Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

February 2020

Our Cougars REALLY know how to ROAR!


A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2019-2020 Cottonwood Creek Spellers who competed in our School Spelling Bee in December! It was no easy feat to stand in front of students, teachers and parents and spell words correctly for multiple rounds and yet our students persevered.


We are excited to announce our top four spellers who are also all 4th graders: Sanaaya Desai, Kinsey Perlman, Emma Wang, and Jerry Jiang.


Sanaaya, Kinsey and Emma recently represented our school in the Cherry Creek School District Spelling Bee. They practiced and were poised for the challenge at the District Bee! Good job, spellers! We are proud of your hard work.

Congratulations to the following students who received the highest points in the Cottonwood Creek Battle of the Books. These students will move forward to the regional semi-finals on February 24th at Walnut Hills Elementary. They are: Matthew Franklin, Evan Gully, Eli Fliegelman, Kinsey Perlman, Emma Wang, Riley Zhu.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up Lane Signs

I am thrilled to share we have new signs to help direct traffic in the drop-off and pick-up lane. By following the directions on these signs, you will help with the flow of traffic and help prevent a backup on Orchard. Please do not load or unload until you enter the loading zone, and be sure to pull all the way forward to the last sign. If you are using the drop-off and pick-up lane, we ask that adults remain in the car. I greatly appreciate your attention to this request.
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Traffic on Orchard

We've noticed several cars driving in the parking lane, especially close to our crosswalks. Please be mindful of traffic signs on Orchard and be sure to follow the traffic patterns and signs to help ensure the safety of all.
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From Digital Media

Hello Cougar families! In February, students at all grade levels will continue to build their technology and research skills in digital media. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are using movie making software to create book trailers for our library. These book trailers will be linked to QR codes, which students can scan with our school ipads to discover new titles. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will be creating digital stories using Adobe Spark and will be sharing them with their classmates.


Thanks,

Sarah

P.E. Post It!

Happy Heart Month!


Thank you to all families that participated and donated to the American Heart Association. I will message out totals and when student prizes arrive in a few weeks.


As we finish up Kids Heart Challenge, students will be enjoying Sock Hop dances in PE and Music. The Sock Hop is February 28! Make sure you sign up for food and fun! See you there!


Ms. Jehn

From the Music Room

Hello Cottonwood,


As we start the cold days of February, the music room is bustling with activity. Second and Fourth grades are starting preparations for their grade level shows. Second grade will be performing the fable, “The Lion and the Mouse” as told by the beautifully illustrated, Caldecott Award winning, Jerry Pinkney version. We’ll be gracing the stage with music and drama the evening of April 23. Fourth grade is digging into the poetry found in “Out of Wonder” the Coretta Scott King Award winning book by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth. This incredible piece of literature is a collection of poems, each written in celebration of a different famous and influential poet. We’ll be performing poetry fused with music and creative movement that celebrate poets such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Sandra Cisneros, Maya Angelou and others. This creative and unique program will happen the evening of April 30.


In other music news, our Fifth grade choir will begin rehearsals the week of Feb 24. If you are a parent of one of our Fifth grade students interested in participating, keep an eye out for more information and a registration email in the coming weeks.

Stay warm out there!

Mr. Pedregon

From the Art Room

Greetings from STEM!

During the last STEM rotation the students used our Dash robots to program and navigate obstacle courses in the classroom. The students learned block code on iPads giving the robots the directions to “drive” through the course successfully. This activity encouraged problem solving and math skills as the students worked with members of their group to program Dash.


Up next, Legos and Lego WeDo 2.0 building and programing. Students will use Lego WeDo kits to build robots that can be programmed to complete different tasks from using a sensor to detect objects to moving objects with a robot constructed out of Legos. Students then work to find ways to improve their robot design and make it better.

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Usbourne Book Fair March 31-April 3

Cottonwood will be hosting an Usbourne Book Fair March 31-April 3. Students will preview the books on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, and the fair will be open for shopping before and after school from March 31- April 3. Usbourne carries engaging and award-winning fiction and non-fiction titles that are motivating for students to read. Cottonwood is excited to host this fair!
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