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Date: Friday, February 14, 2014 Special Edition Due to School Closings for Weather

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 February 14, 2014 Special Weather Edition

Important Dates/Information Teacher Work Day – Friday, February 14th – No School Presidents Day Holiday – February 17th – School Closed NEW DATES - AAC Varsity Tournament Action at TCS February 15th, 18th and 20th NEW DATES - MS APAC Tournament at Sophia Academy February 19th, 20th, 24th and 25th Tennis, Baseball and Golf Begin – Tuesday, February 18th

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February 14, 2014

Jacque’s Note

Last Month’s weekend Open House was very successful. We contacted local schools, papers and radio stations to advertise our annual event that allows families not able to get away during the week a chance to take a look at who we are and what we do. Family is important to the TCS culture and I am hesitant to take family time for school events, but there are times such as Homecoming, conferences and weekend Open Houses that cannot be avoided. It helps that we enjoy being together, as well. Thanks to all the teaching and counseling staff that attended and guided our guests. Special thanks to our ambassadors, one for Middle School and six for High School, who gave up their free time to represent the school. High school students, Marquis Victor, Emory Shulse, Rebecca Custer, Patrick Thompson, Jake Daunt and Chris Taura and Middle School student, Dillon Hall, are outstanding examples of the best of TCS. Chris did double duty by helping Dillon with Middle School families. Naturally, our visitors were impressed! This is the time of year when we are not only re-enrolling current students but actively interviewing for new students for 2014-15. I love it when an interviewing student sits up and takes notice as I begin to describe the simulated work format. I love the way the dads always respond to the aspects of our program that emphasizes accountability and self-reliance. Moms always respond to the encouragement and attention to a student’s strengths that our program offers. However, I was the one who sat up and took notice a few weeks ago when listening to the 60 Minutes broadcast focusing on the Year Up program for young adults in New York City. The topic was a corporate (Wall Street) sponsored program that selects young adults, usually from low income background, for an intensive program that emphasizes accountability, work based expectations, collaboration and job success. The goal is to give the participants an opportunity to achieve more than their previous environments have allowed. The program emphasizes the importance of appropriate work skills such as being on time, effective communication and organization. If a participant is late, his/her pay is docked. Once they reach seven infractions, they are dropped from the program. The participants practice conflict resolution. They learn time management skills. They practice setting goals and assessing their progress. They learn to accept constructive supervision and to provide professional feedback to their peers. Sound familiar? Upon graduation, each is assigned an internship in a local corporation in New York. One of the quotes I loved was that a company “hires for skills and fires for behavior.” How many times do we talk with our TCS students about that truth! I watched these young adults knowing that our students already have the skills that were being taught. Every TCS student may not be able to dismantle and reassemble a computer (one of the team tasks) but they certainly have practice working as a team. Our students learn to rely on their own ambition and strengths to tackle difficult assignments. They learn to determine which tasks they can easily handle and the tasks for which they may have to seek assistance. Right now I am trying to figure out how I can contact CBS or other media sites to focus on our innovative program and exceptional students. How cool would that be!

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The TCS Advancement Angle News you can use to help raise money for The Cottage School

SAVE THE DATE Glitter: An Evening with the Arts Saturday, March 22md 6pm to 10pm The Cottage School Campus This year’s event to include: An excerpt performance from our TCS Students Award Winning One-Act Play, special performances by Georgia Ensemble Theater, a seated dinner, and our ever popular Live and Silent Auctions Invitations coming soon!!! Speaking of Glitter.. Do you have Falcons or Braves tickets to spare? Seats at the Atlanta Opera or Ballet? A box at Philips Arena? A time-share in South Carolina that you never use? We need these items for our Glitter auction! All donated items must have a minimum retail value of $50. Questions? Need a donation form? Contact Lesley at Lesleym@cottageschool.org

Thank you to all who gave to Georgia Goal 2014! Your contributions will make sure that more students can attend TCS and benefit from the educational and life skills they receive every day.


