiety is beginning to wane. No matter how many years I have watched the transformations, it never gets old!


Character Education

Coping with Change and Uncertainty Take a look below at what we will be discussing with your student and take some time to continue these discussions at home!

Objectives:  

Recognize indicators of stress within themselves Identify strategies for coping with change and uncertainty

Discussion questions for you and your student:   

What are the symptoms of stress? What are common contributors to stress? How can we deal with stress in our lives?

Key Terms to discuss: 

Stress, uncertainty, neurotransmitters, serotonin, noradrenalin, dopamine, stimulants, relaxants

Premier Tools Training For Parents! WHO: All parents interested in learning more about the assistive technology we use here at TCS. WHAT: A training time to get more familiar with the Premier Tools and ClassWeb. WHEN: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @ 5:30 P.M. WHERE: Media Center HOW TO RSVP: E-mail Nathan Edwards ( by Monday, December 5, to RSVP, so needed computers can be set up for the class.


Only if it already has the TCS wireless key installed.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to access ClassWeb during the training.

From Bob and the Business Office Are you aware that if your student has a diagnosis of a special learning need and a recommendation has been made that you seek a school setting that specializes in providing services for your student, your tuition may be fully deductible as a medical expense when you itemize your deductions? For those of you who are not familiar with this provision, when you itemize your deductions on your tax return, your tuition could be fully deductible, if you meet the criteria. For specific information of this provision, please see Publication 502 page 13, under the topic Special Education, or consult your tax advisor. This site may be viewed online at For those of you who may be able to take advantage of the full tuition deduction in the 2011 calendar year, please make sure that all payments have been post marked by December 31, 2011. IRS regulations regarding charitable donations state that tuition payments are not tax deductible unless qualified as a dependent’s medical expense. (TCS cannot give tax advice, please consult your tax advisor for your specific information.)

TCS Student Council & Interact Club Present


It’s the Coat and Toy Event of the Season TCS is teaming up with One Warm Coat and Toys for Tots to collect clean and gently used coats along with new and unwrapped toys for the less fortunate this winter season. Bring coats and toys to your homeroom teacher from November 14 to December 9. The Middle School and High School homerooms with the most total donations will win a free breakfast courtesy of Student Council.

* Earn this season with: ™

6 eBoxTops per $10 spent

5 eBoxTops per $10 spent

2 eBoxTops per $10 spent

3 eBoxTops per $10 spent

1.5 eBoxTops per $10 spent

Message from your Coordinator: Please support the TCS Parent Association in raising money for the Assistive Technology Fund by participating in Box Tops for Education! Check out the online shopping options to earn extra funds for The Cottage School!

Go to where you can find over 175 retailers! *Every qualifying purchase. Please check individual merchant Terms & Conditions

6 eBoxTops per $10 spent

5 eBoxTops per $10 spent

.5 eBoxTops per $10 spent

1.5 eBoxTops per $10 spent

Earn for our school when you shop online! © 2011 General Mills A25105

3 eBoxTops per $10 spent

MS December Activities DATE Friday 12/2





Career Day Clubs Academics


Friday 12/9

Escalade Rock Climbing Holiday Art Academics

$160.08 $156.40 $165.60

Friday 12/16

Clubs Academics

$156.40 $165.60

Things to bring

$165.60 All students going off campus must bring a sack lunch unless pre-ordered through lunch program. There will not be microwaves.


MS Teacher Work Day

Middle School will not have school. The high school will still be having exams. If you carpool with a high school student, please be sure other arrangements are made.

