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Issue 4

May 2009

TRACKING THIS ISSUE

Paws with the PTA Presidents 1 From the Principal's Pencil Commit to Cotswold 2

THE GROWL

The Newsletter of the Cotswold School PTA

World Class PTA Volunteers Your Chance to Help! Sign up for Cougar Bites

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PAWS WITH THE PTA PRESIDENTS

When you reach the top of a mountain, it's often wise to look back and take note of your accomplishments along the way. It's no secret that our primary goal as PTA leaders this year was to increase communication for our parents. Looking back at all the landmarks, we can see that what we all accomplished this year is nothing short of incredible! As a cohesive, creative PTA, we launched our first ever PTA website. We began our first ever weekly e-newsletter, Cougar Bites. We devised a more functional, attractive layout for our Student Directory and completed a professional-looking overhaul of our quarterly newsletter, The Growl. The extra communication paid dividends for PTA participation in every way. The year started with dozens of Cotswold Cougars rallying behind the King family during the final taping of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. We hosted our first ever Sip-n-Sob for new kindergarten parents and we opened a Cougar Closet so that parents had a less expensive option to purchase gently used uniforms. Thanks to your generosity, we had record-breaking fundraising efforts with Commit to Cotswold, the Fourth Grade Fundraiser (aka Sally Foster), and Community Fundraisers (such as Box Tops and Harris Teeter VIC links), too. We had our highest participation ever for Walk to School days, hosted another recordbreaking Book Fair, and sent hundreds of families to both the Charlotte Bobcats and Charlotte Checkers games. Perhaps the most significant achievement of all was the enthusiastic introduction of our new Backpacks with Snacks program, where PTA members and Hands on Charlotte delivered backpacks full of food to the hungriest children in our school every Friday. There's still more to consider about this great year: the school continued the rigorous process of becoming IB certified, we selected 63 Charter Members of our National Honor Society, and a falcon came to school one day! In addition, artist Phil Morgan taught our students how to raku-fire pottery, our 5th graders went to Camp Broadstone, and we survived three snow days. By every measure school spirit is at an all time high, as is our student enrollment and our PTA membership. We believe that Cotswold School's PTA rivals that of any elementary school in the nation. That must be the reason Cotswold has been the subject of several Charlotte Observer articles and photos and why we have been featured on Channel 3 so many times. Thank you for joyfully participating in the education of your children. Thank you for generously offering your time, your talents, and your resources to better our school. Without question, you have helped push Cotswold to new heights. We consider it an extreme honor to have led the Cotswold School PTA this year. Thank you so much for allowing us this privilege! BJ Hilliard & Carol Shinn, PTA Co-Presidents 2008-2009

PTA Executive Board 09/10 Cougar Moves Walk to School

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Spanish Games & Tips

Interactive with Smart Boards 8 PTA Meeting Coordinators Mother and Son Outing

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Create a Fun-Filled Summer Cotswold's Welcome Mat

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5th Grade Graduation Gift 10 Elementary Honor Society Outstanding Educator Fun Run Finish Line Celebrate Cotswold! It Pays to Volunteer

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Become a Green Cougar Community Fundraisers Donate to Cotswold Birthday Book Club Refrigerator Reminders

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COTSWOLD SCHOOL

300 Greenwich Road Charlotte, NC 28211 980.343.6720 Telephone 980.343.6739 Fax

Denise Hearne, Principal BJ Hilliard & Carol Shinn, PTA Co-Presidents

Visit the website! http://pages.cms.k12.nc.us/cotswold

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S PENCIL

I can't believe the end of the year is almost here. It seems to go by so fast! We get so caught up in the journey that sometimes it's hard to slow down and look at all that we have accomplished this year. During the 2008-2009 school year, we have had the largest group of students we have had in many years. We will be continuing that trend next year when we anticipate our enrollment to possibly be over six-hundred students. Our IB journey has taken us far this year. Several months ago, our IB consultant came to monitor us and give us feedback on the work we have done to implement IB principles. She provided us with some advice and further direction that we have been working hard to implement. Many of our teachers had the opportunity to receive training in implementing inquiry instruction this year. Grade levels have worked very hard to develop, implement, and reflect on challenging units of study to integrate science and social studies concepts with literacy and math skills. We have also focused on teaching our students the IB profile traits, those characteristics that will make them successful wherever they go in the world. We have had some staff changes this year and are anticipating a few more for next year. We were fortunate to have acquired some top-notch first year teachers who added enthusiasm and energy to our staff. Mrs. Redmond (first grade) and Mrs. Adams (third grade) left during the school year to add to their growing families. We will be losing Mrs. Berglund (third grade) and Mrs. Wylie (office) as they retire and move on to the next phase of their lives. We wish them all well. We have all witnessed some struggles this year: within our families with the economic situation and within our building as those same struggles affected our staffing and budget. The School Leadership Team and the PTA have provided extraordinary support in helping us work toward our goals this year. As is always true with the Cotswold family, we just "hunkered down" to weather the storm together. It is that can-do attitude that makes it such a pleasure to work with the families and staff of this school. Thank you. I wish you all a wonderful summer. Please give your children lots of fun experiences and lots of quality time with family and friends. Turn off the televisions and the video games and send your children outside in the sun and fresh air to get some exercise and stay healthy. Don't forget to keep learning, keep reading, and keep asking questions. That will give us all an accelerated start to 2009-2010, which will be our best year ever! Thanks for all that you do and all that you add to my life each day. Thank you for sharing your children with us. Wishing you all the best, Denise Hearne

