Cougar Corner

September 25, 2021

Upcoming Events

9/27 - NO BUS SERVICE for Regular Ed Routes/Special Ed Routes are running

9/29 - District Cross Country Meet - Palmer High School

9/30 - Title I Annual Meeting & StoryWalk - 5:30 to 6:30 PM

10/1 - PD Day - No School

10/1 - Flag Football Jamboree at Cottonwood

10/4 - Boys Basketball Starts (4th & 5th)

10/4 - CCN News Starts (5th)

10/18-31 - Book Fair

10/19 - Math Olympiad Starts

10/19 - Orchestra Starts (4th & 5th)

10/20 - Picture Retakes

10/22 - Classroom AR Assemblies

10/22 - Chess Club Starts

10/25-29 - Red Ribbon Week

10/28 - Parent Teacher Conference - No School

10/29 - PD Day - No School

10/30 - PTO/Title I Halloween Trunk or Treat (outside)

Title I Annual Meeting & StoryWalk

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 5:30-6pm

800 North Seward Meridian Parkway

Wasilla, AK

Please RSVP to this event using the form below by Tuesday, September 28 at 5pm.
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SchoolPay Payment Links

Girl's Basketball Information Coming Soon

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Spirit Wear Orders

Adult T-Shirt - $15

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL


Women's V-Neck T-Shirt - $15

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL


Youth T-Shirt - $15

Sizes: XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL


Adult Hooded Sweatshirts - $30

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL


Child Hooded Sweatshirts - $30

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL


Please use the links below to purchase online and indicate the size(s) in the additional information text box. Paper order forms were sent home with students and available in the office. Cash or check (payable to Cottonwood Creek Elementary) are accepted.


*Sizes/quantities are limited.


Hooded Sweatshirt: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Cottonwood-Creek-Spirit-Wear--Hooded-Swe/Sb5ATI


T-Shirt: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Cottonwood-Creek-Spirit-Wear--TShirt/SejMaTM

We are having a Book Fair!

It does look different this time, but it still has some great titles for families and benefits for our library! It is a win-win situation. It will be held Oct. 18-31st.

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School Nurse News


Thank you families for keeping your students home when they are ill and making sure they return with a negative COVID test.


Cottonwood Elementary continues to remain GREEN and I truly believe it is because of the diligence of our families in keeping those with cold like and COVID like symptoms home.

These actions allow others to continue in-person learning and the disruption it might have on other families if their child were to catch your child’s cold.


A few items I’d like to remind all our Cougar parents on regarding COVID testing and positive tests.

  • If your child is getting a COVID test, please do not return him or her until the test results are in.
  • If your child is living in the same home as someone who tested positive, please keep them at home and contact me for return to school date.
  • If you or someone in your family has tested positive, please call the front office to pick up school work. Do not come into the building.
  • Please do not send your child to school with a pending test. To date, 12% of our positive cases were at school while waiting on test results.


It is going to be a GREAT year if we all do our part to keep CWE symptom free and healthy for all to learn.


Keep up the excellent work! Here’s to another successful in person learning year.

Please contact me if you have any questions,

Suzanne Chapelle RN

Office: 907-864-2103 email: suzanne.chapelle@matsuk12.us

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COVID Case Updates

In the event of a positive case at school, any potential close contacts will receive a ‘Possible Exposure Notice’ from the school. Students will be allowed to stay at school. Parents will be asked to closely monitor symptoms for 14 days. Positive cases will need to follow Public Health timelines for quarantine.


Positive cases will be reported in the S’more. We will not do a mass notification on the day of a positive case except for students directly impacted. As of today, we have had two cases associated with Cottonwood Creek. Neither individual had been in the building so there were no Potential Exposure Notifications made.


We were so proud to be open every day last year with the exception of the District-Wide Shut Down. Please help us stay open every day this year by monitoring your child and keeping them home when symptomatic.


Click the button below for more info.

Parents Right to Know Letter

Each year, districts and schools are required to provide information to parents as well as opportunities for them to be involved in the educational decisions that affect their children. Parents have the right to inquire about the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher and/or paraprofessional. This information is explained to parents in the attached Right to Know letter. Distribution of this letter is a requirement under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act detailed under section 1111(h)(6)(A).

From the PTO...

PTO stands for Parent - Teacher Organization. We are an organization consisting of parents and teachers working together to support and enrich our students and school. The objective is to provide our school with funds, programs, resources and services that will help maximize the education of every child.


If you would like to be more involved in your child's school, please join the PTO for an informational meeting in the library at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 7th. The PTO meets on the first Tuesday of each month.


PTO Activities and Fundraisers:


  • Fall Auction
  • Selfies with Santa
  • Family Science Night
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Popcorn Fridays
  • Halloween Carnival
  • Field Day


Shop smile.amazon.com and link your account to Cottonwood Creek Elementary School PTO Inc. (there are many similar school names, please verify by location).

You get the same pricing that you get on Amazon.com and there is no added cost to you.


Also, sign up for community rewards by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Cottonwood Creek Elementary (instructions below).

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Birthday Celebrations

Students are welcome to bring in non-perishable items to share if they would like on birthdays. Please do not send in food items. We will not be able to distribute them. Thank you for your understanding.

SchoolPay

SchoolPay is integrated with ParentVUE. Here’s how it works:

  1. Login to your ParentVUE account and select "Fee" on the left side menu.
  2. Click on the "Pay Fees" button at the top of the page.
  3. You will be redirected to the SchoolPay website where you can select your items and pay fees electronically with a credit/debit card or electronic check.

Note:

  • The first time you select "Pay Fees" from the "Fees" menu in ParentVUE, you will be required to do a one-time authentication.
  • Fees will be added at the start of school and throughout the year.
  • You are not required to store payment information to make payment, but it does make it convenient if you will be making multiple payments throughout the year.
  • SchoolPay is PCI-DSS certified (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards).


New Parent Support Number: 1-833-731-2600

Lunch Times

K - 12:10

1 - 12:15

2 - 11:35

3 - 12:35

4 - 12:30

5 - 11:45

School Supply List

We have attached the current supply list for your reference (below). Additional supplies are always great appreciated for families in need.

School Lunch Menus, Meal Payments, and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

The SchoolCafe app on the Parent Quick Links tab of the MatSu Borough School District homepage is a handy tool to view menus, submit free/reduced lunch applications, purchase meals - and even check the account balance and view what your child purchased for lunch/breakfast. Please click here for a link to SchoolCafe.


Please click here for the Free/Reduced Lunch Application.