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Wednesday – September 11, 2013

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 September 11, 2013

Important Dates/Information Fall Sports Picture Day – Monday, September 16th TCS Spirit Night at CiCi’s Pizza – Wednesday, September 18th – 5:30-7:30 PM 10516 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell

Teacher Work Day – Friday, September 20th – No School Underclassmen Picture Day – Monday, September 30th Electronics Recycling Drive – Wednesday, October 2nd – 7:30 AM-3:30 PM Columbus Day – Monday, October 14th – No School


September 11, 2013


Each year we look for a theme that will guide us through the year. This year the staff voted on the inspirational words noted above. Each one clearly indicates an important aspect of the TCS experience. Look for this call to action throughout this school year. I also challenge you to help us identify ways in which we can accomplish these goals! I hope you felt this motto when you participated in our Academic Open House on Monday. Thanks to all who attended! We are so blessed to have such accomplished and creative teachers. Although your time on campus was brief, I trust you got a sense of your teen’s school day. Kudos on top of Kudos to TCS families who contributed 2,250 canned goods for North Fulton Community Charities’ annual homeroom collected over 700 (yeah Cecil!) with close contenders being Raluca and James’ homerooms with over 4oo each! MS homeroom leader was Phil’s with 100!! Considering we have 164 students enrolled, this is a phenomenal accomplishment!! Thanks to the Interact Club under Lynn Haas’ leadership who sparked this competition and made a huge impact on the empty shelves at NFCC. We are very excited about our participation in cross country, soccer and volleyball this month. The season has just begun, but please check your calendar for a location you can attend and support these fabulous young people. Also, when we host an event in our gym, we need concession ready adults. Actually, Lyle trains the students in great detail, so there is very little the adult concessionaire needs to do. But we believe having an adult at the scene prevents confusion and adds the necessary supervision. Please consider signing up with Lyle and helping our teams out. Thanks! As we settle in to the routine of this first semester, we will have a variety of religious holidays, flu season, and unexpected family events, all of which call us away from our daily schedule. Trust that our planner system helps keep our students informed of their responsibilities and helps them stay as current as they can. It is important that we teach our students to meet their daily responsibilities, initially, one day at a time. However, it is also important that we allow them to learn to plan ahead and adjust to the unexpected. Your guidance in both of those categories will be time well spent. Religious Holidays are respected here at TCS, but you must send in a note (just as you would notify your boss at work) to prepare the staff for the student’s absence. Family emergencies present a very different scenario. You do not have prior knowledge of the event and so are often scrambling to make arrangements. We understand and will be flexible when holding your teen accountable. Usually it is they who remember to get their planner and complete what they can while they are absent. When they return, the staff will be accommodating. You will be hearing from your PAC as they gear up for a very busy year. They hosted a very successful New Parent Breakfast last week and have several events coming up that will allow for fellowship, socialization and support of the school and the students/staff. The recent planning meeting of the PAC leadership team was very exciting as these committed parents tossed out ideas and shared their enthusiasm for all things Cottage. We welcome your participation and know that your experience will be enhanced as you step in to participate as a team member.


PICTURES September 16th 6th period *Remember to bring your uniform & gear!*

The BEST way to avoid getting the flu is to get a flu shot every year. CDC recommends that influenza vaccination begin as soon as vaccine becomes available in the community and continue throughout the flu season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza, and influenza seasons can begin as early as October.

Remember, you can’t catch the flu from a flu shot!

Open to all Staff, Students, and TCS Families Please sign up on-line at Date: Tuesday - 9/24/2013 Time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am Location: The Cottage School 700 Grimes Bridge Road Conference Room in Main Office Contact: Jacquelyn Solomon @ 678-250-5125 Price: Flu Shot - $24 FluMist - $30 Preservative Free- $35 Pneumonia Shot - $85 Payment Method: Cash Preferred; Checks Accepted Note: Passport Health is not a preferred provider therefore we cannot guarantee insurance or Medicare reimbursement

The TCS Advancement Angle News you can use to help raise money for The Cottage School Mark Your Calendars! Wednesday, September 18th @ 5:30pm TCS CiCi’s Pizza Night! Located at the CiCis Pizza in Roswell, 10516 Alpharetta Hwy A portion of the evenings proceeds go back to The Cottage School to raise money for Tuition Assistance. Come join us for food, fun, and hanging with your favorite TCS friends and families!

Be a winner for The Cottage School-Participate in Georgia Goal!