COMMIT TO COTSWOLD

Thank You!

Once again the PTA thanks our wonderful Cotswold parents and supporters for their generosity this year in the "Commit to Cotswold" campaign. We raised just over $28,000 ­ more than the budgeted amount AND more than our goal! Thanks to your generosity, the PTA was able to purchase three Smart Boards for the school. The PTA believes that exposing our students to as many types of technology as possible will give them greater benefits while they are here at Cotswold and as they move on to upper schools. In addition to the Smart Boards (see

page 8), the PTA was able to provide resources to Mrs. Hearne, our principal, that she used to provide training, planning time, and advanced curriculum to our staff. Commit to Cotswold was led by PTA 2nd Vice Presidents Kitty Bacon and Sue Bruce. As a parent who is about to "graduate" after 9 years at Cotswold, Kitty Bacon says, "I have personally seen the advantages my children have received from the excellent staff and quality curriculum at Cotswold. Sue and I know that part of this success is due to the support our parents give to the PTA each year. Thank you, parents!" With awesome parents like Cotswold's, next year will be even better! We look forward to the advantages that, with your support, we can continue to provide to our students. Thank you!

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WORLD-CLASS PTA VOLUNTEER BOARD

2008-2009

Thanks to all the leaders listed below for giving our school countless hours of their busy lives this year. We are incredibly grateful for every bit of creativity you shared, every meeting you organized, and every smile you brought to our school. The men and women of our PTA Volunteer Board are by all rights exceptional people. THANK YOU! ­ BJ Hilliard and Carol Shinn, PTA Co-Presidents 1st Vice Presidents 2nd Vice Presidents Treasurer Secretary Art Coordinator Athena's Path Backpacks with Snacks Birthday Book Club Book Fair Celebrate Cotswold Melissa Walker and Lillian Richards Kitty Bacon and Sue Bruce Amy Strawser Day Evenson Kathy Grubbs and Gail Oliver Michelle Icard Day Evenson and Carol Shinn Anne Glontz and Dawn Royle Susan Lueders and Michelle Payne Kathleen Hogan-Garrett, Katie Puckett and Stacie Fulton Nina Wynn Beth Mintich John Porter, Anne Porter, and Laurel Holzapple Ashley McMillan Kim Entrekin Meg Flanagan and Beth Mintich Angela Gray-Young and Heather Sule 5th Grade Camp Broadstone Lillian Richards 5th Grade End of Year Events Kyna Savedge and Amy Strawser 4th Grade Fundraising 4th Grade Phil Morgan Field Day Girls on the Run DC Lucchesi and Lou Magaldi Lillian Richards and Deb Sue Griffin Randy Clutts DC Lucchesi and Melinda Gadoury Safe Routes to School School Beautiful School Spirit School Supply Boxes Staff Appreciation/Hospitality Staff Recognition Student Directory United Scrip Coordinator Volunteer Tutor Coordinator Yearbook and Pictures Odyssey of the Mind Office Assistant Coordinator Outreach PTA Meeting Coordinators Grade Parent Coordinator Grant Writing Junior Achievement Lost and Found Coordinator Membership Mother/Son Outing Newcomers Debbie Fitts Amy Strawser Angela Gray-Young Sheila Winborne Charlotte Dixon Kris Hawkins and Janet Goretti Gail Oliver, Erin Ashendorf, Tammy Jackson, Mary Bennett Riddick, and Beth Mintich Katie Benston and Peggy Knaack Melissa Walker, Lillian Richards, Natasha Fetterson, Stacie Mobley, and Kyna Savedge Angela Gray-Young Betty Lou Brundick Nina Wynn Janet Goretti and Kris Hawkins Kyna Savedge Jan Jones Anne Glontz Linda Johnson Kathy Hall and Rachael Dunnavant Allison Huskey and Stefanie Groot Stacie Mobley Lou Magaldi Stu Hankinson Erin Ashendorf and Day Evenson

Newsletter Nominations

Character Education Chick-Fil-A Coordinator Clare's Garden

Communications/Publicity Community Fundraisers Cougar Closet Daddy Daughter Dance

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YOUR CHANCE TO HELP!

