News from the Creek

Hippo Nation...Better Together! Dec 2019

A Note from your CCE Principal

Dear CCES Families--

Thank you for supporting our campus each and every day! As the holiday season gets underway, our teachers and staff would like our families and community to know that CCE is a great place to be because of your support! Remember that we are #BetterTogether #Juntos!

We would like to welcome our newest member to Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Mrs. Kimberly Pollini! Mrs. Pollini is our newest "Legendary" member of our campus and brings her expertise in Music, Choir, and all things "Fine Arts" to Cottonwood Creek! We are blessed to welcome her to our campus! Please help us in welcoming her to our campus by attending a coffee meet & greet on December 5th at 7:10 AM in our Teacher's Lounge. You will love her passion for kids and music along with her energy and smile!

On behalf of everyone here at The Creek, we want to wish you and your family a safe, memorable and enjoyable Winter Season and Christmas Holiday!

Cottonwood Creek Elementary has the BEST Staff, Students, and Families! We truly are "Better Together"! Our students are "Legendary" at Cottonwood Creek Elementary!

With Hippo Nation in Mind,

Linda Pachicano

Principal, Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Notes and Reminders from....

Linda Pachicano, Principal

Linda Pachicano, Principal

CCES Families,

Thank you for supporting our campus during our Thanksgiving Lunches! I was lucky to greet many of you to our campus at the serving line. I have never scooped so many vegetables in my life and I loved every minute of it! Families are always welcomed at "The Creek"! We had over 210 visitors for lunch! We loved it!

We have many other events planned at the campus including our Winter Parties in classrooms and the Jingle Walk on December 20th!

Here is some information to be aware of when visiting our campus:

  • Please check in at the front office & check out at the front office; exit through the front doors when leaving the building; return your badge upon exiting
  • Office Hours are from 7:10 AM - 4:00 PM
  • School Hours are from 7:40 AM - 3:00 PM; Please pick up students on time each day
  • Instructional Day begins at 7:40 AM; Please drop off your students in the cafeteria before that time. Visitors to classrooms are discouraged to protect student learning during instructional times. Teachers are available to conference with parents during their conference times.
  • Transportation changes need to be made by 2:00 PM to allow our office staff enough time to notify teachers and staff of any changes. Please call the school office, send an email to our front office staff & teacher, or in person.
  • Families are welcomed to join their students during lunch. We have parent tables available for your convenience.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Gregory Althoff, Assistant Principal

Gregory Althoff, Assistant Principal

Cottonwood Creek Traffic News

Parents, we have received your feedback concerning the traffic in the front parking lot. Speed bumps have been installed to slow down traffic. CCE now has a swinging security gate to help with safety and traffic flow. This should keep parking lot safer for students and families and ensure a smooth traffic flow! Our first 2 weeks has been smooth! Thank you parents for the thoughts, ideas, and support! Keeping students and families safe is our priority!

Valerie Kozak, Counselor

Valerie Kozak, Counselor

Happy Holidays CCE families! This month teachers will focus their weekly Hippo Way lessons on Caring and Compassion, by being kind, patient, and forgiving, even when others might not be. I will support this traits through my monthly classroom guidance lessons in addition to focusing on gratitude especially during this holiday season.

Mentor Program-

Would your child benefit from having an adult mentor or are you interested in becoming a mentor to one of our students? Please email me for additional information at

Lost & Found Area is currently located in the gym hallway, but will be relocated to cafeteria later in November. Thank you!

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What's Happening at the Creek...

11/25- 11/29- Thanksgiving Week (No School for Staff/Students)

12/2: Math and Reading Screeners begin for students in K-5th

12/5: PTA Holiday Candy Gram Sales Begin (Check out the PTA Facebook Page Here for Details) and End on 12/11

PTA Santa Summer 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ~ Come out and Join Us (Pancakes and Fixings)

12/6: PTA Holiday Shop Opens for Students/Families (School Fundraiser) and goes until 12/11

12/12: Attendance 101 Meeting @ 5:00 PM

Open Gym Night @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM "Come work out with your family and kids"

12/19: Hutto ISD School Board Meeting 6 PM - 9 PM at Hutto ISD Board Room, 200 College St

12/20: CCE Jingle Walk (More Details to Come from Coach Hull); Families welcomed to check in the front office and walk with students.

Early Release Day @ 12:00 PM

12/23- 1/3: Winter Break (Student/Staff Holiday/Offices Closed) Click here for District Calendar

1/6: Student Holiday/Staff Work Day (No School for Students)

1/7: Students Begin 2nd Semester/Return from Winter Break Holiday

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Cottonwood Creek Elementary has Spirit! Yes, we do!

Every Friday students are encouraged to show their Campus Spirit along with Staff! Wear your favorite Hutto or Cottonwood Creek T-Shirt! If you are interested in purchasing a campus shirt, please check out the PTA Store Here. Thanks!

Campus Mission, Vision, and Staff Belief Statements

CCE Mission:

Fostering Growth, Strengthening Relationships, Inspiring Excellence

CCE Vision:

Cottonwood Creek aspires to be a safe, positive, and innovative learning environment in which each unique individual is accepted, respected, encouraged, challenged and supported.

Cottonwood Creek Elementary Staff Core Belief Statements

  • We believe in creating a diverse school and classroom environment where emotional and physical safety and security is a top priority for all students and staff.

  • We believe that taking into consideration that every students’ educational needs are important, every decision should be made in the best interest of all students and their individual success.

  • We believe parents/guardians and community involvement are vital to the success of our students.

  • We believe character and social/emotional well-being is as important as academic achievement.

  • We believe communication is a two-way process for the school-home learning connection as well as for delivery of information.

  • We believe in enriching academics and the social-emotional environment by providing various innovative learning opportunities to prepare students for their individual pathways towards success.

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