News from the Creek

Hippo Nation...Better Together! March 2021

A Note from your CCE Principal

Dear CCES Families--

We have finally closed out the month of February! There have been so many things that have happened this past month at CCE including celebrations and performances for black history month, temporary remote school closure, and our winter "once-in-a-lifetime" weather event which also impacted our community. As we continue to support each other as a community, we reflect on the month and prepare to look ahead to the month of March! We know that we are a T.E.A.M. -Together Everyone Achieves More!

We will kick off the month of March by celebrating Dr. Seuss, children's book author, this week. Please see the Dr. Seuss flyer below. March also begins our state testing preparation and some assessments will begin this month for TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System).

At CCE we take care of our families; you will find resources in this memo that we hope will benefit our families still struggling with the effects of the storm. Please feel free to share with others in our community that may have been impacted by this winter storm. Many other resources can also be found on our campus Facebook page. Check it out, it is filled with insight into what is happening at The Creek!

As many of you know, some areas of our campus were impacted by a water pipe burst that occurred over the winter storm, we plan to have the large humidifiers located at the front entrance removed within the next week and will return to our normal traffic loop pattern as soon as we can. We will communicate any changes with families as we have updates, thank you for your patience and understanding already!

As you read the memo for this month, join me in celebrating the many LEGENDARY things that are going well at CCE! Thank you for your support!

Cottonwood Creek Elementary has the BEST Staff, Students, and Families! We truly are "Better Together"! Our students are "Legendary" at Cottonwood Creek Elementary!

With Hippo Nation in Mind at CCE,

Linda Pachicano

Principal, Cottonwood Creek Elementary

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Austin Regional Science Fair Campus Awards!!

Cottonwood Creek Elementary is proud to announce our Austin Regional Science Fair Elementary Awards! This year, interested students in grades 3-5 submitted student projects online and were sponsored by our campus. The projects went through two rounds of judging- one occurring at the campus level and one at the Regional Science Fair submission level. Thank you, CCE Vertical Science Team, for judging the campus entries! We are proud to announce this year's Campus Awards:

1st Place Campus Award:

Jack Larsen - 3rd Grade

Project Name: "How many lemons will create electricity?"

2nd Place Campus Award:

Kiley Preusse & Lily Johnson - 4th Grade

Project Name: "How to make a Lava Lamp"

All award recipients received a Science Medal to celebrate their accomplishment! Cottonwood Creek is honored to have these scholars represent our campus! Great job students! Check out their work in a Special Spotlight for these students coming soon!

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How are we doing with our Campus Improvement Plan ?

A Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) is the "map" that our campus uses to guide all of the decisions that we take at our campus to support continuous improvement. Our CIP committee is composed of a variety of teacher representatives, community business members, and parent representatives.

Check out the progress that is being made! Thank you to all of our members for their input and for representing our campus!

20-21 CCE CIP November Review

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What's happening at The Creek?

TELPAS State Testing Begins for English Language Learners (Both Virtual & In-Person Students); Interim Assessments for 3rd-5th Grade Students; School Social Worker Awareness

3/1-3/5: Dr. Seuss Week Celebration (see flyer below)

3/2: Hutto ISD Job Fair @ HHS 5-8 PM (see flyer below)

3/8-3/12: Texas Week! Help us Celebrate our State! (see flyer below)

CCE Talent Show Auditions/Performances continue

3/11: PTA Sponsored Event: Whataburger Night Fundraiser, Dine-In, Drive-Through, Curbside 5 PM

3/12: HippoWay Awards at CCE (More information to come from your child's teacher/CCE HippoWay Committee)

3/12: End of the 3rd 9 Weeks Grading Period for Staff/Students

3/15-3/19: Spring Break/NO School

3/22-Student Holiday/Teacher Planning & Work Day NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

3/23: PTA "Step It Up" Fundraiser Begins, more information to come soon from your PTA

3/23: Start of 4th 9 Weeks Grading Period for Staff/Students

3/25: HISD School Board Meeting @ 6-10 PM

Dr. Seuss Week Celebrations are coming to CCE!

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Texas Week is Coming to CCE!

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Looking for Employment with HISD?