As this school year is winding down, the PTA Board, led by incoming co-presidents Melissa Walker and Lillian Richards, is busily planning and preparing for the 2009-2010 school year. They are looking forward to the opportunity to work with you to continue all the wonderful things that make Cotswold so special. The PTA still has several committees that need a chair or co-chairs for next year, and many committees have openings for parents who want to be more involved. These committees are ways you can serve Cotswold and help to make your child's experience at Cotswold the best it can be! PE FIELD DAY ­ Help our PE teacher with Field Day (held during school hours in the late spring) as well as other activities throughout the school year. 5TH GRADE END OF YEAR EVENTS ­ Coordinates 5th grade graduation social events for parents and students. (2 co-chairs recommended) 4TH GRADE FUNDRAISER ­ Assist in marketing, assembling, tallying, and filling of orders. Money raised is used primarily for annual 5th grade trip to Camp Broadstone. (2 co-chairs recommended) COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLICITY ­ Maintain the bulletin boards outside the Cotswold Family Center as well as bulletin boards at Harris Teeter and Chick-Fil-A. Great for those of you who are creative or like to scrapbook!

OFFICE ASSISTANT COORDINATOR ­ Support the Cotswold School secretarial staff by greeting visitors, answering the phone, assisting sick children in the health room, copying, sorting mail, and helping with other office projects. This volunteer position includes two opportunities: regularly scheduled volunteers who sign up for a 2-3 hour shift twice a month and on-call volunteers who may be contacted when a secretary must be out of the office to work a 2-3 hour shift, often with little notice. We need lots of parents and grandparents who are willing to have their names placed on the on-call volunteer resource list. ART COORDINATOR ­ Spend an hour per week as an extra pair of hands assisting our art teacher. (2 cochairs recommended) MOTHER/SON OUTING ­ A special late winter or spring event for Cotswold boys and their mothers or other significant person. (1 chair or 2 co-chairs) CELEBRATE COTSWOLD ­ A fun-filled, family-oriented event held on a spring Friday afternoon. Activities include games, crafts, dinner and lots of family fun! (2-3 leaders and as many additional volunteers as possible!) If you can help with any of these committees, please e-mail Melissa Walker at [email protected] or Lillian Richards at [email protected] as soon as possible. Your help is vital to the survival of these cherished events that support and enrich our school. Melissa and Lillian are ready to hear from you!

SIGN UP FOR COUGAR BITES

Did you know? Each week our PTA publishes an e-newsletter called Cougar Bites. This e-newsletter provides reminders about all that is happening at Cotswold. It isn't meant to be a piece with full articles; it's just a quick update on Cotswold. If you, a friend, or a loved one would like to receive our weekly e-newsletter, please send your name and email address to Carol Shinn at [email protected]

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CONGRATULATIONS 2009-2010 COTSWOLD PTA EXECUTIVE OFFICERS!

The following slate of officers was elected unanimously at the May 2009 General PTA meeting: Co-Presidents 1st Vice Presidents Melissa Walker and Lillian Richards DC Lucchesi and Rachael Dunnavant 2nd Vice Presidents Secretary Treasurer Kathy Grubbs and Kyna Savedge Day Evenson Natasha Fetterson

Congratulations to all of the officers on the 2009-2010 Executive Board. Thank you for your support and dedication to our school.

COUGAR MOVES

By Mr. Clutts, Physical Education

FIELD DAY

Cotswold School will hold its Field Day events on Monday, May 25 (2nd ­ 5th grades) and Tuesday, May 26 (Kindergarten ­ 1st grade). This year's Field Day theme is "Passport to the World." Students will travel to different "continents" and participate in more than 50 individual and team activities that will reinforce physical education skills learned throughout the school year. Please remind your child to dress appropriately. Sneakers are required. Students must wear their uniform to school on Field Day, but are permitted to wear different clothes during Field Day festivities. Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to run the activities ­ you make the day memorable for all of our children!

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY FAMILY

Play Every Day · Grown-ups, bring your sneakers to your kid's practices and get some exercise yourself. · Designate one night each week for walks, bowling, bike rides, roller skating, or the park. · Play a game of tag, shoot some hoops, or try "Pickle in the Middle" before or after dinner. Eat Healthy · Serve fruits and vegetables at most meals. · Involve kids in meal preparation and cleanup. · Include a whole-grain or protein option with every snack. · Make water the primary beverage at home. Family Time · Eat more meals together. · Sign up for a class as a family (e.g., dance, cooking, art, karate). · Game night is still a classic ­ charades, cards, board games, or Wii ­ just enjoy your time together!

