Cole Courier

November 3, 2017    Volume 13 Number 5



Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

At James Cole Elementary School, as well as in all Tippecanoe School Corporation Elementary Schools, a commitment is being made to intentionally teach STEM Skills in grades K-5. Each nine weeks there is a grade level STEM activity that occurs which is provided by the school corporation.  The Cole PTO also supports classroom teachers in their efforts to teach STEM activities with funding at each level for materials. Science instruction now includes technology, engineering, and math.  It is interactive. It is messy. It is sometimes frustrating when we try something and it doesn't work. But in the end, what we are hoping for with our students is that they are better thinkers who can work together to solve a problem and are not afraid to try, fail, and try again.  Ask your child about STEM. Look for a Cole Science Night on February 23 at 6:00 before the Movie Night that same day.


Grandparents/Veterans Day

 We are ready for Grandparents/Veterans Day on Friday, November 10.  Mrs. Ewigleben will be offering a patriotic tribute to our veterans including the "American Classics" that Cole works to ensure our students know before leaving us.  There will be a rehearsal of the music program at 2:00 on Thursday, November 9 with the full program occurring  on November 10.  Because of our larger student population, we will have some changes this year to the program schedule.

1:00-1:30:  Grades K-2 and Grade 5 Program

2:00-2:30:  Grades 3-5 Program

Students are to wear Red, White, and Blue 


The book fair will be open for grandparents to shop beginning at Noon. We are asking that shopping occurs with grandparent only until after the final show ends at 2:30.  Students in grades 3-5 will be in their classrooms beginning at 1:00 to host grandparents and to do classroom activities.  They will proceed to the gymnasium prior to the 2:00 show.  Students in grades K-2 will begin in the gymnasium with their music show and will then proceed to the classroom for activities.  When both shows are finished, students will be able to walk around the building to show off different for tours, etc.  Please make sure grandparents "check out" with each classroom teacher if they are taking a grandchild with them at the end of their stay. 


We thank the PTO for their efforts with this annual event and celebration. We are hoping the change in schedule will accommodate our larger population and make for a more enjoyable and less congested experience for all. 


Daylight Saving Time

Remember it's time to move your clocks back "Fall Back" one hour before bed on Saturday evening, November 4 for Daylight Saving Time. The actual time is Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 a.m., but a good habit is to set the clocks back before heading off to bed. Don't forget the clocks in your car. It's also a good time to change your smoke detector batteries in your house.  


Public Schools Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Mrs. Burton, Curtis, DeFreese, Erickson, Ewigleben, Ferger, Oakley, Storms, and Mr. Russell for receiving a Public School Foundation to support the efforts of the Cole Professional Academy. They will be recognized at a reception on November 15 at the Long Center. Great job, teachers and thank you for supporting our students.


Counseling Update

During the month of November Mrs. Burton will be working with students on the importance of showing gratitude. Class lessons will include understanding what gratitude is and how to show it. Students will have the opportunity to reflect and share about what they are thankful for.

"The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become." –Robert Holden


Digital Citizenship

We are going a little 'old school technology' to explain this Digital Citizenship Tip. If you remember a broken record that would skip and play the same thing over and over again, you will understand this tip. Be a "Broken Record" when it comes to digital citizenship. Don't be afraid to say something to your child once, twice, four times. The more they hear, the better chance that your message will stick regarding online safety and proper procedures when using technology. 



McCutcheon Color Guard Clinic

If you are interested in information about the McCutcheon Color Guard Clinic, please see the link below. This is a fun activity for students who may be interested.


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.


Absestos Information

Please see information in the button below regarding Absbestos information.


McCutcheon Dance Clinic

Does your child just want to dance? Do they love music, love to perform, and want to take a shot at working with some of the great performers at McCutcheon? The McCutcheon Dance Clinic is coming. Click to the left for more information!


Snow Prince and Princess

Congratulations to Amaya Rhine and Cashen Holmes who were selected by their classmates after reading their essays about why the would be good representatives of Cole Elementary as Snow Prince and Snow Princess. Alternates are Adele Maple and Braxton Nagerl.  Amaya and Cashen will ride in the A Very Merry Main Street Christmas Parade, sponsored by Greater Lafayette Commerce, on December 2 at 5:30. Congratulations, Amaya and Cashen.


Spiritwear Orders

Cole is offering spiritwear orders in time for the holidays. Please see the link below for details. One can indicate on the order form if you would like to have the orders held for pickup so that they can be given as a gift during the holiday season. Please note the deadlines on the form. All checks should be written to The Athlete



Stay Fit While Your Child Practices


 Do you know that if you start on the edge of the blacktop where the gravel begins going toward the concession stand and walk down the drive to the sign in the front of the building it is 1/3 of a mile? It is. Lots of times parents use the safety of Cole as a place for walking and exercise. We will be working on signage in the future to show this as well as laps around the Outdoor Education Center 4 1/3 laps is a mile? There are many ways to exercise while at Cole during events. Don't hesitate to use our beautiful grounds as a backdrop for your fitness goals.


Cole PTO

There is a Cole PTO Meeting scheduled for November 7 at 6:00 in the Kelley Library.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Adam Welchans, Assistant Principal at McCutcheon High School who will be discussing Career Pathways that will be available for your child as they progress into high school. He will also be sharing about the Lafayette Career Academy. We will also be discussing the upcoming Grandparents Day and Holly Shop. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Childcare is provided in the gymnasium. 



November 7: Cole PTO Meeting (6:00) 

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


Cole Professional Academy

After two successful Cole Professional Academy Days focusing on professional dress and manners, we are heading into November with a focus on etiquette. Speakers will cover concert/movie, funeral, and interview etiquette. We will also speak on the importance and art of writing a thank you note. This program has been such a great success because the Cole Staff and community has embraced it. Our students will be better for the time spent learning all of these important professional nuances. 


November 17:  Etiquette

December 15:  Personal Safety/Responsibility

January 19:     Community Service/Service to Others

February 23:    Personal Integrity

March 2:     Success at Home (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.



November is National Gratitude Month:  Take a time to send an affirmation to a Cole Staff Member who has made a difference for one of your children. Affirmation cards are located on the counter in the front office. You can also simply jot a quick handwritten note. Affirmations matter as they express gratitude. We have a lot to be thankful for at Cole. You can show someone your gratitude with just a simple note of thanks.

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