10521 W. 129th Street

Overland Park, KS  66213



Absentee Line:  913-239-6105


Jennifer Spencer




Mission Statement…

  Together we will create a safe, positive environment to develop self-confident, lifelong learners and responsible citizens.


Dear Parents and Students:


Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! We expect every day at Cottonwood Point to be a positive, productive day in which each child is encouraged as well as challenged to learn to his/her potential.  To do so, we expect to work as a team within the school as well as with families to ensure the safest, student-centered environment.  This handbook has been compiled to help assist in that effort. 


The educational process is a cooperative effort between home and school.  Commitment to this relationship will enable each child to reach his or her maximum potential.  The elementary years are especially important as this is the time when attitudes and work habits are formed.  In addition, parents are encouraged to visit and take part in the activities of the school and the Parent Teacher Association.


The Cottonwood Point staff is committed to helping each child learn and grow as confident individuals.  We look forward to working with you and your children in the coming year! 



8:15 Professional work day begins

8:25   First bell rings - Students may enter building and proceed to the classrooms

8:35 Second bell rings - Classes begin

11:20   AM Preschool dismissal

11:45   AM Kindergarten dismissal

12:30 PM Kindergarten begins

3:30 PM Preschool dismissal

3:40 Dismissal

4:00   Professional work day ends




KDG 11:00-11:30

1ST GRADE   11:10-11:40

2ND GRADE 12:10-12:30 12:30-12:40

3RD GRADE 11:50-12:10 12:10-12:20

4TH GRADE   11:30-11:50 11:50-12:00

5TH GRADE   12:30-12:50 12:50-1:00




Tuesday, August 27, 2013   Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013   Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013     Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013     Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014


Elementary students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m. on these early dismissal days.  The kindergarten schedule will be adjusted on early dismissal days as follows:


  Morning kindergarten 8:35-10:35 a.m.

  Afternoon kindergarten   12:30-3:40 p.m.





  Beginning band instruction is available to fifth grade students for 30 minutes two days a week.  At the beginning of the year, the band instructor assists students in selecting the appropriate instrument.  Instrument rental arrangements are available through local music stores.



  Staff is hiredto supervise in the lunchroom for 2 hours each day.  Students in 2nd through 5th grade have a 30-minute lunch which includes 20 minutes in the cafeteria, and a 10-minute fitness break.  All day Kindergarten and 1st grade students have a 30 minute lunch in the cafeteria.  All employees have a 30-minute duty-free lunch.

  The cafeteria does not have the ability to microwave student meals.



  Classroom music provides every student the opportunity to develop his or her musical potential to the fullest.  The music program provides experiences in self-expression, social skills, cultural influences, performance skills, and emotional release.

  All grades respond to music through singing, movement, listening, dramatics, and playing.  Special attention is given to the development of motor skills.  All students are given the opportunity each year to display individual achievements and share talents through a public performance at school.  Enhancing students’ self-image and confidence is of utmost importance in classroom music every day.



  We have a lab supervised by a computer paraeducator.  Students are scheduled into the lab.  The Cottonwood Point Computer lab is where students come to gain experience in propose usage of the software and various technologies available at the school.  They should learn the proper vocabulary for the technologies.  When students return to their classrooms, they will have the opportunity to integrate what they learn in the lab into their classroom curriculum.



  Blue Valley School District teachers, administrators, and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) staff are committed to providing quality educational services to ESOL students, which will enable them to make a smooth transition to American culture and schooling.  Students are taught English language skills, and offered assistance as students adjust to the cultural patterns of American life.



  Cottonwood Point offers introductory Spanish to Kindergarten through fifth grade students. The program includes: an emphasis on speaking and listening skills; cultural exploration; integration with the elementary curriculum; enthusiastic teachers; and active learning.  Kindergarten students will study foreign language for two 15-minutes sessions each week, while first through fourth graders will have two 30-minute sessions per week.  We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to provide this program.



The mission of the Blue Valley Library Media Program is to provide the community of learners with the resources and literacy skills necessary to ensure academic achievement and success in life.  The Cottonwood Point library media center functions as an essential part of the teaching and learning process, bringing literacy skills and services to students in multiple content areas.  Classroom teachers collaborate with the library media specialist to teach literacy skills in context, at the appropriate time, and in a logical sequence.  The library media collection at Cottonwood Point is developed for research and inquiry learning with a strong emphasis on nonfiction including biography, poetry, and folklore.  The collection also provides a broad range of fiction covering all genres to encourage reading for pleasure.  Reading guidance is a cooperative endeavor of the teacher, library media specialist, and library staff.



  Physical Education involves children in the habit of good fitness along with a strong background knowledge about their health and health practices following the district curriculum.  In addition to a fitness program, students are introduced to a variety of games and sports. Tennis shoes are a necessity for participation in physical education.  Tennis shoes should either lace-up or close with velcro.


R.E.A.L. (Reading Enjoyment and Appreciation of Literature)

  R.E.A.L. is presented once a week for 30 minutes at the primary level.  The two major goals of R.E.A.L. are to motivate children to read for pleasure and to give them time to do just that.  To accomplish this, different types of literature, as well as classics in children’s literature are introduced along with various authors.  This program also focuses on various thematic groupings of books at each grade level.  Time is provided at each R.E.A.L. session for silent recreational reading.



  The Reading Specialist collaborates with teachers and parents to provide assistance in supplementing the language arts program at Cottonwood Point.  This assistance may be provided through various methods; one-on-one, small study groups, and in-class instruction.  Activities may include language experience stories, comprehension strategies, and choral reading presentations depending on the individual need of the child.  A reading paraeducator works collaboratively with the Reading Specialist to provide support to students.



  An elementary school counselor helps all students, is a resource to teachers and parents, and an active participant on the Student Improvement Team and the Special Education Team.  The counselor leads classroom guidance lessons, developed from the district counseling curriculum, on a weekly basis to Kindergarten classrooms and bi-monthly to grades 1-5.  The counselor may also offer small groups for students needing extra support for changing family structures, life skills, friendship issues, and self esteem or other topics as needed.

The counselor often visits with students individually in the counselor’s office.  Students are able to sign up to see the counselor to help them problem solve, talk out a problem or just to be comforted.  There may be times when other students are asked to join someone in the counselor’s office to help facilitate the problem solving process all under the counselor’s guidance. Every effort is made to expedite these counseling sessions during nonacademic times of the day.  Lunch bunch is another opportunity for students to interact as they share their lunchtime with the counselor.School wide Community Service projects are coordinated by the counselor and tracking forms for service hours are collected in the counseling office. 

The school counselor maintains communication with parents through email, voicemail, and phone contact as well as private meetings in the counseling office.  Confidentiality is adhered to for all students and families.



  The school nurse provides instruction for the students following the adopted Blue Valley health curriculum in cooperation with the counselor, physical education teacher, and classroom teachers.

  The school nurse enforces communicable disease control measures for the protection of each child at CPE, maintains health records, and assesses children at the beginning of each year for vision and hearing.  She sees children daily for accidents, illnesses, and prescriptive medications.  She maintains close communication with parents and staff.