LIFE

(LEARNING THE IMPORTANCE

OF FITNESS AND EXERCISE)

Students who consistently recorded their March/April after-school physical activities in their LIFE log were invited to join their peers in an "Open Gym" play day after school on Friday, May 22. Congratulations to all of the children who are adopting active lifestyles and learning the importance of fitness and exercise!

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WALK TO SCHOOL = HEALTHIER BODIES, MORE ALERT MINDS, CLEANER AIR

Cotswold students, staff and supporters walk to school and raise flag to kick off 2009 Ozone Season On April 17, 2009, Cotswold Elementary students arrived at school happier, healthier, and having less impact on the environment thanks to Cotswold's fourth "Walk-to-School" event this school year. The Mecklenburg County Health Department and the Carolinas Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) kicked off the 2009 Ozone Season by walking to school with Cotswold students to celebrate their efforts for healthier bodies and cleaner air. Cotswold students, parents, teachers, community leaders, and the Clean Air Polar Bear walked directly from their homes or gathered at one of four designated meet-up sites at 8:15 a.m. and walked to school together to promote exercise and a healthy environment. Walkers convened in front of the school flag pole where students met CCAC's Clean Air Polar Bear mascot followed by a press conference and an Air Quality Flag raising ceremony. Cotswold principal Denise Hearne presided over the flag raising ceremony as the Air Quality flags were raised by student safety patrol members. Through Cotswold's Walk-to-School program, our students are helping to protect the Charlotte region's air quality and increasing awareness of ozone pollution prevention. Ozone pollution is Charlotte's most widespread air quality problem, particularly during the warmest months, and vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to ozone in our county. For the past several years, the Charlotte region failed to meet federal ozone standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2004 and will face an even tougher time meeting new standards strengthened in early 2008. High ozone levels are especially harmful to children because their respiratory systems are still developing and because they spend more time at higher activity levels, causing them to take in more air pollution. When families walk or bike to school instead of driving a car, they reduce toxic vehicle emissions, an ozone-forming pollutant, from idling cars and buses. As part of its Clear the Air for Kids! campaign, CCAC donated a set of Air Quality Flags and "Turn Off Your Engine" educational material to the school. "Clear the Air for Kids! works with schools to reduce children's exposure to vehicle exhaust by encouraging parents to turn off their engines while waiting to pick up students in the afternoon. Through their Walk-to-School program, Cotswold has gone above and beyond in encouraging parents and students to walk or bike instead of drive," says Kelly Picarsic, Program Director for the Clear the Air for Kids! campaign. Walk or ride your bike to school as often as you can, and turn off your engine if you must wait in the carpool line. The last Walk-to-School day for the 2008-2009 school year will be Friday June 5. For additional information or to volunteer with the Walk-to-School committee, please contact Kyna Savedge at [email protected]

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CINCO DE MAYO

By Senora Arriaga, Spanish

Who celebrates Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May? Did you know that not every Spanish-speaking person celebrates Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo is a holiday commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla in 1862. Mexicans and people born in America celebrate this important holiday, but people in countries such as Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, and Honduras do not. ACTIVITY: Find the following objects in this picture: · Fish: Pez · Hat: Sombrero · Glove: Guante · Saw: Cerrucho · Spoon: Cuchara · Heart: Corazon · Shoe: Zapato · Banana: Banana

TIPS EN ESPANOL POR LA SENORA ARRIAGA:

Having a break is good and important, but remember that when you are learning a foreign language, you cannot have any breaks! This summer, please remember to: 1. Count in Spanish. Select special items you have at hand and count using Spanish numbers. Uno, dos . . . 2. Use a Spanish dictionary. Make vocabulary lists of words you want to learn. 3. Visit websites that allow you to practice learning Spanish. This will provide practice with listening, writing, reading, and speaking. 4. Go to Latino restaurants. The food is yummy! Order your food in Spanish and practice your Spanish phrases with the staff. 5. Watch children's movies in Spanish. Although you might not always understand all of the dialogue, you will still grow your vocabulary. Choose a movie you know well in order to make even more connections. Enjoy your summer break. Disfruta el verano. Adios!

