Cole Courier

August 31, 2018



Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto


We have had a wonderful start to the new school year. The shine is off the newness of school and now the hard work of learning- the reason we are at school - is in full swing. We are working now to fine-tune play at recess, manners in the cafeteria, and daily expectations in the classroom. All of these focuses work toward our goal of your child offering his/her personal best each day. 


Thank you to all who have made this new year a good start. Thank you also to the parents who attended our "Conversations with Parents" evening and have been assisting with homework and nightly reading. It really does make a difference. As we progress through this first nine weeks, please know how important it is to continue to work alongside your child's teacher with questions and also to gather input if needed. Your child's teacher is best suited to answer most of your questions about daily classroom procedures and operations. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help in any way I can.  Again, what a tremendous start to the new school year. 


Cole PTO News

The Cole PTO Cookie Dough and Trash Bag Sales have launched. This is our primary fundraiser for PTO. Please have orders (and money) turned in by Friday, September 7.


Also, please join us for the first PTO Meeting on Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 in the Kelley Library. Childcare will be provided in the gymnasium that evening.


No Carnival - Exploration Acres Instead

The Cole PTO is trying something new this year. Instead of a carnival held at school, there will be a Saturday afternoon of fun at Exploration Acres. The event will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 1-4 pm. Rain date will be Sunday, October 14 from 1-4. Look for more information soon. This looks to be a fun and exciting event for all. There will be the "Stranger Things" corn maze, lots of games, and also great food. It will be a fun family event. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.


Morning and Afternoon Procedures

In our daily mission to keep your child and everyone safe while at school, please review the following procedures:


Morning: Doors open at 7:00 for Just Us Kids. Students and parents are not to enter the building until 8:45. All are to remain seated on a chair in the lobby until the 8:50 bell rings. Breakfast eaters will be dismissed from buses at 8:45, all other students will be released with the bell at 8:50. Parents are to walk their child to the sidewalk or say their good-byes in the lobby. For safety purposes, please do not walk your child to his/her classroom. Also, please do not drop your child in the parking lot to have him/her navigate that space on his/her own. Please walk your child to the school. 9:00 is the tardy bell. Doors will lock. Student arriving after 9:00 must have parent sign him/her in.

Afternoon: Doors unlock at 3:20. Parents who are waiting for their child for Parent Pick up are to wait on the chairs in the lobby. Afternoon announcements will occur at 3:20. At that time students will finish instructions from teachers, help tidy the room, and parent pick up students will be dismissed. We ask that all parents exit the lobby by 3:30 when the dismissal bell rings. Students dismiss at 3:30. Buses roll at 3:35.

During School Hours: During school hours from 9:00-3:20, all exterior doors will remain locked. Parents wishing to enter the building must sound the buzzer on the far right door. You will be buzzed into the vestibule. New this year, you will also be buzzed into the school. The interior doors will remain locked. Parents are to immediately report to the office to sign-in and state your purpose.

Bus Safety: Your child is to remain seated on the school bus facing forward. Students are not to yell, throw objects, or travel from seat-to-seat. If you have a question or a problem about the bus, please speak directly to the bus driver. At no times are parents to board the school bus.

Classroom Visits: Please check into the office when you arrive at the school. You will be sent forward to your child's classroom only if you have an appointment or pre-determined reason for your visit. For the safety of all students and staff, we discourage drop-in visits and waiting outside classroom doors. Please assist with this procedure before, during, and after school. 


Thank you for assisting us in our mission of providing a safe learning environment. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Pinto with questions or concerns. 


Author Bruce Hale Visits

The Cole PTO is excited to announce that Author Bruce Hale will be visiting Cole on September 17.  Bruce Hale has many fun children's books including one of the children's favorites: Clark the Shark . The PTO will be sending home information about ordering books the day of the visit for students who are interested. They can have these books signed by the author as well.  We are excited once again to host this author. The students always find these visits to be fun and inspiring.


 STEM Is Everywhere at Cole


How fun would it be to build a vessel from cardboard and duct tape and float it with a 50 pound 'sand baby' across the Cole Outdoor Education wetlands?
That's the Cole Regatta which is coming in a few weeks for fourth grade.What about building a toothpick bridges to see how much weight a structure will hold?
Or, how about building an earthen dam to stop water using clay, sand, dirt, rock?
How about "Save the Wolf" which is a safe trap for a wolf or a lifeguard that can only be made from index cards and tape and be 35 cm tall?
These are all activities that occur in K-5 classrooms across TSC as part of our focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). 
Want to experience some activities like this?
Mark your calendar for February 22, 2019 from 6-7 for Cole STEM Night.  It will be an evening of fun.

