Wonder where the money goes after you go out to dinner during a Cotswold Spirit Night?
Curious about Community Partner businesses – and how they help our school?
The money we receive from Spirit Night restaurants (thanks to the participation of Cotswold families and friends) and the generous donations from Community Partner businesses have funded these enrichment activities and programs in the past month:
Reading microphones for third-graders: The third-grade teaching team received a $107.16 grant to purchase 12 microphones for each classroom computer. The microphones will allow students to listen to themselves read, free teachers to work in small groups while a student reads a running record, and narrate videos that students create, according to third-grade teacher Ms. Pittman. Community Partner Walker’s Drug Store helped fund this grant.
Online math program IXL: A $3,000 site license for IXL will allow all students, K-5, to keep their math skills sharp while practicing math facts and solving problems based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Students earn virtual prizes while practicing math facts from any computer or device with Internet access, at home, school or any wi-fi hotspot. The program was highly recommended by first-grade teacher Ms. VanStratt, who has used this before with much success. It allows teachers to access reports and monitor student progress with ease. IXL even sends email updates directly to teachers regarding their students’ progress. Students have access to multiple grade levels so math practice can be customized to students’ math abilities. Cotswold teachers signed up for a free, 30-day trial and the response from students has been exciting, IB coordinator Ms. Hooks reports. Donations from Community Partners BP, Colwick Cleaners and Acosta, plus Spirit Night events at Pizza Peel, Chick-fil-A and Nothing But Noodles are helping to fund this program.
Brain Pop Jr. for interactive education: The second-grade team has received $435 from the Teacher Grant Committee for three subscriptions to Brain Pop Jr., an online program. Brain Pop Jr. provides a variety of interactive educational activities and games as well as lesson plans, lesson extension activities, quizzes and videos, for math, literacy, social studies, science, arts & technology, and health, all tied to state standards. The videos are animated with regular characters in skit-like scenarios that address different concepts. Second-grade teacher Ms. Derderian said the videos tie in nicely with our IB units of inquiry. The resources provided can be used for whole class lessons, re-teaching or reinforcing in small group or individual activities, and can even be used as part of the Daily 5 Listening to Reading component, allowing students to follow along at their own pace. If you’d like to take a peek at some of the free offerings, use the following link: http://www.brainpopjr.com. With a membership, teachers have access to much more than what you will be able to see without a membership. The second-grade team will share the three memberships, scheduling times of use. A donation from Community Partner Acosta Heating & Air paid for Brain Pop Jr.
Theater experiences for students: The kindergarten classes went to see the play “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Children’s Theatre on Oct. 23. The first-grade classes will see “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Children’s Theatre in December. PTA funding for such field trips is vital, because the school district no longer includes them in the budget. We were able to reduce the ticket price for all students through teacher grants. These trips will be funded by our Cotswold Shopping Week, Nov. 3-10 at Books-a-Million, Toys & Co. and Shun Lee Palace.
Thank you to all of our Cotswold Community Partners – and for the wonderful support from our Cotswold families and friends. Your help continues to make a huge difference in the educational experience of our students.