Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

April 13, 2020

A Message from your Principal, Mrs. Johnson

I continue to be impressed with our teachers who have embraced this new way of learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We continue to collaborate to ensure teachers keep teaching, and students keep learning. Each week, our staff revisit what is working well and what isn't, and from there were adjust. Please know we will continue to do this for the remainder of the school year. Through it all, we continue to show our school spirit; here's a quick video of how our Cougar staff continues to ROAR even through remote learning.
April 13: We know how to ROAR!


If you Plant a Seed

Puzzle of the Week

Congrats to all of you clever thinkers who solved last week’s brain teaser.

A sundial is the type of timepiece that has the fewest working parts. What timepiece has the most working parts?

Answer: An hourglass. Most hourglasses have thousands of grains of sand that move.

Here’s a new puzzle for you to ponder this week:

How can a pocket be empty and still have something in it?

Think you know the answer? Submit your best guess here.

Specials update

Just a reminder that students would typically have one of the specials teachers every 4 days during their school week. Based on this, your children can pick a special for the week and “try” to complete an activity for that special and then move on to another special the following week. All of the Specials teachers are posting curriculum every Monday and are encouraging everyone to have fun and reach out to them if you have any questions.

Directions for accessing the Specials Google Classrooms by Grade Level

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From our Art Teacher, Mrs. Thompson

From our STEM Teacher, Mr. Rogers

Greetings from STEM, Week 3 of distance learning! First of all, I hope you are all staying safe. Second, I am grateful for all the students continuing to learn outside the walls of our school. You students are amazing! Lastly, I miss your smiling faces and the buzz of our classroom while we are learning!! Also, I appreciate the efforts of parents in supporting our learning!

In the meantime, I will continue to add activities to our STEM “menu” that you can choose from. Again, try what you can. This week we will explore Tinkercad. This is an amazing free Computer Aided Design (CAD) site. HAVE FUN!

PE Post It

Hello Cottonwood Families,

Thanks to every student that submitted a video or wrote about their favorite sport! I loved hearing from all of you. On the same note, many students posted their activity log for the week. Keep up the great work! Try to continue to track on your weekly chart or even start a journal about your fitness and nutrition goals for the next few weeks.

This week, our lesson will be focused on the sports of basketball and soccer. I have heard that many students enjoy both sports!! We are going to take a closer look at the skills that make up the two sports and even find some similarities. I hope you enjoy and have fun! (Specials Google Classroom: PE Lesson for Week Three).

*PE Chat with Ms. Jehn for 5th grade- 12:00-12:30 this Friday, March 17th!

Meeting ID: 381 465 032

Password: 0hcv0Y


Ms. Jehn

From our Music Teacher, Mr. Pedregon

Hello Cottonwood,

I hope everyone has had a great week and is staying safe at home with family. It was a treat seeing everyone's work that was turned in. You all found some awesome and interesting sounds during your musical scavenger hunt. I tried my best to reply to everyone who turned something in but am a bit behind. My apologies if you haven't heard back from me! This week is about identifying feelings in music. Check out the assignment in your Google Classroom! Also, many of you have noticed that later on in the week I sometimes post a lesson extension or an original student-written version of the Moose Song. To make things easier on you, I'm going to try my very best to have all material for the week, including the "extras", go out in the same "assignment" that comes out every Monday. That way, you only have to check in on the Music Classroom once a week. I hope this helps.

Stay warm, Cougars!

-Matthew Pedregon

From our Digital Media Teacher, Ms. Hammershaimb

Hello Cottonwood students and families,

I miss you lots, but I hope that you are all safe and cozy at home. Has anyone learned something new this week? I just learned how to play the ukulele! My fingers are so sore from practicing, but it’s so much fun to play.

Please visit the digital media website to see the activities for this week, or previous weeks. You can find it here:, or in the Specials Google Classroom.

Read - Check out the list of authors and illustrators who are reading and showing their works online. You might find a new favorite author, or see an old favorite. There is also a book bingo board for you to keep track of your reading for the next few weeks.

Create - Make a thinking cap, or design a treasure hunt for someone. I look forward to seeing your creativity!

Technology - Use Google Sheets to create a bingo board for other Cottonwood Students to play at home.

I hope that you have fun with these activities. You can share your creations with me through google classroom, google drive or email.

Hope you have a good week,

Ms. Hammershaimb


Thank you to everyone who submitted a joke of the week entry last week. This week’s selected joke comes from Kai Kai Ning in Ms. Wehrle's fourth grade class.

What do you eat for breakfast at the airport?

Scroll down for the answer.

Do you have a great joke that you think other Cottonwood Creek Cougars would enjoy hearing? Follow this link to submit your entry for the Joke of the Week. One joke will be chosen, and will appear in next week’s CCCC. Choose carefully because you can only submit one joke each week. Bring on the laughs!

Answer to Kai Kai's joke: A plane bagel

From our Mental Health Team

Hello Cottonwood Creek Cougars,

We hope you are doing well as we work to adjust to this new, temporary norm. For us, this past week was filled with figuring out how to connect with our loved ones over holidays in a different way. It gave us comfort in getting to connect, and was also a hard reminder of the current situation. Please know, we are always here if you need to talk, ask questions, or even vent. Attached is the link to the survey to fill out if you are having any specific needs (, but we are also always available via email ( or

We are also including a Stay at Home Care Package that was put together by Big Life Journal. There have been so many activities, links, and information put out to parents and families during this time. This one was nice because everything was all together and included some fun activities to share as a family. Please feel free to use any or all of it that is fitting for your family!

Finally, we want to leave you with this quote. If you have seen it before, please take a deep breath and read it again (read it every day if you need to). Remember this is hard! Please give yourself grace and know our ultimate goal is to help our children come out of this feeling safe and loved, and for us to come out feeling safe and knowing we did our best. Please remember to take care of yourself through this journey!

With Respect,

Kori Shaiman, School Social Worker,

Lauren Alpert, School Psychologist,

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From our School Nurse

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control are now recommending wearing face coverings whenever you are outside your own home or yard in a public setting such as grocery stores or pharmacies. Wearing a mask is not a substitute for all the other measures we are taking. Wearing a mask is in addition to washing hands, staying at home unless absolutely necessary, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and isolating when sick to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

For more information and how to make your own:

If anyone is in need of a mask and unable to sew or make their own, please feel free to contact me for additional resources.

Be well, stay safe.

Patti Rojec, MSN, RN, NCSN