Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

January 7, 2022

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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.
Happy New Year Cottonwood Creek Families!

I hope you enjoyed the winter break and were able to spend time with your friends and family. My girls and I were able to join my husband in California for the last two weeks of his military assignment, and it was great to have our family back together.

As I do every year, I start the new year with reflection. I reflect on what's going well and what areas need to be adjusted, both personally and professionally. As I reflect on my personal journey as principal, I find myself focusing on the past two years. Wow, what a journey that has been! In March 2020 we were tasked with what seemed impossible. As the principal, the partnership, collaboration, and strength that came as a result is what I most appreciate. Through struggle, people either fall apart or come together. Through my eyes, I saw our community leaning in to support our staff and I witnessed our teachers giving it their best to support our students and families. Together, we continue to do amazing things at Cottonwood Creek! It has been very humbling to see our staff and community navigate these difficult times. So, thank you for your ongoing support of Cottonwood Creek and our staff, and thank you for believing in the work we do.


Katie Johnson


Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

Drop Off/Pick Up Lane Safety Procedures

As we enter 2022, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our drop off and pick up lane procedures. The safety of our students, staff and families is priority, and by following these procedures you help contribute to a safe drop off and pick up of all.

All cars are required to enter the drop off/pick up lane as indicated on the map below and create a single file lane. Please follow the directions of staff and signage.

  • Students must enter and exit the right side of the car. Other people in the car MUST remain in the car at all times.
  • Please load and unload in the "LOADING ZONE" as indicated by signs (between the two crosswalks)
  • Please pull all the way forward to the last sign/crosswalk. When you don't do this, traffic backs up onto Orchard creating additional traffic concerns.
  • Please do not use the parking lot lane to drop off or pick up your children.
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CCSD COVID Information

I wanted to use this opportunity to reiterate some of the information you have already received from CCSD regarding COVID-19 safety protocols, answer FAQ's, and provide you with information specific to Cottonwood Creek.

Mask Mandate

The Cherry Creek School District requires masks inside school and district buildings for ALL students PreK-12 and ALL staff regardless of vaccination status.

Vaccination Resources

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, our students and our community from the COVID-19 virus. At this time, all people who are 5 years old or older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no charge. Please take advantage of the vaccination resources listed on our website to schedule a vaccine appointment for you or your child.

COVID Testing

CCSD will be providing ongoing testing availability at our ISF location. Testing through COVID Check is available to students, staff and families, and our community at large at no cost. Due to a large increase in testing appointments at COVIDCheck Colorado, if you have symptoms please schedule your test appointment ahead of time and arrive on time for your appointment. (CCSD students and staff) (community)

New Isolation Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued new guidance regarding isolation periods for people who test positive for COVID-19. In the updated guidance, people with COVID-19 can isolate for 5 days instead of 10, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask around other people if they are asymptomatic or have greatly improved symptoms after day 5 of isolation. For staff and students, that means that if they test positive for COVID and are asymptomatic on day 5, that person can return to work/school on day 6 and wear a mask in compliance with the county mask mandate.

What to do if my child is sick or has symptoms?

You can help us keep schools open by following the best practices listed below and by keeping your child home from school when they are sick or have any symptoms of illness. Please also call our attendance line (720-554-3295) prior to 7:45am. When leaving a message, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Best Contact Number
  • Your Child's First and Last Name
  • Name of the Classroom Teacher
  • Reason for absence: If the reason for absence is due to illness, please provide a list of symptoms.

If your child has tested positive for COVID and/or is quarantined, please call Patti Rojec, our school nurse at 720-554-3208.

Where can I find the CCSD COVID-19 Data Tracker?

Click here to access CCSD COVID tracking data.

Cottonwood Creek Community Meetings

At this time, community meetings will move to virtual platform. Watch for specific details related to individual meetings scheduled.

Cottonwood Creek Visitors and Volunteers

Please review the information below regarding updates to CCSD Volunteer/Partner Practices.

Update to CCSD Volunteer/Partner Process

We continue to welcome visitors and volunteers into our schools. If you are currently volunteering or plan to volunteer in the future, please complete the online volunteer form. It should only take a few minutes to complete. We want to thank you in advance and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

New Colorado legislation has prompted greater need to screen and document volunteers in our schools. Therefore, beginning January 2022, we must ensure that every volunteer completes a brief application to support activities in CCSD schools. This information will be automatically linked to the Raptor System. The good news is they only need to complete this form once per school year, and it will meet the requirement to volunteer in all CCSD buildings.

To access the form, please click on the following link:


  • Volunteers are guests who are supporting students, completing tasks, and under the immediate supervision and direction of District licensed personnel.

  • Visitors are guests who are solely entering the building to conduct business such as participate in a meeting, eat lunch with their student, or attend a school sponsored activity.

The safety and security of our students and staff remains our top priority. Every person entering our buildings must have a District ID or a badge printed from the Raptor System.

Thank you again for your continued support.

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COT Crossing Guard Needed

If you are interested in applying for our crossing guard position, please click here. This posting closes at 4pm on January 13th.

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.

New Additions to our Staff

I am excited to introduce you to several additions to our Cougar Staff. Please join me in officially welcoming the following staff members:

  • Julie Passo, Library Tech
  • Lindsay Richards, Para Educator
  • Lydie Birai, School Psychologist

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022 - 2023 school year starts February 1, 2022

Online pre-enrollment is required! Please visit our website for more information. The flyer below has more information regarding the Kindergarten enrollment process.

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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