Cole Courier

November 20, 2018



Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto


I often find myself struggling with the question, "Why are we here?" It's obvious to me, we are here to education children, but sometimes the outside mandates including testing and things like letter grades make that answer fuzzy. Because what some policy makers have found value in doesn't necessarily reach the same scope of priority as what our school corporation and school community value.  When I feel this way, I don't have to go far to be grounded in our instructional mission because while we are very focused on our state standards and also gather data and track progress, we also take time to be more than a 'Test Mill'.  Our teachers offer time each day to teach and reinforce Life Skills. Our teachers also provide experiences like Turkey Day in first grade and Cole Professional Academy where we learn basics like making a grilled cheese sandwich.  We also take time to value a strong handshake, clean up after ourselves at day's end, and understand that events like Grandparents Day and Breakfast with a Buddy matter.  All at the same time we also have strong support from the community for events like Summer Rec, Scouts, and Keep Stockwell Beautiful.  During this holiday season we should all take stock and offer gratitude for what we have. Know that each day, as your child's principal, I offer gratitude for the school and community that understands that the educaitonal experience is way outside the scope of simple book work.  And for that, I am grateful.

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Human Growth and Development


Students in grades 4 and 5 will be watching the Human Growth and Development Video on December 14. Parents are welcome to preview the video if they choose. Please contact Nurse Hudgins to arrange a time for the preview and to have any questions answered that you may have.



Cole Spiritwear Winter Orders

Please see the link below for the winter Cole Spiritwear Orders. These orders are due with payment on November 21. Please check if you would like to have these orders held back for pick up for holiday gifts. 


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Cole PTO

Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the recent Grandparents/Veterans Day event at Cole. We had many smiling faces.  Our next big event will be the Cole Holly Shop the first week of December. All items will be $2 and children can shop for all of their holiday needs at this time. The PTO is thriving thanks to support from all parents. Thank you for a wonderful year with many fun events still on the horizon.

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It is the strangest thing, but students are all given a set of headphones or ear buds to start each school year. It's part of the annual curricular supplies that follow your child and the fees you pay at registration. The strange thing is that we are having more and more of these headphones come up damaged. The culprit? Teeth. Students are chewing on the wires as they work which eventually causes them not to function as they should. We are asking parents to replace these headphones for your individual children when they are broken. Please speak with your child and see if he/she needs a new set of headphones. You don't need anything fancy, but the cost of these replacements continue to mount and if we work together - home and school - on our approach with these pieces, we can make these habits change and also ensure your child has devices to assist with school technology use.

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 Well Water Information

Please find information regarding the annual well water testing that was completed at Cole.


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 Bundle Up

As a reminder, heavy coats, gloves, and hats are needed because recess is VERY cold! We tend to get a lot of wind on the playground which makes it feel much colder. Some boys and girls have been coming in very light sweatshirts or jackets and are freezing by the time recess is over. Please remember that we will continue to go outside unless the wind chill is below 15. The kids can even throw an extra hat and gloves to keep in their backpacks. 

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 No Asbestos at Cole


October 15, 2018
Dear TSC Patron:
In 1986 Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). That law requires
all schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade, to be inspected for asbestos-containing building
The James Cole Elementary School building does not contain asbestos.
If you have questions, or concerns about AHERA regulations please direct your questions to the
Director of Buildings & Grounds at 765-474-2481.
Steven Tobias
Director of Buildings & Grounds

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Heartford House Wish List

 We are once again collecting for the Heartford House this holiday season.  Our Giving Tree will be placed in the lobby as a gathering space for these items. The Heartford House offers a safe place for police to interview children who have been victims of sexual or physical abuse or have been witnesses to violent acts.  Unfortunately over 800 interviews have been conducted at the Heartford House this year. The donated items assist in their mission. Please consider giving.

Heartford House Wish List
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Health Office News


Thank you families for updating your child's immunizations. We are so happy to see such a fast response to our notices. We have started sending out notices to families that still need updated immunizations. Please have immunizations completed as soon as possible. Indiana state policy states that a school must have updated immunization records on file for each student at the start of the school year. If you know that you have not sent in these records please do so. IC 20-34-4-3 Indiana Code 2015. The link below provides the immunizations required to attend school. Remember to get your flu shots!
2018-2019 Immunization Requirements

Thank you families for continuing to keep your children healthy! We have noticed that you are making a difference at home and teaching valuable handwashing skills! I see lots of students being diligent to wash their hands. Students with vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed eye infections, or fever over 100° should not attend school. They should be symptom free for 24 hours. Students exhibiting these symptoms at school will be sent home.

