Cardinal Weekly News - 9/1/23

Health Information from Nurse Andrea

Vision Screenings will be September 21st at CWE for 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders.

As your child grows, their eyes can change quickly. Your child’s pediatrician will likely screen your child’s vision as part of their regular checkups. Although both are important, a vision screening and an eye exam are not the same thing.

  • vision screening is an evaluation used to identify the children in need of additional eye care. It can be done by a family doctor, pediatrician, school nurse, or other health care professional.
  • comprehensive eye exam is a thorough exam done by an eye doctor—a specialist called an ophthalmologist or optometrist. The eye doctor can diagnose your child’s medical or vision problem and provide treatment.

Encourage Eye Health:

Eat well, Limit screen time, Get enough sleep, Spend time outdoorsWear sunglasses, Use protective eyewear, Get regular eye exams

Please email Nurse Andrea if you have questions or opt out of screening. 

News from Ms. Cross

 Body Safety Presentations will take place September 11th - 15th in each individual classroom. 

Bullying Presentations will take place September 25th - 29th in combined classrooms by grade level.

To opt out of presentations, please utilize the 2023-2024 Abuse Prevention & Safety Form in PowerSchool. If families opt-out, alternative activities will be available for their children during the presentations.

The resources below are recommended for your review. Please contact Ms. Cross with any questions.

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Digital Safety

Follow @myccsbus for bus delay information

Did you know you can find out if your child's bus is running late? Follow CCS Transportation @myCCSBus for the latest news and updates.

School Pictures on Aug. 24 for Grades 1-5

School pictures were taken on August 24th and pre-ordering is now closed.

Proofs will arrive in 4-6 weeks, and there will be additional opportunities to order pictures at that time. 

Lost & Found - Please label your child's items


Please label your student's items with their first and last name. This includes water bottles, sweatshirts, and coats. We will return all labeled items to students.

Join the Cardinal Choir

It is time to invite all students in 4th and 5th grade to join the Cardinal Choir!!!  The Cardinal Choir gives fourth and fifth grade students a chance to develop their singing voice and expand their musical experience outside of the general music classroom.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn and perform a varied repertoire of music. 

  • Cardinal Choir is a weekly commitment that will being on Wednesday, September 6 and continue the duration of the school year.
  • Rehearsals are held on Wednesday afternoons – 2:25-3:10 (pick up in carpool line promptly at 3:15)
  • Good News!!!  Student Council will be meeting on Thursday afternoons; there is no longer a conflict between Choir and Student Council.
  • If your student is interested in joining the Cardinal Choir, please sign up using the link below.
  • A more detailed schedule/information will be sent to those interested in signing up.

Deadline to sign up – Tuesday, September 5

Cardinal Choir Sign Up

Spell Bowl


If you are a 4th or 5th grade student with an affinity for orthography, then the College Wood Spell Bowl team is the place for YOU!! Come tryout for the CWE Spell Bowl team and compete against area schools to show that YOU are a CWE Cardinal stellar speller!

Tryouts for the College Wood Spell Bowl team will take place with Mrs. Rohrer in the LGI after school on Wednesday, September 6, from 2:35-3:10 p.m. Students must have a dismissal change entered in school dismissal manager to stay after school for tryouts (select “Spell Bowl” as the exception), AND parents should complete the tryout intention form.

Spell Bowl Intention Form

Emails will be sent to families by September 11 with team participant results. Selected team participants will begin practices the week of September 25, with practices taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-7:35 a.m. until the Spell Bowl competition on November 13. (No practices over Fall Break.)

Please note that while all members of the team will attend the Spell Bowl competition, not all team members will participate in the actual competition. It is a fantastic experience to be a part of the team, and each member’s participation, effort, and commitment throughout the season impacts the whole team’s ultimate growth and success.

Interested 4th and 5th grade students should study the Spell Bowl Word List to prepare for the tryout.

Spell Bowl Word List

Please email Mrs. Rohrer with any questions. Let the spelling commence!

PTO General Meeting - Sept. 7th

First PTO Meeting

We would love to invite all our CWE families to attend our General PTO meeting on Thursday, September 7th from 9-10 a.m. Join other parents and learn more about our school and PTO. The guest speaker will be School Resource Officer Commodore.

Please RSVP to the PTO

Room Parent Orientation on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.

Attention Room Parents!

If you received an email notifying you that you are a room parent, please plan to attend the Room Parent Orientation on Thursday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m. in the CWE LGI room following the General PTO meeting.  

Chipotle Dine to Donate on Wed., Sept. 6

Please join us Wednesday, September 6th at Chipotle (10575 N. MICHIGAN RD) from 4-8 PM for a CWE Dine to Donate event! Dine in or order online for pickup (PROMO CODE: M627FR6). 

Bin Scrub Give Back

CWE PTO is teaming up with Bin Scrub to steam clean, sanitize, and make your garbage bins smell great, all while raising much needed funds for the school. Bin Scrub will be contributing 10% back to CWE for each household that signs up for garbage bin cleaning service. WIN/WIN!

BinScrub Sign Up (Enter the give back code: COLLEGEWOOD)

Volunteer Interest Form on Membership Toolkit

Get Involved with the PTO! Let us know what events or committees you are interested in by filling out our Volunteer Interest Form. This does NOT commit you to participate, but allows committee chairs to reach out to you when the time arrives to start planning.

*If you filled this out last spring, no need to do it again unless things have changed for you.*

Math Pentathlon

CWE's Math Pentathlon team will be forming soon. Fill out the form to learn more! 

Math Pentathlon Interest Form

Coming Soon~ Fall Fun Run

Our Fall Fun Run Fundraiser is approaching - more details to follow! 

Be a Girl Scout!

It’s never too late to be a Girl Scout! If you are in grade K-12, kickstart your Girl Scout journey and explore the exciting possibilities ahead on September 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Lawrence W. Inlow Park, or on September 14 at 6:00 p.m. in West Park for our 'Explore the Outdoors' Sign up Event. We’ll see you there! If you can’t make it or have any questions, contact Whitney.