Thursday 12/22

All School Teacher Work Day


12/23 THROUGH 1/6/2012




Monday 1/9/2012


The Escalade Rock Climbing Release Form included in this packet must be returned to Julie by Tuesday, December 6th.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: Indemnification Agreement and Covenant not to Sue NOTICE: THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT. In consideration of my being permitted by Escalade Rock Climbing Gym to climb at its facilities and /or participate in any program offered by Escalade Inc. I agree to the following waiver and release and I make the following representations. I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THE INHERENT EXTREME RISKS IN ROCK CLIMBING, including on artificial surfaces. I realize that those risks include, but are not limited to: falls from or contact with walls and equipment, holds which may have become loose or damaged and freakish accidents which cannot be foreseen. I acknowledge that the above list is not inclusive of all possible risks associated with the use of the facilities, and / or the sport of climbing and I agree that said list in no way limits the extent or release of this release. I VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATION OF THE RISK INVOLVED. I voluntarily agree to assume all risk of personal injury, including paralysis and death, that may occur while I am at the facility or participating in any event or program or while I am climbing anywhere at any time, whether or not I am under supervision of Escalade Indoor Climbing Gym Inc. personnel. I hereby knowingly and intentionally waive and release, and agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend Escalade Indoor Climbing Gym Inc., its successors, assigns, officers, employees and wall designers and builders, hold manufacturers lessors and agents from all liability for any damage, injury, paralysis or death which may result. This release shall be effective even though said loss, damage or injury results or has resulted from the negligence, wrongful acts, omissions, breach of warranty or strict tort liability of Escalade Indoor Climbing Gym Inc. or the other parties released. I am in good health and have no physical limitation, which would affect my use of the facilities. I agree to pay attention to the state of any ropes, anchors and other equipment I may use, and to advise staff members if I do any damage or notice damage. I agree to read and abide by rules present and future rules posted in Facility I agree to comply with a specific request of or instruction to me by staff. I understand that indoor climbing is not the same as outdoor climbing which requires additional skills; and I agree to seek qualified instruction before attempting to climb outdoors. I am at least 18 years of age and otherwise legally competent to sign this agreement. This release shall be effective and binding upon me and upon my assigns, heirs, representatives, executors and administrators. If under the age of 18, this release must be signed by the parent/guardian of the minor, and I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Escalade Indoor Climbing Gym Inc. and other released parties in the event a minor member of my family sues them or any one of them. Climber’s Name _______________________________ Age________ Cell Phone __________________________ Address ______________________________________City__________________ State _____ Zip code ___________ Emergency Contact Name__________________________________ Phone _________________________________ I understand that this release is a contract. I expressly state that I have read, understand and am familiar with all provisions and that I sign it of my own free will. Signature _________________________________________ Date ___________ (Parent if under 18) TO BE READ AND SIGNED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN OF MINOR. I hereby state that I am the parent or guardian of the minor whose signature appears above. I am familiar with and consent to agree to the terms and provisions set forth in this waiver of liability indemnification agreement and covenant not to sue.

EMAIL ADDRESS: _________________________________________For Membership Specials or Events


PICCADILLY CIRCUS (from the producers of Ice Capades)

STONE MOUNTAIN PARK DECEMBER 2-4 AND DECEMBER 9-11 Friday performances: 4:30 & 7:30 PM Saturday performances: 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 PM Sunday performances: 1:00, 3:30 & 6:00 PM


Note: Adults must purchase their own tickets. Circus Information available at or call 877-373-0477

High School December Date



Friday 12/2 Academics

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

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom



Georgia Racing Hall of Fame





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

Friday 12/9


Friday 12/16 Academics



8:15 10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40 10:002:00 2:40 10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40

Saturday 12/17 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Rain out


Homeroom Minute to Win it Lunch Wacky Olympics Homeroom Clubs

Aquarium $299.46

Tellus Museum


Holiday Ornaments Lunch Wreath Making Homeroom


Aquarium $289.80 $315.16

For students who owe hours




Early dismissal for Exam days!!!

Thursday 12/22

No school Teacher Work Day

Sack lunches or real $ for lunch

Materials for your club Academic material to complete work and spare reading materials, if you will be in academics all day! Sack lunches or real $ for lunch

Aquarium $280.14

Saturday School 8:00

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


Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom


Things to bring/US$

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

Pencils, pens, calculator and all other necessary items need for exams

*Don’t forget 12:00 dismissal for exam days. Make ride arrangements! Enjoy the break: December 22nd to January 6th See you on January 9th.

