Cougar Corner

Cottonwood Creek ACTION School Newsletter 9/16/16


A reminder... 2nd grade will be showing Zootopia tonight at 7pm in the gym. They will be selling pizza, popcorn, and other food/ drink items. Come enjoy the movie with your children and support the 2nd grade. We look forward to seeing you tonight!
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Dear Parent/Guardian:

One of our goals this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information please contact your child’s school.


Mrs. Vrvilo, Principal

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From the Music Room...

To Cottonwood Parents and Students,

My name is Jonathan Cannamore and I am excited to inform you that I am Mrs. Patterson’s student teacher for the first two quarters of the 2016-2017 school year. I recently graduated from UAA with a degree in music with education emphasis and I’m continuing my schooling by obtaining my master’s in arts in teaching. I feel very honored to be learning from Mrs. Patterson this year, and am very excited to work with the students.

I was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska and started piano lessons at an early age. As I went through middle and high school I picked up many instruments along the way. I’ve taught private piano, guitar and bass lessons for six years and perform regularly in venues across Anchorage. When I’m not playing or teaching I enjoy being outdoors and spending quality time with fiancé, friends and family. After graduation this coming May I plan on staying in Alaska.

If you have any questions about my time here at Cottonwood Creek, please feel free to contact me. Even though I’m spending just a few months at this awesome school I intend on getting to know students, faculty, and family as well as I can. Thank you, and I’m looking forward to a fun semester!

Jonathan Cannamore

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Still Collecting Emergency Supplies

Thank you to the parents that donated a case of water and two boxes of snacks! We are still collecting items in the event that students have to stay put in the school during an emergency. Any assistance with this would be appreciated. Please contact Stephanie Stewart at 907-864-2101 or if you have questions about donations. They can be turned into the front office.
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Box Tops Challenge

The PTO is currently holding their annual Box Tops Challenge. Students are asked to bring in Box Tops to their homeroom until October 14. Please send them in zip lock bags labeled with their homeroom teacher. The winning homeroom will be featured on the CCN News, morning announcements, the hallway winner's chart, and win an ice cream float party. The second place will receive a popcorn party. Last year we raised more than $1750! Lets try to beat that this year!
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The NED Show

When: Tuesday, September 20 at 9:45am in the gym

We will be holding a school wide assembly featuring The NED Show.

NED's Message is:

Never give up

Encourage others

Do your best

We will be selling items from The NED Show on Sept 20-26 at the front office.

Visit the following website for free parent resources:

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