Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

February 4, 2022

At Cottonwood Creek, we value...

  • Differences. We recognize and celebrate each individual for their diversity.

  • Authentic and relevant learning experiences that promote independence, curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for ALL.

  • Perseverance, patience and relationships built around empathy and kindness.

  • Collaborative learning for both staff and students.
  • Physical and psychological safety.

Celebrate our Educators by Nominating an Exceptional Educator!

Cherry Creek School District is happy to announce the kick-off of our process for nominating the 2021-2022 Educator of the Year. If you are interested in nominating an exceptional educator who represents Cherry Creek’s Future Forward Mission and Vision, please click this link to complete the nomination process. All nominations are due by February 9th.

All teachers, special service providers (i.e. counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, therapists, etc.) and non- teaching licensed personnel (i.e. deans, instructional coaches, etc.) are eligible to be nominated. The nomination form includes a requirement to upload a 150-500 word written nomination as part of the process.

We are excited to honor our outstanding educators and we hope that you will participate in the nomination process. Select the link below to begin your nomination.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff!


Katie Johnson, Principal

COT Advisory/Accountability Committee

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, February 16th for our next Cottonwood Creek Advisory/Accountability Committee. This meeting will be held via Zoom from 5:00-6:00PM. We will be addressing one of Cottonwood Creek's value statements: We value physical and psychological safety. Steve Wallisch, our Security Coordinator, and Sarah Lindquist, our Mental Health Coordinator, will be presenting. I hope you are able to join us.

Meeting URL

Meeting ID: 928 1518 2782. Passcode: 284561

Important message from our Superintendent, Chris Smith

Dear Cherry Creek Schools community,

The Tri-County Health Department announced Monday evening that it will not renew the school mask mandate when it expires Friday. Therefore, starting Monday, February 7, masks will be strongly encouraged, but not required, for students and staff in the Cherry Creek School District.

Vaccination continues to be the most effective strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and serious illness or hospitalization from the virus. You can find information about where to get the vaccine or booster here. Schools have KN95 and surgical-grade masks available for students or staff who want them.

We realize that for some members of the community this decision about masks is disappointing and for other community members it is a welcomed message. As we have stated from the beginning, we continue to follow the guidance of TCHD.

Please note, the CDC still requires all passengers and drivers of school buses to wear a mask. We will communicate if and when this order changes.

This change comes as the district and community continue to see sharp decreases in the numbers of reported COVID-19 cases. Please help us continue this trend by keeping students home when they are sick and not returning to school until symptoms have greatly resolved.

COVID-19 Notification Letters and Tracking

CCSD schools will no longer send letters to families when students are in a classroom with a positive COVID-19 case. We will continue to keep our data tracker on the website updated with cases that are reported to us and have an impact on the school. For a more complete picture of how many COVID-19 cases we have in our community, please visit the Tri-County Health Department website.

From county data and our tracking, we know that COVID-19 is present in our community. We also know that the COVID-19 data tracker on our website is not an accurate reflection of the true number of cases in our community. Here’s why:

  • We work diligently to track every case, but many cases are not reported to us.
  • The lack of access to rapid home tests and the delay in PCR test notifications makes it hard to confirm a positive case.
  • Some choose to stay home with symptoms instead of testing.
  • With the shortened isolation guidelines, many students have returned from isolation by the time we are notified.

Important strategies include getting vaccinated, staying home when sick, getting tested, and following the CDC isolation guidance. The district has ordered at-home rapid tests to distribute to families and staff of symptomatic people. We are waiting to receive the tests and will send more information when they arrive.

We will continue to increase ventilation in schools, clean high-touch surfaces, and emphasize hand washing. No-cost PCR tests continue to be available through COVIDCheck Colorado and health care providers.

Again, I want to share my deep gratitude for our hard-working staff and the support of our community during these challenging times.


Christopher Smith


Interested in Supporting COT's PTO?

The Cottonwood Creek PTO Board is seeking members to serve on the 2022/2023 School Year Board! Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for various positions including Vice President (2 positions), Secretary, Treasurer and Ways and Means (1 position each).

These are important and exciting roles to help shape the PTO next year and to serve our community. Detailed role descriptions are included in the nomination form here. Nominations are open now through February 25, 2022.

Please reach out to Annie Larkin and Lindsey Sousa, current Vice Presidents (, for questions or further information.

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Update to CCSD Volunteer/Partner Process

We continue to welcome visitors and volunteers into our schools. If you are currently volunteering or plan to volunteer in the future, please complete the online volunteer form. It should only take a few minutes to complete. We want to thank you in advance and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

New Colorado legislation has prompted greater need to screen and document volunteers in our schools. Therefore, beginning January 2022, we must ensure that every volunteer completes a brief application to support activities in CCSD schools. This information will be automatically linked to the Raptor System. The good news is they only need to complete this form once per school year, and it will meet the requirement to volunteer in all CCSD buildings.

To access the form, please click on the following link:


  • Volunteers are guests who are supporting students, completing tasks, and under the immediate supervision and direction of District licensed personnel.

  • Visitors are guests who are solely entering the building to conduct business such as participate in a meeting, eat lunch with their student, or attend a school sponsored activity.

The safety and security of our students and staff remains our top priority. Every person entering our buildings must have a District ID or a badge printed from the Raptor System.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Spring Conferences are February 28th-March 4th! You will receive an email with the links to sign up on Wednesday, February 16th!

Attendance Line and Student Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school, please call our attendance line (720-554-3295) prior to 7:45am. In the event that your child is unable to attend school, remote and/or online learning will not be provided. When your child is absent from school, make-up work may be provided and can be picked up at the end of the school day.

