October Newsletter

Cottonwood School

Cottonwood's Staff would like to Wish Everyone a Very Happy College Kickoff Month

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Greetings Cottonwood Families

Cougar Families,

I can’t believe we already have one trimester in the books. I am still getting to know our scholars, staff, and families and I truly am enjoying my time here even with these tumultuous times.


This month has been a busy month with the principal being taped to a wall to top it all off. We have also completed our second round of the Reading Inventory Assessment, please talk with your child about their scores and how much they have improved since the last test. The Reading Lexile Score is an indicator of College and Career Readiness and we should see a growth of 75 points per Semester or 150 points per year. Our goal 1 on our School Plan for Student Success as a site this year is that every child will increase their Lexile Score by 150 points.


October’s Character Focus is Self-Control, this means choosing what to do right, even when you don’t feel like it. Encourage your children by noticing “little things” that reflect good character. Don’t overlook opportunities to recognize your children for self-control when they sit still, act calm instead of being wild, use an “indoor voice” inside, walk in the house instead of running, or walk away from a conflict instead of fighting. Praise your children this month when you see them showing self-control.


Coming November 5th we are having our Fall Festival. I encourage you all to come out and with family and friends to have fun and help raise money for our PTO. I will also be there to enjoy the company of our great community and be the victim of a water dunking device (Another PTO scheme to raise money). I hope to see you all there.


I hope you all have a great October. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need anything.


Mr. Trudel

Cottonwood News Forecast

Parent Teacher Conference Week Schedules

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Take Note

Unibrow Spirit Day - October 8th

Draw on our own UNIBROW!

College Kickoff Spirit Week - October 11-15

Join in the District College Kickoff Spirit Week fun!

Parent Teacher Conferences October 11-October 15

Students will have a modified school day. All parents are scheduled for conferences with their child's teacher. If you don't have a time yet, please email the teacher or call the office. School starts at 8:10 Every Day this week. Check the included schedules for dismissal times.

Elementary Awards Assembly - October 15

Elementary students who have earned awards for Quarter 1 will be recognized.

Saturday School - October 16th

Come to Cottonwood for some Fall Fun with Mrs. Hollenkamp. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Great California Shake Out - October 21

Students across the state participate in this annual Earthquake Drill.

Non Student Day - October 22

There is no school in session.

Red Ribbon Week - October 23 -October 31

Daily Spirit Days will take place during Red Ribbon Week.

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Cougar Corner

For the month of October, Cottonwood will focus on the Character Trait of Self Control. The word Self-Control combines the Old English seolf with the Latin contra rotulus, which mean "against a roll." Just as a driver steers a car in the right direction by controlling the steering wheel, a person shows self-control by steering his or her actions in the right direction. Imagine riding in a car that is out of control. It can be frightening and very dangerous! This is also true for people who are out of control. They can hurt themselves and other people. Self-Control is like having steering and brakes in the journey of life. It means saying "no" to some things in order to say "yes" to something better. In order to help us reinforce Self-Control feel free to send in pictures of your child demonstrating Self-Control to (aniaves@hemetusd.org) so that we can celebrate their efforts.

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College Kickoff Spirit Dress Week Schedule

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Red Ribbon Week Spirit Day Schedule

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Cottonwood Students Have Kicked off College Kickoff Month

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Looking Ahead - Fall Festival is on November 5th - Save the Date

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In Case You Missed it! Mr. Trudel was Duct Taped to the Ball Wall to Raise Money for the PTO and Fall Festival

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