Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

October 23, 2020

A Message from your Principal, Katie Johnson

We continue to be successful at Cottonwood Creek as we navigate this school year during a pandemic. Our students and staff are diligent about Wearing masks, Washing hands, and Watching distance. As I walk our building, I see students learning and teachers teaching.

As Dr. Siegfried shared last Friday, As residents of Arapahoe County, we took significant action that allowed for the school year to start on-time and In-Person in August. Since Labor Day, however, as a community we have not managed the virus well. This week, new cases and transmission rates are higher than we have ever experienced (CLICK HERE to view TriCounty Health Departments COVID-19 Case Reporting). CCSD will continue to monitor the COVID Tracker to determine whether we stay in person OR transition to remote learning. Please note that the Tri-County Health Department data server is currently down for repair, which is impacting neighborhood and school district dashboards. Due to this impact, the CCSD COVID Tracker is not accurate and has been taken down until the Tri-County server and school district dashboards are back up and running.

In the meantime, we are preparing for a possible remote learning situation. We have been working with our students to join Microsoft Teams meetings at school. We have learned that one of the best ways to access MS Teams is to download the MS Teams App at home which is far more reliable.

CLICK HERE to access the link to the download the Teams App. The “desktop” download is for regular computers and laptops, and the “mobile” is for phones, iPads, etc. When opening the app for the first time, your child will be prompted to sign in. Students should use their mycherrycreek username (with and password. Once downloaded, students can simply go straight to the Team App to find meeting links created by their classroom teacher, or they can go through --> Teams tile --> choose to open the meeting in the app when prompted.

Below you will find the schedule for all CCSD Elementary students during remote learning. If/when we move to remote learning, we will provide more information about Synchronous and Asynchronous learning. This information is shared to provide you with information in advance so you are able to think about what things will look like in a possible remote learning situation.

Thank you again for your continued support in helping keep our staff, students and community safe and healthy.


Katie Johnson


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Cottonwood Creek Spirit Week

October 26-30 marks the start of the 2nd trimester! Let's celebrate the success from trimester one and have some fun! Please note the change with crazy hair/sock day due to picture retakes.

Monday, October 26: Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday, October 27: Hat Day

Wednesday, October 28: Crazy Sock Day

Thursday, October 29: Jersey Day

Friday, October 30: Pajama Day

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, October 28th is picture retake day. If you missed picture day, your child will have their picture taken. If your child had their picture taken, but you would like a retake, please remember to bring back the original pictures.

Crosswalks and Safety

Please help us keep our staff, students and community safe by using our crosswalks on Orchard to cross the street. We have crossing guards positioned at three different crosswalks; please wait until the crossing guard is in the middle of Orchard to cross the street. Please also help us by walking bikes across the street and when on Cottonwood Creek’s campus.

Flu Shot Clinics

Now is the time to protect your family against the flu. Cherry Creek Schools and STRIDE Community Health will be offering free and low-cost flu shots to anyone six months and older, during clinics on the following dates:

    • Wednesday, October 28, 4-6 p.m.
      • Overland/Prairie parking lot (map)
    • Wednesday, November 18, 4-6 p.m.
      • Peakview Elementary (map)
    • Wednesday, December 9, 4-6 p.m.
      • Horizon Community Middle School (map)
CLICK HERE to sign up Parent-Teacher Conferences .

All parent-teacher conferences will be held 11/02-11/06 via Microsoft Teams this fall. Find your child's homeroom teacher and access their conference sign up. If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.

4A and 4B

I encourage you to take a moment to educate yourself on 4A and 4B by visiting prior to voting this fall.

4A at a Glance

Operational Expenses – $35 million

Due to continued drastic underfunding by the state of Colorado, CCSD is facing a shortfall of more than $60 million over the next two years. To ensure that every student succeeds, we must provide safe and supportive classrooms with excellent teachers, nurses on hand every day, mental health supports, and the technology tools necessary to learn. Revenue would be collected at a rate of $1.65 per $100,000 of home value, a small price for a huge investment.

4B at a Glance

Without imposing any new taxes, 4B allows for Cherry Creek School District No 5 debt to be increased by $150 million. This would allow for:

  • $7 million to build a mental health/day treatment center to support students.
  • $26 million for new and improved safety and security measures to include a new intercom system, push-button deadbolt locks for all classroom doors, secure double vestibules at elementary and middle schools, camera upgrades, and a new fire alarm system throughout the district.
  • $12 million to ensure all students have access to technology during periods of remote learning at a one device per student ratio and update core facilities such as Data Center, wireless network, web filtering, and firewall.
  • $9 million to provide funding for every high school to renovate space to create innovative environments that transform learning.
  • $5 million for Cherry Creek Innovation Campus Expansion, including expanding programming options and creating new pathways for in-demand careers and expanding nursing and mental health certification programs.
  • $88 million for major maintenance and a possible new elementary school in southeast Aurora. Repairs include asphalt/concrete, doors/hardware/keys, glazing, carpet/floors, mechanical/electrical/plumbing, fire protection, roofing, and utility/special infrastructure.
  • $3 million for a renovation of the cafeteria space at Village East Elementary School.

COVID-19 Symptom Checker

All students and staff members are expected to do their part to protect the health and well-being of our school communities by using the COVID Symptom Checker before they come to school each day. We are in this together, and I believe this is one expectation that we need to adhere to to help keep our staff, students and community safe.

To access the COVID Symptom Checker Tile:

  1. Log in to mycherrycreek and click on the COVID Symptom Checker tile
  2. Use the QR code to the right
  3. Or click on this link -

Monday: 106 students completed the Symptom Checker

Tuesday: 97 students completed the Symptom Checker

Wednesday: 105 students completed the Symptom Checker

Thursday: 92 students completed the Symptom Checker

Friday: 95 students completed the Symptom Checker

We have 523 students attending in person at Cottonwood Creek this year. Let's make a goal to have at least 260 students complete the Symptom Checker Monday, and every day there after.

Learn More about CCSD Parent Technology Resources

To log into Schoology as a CCSD parent, you must log in through using the same email address you used for Parent Forms. Then visit the CCSD Parent Technology Resources tile to learn more about Schoology, SeeSaw, Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom and so much more!
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Support in your Native Language

English:Please contact (name of liaison) at (email) for support with this resource in your language.

Amharic: እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት

Arabic:يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على ( أو للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

Chinese: 如有需要,请经由,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

Korean: 귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 ( 로 문의하십시오.

Russian: Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

Somali: Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

Spanish: Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en, Rosa Han en, Helena Gognat en o Milagro Nuanes en

Vietnamese: Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

Please note the changes in the 2020-21 school year calendar.

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