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Wednesday, April 2, 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!!

Parent Signature________________________________________

Wednesday Packet April 2, 2014

Important Dates/Information Donut Sale during AM Carpool – Tomorrow, April 3rd - $7.00 per box Proceeds Benefit TCS’s Relay for Life Team Teacher Work Day – Friday, April 4th No School Spring Break – April 7th-April 11th No School, Administrative Office Open HS Prom - Thursday, April 17th – 8:00-11:00 PM at Ivy Hall The April session of the After School Program has begun. If you have not yet paid for April, please direct payment to the Business Office or pay online. Thank you.


April 2, 2014

Jacque’s Note

Kudos to our Track team who garnered 1st place in last week’s meet. The dedication of the students who have practiced all season is extraordinary! We spend a lot of time congratulating all of our teams because their performances are so spectacular. Especially when you think about the fact that, with the exception of basketball and volleyball, we have no facilities in which they can practice. Although it costs time and money, our baseball, soccer and tennis teams use other local fields. That is not the case for our Cross Country or Track and Field teams. Right now our Track team is hurdling on asphalt, struggling to find an adequate place to practice the high jump and running through our neighboring woods for long distances. I never hear complaints but I await the day when we can give all of these mighty warriors the facilities they deserve! We are in full bloom here at TCS. Each week we will be rewarded by the appearance of the multiple blooming flora on campus. Redbuds always make me smile! The phlox that was selected for the area by Hagan Hall is already adding its color. By next week the dogwoods will be adding to the beauty of our environment. This time of year reminds me of the progress our students have made, as well. This is the time of the year when we see the results of their hard work. We see them with their friends or at events where their talents are being recognized. We pass them on campus and notice their more confident appearance. We watch them compete and know that they are prepared and resilient. At times these changes are not easily evident. Suddenly there they are, bright and gloriously displayed for all to see. As we prepare for Spring Break, I encourage you to help your teen take a deep breath and get ready for the end of the year push. Most of them have caught up from the long snow break and will need an extra dose of energy and motivation to finish the year with the commitment and level of success they have previously experienced. I know our teachers appreciate this breather even if many of them use the week to prepare for year-end projects, trips and exams. When we return from Spring Break we are in a flurry of academic assignments, sports tournaments, performances, banquets and graduations! This is a wonderful time of year, if you can keep up with the pace! Speaking of graduation, I will begin my annual plea. Don’t miss it! High school staff always enjoys attending the Middle School banquet and graduation ceremony to share in the celebration and to get to know the rising ninth graders! Many high school parents attend to support the middle school friends that were a year or two behind their teen. The High School graduation is a remarkable experience, as well. Even if your teen’s graduation date is years away, seeing the “end of the story” is time well spent! We ask our Junior parents to take a leadership role in preparing the reception. Not only is that an efficient plan, but it also encourages them to stay and watch the ceremony. Believe me, when it is your child on that stage, you will be so engulfed in the emotion of the moment that you may miss some of the nuances of the total experience. Parents who attend before it is their year find they can truly enjoy their teen’s big day if they have been to previous events. Have a SAFE and REJUVENATING Spring Break!


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

Calling all parents who live, work or play in the Roswell/Marietta area

Please join us for a Parent Social Wednesday, April 16th from 6pm to 7:30pm At the home of Becky and Mark Thelen P’2020 69 Connemara Rd, Roswell 30075

Come meet new friends and catch up with old ones! We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to Lesley Masisak at We are SO CLOSE to making our Annual Fund Goal— Have you made your contribution yet?

Just a few reasons you should give TODAY!

