Cole Courier

December 1, 2017    Volume 13 Number 6


Third Grade Students sitting on a gymnasium floor and steps leading to the stage off the gymnasium floor holding beakers of red liquid.  In the foreground are three young ladies holding their beekers. Two have their mouths open with glee. The third child from the right is studying the reaction that is occurring within the beaker with a stuidous look. The activity that occurred was the result of a visit by the Purdue Bio-Chemistry Department to our third graders in which they created slime and made mini lava lamps.

Message from the Principal

Mike Pinto

There is something magical about a child in the throes of learning something new and exciting. What a treat that at least once a day I have the opportunity to witness pure, untethered joy on the face of a child for a variety of reasons.  The picture above was taken during a recent third grade STEM activity that involved the Purdue Bio-Chemistry Department.  Students had a chance to listen to these scientist, create slime and a lava lamp, and realize that maybe science would be something they would like to pursue in their future.  I see the same joy when a young writer brings me her draft or when a first grader breathlessly tells me about a footprint discovered in the Cole Outdoor Education Center.  Our mission statement begins with this line: We Help Students Learn.  It is truly wonderful to work around staff members, parents, and a community who do just that each day.  Look for those moments with your own children when a discovery or an accomplishment is painted with a similar joy to the students pictured above who are finding pure glee from learning.  Then savor the moment like I do each time I see it happen.

Word Holly Shop written across the bottom of the square logo in red. Above it is a pink lollipop with a red swirl.  Surrounding the lollipop are many different sizes and colors of circles - green, orange, yellow, red, purpose, blue that complete the logo.

The Holly Shop is coming to town on December 6th, 7th and 8th this year!  

For those of you unfamiliar with the shop, Christmas items are available for purchase at the Holiday Shop in the Cole Gymnasium (Every item is $2!) and children may purchase, wrap, and take home the items! 

As you may have noticed, we have extended the Holly Shop days and hours this year and have also moved it into the gymnasium (this is a GOOD thing) but also means we will need MORE help. If you can help, please sign up using the Konstella App at the following link: kSGvDW to donate your time or contact Crysta Kas at  We will need 5-7 helpers per time period.

Wednesday, December 6th:

8:50am-12:00pm and 12:00pm-3:30pm

Thursday, December 7th:

8:50am-12:00pm and 12:00pm-3:30pm

Friday, December 8th:

8:50am-12:00pm and 12:00pm-3:30pm *Last student shoppers are at 12:30 but we will need help with cleaning up and getting the gym ready for Movie Night.  The Holly Shop will be moved to the Lobby.

5:30pm-9:00pm *If there are any remaining items, the Holly Shop will be open during Movie Night to the Cole Family, Stockwell Community and outside shoppers.

In advance, THANK YOU for your help and your time.  This is truly a wonderful event and would not be possible without you!

Crysta Kas

Jasmine Reed 

Dedra Downham 

Rudolph and Santa Claus Movie Image

Movie Night Double Feature!

 There will be a Movie Night Double Feature on Friday, December 8 beginning at 6:00. We will be watching Rudolph and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $2 with Concessions 50 cents except for $1.00 hot dogs.  Parents are admitted free, but we ask that you assist with concession, crowd control, and clean-up if you choose to attend. Please remember that all students need to be signed in and signed out in the lobby. The movie will be over at 8:00 p.m.

A Very Mindful Christmas Image with red background. Words stacked on top of each other four deep to create an image of a Christmas Tree with a Snowflake on top

Counseling Update

In the business of the holidays, we often forget to notice what is right in front of us. But this season is a great time to be more mindful – to live in and focus on the present moment. In my last round of class lessons, I incorporated a quick mindful breathing strategy with the students. For the rest of the school year, I plan to introduce a new mindful strategy in each lesson. This holiday season, let's all practice "living in the moment" and cherish time spent together. 

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Mrs. Burton

Digital Citizenship Image with search, lock, key as a visual

Digital Citizenship

It is important as parents that you understand that your child's world now is heavily ladened with technology. To that end, it is important that you stay abreast with the "Language" of technology and also social media. One approach several parents have taken with social media is to allow their fourth or fifth grade student to have, for example, an Instagram account. This account is accessible by the parents. The parents choose how many followers/friends their child has.  The parents also tell their child, "If someone asks why you won't let them follow you, say, 'My parents' decide how many people I follow.'" This statement offers your child a tool to avoid awkward friendship pieces.  It also takes the ownership off the child and places it on the adult.  Just a tip that may offer you some guidance in this digital world that is now a reality for all of our students.  

Black frame. Inside the words "Health Office" written with Health on top and Office underneath. Red Cross underneath which is the symbol for Red Cross/Health. In top right corner of the interior of the frame is a band-aid.

From the Health Office

The Cole Health Office has an available supply of cough drops that students may use as needed for a sore throat or cough. Please remember that cough drops are considered a medication. According to TSC policy, medications may not be sent to school with students. We encourage you to keep personal cough drops at home. If you do choose to send cough drops to school, please have an adult drop them off at the health office during school hours. Thank you for helping us keep Cole Cubs safe.

