CHANGE TO FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS CALENDAR
COGBURN WOODS COUGARS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, AND SAFE!
Cogburn Woods is thrilled to begin our positive behavior intervention and supports system, also known as PBIS. We believe in a school climate that is predictable and conducive to social and academic growth. With this in mind Cogburn Woods has adopted the following mission statement:
"At Cogburn Woods Elementary School, a system of school-wide positive behavior supports will create a climate of cooperation, academic excellence, and social-emotional competence. Through explicit modeling of behavior expectations, students and staff will be respectful, responsible, and safe."
PBIS is a prevention process that allows administration, teachers, parents, and staff to use common expectations, language, and supports to help our students succeed. In the classrooms you will notice our behavior matrix that outlines these expectations—Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. A voice level chart is also displayed in our hallways to show the appropriate noise levels in different areas of the building. All staff members are also using the PBIS app to monitor student success and understanding of our expectations.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with our school and community members on this PBIS initiative. Make sure you follow us on twitter at #CogburnCares!
CHANGE TO FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS CALENDAR
Fulton County Schools Parents,
Superintendent Jeff Rose recently recommended a change to the district's 2018-2019 School Year Calendar. At its August meeting, the Fulton County Board of Education voted to approve that recommendation.
This school year, November 6, 2018 has been changed from a regular school day, to a teacher work day. March 8, 2019 has been changed from a teacher work day, to a regular school day.
The decision alleviates safety concerns raised by some parents and staff, allows for additional staff training on safety protocols, and maintains instructional time for our students. Additionally, the Fulton County school board has expressed interest in addressing a long-term solution through the legislative process by removing schools as polling places.
The revised calendar is posted at this link. In addition, the district is re-printing the calendar and distributing the new version to families to eliminate any confusion. We have asked each school to also post the calendar to their website and send reminders of these changes using our telephone calling system.
Fulton County Schools
NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION-ONLINE ENROLLMENT
Fulton County Schools is making it easier for parents of new students to complete their child's registration for enrollment. Parents can access the easy-to-complete online form here. This option allows parents to control the data supplied for their student's enrollment and provide for timely processing of the enrollment request.
Parents, please skip the instructions to upload copies of the required supporting documents. Upon completion of the online enrollment, you are asked to bring the original required documents to the school so that school personnel may verify the authenticity and obtain copies of the documentation prior to enrollment being completed. A list of Required Documents for Enrollment can be found here.
This registration is only required for new students K-5. If you completed your 2017-2018 school year at Cogburn Woods, you will automatically be placed in a classroom for the 2018-2019 year. Please call if you need any assistance or have any questions about registration.
2018 KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP INFORMATION
An information session about Cogburn Woods Elementary, Kindergarten registration and PTO.
More information concerning Kindergarten Round-up, new student registration and What to Expect When Expecting a Kindergartner.
With technology stepping to the forefront in many of our lives, it becomes essential to teach family members how to become responsible social learners. It can feel overwhelming as you consider what discussions to have with your family members about the internet, technology, and screen time.
Check out Common Sense Media for some help in giving your family a strong foundation in upstanding digital citizenship skills.
*Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids' lives.
*Excerpt from Common Sense Media
Head over to our Cougar Technology website (http://cougaripadlab.weebly.com/students--families) to find out more about digital citizenship and how to connect what your child is learning in school, with discussions you can have at home. Stay informed with various technology projects and activities your Cogburn Cougar is up to.
MANDATORY VOLUNTEER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Fulton County has changed its policy for anyone volunteering in the schools, anywhere within the school; classroom, Media Center, or on field trips. All volunteers must complete the Volunteer Training. This must be done prior to you arriving at the school. It may take up to 48 hours for the process to be completed by Fulton County. Once you receive confirmation that the registration is complete, you will only then be able to volunteer at Cogburn Woods.
County Schools is participating in a new eflyer system called Peachjar. Peachjar
is a "green"
initiative that allows schools to save on photocopying costs by
uploading flyers electronically.
Schools and non-profit organizations can share
information by email or via school websites. Also, our district office will use
this system to share information and flyers which traditionally are printed and
to parents in student backpacks.
action is required from Fulton parents. However, you will receive a welcome email
from Peachjar with a username and password. You do not need to login to receive
eflyers but you can update your preferences regarding eflyer delivery by logging
into the system.
on the lookout for the Peachjar email and stay tuned to hear more
from us as we begin using this service.
FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTS STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
As mandated by the state of Georgia, this year Fulton County Schools will begin implementing SLOs – Student Learning Objectives. You may have heard the term by now, but what are they and how do they impact your student?
