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Wednesday – September 4, 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 4, 2013

Important Dates/Information MS & HS Academic Open House (Curriculum Night) – Monday, September 9th – 6:00-7:25 PM 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 *INTERACT CAN FOOD DRIVE THROUGH THIS FRIDAY*


September 4, 2013

Jacque’s Note

We love all the energy that fills this campus! Bruster’s Celebrity Scooper Night was a lot of fun. Our New Parent Breakfast was well attended and a great source of information. Our PAC volunteer planning session last week created great lists for utilizing each of you this year. We believe the more we involve you in a healthy partnership with the school, the stronger your message to your teen about how important their education is to you. Children know we put our money into things we value. When you invest your time in what they are doing, you send the message that you value what they are doing, even more!!! The addition to the Cougar Center is the embodiment of our hopes for this school year. The economic crisis deferred some plans to beautify the campus, enhance our technology program and other important, but not essential, investments. Like your family budget, we did what we could to conserve funds but not impact the quality of the experience. We are thrilled to complete the much needed classroom space, increase landscaping tasks and explore innovative ideas for classroom resources. Of course, we are still frugal and can use your help with funding resources, donated services and goods and volunteer assistance. Keep your eyes and ears open for ways TCS can be even better! As part of our commitment to upgrade our technology program, the school is in the process of converting to the Blackbaud system for data, financial and fundraising operations. In addition, we hired Summer Howell, our Instructional Technology Coordinator, to embark on a whole new world of exploration. She is working with our Technology Committee to develop a five year technology plan. We will keep you posted and look forward to your ideas and assistance! Online daily/weekly grades are a huge thrust in many schools and many of our newer parents have relied on that information to be in the loop about their teen’s performance. Does it surprise you to hear we do it a little differently here? If we boil our multi-layered program into a few words it would read “We teach our students to be responsible for their goals and accountable for their outcomes.” In settings where the parent is expected to set the goals and insure that their teen meets those goals, you have to stay on top of it all. As long as the parent is in charge, they are responsible. The teen continues to bob along taking what comes and dodging the bullets of natural consequences. Once we transfer the responsibility (meaning awareness and ownership) to the teen, we have the key to creating an opportunity for them to create their own successes and build their self-esteem . Obviously our parents must continue to be informed. You will always play a vital role in your teen’s life...just not the key to their success. Take advantage of our homeroom calls. That type of human contact is rare these days, and we consider that time valuable. High School parents can see bi-monthly grades that are posted in the planner. All parents can see progress by reviewing planners for hourly pay, highlights and bonuses. Your teen needs to know that you are aware of their performance. What they do not need to believe is that you are responsible for that performance. Our veteran parents find this system a relief and can attest to its success. Those of you who are new may need some time to let go and trust your teen’s abilities (and the school’s oversight). But it works!


The TCS Advancement Angle News you can use to help raise money for The Cottage School Be a winner for The Cottage School-Participate in Georgia Goal!

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!

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 credit-as funds are expected to run out by mid-March! Click here for more information!

Thanks to the over 100+ people who came out to support our first annual Celebrity Scooper Ice Cream Social at Brusters! Close to $100 was raised for Tuition Assistance and a good time was had by all! Thank you TCS!

Pictured left to right: Molleah Holder, Alex Lee, Rebecca Custer, and Jacob Cohen

Pictured from left to right: Laura Finnell, Lynda Delaney, Molly Switzer, Susan Bucci, and new TCS Parent, Beth Barham

Attention all Parents:

We are all staying late just to meet you!

MS & HS Curriculum Night Monday, September 9th 6:00 P.M. You will have a copy of your teen’s schedule and will go to each of their classes for an overview of their curriculum. Please be here before 6:00, so you can be ready to go as we move pretty quickly through 5 minute classes! We will even ring the bells for you.  6:00-6:05 6:10-6:15 6:20-6:25 6:30-6:35 6:40-6:45 6:50-6:55 7:00-7:05 7:10-7:15 7:20-7:25 7:25

Report to Homeroom: get your class schedule 1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 4th Period 5th Period 6th Period 7th Period PM Homeroom Head home for dinner! 

See you there: Teachers will be waiting to meet you!

Career CafĂŠ Date: Bi-Monthly on Thursdays Time: 12:30 pm If you or someone you know would like to come and talk about their career we would love to have you! Please contact Lynn Haas at or 770-641-8688 for more info. (Past Speakers: Lobbyists, Radio DJ, Scientist, Nurse, Paralegal, Police Officer) EMT

Attention Parents:

Summer Pictures Did you climb Mount Everest? Travel to a different continent? Drive from coast to coast? Watch the best movie EVER? Spend happy hours volunteering? WE WANT TO SEE IT!! The yearbook team would love to share your summer adventures in the 2013-2014 Yearbook! If you have pictures, please email or give them to Ali Mills ( ) at the High School or Lauren English ( ) at the Middle School. WE NEED THE PICTURES by September 18th. (Hard copy pictures will be returned ASAP. ď Š) Contact Ali (HS) or Lauren (MS) with any questions.

WT Café IMPORTANT LUNCH PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL PAYOFF DAYS We hope you had a great start to the school year!! Thank you for your orders - we are so pleased to be at The Cottage School! We have been given the dates for the payoffs for high school and middle school and would like to let you know what we are planning to do for these days. •

We will be sending a sack lunch that includes a large sub, a fruit, a packaged snack and a water bottle. These will be sent to the school late on Thursday, so that they are at the school in time for the respective payoff trips. At this time, we cannot change the menu on the website just for those days since the menus are used for all of our schools in the Atlanta area. Until we can make adjustments on our website menu for The Cottage School, please order the LARGE PIZZA option (or Regular with extra slice) with no drink upgrade for the applicable HS or MS payoff date. The pizza order will automatically be changed to a sack lunch for that day. No other menu options will be served for the HS or MS having the Payoff Day. Also, we will not be able to honor a "rush lunch" on these payoff days, since the meals would already have been sent to the school (Middle School or High School). These will be credited back to your account. The last order for Fridays will therefore be midnight every Wednesday.

First Semester Payoff dates are as follows: Middle School: 8/30, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, and 12/6 High School: 8/23, 9/6, 9/19, 10/4, 10/18, 10/31, 11/15, 11/22 and 12/13 Judy Gordon, Owner WT Café

MS September Activities DATE


Friday 9/6 Friday Off Campus 9/13

Friday On Campus 9/13

Academics 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

Friday 9/27

Academics 9/27







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


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.

Middle School Character Education

September “Developing and Maintaining Friendships” Take a look below at what we will be discussing with your student and take some time to continue these discussions at home!

Objectives:   

Identify five traits they value in a friend. Develop personal strategies for making friends. Identify skills and strategies needed for maintaining relationships.

Discussion questions for you and your student:  

What traits do we most value in a friend? How can we develop and maintain meaningful relationships?

Key Terms to discuss:  

Interpersonal Skills Friend

HS September Activities DATE



Friday 9/6

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

Levels Academics Lunch Academics Homeroom




Friday 9/13 Saturday 9/14

45th Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain




Trash Backwards Lunch Frisbee Fundamentals Homeroom Clubs


Saturday School

Bring your own $ for Lunch and souvenirs & crafts or bring picnic lunch and umbrella in case of rain


Athletic wear for the afternoon

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

Academic material to complete work and spare reading materials, if you will be in academics all day!



2:40 10:00 12:00 12:45 2:40 1:15–2:40

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

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.

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

Wp pdf 9 4 2013  
Wp pdf 9 4 2013