"Giving each child the education they deserve every day."
Dear Cotswold School Families,
I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year at Cotswold School. I am thrilled to welcome so many new families to the Cotswold Family.
Cotswold is a professional learning community in which all staff members take ownership and responsibility for all children. You should feel secure that your child will be very successful this year because we have a family of teachers and support staff making sure every child is getting what he/she needs.
I want to make sure that you are aware of some important information at the start of the school year.
SCHOOL HOURS: Our hours of operation are 9:15 am to 4:15 pm. Our school office opens at 8:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm. Please know that students cannot be dropped off in the morning prior to 8:45. Additionally, students cannot have an early dismissal after 3:30 pm in the afternoon. It is extremely important that students arrive on time and remain throughout the school day. Any person picking up a student must be on the student's emergency card and show a picture ID. WE WILL NOT RELEASE CHILDREN TO ANY PERSON NOT ON THE AUTHORIZED PICK UP LIST.
OPEN HOUSE: This is an opportunity for your family to meet the staff at Cotswold School. We encourage you to come out from 4:00-6:00 pm on Thursday, August 24th to meet your child's teacher.
SCHOOL UNIFORMS: Cotswold School will remain a uniform school this year. There are no exceptions to this expectation. Please follow this policy so that your child can have a successful day at school.
Students should wear navy bottoms and white collared shirts daily.
SCHOOL VISITS: We encourage parents to visit our school whether to have lunch or to observe and/or volunteer in your child's classroom. Classroom visits should be arranged in advance with your child's classroom teacher. When you report to the school, please sign-in in the front office in order to receive a visitor's badge. We have a system that is in place in CMS schools that will require each visitor to sign into the Lobby Guard system when entering the school. This procedure will ensure your child's safety at all times.
KINDERGARTEN STAGGERED ENTRY: A letter is enclosed for all kindergarten families indicating which day your child should report for our staggered entry program. This allows teachers to assess and get to know students in a smaller setting prior to all kindergarten students reporting to school on Friday, September 1st.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: A current school supply list is posted on our school website. Please remember that ROLLING BOOKBAGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING due to safety concerns.
LUNCH: Lunch prices this year are: Breakfast – FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS, lunch - $2.00, milk – $0.50. Please make checks payable to the Cotswold School Cafeteria. Feel free to pay on your child's account at www.paypams.com or by calling 1-888-994-5100. Forms for free and reduced lunch options will be sent home with students and will be available in the main office of the school beginning the first day of school. Please do not hesitate to request one.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION SHEET: On the first day of school your child will bring home an emergency information sheet. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you complete this for each of your children. This helps us contact you and take care of your child in the event of an emergency.
IMMUNIZATIONS: Rising kindergarteners are REQUIRED by the state of North Carolina to have all immunizations completed and updated by the first day of school. Please call the school if you need information about free clinics. We are forced to suspend students after the 20th day. PLEASE, PLEASE take care of this prior to the start of school.
AFTERSCHOOL Please inform your child's teacher in writing about where your child is to go after school hours and how the child is to get there. It is important for us to know if your child will be a walker, bus rider, car rider, van rider, attending a day care, or our after school program. This information will be considered the usual customary dismissal plan for your child. Written notice must be given for any changes to the plan, and notices must be received by the teacher or in the office before 1:00 on the day of the change. Please do not simply give verbal directions to your child. For safety and security reasons, teachers have been instructed to follow the usual and customary plan unless there is a written request for change.
WALKERS: All walkers will be dismissed from the Linda Lane Entrance. There will be no front door walkers this year due to heavy construction on Colwick Road. Please sign a walker's permission slip form if you plan for your child to be a walker. To ensure safety for all students' only students who live in the walk zone will be released as walkers this year. Linda Lane is NOT A CARPOOL LINE. Please use these areas for walkers only so that we can ensure the safety of all of our students.
BUS RIDERS: If your bus information is not included in this letter your bus information will be available at our Open House on August 24th.
Your child's bus sticker includes: your child's name, address, school assignment, AM & PM bus numbers, stop location and estimated pick-up and delivery times. Please make note of your child's bus number, bus stop, and time to expect your child to be picked up and dropped off. There may be more than one bus that will come through your area. You want to be sure that your child boards his or her ASSIGNED BUS. Please have your child at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to pick-up time. If you need to contact the transportation office with a bus question or concern, please call 980-343-6715. Any transportation changes for your child require a form to be completed online. Go to www.cms.k12.nc.us and click on Transportation Services Request Form. Check back in 3-5 business days to see if the new bus stop has been approved.