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GETTING INTERACTIVE WITH SMART BOARDS

Thank you to the PTA for generously donating 3 new Smart Boards to Cotswold School this year! The new Smart Boards will be placed in Cotswold classrooms by next school year. Are you thinking, "What is a Smart Board?" A Smart Board is an interactive white board that is an extension of the computer to which it is connected. The mounted boards are strong and meant for children to use, and the large screen allows teachers and students to present lessons and assignments that combine the power of a computer with the display of a white board. The software provides a basic white board as well as software designed to change the way educators teach children. The word "interactive" is specific. On the one hand, teachers and students use the Smart Board just as they do any board in the front of the classroom, but instead of chalk or dry erase markers, they use stylus pens to write on the Smart Board. Remember when you were in school and the teacher erased the board before you were ready? With Smart Board technology, all students have to do is ask for the teacher to bring that screen back up. Being able to save screens so that students and teachers can refer back to them is a huge benefit of Smart Boards. The software provides additional interactive tools for teachers and students to use, such as an abacus, counting blocks, highlighters, money, graph paper, flags and maps of most countries ­ and so much more! The school's technology team wants every child to have opportunities to use a Smart Board as part of his or her learning experience. Be sure to ask your Cotswold student about his or her experience with the Smart Board this year. Ms. Lock, technology teacher, has had a Smart Board in her classroom all year. She says, "Having a Smart Board has changed the way we teach technology. The possibilities are endless!"

THANKS, PTA MEETING COORDINATOR COMMITTEE

Several times each year, parents, students, faculty and staff come together for our quarterly PTA meetings. We look forward to the information, fellowship, and entertainment, but sometimes we don't think about the volunteers and staff who make it all happen! Please join committee chairs Janet Goretti and Kris Hawkins as they give a shout out of appreciation to the cafeteria and custodial staff, Kathy Pfifer, Katie Clark, Brenda Duncan, Elaine Fewell, Hawa Jibril, Larry Blomberg, Sharon Moore, Rosetta Moss, and James Ross, for their willingness to help whenever needed and for tolerating our interruptions so patiently. Thanks to the PTA parents who assisted with serving and set up, including Charlotte Dixon, Susan Furtney, Debbie Fitts, and April Pace, and thanks to Amy Strawser, Kyna Savedge, and Lou Magaldi for collecting and counting the money at each PTA meeting and for coordinating the Slice and Scoop. Thanks to all of YOU for attending the meetings and participating in the Slice-n-Scoop. We are able to be a great PTA because we have great PTA parent-volunteers! Thank you all.

MOTHER-SON OUTING HAS FUN TO SPARE

The Mother-Son Outing, Bowl A Rama with Your Mama, on Sunday, April 26th, was a huge success! Many thanks to event chairs Janet Goretii and Kris Hawkins and Cotswold moms Renee Foster, Charlotte Dixon, Gail Oliver, Day Evenson, and Suzanne Jones for lending their time and talents to this event. We were also fortunate to have two Cotswold alumni assist us on the day of the event: Lauren Walker and Chelsea Johnson. Lauren and Chelsea, thank you for being wonderful models of excellent character!

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CREATE A FUN-FILLED SUMMER OF READING AND GROWING

By Mrs. King, Literacy Facilitator, and Mrs. Harding, Media Specialist

BOOK SWAP ­ Did you know that Cotswold's Media Center has circulated more than 23,000 books this year? Wow! Unfortunately, all media center books need to be returned by May 22nd. BUT, we don't want to EVER stop reading. So, beginning May 25th until June 10th, we will have a Book Swap. Students can bring in personal books from home and exchange them with books donated by other students. Having a fresh supply of exciting new titles will keep us reading well past the end of the school year! READ AND WIN ­ From June 6th to August 8th, the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County invites you to join their special programs. Be Creative @ Your Library rewards elementary students who read for 20 hours with a free book. Plus, all parents and staff can sign up for Relax & Read ­ all you have to do is read 5 books for a chance to win a prize! Mrs. Harding and Mrs. King invite you to participate! After you sign up for either program, email Mrs. Harding at [email protected] to let her know you are participating. She'll be monitoring to see who reads more ­ adults or students. (Adults, be sure to mix it up with both fiction and nonfiction selections.)

TV AND READING CAN MIX ­ Did you know that there is a way to make watching television helpful for reading skills, too? Research shows that watching a television show or movie with closed captions can help children and adults with word recognition, comprehension, and oral reading fluency. If your television is larger than 13 inches and was manufactured after 1993, you can activate the closed caption chip with your TV remote or by a menu. You can learn more at the website of the National Captioning Institute. http://www.ncicap.org. FLEX YOUR READING MUSCLES ­ Reading is a skill, like sports, that improves with practice. Help ensure that your child's "reading muscles" stay in shape during the summer break with lots of fun practice. Visit the public library often and find books (both fiction and non-fiction) that your child wants to read. Think of a topic that he'd like to learn more about and read to find the answers to questions he generates. Become an expert on something new or something you already enjoy.

