Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

August 29, 2020

Controlled Dismissal

Dismissal is a busy time. It is a time to get your children out of the building and home safely. As we've monitored our controlled dismissal this week, we have found a need to adjust so we can honor cohorts and physical distancing. In addition to the staggered release, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Any time you are on school grounds please remember the 3 Ws: Wear your mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance.

  • Please leave sidewalks clear for staff and students. We request you wait for your children in the grassy areas around our building and yield to classroom teachers moving their students around the building to the front where we have grade level cohort waiting areas. We also recommend designating a meeting location, where your children can walk to meet you. When selecting a meeting location, please make sure it is away from the exits, blacktops, and sidewalks surrounding the building

  • Kindergarten Families: Your teachers will bring students out to the designated spot for your classroom and wait for a couple minute before escorting any remaining students around to the front of the building for pick-up. If you meet your child at your classrooms designated spot, we ask that you use the service drive to exit the school grounds.

  • Teachers are responsible for getting all students out of the building safely. Our teachers are committed to working collaboratively with you, but we kindly ask that if you need to have a conversation with the teacher that you call or email them.

  • Students who walk home may not linger outside of the building or stay to play on the playground. We also ask that once you have met your children that you exit the school grounds promptly.

  • If your child is meeting a sibling, the older sibling will exit their assigned door, and walk around the building to the younger siblings grade level cohort out front and follow teacher direction.

  • Please remember to walk all bikes, scooters etc. when on school grounds.

  • If you don’t see your child outside their grade level exit door and it’s past their dismissal time, go to the front of the building/grade level cohort location.

  • Please remember all animals must remain off school grounds between 7:40am-3:00pm.

  • If your regular dismissal/pick up plan changes, be sure to notify your child's teacher or call the front office 720-554-3200.

Starting Monday, August 31st, we will dismiss as follows:

At 2:38pm, ALL Kids Club and Bus Riders will be dismissed.

  • Kids Club: Students will meet their leaders at their grade level assigned door, where they will be escorted to Kids Club by a staff member.
  • Bus Riders: Students will meet a Cougar Staff member at the exit of their assigned doors and report to the front of the building, where they will wait in a grade level cohort for bus riders.

At 2:40pm, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade students will be dismissed. Students will be escorted by their teacher and exit the building through their assigned doors. They may meet at a designated meeting spot or begin to walk home. Remaining students will be escorted around to the front of the building to wait at the grade level cohort out front near the parent pick up lane.

At 2:45pm, the bell will ring and 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade Students will be dismissed.

  • Students will be escorted by their teacher and exit the building through their assigned doors. Students may meet at a designated meeting spot or begin to walk home. Remaining students will be escorted around to the front of the building to wait at the grade level cohort out front near the parent pick up lane.

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. As the principal and as a parent, I log into mycherrycreek twice each morning. One to complete it as an administrator and one to complete it as a parent. 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 -

Wear your Mask

We will require masks for all students and staff regardless of state mandates. Research and science show that wearing a mask is critical to slowing the spread of the virus, especially in indoor spaces. When students walk to and from lunch and recess they are required to wear a mask. Masks may be removed when eating lunch and/or snack. At recess, students have the option to take a mask break.

Students who make the conscious choice to not wear a mask will:

  1. Receive information regarding the requirement
  2. Receive an official warning
  3. Be transferred to 100% online

Staff who make the conscious choice to not wear a mask will:

  1. Receive information regarding the requirement
  2. Receive an official warning
  3. Be placed on unpaid leave

Additional Resources

COVID19 Testing Data

COVID19 Testing Data | Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas Counties

As we enter into the 2020-21 school year, I encourage you to look for opportunities to connect, engage and learn more about Cottonwood Creek. Throughout the year, I will use texts, emails and the monthly Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle to inform families of various opportunities we have for you and your children. I'd like to use this opportunity to share a few of the many ways available to you, as families of Cottonwood Creek Elementary School.

Cottonwood Creek Advisory Committee (CCAC)

formally known as Principal Accountability Committee

This committee is intended to provide an opportunity for communication and transparency between administration and our community. Attendance is open to all and we welcome your participation and support. This to be an opportunity to address topics of interest and/or concern. Our first meeting is Thursday, October 1st at 8:30am.

