Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

November 10, 2020

An Important Message from your Principal, Katie Johnson

Our Cougar staff feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the past 11 weeks with your children learning in person. As a community, we worked collaboratively to keep our staff, students, and community safe, and for that I thank you. Dr. Siegfried, our CCSD Superintendent, announced Thursday that CCSD will transition to full remote learning for all students currently enrolled in in-person learning. Elementary students will have their last day of in-Person learning on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Teachers will have Thursday and Friday to prepare, and remote learning will start Monday, Nov. 16. If you did not read his communication from Thursday, you may access it by clicking here.

As we transition to remote learning, I ask that we continue to work collaboratively to navigate a school year during a pandemic. While we have been providing in person learning, our teachers have also been preparing for the possibility of remote learning. This includes engaging in professional development related to online instruction and developing curriculum to support remote learning. I'd like to use this opportunity to explain more about what remote learning will look like for elementary aged students.

Synchronous Learning

While remote instruction cannot replace the in-person experiences we provide for our students, CCSD has developed a consistent plan where our classroom teachers will provide direct instruction daily, which will take place during the synchronous learning block. Students will be expected to engage daily and attendance will be taken during this time. Synchronous learning is provided from 8:00-11:00am for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, and from 12:00-3:00pm for 3rd through 5th graders. There are two schedule "Brain Breaks" during the synchronous learning block. This is a time for students to step away from their device, get a drink or snack, use the restroom and/or take a quick movement break. If you know your child will not be in attendance, please call the attendance line 720-554-3295. Below you will find more specific information about the synchronous blocks for your children. All elementary students will follow a Green and Blue Day schedule, which impacts the content covered each day. Synchronous and asynchronous times are the same regardless of the day. Our English Language and Gifted and Talented teachers will continue to co-teach with grade level teachers during the synchronous block. All synchronous learning will be provided via ZOOM. These sessions will not be recorded, so your child's attendance is important. Please watch for meeting link information from your child's teachers. If you have specific questions about your child's synchronous block, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Asynchronous Learning

In addition, students will engage in daily asynchronous learning, to include extensions and activities that students can access as they progress through the learning. Asynchronous learning takes place between 11:00am-1:45pm for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, and from 9:15am-12pm for 3rd through 5th graders. Asynchronous learning will also include scheduled intervention, scheduled instructional support (ie. 1:1 and/or small groups) and Special Services Providers.


K-2nd Grade teachers will have lunch between 11:00-11:30 and our 3rd-5th Grade Teachers will have lunch from 11:30-12:00. We encourage our students to take a lunch/recess break sometime during their asynchronous time. Please note that CCSD Food and Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch at remote locations. View the schedule and locations here:


Teachers will be grading during remote learning. Remember, grading is intended to measure performance/proficiency of the Colorado Academic Standards, and will be based on a full body of evidence. If you have questions about your child's performance/proficiency as it relates to the standards, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Learning Management Systems

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a central hub for communicating with parents and students, collaborating, facilitating and monitoring student learning and for assessing student performance. In the Spring, we learned that one of the greatest challenges for students, parents and staff in regards to remote learning was the inconsistency in these digital platforms. In addition, we want to make sure each child has access to a device. If your child is in need of a a device for remote learning, please contact me ( At Cottonwood Creek Elementary, ALL K through 2nd grade will use SeeSaw as their LMS, and ALL 3rd through 5th grade will use Schoology as their LMS. Both of these LMS's can be accessed through Be sure your child logs into using their school account. Music, PE, Art and STEM will also flow through their classroom's LMS. If your child does not have their log in information, please contact your child's teacher.

Available Support During Remote

CCSD has several supports available to families and students. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following, and if you have questions, please ask! Together, we want this transition to be successful and the learning to be meaningful.

  • Instructional Technology: CCSD Parent Technology Resources Tile

    To access this resource, log into Schoology as a CCSD parent, by logging into using the same email address you used for Parent Forms. You will not be able to log in using the "Login" option on the regular Schoology page or the Log In button above.

  • Technical assistance is available between 8am and 4pm, M-F, please complete our Student Device Support form.

  • If you or your children need assistance with assignments or digital learning in general, please contact your teacher directly or email


If your child has emergency/rescue medications at school, you may pick them up anytime this week between 9am-4pm. Any medications remaining at school will be kept in a temperature controlled room. If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Patti Rojec at 720-554-3208.


Below we have provided an overview of expectations for our teachers, students and parents. We know that if we work collaboratively, this transition will be smooth and the learning will be meaningful. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and quarantines during remote learning. If your child's remote learning experience is impacted, you will be notified. We thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

Take care of yourselves and each other!