COTSWOLD ROLLS OUT THE WELCOME MAT

BEGINNERS' DAY: The Newcomers Committee thanks the kindergarten teachers and assistants, 5th Grade helpers, and IB Ambassadors who all helped make this year's Beginners' Day on May 1st a huge success! Nearly 80 rising kindergartners had a "big time" meeting our teachers, riding a school bus, and making a special craft. The children were able to play in a classroom and start making new friends. For some, there were a few tears as they left their parents at the beginning of the day, but all had big smiles after spending time at Cotswold. ICE CREAM SOCIAL FOR NEW STUDENTS: There will be an Ice Cream Party for new Cotswold students on Sunday, May 31st from 3 to 4pm on the school playground. The Ice Cream Social is a wonderful opportunity for our newest students to meet new classmates, create their own sundaes, and check out the playground equipment. SUMMER PLAY DATES: The Newcomers' Committee is hosting three informal play dates for new Cotswold students throughout the summer. These play dates are a chance for rising kindergartners to make friends with children that may be in their class and to become familiar with Cotswold School. Siblings are welcome! The play dates are on Sundays June 14, July 19, and August 16 at 4:00 on the Cotswold playground. Please wear sunscreen and bring water to drink. In the case of rain, the play dates will be cancelled. We welcome all of our new friends to Cotswold! Please contact Erin Ashendorf at 704.442.2500 or [email protected] with any questions about the Ice Cream Social or the Summer Play Dates. 9

5TH GRADE GRADUATION GIFT

What will Cotswold do with our exhausted, excited, anxious, emotional 5th graders after End of Grade Exams (EOGs) this year? We'll celebrate with a graduation gift of Athena's Path and Hero's Pursuit! Athena's Path (for girls) and Hero's Pursuit (for boys) are based on fun and eye-opening curricula that teach students how to navigate the tumultuous middle school years. These programs are offered in more than 15 schools throughout the county and in summer camps. Our PTA is providing the programs to Cotswold as an end of the year gift for our 5th graders. Teachers were trained in the curriculum one Saturday in April and the programs will be deployed after EOGs. Athena's Path and Hero's Pursuit are great ways to provide our graduating 5th graders the leadership and problem-solving skills they need as they say goodbye to elementary school and enter middle school. For more information about the programs, please visit http://www.athenaspath.com or http://www.herospursuit.com.

INTRODUCING NATIONAL ELEMENTARY HONOR SOCIETY

We're pleased to announce that Cotswold Elementary has been granted one of the first charters of the newly created National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS). This program is more than just an honor roll for the school; it provides a new opportunity for 4th and 5th graders to earn recognition for their academic excellence and to benefit from participation in activities designed to improve the lives of all of their peers at school. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in two areas of initial evaluation: scholarship (academic achievement) and responsibility. Candidates are nominated during the second semester of the school year and inducted for membership in the spring. Members were named to project teams including community outreach, school beautification, peer tutors/lunch buddies, and peer mediation.

Congratulations to our 2008-2009 Inductees:

4TH GRADE: Bryson Alexander Niklas Atzor Taylor Bradshaw Jontravius Chambers Jonathan Davis Addie Entrekin Sam Fitts Emily Fly Brock Foreman Patrick Foster Sam Frisco Jacob Garrett Luci Gates Monica Gavin Marie Griner Cameryn Hines 5TH GRADE: Kate Bacon Meg Bacon Cole Bloomer Maggie Bruce Maddi Caraballo Katherine Cherok Emily Fitts Aquantia Fogle Alex Glontz Megan Goldsworthy John Hall Julie Hall Chelsea Hernandez Austin Jones Will Jones Nicky Kumar

Lilly Jessup Abram Magaldi Andreas Riemann Broadus Roberson Abby Shepard-Moore Hannah Shepard-Moore Michael Shepard-Moore Abby Shipp Alex Singleton Audrey Stewart Piper Strzelecki Tillie Thomsen Drewcilla Watson

Amira McAfee Angel McDuffie Mack McMillan Emily Morgan Wheels Moyer Kailey Payne Sophia Pesakoff Meara Phelps Morgan Rising Griffin Savedge Rachel Strawser Zack Strawser Anna Susol Katie Sutherland Chloe Wells Katie Wynn

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OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD!

Our Physical Education teacher, Mr. Clutts, won the 2008-2009 Mecklenburg PTA Council's Outstanding Educator of the Year Award! He was honored May 18th at the county-wide PTA awards banquet. With a Masters Degree from Winthrop University, National Board Certification, and ten years service in the community as Big Brother to two youth, he was a contender from the start. Couple his involvement with organizations such as the American Heart Association and our own PTA with his obvious love for our children, and he emerged as the clear winner. We are very proud to have Mr. Clutts on our staff. Congratulations!

