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Wednesday, April 23, 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 23, 2014

Important Dates/Information Relay for Life – Saturday, April 26th 12:00 PM to Midnight Save the Dates for Events at The Cougar Center: HS Athletic Banquet – Tuesday, May 13th 6:30 PM MS Play – Wednesday, May 14th 1:30 PM HS Play and Awards Night – Thursday, May 15th 6:30 PM MS Awards Banquet and 8th Grade Graduation – Tuesday, May 20th 6:30 PM HS Graduation – Friday, May 23rd 11:00 AM TCS MS and HS Summer Opportunities - For Information Click here! DON’T MISS THE SPORT CAMP FLIERS IN THIS PACKET

The May session of the After School Program begins on Thursday, May 1, 2014. If you have not yet paid for May, please direct payment to the Business Office or pay online. Thank you.


April 23, 2014

Jacque’s Note

A healthy school of excellence is not measured by its buildings, its history or its finances. All of those aspects are important, but the heart of a school is crafted by the staff and families that form the community. It is a delicate balance to maintain professional standards and respond to the needs of the community with compassion and trust. When partnering to direct a child’s future, there are countless joys and unimagined risks. Children are evolving in ways we cannot predict yet our systems must be consistent and predictable. One person cannot mandate the heart of a school. With the modeling of staff and parents, the students must, also, adopt the characteristics of a caring community and join the struggle to maintain its balance. When a community fosters quality delivery of services and an approach that is respectful and responsive to all its members, it is a very special place. We have been extraordinarily blessed at TCS to have experienced a renewable strain of heart throughout the years. Every family and staff member who joins our community impacts the heart and soul of what occurs every day. We take a careful look at the resumes of our newly hired staff. But the resume is just a piece of paper. We must take the time to identify the values and spirit of the adult we are introducing into our home base. We know when we enroll families that there has been a history of disappointment and despair. We have to determine if there is room for trust as they blend into our social and professional realm. Over the last twenty-nine years we have been blessed with staff who generously share their talent and their heart with our students, their families and our staff. Regardless of the subject matter they teach or the role they fulfill, their contributions are life changing for all who share time with them. In twenty-nine years we have never had a staff member retire. They either move on or they stay with us for decades. Laura Finnell is our longest staff member. She came to us just out of student teaching 23 years ago! She is closely followed by Allen McAdams, Julie Crudgington, Lyle Cutchin and the list goes on and on. Twenty percent of our full time staff have been with us ten or more years. This WP contains our very first retirement letter from veteran TCS teacher, Phil Parker. Phil and his wife, Anne, have been personal friends for decades. When their daughter Jennifer ran into academic struggles at Roswell High School it seemed only natural to take her under our wings. When Anne joined the work force again, we were thrilled to have her work in our office, eventually moving to our After School Program. When Phil decided that corporate America was not for him, we were delighted to have him join our staff. When Phil joined the Art and Athletic Departments, we scored a home run. His gentle spirit with our students allayed their anxieties and released their own artistic abilities. Phil has consistently shared his highly creative artistic talents with all of us at TCS. His fingerprints (in the form of art work and spirit) are everywhere on campus. He is a mainstay of our Middle School program and a cornerstone of our cross country / track and field program. His art and athletic partners on staff have found a true friend and comrade as together they inspire and encourage our students through the years. Once Phil decided that the time was right for him to spend more time with his family and to enjoy personal pursuits, we knew we would support him one hundred percent! We wanted him to make his announcement with plenty of time to celebrate all that he is and all that he gives our TCS family. Although we will greatly miss his day to day presence, we know that the foundation he has laid for those who follow him is strong and irresistible. If you wish to participate in honoring Phil on May 4 th or contribute to a token of appreciation, please see the Advancement Angle for details. We know Phil will stay connected and we want to take the time to celebrate his awesomeness!


“A HeART-felt Thanks!

Dear TCS Parents and Students: After twelve wonderful years of teaching art and coaching at The Cottage School, I have decided to officially retire. My time here has been a joy and true blessing that I will remember forever. The main thing I will miss most is simply bringing the joy of art to the minds of the many Middle School children; to hear them say, “Oh, I get it!” or “Wow, that’s cool”!, and to have a personal realization that I was able to make a small difference in their lives. It is time for me to move on to getting more involved with my many creative endeavors, relaxing with my wonderful wife, Anne, our amazing children, grandchildren, and friends. I will also be on the TCS sub list, so the students may still see me around now and then. My immense appreciation goes to Jacque and Joe for not only hiring me but being so supportive throughout the years. Also to my delightful and courageous principal Julie, who has been so patient and considerate, to the administrative and teaching staff, the TCS Board of Directors, and to all TCS parents and guardians who have all worked together to help make working here such a pleasure. Under such strong and dedicated support and leadership I know that The Cottage School will continue to grow and prosper. I will miss you all. Sincerely, and thanks for the great memories! Phil Parker

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

TCS 30th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting Join us to plan TCS’s 30th Anniversary Year! First Planning Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 30th, 2pm Reinhardt Community Center (HS Admin Building) RSVP to Lesley at Partners in Education The following businesses offer easy ways for you to raise money for the school while you go about your day!

Use your Publix Partner card every time you shop at Publix. If you don’t have one, stop by the office!

TARGET Target Redcard members can select The Cottage School as your school of choice and receive 1% back on purchases!

Do your shopping through our Dollars for Schools Program at!

GEORGIA NATURAL GAS Georgia Natural Gas customers can participate in True Blue Schools where GNS will donate $5 every month to your school just for paying your natural gas bill. Questions? Contact Lesley at

YOUR HOST: The Cottage School MESSAGE: We hope to see you on Sunday, May 4th to celebrate the retirement of Phil Parker teacher, colleague, coach and friend. All are welcome! WHAT: Celebrating the Retirement of Phil Parker WHERE:

The Cottage School 700 Grimes Bridge Rd Roswell, GA 30075 RSVP:

Due to the overwhelming number of inquiries regarding gifts for this event, please contact Lesley Masisak at 678-250-5108 or for more information.

Summer Opportunities (A permanent display rack with fliers/brochures will be located in the Media Center beginning early May) Aerie Summer camps


Relationship/Team building



LD summer camp

Aurora Brain Camps


Communication, Social and Motor Skills



LD summer camp

Beyond Words


Social Skills & Peer Relationships

Camp Highland

678.393.0300 770.992.2055 ext.232 Outdoor Adventure/Team Building Outdoor/Nature/Team Building

Camp Kirk Disease Detective Camp


LD summer camp


Public Health camp

GA Ensemble Theatre


Theatre/Drama camp

Girls, Inc.


Inspiring girls to be strong, smart & bold

iD Tech Camps Inneractions - Camp Active


To improve Technology Skills



Social Skills

Kingsley Pines Loyola University Chicago


General summer camp


Pre-college summer scholars

Marietta Counseling


Social Skills / HS Survival / Self-Esteem

Pebbletossers, Inc. Riverview Camp for Girls


Volunteer information for teens


General girls summer camp

Round Lake Camp


General summer camp



ADHD, LD summer camp

Summer at SCAD


Art Seminars for HS students

Summit Camp Atlanta



Talisman Program


LD summer camp

Teen Life


General summer opportunities

VCU Arts Volunteernation

804.828.7154 314.467.8336

Art camp Volunteer information for teens

Camp Kingfisher

6th Annual Cottage School Boys Basketball Camp Who: Boys ages 12-16 years old (maximum of 28 athletes) What: A five day boy’s camp teaching the fundamentals of basketball; shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork, rebounding, team defense and offense, and much more! Also includes a 3 on 3 tournament, a 5 on 5 tournament, a Hot Shot shootout, a 3 point contest, and a Free Throw contest. Where: The Cougar Center 700 Grimes Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30075

All campers will learn the fundamentals of basketball from Richie Briggs; Head Varsity Cougar Coach and 4-Time AAC champion.

When: July 14th - July 18th 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Cost: $300 per camper-includes a Cougar camp T-shirt. Athletes need to bring a sack lunch each day. *If committed by June 13th—Camp Fee = $250

Cottage School staff and alumni Cougars plan to share teaching and Please sign me up for the Boys Basketball Camp. Name: ___________________________________________ Age: __________ Shirt size: XS S M L XL XXL Phone Number: ____________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________ Parent signature: ___________________________________ *Please include a check for full payment to cover camp fee. *Credit Card payments are welcome at a 3% service fee. Return this form to Richie Briggs-Camp Director Office Phone: 678-250-5130 Cell Phone: 770-313-8459

coaching duties. Call to reserve your spot today as space is limited! Thank you and we look forward to having another great camp.

Cottage School Ladies Combined Camp Basketball & Volleyball

Who: Ladies ages 12-16 years old - Maximum of 28 ladies. What: A day girl’s camp teaching the fundamentals of both volleyball (bump, set, spike, and serves) and basketball (rebounding, ball handling, shooting, footwork and team defense). Cottage School Staff Summer Howell (Volleyball) and Lyle Cutchin (Basketball) will serve as directors. Campers will participate in a variety of individual and team competitions. Where: The Cougar Center 700 Grimes Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30075 When: June 16 through June 20 - 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Cost: $300 per camper-includes a Cougar camp T-shirt. Athletes need to bring a sack lunch each day. *If committed by May 23rd—Camp Fee = $250

Please sign me up for the Ladies Combined Camp. Name_____________________________________________ Age____________ Shirt size__________________________ Phone Number_____________________________________ Email____________________________________________ Parent signature___________________________________ *Please include a check for full payment to cover camp fee. *Credit Card payments are welcome at a 3% service fee. Return this form to Lyle Cutchin - Camp Director Office Phone: 678-250-5120



July 14 - July 18, 2014 (Monday-Friday) Drop off and pick up times for the camp: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM


Cougar Center, 700 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30075


$150.00 – Includes T-shirt

The Cottage School Distance Running Camp is a five day program teaching the principles of distance running. Athletes will learn from current staff, alumni and professional presenters from Emory University and Phidippides. Topics will include nutrition, strength training, gait analysis, flexibility exercises, proper footwear, injury prevention, goal setting and psychological visualization. Runners will train and learn on various courses (Kennesaw Mountain trails, Vickery Creek, Stone Mountain and the Chattahoochee Trail System) and in settings such as our Fitness Center, Phidippides and a local track.

Athletes should bring a healthy snack and water bottle each day. ______________________________________________ Please sign me up for the Cougar Distance Runners’ Camp Name: _______________________________________________ Age: _________________ Shirt Size: ______________________ 5TH ANNUAL

Phone Number: ________________________________________ Email: _______________________________________________


Emergency Contact: ____________________________________ Parent Signature: ______________________________________ Return this form to Allen McAdams, Camp Director email: phone: (770) 641-8688 Payment: $150.00 check payable to The Cottage School - includes a T-shirt






Friday 4/25



Friday 4/25



Things to bring

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

8th Grade Baby Photos due by Friday, April 25th Contact Lauren English with questions:

High School Payoffs DATE



Friday 4/25





Things to bring/U.S. $ Materials for your club

MS May Activities DATE




Thursday 5/1


8th Grade Lock In


Clubs for 6th and 7th Graders and 8th Graders NOT attending the lock in. Academics


8th Graders ONLY Friday 5/2 On Campus Friday 5/2 Sunday 5/4 1:00-3:00 Friday 5/9 Off Campus

Friday 5/9

Please refer to Wednesday Packet Flyer for more information. Must earn Off Campus! Club Materials


Phil’s Retirement Reception 8:15 10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40

Things to bring

Academic Materials *Remember to bring an independent reading book if you complete your work early. Please refer to the Invitation in the WP for more information.

Levels Lake Allatoona Lunch Lake Allatoona Homeroom


All students going off campus must bring a sack lunch unless pre-ordered through the lunch program. There will not be microwaves. Students are allowed to bring bathing suits/towels (one piece for females) but must come to school in work-appropriate clothing. Students are also allowed to bring fishing poles.



ALL DAY Academics *Remember to bring an independent reading book if you complete your work early.

Wednesday 5/14


Middle School Drama Production: Snow White

Friday 5/16 On Campus

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

Levels MS Olympics Lunch MS Olympics Homeroom


We will be having a hot-dog cook out on the patio for lunch. If your student would like something else to eat, they can bring a sack lunch. Kona Ice will visit at lunch!

Friday 5/16



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

Tuesday 5/20

Middle School Awards Banquet & 8th Grade Graduation- 6:30 PM LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! 1/2 Day for MS! Levels Yearbook Signing Auction Dismissal

$20 per person (cash, check or pay on-line)

Wednesday 5/21

8:15 10:00 11:00 12:00

Performance will be held in the Cougar Center

Flyer with additional information is posted in the Wednesday Packet.

Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm in the Middle School carpool circle!

