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Jogathon is Tomorrow!

The big day is here, "A Pirate's Life for Me" Jog-a-Thon is tomorrow.  The running schedule is as follows:
T-K classes on the grassy area next to the "Big Toy"
1st and 3rd grades, Field A
Kindergarten, Field B

Preschool on the grassy area next to the "Big Toy"
4th, 3/4 combo, 1/2 combo, Field A
2nd, 5th, Field B

*No full bodied costumes or weapons please."

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Hello families!

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.
I am attaching a link to our volunteer sign ups. Please sign up for what you can. Your assistance is very appreciated. 

Jogathon Money

Please be sure to turn in your Jog Money on Wednesday to be eligible for prizes!  Money can be turned in after Wednesday, but won't be counted toward the prize packages.  We hope to see as many parents as possible here on Friday for the Jogathon, cheering on our Pirate Cubs!

No School Monday

Monday, September 18th, is a Professional Development Day for teachers (training day).  There is no school for students that day and school offices will be closed.  Enjoy your three day weekend!

Spirit Wear T-shirt sales are back!  We've got a fresh shipment of t-shirts in.  Tomorrow, September 15th, Bri and Brittany will be out in front of the school (7:30-8:00am) selling t-shirts: $10 each for kids, $12 each for adults (v-neck and crew neck).  We're excited to announce that we will be taking money and pre-orders for fall hoodies, $20 each in both kids and adults sizes.  Also for sale, last year's yearbook: $20 soft bound, $25 hard back.
"Ahoy mateys!  The PTC has begun collecting Jog-A-Thon pledge money from the teachers today.  Collection will continue through the day of the event, however, to earn yer prizes please turn in ye money by Wednesday Sept. 20th.  Tuesday, Sept. 19th is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day," so best ye brush up on yer pirate speak."

Jogathon Online Donations

New on our website!  You can now make your Jogathon donations via Pay Pal on the Cottage Hill website.  Once you are in Pay Pal, please note your child's name, teacher, and add JAT (Jogathon) in the Special Instructions to Seller box so we can be sure to attribute you donation to the correct class/student.  Thank you for participating in this important fund raising event!

Itching to get your hands on the new spirit T-shirt?  PTC will have a table set up in the quad this Thursday at "Back to School Night" from 6-8pm.  We will have student shirts on hand, they cost $10 each.  We will have order forms available for adult sizes (v-neck and crew available), they cost $12 each.  We will also be selling surplus yearbooks from the 2016-2017 school year.  So if you found yourself wishing you would have bought one, come by the table; $20 for soft-sided and $25 for hard cover. Please bring cash or a check made out to "Cottage Hill PTC."

Odyssey of the Mind (ASP)

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  Additional Odyssey of the Mind information can be found at

Back To School Night

Reminder:  Back to School Night is coming up next week on Thursday, August 31st.  TK, K and 1st Grades (plus Whitney) meet at 6:30.  2nd and 3rd Grades (plus Toft) meet at 7:10.  Fourth and Fifth Grades meet at 7:50.  The final session will wrap up at 8:20.  
Also that day we are holding our Character Counts "kick off" assembly in the morning.  All students will be introduced to the Six Traits of Character.  The first trait we focus on is Kindness/Caring.  If you want more information about our character education program, you can research online Character Counts or Six Traits of Character.  
Have a great weekend!

The Farm Cart

Have you visited the Cottage Hill Farm Cart yet?  This is our "mobile farmer's market", offering fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables for a small donation.  The cart will be outside the front of school most days, for as long as there is produce available.  All donations go to support the Cottage Hill garden.

Cross Country Team - new dates

The league has moved the start date for Cross Country to after the Fall Break.  The season will be October 23 - December 15.  Mrs. Sanders is the Cottage Hill coach again this year!  Cross Country is open to all 4th and 5th graders; sign up information will be sent home in early October.

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 8:00amin 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!