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Parent Bulletin: August 2017 Vol 1
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017




It Starts With Us

August – 2017

Council Elementary is an International Baccalaureate School.


ACT ASPIRE SCORES! – Once again, this year, our scores are awesome! J Every grade level soared! Let’s celebrate scores that will be unveiled at our August 24th Open House. See you at 6:00 p.m. in the gym!



Medication must be distributed by the Health Aide, or the school nurse. Parents must sign a special form of permission for students needing medication.


School Attendance is paramount. See the Attendance Policy in your handbook and your Magnet Contract.



Students must have pre-approval by Ms. Alexander before trips/vacations can be taken during the school year.

Pre-approval will excuse your student and not count against their attendance. One trip per year is the limit at CTS.


Field Trips

Parents, please be mindful of the following regarding field trip attendance during this school year: Some trips require one chaperone per every 5-10 students; teachers will make the selection of chaperones, professionally, so that all parents will have at least one opportunity to chaperone a trip/event.


Birthday Treats:

Please check with teachers before bringing treats to students for special events. The state department requires that we follow the health guide lines during school hours. Also, parents must not bring outside food into the cafeteria unless it has been wrapped in non-commercial wrapping.


Parent Meeting for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Initiative in 2nd and new 3rd Grades- The date for this meeting will be announced during the August 17th, second grade parent meeting. This meeting is for the parents of students that will be participating in the BYOD initiative. There will be a presentation with an overview of the program, the responsibilities of all participants, time to answer questions and completion of the required paperwork. Come join us!


Look for a Winter P.E. Uniform Order Form in the September Bulletin.



The 2017-2018 Parent Teacher Association is under the new leadership of the following officers:

Dena Pollard, President

Alana Vinson, Treasurer

Robin Davis, VP of Fundraising

Lisa Givens, Assistant VP of Fundraising

Molly Broders, Co-VP of Volunteers

Stephanie Arritt, Co-VP of Volunteers

Gena Ward, VP of Membership

Melissa Conery, Recording Secretary

Shayla Beaco, Corresponding Secretary


This summer, the officers have met and plan to do some exciting things to help motivate our students and staff. Please join the PTA! The cost for joining is $6 per person.



  • PTA Membership Dues are ONLY $6 for every child, and at least one adult can join as a member. All parents, grandparents, community/business partners are welcome to join for $6 each- Please note: Families with three (3) or more students in attendance at Council will pay a flat fee of $15.
  • Volunteer/Classroom Coordinator Orientation will be held Tuesday, August 30th at 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • Donation Appeal: PTA gladly accepts donations throughout the school year to defray the cost of any fundraising efforts. Currently, the PTA is raising money to complete a secure fence around the campus.


Online Registration- Please make sure that you have completed the entire online registration process for this school year and have provided the necessary documentation to Ms. Amber in the office (ex. Proofs of residency, birth certificate, immunization cards, etc….)


Whats new in the MCPSS? “E-Funds”-Please see the E-Fund section on Council’s web page.


Lunch and breakfast- Remember: Breakfast and lunch is free for ALL students in the MCPSS.


Open House- Open House is early this year- August 24th at 6:00 p.m. We would love to have all parents present for this event.


Clean Campus Campaign- The Clean Campus Campaign starts with parents/teachers working together in order to beautify our lovely campus. Please join us at 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on August 27th. If you have garden tools, please bring them with you.


Student/Parent Handbooks

Each child received the school and MCPSS discipline handbook. Please review this information with your child paying very close attention to the Discipline Policy and Attendance Policy changes. Also, there are new guidelines for student classroom/homeroom changes. The handbooks were distributed by classroom teachers at “Meet the Teacher” on August 4, 2017.


New Important Safety Reminders:

1. Parents, please refrain from using your cell phones during carpool.

2. Please do not park in front of the gym to pick up a child. Children have a tendency to run to their parent when they see them. This precaution will help keep children from getting run over.

