From technology to flag football equipment, from intensive teacher training to stuffed animals with feelings, the PTA has supported and funded enrichment activities throughout Cotswold in the past few months.
Here’s an update:
Nooks for the media center: Carla Haughton and Carol Harding collaborated on a grant for the library and literacy team to help bring reading and technology together. They purchased six Nooks and $50 worth of new books for the Nooks, to be used with reluctant readers in 4th and 5th grades. All titles purchased can be shared with all of the Nooks and connect to the grade level’s unit of IB study. The grant was paid for by proceeds from our Community Partners fundraiser at Books-A-Million and from a donation by Community Partner Acosta Heating & Cooling.
New headphones for all: With proceeds from Community Partner Table 274’s family night and Acosta Heating & Cooling, Ms. Locke received a grant for 110 headphones. The headphones were distributed to each classroom to replace the damaged and outdated ones students were using for computer work and to listen to books.
Teacher writing workshop: Ten teachers were able to attend a writing and technology workshop in summer 2011, sponsored with funding from the PTA. This workshop focused on showing teachers how to integrate technology into writing instruction. The teachers who attended have implemented what they learned in their classrooms – plus shared those tips with other teachers at Cotswold. Ms. Moras has used Glogster, an interactive presentation tool; Storybird, which enables students to use provided artwork to enhance their writing; and Kidsblog, which provides students with opportunities to express their opinions and share them with other students. “These have motivated students and supported 21st century skills,” she said. Funding came from Community Partners King Tiger and Valvoline Oil; money raised from the family event at Community Partner Toys & Co.; and PTA sponsorship.
Teacher grants: Ms. Brexler and Ms. Laine received a grant to purchase games and tutoring materials for third-grade students who are below grade level. The materials will help engage these emergent readers and move them to reading on grade level. Community Partner Cotswold BP was a generous donor for this grant.
Ms. Moras purchased a membership to Glogster with the proceeds from the raffle for Disney on Ice tickets at the first Meet & Eat event at school. Glogster is a membership-based online program that allows students to create digital posters. The students are assigned glogs that relate to current units of study or exhibition projects.
Ms. Costa was awarded a grant for a DLP projector for her trailer. A family from our school donated the money for this grant. The DLP projector will give students greater access and exposure to international materials. It engages students with vibrant full color interactive materials.
Ms. Gilbert received a grant to purchase Kimochis with Feelings, funded by our family night at Community Partner Chipotle. Kimochis with Feelings are stuffed animals and books that help young children understand and express their feelings. It helps the students understand each other in a positive way, thus showing empathy, tolerance and respect.
Friday Clubs: Money raised from the family night at Chipotle also helped us purchase club materials, such as flag football equipment, volleyball equipment and cooking supplies.
Thanks to our Community Partners, and our Cotswold families and friends, for supporting enrichment so generously.