News from the Creek

Hippo Nation...Better Together! Nov 2019

A Note from your CCE Principal

Dear CCES Families--

Thank you for supporting our campus each and every day! Our teachers and staff are continuing the work of growing our students and your support is a big part of how successful our students are at school. We can't thank you enough for partnering with our teachers, campus, and with Hutto ISD to build excellence in academics, character, and community!


As you will see in this newsletter, our campus is jammed packed with many events for students and families! We welcome you to any and all of our campu events! Just check in the front office to join us any day!


During this holiday start of the season and on behalf of everyone here at The Creek, we want to wish you and your family a safe, memorable and enjoyable Thanksgiving!


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,


Linda Pachicano

Principal, Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Notes and Reminders from....

Linda Pachicano, Principal

CCES Families,

Thank you for supporting our campus recently during our 1st Annual Trunk or Treat Event/School Dance! Then again for our Story Book Parade and Pumpkin Decorating Contest! We had over 250 visitors overall and many more who participated in some way that we just couldn't count them all! We love it!

Here is some information to be aware of when visiting our campus:


  • Please check in at the front office & check out at the front office; exit through the front doors when leaving the building; return your badge upon exiting
  • Office Hours are from 7:10 AM - 4:00 PM
  • School Hours are from 7:40 AM - 3:00 PM; Please pick up students on time each day
  • Instructional Day begins at 7:40 AM; Please drop off your students in the cafeteria before that time. Visitors to classrooms are discouraged to protect student learning during instructional times. Teachers are available to conference with parents during their conference times.
  • Transportation changes need to be made by 2:00 PM to allow our office staff enough time to notify teachers and staff of any changes. Please call the school office, send an email to our front office staff & teacher, or in person.
  • Families are welcomed to join their students during lunch. We have parent tables available for your convenience.



Thank you in advance for your support!

Gregory Althoff, Assistant Principal


Cottonwood Creek Traffic News

Parents, we have received your feedback concerning the traffic in the front parking lot. Speed bumps have been installed to slow down traffic. Starting Monday, CCE will now have a swinging security gate to help with safety and traffic flow. This should keep parking lot safer for students and families.

Valerie Kozak, Counselor

Thank you to everyone for participating in our Bully Prevention week and Red Ribbon week! Let's continue to practice and encourage being bully-free and drug-free everyday! This month, teachers Hippo Way lessons will focus on being safe. Classroom guidance will focus on big problems and little problems.


Lots of special events happening this month to show our thanks to each other and our community. Let's show our thanks to first responders and Veterans! Keep an eye out for information being sent home on Thanksgiving lunch from Child Nutrition Services, Orange Santa and our first annual Turkey Trot benefiting our community.



Did you know that our campus has a clothing closet? If you have gently used clothing items that you would like to donate to our campus for other students that may need them, please drop them off in the front office at CCE. We appreciate your donations!


Lost Clothing? Please check out our lost and found section at our school. Lost items are multiplying and we want to make sure that parents remind students to check this area for any clothing item, lunch box, hats, etc that they may be missing.


Lost & Found Area is currently located in the gym hallway, but will be relocated to cafeteria later in November. Thank you!

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What's Happening at the Creek...

11/7: National Center for Exploited Children Presentation for Community @ HISD Boardroom @ 6:30- 8:00 PM


11/8: First Responders & Veterans Day Celebration at The Creek @ 1:00 PM


11/10- PTA Fundraiser @ Mod Pizza 10:30 AM - 9 PM (Order a Pizza and Mention CCE to support our Campus! )


11/11- Student/Staff Holiday - Veterans Day - No School


11/14- Open Gym Night @ CCE "Let's Get Moving" 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Join Us!


11/16- City of Hutto Parks and Rec "Daddy & Daughter Dance" @ CCE Cafeteria. Click here for more information from City of Hutto.


11/19- CCE Thanksgiving Lunches (Guests welcome to eat a Thanksgiving Lunch with their student). Please be on the lookout for an RSVP from our campus soon!

Thanksgiving Lunches for Adults are $3.55/Visitors will check in/out in the front office.


Elementary GT Families Information Night at Hutto High School 6 PM - 7:30 PM


11/20- Mobile Zoo Program/Barnhill Preserve Visits CCE. Parent Information & Photo Opportunity forthcoming. Check out their info here.


11/21- Hutto ISD Board Meeting @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM at 200 College Street. All are welcome!


11/22- Turkey Trot at The Creek! Click here for more Info.

PTA Movie Night & General Meeting 5:30 PM - 8 PM @ CCE


11/25- 11/29- Thanksgiving Week (No School for Staff/Students)


A NOTE from Mrs. Rebecca Bales, GT Teacher: Parents, we would like to inform you that the referral window for Gifted and Talented testing is from November 1-30. If you would like to refer your child for GT testing please use the following link to do so. As well, if you refer your child for testing, please inform their classroom teacher. If you’re not sure if your child would be a good candidate, we encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher about it and then decide if will do the referral or if you’d like the teacher to do it."

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Cottonwood Creek Elementary has Spirit! Yes, we do!

Every Friday students are encouraged to show their Campus Spirit along with Staff! Wear your favorite Hutto or Cottonwood Creek T-Shirt! If you are interested in purchasing a campus shirt, please check out the PTA Store Here. Thanks!

Campus Mission, Vision, and Staff Belief Statements

CCE Mission:

Fostering Growth, Strengthening Relationships, Inspiring Excellence


CCE Vision:

Cottonwood Creek aspires to be a safe, positive, and innovative learning environment in which each unique individual is accepted, respected, encouraged, challenged and supported.


Cottonwood Creek Elementary Staff Core Belief Statements


  • We believe in creating a diverse school and classroom environment where emotional and physical safety and security is a top priority for all students and staff.


  • We believe that taking into consideration that every students’ educational needs are important, every decision should be made in the best interest of all students and their individual success.



  • We believe parents/guardians and community involvement are vital to the success of our students.


  • We believe character and social/emotional well-being is as important as academic achievement.


  • We believe communication is a two-way process for the school-home learning connection as well as for delivery of information.


  • We believe in enriching academics and the social-emotional environment by providing various innovative learning opportunities to prepare students for their individual pathways towards success.

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