Cole Courier

February 21, 2019


Image of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra playing during the Lollipop Concert in Lafayette to Cole Fourth Graders.

Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto

 "If You Can't Go Down One Path; Go Down Another." Ruth Ewigleben


The fourth grade recently experience the Lafayette Symphony on a field trip to the annual Lollipop Concert. While in this expererience, they witnessed their music teacher, Ruth Ewigleben, performing. You see, Mrs. Ewigleben is the first chair flutist for the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. She plays beautifully. We sometimes have the rare privilege to hear her practicing while she takes her lunch or before/after school. The symphony is an experience for our students. We speak a lot about etiquette, dressing up nicely, and also proper behavior at the symphony. It's part of the overall mission of our school to grow kind citizens and is part of the foundation we set in grades K - Fourth Grades for the fifth grade Cole Professional Academy experience.


This particular symphony experience included "The Flight of the Bumblebee". This is a piece that has a really long flute solo which usually invovles two flutists playing the part because the part is so intense and it's hard to catch one's breath doing it solo. Unfortunately, Mrs. Ewigleben was tasked with the job by herself. She shared with me leading up to the performance that she was concerned because the part was so daunting. So when the students left, I texted her and asked, "How did it go?" She replied that it was fine, but that she wasn't happy with a few parts in the performance because of breaths needed to be had and not a lot of time to accomplish it.  She had an afternoon performance that day and the main show that evening. Around 10 pm, I texted her again and asked, "How did it go?" To which she responded, "I changed my fingering in the second and third performance so that I could get a bit more breath. I'm pleased with how it went."


Later, when I spoke with her about the performance when we were together as a staff, Mrs. Ewigleben said, "If you can't go down one path; go down another." There's some truth to this statement and something we all could glom onto and make part of our own. It also is a good quote to keep in your back pocket when working with your own children. You see, there are going to be roadblocks that occur in life. Life is full of them. We can choose to sit at the roadblock and be stuck in place, or we can choose to go down another path. We speak a lot to our students about perservance, grit, and self-regulation. For children, finding their way in the world can be a challenge. It's important that we show them that when one path is blocked, another one may lead him/her to the desired destination. It's also important that we model this thinking with our children. Talk out loud to your child during times when one path is closed and you are chosing another. Your own flexible journey will help model for your child approaches and attitudes for him/her to use as they move through life. Great job, Mrs. Ewigleben.

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Kindergarten Roundup

The Tippecanoe School Corporation will host Kindergarten Roundup for the 2019-2020 school year on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at all 11 of its elementary schools. Parents/Guardians enrolling an incoming kindergarten student must contact the school before roundup to acquire a username and password for online registration. Also before roundup, parents/guardians are asked to gather all information needed for the child's emergency contact list, as this information will be needed for online registration. Families must also provide the child's immunization record, proof of residency and legal birth certificate (not the certificate presented by the hospital) or passport during roundup. Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns. Children must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2019 to be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten at Cole next year, please call Cole at 523-2141 and ask for Kelly. We will also be scheduling a time for you to bring your child on April 22 for the Kindergarten Assessment Day. We look forward to a new den of Cole Cubs!

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GRADE 3 IREAD Information

On March 18, 2019 all third grade students at James Cole Elementary School will be taking the IREAD3 Test. This test is used as a basic measure of your child's ability to read. Passing this test is a determination in most cases for passing into fourth grade.  Below, please find three links with information about this test.  Your child's teacher will/has been in contact with you regarding your child's progress this school year in reading. Please work closely with her and continue to make reading a priority in your home.

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Kids Heart Challenge


Dear Cole Elementary Parents,


Your child should already have received a collection envelope for the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge (which you may remember as Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart). We are excited to continue to help those with special hearts!  We just kicked off and already have 12 students registered online!  Our school has been selected to pilot a new incentive:  If we can get half (=144) of our students to register online, we will be awarded $300 in PE equipment!  Ask your student about Finn and how they can be a heart warrior for kids like him!  To get started, visit our school's website below. By registering online, it becomes easy for you and your donors to raise donations for the mission of the American Heart Association.  Your student will pick a health challenge, like drinking more water, getting additional exercise, or doing a good deed

(and will earn a wristband!)



Click Here to Register your student!


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Daylight Saving Time: March 10

At 2:00 on Sunday morning, March 10, all clocks will be moved forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. So, please mark your calendars and before you head off to bed Saturday evening, move your clocks forward one hour. It means less sleep for one night, but you will be on time Sunday and for the days that lie ahead.  

