March Newsletter

Cottonwood School

Happy March Cottonwood Families!

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Cougar Families,

Thank you all for working in partnership with the school to make the month of February productive, positive, and engaging for our scholars!


The month of March, Women's History Month, begins with our Read Across America Week which celebrates the joys of reading and brings awareness to the importance of reading. We hope to motivate kids to read more. One way to do that is to help your child select a book, magazine, or comic book that they can read for their own enjoyment. Another is by reading with our children and discussing what we read to foster a love of reading. I hope you all enjoy our staffs' great rendition of some of our favorite books.


This month we will be reviewing great women in history throughout our classes. Please take time to talk with your children about some of these great people in history.


Take Care,


Mr. Trudel

Cottonwood News Forecast

Take Note

Read Across America Week - February 28- March 4th

In honor of Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Cottonwood will have spirit dress up days, read alouds. and activities.

2022 Virtual CTE Fair - March 3rd from 5:00-6:00

The site will offer in-depth looks at our career pathways offered in middle and high schools, an interactive game/activity, a chance to meet with staff and current students, and a scavenger hunt. This a great opportunity for ALL grade levels to spark their interest in a potential career and start planning for their future!

Kindergarten Dental Screening - March 4th

Dental screenings will be conducted on all kindergarteners.

Saturday School - March 5th - 8-12

Mrs. Rangel is hosting a Read Across America inspired Saturday School. You won't want to miss out on the fun!

Spring Picture Day - March 10th

Spring pictures will be taken for every student. Parents will receive proofs to determine if they want to order any. There is no Make-Up Day for Spring Pictures.

Daylight Savings Time - March 13th

It is time to move your clocks forward one hour - "Spring Forward"

St. Patrick's Day - March 17th - Wear Green

MS Cross Country Tournament - March 17th

MS Cross Country Tournament will take place at Hamilton High School.

Elementary Quarter 3 Awards Assembly - March 23rd - 9:20 a.m.

Elementary Students will be recognized for their achievements in academics, music, physical education, character, spirit, and citizenship.

Saturday School - March 26th - 8-12

Come join Mrs. Niaves for a Spring Fling Saturday School. Students will dye eggs, have an egg hunt, and make delicious pancakes among other things!

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Character Corner


For the month of March our school will emphasize the character trait of Attentiveness. Attentiveness can be defined as concentrating on the person or task before me. Some characteristics of Enthusiasm include:


  • I will look at people when they speak to me.

  • I will ask questions if I don't understand.

  • I will sit or stand up straight.

  • I will not draw attention to myself.

  • I will not be distracted by others.



We would love to see our students in action demonstrating our character trait! Please e-mail any pictures of your children to Mrs. Niaves (aniaves@hemetusd.org) demonstrating attentiveness in school, around the house or the community so that we can showcase their efforts!

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Family Connection

Parent Resources on Attentiveness

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Virtual Family Read Alouds

Please enjoy these pre-recorded staff read alouds with your family.

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March is Women's History Month

Women's History Month is celebrated every March to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8. Women's History Month commemorates the history of women's impact in the world and to raise awareness of issues women are facing worldwide, International Women's Day was established to commemorate the movement for women's rights. Congress passed a proclammation in 1987 officially proclaiming that March be Women's History Month.

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February Overview!!

Cottonwood Students Celebrated the Achievements of African Americans during February for Black History Month

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The SAFE Program offered a wonderful Extended Learning Opportunity over the President's Break