FUN RUN FINISH LINE

By Mrs. Gilbert, First Grade Team Leader

The Cotswold Kids 11th Annual Fun Run on April 24, 2009, was a tremendous success! Each year the students run laps around the track to raise money for organizations that help those affected by cancer. The proceeds went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is always one of the beneficiaries, and Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care, this year's additional charity. The day was more beautiful than one could have been imagined both in weather and in feeling as we honored our Cotswold family and friends who have been touched by cancer. Our own assistant, Lyn Sutterlin, was our celebrated ribbon-cutter. Along with special guests and former teachers who returned to enjoy the day, we added another very special part to the opening ceremonies this year. Eleven staff, students, and friends had their hair cut in front of us for charity. Their hair was donated to Locks of Love or Beautiful Lengths to be made into wigs for chemotherapy patients. Mr. Smith's daughter-in-law, Angel Robinson-Smith of Mosaic Salon, donated her professional services for this event. Cotswold music teacher, Ms. Gadoury (whose hair was cut), taught the students a beautiful school song that they sang while our honored guests walked the first lap around the track. This year the Cotswold Fun Run raised $1,743.11 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and $1,304.51 for Presbyterian Hospice ­ more than $3,000 total! Now that's Cotswold kids in action!

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CELEBRATE COTSWOLD CELEBRATES OUR COMMUNITY

Our school's annual community festival, Celebrate Cotswold, on Friday, May 15, was a fun filled evening for children and adults alike. This year, almost 1,000 people ­ more than ever in recent memory ­ came out to enjoy family fun and games. The Cotswold sense of community was felt as attendees gathered under tents, eaves, and umbrellas during a short downpour. For many children, the rain only added to the festivities as they enjoyed jumping in mud puddles and continuing on with their games and activities such as climbing the rock wall, riding the train around the parking lot, shooting basketballs, and competing in the balloon pop contest. Owen Hahn, first grader, loved smashing cans and running around with his buddy, Eli Lackey. Kindergartner Alice Benston liked jumping in a bounce house and launching rubber frogs. In addition to these activities, there was a balloon artist, white elephant bags, a bake sale, and more. Celebrate Cotswold is a gift to our community every year, an opportunity to come together and enjoy being a community dedicated to helping children learn and grow. It would not happen without great volunteers! Committee leaders Kathleen Hogan-Garrett, Stacie Fulton, and Katie Puckett tell the Growl that they couldn't have planned such a great evening without a lot of big-hearted people at Cotswold School, such as: · 150 volunteers, with extra special thanks to our Cotswold Staff and teen volunteers. This year, besides the many parent, faculty, and staff helpers, we more than 40 teens helped run the games ­more teenage volunteers than ever before! · Volunteer bakers and Bake Sale Coordinators Lillian Richards and Dawn O'Malley. Over 45 people contributed goodies representing our diverse community to the bake sale. In addition to the bake sale, we sold out of all of the Domino's pizzas and Chick-fil-A sandwiches by 7:30! · Cindy Bailey and school staff who donated to and worked the White Elephant Sale. · Kesha Roberts with Harris Teeter for donating balloons and prize bags. · Donors of cans, milk jugs, stuffed animals and prizes. Special thanks to Principal Denise Hearne, the Cotswold Custodial Staff, Brownie Troop 1463, the PTA Executive Committee, Sue Bruce, Maria Guimaraes, Leslie Hunter, Kim Powell, Jill Shipp, Melissa Walker and all Celebrate Cotswold Committee "conscripted" family and friends volunteers!

Thank you ALL for another fun-filled Celebrate Cotswold Spring Festival! The rainbow made a special appearance just for you!! 12

BECOME A GREEN COUGAR

If you would prefer to receive The Growl via e-mail instead of via the Cougar folder, please let us know. You will receive the newsletter in a full-color pdf format! Please e-mail [email protected] with your child's name and classroom teacher in order to receive the next issue electronically. Thank you!

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IT PAYS TO VOLUNTEER!

Volunteers, it's not too late. You may still register online at http://volunteer.cms.k12.nc.us and let CMS know how many hours of volunteer time you donated to our school. Once you're in the system, you may enter the number of hours you worked. You can even go back to the beginning of the year and estimate the time you have been at Cotswold. This is important because many of the foundations and companies that award grants want to know how involved the community is in our school. The schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System will be awarded more money because of your generosity!

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Walk to School Day Kickball Game 5th Graders vs. Staff - 9:45am

5-7 Pizza Peel and Mama Fu's Fundraiser 9 10 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony 10:00am 5th Grade Dance/Party 12:30pm - 2:30pm LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! (until August 25th!)