  A team of specialists within the building collaborates with classroom teachers in an effort to meet the needs of individual students within the regular classrooms.  The team includes:  the classroom teacher, other classroom teachers, the school psychologist; the principal; the learning resource specialist; the school nurse; the communication arts specialist; the school counselor; and other district specialists as needed (such as occupational therapist, teachers of the vision or hearing impaired, speech pathologist; inclusion facilitator, or behavior disorders specialists). The team serves as a resource to classroom teachers in their efforts to increase their students’ success and achievement in the classroom.  The team brainstorms with the classroom teacher and helps plan and

monitor instructional strategies and interventions which the teacher can use within the classroom based on individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. Parents will be kept informed of any individual plans or interventions which are designed to help their child.



CPE offers strings instruction to interested fourth and fifth grade students.  They typically give 3 mini-concerts during the year.  They may also participate in an assembly with Oxford Middle School and perform for the Area Strings Festival at Blue Valley Northwest High School.



  Art as a form of communication is promoted in a sequential program in which students are encouraged to develop creative solutions to visual problems.  By making artworks and by studying art of the past and the present, students learn to use and understand the elements of art (color, line, shape/form, texture, space) the principals of design (repetition, balance, contrast, rhythm, proportion, emphasis, variety, unity) and learn critical thinking skills to help make aesthetic judgments.



  Special Education Services are provided to students within the Blue Valley School District who demonstrate special needs as defined by state and district guidelines.


  Emotionally Disturbed:  Cottonwood Point serves as one of three self-contained emotionally disturbed classrooms in the district for primary and intermediate students.  Each of these students meets state and district criteria for special education services.  Identified students not living in the CPE attendance area are bussed to CPE to receive services.  Students are included in a regular classroom to the maximum extent possible during the school day.  Support from paraprofessionals or the behavior disorder specialist are utilized as necessary and as mandated by each child’s individualized education program (IEP).  In contrast, a few students may at times require individualized help in a self-contained classroom to maximize the success of academic and behavioral modifications.  Each of the students attends lunch, recess, and ‘specials” (art, music, computer, etc.) with regular education peers as much as appropriate.

  The nature of the emotionally disturbed program changes frequently depending on the number of students served and the types of services required.  However, consistencies in the program include; utilization of paraprofessionals to assist students, individualized educational programming, implementation of district-prescribed curriculum, integration of social and life skills, and on-going assessment of each child’s strengths and challenges.


  The Resource Room Specialists serve students with special learning needs in the regular classroom as well as pull-out services. This program serves identified students using different service models in an effort to ensure academic success.  Services range from direct instruction in the resource room, to consultative services with classroom teachers and support for at-risk students.  The specialists serve teachers in a variety of ways to help with materials, strategies, or other resources that will supplement the curriculum.



  Gifted Education: Exceptional Growth for Exceptional Learners

Gifted Education Programming Services is a program which meets the needs of identified gifted students based upon an Individualized Educational Program. The mission for services for gifted students is to provide personalized learning experiences that facilitate

intellectual and affective growth. Gifted services include an Individualized Education program and a group curriculum which focuses on:

  • Process Skills
  • Affective Skills
  • Exploration and Extension of Content.

The goal of the gifted program is to provide students needing instruction beyond the general classroom with appropriate challenging learning activities, validation and understanding of self as a gifted person.  Extension and enrichment are provided in order to meet the academic needs of children when those needs cannot be met within the general education classroom setting.


  Special Education Paraeducators:  The role of special education paraeducators is primarily one of service to those students who have been identified as needing support services.  In an inclusionary classroom, the paraeducators work with the regular classroom teacher and the special educator to meet the needs of the student(s).  In a self contained classroom, the para works with the students under the supervision of an educational specialist.  It is important for the paraeducators to be familiar with the curriculum and terminology when working with students to meet the objectives defined in their individual educational plans.  They provide a support to students and staff in an effort to meet the needs of students.



….a school and community working together


  The Site-Based leadership Council is an educational management system within the Blue Valley School District.  The purpose of SBL is to enhance the educational experience of our children at Cottonwood Point Elementary.  The SBL Council relies on the time, input, and support of the entire Cottonwood Point community in order to make this process a success.


Cottonwood Point SBL Mission Statement –


To assist in an advisory role to help Cottonwood Point excel

in the interest of students.


The SBL Council will be made up of the principal, staff members, and parents.  Each member of the council will serve a term of 2 years, with the option of placing their names as a candidate for re-election.  No more than 50% of the council seats shall become available each year.




We are very fortunate to have an active PTA supported by a large percentage of our parent community.  The PTA works with the school to provide a variety of projects, programs and social functions for our children and their families.  There are a variety of PTA committees at Cottonwood Point which coordinate special activities or projects.  Outlined below is a brief summary of each committee and their efforts.


Book Fair - A two day book fair is organized for students, their families and teachers to purchase books.  In the past the PTA has given each student a $5.00 credit to insure that all children receive a book.  The proceeds are given back to the school so that all grade level teachers, specialists, and the library can purchase new books or supplies for the school.


Box Tops for Education - Throughout the school year, everyone is encouraged to collect Box Tops for Education from General Mills products.  The committee submits collected box tops to General Mills which supports a national program to purchase educational equipment or materials for the school.


Classroom Parents - Parents coordinate and plan three holiday parties throughout the school year.  Parents also assist with field trips and classroom projects as needed.


Community Cares - The Cottonwood Point community strongly believes in our mission statement that “Together, we can create a safe, positive environment to develop self-confident, lifelong learners and responsible citizens.”  One way to support this statement is the development and implementation of various community service projects.  Parents and school staff work to organize several community service projects. 




  Directory - The PTA compiles the student directory and distributes to each family.


  PTA general meetings - Meetings are held four times a year to keep parents informed of school and community activities and issues.  At these meetings, we enjoy participation by Cottonwood Point Teachers, Blue Valley School District Employees and other local guest speakers.


  Welcome/Parent Buddy Program - This committee welcomes new parents to Cottonwood Point and invites them to become active members of the PTA.  New families to Cottonwood Point are paired with a veteran parent at the child’s same grade level to help answer questions about school procedures and other school questions.




Battle of the Books/Chat and Chew Clubs – These PTA committees organize grade level book clubs for students to read and discuss literature.  These clubs meet throughout the school year during grade level lunch times.  Battle of the Books has a competitive element whereas Chat and Chew is simply for the pleasure of reading alone.


Environmental Committee - The goal of this committee is to support science/ environmental curriculum through projects.  The garden and habitat can be used by different grade levels to work on curriculum objectives. 


Grant Committee - Funds in our treasury are set aside as grant money to be used to purchase education/technical items for Cottonwood Point.  The grants have been used to purchase supplies for grade levels and specialists as well as school-wide projects.  All grants are reviewed and approved by a committee two times a year. 


Red Ribbon Week - Red Ribbon week is a national drug prevention program that takes place during the month of October.  The PTA organizes various activities throughout the week that reinforces many of the life skills which were taught at Cottonwood Point, and relates these skills to the prerequisites necessary to avoid alcohol and drug use in the future.


School Supplies - The sale of pre-packaged school supplies approved by the teachers is made available to all students.  This has been a great service to our families.


CPE Fun Run– This special event will be held this fall as an evening event.  It is a family friendly event created to promote a connected community as well as fundraiser which directly supports classrooms.