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Community Resources

Round Rock Area Serving Center

Food pantry, RR Coats for Kids, clothing & furniture vouchers, Computers for Kids, community gardens, Volunteer Center, computer skills training, and financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, transportation, and temporary lodging.

Reminders from our front office:

* Daily Student Pick-Ups need to occur before 2 PM; For Early Release Days pick-ups before 11 AM only. This ensures our dismissal process runs smoothly, thank you! Remember that any early pick-ups, for reasons not excused, count as a partial day absence. Avoid truancy issues and plan for pickups after school hours.

* All Elementary Campuses are not accepting outside deliveries for staff and students i.e. lunch boxes, birthday items, snacks, backpacks, donations, flowers/gifts for teachers. Our goal is to practice social distancing and health guidelines and avoid unnecessary exposure to our staff and students.

*If you have a doctor's appointment and need to pick up your child, call the school office to notify them that you will be visiting, drive around the loop of the school and park in the front parking lot, walk up to the front entrance and ring the doorbell to the right on the wall, have your identification ready to show and we will call for your student and escort them to you outside. The office staff will sign them out and then back in when they return.

* Make sure students arrive on time each day, school begins at 7:40. Each day that a student is tardy equals cumulative learning experiences that are missed in the classroom. Students often feel stressed when they don't know what they have missed when they are late, let's help them be successful by getting them to school on time.

* Campuses are still closed to visitors at this time, thank you for supporting us in a million other ways as we hope to get back to a semi-normal visitor policy soon!

From our CCES Family to Yours!

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Our campus celebrated Black History Month in a variety of ways! One of those was to have all classrooms decorate their doors to celebrate Black History Historical Figures and/or Black Authors. Check out the wonderful ways our staff shared their support!

The picture above was our front office door created by Ms. Alvarado & Mrs. Baker! The picture below the series was created by Ms. Pachicano and was located in the main hallway!

Check out our Black History Month Pictures!

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PTA Sponsored Event: Elizabeth Kahura, StoryTeller & Musical Performance

Thank you, PTA, for this wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about different cultures!

Student-Created Art Work Honoring BHM at CCE! Thank you, Mrs. Stepanov,

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Have you Heard of Hazel Health at HISD?

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6 Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD
"6 Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD"

Slide Presentation to Follow-Along with Video for Parents

Check your student's grades through Skyward:

Stay abreast of your student's progress by checking Skyward Family Access periodically. Don't remember how to do this?

Click on these How-to-Video for directions.

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PTA Supports CCE!!

PTA has given back to CCE!

We have been blessed with:

  • Hand Sanitizing Stands at every campus entry
  • Birthday Pencils & Bookmarks for Students for the year
  • Pumpkins for Classroom Carving & Learning Projects
  • Goodie Bags for Staff Appreciation
  • Playscape Enhancements
  • Support with Virtual Events such as Trunk or Treat, etc.
  • Time Donation to create a beautiful fence display to welcome our community
  • Thanksgiving Table Covers for all our students and staff to enjoy!
  • Bus Driver Appreciation Gifts!
  • Monthly Staff Treats!
  • HippoTickets Prizes for Students!
  • Santa Supper Goodie Bags for Students
  • Arts/Crafts Items for Christmas Parties
  • Supporting with Decorating of the Campus
  • Chalk the Walk Event
  • Treats for Teacher Appreciation
  • February Treat Bags for Staff/Students
  • Family Nights i.e Chick-fil-a, Whataburger, MODs, etc
  • Fundraiser Planning- "Step-it-Up"

CCE knows that it's PTA supports our campus! We appreciate you, PTA!

If you haven't already joined PTA, it's only $10 to join for the year. If you would like to be part of a PTA committee and help make GREAT things happen at CCE, reach out to We always need support! Thank you!

Want to be part of our Motivation Tuesday Video for Staff and Students?

Our Counselor has launched "Tuesday Morning Motivation!" at CCE. Students are enjoying these pre-recorded videos to hear a motivational message from our community! Want to be a part of next week's motivation video? Students, Hutto community members, family members, staff, all are welcome to share some positive vibes and messages for the week!!!! Just email or send your motivational video/message through the CCE FB page inbox.

~Mrs.Kozak, school counselor

CCE believes in our students and their potential!

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