News from the Creek

Hippo Nation...Better Together! Feb 2020

A Note from your CCE Principal

Dear CCES Families--

February might be the shortest month of the year with only 29 days, but it's packed with some of America's most beloved national holidays from Groundhog Day (February 2) to Valentine's Day (February 14). There are over 87 holidays that can essentially be observed in February!

Here at The Creek, we are excited to celebrate some of these beloved February holidays & honor the month as Black Heritage Month! Be sure to be on the look out this month for performances and events to celebrate this wonderful time of the year!

Our campus theme this year is "Around the World" and our campus takes pride in welcoming and honoring all cultures, families, languages, and diversity! Everyone is welcome at The Creek!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr left an iconic imprint in our American History- a legacy that continues to this day. The seasons of his life were undoubtedly filled with various experiences, some of the obstacles within those seasons must have seemed almost impossible. But he filled his thoughts and actions with positivity and dreamt of hope for a better future. Dr. MLK, Jr. knew that no matter what obstacles came his way during the seasons of his life his control always came in the way he chose to respond to those obstacles. There is always that choice and he chose peace, unity, acceptance, resilience, and hope.

This February, as we continue to think about the rich heritage and history of our country and the contributions of Black heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we will promote positivity and peace at Cottonwood Creek Elementary. Let's make a choice and CHOOSE to be contagious, positive, and inspiring contributors to our campus and community. We welcome your contribution as volunteers, mentors, substitute teachers, and visitors at CCE! Know that in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I thank you for choosing to continue to make a difference each and every day in the lives of our students through your partnership and support for our campus. Our students are the hope for our future and worth every bit of what we do, thank you for being an important part in your child's education!

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....

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What's Happening at the Creek...

Month of February: Black Heritage Month (Be on the lookout for various events this month)

Week of Feb 3rd: No BLAST Classes & PTA Candy Gram Sales & National Counselors Week. Thank you, Mrs. Kozak, for being our school counselor!

2/3:Voting Registration Date: Last day to Register to Vote

2/4: 100th Day of School!! Flyer Here. Help Us Celebrate!

2/7: PTA General Meeting @ 5:30 & PTA Movie Night: CCE Choir Performance @ 5:50 PM Followed byToy Story 6-8 PM, Thank you, PTA!

2/11: UIL Home Events at CCE; Students participating in UIL will participate in individual/group competitions during their school day. If you have questions, please contact your student's UIL Coach.

2/13: Attendance 101 Meetings at CCE Office (Truancy Letters sent on 1/31 to families)

Open Gym Night @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM; Come on out and join the fun!

2/17: President's Day Holiday/No School for Students (Staff PD Day)

2/18: Spring Picture Day at The Creek; Students will take pictures during the school day

2/19: Author Visit: Vanessa Roeder for PK-1st @ CCE Library 9 AM

2/20: Black History Month Presentation: Elizabeth Kahura

PK Parent Meeting: Attendance and EOY Expectations 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM (Bilingual Meeting & Lots of Fun!) @ CCES Library

2/22 (Saturday): Hutto ISD Honor Choir Performance @ 3 PM HHS PAC

2/24: TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) Window Opens- Students who are classified as English Language Learners will begin assessments in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Parents of students will be receiving a notification letter if their student will be participating in this assessment.

Kick-Off Assembly: Day of Awesomeness 2-3 PM

2/27: School Board Meeting 6:00-9:00 PM at District Board Room, 200 College St

2/29: UIL District Event (All Day) at Kerley Elementary; More information from your student's coaches

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!

Linda Pachicano, Principal

CCES Families,

As our campus continues to grow, we welcome two new staff members to our campus:

Mrs. Courtney Miller, Functional Academics Instructional Assistant

Maria Gonzales, Kinder Dual Language Instructional Assistant

Please welcome them if you happen to see these two amazing staff members!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Gregory Althoff, Assistant Principal

We now have speed bumps and a crossing walk rail to promote further safety in our front parking lot. Some things to note:

1. Remember that all vehicles must be displaying car tags in order to pick up a student.

2. Safety is our priority, please DO NOT get our of your vehicle if you are in the car line. Let's keep the traffic flowing.

3. Cell Phones are a distraction when driving~ We have had 2 minor accidents due to parents being on the phone while dropping off or picking up their children. Help us stay safe & focus on the drive instead.

4. Daycare vans arrive late sometimes, please share with your daycare vans/services that dismissal time is 3:00 PM. Dismissal time for vans is before 3:15 PM, this allows staff to continue with their after-school duties/responsibilities/meetings.

5. Drive Safe - Please drive slowly when leaving the school pick up lane. Let's not race, let's be safe.

6. Please use our crosswalk, it ensures safety for all.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. I am here to support our processes at the campus! Thank you!

Valerie Kozak, Counselor

Mentor Program-

Would your child benefit from having an adult mentor or are you interested in becoming a mentor to one of our students? Please email me for additional information at

Recently Divorced? Separated? Moved to a New Home/State?

Sometimes changes like these can cause a bit of uncertainty, mixed emotions, and/or insecurity in a child. If you have recently gone through something like this and you feel that it may have had a difficult impact on your student and would like to see what supports you can tap into for yourself, family, or student, please reach out and ask me. I am here to support you!

Lost an Item? Come to our "Lost at the Creek" area located in the cafeteria. Our amazing PTA has organized all student items in a friendly way to help families locate their missing things. Thank you!

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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