Social Functions

Dinner by Dads - This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy dinner with family and friends at Cottonwood Point.  It takes place during our Book Fair.


Family Fun Night –This is an opportunity to enjoy a fun night with CPE families.  It takes place in the Fall.


Fifth Grade Farewell - The PTA works with the fifth grade teachers and students to plan a celebration at the end of the school year.  It is an opportunity for our fifth graders to remember their experiences at Cottonwood Point to say farewell before moving on to middle school.


Membership - The committee coordinates refreshments for the PTA meetings and other special events.


Mother and Son Activity – The committee coordinates a Mother/Son event during the Spring.


Restaurant Nights – The committee establishes restaurant nights where CPE gets a portion of the profits to be added to the PTA budget.


Skating Parties - The PTA coordinates skating parties throughout the school year for students and parents to enjoy.


Special Services Committee - The goal of this committee is to provide information and support for parents who have students in special services.  The committee organizes a special shelf in the library that contains resources for parents to review.


Spirit Clothing - This PTA committee designs T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other clothing items that display the Cottonwood Point name and mascot.  These items are made available for students and families to help instill school pride.


Summer Reading Program – PTA committee organizes summer reading opportunities for students to participate in and actively read during the summer vacation.


Teacher/Staff Appreciation - The PTA thanks our excellent teachers and staff throughout the year by hosting a breakfast and lunch for them.  In addition, staff birthdays are celebrated.


Yearbook - This PTA committee coordinates the development of a school yearbook.  Pictures from various activities throughout the year such as field trips, assemblies, ice cream social, book fair, etc. are included.




Alternative plans for leaving school: Alternative after-school plans must be submitted on the pink Cottonwood Point Elementary Office Note to the teacher, or phoned into the office before 3:00 p.m. A note to the teacher is preferable as calling into the classroom to notify a teacher a child’s appointment interrupts the class.  We want to make sure that students have parental permission to take alternate routes home. Otherwise, your child will be required to go home in the manner stated on the form provided to the office at the beginning of the year. 


Prior arrangements must be made for after school activities; children will not be allowed to use the school phone to make these arrangements.


Attendance:  Under the laws of the State of Kansas, all students between the ages of 7 and eighteen years (twenty-one for special education students) must be in regular and continuous attendance at school unless lawfully excused.  The law in Kansas (K.S.A. 72-1113) states that students are truant when they are inexcusably absent for three(3) consecutive school days, five (5) or more school days in one semester, or seven (7) days in a school year.  If it is necessary for a student to miss more than seven consecutive days during the year for any reason, the family should submit a written request for an extension to the principal in advance of the next absence. 

Absentee Line:  913-239-6105

Please report student absences no later than 9:00 a.m.


Birthday Celebrations and Special Events:  Birthdays are very special times for our children. Call or send a note to the teacher a few days before your child’s birthday if you would like to celebrate at school with birthday treats.  Birthday treats are usually shared at the end of the day from 3:00 - 3:40, but can vary depending on the day’s schedule or individual teacher preference.  Please get an exact count and be sure to include the teacher(s).  Please try to send treats that have already been divided, such as cupcakes, cookies, ice cream cups, etc.  (not whole cakes, pies or large cookies that need to be cut into “equal” portions.)  You will want to check with the teacher regarding appropriate times to share, and any students’ allergies to food items.  Due to the Federal, State and District focus on wellness and nutrition as well as allergies, we would encourage healthy birthday treats from the Nut-Safer list below.  Teachers also appreciate napkins for every student in the class.


Birthday party invitations will not be distributed at school.  This is to avoid hurt feelings as of course, our school environment should be both physically safe as well as emotionally safe.  It is better to either deliver party invitations in person to the homes or mail them.  Most of the addresses can be found in the school directory.  We also ask that if a special treat, such as a limousine ride, is being arranged for a small group of students that this occur at the home rather than at the school so as to avoid hurt feelings of students not included as well as avoid disruption at dismissal.


Occasionally parents wish to have flowers or balloons delivered to their child at school.  In order to minimize disruption of instructional time in the classroom, we will call the child down to the office to see his/her flowers, and then hold the flowers in the front office until the end of the school day when the child may pick up the flowers to take them home.


Nut-Safer:  CPE is a Nut-Safer School.  This means we’ve needed to adopt a more stringent snack and trat list created by the BV District. This is for the protection of many CPE students with nut allergies.


Please continue to read the ingredient label even on these selected treats/snacks because plant processing can always change. 



Instructions for Nut-Safer Food at Special Events

(Including student Birthday treats or Holiday Party class snacks)



In 2010, the district identified more than 250 students in Blue Valley with life threatening “nut” food allergies. While the district has procedures in place to address any allergic reaction, including other food allergies, the following “Nut-Safer” procedures were developed to assist the large number of nut allergic students to completely avoid their allergen:


  • To reduce the possibility of cross-contamination contact, foods brought into school for special events must be purchased in stores and NOT be homemade products. 


  • The key to avoiding a reaction is reading the ingredient label at the time of consumption. All items provided must be individually packaged with a complete imprinted ingredient label. If a product does not have a label, a student with a food allergy should NOT eat that food.


  • It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide a safe snack supply that will be stored in the classroom for the food allergic student.


We are asking all parents to choose from this list of brand specific foods when selecting birthday snacks or class snacks. By limiting the type of food entering the school, we will be better able to provide a safer environment for our children with nut food allergies, other health conditions and encourage healthy eating.


Understandably, product availability is continually changing, manufacturers are always introducing new items, reformulating current products and discontinuing selected items. Therefore, a product’s inclusion on this list is not a guarantee that the product is nut-free. Do not purchase if the label states the food contains any nut product, or traces of nuts, or made in a manufacturing plant with nut products or made on shared equipment with nut products.


Again, the safest and most accurate method to avoid a reaction is reading the label for all foods at the time of consumption. Therefore, providing individually packaged items with a complete imprinted ingredient label is most desirable. If in any doubt, student should not consume the food in question.


The following list is reviewed annually. Please note that District is reliant on the listed ingredients and information found on the manufactures website. This list is specific for nut allergies – some of the items listed will not be safe for other food allergies. If in any doubt, student should not consume the food in question.