2014 AAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES @ TCS: NEW DATES 2/15, 2/18, 2/20  Teams defeated on 2/15/14 are eliminated from Tournament. Teams defeated on 2/18/14 will still play on 2/20/14 for the third place trophy.  On Saturday (2/15), #4 seed (AASD) girls will open tournament vs. #5 seed (MSA) at 1:00 P.M. The #4 (Howard) vs. #5 (MSA) seed boys will follow at 2:30. At 4:00 the #3 seed (BHall) girls will play the #6 (TCS) seed capped off with the #3 (TCS) vs. #6 (AO) seed boys game at 5:30 P.M.  On Tuesday (2/18), #1 seed (AO) girls will play winner of #4 vs. #5 seed at 3:00 P.M. #1 seed (BHall) boys will play winner of #4 vs. #5 seed at 4:30 P.M. #2 seed (Howard) girls will play winner of #3 vs. #6 seed at 6:00 P.M. #2 seed (AASD) boys will play winner of #3 vs. #6 seed at 7:30 P.M.  On Thursday (2/20), the consolation games will begin at 3:00 P.M., starting with the girls; boys will follow at 4:30 P.M. The championship games will begin with the girls at 6:00 P.M. and the boys will follow at 7:30 P.M.  All schools should arrive at The Cougar Center 30 minutes prior to their start time and all games will start at the scheduled time unless a game runs longer than expected.  If a game runs late the 15 minute forfeit time will begin immediately following that game.  TCS will provide playoff labeled basketballs for warm up. Please place back on rack.  Parking is provided on the TCS campus in designated parking lots. Remind fans not to park on driveway or lawn at gym entrance.  Buses need to be parked in the spots provided past the gym, on left alongside silver fence.  Admission is $3.00 for children and $5.00 for adults. Concessions will be available throughout tournament. Hot dogs, popcorn, snacks, and drinks sold.  AAC 25th Anniversary Playoff Mugs will be on sale for $10.00. Free refills on coffee and Gatorade after first purchase.  There will be a designated hospitality room provided for all coaches and officials only.  There is no need for teams to bring water coolers. Each bench will be provided a water cooler. Bottles are recommended.  Teams will have classroom space labeled. Top seed wears white. Coaches, please keep your players supervised; wandering the campus is not an option. A Roswell police officer will be on duty.


International Donation Drive February 3rd through 21st Date Extended Benefits a Foster home, the Soufriere Soup Kitchen, & the local school in St. Lucia

Need NEW: Flip-flops, soccer balls, umbrellas, backpacks, Kid’s soft toothbrushes, & gently used rolling suitcases

PRIZE: A tasty treat for the Middle School and High School homerooms with the most donations! Sponsored by the TCS Interact Club


MS February Activities DATE

TIME

TCS$

Things to bring

Levels Jimmy Carter Museum Lunch Jimmy Carter Museum Homeroom

$240.12

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

Friday 2/21

Academics

$257.60

Academic Materials *Remember to bring an independent reading book if you complete your work early.

Friday 2/28

Clubs

$156.40

Friday 2/28

Academics

$165.60

2/14

*EXPERIENTIAL

RAINOUT

Middle School Teacher Work DayNO SCHOOL All School HolidayNO SCHOOL

2/17

Friday 2/21 Off Campus

Activity

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

The first Breakfast Club is February 24, 2014. MENU: Breakfast Pizza, and milk or apple juice. Breakfast will be served from 7:15 – 7:40am.

Club Materials Academic Materials *Remember to bring an independent reading book if you complete your work early.


High School February Date

Time

December

Thursday 2/13 Academics

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

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom

10:002:00 2:40

Malibu GrandPrix

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

Valentine Creations

Off-Campus

On-Campus

Monday 2/17

Thursday 2/28 Academics

Off-Campus

On-Campus

Lunch

Darts Tournament

TCS $

$598.92

$579.60

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

Real money for lunch

$560.28

Homeroom Teacher Work Day

Friday 2/14

Friday 2/21

Homeroom

Rain out

1:102:40 8:15 10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40

No school Presidents Day Holiday No School Clubs

Materials for your club

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom

$299.46 Skiers $149.73

10:002:00 2:40

High Museum of Art

$289.80 Skiers $144.90

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

Name That Tune

Homeroom Lunch

Improv Comedy

$280.14 Skiers $140.07

Homeroom

Ski Trip 2/18 – 2/21

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

Real money for lunch


ATTENTION: Juniors and Seniors!! Sign up to take the

ACT SPRING DATE AND DEADLINE TCS Deadline

ACT Test Window

March 7th

April 12 – May 4

**TCS Deadline must be met if applying for accommodations to receive extended time and testing over multiple days. ** The ACT is a college entrance achievement test accepted by all 4-year colleges. **All Juniors are strongly encouraged to take the ACT so that there is adequate time to improve scores. For more information, questions or concerns, please contact Abby Blackwell, Academic Counselor, at AbbyB@cottageschool.org or 678-250-5113.


