News from the Creek

Hippo Nation...Better Together! May 2021

A Note from your CCE Principal

Dear CCES Families~

I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by! What a year we have had this school year! #Together, we have shown that WE can overcome any challenge and WE absolutely THANK our families for all their support this school year! We would also like to THANK our teachers at CCE as May kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week at the Creek!

We have many things happening at The Creek this last month before we leave to enjoy the summer sun! We can't wait to enjoy these last moments of the month with you! Check out the events and opportunities that are occurring this month for students and staff!

Cottonwood Creek Monthly memos will resume in August, we wish all of our families the very best this summer! We wish everyone a safe, relaxing, healthy, and enjoyable summer break!

Cottonwood Creek Elementary has the BEST Staff, Students, and Families! We truly are "Better Together"! Our students are "Legendary" at Cottonwood Creek Elementary!

With Hippo Nation in Mind at CCE,

Linda Pachicano

Principal, Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Thank you families for donating canned items! HRC/Local Food bank will receive over 700lbs of food!

What a Work Of ART!

To celebrate the amazing talents of our hardworking in-person and virtual Hutto ISD students, HISD is proud to present the 2021 Hutto ISD Virtual District Art Show. We know you love being able to attend our show in person and we hope to be able to provide our normally interactive experience for you next year. In the meantime, please enjoy the wonderful work in this year's show by clicking on the button below!
2021 Hutto ISD Virtual District Art Show

Check out the CCE spotlight in this show!

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What's happening at The Creek?

Teachers Appreciation Week May 3rd-7th!

Nurses Appreciation Week May 6th-12th!

College and Career Month!

5/5: Make-Up Picture Day

Campus Cinco De May Performance (Mixed Media/Live) 2:00 PM Click HERE for Info! Performance for the 1st ever Baile Folklorico Club at CCE!

Last Day of Tutoring for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students, thank you parents for your support!

5/6: PTA Mod Pizza Spirit Night 5-7 PM (MUST REFERENCE CCE FUNDRAISER when ordering)

Nurse's Appreciation Week Begins! Please email Nurse Rod at to let him know how much you appreciate his dedication to keeping us safe and healthy this school year! Thank you, Nurse Rod!

5/7: Campus Field Day for Students (See email from Coach Hull to all families)

5/10: Last day of tutoring for 1st & 2nd-grade students, thank you parents for your support!

5/10-5/13: STAAR Testing on Campus Math, Reading, Science (various grades); families of students have received a letter with information about specific dates and subjects

5/17: EOY Possible Retention Committee Meetings (Invites will be sent to individual families by our registrar to discuss retention, previous notification sent to families).

5/19: PK/K Graduation outdoor event 5:00 PM (Invitations sent to Pk/K families)

5/17-5/20: EOY Screeners conducted for K-5 students & STAAR Make-Up Testing for Students in 3rd-5th Grades (Math, Reading, Science)

5/20: PTA Event: Music & Motivation @ Fritz Park 5:30 PM Click here to sign up!

5/21: Peter & the Wolf Musical (1st & 2nd Graders Perform); Details to be sent by our music teacher, Mrs. Pollini. Thank you, Mrs. Pollini!

5/26: End of Year (EOY) Awards Ceremony (See this newsletter for details and times).

5/27: Early Release 12:00 PM; Last Day of School; Last day of 4th 9 Weeks

Hutto ISD School Board Meeting 6:45-9 PM Join us Virtually!

5/28: Teacher In-Service/Work Day

Summer School Begins June 1st (Look for invites to attend from your campus Principal)-July 1st!

Happy Summer!

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A message from our Counselor, Mrs. Kozak~

Did you know that May is...

College and Career Awareness Month?

CCE is planning to explore College and Career with Students! College & Career Student "Menu" Coming Soon!

In-campus and virtual students will be able to explore different colleges and career fields of their choice.

Did you know that we celebrate:

Citizenship & Patriotism as our Hippo Way Character Trait this Month?

We share this month with students what these traits mean: Getting involved and helping my school, community, and country. Our classroom teachers will focus their community circle lessons on Citizenship & Patriotism, and Mental Health Awareness Month.

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PK/K/5th Grade Graduation Information

Great News!

We are celebrating in a sweet way!

PK/K Teachers created an invitation for outdoor graduation at CCE on May 19th starting at 5:00 PM; look for your invitation including details about the event from your child's teacher.

Way to Go, PTA: Our wonderful PTA is supporting this graduation ceremony by providing PK/K Graduation yard signs for each student. Thank you, CCE PTA, for attending graduation night and handing those items out at that time!


EOY Ceremony during Specials on 5/26; Parents please check your email for a special notice that has been arranged by our 5th Grade Teachers on 5/26.

