Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

July 28, 2021

Message from the Principal, Mrs. Katie Johnson

Dear Cottonwood Creek Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year. I hope this Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle (CCCC) finds you healthy and safe and that you are enjoying the remaining days of summer. This summer, I enjoyed much needed family time. We found time to travel, exercise, read and enjoy the simple things in life. It was wonderful to be truly present with my husband, two daughters and our friends.

For those of you new to our Cougar Family, the CCCC is one way I share information with our families. In addition to information specific to Cottonwood Creek, the CCCC will include Cherry Creek School District Information. I typically send this communication once a month, but you can expect it more frequently at the beginning of the school year.

As we continue to prepare for the 2021-22 school year, I want to use this opportunity to share with you some information to help you prepare for the start of the school year. Please review the information in this edition of the CCCC and do not hesitate to contact the front office (720-554-3200) if you have any questions. As I get more information about the upcoming year, I will be sure to keep you informed.

I look forward to another great school year for your children, our staff and our community.

Much appreciation,

Katie Johnson, Principal

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.

Phase in Week

Please see the message below from our Superintendent, Mr. Chris Smith, regarding the first three days of school in August.
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Incoming Kindergarten Families

Kindergarten assessments will be completed on Monday, August 16th and Tuesday, August 17th. During this time, we will get to know your child as a learner. Please watch for additional information to come on how to sign up for an assessment slot. In the meantime, please complete this form prior to Monday, August 9th to provide information about your child to our Kindergarten team and CLICK HERE to view our Kindergarten Orientation Video from the Spring.

Early Release EVERY Wednesday K-5

Two years ago, Cherry Creek Schools and the Cherry Creek Education Association agreed to dismiss all elementary schools one hour earlier (1:45PM) every Wednesday to enhance our elementary teachers' professional development and training opportunities. That change was not implemented during the 2020-21 school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will be implemented in this school year. With this change, our elementary schools will dismiss at 1:45PM every Wednesday, starting Wednesday, August 18th. In addition, for families who participate in after-school childcare, the after-school program will be extended every Wednesday at no additional cost. For families who need care, you can register with our school's program. See Section "Before and After School Care" for additional information.

Morning Arrival

We begin our day with a soft start. Students may arrive at school starting at 7:45AM. and all students are expected to be in their classrooms by 8:00AM. Students can enter through their grade level door (see map below). If students are not in the building by 8:00AM, they will need to enter through the main entrance and will be marked tardy.

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Classroom Assignments

Please make sure your email address is up to date in the Parent Forms on The evening of Wednesday, August 11th, you will receive a Class Placement email including a welcome letter from your child's teacher for the 2021-22 school year as well as a link to sign up for a Family Connection Meeting with your child's teacher. If you do not receive the Class Placement email by 8AM, August 12th, please email Melissa Adler, our registrar.

Save the Date: Meet and Greet, August 12th 2:00-4:00PM

We hope you are able to join us for our in-person Meet & Greet between 2:00-4:00PM on Thursday, August 12th. It is our hope that you and your children can come to Cottonwood Creek to meet your child's teacher, see the classrooms and unpack school supplies. More information about this day will be communicated next week.

Family Connection Meetings and Back to School Night

The start of the school year provides us with many opportunities to reconnect and build relationships. This year, our teachers will hold Family Connection Meetings. The purpose of these meetings are to:

  • Listen and build relationships with families

  • Learn more about our students in order to provide authentic and relevant learning experiences, celebrate each individual for their diversity, and begin to build relationships built around empathy and kindness

Families will have the option to sign up for a 15-20 minute in-person OR virtual meeting with their child's teacher. The sign up will be included in your Class Placement email, which you will receive the evening of Wednesday, August 11th. All Family Connection Meetings will occur prior to Friday, September 10th.

We will not hold an in-person Back to School Night. However, virtual presentations will be posted on the Cottonwood Creek website the evening of August 13th. This will allow you and your family to access the information at your convenience, and you will be able to reference the information throughout the school year. In addition, as we have new families enroll in our school, they will be able to access the same information.

A Message from our School Nurse, Patti Rojec

I am excited to welcome your students back to school for another healthy year of in person learning.

If your 1st-5th grade student received required immunizations over the summer, please send a copy of their updated record to me. Incoming kindergarten students are required by Colorado statute to have a completed immunization record. If you are unsure of your student's immunization status please contact your provider, me, or see the requirements here:

Patti Rojec, MSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

Cottonwood Creek Elementary


Before and After School Care

Our Before and After School Care program ("Kids Club") runs before school between 6:30-8:00AM and after school between 2:45–6:00PM (1:45–6:00PM on Wednesdays). Please email our Director, Karen Spears, for more information.

New Marquee

Thank you to our PTCO and school community for your support in getting a new school marquee. We look forward to using it as a communication tool.

Online Parent Forms

Please sign on to your online parent account at using your existing e-mail and password to access the Parent Forms tile. If you have forgotten your password, you will find a link to re-set your password. If you are new to the District, you will be able to establish a new online parent account. You will have to enter your credentials in the new parent portal again to open the Parent Forms tile. Families with more than 1 household should each update/create their own information.

Online Parent Forms must be completed each year prior to your student attending school. You will be able to verify all Emergency Contacts and their accurate contact information, acknowledge District Policies, and opt-in for the type of communication(s) you wish to receive.

Teacher placement will be shared the evening of Wednesday, August 11th. Only families that have completed their Parent Forms will receive this information. Thank you for completing these forms at your earliest opportunity. Should you need further assistance please feel free to call the COT Main Office at 720-554-3200.

Bus Transportation

Go to and click on the “Find My Bus Application.” Here you will find bus/route stops and stop times based on your address.

Cougar Spirit

The Cottonwood Creek Back to School Spirit Wear sale is LIVE through August 31st! Orders placed on or before July 31st will be available for pick up prior to the first day of school! Watch for more information regarding pick up from our PTCO.

CCSD Food and Nutrition Services

The USDA has extended funding for FREE school meals through 2021-2022. A la carte items are not included with the free meal and are sold at cost.

The Titan Family Portal is a secure, online system that allows parents to:

  • Make an online payment to thier children's cafeteria meal accounts
  • Remotely monitor their children's accounts
  • Set up automatic recurring payments
  • Set up low balance e-mail message alerts
  • Submit an online application for free and/or reduced meals

More information can be found at CCSD Food and Nutrition Services.

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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