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISERS END OF YEAR UPDATE

Thanks to all of you who have snipped, collected and shared your General Mills Box Tops and Campbell's product labels and shopped at Harris Teeter and Target to benefit Cotswold! Every penny contributed through these "easy money" programs truly makes a difference in the opportunities we are able to offer our Cotswold students. The grand total to date is $2,482! · Harris Teeter VIC cards: We have earned $1,685 through 268 linked VIC cards. Don't forget to RELINK starting on AUGUST 1 so we can start earning for the 2009/2010 school year! · We collected over 2,000 Harris Teeter milk lids this year, adding another $100. This is the last year for this opportunity. · Through the Campbell's program, we banked more than 7,300 Campbell's points that can be exchanged for school equipment. · We surpassed our Box Tops goal this school year earning $532.00 in cash! · Thank you to all our registered Target shoppers! We had 21 folks list Cotswold as the beneficiary of their earnings, bringing in $165. Please keep in mind that we can still earn over the summer! Continue to save your Campbell's labels and General Mills Box Tops. If you are shopping at Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Target, and Lands' End this summer, you can help Cotswold!

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TO COTSWOLD WITHOUT SPENDING A CENT!

One way Cotswold earns money to support school activities each year does NOT involve opening your wallet, checkbook or calendar! Just take a moment to tear off any Campbell's UPC or Box Tops Logos, register your Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Target Cards, and do your online searching and shopping through Good Search and ­ ta da! ­you are raising money for Cotswold. Collecting labels is really easy! Stick an envelope or bag on your refrigerator or bulletin board to collect labels. When your bag is full, send it to school with your child and we will handle the rest. Don't forget to ask neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends to help Cotswold by giving you their labels, linking their cards, and using a different search engine. This is a great way friends and family ­ even out-of-town folks ­ can help Cotswold. Let's get an early start to the 2009-2010 school year by saving over the summer!

Harris Teeter Link your VIC card to Cotswold School (#1772) and Cotswold School will earn 2% on your purchases.You can link in person at any Harris Teeter store or visit www.harristeeter.com (choose Community, Together in Education). General Mills ­ Box Tops for Education Each label collected earns a dime. This is FREE MONEY! Please double-check the expiration date by the logo. General Mills includes Betty Crocker, Ziploc, Pillsbury, Kleenex and Yoplait. A full list of eligible products can be found at www.boxtops4education.com. Campbell's Labels for Education Each UPC is worth points that we can use to purchase school equipment. This includes more than just soup! Pepperidge Farms, Prego, and Swanson are others that have Labels for Education. A full list of eligible products can be found at www.labelsforeducation.com. Lands' End Use Cotswold's ID (#900092941) when ordering from Lands' End, and Cotswold will receive a percentage of your purchase ­ and not just on school uniform purchases! www.landsend.com

Food Lion Visit www.foodlion.com or call 704-633-8250 x3810 to link your MVP card with the Lion Shop and Share Program. Cotswold must have a minimum of 25 linked cards by December 31 to begin earning cash back. Even if you are not a regular Food Lion shopper, please request an MVP card and link it to Cotswold.

Target Any Target Red Card, Target Check Card or Target Visa linked to Cotswold will earn cash back for the school. Call 1-800-316-6142 or visit www.target.com and click "Take Charge of Education." Our school number is 80422.

Good Search Visit www.goodsearch.com and select Cotswold School as your charity. GoodSearch uses Yahoo! so you get great results every time. Every time you make a search using GoodSearch, Cotswold earns money ­ approximately one penny per search! Use their step by step instructions to easily add GoodSearch to your toolbar or your default search engine. You can even see our totals increase when you visit!

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HONOR SOMEONE BY DONATING A BOOK TO THE MEDIA CENTER!

Looking for a great end-of-the-year teacher gift?

Consider honoring your child's teacher by donating a book to the media center!

The Birthday Book Club provides a wonderful opportunity for you to honor a special student, teacher or staff member by donating a book to the media center permanent collection. Celebrate a birthday, special accomplishment or other milestone and make a contribution the entire school can enjoy! Library-bound books are ordered in consultation with the Media Center Specialist in order to meet our Media Center's needs. The honorees will choose from a pre-ordered selection of books that reflect a range of reading abilities. Each book will have a book plate identifying the honoree and the honoree will be the first to check out their special book. An order form is provided below. Fill out the form and return the form to your child's teacher with cash or a check for $20.00 made payable to Cotswold PTA. Please contact Dawn Royle at 704.365.1010 or Anne Glontz at 704.362.6022 or [email protected] with questions. Thank you!

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Birthday Book Club Order Form Student / Teacher / Staff Person to be honored

(please circle) (name as you wish it to appear on bookplate)

Honor is for

Birthday (Birth date _____/_____)

(month/year)

Other

(please specify occasion)

Donor's Name

Phone

E-mail

If gift is to honor a student: Parent's Name Phone E-mail

Teacher

Grade

We publish names of honorees in the newsletter. Please check if you do not wish this gift to be listed: Please complete a separate form for each honoree and include cash or a check for $20.00 (made out to Cotswold PTA) per book. Thank you for your support!

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