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022 - 2023 school year starts February 1, 2022

Online pre-enrollment is required! Please visit our website for more information. The flyer below has more information regarding the Kindergarten enrollment process.

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Google Translate


Please note that due to the high demand for specific email communication from schools and teachers, we will be unable to translate all documents using human translation. Many documents may come home with translations provided using Google translate and may not be 100% accurate. Thank you for your understanding. If you would like more information about how you can translate emails and documents yourself using Google translate, go here: English


እባክዎን ልብ ይበሉ ከት / ቤቶች እና ከመምህራን ከፍተኛ የጽሁፍ የትርጉም አገልግሎት ፍላጎት የተነሳ ሁሉንም ሰነዶችን ሰዎችን በመጠቀም በጽሑፍ መተርጎም አንችልም: ብዙ ሰነዶች የማሽን ተርጓሚ በሆነው "Google translate " በመጠቀም የተተረጎሙ ሰነዶች ወደቤትዎ ልላኩ ይችላሉ እናም 100% ትክክል ላይሆኑ ይችላሉ ። ስለ መረዳትዎ እነመሰግናለን። "Google translate" የምባለዉን የማሽን አስተርጓሚን በመጠቀም ኢሜሎችን እና ሰነዶችን እራስዎ እንዴት መተርጎም እንደሚችሉ ለማወቅ ተጨማሪ መረጃ ከፈለጉ እባክዎትን ይህን ልንክ ይመልከቱ ። Amharic


يرجى ملاحظة أنه نظرًا لارتفاع الطلب على اتصالات البريد الإلكتروني من المدارس والمعلمين ، لن نتمكن من ترجمة جميع المستندات باستخدام الترجمة البشرية. قد تصلك العديد من المستندات إلى المنزل مع ترجمات مقدمة باستخدام ترجمة Google وقد لا تكون دقيقة بنسبة 100٪. شكرا لتفهمك. إذا كنت تريد المزيد من المعلومات حول كيفية ترجمة رسائل البريد الإلكتروني والمستندات بنفسك باستخدام ترجمة Google ، فانتقل هنا: Arabic


请注意,由于学校和教师对特定电子邮件通信的需求很高,我们将无法使用人力翻译来翻译所有的文档。许多文档可能带有使用 Google translate(谷歌翻译)提供的翻译,并且可能并非 100% 的准确。感谢您的谅解。如果您想了解有关如何使用 《谷歌翻译》以翻译电子邮件和文档的更多信息,请转到此处:Chinese


학교와 교사의 특정 이메일 통신에 대한 수요가 높기 때문에 사람이 모든 문서를 번역 할 수는 없습니다. 학교에서 보내는 많은 문서들을 Google 번역기를 사용하여 번역본과 함께 제공 될 수 있으며 100 % 정확하지 않을 수 있습니다. 이해해 주셔서 감사합니다. Google 번역을 사용하여 이메일과 문서를 직접 번역하는 방법에 대한 자세한 내용을 보려면 여기로 이동하십시오 : Korean


Пожалуйста, обратите внимание, что из-за высокого спроса на конкретные электронные сообщения со стороны школ и учителей мы не сможем перевести все документы с помощью человеческого перевода. Многие документы могут прийти домой с переводами, представленными с помощью перевода Google (Google translate), и не могут быть на 100% точными. Спасибо за Ваше понимание. Если Вы желаете получить дополнительную информацию о том, как самостоятельно перевести электронные письма и документы с помощью Google translate, перейдите по ссылке: Russian


Fadlan la soco sababta oo ah baahida weyn ee loo qabo isgaarsiinta emaylka gaarka ah ee dugsiyada iyo macallimiinta, ma awoodi doonno inaannu turjunno dhamaan dukumiintiyada anagoo isticmaalaya tarjumaadda qof ah. Dukumiintiyo badan ayaa guriga ku imaan kara iyagoo wata turjubaanno la lagu soo turjumay iyadoo la adeegsanayo tarjumaada xaga Google oo laga yaabo inaysan 100% sax ahayn. Waad ku mahadsantahay fahamkaaga. Haddii aad jeclaan lahayd macluumaad dheeri ah oo ku saabsan sida aad ugu tarjumi lahayd emaylka iyo dukumiintiyada naftaada adoo adeegsanaya tarjumaada Google, halkan ka fiiri: Somali


Por favor, tenga en cuenta que, debido a la gran demanda de comunicaciones específicas por correo electrónico de parte de las escuelas y los maestros, no podremos traducir todos los documentos mediante la traducción humana. Muchos documentos van a llegar a casa con las traducciones proporcionadas usando el traductor de Google y pueden no ser 100% precisas. Gracias por su comprensión. Si desea obtener más información acerca de cómo puede traducir correos electrónicos y documentos usted mismo usando el traductor de Google, vaya aquí: Spanish


Xin lưu ý rằng vì nhu cầu cao về vấn đề email và tài liệu do trường học và giáo viên gửi đến cho phụ huynh, chúng tôi sẽ không thể cung cấp cho bạn tất cả các tài liệu do thông dịch viên dịch. Bạn sẽ nhận được nhiều tài liệu được dịch bằng Phiên Dịch của Google, nội dung có thể không chính xác 100%. Cảm ơn bạn hiểu cho điều này. Nếu bạn muốn biết thêm về cách để bạn có thể tự dịch email và tài liệu bằng Phiên Dịch của Google, vui lòng truy cập vào đây: Vietnamese