Cole Courier

September 27, 2018


Collage of 9 classroom doors decorated for College Go Week.

Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto


The Cole Student Council, led by Mrs. Ferger and Mrs. Lord, have many wonderful activities planned throughout the school year. The most recent school-wide event celebrated College Go Week where the benefits of going to a one, two, or four year college or trade school was discussed on announcements, with Mrs. Burton in counseling classroom lessons, and by the teachers. There was a door decorating contest held to highlight this event as well as a different theme each day.  The student council's next mission: Red Ribbon Week which will occur at the end of October. Thank you, Cole Student Council for celebrating many facets of life in a fun and engaging way. It makes the days a bit more fun and sends a positive message to our students.

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Retirement for a Cole "Legend"

Long time TSC Bus Driver, Mary Fitzsimons, who currently drives bus 1402 for Cole and Wainwright, has announced her retirement effective immediately so she can concentrate on some medical issues she has encountered. Mary always made sure her students were accounted for and always literally drove the extra mile to deliver her students safely to school when roads were bad or something prevented her normal route. We appreciate Mary and her 27 years of service to the Tippecanoe School Corproation.  Thank you, Mrs. Fitzsimons, for your service to Cole. You are a Cole "Legend".

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Cole PTO News

We had a fantastic turnout for our first Cole PTO meeting which was held in September. The next PTO meeting will be held on November 6 at 6:00 in the Kelley Library. Please plan to attend.


Please also pass along your loved ones that the Cole Grandparents/Veterans Day program will be held on November 9 with the K-2 performing at 1:00 and grades 3-5 performing at 2:00. Please spread the word. 


Aerial picture of the Corn Maze (Stranger Things) which is currently cut at Exploration Acres.

Exploration Acres Fun Event

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.

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Background Checks for Volunteers
September 30 is the date that any background checks from last year will expire. In their place, a more thorough background check will be required to volunteer on field trips or in the school. Information regarding how to complete this background check can be found at the bottom of this newsleetter. Thank you for doing your part to ensure the safety of the students and staff at Cole through your participation.  These checks will be valid for three years.
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Parent-Teacher Conferences


The first nine weeks grading period ends on Friday, October 12. The following week (October 15-19) Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at school with evening conferences scheduled October 16 and 18 and morning conferences scheduled at 8:15 and 8:30. Your child was given a sheet for you to complete and return no later than October 3 to allow you to offer your preference on dates/time.  We will schedule the spring conferences on the corresponding dates February 4-8 for your convenience.

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School Pictures

October 10: Fall Pictures

November 14: Picture Retakes and Yearbook Pictures

April 5: Spring PIctures (Remember your favorite props)


Movie Graphic for the movie "Sherlock Gnomes" with four gnomes wearing blue, green, and red hats.

 Movie Night/Fundraiser Pickup

The first movie night of the year will be held on Friday, October 5 from 6:00-8:00 in the Cole gymnasium. The PTO will be showing the movie "Sherlock Gnomes". Admission is $2.00 per person unless you have a pass from the fall fundraiser. All concessions are 50 cents except for the famous $1 Cole Movie Matinee Hot Dogs. Plan to pick up your cookie dough and trash bag orders when you drop off or pick up your child. 

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 ILEARN Information

All Cole 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be taking a new assessment called the ILEARN this school year. This assessment replaces the ISTEP. The test will be given during one window in late April and early May and is the basis for our school's letter grade. Please read more about this test by clicking on the link below.  

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Health Office


What a great start to the school year! Mrs. Gibson and I are excited to be back at Cole Elementary this year to help keep Cole Cubs healthy and safe.

A few health office reminders:


Students are not permitted to carry any medication to or from school. This includes over the counter medications. All medications (except for emergency medications with written authorization from physician)  are to be carried in by a parent/guardian. Annual medication administration permission forms signed by a parent or guardian are also required for us to administer medications in the health office.
Letters will soon be going home to students who may be missing required immunizations. If you receive a letter, it may indicate that your child has missing immunizations. However, it may also simply indicate that we have not received updated immunization records. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Students in grades K,1,3 and 5 were recently screened for vision. Referral forms have been sent home for those students whose results indicate they would benefit from a visit to an eye care provider.  If you receive a vision referral letter and have questions, do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.

General Tippecanoe School Corporation Exclusion Criteria

Students with vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed skin rashes, eye infections, or fever over 100° should not attend school. Students exhibiting these symptoms at school will be sent home.

