Cole Courier

December 20, 2018



Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto

Connect Four





Candy Land


We are at the point in the year when the weather is not so nice and the boredom sets in. This is a great time to break out the board or card games and have some fun as a family. Games teach many life skills. They teach strategy, cooperation, honesty, patience, manners, and respect. They also are memory builders and a chance just to talk.  Parents, you will find there are certain spots in life where your child will open up and share and not really realize they are sharing hopes, dreams, worries, and successes. These times often occur when the child is most at ease. Laughing and enjoying a board or card games opens that door for you for conversatoins about life. It's also just plain fun.  Consider a board or card game this time of year. You will be glad you did.


Medications to School

Tippecanoe School Corporation policy dictates that no medication should be transported from home to school or school to home by a student. There are certain life-saving medication exceptions that can be addressed by the school nurse if you have questions. Please help us keep your child and other children safe but not sending medications to school with them. We cannot accept the medication and you will be called to the school to pick up the medication. We also cannot administer any medication that has been transported by a student. Cough drops are considered a medication, but we do have cough drops at school. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are available at the school and can be administered wiht parent permission.


Water Report

Please see information linked below regarding testing that has been completed on the water from the wells at James Cole Elementary School.


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Cole PTO

Wow! We have had a busy semester. In the course of 90 school days, we have held a successful family event at Exploration Acres, honored our grandparents and veterans with a great program, funded several ideas that classroom teachers have had, assisted classroom teachers with their beginning of the year classroom start-up costs, run a Holly Shop which allows our students to shop for inexpensive but worthwhile gifts for the holidays, provided frozen yogurt and movie nights several times to our students, and supported Cole's efforts to be a CLASS school. It all happens because of dedicated parents, committed to making Cole the best it can be. Look for more great opportunities in the second semester. Thank you for all that you do. 


Order forms for the school yearbook have been sent home. They are due February 15.  Yearbooks are $16 each. Please make note of this deadline if you are interested in ordering one for your child.

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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. 


 NAEP: Grade 4 at Cole


Grades 4 and 8 – Mathematics and reading assessments



Dear Parent or Guardian:


James Cole Elementary School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 28, 2019. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.


All fourth graders at James Cole Elementary will take an assessment in mathematics or reading. In addition to subject-area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. The questionnaires provide valuable information about participating students' educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. As part of the 2019 National Indian Education Study, American Indian and Alaska Native students may receive additional questions tailored to their educational experiences and their opportunities to learn about their culture and traditions. More information about NAEP survey questionnaires is available at under the section "What Questions Are on the Test?"


The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students, including transition time and directions.



The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

·         Your child's grades will not be affected.

·         Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

·         While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by January 15, 2019.


There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do his or her best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at ContactPeggy Lucas at 1-800-283-6237 or at PEGGYLUCAS@NAEPMAIL.WESTAT.COM if you have any questions.


We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that James Cole Elementary's students will show what our nation's students know and can do.




Mike Pinto




National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is authorized to conduct NAEP by the National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act (20 U.S.C. §9622) and to collect students' education records from education agencies or institutions for the purposes of evaluating federally supported education programs under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(3)(iii) and 99.35). All of the information provided by participants may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). By law, every NCES employee as well as every NCES agent, such as contractors and NAEP coordinators, has taken an oath and is subject to a jail term of up to 5 years, a fine of $250,000, or both if he or she willfully discloses ANY identifiable information about participants. Electronic submission of participant's information will be monitored for viruses, malware, and other threats by Federal employees and contractors in accordance with the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015. The collected information will be combined across respondents to produce statistical reports.


Counselor News

Over the past few weeks I have been working with grades 3-5 on mindfulness and healthy coping skills. This is a difficult time for children and young people with the pressures of testing performance, social media, and anxiety-provoking world events. It is important for students to be aware of the things that lead to stress as well as healthy ways to cope. This month third and fourth grade students focused on identifying people or actions that bring them joy and warm their hearts. They also practiced a mindful breathing exercise in which they were able to "tune" into their bodies and simply slow down. 5th grade students took time to identify the types of things that lead to stress and worry and then worked on exploring tools or actions that can help them through difficult times. I encourage you to speak with your child about this topic. These are some of my favorite topics to work on with students as they bring so much insight into their world, bringing us right down to their level. I am grateful for all of the students and families at Cole and wish you all a very happy holiday season!

Mrs. Burton

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Health Office News 


December 12, 2018

Dear TSC parents and guardians,

The Tippecanoe County Health Department has informed us that we have six students who have confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) — five students from Harrison High School and one from Battle Ground Middle School. Pertussis is a contagious respiratory illness that can spread person-to-person by coughing and sneezing.

We want to provide our school community with the information in case your student exhibits symptoms that may indicate pertussis.

Symptoms usually begin 7-10 days following exposure (range 4-21 days). The first symptoms of pertussis are those of the common cold with a mild cough. After a week or two, the cough becomes more severe and may occur more frequently during sleep. As the cough gets worse, it usually includes a series of coughs (coughing fits or spasms). People with pertussis may have vomiting following the coughing spell and have difficulty catching their breath, which may cause a whooping sound. However, not everyone develops a whoop; it is not as common in older children and adults as it is in younger children. Generally, there is no fever or only a low grade fever with pertussis.

It is important that you not send your child to school if he or she has any of the signs and symptoms of pertussis mentioned above. If you suspect your child may have pertussis, you should contact your doctor. If children with these symptoms are present in our school, their parents may be called to take them home and have them evaluated by a physician.


If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse or me, Krystal Zahn, at 765-772-1742 or  


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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

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Cole Professional Academy Dates 2018-2019


We had a wonderful Cole Professional Academy in December as our fifth graders learned about funeral etiquette, concert etiquette, and sportsmanship. Our fifth graders are moving forward with their commitments to achieving all of the requirements to become Cole Professionals. 



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. Are you signed up for TSC Event Alerts?

2. What is your plan if our school dismisses early for the day?

3. Do you ever visit the Bookmobile when it visits Stockwell or Clarks Hill?

4. Do you know someone who has a child who will be five on or before August 1, 2019? We are looking for future Cole Cubs. Have them call Cole. 

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Big Events - Plan For Them Now


2018-2019 School Year 


Jan. 10: Second Nine Weeks Awards Program

Jan. 11: Report cards available to parents

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Days Activities in classroom

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

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 ($80)

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


Dates: January 7, 21   February 4, 18


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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.



This picture represents community in its purest form. It is a picture outside the Clarks Hill Fire Station. Inside, 36 children and their families are being fed a ham and turkey dinner donated by the community. Inside, with the children, are community volunteers, who, with the Clarks Hill Town Marshal, will board the bus from the Tippecanoe School Corporation and go to Walmart for Christmas with a Cop. Each shopper will be armed with a $100 to purchase clothing from a list and with the remaining balance, purchase a small toy. The funds for the shopping came from community donations.  Community - in its purest form.


One doesn't have to look far to see community this time of year. We have had generosity spilled forth by local business, the Cole PTO remains a generous source of goodness, and the children are the beneficiaries.  It's heartwarming to see folks rowing together in the interest of a cause. Differences are being made and memories are being cultivated. Community - what a wonderful thing. 


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