MORNING CARPOOL PROCEDURES:
In order to ensure the safety of our students, it is important to adhere to the following drop off procedures:
Car riders unload at 8:45 am. Supervision is not provided before 8:45 am, so please do not drop your child off before the start of the school day. Students are not to be left standing at the front entrance of the school prior to 8:45 am.
- School personnel are assigned to the front loop to assist with the carpool process. Please have students ready to exit vehicles in this area. Students are to unload closest to the curb where a staff member will be located to assist you.
- For safety purposes, students must unload only at the main entrance.
- Park in the rear of the parking lot if you plan on walking your child to his/her classroom. Please do not park in the bus parking lot. State law prohibits private vehicles from parking on the bus lot during arrival and departure times.
Afternoon Carpool Procedures:
Parents are expected to adhere to the carpool dismissal procedures provided by the Cotswold Staff. Please review the following guidelines:
- Carpool begins promptly at 4:05 pm and ends at 4:25 pm. Please make plans to pick your child up on time. (A note or phone call to the school no later than 1:00 pm is required to notify the school of a change in transportation. Calls will be screened for identification purposes. Additionally, ID is required if there is a change in the person picking up your child.)
- All carpool students will have a name card to help with the flow of traffic. Starting the first day of school please have the name card visible for our carpool staff daily. Students will load cars from the GYM entrance. If someone other than you picks up your child, he/she MUST have the name card.
- The carpool line in the afternoon will loop around the staff parking lot, so when you pull up to the GYM entrance, your passenger side door will be facing the curb.
- Please remain in the carpool line. For safety and security reasons, please do not attempt to pass any other cars in the carpool line. Please follow the flow of the traffic.
- Please do not walk up and pick your child up from the carpool line. We will not release any students from carpool to anyone who walks up.
STUDENT AGENDAS: Cotswold families in grades K-5 use agendas in order to help them stay organized and stay in communication with each other. It is absolutely vital that your child is responsible for keeping up with the agenda throughout the school year. If your child loses their agenda they will have to pay $5.00 to purchase another one.
PTA: Cotswold School depends on the Parent Teacher Association to support our students and teachers here at the school. The PTA sponsor's student programs, field trips, assemblies, the student yearbook and teacher support. We strongly encourage you to join the PTA this school year. Be prepared to join at Open House. We look forward to you partnering with us in this very important way. ALL NEW PARENTS PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEW PARENT DINNER ON SEPTEMBER 14th @ 5:30. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OUR NEW FAMILIES AT THIS AWESOME EVENT.
PLEASE READ THE PTA WELCOME LETTER INCLUDED IN THIS MAILING.
HEALTH ROOM: The health room is in need of donations to take care of children throughout the school year. Please help us by sending any of the following to the main office: bandages, hand sanitizer, liquid soap, Kleenex, baby wipes, Ziploc bags, new underwear (all sizes), new undershirts (all sizes), and new socks (all sizes).
ASEP ENRICHMENT PROGRAM: The ASEP Program will be available at Cotswold for before and after school hours. To register your child, please go to the CMS website (www.cms.k12.nc.us), call 980-343-5587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS- COTSWOLD FAMILIES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A SAFE HEALTHY ALLERGY FREE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS OUR SCHOOL POLICY ON BIRTHDAY TREATS NO LONGER ALLOWS OUTSIDE FOOD TO BE BROUGHT IN FOR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS. WE DO HAVE A SAFE OPTION FOR PARENTS TO ORDER BIRTHDAY TREATS THROUGH THE COUGAR CUISINE ( COTSWOLD CAFETERIA ). THE ORDER FOR THE COTSWOLD CUISINE BIRTHDAYTREATS WILL BE INCLUDED IN OUR FIRST MONDAY COUGAR FOLDER. THE ORDER FORM CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR SCHOOL WEBPAGE. WE HAVE ALSO INCLUDED SOME FOOD-FREE WAYS TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS AT SCHOOL ON OUR WEBSITE THAT ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS: Below you will find your child's teacher and room number for the upcoming school year. There will be no changes made to teacher assignments. The classes have been built in Power School and we have worked diligently as a staff to match each student with a teacher that will best meet the learning style of each individual child. Each staff member is excited about getting to know you and your family.
Alicia Hash, Principal
300 Greenwich Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211