Cole Courier

October 13, 2017    Volume 13 Number 4



Mrs. DeFreese, like all the Cole Teachers, look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences next week!


Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Next week you will sit across the table from your child's teacher. This can be both exciting and also a bit intimidating (for both you as the parent and for the teacher). Just know that the dialogue and collaboration that you have regarding your child is so very important to both the academic and social-emotional growth of your child. We strive for 100% attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please help us hit this goal. Know that we welcome the chance to sit down and have a good conversation with you. Also know that the biggest attribute we can offer back and forth to each other is trust. Trust that the teacher is working in your child's best interest. Trust that we will get them where they need to be.  Likewise, we will trust that you will follow-through when needed. We will also trust that you are speaking from the heart because we will be as well.  When we look upon a child's education, we look at this as a marathon, not a sprint.  Along the way there will be many opportunities to sit down across the table from, or alongside your child's teacher. Know that if I can be of service in any capacity after your conference, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.  As always, thank you for allowing us to join the educational journey with your child.

Mike Pinto, Principal


Counseling Update

To follow up "College Go Week," Mrs. Burton will be working with students on college and career readiness during the month of October. It's never too early to start discussing the possibility of attending college and what it takes to get there. Students are encouraged to start thinking about what types of careers they are interested in and what they can do now to start working toward their goals. 


Maverick Monster Mash

The Maverick Monster Mash is a fun experience for children. This event is sponsored by the McCutcheon Athletic Department as a way to raise funds to support initiatives like Unified Sporting Events. Please see the buttons below for more information. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. 


Digital Citizenship

Technology is evolving. There is no way to keep up with all the apps and media that your child can access. The best safety tip is to communicate with your child and create an

open dialogue about the dangers that exist in the online world. Article that talks about some of the worst apps (2016) are linked below in the button tabs.



Michael Farraday's Chemical History of a Candle

Free! Michael Farraday's Chemical History of a Candle will be the them of the annual Fall Chemistry Show at Purdue. Interesting demonstrations about candles will be central to the presentation during an hour-long presentation at Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry Room 200 on Saturday, October 21 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. This presentation will also include a free take-home demonstration. 


Mr. Russell is a Father!

Congratulations to Mr. Russell and his wife, Mary, on their first child! Elodie Marie Russell arrived to the world on Friday, October 6.  Mom, baby, and Mr. Russell are doing fine. We are excited for the Russell family and send our warmest congratulations! 


McCutcheon Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 11, 2017

9am – 2pm at McCutcheon High School

4951 Old US 231 S, Lafayette, IN 47909

Over 100 Vendors * Free Admission

Handmade Crafts * Unique Gifts * Fussed Glass * Jewelry *     Wood Crafts * Holiday Decorations * Direct Sales * Bake Sale

Come and start your Christmas shopping with us by supporting our McCutcheon Bands and local vendors.


Affirmations Matter

On the front counter at Cole one will find a stack of papers neatly cut with lines and a heading that reads Cole Affirmations.  These affirmation cards are there so that one can jot down a quick note of praise or thanks to someone and pass it along. As we enter the second nine weeks which includes parent-teacher conferences and opportunities like Grandparents Day, I encourage you to take a moment to grab one of these cards, or use something from home and write an affirmation to another parent who has helped you or your child and to a staff member(s) who have helped your child. It doesn't take long to do. It means so much. And the beauty of a handwritten affirmation is that it is something that can be saved and read over and over again. Please help spread positive in this world. Write an affirmation. 



Parent Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at Cole during the week of October 17-20.  There will be slots for morning (8:15 & 8:30) as well as availability after school and evening. A sheet with information about your availability will be sent home in the next few days and will need to be returned by Tuesday, October 3 so teachers can schedule. Thank you for your assistance. We will once again meet our expectation of 100% attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences through your cooperation and follow-through. 


