22-23 School Year
September Paw Award Winners
Pre-School: Maverick Ray
Kindergarten: Ben King and Everett Chapman
1st Grade: Xander Edwards and Annabelle Ducey
2nd Grade: Giuliana Paletta and Jonathon Bootan
September was Attendance Awareness Month
Attending school has a huge impact on student success.
We realize some absences are for health or other unavoidable reasons. But, when students are absent 2 or more days per month (or 18 days over the school year) they can fall far behind in what they learn. Excused and unexcused absences both mean missing classroom learning time. Absences can add up. This year we want to do our best to encourage every student to do their best to miss no more than 9 days of school, or an average of 1 day per month. To achieve this goal, we need your help.
Thanks to the generosity of a local business, Cottonwood students will have the opportunity to earn several prizes throughout the year for good attendance. Please click on the link below for more information. An opportunity to earn a prize will be available every 9 weeks starting in October
Mr. Troast's book of the month: Sticks
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on October 12th from 4 pm to 8:00 pm and on October 13th from 8 am to 8:00 pm. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to parents with their available conference times. We encourage all parents to attend conferences in person, but if your schedule cannot accommodate teachers can meet with you via phone call or Zoom. During conferences, your child's classroom teacher will discuss current progress and relevant data based on the beginning of the school year. Please remember there will no school on Friday, October 14th.
Book Fair Week!
The book fair is coming! Our book fair will be held October 10th-13th. We will have in-person shopping days as well as online purchasing opportunities. Please see the links below for information regarding the online portion of the book fair and book fair hours at Cottonwood throughout the week.
We are in search of parent volunteers to help with our book fair. It takes a lot of time and effort for our staff to prepare and run the book fair each year. In addition, our staff working hard to get ready for fall conferences. It helps our staff if we have parent volunteers help run the book fair during the week, especially, on Oct 12th and 13th. If you are willing to help, please complete the google form below.
Make a Note: Halloween Guidelines
Halloween Costumes-Students will still be able to wear their costumes at school with the following guidelines:
Students choosing to dress up may wear their costumes to school. Students will not be able to change into their costumes during the day so it should be something they are comfortable wearing all day. As always, costumes should be:
- School-appropriate without reference to blood, guts, gore, and/or guns.
- No toy weapons can be part of a costume.
- Face paint and costume masks are discouraged for all students.
- If a costume has a mask, students will be asked to put the mask away during the instructional time during the day.
Halloween Parade and Parties
Halloween Parties-Each classroom teacher will send out information with their classroom specifics. Classroom parties are not meant to be a major disruption in our day. We encourage families to sign their children out after their parties have concluded. Please be respectful when leaving the building as dismissal will be taking place shortly after.
Halloween Parade-We are excited to announce that we will be having our annual Halloween Parade in collaboration with Sunflower. Students will walk a large loop beginning in the bus loop of each building. Students will walk along both sides of 303rd entering the bus loop of the other school and circling back to their own school. See the map below.
You will be able to see both schools' parades by any of the viewing locations on the map. Please abide by the following guidelines:
- Parents may park in any of the school parking lots (CW, SES, PMS, or PHS) and walk to a viewing area.
- Parade visitors must stay in the viewing areas.
Our parade is weather dependent and we will make adjustments accordingly.
Panther Pumpkins are back at Cottonwood. Last year, your challenge was to decorate your pumpkins for Panther Pride and we had amazing results!
This year your challenge is to decorate your pumpkin to be representative of your favorite book at home. You can use a variety of materials to make your pumpkin including paint, construction paper, pipe cleaners, glue, glitter, or anything you have lying around your house. Please do not worry about the size of the pumpkin, we encourage students to use small to medium size pumpkins to complete this challenge. Pumpkins can be brought to school the week of Oct 24th and will be on display til Nov 1st. So be creative and we can't wait to see those pumpkins.
Please no carved pumpkins!
- October 3rd-Dental Clinic
- October 10th- Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm
- October 10th-13th- Book Fair
- October 11th- First Grade Field Trip
- October 12th- Picture re-takes
- October 12th- Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- October 13th- Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00am to 8:00pm
- October 14th- No School
- October 24th-28th- Acts of Kindness Week
- October 31st- Halloween Party and Parade
Please have students at school before 8:00 am if you would like them to eat breakfast. Students will not be allowed into breakfast after 8:05. This is to ensure students are arriving to class by 8:10, which is the scheduled start of our school day. Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Arrival and Dimissal
Just a friendly reminder that dropping and picking up students at our crosswalk is no longer an option for arrival and dismissal. Please go through our car line to drop and pick up students. Our dismissal and arrival times have been faster this year due to less congestion in our front parking lot. Thank You for your help!
Know your number
Parents if your child is a car rider after school, please make sure you know their idismiss number. It keeps our line moving. Please make sure you merge behind the designated car based on staff instructions. Following the correct car will ensure your child is at the correct spot waiting for you. Your idismiss number will not be shared with anyone unless they are on IC.