Health Office

We are fortunate to have Mrs. Gibson and Nurse Hudgins in the Cole Health Office who help make sure all students' medical needs are accounted for.  These ladies are kind, they work hard to meet your child's needs, and they are very helpful with information.  If you have a health concern with your child, or your child's health situation changes during the school year, please reach out to Mrs. Gibson or Nurse Hudgins. They are happy to help and they will keep your mind at ease that the best care that is available is being offered to your child.


Social Media Protocols

Cole Elementary School has two active social media platforms: Facebook - James Cole Elementary School and Instagram - jamescoleelementary. Mr. Pinto also has a Twitter account: @ColePrincipal.  Many classroom teachers also have Instagram accounts. These platforms are used to share the wonderful opportunities your children are afforded at school. Please enjoy them for that purpose. Please also limit comments to those positive in nature.  The time and place to air concerns is not on these platforms.


To that end, please also help us by calling the school and speaking with your child's teacher or the principal with a concern. Please take the approach "Would I want someone else to share their frustration about me on social media?" before posting.  In most cases, a resolution can be found in situations of concern.  Social media offers one perspective to a problem that often has many different parts.  


Finally, many of our fourth and fifth grade students are dipping their toes into the world of social media. Please consider adopting a protocol that limits the number of people they follow and who you allow to follow them to a handful. Make the decision yours as the parents so the pressure of 'following', 'liking', 'retweeting', 'sharing', etc. falls on you, not your child. Difficulties lie when this platform becomes more than children can manage or when adults weigh into child problems through social media comments. By controlling the number and flow of these comments, just like when you first learned to drive with another adult in the passenger seat, you are riding along with your child into this new world. Consider these protocols with social media, and as always, thank you for your support of Cole and its instructional mission.

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Safey Drills

We held our first safety drills to start the school year. These drillls included Lockout,  Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. We practice these drills to ensure your child is safe. We also practice these drills to make sure our students know what to do in case of an emergency. Thank you for your assistance with our beginning and end of day procedures. They, too, are helping us keep everyone safe. Safety is everyone's concern and holds great importance in our daily school mission.

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A Message from Mrs. Burton,

School Counselor


During the month of August I visited with every class as an introduction for the school year. We talked about what a school counselor does, when it is appropriate to meet with me, and how to request time with me if needed. It was nice to have a chance to be reminded of the names of familiar faces as well as an opportunity to meet those new to Cole this year. Beginning in September I will be visiting each classroom again to discuss bullying prevention. We will talk about the definition of bullying, what to do if you are being bullied, and how to be an "upstander" for others. At Cole we expect our students to do the right thing and treat people right!


Mrs. Burton


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Cole Professional Academy Dates 2018-2019


We had a wonderful Cole Professional Academy kick-off featuring Bailey Medley from Caterpillar who spoke to the fifth graders on the importance of mentors. We also were visited by several local legislators and State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick.  Parents of fifth graders, your child has been assigned a school staff mentor to help him/her in any way needed to complete the requirements to be Cole Professional Academy graduates.  Please ask your child about their August assignment and encourage him/her to complete the required tasks.


September 7: What is Professionalism? Dress for Success

October 12: Manners in Dining

November 16: Independence: Demonstration Kitchen

December 7: Actions in Public: Museum, Concert, Funeral 

                            Etiquette and Sportsmanship

January 18: Career Part I: Job Applications and Email/Phone


February 1: Career Part II: Interviews; Interview Fair

March 8: Internet Presence & Plagiarism

April 2: Evening of Celebration at Duncan Hall


Quick Hits

1. Have you signed up for TSC Alerts? (See Below)

2. Have you completed a criminal background check if you would like to volunteer in the school? (See Below)

3. Are you following the Cole Facebook Page? The Cole Instagram Page? What about Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. Ferger, Mrs. DeFreese, or Mrs. Bredar's Instagram page? Do you know the Cole PTO is launching a Facebook page? Stay informed.

4. How do you talk about your child's day with him/her each day?

5. What is your family's plan for reading each night?


Big Events - Plan For Them Now


2018-2019 School Year 


Sept. 4: Spirit Wear Orders Due

Sept. 4: Cole PTO Meeting (6:00) *All new K parents attend

Sept. 7: Student Council Election Forms Due (Grades 4-5)

Sept. 7: Cookie Dough and Trash Bag Fundraisers due

Sept. 13: Marionettes visit Cole

Sept. 14: Cole Regatta

Sept. 14: Student Council Reps announced

Sept. 17: Children's Author: Bruce Hale visits

Oct. 5: K/1 Harvest Hoe-Down

Oct. 5: Movie Night and Cookie Dough Pick-up (6-8 pm)

Oct. 10: Picture Day

Oct. 13: Exploration Acres Event: 1-4 *Rain Date 10/14

Oct. 15-19 Fall Parent Conferences-Evenings: 10/16 & 10/18

Oct. 19: Student Council Electronic Day $1

Nov. 6: Cole PTO Meeting (6:00)