SLOs are district-wide measurable, long-term academic SMART goals set to determine student growth. In simplest terms, SLOs are about student growth – measuring how and what a student learns in order to inform instruction and personalize learning. Students will take a pre-assessment at the beginning of the course to determine what they already know. Teachers will then use the results to plan instruction for the remainder of the course. The score students earn on the pre-assessments won't count for or against them or be factored into their overall grade in the course, but it will help their teachers plan instruction for the rest of the course in order to improve the level of learning to its highest possibility.
To find out more about SLOs and how they're being implemented in Fulton County Schools, read the Q&A.
NEWS FROM THE CLINIC
If you have a student who has asthma, allergies, seizure disorder or other health-related conditions that require administration of medication or treatment during the school day, please be sure to provide the School Clinic with all necessary information. All Medication Authorization Forms and Health Care Plans may be found on the Student Health Services Website. If you have any questions, please contact the clinic or Judy Reddick RN, Cluster School Nurse, at 404-625-6169.
Students are not allowed to carry medication, including cough drops. If your child needs medication to carry medication during the school day, you need to provide the medication and fill out a Medication Administration form. Prescription medications also require a doctor’s signature.
ACTIVE MILITARY/RESERVE PARENTS
Effective 2013/2014, the Dept. of Ed. is requesting that schools identify parents who are active in the military. Active military indicates whether the student has a parent or guardian who is active in the US Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserve Forces. Please contact Tracy Hopson at Hopsontc@fultonschools.org if this is applicable.
TARDIES AND ABSENCES
Parents may be required to provide documentation of the appointment for late
arrivals or early checkout. Please ask the doctor for a note before returning
to school. If a child is going to have a recurring medical appointment that
will interrupt the school day, the parent and principal must come to an agreement prior to the series of absences. Appropriate documentation demonstrating the necessity of the recurring absence must be provided by the parent.
The final decision to excuse such absences rests with the principal.
In addition to absences due to personal illness, if a student is going to be out
of school for reasons that are not medical, religious, or otherwise listed,
parents must submit in writing, prior to the absence, a request for
pre-approval to the principal. Details about what type of absences may be
pre-approved are in the full FCBOE Policy.
Within five (5) days of returning to school, the student must submit a
written and signed excuse from the parent stating the reason for the
child's absence from school. Students who have missed ten (10) days of school
or more in a school year will be required to provide additional written
verification such as doctors' statements.
As the school and as parents, we both want our children to be ready for graduation and a career. On time, daily attendance is an early marker to those successes. Thank you for your assistance in getting your child to school every day.
PLANNING TO TRAVEL?
If you are planning to travel during the school year, please review your child's attendance record first. Fulton County Schools' attendance policy can be found online and in your child's agenda. Fulton County Schools' attendance policy clearly outlines the accepted excuses for absences and what a parent may do if he/she anticipates an absence that is not listed. Please note that in order to have any planned absence excused, a letter from the parent must be submitted to the assistant principal PRIOR to the planned absence. The assistant principal may or may not approve the absence. As well, if your child has missed 10 or more total days of school this year, you may be asked to provide medical notes for additional absences to be considered excused (in accordance with Fulton County's attendance policy). Please reconsider scheduling your family travel/vacation time to coincide with school breaks and avoid missed class time whenever possible.
CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION
If there is a change in the manner in which a child is to leave school, the teacher must receive a written note from the parent stating the change; otherwise, the child will be sent home in the usual manner. Do not rely on email to notify a teacher of any changes. Please do not call the school with changes unless it is an emergency. Please note that children may not ride nay bus other than their assigned bus. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Transportation Department (770-667-2970).
Visit www.cwepto.com for information about the Cogburn Woods PTO.
Updates are also made regularly to the CWE PTO Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Cogburn-Woods-Elementary-School-PTO-177870652237410/
Our PTO has subscribed to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directories, online store, volunteer signups and email communications. It's secure, easy to use, and free to families.
Returning Families - If your students have previously attended Cogburn Woods, you should have already received one or more emails asking you to update your family information and display preferences for the new school year. You do not need to register again for a MySchoolAnywhere account unless you haven't gotten the emails.
For new families to our school, if you haven't registered yet for a MySchoolAnywhere account, please go to the site below, enter our school's code and follows the steps to register your family. You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory, or choose not to appear at all. Once the PTO is able to verify your family with school administration, you'll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system.
Questions? Contact our system administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register at join.myschoolanywhere.com
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