Georgia Goal is an opportunity for individual and corporate state tax payers to designate some of their tax liability to eligible Georgia schools, to use towards scholarship needs. Last year, $58 million dollars was earmarked and claimed by April. Reserve your space now for your 2014 tax creditas funds are expected to run out by mid-March! Click here for more information!

Mark Your Calendars! Electronics Recycling Drive Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:30am-3:30pm Hosted by: Benefitting: The Cottage School! 100% of donated proceeds go directly to The Cottage School. Bring in those old laptops, desktops and monitors and TCS Alum Craig Patterson’93 will take your trash and turn it into treasure for TCS! Any recycling fees are paid for by the individual bringing the item for recycling. This fee is used for the cleaning and disposal of certain e-waste including Freon, Mercury, Lead and more. Sample items accepted are: Smart Phones; Computers/Laptops/Servers; Commercial Networking Equipment; Video Game Systems & Accessories; Video Games; Ham Radio Equipment; Digital and Film cameras and accessories

Coming Soon… TCS First Annual 3 on 3 Turkey Basketball Tournament Saturday, November 16th, 2013 9am to 1pm The Cottage School Gym

MS September Activities DATE



Friday Off Campus 9/13

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

Levels Mining for Gold Lunch Mining for Gold Homeroom Levels Nature Crafts Lunch Nature Crafts Homeroom Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom

Friday On Campus 9/13

Academics 9/13

Friday 9/27

Academics 9/27


Things to bring


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



Any student that earns academics will need to bring spare reading materials.

No School- Teacher Work Day

Friday 9/20 Friday 9/27


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

Levels Noah’s Ark Lunch Noah’s Ark Homeroom Levels On Campus Activity Lunch On Campus Activity Homeroom Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom


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



Any student that earns academics will need to bring spare reading materials.

HS September Activities DATE



Friday 9/13 Saturday 9/14






Saturday School For students who owe hours

Thursday 9/19 Academics Off-Campus

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


Friday 9/20 Friday 9/27

10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40 1:15-2:40

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom

Disc Golf @ East Roswell Homeroom Team Building Lunch TCS Relay Races Homeroom No School - TWD Clubs




Things to bring/U.S. $ Club Material All textbooks, notebooks, planner, lunch and a change of clothes for P.M. work detail Academic material to complete work and spare reading materials, if you will be in academics all day!

Shorts to change into, picnic lunch and rain jacket

Gym clothes and court shoes for the afternoon

Club Material

Save TCS $ 175.81 for our upcoming climbing trip More information in next WP

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


ACT Test Window

September 25

October 26 – November 17

**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 Kristen Bell, Academic Counselor, at or 678-250-5113

POST-SECONDARY PLANNING NIGHT Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 P.M. Mandatory for all Seniors and Juniors Meet in the RCC

Parent AND Student attendance is mandatory!

We will be discussing: Post-Secondary Planning The College Search Process Using the GCIS Website Hope Scholarship and Hope Grant SAT, ACT, and Compass Testing Information Vocational Opportunities (caps, cops, copes) Senior Activities and Trips

October 28th-29th, 2013 *Students must have their money & permission to Ivan by October 18th! NO EXCEPTIONS! NO REFUNDS!

Where? Sand Rock Alabama School Contact Phone #: 770-883-1582 Departing? October 28th @ 7:30 A.M. Returning? October 29th @ 3:00 P.M.

COSTS $75.00 fee covers transportation, campground fees, Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass, Climbing under the guidance of certified climbing instructors (rain out plan – Caving at Pigeon Mountain with guides), harnesses, helmets, ropes, bouldering mats for night bouldering fun, climbing/caving instructions, one breakfast, three snacks, one lunch & one campfire dinner. THINGS TO BRING Students need to bring their own sleeping bags, tent to share, pillow, headlamp, camera, boots, bug spray, towels, snacks, personal hygiene items and MEDS, $ for one lunch on the road. NO COOLERS


$75.00 Real money (payable to TCS) $175.81 TCS savings account Must be at least a Level I Must owe no hours Have earned less than 2

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Must be academically current Must have work re-contracted or complete prior to the trip and be signed off by their teachers. Campers who turn in money & permission forms will be issued a sign-off sheet that will be due to Ivan by October 25th.

(please detach and return)

Permission Slip- Return this portion only!!! ___________________(student- please print name clearly) has my permission to attend the school camping/climbing trip on October 28th -29th, 2013. I have included $75.00 payable to TCS and understand that he/she will need some extra spending money for one lunch on the road. __________________________________ Parent Signature

If needed we have a tent, that sleeps up to people, which my student has my permission to use for this camping/climbing trip.

Wednesday Packet September 11, 2013