Nov. 9: Veterans/Grandparents Day

             1:00 K-2 Show  2:00 3-5 Show

Nov. 14: Picture Retakes and Yearbook Photos

Nov. 15: Grade 5 to SIA

Nov. 16: Student Council Electronic Day $1

Dec. 5-7: Holly Shop

Dec. 7: Student Council Electronic Day $1

Dec. 7: PTO Movie Night

Dec. 21: Student Council Electronic Day $1

Feb. 4-8: Spring Parent Conferences: Evenings: 2/5 & 2/7

Feb. 5: Cole PTO Meeting (6:00)

Feb. 8: Grade 4 to Symphony and Food Finders

Feb. 15: K/1 Fairy Tale Ball 1-3

Feb. 22: STEM/Science Night

March 13-14: Spring Book Fair

March 13-14: Breakfast with a Buddy

March 14: Grade 2 and 3 Music Program (6:00 pm) 

April 2: Cole Professional Academy Celebration 6:00

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April 3: Cole PTO Meeting (6:00)

April 10: Kindergarten Roundup (Age 5 by 8/1/19)

April 5: Spring Picture Day

April 15: Kindergarten Assessment Day

April 27: Inaugural Cole Cub 5K (possibly with Wainwright)

May 9 & 10: Camp Tecumseh Overnight: Grade 4

May 10: First Grade Mother's Day Tea 1:30

May 13: First Grade Field Trip to Indianapolis Zoo

May 15: Grade 3 Wax Museum Parent Show: 10:00, 2:00

May 16: Grade 5 to Chicago

May 17: Kindergarten Celebration 10:00

May 20: Fifth Grade Celebration 9:00-11:30

May 21: Field Day *Tentative Schedule*

May 22: Awards Programs: Grades 1-2 (9:30), 3-4 (10:15)

May 23: Talent Show *Tentative Schedule*

May 23: Last Day of School *Subject to Change 

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Book Mobile

The Book Mobile runs twice a week to Stockwell and Clarks Hill.  Teach visit the Book Mobile stops at 9510 Pearl Street in Clarks Hill (The Church) from 6:30-7:00 and 6931 Church Street in Stockwell (The Church) from 7:15-7:45



September 3, 17   October 1, 15, 29

November 12, 26     December 10

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Volunteer Information

It is a priority of the Tippecanoe School Corporation to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students and employees. In an effort to continue our due diligence, we now require all volunteers having ongoing contact with children and/or supervising students (field trips, etc.) to have cleared an expanded criminal background check. These background checks are conducted through Background Investigation Bureau (BIB).  

The criminal background check will search national sex offender databases, court records,and other sources. The cost of the criminal history check is $17.95 (base cost) and is paid for by the volunteer through a link on our website.

Once approved, the volunteer will receive a TSC Volunteer identification card that will be valid for a period of three (3) years. If you volunteer in multiple buildings, you will only need to complete one background check.

Volunteer background checks may take several business days to process so it is important to plan ahead.  

We appreciate your understanding of this important safety guideline.  


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TSC supports 'green' efforts and as such to help ensure students receive information about community services or events, flyers from non-profit outside organizations are posted online in a section called E-Flyers. All E-Flyers can be accessed from any TSC School Website: by clicking the 'students' or 'parents' link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage. E-Flyers will be posted on the 15th and 30th of the month so be sure to check regularly for newly posted information. If your qualifying organization is interested in posting an E-Flyer, go to E-Flyers section to submit the information.

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Register for TSC Alerts and Notifications
With the launch of the new TSC websites, the TSC and each of its schools will be transitioning away from Pinwheel for SMS (text) alerts and notifications and will instead utilize the communication options available within the new website. Parents/guardians, staff, and students can sign in to the website and register to receive alerts, calendar reminders, athletic updates, and more.


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 K-12 Connection

We are blessed to have a strong K-12 Connection with our sister schools: Wainwright and Mccutcheon High School. There will be opportuniites throughout the school year for your to participate in events held at both schools. Football and basketball nights at the high school are always a treat, but there are also band and choir concerts, plays, and a strong academic focus that provides many moments that will appear in this newsletter that you may want to enjoy. The same can be said for Wainwright Middle School. A few joint ventures between the two schools are possibly in the works, but again, lots of opportunities exist for interaction. The picture above shows the McCutcheon Cheerleaders who visited earlier to share about their cheer clinic. They always have to pose for an action picture. They are jumping for joy with the chance to work with your child in an upcoming cheer clinic. See the link posted below. A K-12 Connection matters as your child navigates the waters of his/her academic life.  We are a community of learners. Here's hoping you can savor the flavors offered by both Wainwright and McCutcheon to add to your child's expererience and background knowledge.

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