Heartford House Image. Heartofrd Written in bold black letters. Undernearth beginning at the O in Heartofrd is the word house in black  unbold and lower case letters. Directly after the Word Heartford is a turquoise blue left hand print

Heartford House Giving Tree

Again this year we will be collecting donations for the Heartford House under the Giving Tree in the lobby.  Heartford House exists to empower the community to protect and advocate for the well-being of children and families.  Heartford House is a child advocay ccenter and has existed for 17 years and served over 7300 children and their families. We provide forensic interviews, victim advocacy, and team
coordination in seven counties for cases related to child victims and witnesses to crimes. We also provide outreach to educate and assist the community on issues related to child abuse. Your donation of these items enables us to maintain our focus where it's needed most on the
children we serve. You can also see our Amazon Wish List at


 Blank DVDs
 Etch A Sketch
 Adult Color Books
 Color Pencils
 DVD paper sleeves
 White Copy Paper
 Flip Chart Paper

 K Cups for Keurig
 Postage Stamps
 Toilet Paper
 Paper Towels
 Coloring Books and Crayons
 Kitchen Size Trash Bags
 Batteries (AA & 9V)
 Ink for HP Officejet Pro 8620, HP Officejet Pro 8710, or Dell v305
 Snacks (individually sized/wrapped)- Crackers, Teddy Grahams, Goldfish
 Drinks (individual sized) - bottled water, soda (cans)
 Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes (i.e. Lysol, Clorox, etc.)
 Gift cards to Staples, Sam's Club, or Wal-Mart (to purchase supplies)
 Subscriptions to Magazines for our Waiting Room (Highlights, J-14, Parents, etc.)

Image for TSCINtegrate. Image contains a gold torch surrounded by a dark and light blue swoosh. At the bottom of the swoosh is a small gold star. Underneath is the word INtegrate with the IN capitalized and the A replaced with a figure of a person standing with arms and legs out.  At the bottom of the graphic written in yellow are the words: Serve Inspire Transform

Fruits and Vegetables at Lunch

Each day students who eat a school lunch are able to choose from a variety of vegetable and fruit options. Apples, mandarin oranges, pears, raisins, and carrot sticks often greet students after they have chosen their main entree. The hardest part  about eating healthy is having the food nearby for students to grab and go.  Try this approach at home. Cut up some carrots or fill some baggies with grapes.  Then put in a bowl in the refrigerator as a quick snack for you and for your child. 


Rectangular symbol. Inside wirtten in what appears to be chalk are the capital letters PTO. Inside the O is a red apple.

Cole PTO

Always working to make our school better, the Cole PTO recently approved the replacement of the Life Skills banners that have hung in our hallways for years with newer, more sturdy ones. Several of the current banners have broken and are not replaceable.  Life Skills are such an important part of the culture of our school. Thank you, Cole PTO for your assistance and support with this project. Our school sure benefits from your generosity and support.

Symbol for Cole Professional Academy. The symbol is a black solid circle. Inside the circle is a Capital C that has the bottom fourth green. The remaining portion of the C is white with black strips.  Underneath in black is the word COLE in capital and bold face. Underneath this is a line and written underneath in a small font are the words Professional Academy

Cole Professional Academy

The November Cole Professional Academy was another huge success. The fifth grade students were immersed in the topic of "Etiquette".  Students were taught funeral etiquette, concert/museum/movie etiquette, interview etiquette, and the art of writing a thank you note.  In December the topic shifts to Personal Safety/Responsibility.  We will cover drugs, 911 calls, and the professional way to speak to law enforcement and military personnel.  Students are still meeting each month with their staff mentors and working to earn monthly badges as follow-up for their Academy Day learning. The Cole Professional Academy has been an amazing success thanks to the support of many who have offered their time and talent toward this cause.

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

Image of the theme for Cole for 2017-2018 based on the picture book ISH by Peter Reynolds. It has a cartoon boy in blue jeans and red shirt running with a paint brush. As if writing on the wall, above him in cursive letters is the word Cole. The letter e extends out and continues to his brush.  Underneath is written the words "Story by Cole Cubs"

Big Events - Plan For Them Now

April 24: Cole Professional Academy Graduation

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

Drawn image of nine arms extended skyward at different heights in colors ranging from pruple, red, orange, yellow, green in different shades. At the bottom of the graphic is the word Volunteer written in white block letters.

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.

Image of  TSC E-Flyers. Square Black Box. Inside in light color is the official TSC logo. Offset to the right at an angle is a flyer in green with an image of a man in a white shirt and gray tie. Underneath in cursive letters is the word Community Organizations.


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.

TSC Official Logo: State of Indiana with 1962 written across bottom third. TSC across the mid section of Indiana from left to right in large Blue letters. A STAR indicating location of Tippecanoe County. Tippecanoe School Corporation written in circular fashion around the inner portion of the circle that houses the majority of the state of Indiana and completes the logo.

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.


Tippecanoe County Sheriff Deputy Rob Rush, who serves as a School Resource Officer for Tippecanoe School Corproation, poses in Cole's lobby with seven students. Officer Rush is kneeling with the seven students around him. All wear a smile.

The Tippecanoe School Corporation employs two School Resource Officers from the Tippecanoe Sheriff's Department. Officer Gilman and Officer Rush are both friendly faces in our school.  Pictured here, Officer Rush is posing with some students in the lobby in the morning after announcements. Officer Rush is very visible in our building and is a great resource. Do not hesitate to reach out to the school if you have a need or a question that Officer Rush can address.We appreciate having this friendly, helpful presence in our building.

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