Roswell Woman’s Club Scholarship 2014 Every year several of our students are awarded these scholarships The purpose of the Roswell Woman’s Club Scholarship is to recognize and reward outstanding graduating seniors and to assist them in pursuing their educational objectives. The scholarship award amount varies depending on the proceeds of our fund raiser. In 2010 the Scholarship was $1700, 2011 it was $1875, and in 2013 it was $1225.

Eligibility Criteria Applicant must: • Either reside in, or go to school in, Fulton County north of the Chattahoochee River. • Be a US citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident. • Be a graduating senior in a public or private secondary school or a senior who is being home schooled. • Be preparing to attend college, university, vocational, or technical school full time in the year of the submitted application. • Submit application and supporting documents by the publicized deadline. • Not be a child or grandchild of a RWC member. • Be chosen irrespective of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. The scholarship is open to both boys and girls. • Not be a recipient of another scholarship offering full financial support, i.e.: an appointment to a Service Academy/Presidential Scholar • Participate as a volunteer in a RWC project. Applicants are asked to serve at least one shift at the Roswell Woman’s Club Showcase Home Tour which will take place in late April. You may learn more about signing up for this project at www.roswellwomansclub.org. You will be able to sign up for a shift beginning March 1. Click on the volunteer tab and follow the directions. If, for some reason, you are unable to cover the shift you originally signed up for call the Staffing Coordinator to be assigned a new shift. Questions may be addressed to Laura at laurag821@att.net

In you would like further information or to apply for this scholarship please contact Abby at 678-250-5113 or at abbyb@cottageschool.org **DEADLINE: FRIDAY MARCH 14th**


College visit to Kennesaw State University Thursday, February 27, 2014 We will leave at 8:20 a.m. and have lunch on KSU campus. (Please bring money)

Please see Abby in the loft for the college visitation form! Visitation forms for this visit are due to Abby no later than February 19, 2014 - no exceptions. KSU offers majors in the fields of Health Sciences, Fine Arts and Humanities, Education and Business and Mass Communication. To find out more about specific programs, please visit www.kennesaw.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns please call Abby Blackwell at 678-250-5113 or email abbyb@cottageschool.org.


RISE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Winter 2013-2014 RISE is actively accepting applications for the 2013-14 scholarship of $2,500.00. Please access our website at: www.risescholarshipfoundation.org to download the application. Deadline is Feb. 15, 2014 **this Saturday** If you have any questions, please contact us at info@risescholarshipfoundation.org Qualifications:  Must be a current high school, college bound Senior who has submitted applications to and is planning on attending an accredited College or University.  Must be a U.S. Citizen.  Must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4 point scale (or equivalent).  Must have a documented learning disability *, a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD alone does not qualify.  Must provide a letter of reference from a teacher, high school counselor, or principal of present high school on the enclosed form.  The recipient must provide RISE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. proof of registration to accepted college or university for the scholarship to be issued the fall semester of the same year that the award is presented


Post-Secondary Acceptances and Scholarships Congratulations! Rebecca Custer on her acceptance to St. John’s University, Texas Christian University, Birmingham Southern College, Agnes Scott College, Mary Baldwin College, and Brenau University. Ryan Delaney on his acceptance to Young Harris College. James Dorsey on his acceptance to the University of Louisville. Michael Kurland on his acceptance to The Art Institute of Atlanta. Arthur Leach on his acceptance to Beacon College & The Art Institute of Atlanta. Tyler McDonald on her acceptance to KSU Academy for Inclusive Learning. Ray O’Brien on his acceptance to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Matthew Smith on his acceptance to South Florida State College. Patrick Thompson on his acceptance to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Marquis Victor on his acceptance to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Senior Scholarships 2013-2014 Rebecca Custer – St. John’s University- Scholastic Excellence Scholarship- $92,000 Texas Christian University- Faculty Scholarship- $48,000 Birmingham Southern College- Presidential Scholarship- $108,000 Agnes Scott College- Honor Scholarship $68,000 Mary Baldwin College- Scholarship Award $80,000 Brenau University - Trustee Scholarship Award $50,000 Ryan Delaney – Young Harris College - Faculty Scholarship $48,000

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