Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

April 8, 2022

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.
Dear Cottonwood Creek Families,

While we continue to navigate the 2021-22 school year, we have begun planning for next year. I am excited to share that we have finalized our 2022-23 Staffing Plan, begun interviewing for next school year, and have officially begun the class placement process.

With the excitement of a new year, also comes the bittersweetness of saying goodbye to some of our Cougar Staff. I will continue to share with you staffing information as things are finalized. I hope this provides you with an opportunity to say goodbye to staff you and your children have developed strong relationships with over the years. This week, please join me in wishing the following staff the very best in their next adventure: Lynn Baer, Allison Leggieri, Marie Toole, Shana Eilers, and Jessica Neal.

As the school year begins to wrap up, my principalship will also come to an end. My journey here has been a humbling experience, and it is the staff, you and your children that have made it rewarding. I can't imagine doing it with any other staff, community, or students; you make me proud to be a Cougar!

Finally, I'd like to share that Mr. Drew Francis will be the next principal of Cottonwood Creek Elementary. You should have received a message yesterday from Heather Woodward, Executive Director of Elementary Education. However, I've also included Principal Francis' letter of introduction below. I've had the opportunity to connect with Principal Francis and know he will be a great addition to the Cougar family.

Thank you,

Katie Johnson


2022-23 Cottonwood Creek Principal Message

April 7, 2022

Good Afternoon Cottonwood Creek Elementary Community,

My name is Drew Francis and I am honored and excited to be the Principal of Cottonwood Creek for the 2022-23 school year. I am coming into this position after serving 26 years in education and have been fortunate to have been in various leadership roles over the last 18 years. I have been a teacher in the US, as well as an international stint in Mexico. I have also been an educational consultant, adjunct professor, and served as principal in several elementary schools. I look forward to the opportunity to partner with students, staff, and families to build on the great work and traditions already in place. Finally, I hope to inspire the students, staff, and families of Cottonwood Creek Elementary as we begin our transition together.


Mr. Drew A. Francis

Are you moving or not returning to Cottonwood Creek next year?

K-4 Families

If you are moving and/or planning not to return to COT next year, please complete this form as soon as possible.

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2022 Diversity & Inclusion Committee


Why 'Deeper Learning' Is an Equity Move


MEETING ID: 726 009 3395

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2022 at 5:45pm


  • 5:45-5:55 Announcements and Introduction to Belleview, Cottonwood, and High Plains P.A.S.S. communities.
  • 5:55-6:00 Welcome by Belleview Principal Shelley Dulsky, J.D., Ed.S.
  • 6:00 – 6:50 Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado (Denver), Professor, Leadership for Education Organizations: During this conversation we will talk about why 'deeper learning' is an equity move for P-12 schools and districts. EVERY child deserves opportunities for deeper learning. We can do better than current deficit models! Deficit models for children abound in our schools, particularly for low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and students for whom English is not their primary language. In addition to these deficit models, we also have school 'turnaround' models that emphasize doubling down on already-unsuccessful structures ("let's double the time in math!") and then also doubling down on draconian discipline structures when children push back. We need to fundamentally rethink how we think about learning, teaching, and schooling. 'Deeper learning' can be a pathway forward because it emphasizes student interest, agency, empowerment, and meaning-making, as well as real-world relevance.
  • 6:50-7:00 Question & Answer/Closing

A Message from Allison Leggieri, our Speech Language Pathologist

After much careful thought and consideration, I have made the difficult decision to leave Cottonwood Creek at the end of this school year. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your collaboration and support throughout my six years spent as a Cougar. I have learned so much from this community and our kids over these years – and for that, I am grateful. I wish you all the very best.

- Allison

A Message from Ms. Shana Eilers, 1st Grade Teacher

Cottonwood Creek Community,

I want to thank you for an amazing three years as a Cougar! I have decided to take a year off of teaching. I feel lucky to have such wonderful memories of the students, families, and staff I had the pleasure of working with. Thank you for all of your support, love and kindness... this isn't 'goodbye', just 'see you later'!


Shana Eilers

A Message from Lynn Baer, 4th Grade Teacher

Dear Students and Families,

Thank you to all for being so welcoming to me! Although I had a short stay at Cottonwood, all of you have forever impacted me as a teacher and these two years have been two of my best! I have made the difficult yet exciting decision to return to Polton (my previous school) next fall. I'll always remember my years as a Cougar!


Lynn Baer

2022-23 Certified Staffing

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A Message from our PTO

Spring Auction is coming up!

Did you buy your tickets yet for our biggest event of the year...AUCTION?

It will be held at Top Golf ⛳️ in Centennial on Thursday, 4/28 from 6-9pm. There will be GOLF, FOOD, DRINKS, FUN along with a LIVE and SILENT AUCTION! Don’t miss this event and the opportunity to support your child’s school, our community while at the same time being with your friends enjoying a night out.

We need your help with ensuring that we have a successful auction April 28th at Top Golf! The auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is incredibly important to support our school. The auction proceeds help close the gap between current funding and student needs. The proceeds support school enrichment programs, Teacher Assistant salaries, student subscriptions, teacher grants, buses for field trips, and so much more!

Here’s one way you can help:

Grade Level Baskets- These baskets will be auctioned off at the silent auction this year. Please click the Amazon wishlist link for your child’s grade level and purchase an item that will be sent directly to the location where the baskets will be created. Don’t see any items on the wishlist that grab your attention or that fit your budget? No problem! Simply click “Please Choose an Item for Me” and purchase an Amazon gift card, we’ll take care of the rest! There is no donation too big or too small. All proceeds will be used to supplement grade level baskets and/or to create additional themed baskets for the auction.

Kindergarten: Art Basket - Amazon Link Here

1st Grade: Lego Basket - Amazon Link Here

2nd Grade: Gardening Basket - Amazon Link Here

3rd Grade: Beach Basket - Amazon Link Here

4th Grade: Family Game Night - Amazon Link Here

5th Grade: Margarita Party - Amazon Link Here

Please Choose an Item for Me: Amazon Link Here

PTO Committee Positions

As we plan ahead for next year, we have identified a need for Committee Chairs for a number of different committees. These committees provide a great way to support our school and our students. Detailed descriptions are included in the attached google form. We hope you will consider signing up! Please sign up by April 21st. We are happy to talk further about these committees or help answer any questions.

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Attendance Line and Student Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school, please call our attendance line (720-554-3295) prior to 7:45am. In the event that your child is unable to attend school, remote and/or online learning will not be provided. When your child is absent from school, make-up work may be provided and can be picked up at the end of the school day.
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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