Reminders from the Front Office

Attention Parents,

In order to minimize distractions on instructional time, all parents are now required to escort and retrieve any student that is tardy or early dismissal to and from the appropriate location on campus. For the safety and well-being of our students and faculty, there will be no exceptions to this policy. The following are reminders to help ensure that Cotswold IB remains a school of excellence while running efficiently:

  • Visitors must present a valid state issued driver’s license or identification card EVERY time the building is entered.
  • The license/ID must be in good condition and able to scan.
  • All students in grades K-2nd must be escorted to their classrooms if they are late arrivals.
  • All students that are leaving early throughout the day for any reason must be retrieved by the parent from the classroom.
  • Please allow yourself plenty of time to check-in at the office and pick-up the student.

Thank you for your cooperation!


  • The cut-off time for early dismissals is 3:30 p.m., no exceptions!
  • All daily transportation changes need to be in writing, either sent with the student in the morning or emailed to Ms. Barnard/Mrs. Rogers by 3:00 p.m.
  • Parents, be considerate of student’s instructional time and refrain from long conversations with teachers when dropping off or picking up your student.

Again, thank you for your continued understanding and support!


The IB Character Education Committee is in need of Parent Volunteers

For many, what makes Cotswold so special is the IB program. The emphasis placed on the IB/character traits leave a long lasting impression on our students to take with them beyond their years at Cotswold. The IB /Character Education Committee is a great way for parents to be involved in the classroom and to get to know our students by teaching and reemphasizing these important traits.

Our goal is to have two parents per classroom alternate facilitating a monthly 45min-1hour long IB/character lesson. Provided there are two volunteers, this totals 4 lessons per person during the school year. Even if there is not a need in your child’s classroom, please consider volunteering in another room that needs the support. It’s a great way to meet the students and get to know another teacher.

There will be two trainings offered for new volunteers to attend on

  • Wednesday, September 24TH 9:30-10:15AM in Ms. McWhirter’s 5TH grade cottage
  • Monday, September 29TH 5:30-6:15 pm in the Media Center

All classroom lessons are to begin in October. Emily Kennedy and Karen Kerr, the committee co-chairs, will be available throughout the year to provide any support you may need and or to help you with lesson ideas.
Please email Emily Kennedy if you would like to volunteer for this committee.

MeckACTS Update

From MecklenburgACTS

URGENT: Immediate action to safeguard student privacy.

If at all possible please call the offices of Senator Kay Hagan and Senator Richard Burr TOMORROW (Monday) morning and urge the senators to safeguard student privacy rights in the reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act.

Senator Kay Hagan: 202-224-6342

Senator Richard Burr: 202-224-3154

Both senators play key roles on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee. They need to know that their constituents insist on safeguarding student privacy.

Here is the message they need to hear

The reauthorized Education Sciences Reform Act must require that student data used by researchers be de-identified and anonymized to the greatest extent possible. In NO case should any researcher obtain open-ended access to personally identifiable student data without parental consent.

There must be strict oversight and protocols. Any researcher applying to use personal data must explain exactly what type of personal data is needed for what particular purpose, why this data is absolutely necessary to complete the analysis in question and why that analysis could not be achieved with anonymized data.

You can read more about the history of student privacy, including the loosening of privacy protections in recent years, here.

Tell NC state legislators to back off on high-stakes testing

During the fall election season, and in the run-up to the 2015 North Carolina legislative session, will be working to make it clear to state legislators that the legislature’s third grade Read to Achieve program, as well as its plans for A-F school grading, have done significant damage to North Carolina students. Our legislators need to know that their constituents expect better.

Because these pieces of legislation raised the stakes on state standardized tests, they have narrowed curriculum, increased teaching to the test and placed unhealthy amounts of stress on students and teachers. Neither measure has a track record of improving student achievement. You can read more about these problems here.

Legislators, especially state senators, need to hear from parents and teachers about the negative consequences that these measures have had in their districts.

Please contact your state representatives, find out where they stand on these crucial issues, and let them know what you think.