September 2023 Newsletter

Cottonwood School

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Welcome Back!

Dear Cottonwood Family,

Welcome to the 2023 – 2024 school year! I am very excited to begin my second year as the principal of Cottonwood School. Because of the quality of our staff, scholars, and families, this is a fantastic place this is to work! I can’t wait to see the heights our scholars and staff achieve this year.

Relationships are critical to me and key to our success as educators. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with all of you, as well as our scholars, and community members. I know that the education of our scholars can only be done well with the support of our parents and community.

Cottonwood exemplifies our district's vision of Embrace, Educate and Empower. I am excited to continue to work alongside the staff, students, and families to continue the great work going on here with a focus on literacy and attendance. Our goal is to have our scholars here each day, on time, and ready to learn so we can accelerate our scholars' learning.

Please know that I truly have an open-door policy. If you have any questions or concerns moving forward, I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and offer my support - do not hesitate to reach out.


Albert Trudel

Cottonwood News Forecast

Take Note

Family Bingo Night - September 1st

Bring the whole family. The fun will take place between 5:00-7:0 in the MPR.

Labor Day - No School - September 4th

School is not in session.

Patriot Day - September 11th

In honor of of 9/11, please come dressed in Red, White and Blue or Camouflage.

Volleyball Tournament at Pauma - September 21st

Middle School students will be competing in a Volleyball Tournament at Pauma.

Saturday School - September 23rd

Come and have a great time and earn a day of attendance credit. Saturday School is from 8:00-12:00.

Elementary Parent Teacher Conference Week - September 25-29th

Elementary Parent Conference Week, elementary students are dismissed at 1:35 every day. TK and K are out at 12:45 p.m.

Book Fair - September 25-29th in the Library

Stop by the Library and select a couple of books to add to your collection.

Riverside University Health System Mobile Clinic - September 26th

A mobile health clinic will be in the library parking lot to meet any and all health needs in our community. All are welcome. This resource will be on site the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Picture Make-Up Day - September 28th

Make-up pictures will be available to students who were absent or to students whose parents want them retaken.

Cougar Corridor

Character Trait

For the month of September we are focusing on the Character Trait of Responsibility. Responsibility is taking action and understanding the impact of our choices.

If you have any photos of your child demonstrating Responsibility that you are willing to share we would love to recognize them. Please send your photos to our School Counselor Amanda Niaves (

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Family Connection

Resources for families to reinforce the Character Trait of Responsibility.

Check It Out!

Looking ahead at the sports schedule for the year

PTO Family Bingo Night

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Pre-Sale of the Yearbook is now Available in the Office.

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Welcome Back!!

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Friday Flag

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Paper Tutoring

●24/7 tutor support available on all devices, allowing students to get help anytime, anywhere.

●24 hour Essay Review supports students with their written work, no matter the subject.

●Unlimited platform access means students get as much help as they need

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