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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Mon, February 27th - Coffee With Friends, 8:20-8:45am (meet fellow parents!)
  • Tue, February 28th - CSCS Board Meeting, 4:30 - 6pm (email Amy to RSVP)
  • Wed, March 1st - Prospective Families Open House for K-8 students, 6:30pm
  • Thur, March 2nd - BIPOC affinity club, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, March 7th - Charter School Legislative Advocacy Day 
Import the full school calendar to your own Google calendar by clicking here

We had a total of 0 reported COVID-19 cases at Cottonwood, week ending February 24th.

Cottonwood School Open House for Prospective Students

Do you know families who might be interested in joining the Cottonwood community for the 2023-2024 school year? Let them know about our Open House next week on March 1st! Families of students entering all grades K-8 are welcome.

Can you help us spread the word? Save and share this graphic on social media, and this link for more information. We also have printed fliers in the school office, so if you have a local preschool, a community board at your nearest library or grocery store, etc., come grab a few to hang up! 
Flier for Cottonwood School Open House March 1st at 6:30pm
Fundraising Auction In the Works
save the date flyer for FOCSCS 70s themed auction dinner at the multnomah arts center on saturday may 6, 2023
Get out your bell bottoms, tie-dye and polyester! That 70’s Auction is coming your way May 6th at The Multnomah Arts Center!
We are planning a super groovy, in-person auction and we need your help. Take a look at the Friends of Cottonwood Auction Planning Sign-Up for ways to get involved.

We need help procuring awesome items for the auction! Next time you are at your favorite business, ask for a donation. Or even better - do you know someone personally who wants to contribute? Or maybe you have the perfect thing laying around to regift! Just enter the details on this 2023 Donation Form and help us meet our goals!

Reach out to Alicea Baer with any questions.
Kindness Tree

A wall mural depicting a tree with words and images added to the branches that describe acts of kindness

We have been noticing and celebrating kindness in our community, and here is our final kindness tree!

Stay tuned as we begin to create our flexibility and problem solving tree, inspired by Willow’s teaching of flexibility and Dandelion’s teaching of problem solving.

Join us for a CSCS Family Night

Winter Plant Teachings

Where: The Cottonwood School

When: Wednesday March 22nd, 2023, 6-7pm

What: Classroom teachers and students from the kindergarten, 3rd grade and Sara's 1st/2nd grade will lead stations about our three winter plant teachers... plus a sing-along! Plant teachers this season are alder, willow and dandelion. 

Who: ALL Cottonwood families and friends! 

Please RSVP here so we have enough materials!

Register for Adventure Play Summer Camp

Registration is OPEN for Adventure Play Summer Camp! Sign up HERE.

Check out our offerings for this summer's camps, run by our amazing and beloved Cottonwood aides: Joe, Yuri, Paola and Gabby! Sign up for one week, or multiple. Each week will be full of fun, imagination, learning and cooperation. 

We are offering a sliding scale fee, and can help arrange payment plans if needed. Reach out to Jillian to discuss your options. 
This is a summer camp for creating our Utopia, the place where you belong, the place you learn your life skills, the place you share fun, food, and laughter with your friends; the place we call our HOME. Camp will be led by our amazing staff: Joe, Yuri, Paola and Gabby!  Phase 1: Jun 26-30 / Fiber Art and Storytelling. Phase 2: Jul 10-14 / Spells and Potions. Phase 3: Jul 17-21 / Puppetry and Performance. Phase 4: Jul 24-28 / Elements and Simple Machines . Phase 5: Jul 31-Aug 4 / Build Our Utopia . Hours: 9 am - 3 pm (optional aftercare). Incoming Cottonwood students only.  Cost per week (sliding scale):  $350, $390, or $480. Guidelines for scale will be provided. Payment plans are available. The fee must be fully paid by May 5, 2023. No refunds after this date.  Space Limited!Everyday: Adventure Play + MORE. Every day, we are planning to have time for group circles, adventure play, reading, cooking, water play, and weekly projects. However, based on the campers' interests and group discussion, our camp will be reformed day by day!  Phase 1: June 26 - June 30. Fiber Arts & Storytelling. Build universes while exploring unique mediums: paper-making, weaving, dying, sewing, and more! Based on student interest, we'll get to practice creativity, communication, and community building.  Phase 2: July 10 - July 14. Spells & Potions. From herbal medicines to natural dyes, from mixing and drinking some potions--campers will learn and experience the magic of the natural world. