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Wednesday, May 14, 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 May 14, 2014

Important Dates/Information Don’t Miss the Parent Survey Request. Upcoming Events at The Cougar Center: 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! Review many other Summer Opportunities on Display in the Media Center. DON’T MISS THE SPORT CAMP OPTIONS See Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Runner Camps Flyers


May 14, 2014

Jacque’s Note

My last note of the year! YIKES!!! Now is the time my brain is flooded with all the things I intended to include in my weekly notes! Where did this year go? If I look at the progress in our students, I know we have had enough time for growth and celebration. If I look at my list of things I think we should do this year…well, I have fallen short. But then I always do. My list in life seems to be longer than the time and resources allotted to it! No worries, I tell myself….there is always next year! You may hear your teen talking about spending time with Japanese visitors over the next few weeks. Our friend, Jimmy Ushijima from Kanazawa Japan, has returned for a few weeks. For those who missed his last visit, Jimmy is a Japanese businessman that Joe and I met while I was pursuing my doctorate. Jimmy, who is several years our senior, was completing his Masters. He has since earned his Ph.D., as well. He worked for American companies for years and is a strong supporter of good business principles and training in his prefecture in eastern Japan. Jimmy comes from a Samurai family and was a young child when the American forces occupied a base in his city. He is traveling with his friend, Kuniko Kondo, who is a Kanji expert (Japanese Calligraphy) and practices the art of ancient Samurai cuisine. They have prepared some lessons for our students while they visit with us. In addition, Jimmy has invited four of his business friends from Komatsu to come the last weekend in May to visit Roswell and to discuss business partnerships with Roswell companies. Jimmy and Kuniko will be speaking with our students about Japan and demonstrating Japanese Calligraphy and ancient Samurai cooking! The celebrations begin in full this week. Please make the awards banquets a priority. This is the time all students are recognized for their unique contributions and accomplishments. Every year, particularly in the high school, we hear from parents that their teen told them they didn’t need to be there, so they missed it…and they now regret it! Every time our students are recognized publically for a job well done, parents need to do their best to be present! If you have not reserved a spot, do so now! Thank you for the staff appreciation week we are enjoying this week. Your PAC leaders have spoiled us again! Notes of appreciation, snacks in our mailboxes, treated to a lunch…the list of goodies goes on and on….We love our positive and fun community of parents and staff! Take a look at our summer offerings for sports camps and classes. The slots are filling fast. We know that a teenager who stays occupied during the summer begins the school year with more energy and enthusiasm! The inertia that a summer of sleeping until noon and, staying up all night and playing video games all day is a tough pattern to break in August! For those of you whose time at TCS has come to an end, Thank You for sharing your precious child with us. Each young soul brings a unique quality to our community. Our staff views our time together as precious and we hope you will stay in touch as your teen continues to grow and prosper. For those of you who will be returning, we are already planning a great year. There is always an abundance of new energy, ideas and enthusiasm waiting for us around each corner! We love our continuing partnership and are excited about the future together!


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

The Top Ten Reasons to Give to the Key Annual Fund As the year closes, here are the top ten reasons why you should give to the Key Annual Fund. (And if you’ve already given, we thank you!) 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 Attention Giving to the Key Annual Fund ensures that we maintain the resources to recruit and retain the best educators for every grade/subject ensuring class sizes stay small and student/teacher ratios low. 4. Our Programs Key Annual Fund dollars go towards enriching arts and athletic programs, faculty teaching and professional growth, financial aid, technology, and campus enhancements. 5. Our Impact: We would need over $2,000,000 in endowment revenue to produce the benefits made possible by just $100,000 in Key Annual Fund donations. 6. 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. 7. Our Community Over 40% of TCS Families receive need-based tuition assistance which is funded in part by the Key Annual Fund. 8. Our Parents Annual Fund Parent Participation Percentages serve as the measurement by which foundations rate community support and factors into their level of giving. 9. Our Commitment Because one student, educated at The Cottage School, can positively impact the lives of many. As our Executive Director Jacque Digieso says, “Never put a lid on a kid.” 10. Engage, Empower, Excel Because you entrusted us with your children, we continue to strive in engaging them in a meaningful way, empowering them with knowledge so that when they leave, they excel at their dreams.

"A Special Note of Thanks" A world of thanks to all who made my Retirement Party a very memorable and special occasion! Thanks to all the staff, parents/guardians, students, family and friends for the gifts, cards and donations to the Phil Parker Art Scholarship Fund. I will remember this day FOREVER! Sincerely, Phil Parker

AWESOME RAFFLE OPPORTUNITY The Historical Society is hosting their big fundraiser on June 8th and they have an awesome raffle opportunity for anyone to win. The live auction items are valued at several thousands of dollars. For a $50 RAFFLE TICKET, you can win one of 200 chances to win: 1. A seven (7) nights stay for 4 in Tuscany 2. Six (6) nights for two (including meals) at a photo Safari in South Africa (Zulu Nyala) 3. Four (4) days and three (3) nights for up to eight (8) people on a British Virgin Islands/Flying Viking Sailing Yacht You do not have to be present to win. To purchase your ticket(s) see me! Jacque 770-641-8688

The Cottage School

2014-2015 Parents Abbreviated Calendar Semester 1 August 6 August 7 August 8 August 11 August 13 August 14 August 28 September 1 September 26 October 31 November 3 November 21 November 24-28 December 16-18 December 18 December 19 December 19-Jan 2

H.S. Orientation (returning students) 9-11am H.S. Orientation (new students & Rising 9th Graders) 9-11am M.S. Orientation (all students) 8am–12pm First Day of School New Parent Coffee, 9-10:30am, RCC PAC Parent and Family Social, Cougar Center New Parent Evening Reception, 6-7:30pm No School – Labor Day Holiday No School – All School Teacher Work Day No School – All School Teacher Work Day No School – GISA Conference Grandparents’ Day, 8-10am, Cougar Center No School – Thanksgiving Break H.S. Sem. 1 Final Exams - ½ days No M.S. School – M.S. Teacher Work Day No School – All School Teacher Work Day Winter Holiday for All Students

Semester 2 January 5 January 19 February 13 February 16 March 10 April 3 April 6-10 May 18-20 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 22

First Day of 2nd Semester No School – MLK Holiday No School – All School Teacher Work Day No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday TCS 30th Birthday Celebration No School – All School Teacher Work Day Spring Break H.S. Sem. 2 Final Exams - ½ days M.S. Last Day of School, ½ day M.S. Teacher Work Day H.S. Last Day of School - ½ day TCS Graduation


YOUR INPUT NEEDED Your feedback is extremely important to us. As we close out the year, please take a minute to give us your assessment of your experience here at TCS and suggestions for improvement. These surveys are handled confidentially and the results are tallied. We will share them with you in a brief report later this year. Your student will also complete a survey here at school. In addition to collecting much needed data about the quality of our services and new ideas on how to make our program even better, we are also preparing for our five year re-accreditation next year. The survey results will play a big part in our responses to some of the standards we are required to meet. Thank you for partnering with us this year to provide the very best for your child. Thank you, also, for communicating with us, through this survey, in a manner that can be quantified and used for program improvements. The link to the survey is at the bottom of this letter. We really want to hear from you! Thank you, Jacque

Year-End Gift Giving…. It’s That Easy!

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we know many parents want to provide a special gift of appreciation to our Cottage School teachers and staff. At TCS, individual gifts are discouraged, so the Parents Association (PAC) offers an opportunity – for those wishing to participate – to give a gift of cash. The PAC will collect contributions from parents and will divide the total amount equally among all teachers and staff. The gift will be given to the staff with a note of thanks at the Year End Luncheon, Wednesday, May 28th. If you would like to participate, please send cash or checks in an envelope to the school office marked “PAC Year-End Gift” by Wednesday, May 21st. Checks should be made payable to TCS PAC. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kitzler at

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU GIVE? Any amount you’d like to give is appreciated. Contributions range from $10 to $500, with the average being $100.

Please respect TCS’s long standing tradition and refrain from giving individual gifts. Thank you!

The High School Drama Class presents: Susan Nanus’s adaptation of

Date: Thursday, May 15th Time: 6:30 P.M., prior to the Awards Ceremony Location: The Cougar Center Bonus: High School audience members will be given an extra three attendance hours for attending this event!

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.

Co-ed Soccer Camp July 7th-11th A five day Soccer Camp designed to teach and reinforce the fundamentals of Soccer. Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm

The Cougar Center 700 Grimes Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30075

Featuring One on One techniques and Ball Control Students will compete in 3 on 3 Futsol Tournament Daily Training Videos and World Cup Footage Prepare for next season and improve your skills

Bring a lunch, shoes for indoor soccer, cleats for outdoor soccer as well as shorts and a t-shirt. Warm-ups are as needed. Please sign me up for the TCS Soccer Camp. Name __________________________________

Age _______________________

Shirt size _______________________________

Phone ______________________

Email ___________________________________ Parent Signature __________________________________________________ Return this form to Wilfrid W. Ward, Jr. TCS Soccer Coach Phone: 404-432-7339


Cost: $250.00 if committed by June 23rd, 2014. Cost: $300.00 per camper; includes a Cougar Soccer Camp T-shirt. Please include a check for full payment to cover camp fee. Credit Card payments are welcome at 3% service fee.

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

MS May Activities DATE



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


Things to bring

Performance will be held in the Cougar Center

RSVP to Donna at 770.640.8037 or email

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

High School May Pay Offs DATE Friday Academics 5/16

OffCampus On-Campus

5/19 5/20 5/21

TIME 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


ACTIVITY Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom



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



spare reading 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


Your favorite pen for signing yearbooks

12:00 Dismissal 5/23



Everyone Attends!