In addition to all fresh fruits and vegetables, this list includes more than 200 items, each researched annually prior to remaining on the list. Please note that the list is intentionally limited to enable proper management of its contents. Patrons may make recommendations of products for committee review and possible inclusion in future school years listings. To do so, please complete and submit a “Recommended Permitted Food Item Request” form to:


Blue Valley School District

  Executive Director of Student Services

  15020 Metcalf

  Overland Park, KS 66223

Branded List of Permitted Food Items for Special Events

(Including student Birthday Treats or Holiday Party class snacks)



Items to consider for Daily Snack

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

· Organic or conventional


Dried and Canned Fruit

· Raisins - NOT yogurt covered (Best Choice, Sunmaid)

· Canned fruit - small individual containers (Dole, Del Monte)

· Applesauce-small individual containers (Best Choice, Mott’s, Musselman’s)

· Applesauce on the go:  appleapple, applebanana, applecinnamon & applestrawberry (Materne GoGo squeeze)



· Apple Zings (Malt-O-Meal)

· Autumn Wheat (Kashi)

· Berry Colossal Crunch (Malt-O-Meal)

· Cinnamon Toast Crunch (General Mills)

· Alpha-Bits (Post)

· Cinnamon Toasters (Malt-O-Meal)

· Cheerios:  apple cinnamon, chocolate, frosted, fruity, multi grain orregular (General Mills)

· Cocoa Roos (Malt-O-Meal)

· Cookie Crisp (General Mills)

· Crispy Rice (Malt-O-Meal)

· Fruity Pebbles (Post)

· Fruity DynoBites (Malt-O-Meal)

· Golden Crisps (Post)

· Golden Puffs (Malt-O-Meal)

· Golden Grahams (General Mills)

· Honey Graham Squares (Malt-O-Meal)

· Heart to Heart Cereal:  Honey Toasted & Warm Cinnamon (Kashi)

· Honeycomb (Post)

· Honey Buzzers (Malt-O-Meal)

· Kix:honey or original (General Mills)

· Lucky Charms (General Mills)

· Marshmallow Mateys (Malt-O-Meal)

· Mini Wheats: Blueberry, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate, Original & Strawberry (Kellogg’s)

· Shredded Wheat spoon size: Original (Post)

· Frosted Mini Spooners: Original & Strawberry Crème (Malt-O-Meal)

· Tootie Fruities (Malt-O-Meal)

· Trix (General Mills)




Dairy Products

· Cottage Cheese:  Fat Free, Low fat, Large Curd & Old Fashion (Anderson/Erickson Dairy)

· String Cheese (Best Choice, Crystal Farms, Frigo, Kraft & Sargento)



· Yogurt:  Greek:  Blueberry, Plain, Clementine, Vanilla (Anderson/Erickson Dairy)

· Yogurt:  Greek:  Plain, Honey, Strawberry, Vanilla, Blueberry (Dannon)

· Yogurt:  6 oz:  1% & Non Fat Flavors (Belfonte)

· Yogurt:  6 oz:  Non Fat Light & Fit Flavors (Dannon)

· Yogurt tubes:  Gogurt (Yoplait)


Box juices

· Fruit/box drinks  (Minute Maid Juice, Capri Sun, Hi-C, Kool-Aid Jammers)



· Cheddar Bunnies:  Organic, Original, Sour Cream & Onion, White Cheddar, Whole Wheat (Annie’s Homegrown)

· Cheez-it (Sunshine)

· Club & Cheddar Sandwich Crackers (Keebler)

· Goldfish: Cheddar, Colors, Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Parmesan, Pizza, Pretzels & Whole Grain Cheddar (Pepperidge Farm)

· Grahams Crackers:  Honey & Original (Keebler)

· Honey Maid Graham crackers (Nabisco)

· Handi Snacks: Breadsticks & Cheese & Crackers ‘n Cheese Dip (Kraft)

· Premium Saltine Crackers: Original (Nabisco)

· Ritz Cracker:  Original, Reduced Fat, Whole Wheat (Nabisco)

· Snack Crackers: Country Cheddar (Kashi)

· S’moreables (Kinnikinnick Foods)

· Special K Cracker Chips:  Sea Salt (Kellogg’s)

· Wheat Thins: Original (Nabisco)

· Zesta Saltine Crackers: Original & Whole Wheat (Keebler)



· Healthy Pop Popcorn:  Kettle Corn (Jolly Time)

· 100 Calorie Mini Bags:  Butter (Act II)

· Popcorn (Act II, Best Choice, Pop Secret)


Pudding and Gelatin

· Handi Snack Pudding Cups:  Regular & Sugar Free: Chocolate, Vanilla (Kraft)

· Snack Pack Pudding Cups:  Regular & Fat Free:  Chocolate, Vanilla (Hunt’s/ConAgra Foods)

· Gelatin Cups:  Regular & Sugar Free (Jello)


Misc. Foods:

· Beef Jerky: Original (Great Value – Wal-Mart)

· Mini Bagels:  100% Whole Wheat, Blueberry, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Plain (Thomas)

· Popped Rice Snacks:  Apple Cinnamon, BBQ, Cheddar Cheese, Ranch (Quaker)

· Salsa (Pace, Tostito’s, Taco Bell)

Additional Items to consider for Special Occasions


AVOID purchasing Candy repackaged under BEST CHOICE SWEET SHOPPE BRAND

· Andes Mints (Tootsie Roll)

· Dum Dum Pops (Spangler Candy)

· Jolly Rancher Hard Candy (Hershey’s) – small objects like hard candy may become inadvertently logged in throat

· Junior Mints (Tootsie Roll)

· Laffy Taffy (Wonka)

· Lifesaver:  Hard Candies (Wrigley)

· Life Saver Gummies (Wrigley)

· Marshmallows:Regular & Strawberry (Kraft)

· Nerds (Wonka)

· Pixie Stick (Wonka)

· Red Vines:  Original Twists & Black Twists (American Licorice Co.)

· Skittles:  Original (Masterfoods) 

· Sweet Tarts (Nestle)

· Starburst Fruit Chews:  Original, FavReds & Tropical (Wrigley)

· Starburst Jelly Beans (Wrigley)

· Tootsie Pops (Tootsie Roll)

· Tootsie Roll:  Midgees (Tootsie Roll)

· Twizzlers:  Cherry & Strawberry Twists, Rainbow Twists, Cherry Peel & Pull, Cherry Bites (Hershey)


Fruit Snacks:

· Fruit by the Foot (Betty Crocker)

· Fruit Rollups (Betty Crocker)

· Fruit Smiles (Great Value, Wal-Mart)

· Fruit Snacks (Welch’s)

· Gusher’s (Betty Crocker)

· Mixed Fruit Snacks (Sunkist)

· Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks (Annie’s Homegrown)

· Clif Kid Z Fruit Rope: Grape, Mixed Berry & Strawberry (Cliff Bar)



· Bugles:  Original & Nacho Cheese (General Mills)

· Cheetos:Baked, Crunchy &Puffs (Frito Lay)

· Doritos:  Baked Nacho, Cool Ranch & Nacho Cheese (Frito Lay)

· Fritos:  Chili Cheese, Original & Scoops (Frito Lay)

· Funyuns (Frito Lay)

· Halloween Pretzels (Utz)

· Mission Tortilla Chips:  Rounds, Strips & Triangles (Mission

· Munchies: Cheese Fix, Totally Ranch (Frito Lay)

· Organic Snack Mix (Annie’s Homegrown)

· Pirate’s Booty: White Cheddar (Pirate Brands)

· Potato Chips:  Baked, Baked BBQ, Baked Sour Cream & Onion, BBQ, Cheddar & Sour Cream, Classic & Sour Cream & Onion, (Frito Lay)

· Pretzel Crisps: Original (Snack Factory)

· Pringles:  100 Calorie, Cheddar, Original, Snack Stack & Sour Cream & Onion (Pringles)

· Rold Gold Pretzels:  Rods, Sticks, Tiny Twists & Thins (Frito Lay)

· Ruffles:  Baked, Light, Original, Reduced Fat, Sour Cream & Cheddar & Sour Cream & Onion (Frito Lay)

