The month of June was busy for the PTA! The 2016-2017 PTA Board had their final meeting; hats off to Stacy Beard for a great year as PTA president and to all the board members for their hard work. Our Reading Rocks committee chairs, Jennifer Taylor and Elizabeth Carson, did a great job with the book swap and sent many kids home for the summer with great books to read. The fifth-graders received a wonderful send off from Cotswold with a fun kickball game against the staff (who remain undefeated), an inspirational promotion ceremony with impressive student speakers, and a dance to celebrate all they have accomplished during elementary school. Thank you to Kelly Catanese and Ashley Sellner for all their planning and coordinating; and to Renee Preece, Susie Wilcox, Wendy Wilson, Brittney Derrick, Brandi Smith, Shacana Kimble and Sherese Smith for their help the day of, as well.
In looking ahead to the upcoming school year, we are taking into consideration the survey results from last year. We are thrilled to report that 95 percent of responses think the PTA is serving the school well – we will take that A grade! Boosterthon will remain our secondary fundraiser, with 55 percent of the results opting to continue the fundraiser (15 percent indifferent). Great news, since 90 percent replied that their children really enjoy Boosterthon – not to mention all the funds raised and school spirit that is created! The Daddy Daughter Dance & Mother Son outing will also stay on the PTA calendar.
Next year we hope to further utilize the immense talent represented by our diverse parent population. Many of you have skills and abilities that can serve the school in meaningful ways. As a great example, Betsy House, next year’s VP of events, works for a professional organizing company and volunteered to clean out and organize our overflowing PTA closet the last week of June. With the help of Elizabeth Biber and Jody Para, the closet is now a well-labeled, easy to navigate treasure trove of resources and materials for PTA and school events. (Check out the before and after pictures- everyone loves a fixer-upper!) Please consider your skills and abilities that could be utilized for the good of Cotswold – click here to volunteer.
The PTA and SLT are working together to plan for the 2018-2019 merger with Billingsville, and how we can support. We have several parent volunteers interested in spearheading a transition team- we are so grateful for such a dedicated PTA! Tara Lynn Sullivan, CMS Central Learning Community superintendent, sent a ConnectEd call on June 22 announcing Mrs. Cheryl Turner as the interim principal for Billingsville. Mrs. Turner, as you might recall, was the interim principal at Cotswold when Mrs. Hash was on maternity leave. She is a great leader and her in-depth knowledge of both campuses will be a tremendous asset in the future. Dr. Clayton Wilcox will begin his new role as CMS superintendent on July 1 and we look forward to his leadership through this transition.