1. Our Students: Annual Fund dollars enhance student life in countless unrecognized but crucial ways providing necessities such as books, microscopes, maps, computer software, art supplies and much more! 2. Our Teachers: Great teachers make a great school. When you give to the Key Annual Fund, your contribution supports the work of professional educators who are shaping young minds! 3. Our Programs: Key Annual Fund dollars go towards enriching arts and athletic programs, faculty teaching and professional growth, financial aid, technology, campus enhancements. 4. Our Traditions: Pay-Off days, Middle School Sock-Hop, Grandparents Day, Homecoming, Senior Night, Prom, Graduation-these are traditions that are the lifeblood of The Cottage School. 5. Our Community: Over 40% of TCS Families receive need-based tuition assistance which is funded in part by the Key Annual Fund.

“Save the Date”- April 12th, 2014 Saturday from 10am until 1pm (Come anytime during these hours)

“RosWall” Installation of TCS students’ new ceramic creations



Please RSVP to Phil at NOTE: We realize this is the weekend at the end of TCS’s Spring Break, but it is the only time we could schedule an installation between coordinators, volunteers and The City of Roswell. There will be another installation sometime in May before the end of school. Please come anytime between the hours of 10am until 1pm to participate, watch, or just drive by and wave!

MS April Activities DATE



Friday 4/4

Teacher Work DayNo School


Spring BreakNo School



Things to bring Students will write savings checks before they leave for break. TCS office staff will be on campus.

Friday 4/18 Off Campus

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

Levels Piedmont Park Lunch Piedmont Park Homeroom


Friday 4/18 On Campus

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

Levels On Campus Lunch On Campus Homeroom


Friday 4/18



Friday 4/25



Friday 4/25



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

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

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

Are you the parent of an th 8 grade student?

Do you have adorable photos of your 8th grader as a baby that you’d love to share with the world? Please surprise your 8th grader by sending in 2-3 photos in a sealed envelope to your student’s homeroom teacher by April 25th. If possible, send a progression of photos, showing your 8th grader’s growth from baby to teenager. We’ll add in a current photo from this year’s yearbook. The photos will be assembled into a slide show for all to see at our Middle School Awards Banquet on May 20th. Digital photos can be emailed to Photos will be returned directly to parents.

April High School Payoffs DATE



Friday 4/4

No School TWD


Spring Break

Friday Academics 4/18

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

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom



Thursday Night

In order to be eligible for Friday off, you must have purchased a ticket for, attended the Prom & earned off campus.

4/17 Friday On-Campus 4/18

10:00 12:45-2:40

Saturday 4/19 Friday 4/25


Campus Work and Movies Marathon Homeroom

Saturday School for students who owe Attendance Hours Clubs





Things to bring/U.S. $

Spare Reading materials, if you will be in academics all day!

Bring $ for portraits


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

Don’t forget about Beach Trip! Students must have their money & permission to Ivan by April 3rd!

Transition Leadership Academy

A college immersion experience for students diagnosed with a Learning Disability (LD) or Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) May 27 to May 29, 2014 The Transition Leadership Academy is a college immersion experience for recent high school graduates and rising juniors and seniors diagnosed with a Specific Learning Disability (LD) or Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD). The purpose of the Institute is to aid these students in their efforts to experience academic and life success as they prepare to make the transition from high school to the world of post-secondary education. The program offers students first-hand experience interacting with college professors, living in a dorm, eating in dining halls, navigating campus, and participating in a variety of college-related academic and social environments. Through participation in this program, students will explore a variety of leadership development topics that are at the core of making a successful transition from high school to college. Some of these include: • • • • • • • • • •

Life after high school; Reading and studying skills; Self-advocacy through effective communication; Goal-setting & personal strategic planning; Time management, organization & executive functioning; Accommodations at the post-secondary level; Documentation; Effective use of assistive technology; Attributes of successful college students; and Post-secondary “pitfalls” to be avoided.