· Smart Puffs:Wisconsin Cheddar (Pirate Brands)

· SunChips:  Cheddar, French Onion, Garden Salsa & Original (Frito Lay)

· Tortilla Chips:  Sweet Potato (Food Should Taste Good)

· Tostito Tortilla Chips: Baked, Bite Size, Hint of Lime, Multigrain, Restaurant Style/Scoops (Frito Lay)

· Wavy Potato Chips:  Original, Hickory BBQ & Ranch (Frito Lay)



· Animal crackers (Barnum’s)

· Bunny Cookies:  Cocoa & Vanilla & SnickerDoodle (Annie’s Homegrown)

· Bunny Grahams:  Chocolate, Chocolate chip, Cinnamon, Honey & Original (Annie’s Homegrown)

· Chips Ahoy: Chewy, Original & Reduced Fat (Nabisco)

· Fudge Shoppe:  Fudge Stripes (Keebler)

· Golden Oreo:  Original & Chocolate Cream (Nabisco)

· Ginger snaps (Nabisco)

· Graham Bites (Keebler)   

· KinniToos: Chocolate Sandwich & Vanilla Sandwich (Kinnikinnick Foods)

· Lorna Doone (Nabisco)

· Montanas Chocolate Chips Cookies (Kinnikinnick Foods)

· Oreo brownies (Nabisco)

· Oreo cookies:  Original, Double Stuff,Cool Mint,  Reduced Fat & Sugar Free (Nabisco)

· Rice Krispies Marshmallow Treat:  Original(Kellogg) 

· Scooby Doo Graham Cracker Sticks:  Honey & Cinnamon (Keebler)

· Snack ‘n Go Packs: Chocolate Chip (Lucy’s)

· Snackwell’s:  Crème Sandwich (Kraft)

· Teddy Grahams:  Chocolate, Chocolately Chip, Cinnamon & Honey (Nabisco)

· Vanilla wafers: Mini, Original or Reduced Fat (Nabisco or Keebler)

· WhoNu? Cookies:  Chocolate, Original, Soft & Chewy, Vanilla (WhoNu?)


Ice Cream

· Popsicles (Popsicle)

· Fudgsicles (Fudgsicle)

· Sherbet Cups (Blue Bunny)

· Ice Cream Cups: Dutch chocolate & Vanilla (Blue Bell ) (NOT Blue Bunny)


Snack Cakes/Donuts

· Brownie Cakes: (Lucy’s)

· Donuts:  Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Dipped, Maple & Vanilla Glazed (Kinnikinnick Foods)

· Donuts:  (Krispy Kreme)

· Hostess Cakes:  Cupcakes, Ho Ho’s & Twinkies (Hostess)

· Mini donuts:  Chocolate Frosted & Powdered (Hostess Donuts)




The preceding list will be reviewed annually. Please note that district is reliant on the listed ingredients and information found on the manufactures websites. This list is specific for nut allergies – some of the items listed will not be safe for other food allergies. If in any doubt, student should not consume the food in question.
Bullying: Bullying is when someone intentionally and repetitively continuing hurtful behavior to try and gain power over another.  Bullying can mean different things.  Here are some ways bullying can be described:


Physical   Verbal     Emotional/Social


hitting, punching teasing/name calling   leaving people out

pinching, tripping   making offensive remarks spreading rumors

kicking, pushing   making discriminatory remarks excluding someone

scratching, spitting   insulting someone ignoring someone

damaging/stealing property threatening someone making fun of others

throwing objects repeated teasing   (stopping people from

hiding/taking belongings intimidating someone     befriending others)


At CPE we have expectations/rules that we treat each other with respect, therefore we don’t bully other people.  Bullying is not an occasional teasing – it is deliberate, planned, and continuous.  Each student has the responsibility to help stop bullying. 


Bullying Report Procedures are established for CPE staff to follow and reinforce.  These procedures are available upon request from the school counselor, principal or office staff.


Bus Information:  Students must live at least 2.5 miles from their school in order to receive free transportation.  For a fee, services are available to students who live within 2.5 miles from their school.  Contact Durham Bus Transportation at 913-681-2492 for route availability and rates.


If your child will be riding the bus, the following guidelines are provided by the bus company.  Following them will increase the chances for a safe ride to and from school.


1.   Pupils must be on time.  The bus will not wait beyond the regular schedule for those who are tardy.

2.   Pupils must obey the driver promptly and respectfully.

3.   Students must never stand in the roadway to wait for the bus.

4.   Conversation with the driver is unnecessary,

5.   Ordinary conversation with classmates is permitted.  Classroom conduct is to be observed.

6.   Riders may not extend arms, legs, or head out the window of the bus.

7.   Riders may not move about or stand in the aisles while the bus is in motion.

8.   Damages to a bus will be the responsibility of the parents of any child who defaces or damages a bus.

9.   Animals and pets are not permitted on the bus.

10.  Fighting on buses is not permitted and will be considered a serious offense possibly resulting in removal from bus service.


Communication with Teachers:  The Cottonwood Point faculty expects to communicate openly and frequently with parents about the welfare and academic progress of students.  Communication occurs through newsletters, phone calls, progress reports, and

e-mail, in an on-going basis.  Lengthy e-mail discussions, however, tend to be less effective than face-to-face discussions.  Therefore, if details of your child’s education and programming need to be discussed, a conference is the best form of communication.


Parents are most welcome to call the child’s teacher anytime more information is needed.  Unless it’s an emergency, teachers are not called from class to take a phone call.  You may leave a message with the school secretaries or in the teacher’s voice mailbox.  The teacher or staff member will return your call at the earliest possible time.  Please do not leave dismissal changes on the school voice mail system.  It is very possible those messages may not be picked up in time for dismissal.


Day Care Program:  The YMCA offers a convenient child care program in our cafeteria area for parents who need to have children at school before 8:25 A.M. and after 3:40 P.M.  School staff will not available for child supervision either in or outside of the building before 8:25 A.M or after 3:40 P.M. There is a reasonable charge for this service.  The hours for this program are 7:00 A.M. until students go to their classrooms at 8:25 A.M. and after school at 3:40 until 6:15 P.M.  YMCA telephone numbers are:  Main Office:  345-YMCA or CPE:  897-3829


Delivery of Items to Students:  It is natural that students may occasionally forget items which they need at school such as lunches, lunch money, musical instruments, homework, textbooks, or articles of clothing.  In general, we feel it is best to allow children as they progress into the upper grades to experience the natural consequences of forgetting things as this helps them learn responsibility. We do respect your judgment in such matters, and should you feel it most appropriate to have an item delivered to your child, we ask that you bring the item to the office.  Our school secretaries will determine the most appropriate time to deliver the item to the classroom in order to minimize classroom interruptions or will put the item in the teacher’s mailbox for pickup.