We do not perform class lice checks. It would be beneficial to your family if you check your children's heads at home on a regular basis. If you notice live lice or eggs in your child's head please remove the lice before sending your child to school. This will help us keep lice out of school. If live lice are found on your child's head at school, the student may be sent home until the living lice are removed. Thank you so much for your help with this!

Thank you for keeping medications with an adult and keeping our students safe! Our primary focus is on the health and well-being of your child. The goal for our staff is to provide our students with appropriate treatments to keep them at school and in class. The TSC physician provides standing orders for our health offices. These orders allow the use of first-aid medications including contact solution, eye drops, topical antiseptics, topical analgesics, cough drops, throat spray, antacids, oral glucose, and activated charcoal. Antihistamines (Benadryl and Pepcid) will be used as the first treatment of severe allergic reactions, and epinephrine is available if needed. It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to notify the health office at their child's school if they prefer these items not be used when treating their child.


Please contact me with any questions or health care concerns.

We are Cole Cubs!!


Katherine L. Hudgins RN
Tippecanoe School Corporation Nurse



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Kroger Rewards

Help us support Cole Elementary School by signing up for Kroger Rewards. Each time you scan your rewards card, Cole benefits.  Information below that may help you sign up:



The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods we call home. Our stores are on a mission to not just part of, but to help create a stronger community. We recognize that every community has unique causes that need support. Thank you for being such an important organization in our community.

We have recently upgraded our system, and as a result your Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number. We recommend communicating this new number to your members, and updating any marketing materials with this change. Please reference the new number when contacting us for assistance. The previous number will continue to be associated with your organization, however, it will not be visible to your members when enrolling.

We encourage you to ask your supporters to link their rewards card to your organization. Community Rewards is easy to use, The more your supporters shop with us, the more money your organization will earn!

We are committed to carefully protecting our customer's personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well.

Thank you for being such an important organization in our community,

Community Rewards Staff


A Message from Mrs. Burton,

School Counselor

 I just can't believe how quickly this school year is moving along. With the holidays approaching, this is a wonderful time to be speaking with our children about being thankful and showing gratitude. Gratitude is one of our life skills at Cole and is one of my personal favorites. When I speak with students about gratitude, the important idea I am hoping to get across is that gratitude is more than just feeling grateful, it's showing it! Here are some tips for encouraging your child to think about what he or she is thankful for as well as ways to show gratitude:

1. Say it. Having the phrase, "thank you" as part of your family's staple vocabulary is a great place to start. Thanking one another for the smallest of things teaches your child or children that there is much to be thankful for.

2. Live it. Communicating that you appreciate your child's efforts and thanking them for something specific they have done shows your child that you are paying attention and thankful for their positive actions.

3. Write it. Writing a thank you note is a great way for children to reflect on someone or something they are thankful for. Make this practice an expectation in your family.

4. Routines. Setting a routine of asking something like, "What are you most thankful for today?" can be integrated into your child's bedtime routine or a weekly dinner tradition.

5. Giving and Volunteering. Donate clothes, toys, and time to different causes whenever possible. Have conversations with your child about why you do these things and the importance of caring and helping others.

There have been many studies conducted on the benefits of experiencing and expressing gratitude. Gratitude opens the door to developing more relationships, improves physical and psychological health, enhances empathy and lowers aggression, improves self-esteem, and many more.

Mrs. Burton


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Cole Professional Academy Dates 2018-2019

 We had a wonderful Cole Professional Academy Day in October when we learned about table manners. On November 16 there will be a demonstration kitchen where students will learn basics of the kitchen including how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. These little pieces are all adding up to a body of work for our fifth grade students that we feel will serve them well into adulthood and as they advance to pursue careers in their fields of choice.



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. Please do not park in the 'islands' of the parking lot near the front entrance. Please pull into a spot at day's end and come into the building to greet your child if he/she is being picked up at day's end.

2. We are at the halfway mark of the nine weeks. Reading is a major emphasis of what we do each day. You can assist at home by encouraging nightly reading.

3. On the Cole website you will find a list of the Life Skills by week. Please look these over and make these part of your conversations at mealtime or when traveling in the car to and from events.

4. Reminder that all volunteers need to have background checks to assist with school and field trip events. Please see information at the bottom of this newsletter for assistance.


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Big Events - Plan For Them Now


2018-2019 School Year 


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. 14: 

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



November 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.



 Childhood - captured in its rawest form during the Veterans and Grandparents Day Celebration in November.  Look at those smiling and engaged faces performing for the crowd.If the picture could talk, you would hear students singing sons that are great to hear, but also add to their background of patriotic melodies. Enjoy this picture for all the goodness it has to offer. Unfortunately, childhood is fleeting. Drink in these moments for all their richness.


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