Thank you,

Katie Johnson


Remote Learning Expectations

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Green/Blue Day Schedule

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Kindergarten-2nd Grade Remote Learning Schedules

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3rd Grade - 5th Grade Remote Learning Schedule

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Kids Club during Remote Learning

Dear Cottonwood Creek Kids Club families,

We are very pleased to let you know that our Extended Child Services department has been diligently working on a plan to provide childcare throughout the upcoming remote learning time period. The plan is to group our feeder schools together and use consolidated schools as the host school. In your case, the host school will be Cottonwood Creek Elementary. This decision was made to ensure a central location, enough space for proper physical distancing and a safe, clean environment for everyone.

ECS will continue to collaborate with Cherry Creek School District and CDPHE to uphold the highest level of safety of both the children and the staff. We will continue our strict regimen of cleaning and disinfecting all locations where children and staff are present, wash hands at consistent intervals throughout the day, clean and disinfect high touch areas during scheduled intervals, and clean toys and other supplies used throughout the day. In addition, every night, the district will continue to deep clean and spray all spaces used by the program to be ready for the next day.

We will group the children into cohorts in order to easier plan around synchronous learning times. Groups will not interact with each other throughout the day. Program staff will not be providing instruction for learning, but rather a safe, quiet, supervised environment for your children to participate in their remote learning. We will fill the other parts of the day with engaging and physically distanced activities like gym time, outdoor time, crafts, and other projects.

We will return to summer programming hours of 7:00am-5:30pm. Registration for our program will remain flexible. You are able to register for only the days that you need childcare. You will need to let your program director know you plan to attend Cottonwood Creek Elementary feeder location and this calendar will be added to your SchoolCare Works account to choose days, checkout and pay for the sessions.

Additionally, CCSD Food & Nutrition Services will be providing breakfast and lunch each day at no cost. Your child is welcome to bring their own food items if they choose not to utilize these programs.

Your child will need to have these items daily:

  • Remote learning technology device and charger
  • Headphones
  • Lunch (if not using CCSD Food & Nutrition Services) and 2 snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • 2 Masks

Everyone on school property must be physically distanced and wearing a mask to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.

Please check your remote learning schedule above to ensure your child arrives before their scheduled learning times.

We are looking forward to providing this service for your families. We are thankful for your continued support as we navigate this new situation. Please do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

We appreciate your partnership,

Extended Child Services


The majority of voters in the Cherry Creek School District have voted to support ballot issues 4A and 4B, which will give the district critical funds needed to retain and recruit excellent teachers, keep a nurse in every school, build a mental health facility and make improvements to schools. The Cottonwood Creek family thanks you for your support!

Veteran's Day

While we are unable to hold our annual Veteran's Day assembly, we still want to honor our Veteran's. Please help us recognize our Veteran's on Wednesday, November 11th by wearing your RED, WHITE and BLUE!

Cottonwood Creek Online Book Fair

Cottonwood Creek Elementary School’s commitment to helping students achieve strong literacy skills is underscored by our beloved annual student book fair — one of the largest among the Cherry Creek schools and one of our great fundraisers. This years’ goal is to sell 2,108 books. All net proceeds from the fair go directly to our school!

This year, we invite student and parent shoppers to participate in the fair virtually from November 9-22. We’re pleased to present an exclusively online fair featuring a 360° virtual shopping experience including book trailers and talks from some of the book authors. The online book fair offers 6,000+ items while maintaining our district’s necessary safety standards.

Shop Online! Visit anytime from November 9 – 22 to shop our virtual book fair. Shipping on book-only orders over $25 is free and will arrive in time for the holidays! If you wish to purchase a non-book item, such as a pen or poster, we suggest placing a separate order to avoid unnecessary charges. Your orders will ship directly to your home.

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Flu Shot Clinics

Now is the time to protect your family against the flu. Cherry Creek Schools and STRIDE Community Health will be offering free and low-cost flu shots to anyone six months and older, during clinics on the following dates:

    • Wednesday, November 18, 4-6 p.m.
      • Peakview Elementary (map)
    • Wednesday, December 9, 4-6 p.m.
      • Horizon Community Middle School (map)
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Support in your Native Language

English:Please contact (name of liaison) at (email) for support with this resource in your language.

Amharic: እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት

Arabic:يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على ( أو للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

Chinese: 如有需要,请经由,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

Korean: 귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 ( 로 문의하십시오.

Russian: Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

Somali: Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

Spanish: Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en, Rosa Han en, Helena Gognat en o Milagro Nuanes en

Vietnamese: Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

Please note the changes in the 2020-21 school year calendar.

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