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Wednesday – February 5, 2014

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 5, 2014

Important Dates/Information Teacher Work Day – Friday, February 14th – No School Presidents Day Holiday – February 17th – School Closed Senior Night – Rescheduled to Monday, February 10th Annual Senior Walk Between the Girls and Boys Varsity Games

AAC Varsity Tournament Action at TCS - February 12th, 14th and 15th

Parents: Students will have come home with a letter and survey regarding the E-rate program. Due to the nature of the survey, it could not be sent via email. If you did not receive it from your student, please ask for it or check the backpacks. There is a deadline for the return of the paper version of the survey by this Friday, February 7th, in order for The Cottage School to determine our eligibility for participation in this program. We apologize for the short notice on this and we appreciate your participation. All families are expected to participate in this completely confidential survey that can potentially save the school thousands of dollars a year enabling us to add to our campus technology.

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February 5, 2014

Jacque’s Note

What a week! First let me express my sincere regret for the extremely difficult situation on Tuesday afternoon due to the quickly freezing roads and traffic snarls. We had a plan that, in any other case, would have resulted in everyone arriving home safe and sound. However, the situation quickly spiraled out of our control and we know that many of you, as well as our staff, were caught in a nightmare! Untold gratitude goes to those families who drove students home or took them home with them for the evening. We cannot begin to express our appreciation for the staff members who stayed with our stranded students all night. They did not hesitate to volunteer to stay at school and they worked as a team to feed, comfort and entertain the teens. In addition, they were joined by several parents and grandparents who, once they arrived on campus, thought it unwise to strike out in the frigid darkness. All were safely on their way by early afternoon on Wednesday. Ivan walked to the Shell station to get snacks early Wednesday morning and Lyle spent his Thursday restocking the concession stand for the anticipated Senior Night. In all the conversation we had during the ordeal, I never heard one complaint or negative word. The staff was intent on making the best of an impossible situation. One said “we’ll just have a lock-in!” We also appreciate all the words of encouragement and appreciation from families this week. Several indicated that they knew their students were well taken care of and did not worry at all. Others offered words of thanks to the families who went out of their way to provide rides and relief. The trusting and nurturing community that is TCS came together immediately and weathered the storm as best we could. We will be acknowledging our dedicated staff in a few special ways this week but if you have suggestions please get them to Bob Crenshaw, our CFO. We hated to reschedule Senior Night as I know so many of you were looking forward to it. It has been rescheduled for Monday, February 10th, and we promise the same celebratory event we originally planned. Life for our Seniors is really picking up speed as more and more receive their acceptances to the schools of their choice. Our counseling office is beginning visits for underclassmen this semester so we will be well on the way for the next generation of successful graduates. We are one of the few schools who provide the structure and guidance needed for a less stressful launch from high school to the next step! I can’t imagine doing it any other way! This is my chance to encourage all of you, middle school and underclassmen parents, to come to graduation to see the “rest of the story”. Our students often do not take a straight trajectory to success, but when they reach their goal, it is spectacular!!

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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  Teams defeated on 2/12/14 are eliminated from Tournament. Teams defeated on 2/14/14 will still play on 2/15/14 for the third place trophy.  On Wednesday (2/12), #4 seed girls will open tournament vs. #5 seed at 3:00 P.M. The #4 vs. #5 seed boys will follow at 4:30. At 6:00 the #3 seed girls will play the #6 seed capped off with the #3 vs. #6 seed boys game at 7:30 P.M.  On Friday (2/14), #1 seed girls will play winner of #4 vs. #5 seed at 3:00 P.M. #1 seed boys will play winner of #4 vs. #5 seed at 4:30 P.M. #2 seed girls will play winner of #3 vs. #6 seed at 6:00 P.M. #2 seed boys will play winner of #3 vs. #6 seed at 7:30 P.M.  On Saturday (2/15), the consolation games will begin at 1:00 P.M., starting with the girls; boys will follow at 2:30 P.M. The championship games will begin with the girls at 4:00 P.M. and the boys will follow at 5:30 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.  Schools must be ready to play 15 minutes after the end of the previous game. If a school is not present within that 15 minute time, they will forfeit their game.  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 sports 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 13th 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


The Varsity Track and Field World Returns to The Cottage School! When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:05PM until 5:15PM Where: Allen McAdams Classroom (I-Building) What: The Ultimate Challenge to Body and Mind Why: Because it is Fun and Healthy How: In AAC and GISA Events Ranging from 100m Sprints to 3,200m, Including Relays, Intermediate Hurdles, High Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put and Discus **There will be a Brief Informational Meeting During Lunch on Monday, February 3, 2014 for any Student Interested (RCC)

Please Contact Varsity Coaches Allen McAdams or Chad Savage with Questions. allenm@cottageschool.org or chads@cottageschool.org


MS February Activities DATE

TIME

Activity

Friday 2/7 Off Campus

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

Friday 2/7 On Campus

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

TCS$

Things to bring

Levels Bowling Lunch Bowling Homeroom

$250.08

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

Levels Comic Book Day Lunch Comic Book Day Homeroom

$240.12

Friday 2/7

Academics

$257.60

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

2/14

Middle School Teacher Work DayNO SCHOOL All School HolidayNO SCHOOL 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

2/17

Friday 2/21 Off Campus *EXPERIENTIAL

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

RAINOUT

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


Middle School Character Education

Developing a Problem-Solving Approach Take a look below at what we will be discussing with your student and take some time to continue these discussions at home!

Objectives:  

Describe the attitude and skills needed for a problem-solving approach to conflict. Apply the problem-solving steps to a past conflict.

Discussion questions for you and your student: 

What comprises a problem-solving approach to conflict? How can we develop a problem-solving approach to conflict?

Key Terms to discuss: 

Modus operandi, problem-solving approach, open-minded, empathetic, persistent, flexible


High School February Date

Time

December

Friday 2/7

1:102:40

Clubs

Materials for your club

Saturday School

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

Saturday 2/8

Thursday 2/13 Academics

Off-Campus

On-Campus

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

Homeroom Lunch

Darts Tournament

$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

Monday 2/17

Thursday 2/28 Academics

TCS $

For students who owe hours

Friday 2/14

Friday 2/21

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


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.


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 and 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 – 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


Wednesday Packet, February 5, 2014