All meetings will be virtual; watch for link to come.

P.A.S.S.(Partnerships for Academically Successful Students)

The District P.A.S.S. is comprised of parents, Cherry Creek teachers and administrators, and community members. P.A.S.S. supports the district's goal of Inclusive Excellence and is a critical component of systemic equity transformation. P.A.S.S. at the district level, is led by the Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence and supported by the P.A.S.S. Steering Committee, and serves the purpose of engaging community members in meaningful and effective partnerships that lead to positive outcomes for all students, but more specifically, students of color. P.A.S.S. is a structure that fosters the intentional building of relationships between the school and the parent communities in an effort to create an inclusive learning environment for all students. P.A.S.S. also gives parents and guardians of students of color voice and direct access to administration. P.A.S.S. at the school level, is led by the administration. This year I will guide our Partnership for Academically Successful Students. Please join us for our first Cottonwood Creek P.A.S.S. meeting on Thursday, October 22nd at 8:30.

All meetings will be virtual; watch for link to come.

PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization)

Our PTO supports the entire student body of Cottonwood Creek Elementary School through the cooperative efforts of our staff, families and community. We are fortunate to have such an amazing community to support the work we do at Cottonwood Creek. Our PTO helps us provide many opportunities for our students, families and staff to connect, engage and learn. Throughout the year, our PTO sponsors several opportunities for you to connect with other families, engage with our school community, and learn more about Cottonwood Creek Elementary School. I'd like to personally invite each of your to our first General PTO Meeting on Friday, September 18th at 8:30am.

All meetings will be virtual; watch for link to come.

To learn more, please visit our PTO website:

Every Friday will be School Spirit Day!

Let's show our school spirit every Friday by wearing our BLUE and GREEN! If you are interested in purchasing Cottonwood Creek Spirit wear, please CLICK HERE to check out all the new gear including athletic shorts, t-shirts, comfy hoodie sweatshirts, beanies and more.
In collaboration with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department, I would like to remind everyone to adhere to all traffic signs. Everyone needs to do their part in keeping our community safe by obeying stop signs, no stopping/standing signs, and refraining from illegal U-turns. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

Cougar Staff

In order to introduce new and returning staff, I will be featuring a few staff members in each CCCC. Check back each CCCC to see our Cougar Staff.

Emily Gayle, 1st Grade Teacher

My name is Emily Gayle and I am excited to be teaching first grade at Cottonwood Creek again this year. This will be my sixth year teaching and fifth year teaching first grade at Cottonwood. I was on a parenting leave last year and stayed home with my daughter who is now one and half. It was a wonderful year off, but I'm happy to be back this year! I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your families.

Maddie Lefebvre, Mild/Moderate Teacher

My name is Maddie Lefebvre or Ms. L, and I am very honored and excited to be the new Mild/Moderate Special Education Teacher for this school year! I recently graduated from Auburn University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education. I am originally from Southern California, but recently moved to Colorado because I have always had a love for the outdoors and this beautiful state. Some of my favorite activities include hiking, camping, skiing, and dancing! I am super passionate about and dedicated to teaching. This will be my first year teaching, and I am extremely grateful to be able to start at such an amazing school. I can’t wait to meet and teach the amazing students here at Cottonwood. Go Cougars!

Marie Toole, Occupational Therapist

Hello my name is Marie Toole and I am the Occupational Therapist for this year at Cottonwood Creek. I took a year off and worked part time last year just at High Plains. With the restructuring this year with online learners I was reassigned to your building! I bring 28 years of school OT experience as well as 7 years in the hospital setting in New Hampshire to Cottonwood. My husband and I moved here 4 years ago to "retire" and he is doing a great job of that! I am working my way there! We had our first granddaughter in May and I watch her one day per week. It is the BEST job ever! I am excited to be back amongst my Cottonwood family and looking forward to reconnecting with all of you!


Individual student pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 2nd.
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The Titan Family Portal: Cafeteria Meal Accounts

The Titan Family Portal is a secure, online system that allows parents to:

  • Make an online payment to thier children's cafeteria meal accounts
  • Remotely monitor their children's accounts
  • Set up automatic recurring payments
  • Set up low balance e-mail message alerts
  • Submit an online applicationg for free and/or reduced meals
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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

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

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