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Grade 4 Camp Tecumseh: May 9 and 10

The fourth grade overnight field trip to Camp Tecumseh is scheduled for May 9 and 10. There will be a parent meeting held on February 26 at 6:00. Please plan to attend. We are once again blessed to have the entire $50+ fee for each child covered by the John and Ruby Parks Trust. Special thanks to Mrs. Bredar and Mrs. Ferger for spending a Saturday away from their families training with parent volunteers and the evening of May 9 away from their families so the fourth grade will have this wonderful experience.  


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Bulky Trash and E-Waste

On March 30 and 31 from 8-6 dumpsters will be located in the Cole parking lot to receive your bulky trash. No appliances will be accepted but tires will be welcome.  There will also be E-Recycling from 8-2 on March 30 for your electronic recycling needs. This is a service provided by Keep Stockwell Beautiful.  

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Keep Stockwell Beautiful Chili Supper

Do you use the recycling bins in Stockwell? Do you enjoy seeing the plants around Stockwell and the banners? Have you visited the newly rejuvenated Cole Outdoor Education Center? If so, you are noticing the benefits of Keep Stockwell Beautiful. You can support Keep Stockwell Beautiful in their efforts by supporting the Chili Supper on March 2 from 4-7 at the Stockwell United Methodist Church. Free Will donations are accepted at the door. Please stop by and support this organization that benefits our community and has had a positive impact on Cole Elementary School. 




Toppings: Onions, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Fritos


Mac n Cheese


Hot  Dogs

Toppings: Mustard, Ketchup, Relish, Pickles, Tomatoes, ONions, Jalapenos, Pepperchini, Nacho Cheese, Coney Sauce


Ice Cream Bar

Cobbler, Brownies, Cookies, Cones, Toppings


Water, Lemonda, Tea


Silent Auction


Food Served: 4-7

Program at 5:30

Silent Auction Bids Close at 6:45 pm


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Students Share Their Learning

We had an amazing round of student sharing during our recent spring parent-teacher conference event.  Thank you for making conferences a priority and attending so your child will have a chance to share their learning. There was so much positive feedback from this event that we will do it again next February in a Students Share Their Learning Evening.  We will hold traditional face-to-face parent conferences in October next year, but will offer this evening which will have a scheduled time and an expectation of attendance for the winter/spring go-around. As always, your teaher is available if you have a question or need a meeting and we will continue to do the same if we need to speak with you. However, there was amazing power when students sat down with you and shared their learning goals, their levels of achievement, and their next steps. It was also powerful to hear you interact with your child about how you would celebrate successes, how you would work together with your child toward a goal, and the areas you are most proud of with your child. It was also powerful for you to see completed work, technology integration, and even art work hanging in the hallways. Thank you for your near 100% attendance at this year's event and for having such a heavy hand in your child's learning.

Flyer for McCutcheon Performing Arts production of Wlly Wonka on March 15 and 16 at 7 PM and March 17 at 3 PM
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Breakfast with a Buddy

The Cole PTO is teaming with the Cole Student Council for Breakfast with a Buddy on March 13 and March 14 from 8:15-8:45. Families, please choose one morning to come to school for a free donut and coffee or milk.  This community-building activity is meant for your child to have a special moment with a "Buddy" at school. 

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Cole PTO

Congratulation and thank you to the following parents who have been elected to be Cole PTO Officers for the 2019-2020 school year:


President: Jasmine Reed       Vice-President: Crysta Kas

Secretary: Paula Holmes        Treasurer: Emily Flynn


The final PTO meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:00 in the Kelley Library. Childcare will be provided. 

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Spring PIctures

Spring Pictures will be taken on Friday, April 5. This is the picture cycle in which students can bring in props like stuffed animals, helmets, favorite uniforms, etc. 

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Art Show Awards

Congratulations to the following students who will have their art work displayed from March 1-29 at the Northend Community Center on Elmwood Avenue with an opening reception on March 1 from 5-7.  Great work!


Piper Bredar       Layla Bredar           Collyn Buis     

Hollis Moseley    Brett Bowman         Carter Foley

Braden LaFon     Conner Gamble      Anna Huffer

Joey Pattison 

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Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to Cole March 13 and 14. Students will be shopping on March 13 with the book fair open for Breakfast with a Buddy both March 13 and 14. We thank Mrs. Rosebraugh for her efforts with the Book Fair.

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 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


As we work through our staff book study on "Unselfie" by Dr. Michele Borba, there are many things that are worth sharing. If we want our children to be more empathetic and less "all about me," parents and educators need to work together to instill these values and encourage this type of mindset and behaviors in our children. One strategy that stood out during our last discussion is the concept of aligning the praise we give with children's character.


