Cougar DASH Running Times

This just in!  The Cougar DASH schedule will be as follows:
Thursday, October 22
9:00-10:00am – 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
10:00-11:00am – Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades
We hope you’ll bring your spirit, noise-makers and signs and join us for the DASH to cheer on your runner(s).
For more information on the Cougar DASH, go to:
To make an online donation for your runner, please CLICK HERE.

2015 Cougar DASH!


Mark your calendars!  The Cougar DASH is coming on Thursday, October 22.  You are all invited to attend to cheer on your runners and join in the fun.  This is our largest in-house fundraiser of the year, meaning 100% of the funds raised go directly back to the school (vs paying another company to run the event).  Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year!
How can you help?  We need each CES family to start asking friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. to support your runner by sponsoring them with a per lap or a flat donation.  Donations will not be collected at school until after the run, with 10/26 as the first collection date.  If sponsors would like to make a flat donation online, they may do so today by CLICKING HERE.
We kicked off the fundraiser with pep rallies Friday afternoon at the school.  The energy was amazing!  From cheers lead by the Hough High Cheerleaders to high fives from our own Cornelius Cougar to teachers and students dancing, it was great.  We hope your students came home excited about the Cougar DASH!  Be sure to check out the photos and videos on our Facebook page:  You just might spot your little Cougar.
For complete information on the Cougar DASH, please go to:
Thank you, in advance, for all your help in making this our most successful fundraiser yet!



Are you “Batty for Box Tops?”


Our Batty For Box Tops contest is officially underway!  The class in each grade level who collects the most box tops will win a pizza party!
Yesterday in Thursday folders, you should have received an orange collection sheet. Please have your students fill up the squares and return them to your teachers no later than Thursday, October 15.  Any additional box tops can be sent to school in a ziploc bag or envelope marked with your teacher’s name. The school earns $.10 for each box top and that adds up very quickly!  Don’t forget to check the dates on the box tops – expired box tops can not be submitted.
Thank you for your help!

Important Survey – Fill out tonight!

Our school needs your help, Cornelius families!  We are sure you’ve seen Principal Holbrook’s newsletter asking parents to complete an important stakeholder survey.  Our school needs 20% of its parents to complete this survey and, at current time, we are at 8.8%.  Please take a moment to read the information below and click on the link to complete the survey.  It only takes 5 minutes of your time!  Thank you for your help with this.


CMS is in the midst of the AdvancED accreditation process. A key component to that process is stakeholder surveys, which will be administered to parents, staff and student groups September 14th through October 2nd. The survey results will enable our school and central office leaders to hear from key stakeholders to inform improvement strategies, raise student achievement and strengthen our overall effectiveness. Taking the survey will also help stakeholders understand the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools and provide a means for learning about what a parent, staff member or student may be looking for in a high-quality school. 

 Please use the following link to provide feedback:

Thursday PTO Meeting & Curriculum Night

Just a reminder that tomorrow (Thursday) is the General PTO Meeting and Curriculum Night, beginning at 6pm in the school cafeteria.  The PTO will be seeking approval of our annual budget at this meeting and answering any questions you may have.  Then, we will break for parents to head to your student’s classrooms.  As an added bonus, the PTO will be raffling off several prizes to those in attendance, so be there on time.  You don’t want to miss these!  See you tomorrow night at 6pm.

Join us at Tenders tonight!



Tonight is Tenders Community Night!  Tenders is generously donating a portion of the proceeds from this evening’s sales to Cornelius Elementary.  You must mention CES whether you dine-in, carry-out or drive-thru.  Tell others in line to mention Cornelius, too!  
See you there and thank you for your support.

Oh What A Night!

We want to send out a big thank you to everyone who supported our 2nd Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser!  From those who attended the event, to those who made in kind donations, to our generous donors of auction items, and to our incredible teachers and staff for not only supporting us, but generously giving through the very popular “teacher experiences” auction items, we could not have had a successful night without you ALL. To those of you who were able to attend, we hope you had as much fun with our amazing school community as we did.  The room was buzzing with excitement and support, especially during our live auction.  It was a great night, so thank you!




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