With vomiting and diarrhea, the school nurse will evaluate any associated circumstances and other symptoms before making an exclusion decision. Children vomit for reasons other than illness, including coughing, stress, exertion, reflux and food intolerance.

Students with vomiting, diarrhea, or fever over 100º should not return to school until the symptoms have resolved without medication for 24 hours.

Students with pink eye may return to school with a doctor's note when the symptoms subside or when a student shows treatment has begun with appropriate eye drops. Contagious skin rashes should be reported to your school nurse and a note will be required by your child's physician to return to school.

Please remember with all of these exclusion criteria that our job is to facilitate students remaining in school. Our goal is to have the child miss as little class time as possible.


Please contact me with any questions or health care concerns.


Katherine L. Hudgins RN
Tippecanoe School Corporation Nurse

James Cole Elementary: 765-772-1966
Wainwright Middle School: 765-269-8357
Woodland Elementary: 765-269-8225

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Cole Spirit Wear Orders

The Back to School Cole Spirit Wear Orders will be arriving for distribution in the next few days. We will be sending another form during parent-teacher conference week for anyone interested in orders for now or to hold for the holidays. We will hold all orders marked as 'Hold' and contact you to pick them up for gifts, etc.  


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Ways to Help


Items for Christmas Boxes to help relieve the fight against hunger in Clarks Hill: Items can be collected by dropping at Cole.  Boxed Goods:



  • Instant Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Cake/Brownie Mixes/Cookie Mixes & Containers of Frosting
  • Can Goods:
  • Assorted Fruit
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Soups/Broths & Bullion
  • Cream of Mushroom/Celery/Chicken
  • Assorted Can Goods for general Pantry Needs.
  • Assorted Foods:\Pasta, Rice & Egg Noodles
  • Rolls
  • Pies
  • Frozen Hams & Turkeys or Monetary Donations
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Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz returns to Cole in November and December. This is a fee-based program offering students a chance to interact with Legos and have a lot of fun. All meetings will be held after school in the computer lab.  Please see the information linked below and register your child if you are interested. 


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A Message from Mrs. Burton,

School Counselor

 Your Minds Matters

During the month of October we will begin our grade level themes for the remainder of the school year. My hope is that students are exposed to a wide range of mindsets and skills throughout their K-5 experience in the realms of social/emotional, academic, and college/career readiness through the school counseling program. The grade level themes include:

Kindergarten: Social Skills/Life Skills

1st Grade: Self-Regulation

2nd Grade: Conflict Resolution

3rd Grade: Learning about the Brain (Mindfulness, Growth Mindset)

4th Grade: Student Success Skills (Academic Skills)

5th Grade: Career Readiness/Self-Exploration

For more information on the mindsets and behaviors school counselors aim to cover during a student's K-12 experience, visit:

- Mrs. Burton


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Cole Professional Academy Dates 2018-2019


What is a professional? Mr. John Smith discussed this topic with fifth graders. How do you dress for success? Dr. Christopher Huffer and Diane Boener spoke separately to the young ladies and young men about dressing for success. The young men learned how to tie a tie. The young ladies learned about not wearng too much makeup or 'vampire nails' to an interview. This is always a great visit for our students. Next month, look our students will learn how to use proper manners while dining..


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

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Quick Hits

1. Have you returned your conference sign-up form?

2.Winter is coming. Have you signed up for TSC alerts? See information below if you are interested.

3. Do you know Bulky Trash Days will be held again at Cole on October 27 and 28? This is a chance for you to dispose of those bulky trash items in dumpsters in the parking lot.

4. The Book Fair is coming: November 6-9.

5. How is your child's AR goal coming along?

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Big Events - Plan For Them Now


2018-2019 School Year 


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. 18: Great US Shakeout (Earthquake Drill)

Oct. 19: Student Council Electronic Day $1

Oct. 22-25: Red Ribbon Week

Nov. 6: Cole PTO Meeting (6:00)

Nov. 7-9: Book Fair

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. 9: Christmas with a Cop (Clarks Hill: 11-4)

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

              Thomas Duncan Hall; Lafayette, IN

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



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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Young Hoosier Books

The book shelf in the picture above is mostly empty, and that's okay. Because the shelf holds Young Hoosier Books and the fourth and fifth grade students are reading them with vigor. Young Hoosier Books are chosen by librarians across Indiana as quality literature. Each year students who have read 5 or more Young Hoosier Books have  a chance to

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