We are currently gearing up for book fair! This is a fun and exciting fundraiser for our students. This the only fundraiser we do to fund the Cottage Hill Library. The hard work that we put into it allows us to purchase new books and helps us to restock supplies. We are successful each year because of YOU! Our fall book fair will be from October 23rd - 27th. I will post more information as the time nears, but for now, volunteers will be needed.
Book Fair Volunteer Signups
I am attaching a link to our volunteer sign ups. Please sign up for what you can. Your assistance is very appreciated.
Pleasant Ridge Union School District offers Odyssey Of The Mind (formerly know as Advanced Studies Program- ASP) for students in 4th-8th grades. The program’s focus is on participation in creative problem-solving that results in a competition that is widely recognized for meeting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM); Common Core; and 21st Century learning objectives.
Divided into teams of 5-7 students, children have the opportunity to solve one of five complex open-ended problems using creative thinking strategies. The student-driven solution process takes months of brainstorming, creating, designing and building. At the 4th and 5th Grade level, this culminates in an Odyssey of the Mind Performance Night where teams present their main problem’s solution.
In the Odyssey Of The Mind program, students harness their own abilities, knowledge and interests while developing skill sets that will help them succeed in life, such as collaborative problem-solving, leadership, work ethic, perseverance, public speaking, creative thinking, designing to requirements, working within deadlines, working within budget constraints, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, social interaction, and project management. Each student experiences success through active participation in the free-thinking process. Parents also have a unique opportunity to share in the rewarding experience with their children by contributing to the program in various ways.
To participate in the Odyssey Of The Mind, students must undergo a rigorous selection process. Students are initially considered based on standardized criteria, but students can also be evaluated based on a teacher recommendation or upon request of the student or parent. An important consideration for both student and parent is the time commitment of participation; as in other competitive team activities, each program member deserves fully engaged teammates. The Odyssey of the Mind program happens on Wednesdays from November-March at Magnolia. Alta Sierra students ride the bus down leaving at 1:50. Cottage Hill students will be walked over to Magnolia. Then all students can either be picked up at Magnolia at 3:15 or can ride the Magnolia bus home.
The PRUSD Odyssey Of The Mind program offers a learning environment like no other. Students are encouraged to not only think “outside the box”, but also to investigate ways to creatively use “the box” to solve a problem. Why not use the box to build a 3-D rendition of a Picasso cubist masterpiece? Or incorporate the box into a machine that pulls a rabbit out of a hat? Or cut up the box and use the pieces to create something completely unique? The possibilities are endless!
If you would like more information about Odyssey Of The Mind opportunities, please contact the PRUSD Odyssey of the Mind Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional Odyssey of the Mind information can be found at www.odysseyofthemind.com.
Parents are invited to attend Back to School Night on Thursday, August 31st. This is a night for parents to meet the teacher and receive information about the class (this isn't a student event). Classes meet on the following schedule:
2nd/3rd/ Toft: 7:10-7:40
This and all other school events can be located by going to the school webpage. Look under EVENTS and click the link to All Events.
Welcome back to school! The Parent Teacher Club is excited to present this year's spirit t-shirt. The first sale of the year will be this Friday morning from 7:30am to 8:00am in front of the school. T-shirt are available in all sizes and cost $10 each. Bring cash or check made out to "Cottage Hill PTC" to purchase. Every Friday is "Spirit Day"- wear green!
The Power of Positive Parenting class, for parents of children ages 2-12, will be held at Cottage Hill School again this year. Those parents who attended last year reported that the class was helpful, and improved their ability to solve parenting problems using practical strategies. See the flyer for dates and detailed information.