October Newsletter

Cottonwood School

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Greetings Cottonwood Families

Hello Cottonwood Family,


With the first few weeks of the school year, I would like to say that you have all made me feel welcome in my new role as Principal of Cottonwood School. This is an amazing place to work and to get an education. If you ever need anything from us, please call. We are here to support our families.


Right now, we need your help to support our School Site Council. At the moment we currently have 2 open parent positions on our School Site Council (SSC). If you are interested, please contact the office and nominate yourself. After the nomination period, we will run an election for the 2 parent positions. See below for more information on SSC.

  • The School Site Council (SSC) is the body assigned with the responsibility for developing the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), with the review, certification and advice of the English learner advisory committee (ELAC).

  • The SSC is a Decision-Making body, not an advisory committee.

  • SSC requirements are California state requirements used to meet federal school planning requirements.


Have a great week,


Mr. Trudel

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Character Corner

Character Corner


For the month of August we are examining the Character Trait of Courage. Courage is overcoming fear so I can do what is right.


Courage comes from the Latin word cor, which means "heart." A courageous person "takes heart" when things look hopeless. Instead of shrinking back when you are afraid, courage means overcoming your fear so you can do what is right.


Courage begins by knowing what is good, true, and right. This gives you confidence that you are heading in the right direction. When you face a problem, ask yourself, "What is the right things to do...and why?' This will help you believe something must be done.


Another way to build courage is to think through what you should so in specific situations. For example what should you do if you wake up and hear a smoke alarm in your home? What should you do if a stranger asks you to get into his car? What should you do if you see someone being teased or bullied?


Thinking ahead will help you overcome fear and make better choices when you face strange, difficult or frightening situations.


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 courage in school, around the house or the community so that we can showcase their efforts!

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