Upcoming Community Partners Events

Chipotle Family Night June 4th 4-8PM – Help us buy Chrome Books for our students!

Come out and dine at Chipotle in Cotswold to help raise money for Technology.  When you mention Cotswold Elementary, 50% of your check (including gift card sales) goes back to our school towards the purchase of Chrome Books for our students! Thanks for your support!

Barnes & Noble Sales Event Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7

Cotswold Elementary and Barnes and Noble partner together for Summer Reading Fun! It’s as easy as A..B..C…

A) Shop at Barnes and Noble and a percentage of sales (including coffee shop and gift card purchases) will be donated to the school when you mention Cotswold.  Choose books from the teacher recommended summer reading list for your grade or donate a book for your classroom library and help raise money for Enrichment Programs. (Check store for excluded items). Use Cotswold Code – 11616703

See this list for your grade’s book recommendation

B) Ask friends and family to shop in-store or online June 4-7, and to use Cotswold Code – 11616703 to make their purchases so they can help raise money for our school. It’s a great time to purchase birthday gifts, staff/teacher gifts and grad gifts!

C) Earn a free book from Barnes and Nobles …here’s how

1) Read any 8 books and record them in a B&N Reading Journal.

2) Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store (Morrison Road Location).

Spirit Event: Restaurant Weekend, Friday May 15 – Sunday, May 17

Send a teacher to school!

When you dine at these great restaurants May 15-17, Cotswold Elementary gets a percentage of the check…but ONLY if you mention you are from Cotswold AND drop your receipt in the designated bucket!

Shun Lee Palace, Pizza Peel, Dairy Queen

and introducing our newest Community Partners…

Smashburger and The Improper Pig!

The money raised will go towards sending SIXTEEN teachers to receive intensive training at the Ron Clark Academy this Fall.

Visit http://www.ronclarkacademy.com or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5SBsk3rS6s&feature=youtu.be to learn more about RCA.

So let’s eat out and HELP TRAIN A TEACHER!

Don’t forget to drop your receipt in the bucket

SAY IT! = SPIRIT!!

Thanks for your support!

Advocacy Updates

In an effort to keep our community informed on issues that affect our schools our children’s education, please see the two highlighted Advocacy updates:

  1.  The Cotswold PTA and SLT are in favor of our community reaching out to representatives encouraging them to support the HB 358 bill which supports keeping the 15 pt grading scale for an additional year.  The bill passed in the House on 3/31 and it is awaiting a vote from the Senate.  What this bill does is allow for more time as the refine the grading system is refined with the proper weights between academic growth and proficiency.  It will also make first year results more comparable to second year results.  Below is the NCPTA update and there is additional information on the NCPTA website.

HB 358 School Performance Grade Scale would extend the use of the fifteen-point scale for assignments for school performance grades for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. HB 358 passed the House on March 31 and will now be considered by the Senate. The NCPTA Board of Directors supports this bill and maintaining the 15-point scale.

We thank the following representatives for serving as primary sponsors for HB 358:

Rep. Linda Johnson, Cabarrus County
Rep. Craig Horn, Union County
Rep. Bryan Holloway, Rockingham County and Stokes County
Rep. Jeffry Elmore, Alleghany County and Wilkes County

 

  1. This bill is supported by the NCPTA, and the Cotswold PTA encourages you to research the HB 673 Bill which would modify the Read to Achieve platform.
House May Consider Bill to Modify Read to Achieve
The House of Representatives may take up House Bill 673 Modify Read to Achieve this week. HB 673 would require the school principal to provide at least one information session on reading proficiency requirements for third graders within the first thirty days of school. It also would modify the definition of “student reading portfolio” by decreasing the number of student work examples required to show proficiency for those students who have reading portfolios.

NCPTA supported a similar bill last session, and we hope parents will contact their House member to urge them to support this bill. You can get contact information for your House member by inserting your home address into the “find address” field via the following link:  http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

Link to HB 673 http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H673v1.pdf