3. Parents and older siblings should not pull students out of the line on the way to the gym. Allow the teachers to get the students in the gym; make sure you notify a teacher on duty when a child leaves the gym.

4. Parents, these may not be the most convenient methods, but they promote safety for all the children.

5. Parents, particularly K and 1st grade, try your best to stay with one method for your child’s dismissal. So many times students get confused and it is hard for the teachers to direct the child in the afternoon if the dismissal method changes often.

6. Parent Magnet School Contract requires parent cooperation with school rules and procedures:




TRAFFIC – Please Follow ALL Dismissal and Arrival Rules!!

Please DO NOT bring students to school before 7:30a.m. unless they are in the Extended Day Program

Morning Carpool

We are encouraging ALL parents to use Morning Carpool. Two teachers are on duty at 7:30 a.m. to assist you and your child with morning arrival. Enter the carpool lane from Wilkinson Street and proceed to the end of the covered walkway. At this time, stop and have your child exit from the passenger side onto the covered walkway. Encourage your child to walk quickly to the school’s entrance. Please have your child prepared to exit the vehicle as soon as it stops. Lunch money, snacks, signed notes/letters/forms, book bags, clothing, etc. should be taken care of before leaving home.


Virginia Street

If you decide to not to use Morning Carpool, then you are to use the Virginia Street alternative. The following procedures MUST be followed:

* Enter Virginia Street and use the side streets to park and walk your     children to school through the walking gate.

* Exit your vehicle and walk your child to the crossing guard.

* Your child is then to follow the directions of the crossing guard.

* Students are NOT to be dropped off in the CTS parking lot or let off on Virginia Street.

The school parking lot will be closed at 7:20 a.m. each morning to everyone except faculty and staff. If you want to walk your child to the front entrance or need assistance from the office staff, park on the street adjacent to Virginia Street which is under the direction of the crossing guard.

Virginia Street parking is not encouraged by Council School this year. We prefer that parents pick students up through the carpool line. If parents must use the Virginia Street area, please follow these simple directions:

This area belongs to the City of Mobile; it is not the property of Mobile County. The city should not be contacted with requests for upkeep of Council School. We have no control over the parking area on Virginia Street. If you use the side streets adjacent to the school, please do not block the driveways of the homes in the neighborhood. There will be marked parking for parents for early dismissals and other parent school business in the main parking lot. This area is not for morning drop offs. The area in the front parking lot is for bus and van drop offs only.


A Reason for Everything

The reason we do not allow parents to pull in the parking lot and drop off students is because we do not have the space. We have sixty two (62) employees that need a space to park in order to take care of the students. The school parking lot has spaces for only sixty nine (69). We want to prevent any problems or accidents that may occur in the parking lot. It is of the utmost importance that students are dropped off at carpool or walked to the school by the way of Virginia Street.



A form was provided by teachers on August 5th to determine the dismissal procedures your child will follow for the year. If for some reason you would like to make changes in the manner in which your child is dismissed, please put the request in writing. You may email the registrar Ms. Amber or fax a note to 221-1140.



* The school day ends at 3:00 p.m.

* Students still on campus after 3:20 p.m. will be brought to the office.

* Beginning at 3:30 p.m. any student still on campus will be placed in the Extended Day Program at the parents’ expense. [$1.50/minute beginning @ 3:31]

             (This will be strictly enforced this year. Personnel have been reduced at Council and we will not have extra help to sit with your children (late pick up) until 4:00pm.)


Afternoon Procedures

           As students enter the gym each afternoon, they should come in quietly. They are to go to the area to which they have been assigned and sit in rows by grade level. The following rules apply during this time 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m):

* Students are to sit quietly.

* Students are to remain seated until their names are called.

* Students are to WALK out of the gym to the safety patrol members

  controlling the “gate.”

* Once the “gate” is opened, students are to WALK to their vehicles.