8th Grade Lock In May 1, 2014

6:45 PM- report to the Middle School cafeteria– Please make sure to eat dinner prior to coming to the school 7:00-8:00 Drive to Mad Mad World 8:00-10:00 Whirlyball, LaserTag 10:00-11:00 Return to campus 11:00-12:00 Levels- Levels meeting with just the 8th graders Bring your most memorable moments from your years at TCS and with Phil 12:00- Report to Rooms for lights out; students will have assigned buildings for sleeping 6:00-6:30 AM Wake up and breakfast 6:30-7:00 Clean up and pack up 7:00 AM-Pick up-All students must be picked up by 7:00 AM They will have the remainder of the day off from school

My Child: ___________________________________ has my permission to attend the lock in on May 1st, 2014. He/She will be picked up at 7:00 AM by: ___________________________________ All Permission slips are due by April 29, by 8:15 AM -NO EXCEPTIONS‌Permission slips must be accompanied with Mad Mad World Permission Slips.

Things to bring: Sleeping bag Appropriate pajamas Necessary Medication Toiletry items-toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, contact case, etc. Can bring money for concession stands and arcade games

Middle School Awards Banquet & 8th Grade Graduation Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 6:30 PM in The Cougar Center **NO Spiked Heels including Stilettos, please! Low and wide heels are acceptable.

Dinner Provided at $20 Per Person (including student)

Reservations are Required for Admission R.S.V.P. and Payment due by Tuesday, May 13th to Donna

770-640-8037 or *Make checks payable to ‘The Cottage School’ for ‘MS Banquet’ You may also elect to pay through the E-Portal on our website at: Select ‘All Other Fees’ from the drop down box. In the ‘Notes to Office’ box type in ‘MS Banquet’.

Due dates will be strictly followed, so make your reservations promptly to ensure available seating.

High School May Pay offs DATE Friday Academics 5/2



ACTIVITY Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom

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

Climbing at Adrenalin

TCS$ $336.89 (Beach goers $224.60)


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


Lawn Bowling Homeroom

Things to bring/U.S. $ All textbooks, notebooks, planner, and spare reading

materials if you will be in academics all day! Go to

$326.03 (Beach goers $217.35) and fill out their on-line waiver (upper right corner)

Waiver due to HR teacher by 8:15 A.M. on Tuesday 4/29 Money for Pizza, Appropriate shorts or jeans to change into. *Closed-toe shoes


2:40 On-Campus


$315.16 (Beach goers $210.11)

Appropriate shorts to change into after lunch



Pencils, calculator, snack, I.D. and registration ticket

5/9 Friday Academics 5/16

Clubs Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom

Materials for your club



5/19 5/20 5/21

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




materials if you will be in academics all day!



TCS Bingo Lunch


Bridge Building Homeroom st

1 & 2nd Period Exams 12:00 Dismissal 3rd & 4th Period Exams 12:00 Dismissal 5th Period Exam & HR 12:00 Dismissal Goodbye Levels 8-10 Yearbook Signing 10-11:45 Homeroom

Last Day of School 5/23


All textbooks, notebooks, planner, and spare reading

Your favorite pen for signing yearbooks

12:00 Dismissal 11:00


Everyone Attends!

2013-2014 High School Sports Banquet


When: Tuesday – May 13, 2014 Where: The Cougar Center Gym Time:

6:30 PM


$20.00 per person (including athlete)

RSVP: By Friday, May 2, 2014 to Richie Briggs at $ Due: May 9, 2014 Dress: Business Casual (No flip flops, shorts, jeans, or T-shirts) *NO STILETTOS OR SPIKED HEELS Fabulous Food, Awards, and time to congratulate our fantastic Cougar student-athletes! Bring the family and friends in celebration of the commitment and dedication the studentathletes have put into our Cougar athletic program. Name(s):_______________________________________________________________ How many will be attending? ___________________________ Total amount: $_____________ *Make checks payable to ‘The Cottage School’ for TCS Sports Banquet *You may also pay online at under “Academics-Tuition and Fee” Payment Portal. Please make sure to write “TCS Sports Banquet” in the “Notes To Business Office” box.

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. Jake Daunt on his acceptance to Beacon College. Ryan Delaney on his acceptance to Andrew College and Young Harris College. James Dorsey on his acceptance to Oakwood University and 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 St. Petersburg College & South Florida State College. Patrick Thompson on his acceptance to AmeriCorps & 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

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