Discipline: The Board of Education of Unified School District No. 229 will, to the full extent of its legal power, insure that every student has an opportunity to attend school and receive an education without fear of harm or injury to person or property.  The Board will not allow persons with disruptive intent to endanger the safety of students or school personnel, to damage property, to interfere with the educational process, or attempt to close the schools.  Acts of behavior which interfere with the maintenance of an effective learning environment or which are antagonistic to the welfare of other students will not be considered acceptable.  A student who commits any of the following acts may be subject to disciplinary action:



· Violation of school rules

· Failure to comply with reasonable request(s), defiance, and/or insubordination

· Making threats, harassment, bullying, intimidation, extortion, and/or bodily harm

· Disrespect for others

· Obscenity, profanity, or indecency

· Possession, transfer, consumption, sale or being under the influence

  of alcoholic beverages

· Possession, transfer, use, consumption or sale of narcotics, drugs, paraphernalia, other restricted substances, or being under the influence of same

· Possession or use of weapon

· Smoking and/or possession of tobacco products

· Theft

· Violation of compulsory attendance laws, excessive tardies, and/or


· Unruly conduct which disrupts school

· Possession of pepper spray or mace

· Forgery

· Trespassing

· Arson

· Vandalism

· Violation of Board Policy

· Use of personal electronic devices that result in a substantive disruption to school; that causes personal harm or embarrassment; and/or that promote academic dishonesty; and

· Other unacceptable behavior


Corrective measures for those students who commit acts of unacceptable behavior or violations of school rules and regulations should be described to the students.  Those measures may include, but are not limited to:  Counseling, conferencing, parent involvement, referral to specialists/agencies, detention periods, work sessions, exclusions from class, in-school and out-of-school suspension, and expulsion. 

At CPE, just as academics are important, teaching positive life-long behaviors is important.  Therefore, our goal as adults is to help students stay out of trouble – not get in trouble.  Helping students often involves teaching a missing social or behavioral skill.  Just as a child might need additional support in reading, so might a child need additional help with appropriate responses to his/her own emotions such as anger.  At times, a child is offered one-on-one support/teaching to gain or strengthen the behavioral skill.  Our intent is to teach missing behavioral skills so students are able to improve those skills.  This takes a balance of offering students grace to fix a concern as well as accountability for repeated concerns.


Students may be asked to fill out a “Think Sheet” to work through his/her problem.  A Think Sheet asks students to reflect upon their choices and develop a plan of action for next time.  This sheet is not used in a punitive manner, but a teaching manner.  A follow-up conversation will occur to assist the child in processing and following through with a solution.  The Think Sheet corresponds with the BV Virtues that are taught and reinforced across all settings at CPE. 


Disruptive Items:  When students bring items that belong to them that cause any type of disturbance in the classroom, the teacher should pick up that item and turn it in to the office.  If there have been other such offenses, disciplinary action will be taken.  Students are discouraged from bringing skateboards, roller blades, radios, cd players, i-pods and other electronic devices.  Students should bring skateboards/ roller blades in the school office for the day due to limited classroom space.  For safety, students riding such to school should also walk once they’ve reached the school campus.


Cell phones may only be used before and after school.  Students are expected to have them turned off during the school day.  If a cell phone is seen or heard during class, it will be taken from the student and turned into the office.  Parents will be notified to come and sign for the return of the cell phone in the office.


Dress:  Dress and grooming should be neat and in good taste so as not to interfere with the teaching/learning process or create a risk to health or safety.  We do request that a T-shirt logo or other labels be appropriate for the elementary school environment.  Comfortable play clothes are fine for most school activities.  Spirit days may be integrated into the school calendar at which time students will be encouraged to wear certain themed attire, such as, hats, Hawaiian shirts, sports jerseys, etc.  On non-themed days, students are asked to refrain from wearing hats in the building.  Please refer to Parent District Handbook for further dress code guidelines. 


Tennis shoes are required for safety in P.E. classes.  Shoes with wheels should not be worn to school due to safety issues.


Please be sure students wear hats, gloves, and boots during winter months.  We do go out for recess unless the temperature or conditions are too harsh.  It is very helpful to place name labels in these items.  Each year our lost and found box fills to overflowing with unlabeled items and that are never claimed by owners.


Emergency School Closings:  Should school need to be canceled because of inclement weather or an emergency, this information will be relayed to the television and radio stations.  You may also call the district’s help line at 239-4600. School closing decisions are made on a district-wide basis, and announcements are usually made before 6:30 a.m.


In the event that road conditions or inclement weather exists which cause you as a parent to be concerned about the health and safety of your child, we respect your choice to keep your child at home.  We ask that you contact the school office so that we can record this as an excused absence.  Parents always have permission to pick children up early, and should come in to the office to sign the student out.


A one-hour delayed start may be announced when conditions are developing and are uncertain at the time that a decision would normally be made regarding school closings.


In the event school is dismissed early during the day, an announcement will be made over the radio and television. 


Enrollment:  New students may be enrolled when they arrive in the district.  This will be done in the school office.  There is a regular enrollment date for the registration of all

returning students during the month of August or registration may be completed by mail in July.  Call the school or the district offices to determine the exact dates of the summer enrollment. 


Be sure to bring the following information with you when you enroll your child:  a state certified birth certificate; your child’s immunization record; proof of residency (utility bill); an emergency telephone number other than parent; documentation showing your child’s legal name; and new students grades 1-5 should bring their most recent report cards.  By state law, new students must also have a recent physical.


Each year, Blue Valley Schools require a learning resource fee of $100.00 and a technology fee of $15.00 for each student. These fees will be collected through Mail-In Registration, on line or during August Registration. The money collected goes into school funds and is used for textbooks and consumables.  Students who register later in the year will pay a pro-rated fee set by the district.


Field Trips:  Each grade level routinely takes field trips each school year.  There are many opportunities for you to volunteer to go with a class on one of the trips.


A signed permission slip from home is always required for your student to participate in a field trip.  No student will be allowed to go without permission.  If a field trip cost is prohibitive for your family, please contact your child’s teacher for other financial sources.


Fire, Tornado, and Lockdown Drills:  Fire drills will be held every month.  They are not designed to frighten the students, but to develop the proper procedure to be followed if the need should ever arise.  Tornado drills are held three times a year.  If a tornado occurs during the school day, please do not come to the school.  We have safe areas where the children will be kept.  They will be sent home or taken home as soon as it is safe.  If a tornado warning occurs as school is being let out and you are waiting or on your way,  plan to stay inside the school with your child.  Bus drivers have been trained in tornado procedures.  Two lockdown drills will be conducted that are designated by the District Safety and Security Department.  These drills are conducted in the event of an intruder or security issue. 




Handicapped Accessibility:  The handicap ramp leading to the main entrance to the building is designed to make it easier for wheelchairs or people needing support while walking.  The rails and concrete retaining wall could cause a safety concern for anyone biking or running on the ramp; therefore, we ask that the ramp be reserved for handicap use only.




Homework: The purpose of homework is to reinforce skills and concepts being emphasized in the school curriculum.  Students at each grade level can expect to have some homework each week.  Teachers are encouraged to coordinate assignments so that children are not given excessive assignments.  Homework is not limited to assigned pages in textbooks or worksheets and homework is not always the same for all children in the class.  Individual instruction involves offering each child the practice he/she needs.  This might be different from his/her peers. Parents are encouraged to provide reading and supplemental learning materials as well as conversation and dialogue about learning opportunities.


According to research the following range of times can be used as a starting point for study time.  Some assignments may require longer periods of work time at home.