High School~Now Offered during the School Day as a CLUB!

DON’T MISS OUT! “My 9th grade son was very skeptical and tentative about Top talk and its benefits. However, it was not only his peers, parents and teachers who have seen marked growth, but he himself confidently admits it was a great learning and growing experience! The program helped develop his confidence and ability to speak clearly, concisely and with a great deal of conviction and pride. Thanks to Andrea for her dedication to her work that she is very passionate about.” Vivienne Kurland

“Hearing from all those children, (during their presentations) ... is truly an education to us all. They have so much to say - speaking in front of people, between friends at a lunch table, to teachers at school, advocating for themselves, etc. For some, language is a challenge, others anxiety and confidence. All teens in general have challenges to overcome. The Top Talk group was so strong. The entire group demonstrated a desire to be heard. I would recommend this program to all students.” Cathy Keller

“The program was amazing and at their final presentation not only did the students impress our staff and their families, they impressed themselves. There was such a clear difference in their poise, confidence and demeanor that we are completely sold on the opportunities for success with Top Talk at our school. Please consider enrolling your child in Top Talk. You will be impressed by the results!!!” Laura Finnell, High School Principal, The Cottage School

REGISTRATION DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH. This club will help your children learn how to become successful communicators. These skills can and will improve your child’s confidence and relationships as they learn the basic, core communication skills used in any situation in which they are speaking to others. Club Fridays 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. January to May Club size is limited to 12 students. Space is limited, so sign up early! (A minimum enrollment of 6 students is required for the club to start.) Cost of the course: $300 To register, return the registration form and your check to Lynn Haas. REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 9TH. For more information about Top Talk, contact Andrea Johanson at 770-870-9041 or email

The ability to communicate effectively is the ability to succeed.

The High School Drama Class presents: The “WTCS” Radio Hour! Featuring: Orson Welles’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s

DRACULA & The “Thanksgiving Special”episode of

Date: Monday, December 12th Time: 7:00 P.M. Location: The Cougar Center Bonus: High School audience members will be awarded three attendance hours for attending this event! (That’s an extra exam buyoff!)

College Fair Friday, December 2, 2011 At Mill Springs Academy 10:30am – 12:00pm

A sign-up sheet is available in the Loft Please join us at the College Fair where you will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges and universities listed below! Parents are welcome to attend, but will need to provide their own transportation.

North Georgia College & State University, Reinhardt University, Kennesaw State University, Brevard College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Young Harris College, Darton College, Jacksonville State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Brenau University, Valdosta State University, Berry College, Georgia Perimeter College, Horizons School, Chattahoochee Technical College, Oglethorpe University, LaGrange College, Middle Georgia College, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Military College, Mercer University, Piedmont College, Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia Student Finance Commission, Year Up Atlanta, Atlanta Metropolitan College, Oxford College of Emory, Beacon College, Clayton State University, and Warren Wilson College

We will transport students to Mill Springs Academy. Students should sign up ASAP in the loft with Lori by this Thursday, December 1st, at lunch time. There are limited seats on TCS Buses due to the Payoff.

Senior Holiday Party Thursday, December 15, 2011 7 o’clock ‘till 9 o’clock

Share the holiday spirit… Bring a “Toys for Tots” gift, unwrapped & Bring a gift for “senior swap” (girls bring a girl’s gift, boys a boy’s gift, $10)

Dinner provided Hosted by: The Benators, Hetal, James, Katja & Ryan 138 Johnson Ferry, NW Atlanta, GA 30328

RSVP to your Homeroom Teacher

November 30, 2011 Wednesday Packet  

News from The Cottage School for the week of November 30.

November 30, 2011 Wednesday Packet  

News from The Cottage School for the week of November 30.