**** Please do not park in the parking lot adjacent to the historic building. This is for the safety of your children. When children see their parents in this area, they have the tendency to run to the cars without the teacher’s permission. Usually, the teacher is in the front of the line trying to get all of the children in the gym.


Afternoon Carpool

We are encouraging ALL parents to use the Afternoon Carpool. Teachers will be on duty to assist you and your child with dismissal.   Students are dismissed from their classroom to the gym.  

As soon as all students are in the gym, teachers will begin calling students to come to carpool via

two-way radios. Three lanes of traffic will be used during afternoon dismissal. Enter these lanes from Wilkinson Street. Please do not block the entrance to the driveway from Wilkinson Street. Once cars, from the

driveway of the school parking lot to the beginning of the covered walkway, are loaded in all three lanes, they will be dismissed. Parents, please pay close attention when picking up students. We kindly ask that you refrain from cell phone conversations and other distractions.

We are asking parents to place the name(s) of the student(s) they are picking up in their windshield. Please write the name(s) in large print.


Virginia Street

If you decide to not use afternoon carpool, then you are to use the Virginia Street alternative. The city property where our parents usually park will be off limits this year. Please adhere to the signs. The following procedures must be followed:

*   Enter Virginia Street using the side streets to park. Enter the campus through the open gate next to the crossing guard. Hold up your card with your child’s name clearly written and a teacher will call for your child via a two-way radio. In order to keep the halls clear, students will be dismissed from the cafeteria.

*  Parking in front of the driveways on Dearborn and Wilkinson Street is strictly prohibited. Please respect the property of our neighbors when parking along the side areas on Virginia Street. Do not park close to the neighbors’ fence line.


Get Involved!!

 * Applications for soccer can be picked up in the front office of the school. Mr. Thompson is the head coach and he has taken on this wonderful program for our students to enjoy. Mr. Thompson is assisted by other CTS parents and we are equally thankful to everyone for taking time with our students, both boys and girls, pre-k – 5th grade.

*Applications for Dance can be picked up from the front office. Dance is taught every Friday by Mrs. Carey. Dance will be held every Friday beginning September from 3:15-4:15.

*Piano lessons: Students can take piano lessons provided by Broussard’s after school on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Please call Broussard’s for more information at (251) 344-8856.


Areas of Focus…….

Coming to School on Time

Council is an awesome place for students to learn and grow. However, there is always room to grow and become better. This year we want to focus our attention on making sure that we monitor and respect the hours that students should be in school. All students should be in school at 8 a.m. each day. We expect our parents to make it a special priority for your child to be sitting in his or her classroom on time as tardiness interrupts teacher instruction. Teachers will not allow tardy students in the classroom without a tardy slip from the office. Students who are consistently tardy will not be allowed to stay in the Magnet Program. **This policy is STRICTLY ENFORCED.


Secondly, we ask every parent to help us motivate your child to become a Star Reader. The AR Program will be used again this year, as always. However, each grade level will explain their own Extra Reading Focus Program during their scheduled parent meeting. We have a delightful group of teachers motivated, in cooperation with the PTA, to reward our students. Each grade level will also encourage one another to read as it is our focus to develop awesome readers! Your usual cooperation would be appreciated very much. It is our goal to make sure that our students become the best students ever for now and throughout their future school career.


Dance 101

Dance 101 will meet every Friday starting September 9, 2016.

You may pick up an application in the office or on Meet the Teacher in the school gym.


CTS Soccer Club Practice- Flyers available on Meet the Teacher Day or in the front office.



Yearbook ordering schedule:

August 10 – December 17      $28.50

January 5 – February 28        $30.00

March   1 - June 1                 $35.00




Student’s Name: _______________________________________________Grade____________

Teacher: __________________________________________Date:________________________

_________Check number          $28.50 X _________= _____________________

               Money order        


Dates to remember:


**Remember to check your student’s book bag for the school’s bulletin. A bulletin will be sent home every other week. The bulletin will also be located on the school’s web page.