  Kdg.   10-15 minutes

  1st Grade 15-20 minutes

  2nd Grade 20-30 minutes

  3rd Grade 25-45 minutes

  4th Grade 30-50 minutes

  5th Grade 35-60 minutes


We want to work in partnership with parents to help children learn the lifelong skill of learning and studying.  Utilizing national Common Core standards, we expect to improve student performance on daily work as well as improve student performance on State and National assessments. 


Extended Absence:  When you know you will not be in school for an extended period, please contact your classroom teacher so work can be gathered for completion during your absence.  Since this requires preparation by the teacher, we ask that sufficient notice be given to ensure all expected work is included.


Hotline:  Blue Valley School District has established a “Tips Hotline” for callers to use to report information and/or concerns regarding potentially threatening and/or dangerous situations within the district.  The callers may choose to remain anonymous, or may leave their name and phone number if they wish to have their call returned.  All information on this line will be considered serious in nature.  Anyone leaving intentionally misleading or inaccurate information may be prosecuted.  The BVSD “TIPS HOTLINE” number is 239-4600.


Lost and Found:  A bin for lost articles is kept in the stairwell of the cafe.  Students or parents may check this table at any time.  A box is kept in the office for more valuable items found.  Students or parents may ask the secretaries to check this box for lost items.  Marking your child’s clothes and personal items is the best way to help us locate your child’s belongings.  Lost and found items are placed on a table in the entry hall during conferences.  Unclaimed items are donated to charity organizations at the end of the year.


Lunch and Milk Program: Staff is hiredto supervise in the lunchroom for 2 hours each day.  Students in 2nd through 5th grade have a 30-minute lunch which includes 20 minutes in the cafeteria, and a 10-minute fitness break.  All day Kindergarten and 1st grade students have a 30 minute lunch in the cafeteria.  All employees have a 30-minute duty-free lunch.


Students may purchase a hot lunch or bring a sack lunch from home.  Milk or juice may also be purchased separately.  Cups are available for water as an alternative drink choice.  The yearly menu is distributed in August to all families as well as being available on the BV Website.  Students will be given a choice of 2 hot entrees.


Lunch records are kept by the cafeteria manager.  Notices will be sent home via students to notify parents of their expiration.  All lunch purchases and records are handled by the school’s cafeteria Manager.  If you have any questions about your child’s account, please call 239-6103.  Checks should be made payable to the Blue Valley and Food Nutrition Services


  1 day breakfast (student)  $1.20 1 day breakfast (adult  $1.60

  1 day lunch (student)  $2.35   1 day lunch (adult)  $3.30

  Single entrée   (if it’s a second entrée) $1.85

  Single day milk or $.50


Free and Reduced Lunch Program:  This program is offered by the State of Kansas.  If your family qualifies, your child(ren) can receive free or reduced lunches and breakfasts.

The information gathered is kept confidential.  Please see the office staff for the appropriate forms.


Fast Food and Soda: Bringing in food from outside restaurants is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED as recommended by Blue Valley Food and Nutrition Services.  If you do decide to bring in outside vendor food, and to prevent hurt student feelings, only bring in enough to provide lunch for your child.  If outside vendor food is brought in we encourage a healthy food option.  Likewise, we discourage soda during the school day.  Soda, being high in sugar, is not the best source for “brainpower” in the afternoon.  It give a kick of sugar and the resulting crash of such comes once the child returns to class.  Thanks for helping us avoid this!



Lunchroom guests:  We enjoy having parents, grandparents, etc., join the students for lunch.  Please stop at the office and sign in and get your badge before going to the cafeteria.  Feel free to sit at the table with your child and enjoy lunch with their friends. If you do decide to bring in outside vendor food, and to prevent hurt student feelings, only bring in enough to provide lunch for your child.  Please do not use the fire exit door near the ramp to enter the cafeteria.


Parent Volunteers:  Cottonwood Point has many opportunities for parents to volunteer in the building.  Your participation is most welcome and appreciated.  If interested, please contact your child’s teacher, the school office, or the PTA chairperson in charge of the areas of your interest.


Pictures and Yearbook:  School pictures are taken of students each year in early fall.  Reminders are sent home before that day and you will be asked to order one of several pre-set packages and return the money to school.  If you choose not to order one of the packages, your child will still be photographed for the yearbook. There is no fee to have the yearbook photo taken.  Retakes are offered several weeks later for students who were absent on Picture Day and for new students.  Retakes will also be taken of students whose picture was unacceptable due to photographer error.


Class pictures are generally taken in the spring.  A single copy of the class picture will be sent home with each student and parents may purchase or return the picture to the school.


Yearbooks may be ordered and paid for at registration.  They are delivered to the school and distributed to each student who ordered one in his/her classroom during the last day of school.  There will be time set aside for an all school yearbook signing session.


Pets:  Occasionally children wish to bring a pet for “show and tell”.  Parents are welcome to bring a pet to school for a short amount of time between 8:40 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please make arrangements ahead of time with your child’s teacher.  The pet should be on a leash or in a cage, and we ask that the parent stay with the pet while it is at school.  Please sign in your pet as you get a visitor badge in the office.  The classroom teacher has the option of declining the pet visit due to allergies or other concerns in the classroom.


For the safety of all the children and due to an increase in allergies, we ask that dogs not be brought on school grounds at arrival and dismissal times.


PTA:  We are very fortunate to have an active and wonderful PTA made up of caring, energetic parents who help in many ways at Cottonwood Point.  We have volunteers in classrooms, the library, for field days, etc., and many events throughout the year.  Membership forms and additional information about PTA projects are located in the front office.  We invite all parents and grandparents to join our PTA.




Report Cards and Parent Conferences: Parent/Teacher conferences are held in October and February.  Conference signups will be available at Back to School Night, August 27 2013.  The time you sign up for conferences is the same for Fall and Spring conferences.  Report cards will be sent out at the end of each school quarter.


Recess/Physical Education Temperature Guidelines: 


Heat Guidelines


If the heat index reaches 100 degrees, recess and physical education should be

held inside.


If the heat index reaches the 95-100 degree range, outdoor recess and outdoor

physical education should be limited (as practical). Water should be available

and breaks should be provided as needed.


Cold Guidelines


If the wind chill is at 10 degrees or below, no physical education, recess or

fitness breaks should occur outside.


Rollerblades, Scooters, Wheel Shoes and Skateboards:  The Blue Valley district policy does not allow rollerblades, scooters, or skateboards on school grounds at any time.  Shoes with wheels should not be worn to school due to safety issues.  Students riding roller blades or skateboards to school should remove them upon reaching the school campus.  Those items should be brought to the office during school hours and may be picked up at the end of the school day.


Room Parties:  There will be three room parties during the year.  The parties will be held between 2:45 and 3:30.  Room parents and their helpers plan these parties.  Morning kindergarten and preschool parties will be 10:45 - 11:30.


School Hours: Children should arrive at school after 8:25 a.m.  Children arriving between 8:15 - 8:25 a.m. are to report to the gym.  Students arriving after 8:35 are counted tardy and should report to the office before going to class.  Afternoon kindergarten students should not arrive before 12:25.  Please allow your child to walk independently to class.  This fosters independence.