ATTENTION HS Parents and Students: In an effort to help our teenagers learn the concept of Sick/Personal Leave in the work place, we have a system that tracks their attendance hours as if they were on the job. Each student earns 8 hours (1 day) every 4 weeks and can use or accumulate up to 32 hours (4 days) per semester. If they are absent more than their allotted hours, they make them up. If they save the hours, they can cash them in for days off during examslike we save days for vacation at work. Please check accumulated/negative attendance hours with your student, and verify with their homeroom teacher during weekly calls. Students who have saved hours are eligible to take early exams and buy-off their exam days for an extended break! Students who are eligible to buy off exam days will bring home an Exam Buy-off Form with their positive hours listed and they will need your signature to be able to take advantage of this privilege. If your student has negative hours, it is imperative that they make-up negative hours prior to Saturday School on May 17, 2014. If they fail to do so, they will have to attend Saturday School. Students who owe hours and who do not attend Saturday School will be suspended for the three days following May 17th per our school policy. This means that students will be suspended from school and miss all of their Spring final exams. For students who owe hours, they should make-up at least one hour every day by coming in early from 7 to 8 A.M. or staying after school from 3 to 4 P.M. We strongly encourage them to make up their hours daily, so they can avoid Saturday School all together! Thank you,

Seniors!! Graduation Week Wednesday, May 21st: Mandatory rehearsal from 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. **You must be at the rehearsal to participate in the ceremony on Friday the 23rd. Thursday, May 22nd: Reservations are overdue if you have not RSVP’d! Hurry!! All family members are encouraged to attend! Luncheon at 12:15 P.M. at Cougar Center. Mandatory for you and at least one adult. Dress for the luncheon is business casual/dressy (No jeans, shorts, etc). Gowns, Awards, Food & Gifts are a part of this fabulous time. $ 20.00 per additional person is past due - Call Ivan ASAP @ 678-250-5110 Friday, May 23rd: Seniors: Be here at 10:00 A.M.- bring gowns ironed, on a hanger and ready to wear! **Group photos will be at 10:15. (Ladies may want to bring a bobby pin or 2 for the hat!) DRESS CODE: Guys: Girls: Black or Navy slacks, belt, white oxford Appropriate white dress or pantsuit, shirt with the tie of your choice, dark white dress shoes or sandals. leather dress shoes. * *School appropriate jewelry only. DVD: There will be a professional recording of the ceremony for graduates and family. Each family will receive one copy of DVD from Abracadabra Video. For any additional orders, please use the order form which is available in this Wed packets and will be available at Graduation as well. Photos: As a part of the Graduation package, each family will receive an 8x10 class portrait along with two 5x7 individual portraits featuring the student holding their diploma. All graduation photos will be available for viewing and purchasing at Ceremony: Your family and guests should be there by 10:45 at the latest! We suggest they arrive at 10:30 for the best seating. Ceremony is from 11:00- 12:30 (but remember, graduates have to be there at 10:00 A.M.) Reception: Immediately following the ceremony until 1:30 P.M. in the Cougar Center. *If you have any concerns or questions, please call Ivan @ 678-250-5110





1st and 2nd Period Exams 8:00-12:00 Photo Mementos due

3rd and 4th Period Exams 8:00-12:00

5th Period and HR Exams 8:00-12:00 Grad. Rehearsal 12:30 – 2:30 Speech Rehearsal 2:30 -3:30

8:00 – 9:45 Senior Levels 10:00 -12:00 Yearbook Signing

Senior Luncheon 12:15

23 GRADUATION Seniors Report at 10:00 Ceremony at 11:00 Reception Following Ceremony Cougar Center

The Cottage School High School Graduation 2014 DVD Order Form *Order only additional copies as each family will receive one (1)

Name: _______________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________ City:__________________

State:_________ Zip:__________

Please send me: ______ Copies of the Graduation Video $25 each

$25 x ______ = _______

Shipping $6 per order

+ $6 ________

Total Amount Enclosed


 Check Enclosed  Bill My Credit Card- AMX/MC/VISA _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Exp Date ___/___ Security Code____ Tear Below for Receipt ------------------------------- -----------------------------

- - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - _____ Copies of Cottage School Video $ _____ Total Paid to: Abracadabra Video 2250 North Druid Hills Rd Suite #123 Atlanta, GA 30329 404-633-6002 *****Allow 2 weeks for Fulfillment*****

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 Lynn University & Beacon College. Ryan Delaney on his acceptance to University Tennessee Chattanooga, Andrew College, & Young Harris College. James Dorsey on his acceptance to Oakwood University & the University of Louisville. John Duley on his acceptance to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Jeremy Edwards on his acceptance to Georgia Perimeter College. 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. Aminah Hines on her acceptance to Oakwood 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 Georgia Gwinnett College & 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 Georgia Perimeter College, Darton State College & 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 Jake Daunt – Lynn University- Merit Scholarship $40,000 Beacon College – Founders Scholarship $40,000 Ryan Delaney – Young Harris College - Faculty Scholarship $64,000 Andrew College- $20,000 James Dorsey- Oakwood University- Premier- $ 52,000 & College Days- $2,000 Stan Long – Reinhardt University – Achievement Award $4,000

Wednesday Packet May 14, 2012  
Wednesday Packet May 14, 2012