Focus on Character


Instead of focusing solely on the behavior, use labels to identify positive character traits. When you notice your child caring or helping others, say things like, "You're the kind of person who likes to help other people" or "You are a considerate and helpful person." This is character-focused praise. If children are positively reinforced for being kind and empathetic human beings, they are more likely to grow in these areas. Let's not only praise our children's accomplishments (awards, grades, sports, etc.) but intentionally focus on what matters most, how our children view the world and how they treat others.

Mrs. Burton


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Health Office News 


I want to thank you all for the warm welcome I have received at Cole Elementary.   I am still settling in to my new position here, but I want all parents and students to know that my goal will always be to keep our kids healthy so that they are able to do and be their best.  Unfortunately, February is a tough month for illness at school, as I have quickly learned. As a reminder to us all, the TSC criteria for keeping your student home from school is as follows:

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.  

Looking ahead:  


      We have some extended hours field trips coming up.  If your child has medications due during extended field trip hours, it is the parents' responsibility to make arrangements with the health office for their child to receive necessary medications during field trips.  Students are not to bring their own medications to school or field trips so please be sure to make arrangements with the school nurse beforehand.


       I look forward to getting to know our students better and having a healthy and productive rest of the school year.

Please contact me with any questions or health care concerns.

Go Cole Cubs!


Melanie J. Ratcliff, RN
Tippecanoe School Corporation Nurse


James Cole Elementary School 765-523-1966
Wainwright Middle School: 765-269-8357

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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


 Our fifth grade had a wonderful Cole Professional Academy Interview Day on February 1. The picture above shows two of the 27 local businesses that came to Cole to help our students learn the fine art of an interview. We are almost there! One more Cole Professional Academy afternoon lies ahead and then we will see how many of our students have done the extra work necessary to become Cole Professionals. They will be honored with an Evening of Celebration on April 2 and Duncan Hall. The Cole Professional Academy is a unique-to-Cole experience which could not happen without the support of many local businesses and individuals who are investing in our children's future.  


March 8: Internet Presence & Plagiarism

April 2: Evening of Celebration at Duncan Hall

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Quick Hits

1. Do you have a child who will turn 5 before August 1? If so, please call Cole and get signed up for Kindergarten Roundup?

2. What was your proudest moment from the recent student-led conferences?

3. Is your child playing Summer Rec? Please make sure to sign up. The deadline looms.

4. Have you posted the new dates for end-of-year events in your calendar? Some dates have changed with the recent school cancellations.

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Big Events - Plan For Them Now


2018-2019 School Year 



Feb. 26: Camp Tecumseh Parent Meeting (6:00)

Feb. 28: Grade 4 take NAEP Assessment

March 1: Youth Art Exhibit (Northend Community Center)

March 8: Cole Professional Academy

March 10: Daylight Saving Time 2:00 a.m.

March 13-14: Spring Book Fair

March 13-14: Breakfast with a Buddy (8:15-8:45)

March 14: Cole Spelling Bee

March 14: Grade 2 and 3 Music Program *Canceled*

March 18: Grade 3 IREAD Test 

March 30-31 Bulky Trash (8-6) E-Recycling (8-2 on 3/30)

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 14: 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 22: Awards Programs: Grades 1-2 (9:30), 3-4 (10:15)

May 24: Talent Show

May 27: No School: Memorial Day

May 28: Field Day

May 28: Last Day of School *Subject to Change 

Wainwright Save The Date with information about 5th grade visits on April 15 from 10-1 for Cole and April 17 from 10-1 for Dayton. Fifth grade transition meeting April 18 at 6:00 pm to answer questions about Chromeboooks, Canvas, lockers, etc.
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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:  March 4, 18    April 1, 15, 29            May 13

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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. 


TSC E-Flyers Link

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Register for TSC Alerts and Notifications

Stay informed with any news events in TSC including weather cancellations or delays by registering for the TSC Alerts and Notifications. The process is simple. Click on the link below and follow the steps:


TSC Alerts and Notifications Link 

Kindergarten and first grade students dressed as princesses and princes and seven dwarfs from the K/1 Fairy Tale Ball.

K-1 Fairy Tale Ball was a great time for students. Events like this would not be possible without parent volunteers who help make the memories happen, dress up in outfits, and send in donations for these events. We appreciate the efforts of our staff and our parents who make events like this happen. Memories are built when we work together as a team. 


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8:15 AM - 8:45 AM
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


6418 E. 900 S. • Lafayette, IN 47909 • (765) 523-2141


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