  Grades 1-5    8:35 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

  AM Kindergarten 8:35 - 11:45 a.m.

  AM Preschool 8:30 – 11:20 a.m.

  PM Preschool   12:30-3:30 p.m.


If your child arrives after 8:35, please come in to the office to sign your child in. Students are counted late if they are not in their classrooms at 8:35 when instruction begins.


Dismissal of Students During School Hours:  The safety of our students is of utmost importance to us.  Therefore, we do monitor who enters the building and do not release students to anyone except parents or those authorized by parents to pick up a child.  Parents and other authorized adults must come to the office to sign students out for appointments, etc.  If someone other than a parent is sent to pick up a child, we must have advance notice from the parent or we will not release the child.  It’s best to send a note to the teacher or call that day.  Students will be called to the office when parents arrive. Students may only be released by the principal, secretary, or her designee. Students who are ill may be picked up at the nurse’s office after being signed out at the main office. We request that parents avoid going directly to the classroom to pick up students because it interrupts valuable instructional time for the entire class. Parents who wish to arrange an extended visit to the classroom are most welcome and may do so at anytime by simply contacting the teacher in advance. 


Students bringing things to School:  The only time students should bring things to school is when their teacher instructs them to do so (for show and tell, for example).  The students will assume responsibility for any items brought to school. 


School Health and Medical Requirements:  The following health information must be completed and returned before your child may attend school.  Please contact the school nurse, if you have questions or need assistance related to these issues.


State law requires that all new students must present an immunization form signed by their physician or county health department.  The present immunization law in Kansas requires that your child have at least 4 DPT’s (Tetanus, Whooping cough, and Diphtheria), the last one given after their fourth birthday, and two MMR’s one given after their first birthday and one given before entering kindergarten (or 1st grade if they did not attend kindergarten during the previous year). 


Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunization:  An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating that the physical condition of the child be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child, or a written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denominations whose religious teachers are opposed to such tests of inoculations.


All kindergarten, or first grade pupils who have not attended kindergarten, and all new students to our district are also required to have a physical examination by a physician.

It is also required that all new students present a copy of an official birth certificate for school personnel.  A copy will be made and kept on file.


Health screenings are done for all students periodically.  Those screenings consist of vision tests, and hearing tests with an audiometer.  Parents may request these tests be done for their child at any time.  These tests may also be given upon parent request in the spring before the child enters kindergarten.


If your child requires medication at school, a doctor’s note is necessary for prescription medication and that medication must be sent in the prescription bottle.  When you have the prescription filled just ask your pharmacist to label an extra bottle.  Over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol, cough suppressants, or decongestants must be in the original container and accompanied by a permission slip from the parent giving permission for this medication to be given at school.  This medication must also be in the original container and will be given according to dosage on the label.


If children are sent home from school with a fever, they must be fever-free for 24 hours before re-entering school.  Please refer to the parent District Handbook for other Johnson County Health Department Exclusion Recommendations.


Please contact the school nurse if your child has an exceptional health problem on entrance to school or at any time during the school year.


Student Insurance:  A student accident insurance policy is made available to all Blue Valley students upon request from parents.  Forms are available on the CPE website.

Additional accident insurance is also available when students take field trips.  The policy is very inexpensive and would cover medical costs not covered by the primary family insurance.


Technology Use By Students:  Guidelines for Computer Use


Equipment will be used with care.

  Work area will remain neat and orderly

  Food and beverages are not allowed near computer area

  Computer equipment will be left ready for next user


Appropriate behavior will be used.

  Respectfulness and courtesy to others is expected

  Appropriate language, graphics, and other data are to be used


Computers have settings which may not be changed.


Individual passwords are not to be shared with anyone.


Copyright laws protecting programs, data, books and pictures will be followed.


Guidelines for Internet Use:


Use of the Internet requires the teacher’s permission and supervision.


Teachers must be present in the classroom or Internet lab whenever students are on the Internet.


Only approved search engines or teacher bookmarked sites will be used to locate information.


No personal information will be given out over the Internet (example:  last name, address, phone number, charge account numbers).


Consequences of Unacceptable Use

Students violating these guidelines or other administrative guidelines Board policies, relating to acceptable use of communication technologies will be subject to any and all applicable disciplinary measures.  Possible disciplinary measures may include, but are not limited to, temporary or permanent loss of use (from Blue Valley District Technology Policy) 


Note:  The complete Blue Valley School District Technology Policy is available upon request.  The more complicated language of the policy would be difficult for elementary aged students to understand.  The above guidelines, adapted from the District Policy, are student friendly.


Telephones:  A telephone is located in each classroom for outgoing calls only. We understand it may be necessary from time to time for your child to call you. The child must have his/her teacher’s permission before using the phone in the classroom.  Children will not be allowed to phone home after school for permission to go play at a friend’s house.  Please make those arrangements before school.


Traffic Tips:  The safety of children at Cottonwood Point is a top priority for the school.  Please adhere to the following traffic patterns, no parking zones and areas to drop-off and pick up your children. We have had our District Campus Police evaluate and recommend the current traffic pattern.  Such is reviewed periodically for possible improvements.  Please follow these traffic patterns to eliminate some of the congestion problems around the school and keep Cottonwood Point students safe.  Likewise, please make sure your child exits your car near the curb (exiting curbside only) and never walks between cars.


Visitor Badge and Employee Badge Guidelines:  In an effort to improve safety and security in all buildings of the school district the Blue Valley School District has implemented an employee and visitor badge program.  All employees of the school district will be required to wear a badge when on duty in any building.  Likewise, all visitors to buildings will be expected to report to the building’s main office, sign-in on a register, and receive a visitor’s badge.  School volunteers, including parents, should also receive a badge.  Contractors or other vendors who need to complete work on school grounds will also be required to wear a badge in the building prior to proceeding.  Large group school activities such as Back to School Night, sporting events, music programs, etc., will be excluded from this requirement.


Visitors to the Building:  Cottonwood Point welcomes visitors to our school.  By District Policy and for the safety of students and staff, all parents and visitors in the building for any reason MUST check in at the office upon entering the building, and pick up a visitors badge.  Uninterrupted class time maximizes learning opportunities for all students.  Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated. 


Classroom visits limited to one hour or less seem to be less distracting for our students.  To make your visit profitable, we encourage you to send a note to the teacher 24 hours before a visit to help determine the most productive, appropriate time.  We ask that you allow the last thirty minutes of the school day to be uninterrupted by classroom visitations.  This time affords the teacher and students the important opportunity to review the day’s academic and social progress, while determining the next day’s focus.


In the event of an emergency, the districts and school’s primary means of communication with parents will be through e-mail. Please check your messages on a regular, preferably daily, basis and clear any unnecessary messages from your mailbox in the event important information is being sent to you.


Website:  As a way to minimize paper costs of publications, we will be placing important school information on the CPE website, www.bluevalleyk12.org.  This website can be accessed for the monthly Cat’s Meow newsletter, community resources, PTA agenda/minutes/budget information, District approved flyers for possible outside school activities, etc. 


Thank you for your continued support and involvement at CPE.  We are fortunate to serve you and have you working with us as a team in the interest of your child.










































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