Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

April 2019

Our Cougars sure know how to ROAR!

  • Congratulations to the 5th grade DI team. They competed at the DI state competition on Saturday. The 5th grade included: Shruti Arum, Sanjit Doshi, Pranati Lakhani, Katie Larsen, Seetha Perianan, Kasey Perlman, and Dylan Pollak. They did an amazing job and are on their way to Globals in Kansas City! They also took 4th place in the technology challenge. Way to go 5th grade DI team!

  • Congratulations to the 2nd/3rd grade DI Team: Charlie Bellamy, Everett Cecil, Tucker McCrohan, Josie Stein, Drew Berkley and Dylan Talaga. They competed in the Destination Imagination STATE Tournament and took THIRD PLACE in the engineering challenge. They will compete in the GLOBAL DESTINATION IMAGINATION TOURNAMENT!

A Letter from the Principal

Dear Cottonwood Creek Families,

This letter was shared in March, but I wanted to take this opportunity to ensure all of our families recieved this information. As you know, we are working hard in our preparations for the 2019-20 school year. While we have many decisions to make around scheduling, staffing, and professional learning, generating class lists is one of the most important things we do to create the foundation for continued success in the upcoming school year.

The process of generating class lists is collaborative in nature and involves input from staff members from all aspects of our school. The integrity and professionalism of our staff is the foundation of our wonderful school. We feel that we know each of our students well. We know their learning styles, relationships with peers, academic strengths and challenges. Our intention is to create groups of children who reflect heterogeneity and cohesiveness. Student placement is based upon many considerations. Some of the influencing factors in this process include:

  • Balance of male and female students
  • A heterogeneous range of reading, writing, and math in each room
  • Consideration of emotional needs, giftedness, and other special needs
  • Separation of social conflicts
  • Balance of students with strong leadership qualities
  • Balance of students with good study habits

You may notice that I did not mention the older siblings’ teacher as a factor to consider. In the past, we have made attempts to match up younger siblings with the same teacher that their older brother or sister had. I understand the value of relationships and the consistency that this offers. However, this factor does not supersede the overall goal of creating groups of children who reflect heterogeneity and cohesiveness.

Due to the complexity of the class placement process, we are not able to honor specific requests for a classroom teacher. If you would like to add to our knowledge of your child’s social, emotional, or academic needs, you may do so in writing to the principal no later than Wednesday, April 17th. There is no form like in past years. The needs you share will be treated as part of the process in making assignments for next year. Requests for specific teachers will not be granted and should not be part of the information you share. Please respect the integrity of this process.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation! I am excited about next year and look forward to your partnership as we work together for the success of your child.

Thank you,

Katie Johnson


CMAS Testing Window Has Started!

Beginning April 2nd , all students in 3rd-5th grades began the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) assessment. Thank you for helping make sure your children arrive to school on time.

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Save the Dates

Below are a few dates to mark on your calendars for the 2019-20 School Year.

  • Tuesday, August 6: Class Assignments will be emailed home at the end of the day

  • Thursday, August 8: PTO Check in, gym 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Thursday, August 8: COT Meet and Greet, In classrooms, 1:00-3:00pm

  • Thursday, August 8: COT Back to School Night

Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th Grade: 5:30-6:15

1st, 3rd, and 5th Grade: 6:30-7:15

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Hello, from the Art room!

The PE Post It

Hello COT Families!

Thanks to all that supported and attended the Sock Hop Dance! It was great to see everyone in their 50’s attire!

Happy April in P.E.:

  • Soccer unit with all grade levels.
  • Students in grades 3-5 will be completing end of year Fitness Gram testing events each day as well.

Looking ahead: May 17th is Field Day! With our weather day of May 20th.

Kids Heart Challenge thank you gifts will be coming in soon!


Ms. Jehn

Greeting From STEM

Our Balloon Launch is postponed due to the weather forecast. Stay tuned for more information.

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