Bulky Trash, Tire & Medicine Collection

Keep Stockwell Beautiful will be hosting Bulky Trash and Tire Collection Days on October 28 and 29 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Five dumpsters will be in the Cole Parking lot for community members to bring large items for disposal. No electronics or appliances will be taken. The Clarks Hill Marshall will be present on October 28 from 10:00 until Noon to collect prescription medication for disposal. Please, no needles or sharpies at this disposal. This is a service provided to the community by Keep Stockwell Beautiful.


Grabbing the Glue Gun

It is so challenging as parents to want to be supportive, but not cross the line.  Schools love parent involvement, working alongside your child as they make their educatioal journey. What we also like is for the product of student learning to be authentic. To that end, resist the temptation to grab the glue gun and complete the project or task for your child. You are better served sitting nearby or offering suggestions, but having the child complete the task. Because while we love it when students come with wonderful products, we also love to know that we are assessing the child's work, not that of the parent.  In the end, the project might not look perfect, but if one always grabs the glue gun, one will never truly learn how to use it properly. You can help raise an adult by offering your child guidance, but not doing the project for him/her. 



Classroom Parties Moderation

We are at the point in the year where the first of the classroom celebrations will be occurring. The fall parties take many shapes and sizes in different rooms. One thing we are working on this year as part of a corporation initiative toward healthy choices and wellness is to offer moderation to our class parties. Please follow your child's teacher's lead on this. One snack and drink is sufficient. Often, very well-intentioned parents send in many different food choices for parties in large quantities. What winds up happening is that there is a tremendous amount of waste, children overdo it with sugar, and the message received is that the only way to have fun is to eat in large quantities. We are practicing moderation at classroom parties now and into the future. Again, please assist us by following your child's teacher's lead in terms of snacks and drinks.


Cole PTO

The Cole PTO is very active in its support of the students and staff at Cole. Every parent is a member of the Cole PTO. We would love to have you join us for meetings and lend your assistance to the many programs they have in place. Please find some important dates listed below and please, plan to attend our first meeting. 


November 7: Cole PTO Meeting (6:00) 

November 10: Grandparents Day (1:00-3:00)


Cole Professional Academy

The Cole Professional Academy had a successful launch in September. This program, which targets professional "Soft Skills" with fifth graders, began with a focus on the definition of a professional, dressing professionally, dressing for success, and the value of a mentor.  This program runs through April when fifth graders who have completed all of their Professional Academy assignments will be honored at a 'graduation' ceremony.  Many local community organizations and business people have collaborated with the Cole Staff to make this event a reality.  Reminder to all Cole fifth graders that they are to wear their Cole Professional Academy white collared shirts on the day of the event. Dates are posted on Facebook and the school website.  They are also listed below:


November 17:  Etiquette

December 15:  Personal Safety/Responsibility

January 19:     Community Service/Service to Others

February 23: Personal Integrity

March 2:     Money/Time Management

April 24: Cole Professional Academy Graduation


Big Events - Plan For Them Now

May 1: Grade 4 and 5 Pond Day

May 2: Grade 3 to Fair Oaks Farms

May 3: Grade 5 Chicago Trip

May 10 & 11: Grade 4 to Camp Tecumseh overnight

May 11: Grade 5 to Martell Forest

May 11: First Grade Mother's Day Tea

May 14: Fifth Grade Celebration

May 16: Third Grade Wax Museum

May 18: Kindergarten Celebration

May 22: Field Day

May 23: Awards Day: 1st & 2nd (9:30); 3rd & 4th (10:15)

May 24: Talent Show *Subject to Change


Volunteer Information

As per Tippecanoe School Corporation Policy 8120 – Volunteers, each volunteer who is in direct contact with students will be required to submit a Limited Criminal History Record Check in order to volunteer within the school. Any chaperone who wishes to attend a field trip must also have a completed and approved Limited Criminal History Record Check as well. These forms are available on the TSC website and have been sent home already. Please contact Kelly Kesterson in the Cole Office if you have any questions.



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.


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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