Dear Families,

"R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me!" This popular song that Aretha Franklin sang back in 1967 can still be heard on the radio. RESPECT is our main focus for the month of October. 

Why is respect important? 

1) Being respected by important people in our lives growing up teaches us how to be      respectful toward others.

2) Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they're different from you or you don't agree with them.

3) Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and well-being.

4) Respect doesn't have to come naturally -- it is something you learn.

Please talk with your students about how they can respect themselves and others. At Cowan Elementary, our team is dedicated to show RESPECT to everyone that walks into the building. 

-Mr. Schwartz

 We have a new vending machine that is now being used by the students! The machine disperses erasers, mechanical pencils, paper, and regular pencils.


Erasers = $0.25

Regular Pencils = $0.25

Mechanical Pencils = $0.50

Paper = $0.75

All volunteers at Cowan Elementary will need to go through a volunteer application process. This process involves a free limited background check. Please see the list below for who we will require to have a background check:

     1) Field Trip Chaperones (adults that will be responsible for a group of students)

     2) Party help

     3) Working in a classroom (once or twice in a year)

Volunteers will need to submit this volunteer application at least one week prior to the event they are helping with. This can be done online at our Cowan Elementary website under the "For Parents" tab and then "Background Checks." Volunteers may also choose to fill out the paper version by requesting one from the office.

Vision screening for students in grades 1, 3 and 5, as well as new students, will begin this month. Watch for a letter to come home with your student. Please provide the school with written notification if you DO NOT want your child to participate in the screening program. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse at 289-7129.

Choir will practice on October 14 and 21 from 3-4 p.m. on the stage. Students should be picked up at Door #7 in the back of the building. 

The Spell Bowl Team competes at Albany in their first meet of the season on October 15 at 5 p.m., and will compete at Monroe Central on October 24 at 5 p.m. Spell Bowl will practice on Oct. 17 and 22 from 3-4:30 p.m.

It’s skating party time again! Be sure to join your friends for lots of fun at Gibson’s Arena on October 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Honor Roll Ceremony for the first 9 weeks of school will be held on October 15 at 2:15 p.m. in the gymnasium. Guests should enter through Door #7 in the back of the building.

The Cowan School Board will meet on October 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The Cowan PTO will hold a meeting on October 17 at 7 p.m. in the elementary library.

HAT DAY – Bring $1 (or more) and wear a hat on October 18 to help support Secret Families. Secret Families is a local organization that is committed to bringing joy to families in need during the holidays. Started in 2004, this organization has brightened the holidays for dozens of Cowan families by providing a Meijer gift card for Christmas dinner, a Christmas tree, a family bible, and gifts for the whole household.

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, all Cowan Elementary students will visit the fire station on October 18 to learn about fire safety. Thank you to all of the Cowan Volunteer Firefighters for their service and dedication to our community!

Fifth grade students travel to Mounds Park on October 22 for a fun-filled field trip. Each student should bring a sack lunch from home.

Picture Retakes are scheduled for October 23. Any student not satisfied with their fall school picture is invited to return the packet of pictures and have their picture retaken. All students who enrolled at Cowan after the original picture day will be photographed on this day. Flyers can be picked up in office.

The Big Idea will be held on October 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. The Big Idea is the new name for Fresh Produce Night. All families of Cowan Elementary students are welcome.

The Cowan PTO’s Fall Family Fun Night is October 25. Watch for more information to come home soon!

The Children’s Clothing Center of Delaware County, Inc. provides needy families with new and gently used clothing. Families requesting assistance must complete a referral form to be approved by the principal. The family will then take the form with them when they visit the Clothing Center. Please call the elementary office for more information or to request a referral form.

A Look Ahead: 10/31      Halloween Parties

                         11/5-9     Sixth Grade D.C. Trip

                         11/6        School Board Meeting

                         11/12      Grandparent’s Night     


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