Learn from our experienced, knowledgeable faculty who combine research-based approaches and experiential learning. Brendan Leahy, Ed.D. Dr. Leahy has a particular interest in customizing leadership development in an effort to aid individuals with disabilities in their efforts to experience academic and life success. He focuses on a variety of areas including inclusive K-12 contexts and post-secondary opportunities for individuals with high incidence disabilities (LD & ADHD). Currently, he is leading an initiative aimed at exploring the feasibility of installing an inclusive post-secondary program at the University of Georgia for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Who Should Attend? Recent high school graduates and rising juniors and seniors diagnosed with a specific learning disability (LD) or attention deficit hyper activity disorder (ADHD) Date May 27 to May 29, 2014 Fees $1,200 per student (includes all sessions, lodging, meals and participant materials.) Location All courses will be taught at: University of Georgia J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 1240 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, GA 30602 For more information • Visit • Call Brendan Leahy or Kate Smith at 706-542-1108

**Mandatory** CRUISE MEETING Parents & Seniors

* Passports to be given to Jennifer * Important information to be discussed

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 P.M. Media Center

Bring your passports & your questions!

H.S. Graduation 2014 Commencement is quickly approaching, and we are sure you all want to reserve dates on your calendars! Please watch for more specific details and directions in upcoming Wednesday Packets. Here is an overview of the festivities:

Photo Memento: due by Monday, May 19th. We will continue the tradition of displaying photo memento boards prepared by their families. Each family displays a memory board of their senior at graduation. Sizes and styles vary – some are just photos, others are done in the style of scrapbooks. Just have some fun with it!

Graduation Rehearsal: for students only Wednesday, May 21st from 12:30 P.M.2:30 P.M. in The Cougar Center. Senior students must be a part of rehearsal in order to participate in the ceremony on Friday, May 23rd. Students who would like to speak must submit speech outline to Jennifer by April 3rd.

Graduation Speech Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 21st from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. This is only for students who are speaking at Graduation.

Graduation Luncheon: Thursday, May 22nd at 12:15 P.M. at The DoubleTree Hotel to celebrate with your family & friends! Each Senior and one adult are included. For any additional attendees the cost will be $20.00 per person, and we encourage you to bring the whole gang! Each student must have at least one adult present. Please make your payment by May 2nd so that we can plan accordingly. We will distribute caps & gowns, honor cords and senior achievement pins for graduation at the luncheon! RSVP by filling out and returning the attached invitation to Ivan Plastiak. Please make checks payable to TCS. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email Ivan at or 678-250-5110.

Graduation Ceremony: Friday, May 23rd at The Cougar Center. All seniors must arrive by 10:00 A.M., dressed in their graduation outfits, with ironed gowns on a hanger, and graduation caps. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 A.M. A reception will immediately follow in The Cougar Center. There are no tickets and no limit to the number of people you can bring to celebrate!

Seniors, you and your family are cordially invited to attend the Graduation Luncheon Honoring

The Senior Class of 2014 Thursday, May 22nd 12:15 P.M. at The DoubleTree Hotel

RSVP to Ivan Plastiak by Friday, May 2nd

Return this portion to Ivan Plastiak: Student: __________and one (1) guardian at no cost will be joined by __ additional guests at $20.00/guest. Enclosed is $______ for our additional guests.

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 Andrew College and Young Harris College. James Dorsey on his acceptance to Oakwood University & the University of Louisville. Alex Farrar on his acceptance to KSU Academy for Inclusive Learning. Spencer Glenn on his acceptance to The University of Alabama, Jacksonville State University, and Reinhardt University. Michael Kurland on his acceptance to KSU Academy for Inclusive Learning & The Art Institute of Atlanta. Arthur Leach on his acceptance to Beacon College & The Art Institute of Atlanta. Stan Long on his acceptance to Reinhardt University. 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. Barbara Womack on her acceptance to The Coastal College of Georgia.

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, Agnes R. McClung Honor Scholarship $1,500 Brenau University - Trustee Scholarship Award $50,000 Ryan Delaney – Young Harris College - Faculty Scholarship $64,000 James Dorsey- Oakwood University- Premier- $ 52,000 & College Days- $2,000 Stan Long – Reinhardt University – Achievement Award $4,000

Wednesday Packet April 10, 2014