The next issue of the Cobbles Comment will be distributed October 14th, 2016. Submissions are due by
5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7th.
School Phone #'s:
Main Office: 249-6500
Nurse: 249-6505
Transportation: 249-5650
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DUE DATES:
• October 22- Last day for Chess Club registration
• November 7 - Entries & Student Entry Form for PTA Reflections (Ms. Vadakin)
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THIS WEEK AT COBBLES:
• October 1 - Penfield High School Homecoming Carnival
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UPCOMING AT COBBLES:
• October 4 - Reflections information meeting
• October 7 - conference day, no school for k-12
• October 10 - Columbus day, no school
• October 19 - Unity Day (anti-bullying)/Please wear orange
• October 20 - Cobbles PTA meeting, 7pm in Cobbles Library
• October 25 - School pictures make-up day
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Be a Part of PTA Reflections Program!

What it is?   A National Program with six arts categories:  dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and/or visual arts.

Who is it for?  Students may enter in the appropriate division for their grade, K-2, 3-5, and Special Artist.

All entries need to be accompanied by a completed Student Entry Form to Ms. Vadakin by November 7, 2016.

REMINDER:  If you are interested in more information to get you started on your PTA Reflections Submission, Ms. Vadakin is holding an after-school informational meeting for interested students on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Art Room.  Space is limited to the first 35 students who turn in slips.  Slips are DUE Friday, September 30, 2016.   Parents do not need to attend, but should pick up their children in the Art Room at 4:30 p.m. following the meeting. 

Questions?  Email Ms. Vadakin at svadakin@penfield.edu or Leslie Ameduri at lameduri@rochester.rr.com.


For additional information, including Arts Category Rules, the Judging Scorecard, and additional entry requirements, visit the Penfield reflections webpage at:  http://www.penfieldptsa.org/reflections.

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Check Out of Fundraising!
Everyone is busy and spending time with our families is top priority. Due to popular demand, the PTA is introducing a new program this year. Instead of selling coupon books or pushing cookie dough (though you still can!), opt out of fundraising and just write a check!

To continue our existing slate of programs, events, and Cobbles community support, the PTA needs to raise about $30 per student. We'll still send home our traditional fundraiser information — just in case you'd like to participate -- but writing a check is your guilt-free permission slip to directly return the coupon book and throw all the forms into the recycling bin! 

With your 100% tax-deductible contribution to the Cobbles PTA, you'll know that all of your money will directly fund enriching programs and activities for the entire Cobbles community. Take a look at all the wonderful programs the PTA sponsors to the right. With enough support, we could discontinue the traditional fundraisers entirely— and maybe start a wish list! 

Send in your donation today to help us meet our goal of raising $15,000 this year. 
Checks should be made out to Cobbles PTA or you can visit the link below to donate online: https://cobblesptafund.cheddarup.com 

Questions? Want to volunteer? Please contact us! 
-Heather Drews and Jen Luisi president@cobblespta.org 

PTA Sponsored Events and Programs: 

Arts in Education - Red Ribbon Week - Star Readers - Ice Cream Social - Science Night - Popsicles on the Playground - Bingo Night - Movie Night - Spring Fling - Screen Smart Week - Staff Appreciation Week - Visiting Authors - Wellness/Environment - 5th Grade Moving Up - Lego League - L.O.T. E. - Chess Club - Harvest of the Month - Staff Luncheon - Red Wings/Rhinos Night - Reflections - Instructional Supplies - Experiencing Different Cultures - Cobbles Scholarship Web Site .... And more! 
 

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Chess Club Sign Up

Registration is due October 22nd and must be done online here: https://www.cheddarup.com/tabs/cobblesptafund
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Please Read: Channel 12
Last September, the District was notified by the Town of Penfield that videos of Board meetings, school activities and announcements could no longer be broadcast on Penfield Cable Channel 12 due to equipment failure. Since that time, the Town Board has been considering its options, including whether or not to restore the station. The District has a collaborative relationship with the Town and has met with Town leaders to share our concerns over the loss of this important communication tool.

As a public entity, we are interested in transparency, and believe that Cable 12 is one important way that we share information with our residents. If you share this concern, and would like to see Cable 12 reinstated, we encourage you to call or email the Town Board to express your concern. For your convenience, we have a sample letter and Town Board contact information on our website at the following link:
http://www.penfield.edu/files/1969799/pctv%20advocacy%20letter.pdf
Thank you for your ongoing support of our District.

John Piper, President

Penfield Board of Education
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We Need YOUR Help
Target is discontinuing the Take Charge of Education program, which for Cobbles PTA means that we will no longer be receiving around $1000 a year from Target's donation. This is a program that the PTA has been supporting and asking our families, teachers, and staff to support by opening a RedCard, designating Cobbles Elementary and then shopping at Target. Please take a minute to sign the petition so we can let Target Corporation know that we want them to keep this program at our school and all the other 120,000 school this program supported in the United States.
Take Action Here
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Harvest of The Month Volunteers
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IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR PARENTS:
Open PTA positions:

(update coming soon)

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Infinite Campus:
 
Need to reset your password for Infinite Campus?  Please contact Mrs. Woolaver who would be happy to assist you. Turnaround is usually less than a day.
 
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PEACE Plan Photos:

The Cobbles PEACE Plan needs your help.  There is a collage being assembled in the cafetorium illustrating all the ways that Cobbles students put the PEACE Plan into practice.  But we need more photos!  If you have photos of students exhibiting the PEACE Plan behaviors, please send them to Principal Bavis, dbavis@penfield.edu.

Performing and Fine Arts
Exercise, Health, and Nutrition
Academic Excellence
Character Education
Environmentally Friendly Behaviors
 
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Parent Pickup:

For changes to your child's normal transportation at dismissal, parents must call the school at 249-6500 before 2:30 pm.  Parents should not email teachers any dismissal changes without sufficient notice as teachers may not check their email during the school day.
 
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Penfield School District Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG) Teams

Children are affected more than we might assume by major and minor losses. Traumatic events and serious illnesses or deaths of family members and friends as well as members of their school family can have a profound impact on these young lives. Even tragic community events, not directly experienced by a child, can leave an indelible mark.

Did you know that each school within the district has a team of staff members who have been trained by Monroe County Office of Mental Health to help students who are experiencing issues related to trauma, illness and grief?

Click here for full details on the TIG Teams.


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Thank you to all the volunteers who so willingly donate their time and
talents to help make our PTA so great.

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