 *Open House- August 24, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

* Campus Clean Up- August 27th from 7:00-11:00 a.m.


*Grade level meetings (Parents, please don’t miss out on these)-

*August 10- Opening of School Pictures for Kinder students

*August 15- Kindergarten- 3:30-4:30

*August 16- First grade – 3:30-4:30

*August 17- Second grade- 3:30-4:30

*August 18- Third grade- 3:30-4:30

*August 24- Fourth and Fifth grades @ 5:15; Special teachers meet parents in library at 6:30

*August 30- Volunteer Meeting




Council Traditional School’s Uniform Dress Code

and Appearance


There is an observable correlation between students’ attire and their classroom behavior, attitudes, and achievement. The uniform reflects the high standards of Council Traditional School. It should be worn in accordance with the standards at all times. The uniform should always be clean, neat, and in good repair. Students attending Council Traditional School will be required to wear the following uniform. If in doubt, please call before you purchase.



Pants  Khaki (uniform style only – no Duckhead, Dockers, etc.)

           Pants should be neatly hemmed at the correct length (no cuffs)

Shirt     White oxford, button-down collar, short sleeve

Socks   Solid Khaki crew socks

Belt      Red web belt purchased at a uniform store

             No character buckles or ring buckles permitted.

Boys Sweater  “Council Red” Cardigan or V-neck pull over may be purchased at the  uniform stores ONLY.

All sweaters must have the CTS patch and name monogrammed at the store (for uniformity) first name initial and last name

Shoes          Dirty Buck (tan suede with red hard soles), Dirty Buck (tan suede with dark brown leather saddle or Willets (tan and navy leather)

*Pre-K boys only – may wear khaki pants with elastic in the waist



Jumper    “Council Plaid” # 65 (Royal Park)

                ADDITIONAL JUMPER: “Council Plaid” # 65 STYLE #178

Skirt         (5th grade only) “Council Plaid“ #65 (Royal Park)

Blouse    White “Peter Pan” collar, short sleeve (no puff sleeves, no lace on sleeves or

                 collar, and no monogrammed collars)

Socks       Red cotton socks; red tights may be worn in cold weather.

Girl’s Sweater “Council Red” cardigan may be purchased at uniform stores ONLY.

Shoes        Dirty Buck (tan suede with red hard soles), Dirty Buck (tan suede with dark brown leather saddle), Willets (tan and navy leather), or Willets (solid navy leather)

Optional Uniforms:

IB Uniform – New Policy for 2017-2018

New Optional IB Uniform: Starting in the 2017-2018 School year the IB shirt / uniform may be worn for special events and the 1st Friday of each month. The schedule will be placed in the parent bulletin and the parent/ student handbook.

IB Shirt The shirt may be purchased at the uniform store.

Girls Khaki pants (uniform style only – no Duckhead, Dockers etc.) and a red belt. Pants should be neatly hemmed at the correct length (no cuffs).

Boys    Wear the regular uniform pants with the IB shirt.


New Optional Uniform

Pride Day Dress-Up Uniform Every Wednesday and Special Events

  • Girls and boys may wear the Navy Blue Blazer with the CTS patch Style: U8837 Color Navy 
  • Purchased from “Uniforms R Us”    
  • Girls should wear a red bow, and the boys should wear a red bow tie. (Bow ties will be sold at the school.)
  • Students’ names may be monogrammed inside the blazer.


 Physical Education Uniform

The required physical education uniform will be as follows: All students will wear red shorts and white t-shirts. Red sweatpants and sweatshirts may worn during cooler weather. ALL students will wear predominantly white tennis shoes or sneakers. We recommend low-cut shoes due to the difficulty of lacing and tying high tops. Please label all uniform items with permanent markers. We recommend inexpensive shoes, since the school will assist students in caring for their belongings but cannot accept responsibility for lost or stolen items. All physical education uniforms can be purchased from the school.




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