This year we are beginning a new tradition at CCE! All 5th-grade students will be taking home a ceiling tile to decorate! This will allow students who wish to leave their "print" at our school to show off their artistry and leave their legacy at CCE. Tiles will then be displayed in our cafeteria ceiling for future classes and students to enjoy them!

Way to Go, PTA: Our wonderful PTA is supporting this graduation ceremony by providing 5th Grade Graduation yard signs for each student & 5th Grade Class Shirt for each student. Thank you, CCE PTA!

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EOY Awards Ceremonies

We have finalized the 4th 9 Weeks/EOY awards ceremonies. We have designated May 26th for grades 1-5 for all EOY awards and Hippo Way Awards. Although our campus is still closed to visitors, we will be streaming the event from our gym via our Facebook Page that day! Please join us there to view the event!

Please note the end of year award times below. Thank you for being flexible and patient as we do our best to stay on track with time. Gracias!

All virtual students will be receiving their certificates through USPS or from their virtual teacher; in-person students will take certificates home that day. The HippoWay Awards will be presented in conjunction with the end-of-year awards for students in 1st-5th with a modified presentation of the award descriptor announced. Unfortunately, Humberto our Hippo is already on Summer Break and will not join us this day! But I am excited to support and honor our students with all awards!

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Support our School Programs & Fellow HISD Campuses!

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Amidst a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. The play brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story & reminds us that what's legal isn't always right and what's right isn't always legal.
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Reminders from our front office:

* Daily Early Student Pick-Ups need to occur before 2 PM; For Early Release Days pick-ups before 11 AM only. This ensures our dismissal process runs smoothly, thank you! Remember that any early pick-ups, for reasons not excused, count as a partial day absence. Avoid truancy issues and plan for pickups after school hours.

* All Elementary Campuses are not accepting outside deliveries for staff and students i.e. lunch boxes, birthday items, snacks, backpacks, donations, flowers/gifts for teachers. Our goal is to practice social distancing and health guidelines and avoid unnecessary exposure to our staff and students.

*If you have a doctor's appointment and need to pick up your child, call the school office to notify them that you will be visiting, drive around the loop of the school and park in the front parking lot, walk up to the front entrance and ring the doorbell to the right on the wall, have your identification ready to show and we will call for your student and escort them to you outside. The office staff will sign them out and then back in when they return.

* Make sure students arrive on time each day, school begins at 7:40. Each day that a student is tardy equals cumulative learning experiences that are missed in the classroom. Students often feel stressed when they don't know what they have missed when they are late, let's help them be successful by getting them to school on time.

* Campuses are still closed to visitors at this time, thank you for supporting us in a million other ways as we hope to get back to a semi-normal visitor policy soon!

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Check your student's grades through Skyward:

Stay abreast of your student's progress by checking Skyward Family Access periodically. Don't remember how to do this?

Click on these How-to-Video for directions.

PTA Supports CCE!

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PTA has given back to CCE!

We have been blessed with:

  • Hand Sanitizing Stands at every campus entry
  • Birthday Pencils & Bookmarks for Students for the year
  • Pumpkins for Classroom Carving & Learning Projects
  • Goodie Bags for Staff Appreciation
  • Playscape Enhancements
  • Support with Virtual Events such as Trunk or Treat, etc.
  • Time Donation to create a beautiful fence display to welcome our community
  • Thanksgiving Table Covers for all our students and staff to enjoy!
  • Bus Driver Appreciation Gifts!
  • Monthly Staff Treats!
  • HippoTickets Prizes for Students!
  • Santa Supper Goodie Bags for Students
  • Arts/Crafts Items for Christmas Parties
  • Supporting with Decorating of the Campus
  • Chalk the Walk Event
  • Treats for Teacher Appreciation
  • February Treat Bags for Staff/Students
  • Family Nights i.e Chick-fil-a, Whataburger, MODs, etc
  • Fundraiser Planning- "Step-it-Up"
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Snacks & Goodies
  • Graduation Yard Signs & 5th Grade T-Shirts

CCE knows that it's PTA supports our campus! We appreciate you, PTA!

If you haven't already joined PTA, it's only $10 to join for the year. If you would like to be part of a PTA committee and help make GREAT things happen at CCE, reach out to We always need support! Thank you!

Our Campus Step-It-Up Fundraiser is an On-Going Success!

We ended up raising over 13K for this year's fundraiser! Thank you to all our families supporting our fundraiser this school year! Your support will make an impact next school year!

Want to be part of our Motivation Tuesday Video for Staff and Students?

Our Counselor has launched "Tuesday Morning Motivation!" at CCE. Students are enjoying these pre-recorded videos to hear a motivational message from our community! Want to be a part of next week's motivation video? Students, Hutto community members, family members, staff, all are welcome to share some positive vibes and messages for the week!!!! Just email or send your motivational video/message through the CCE FB page inbox.

~Mrs.Kozak, school counselor

CCE believes in our students and their potential!

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