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Parent Bulletin: December 1, 2016
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Friday, December 02, 2016

Council Traditional School

Parent Bulletin Revised

December 2016

IB Learner Profile

Caring students and adults show empathy, compassion and respect toward the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to the environment.

Academic Focus

The academic focus for this month is reading. This is the most wonderful time of the year for reading stories to students and allowing them to read to and with you. During the week of December 5th-9th, we will have our annual Holiday Read-A-Thon. Community members have been invited to read a holiday selection to the class during that week. Also, at the end of the week, we will have literacy day. The author, Dr. Turk, will present to some of the students. Dr. Turk is a professor at the University of South Alabama.

Culminating Activities for Career Week~Career Day Panel/Careers on Wheels

Students in grades K-2 were delighted to see policemen, paramedics and firemen as they enjoyed Careers on Wheels on Wednesday. The culminating activity for careers will be a panel presentation for grades 3-5 on Friday. The students will enjoy learning about Careers from the following volunteers:

Nurse De Anda- Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Connelly- Pediatrician

Dr. Crenshaw- School Board Commissioner/College Professor

Mrs. Davis- Interior Designer

Mr. Troup- Businessman/Landscaper

Mr. Bright- Retired Fireman and Paramedic

Mrs. Annie Crandall- Retired Educator/Assistant Superintendent

Samuel Spencer- Chef

Mary Hayes- Jeweler

Volunteer Policeman- MCPD

Salvation Army

During the week of December 5th, Stan Blejwas, Council’s Red Ribbon representative, will be performing his community service project by collecting supplies for the Salvation Army. We are asking students to donate the following items: hard plastic water bottles, plain t-shirts, socks and shower gel. Donations should be placed in the boxes located in the front of the school by Friday, December 9th.


Holiday Pictures

Students taking holiday pictures may wear their holiday outfit to school and change into their uniform after taking pictures. Pictures will be taken on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Santa Shop

The PTA will sponsor the Santa Shop during the week of December 5th-9th.

Tuesday, December 6: Pre K, K and 1st grades

9:00-9:30 a.m. Pre-K

K and 1st Grade during PE Classes & After Lunch

8:15-9:00 a.m. Webster/Broughton

12:30-1:30 p.m. Janies/Essary

1:30- 2:30 p.m. Foster/Hughes

Wednesday, December 7: 2nd and 3rd grades

10:15-11:15 a.m. Brooks/Burdette

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lewis/Reese/Juzang

1:00-2:30 p.m. Bowman/ Mixon/ Peterson/Claiborne/Burge

Thursday, December 8: 4th and 5th graders

11:00- 12:00 p.m. Bright/Cowans/Howze/de Graaf

1:30- 2:30 p.m. Lyman/Lofton/Larkin/Sheffield

Friday, December 9: Last Shopping Day (for any last minute shoppers or those that missed out)

Stuff the Bus

Mobile County Public Schools will participate in WKRG’s Great Toy Drive. Please allow your child to bring an unwrapped toy to the school on December 1st-9th to stuff the bus. Toys will be collected on December 12th. The school with the most toys collected will get the opportunity to have a very special visitor, Santa or Mrs. Claus to read to them before they leave for the holiday vacation. Please help our community in this worthwhile effort to put a smile on the face of a child.

Attendance and Academic Probation

It is very important that all guidelines are followed in regards to students’ behavior, academics and attendance in the Magnet school. Students failing to comply will be removed from the program. Council offers numerous opportunities for improvement. However, students that continue to fall in these categories will not be allowed to remain in the Magnet program.

Council Rocks Club

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, December 6th from 3:15-4:15 p.m.


Tutoring will end on December 7th and will resume on January 17, 2017. There will be no tutoring during the week of December 12th-16th.

PTA/ Holiday Program

The next PTA meeting and holiday program will be held on December 15th at 6 p.m. Please make plans to attend. This is always an exciting time for our kindergarten students.  

December Dates:

December 2nd- Career Panel for grades 3-5

December 6th-8th- Holiday Read-A-Thon (Classes will have a scheduled time to enjoy a holiday story from citizens of Mobile)

December 7th- Holiday Dinner

December 9th- Literacy Day

December 15th- PTA Holiday Program

December 16th- Holiday Parties 1:00 p.m.

December 19th-January 3rd- Holiday Break

January Dates:

January: Students return to school on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January: 13th and 14th Open House for prospective students 2017-2018 School year

Open House: The term “See and Sign” is no longer used for prospective students to visit the Magnet school, it is “Open House”. Council’s Open House will be held on Friday, January 13th starting at 1:00 p.m. and January 14, 2017 from 8:30 to 12:00 p.m. We would like to invite interested new students and parents. Please share this information with your friends that might be interested in their child attending CTS. We are very proud of our academic program at Council. The CLASS report (this report was based on the state’s report) recently lists Council Elementary as #6 in the state and #1 in MCPSS based on the ACT ASPIRE scores. Hats off to our outstanding students, teachers and parents.

Testing Dates

December 12th- Reading K-5 EQT

December 13th- Math K-5 EQT

December 14th- Science 4th and 5th grade EQT

December 15th- Make-up EQT’s





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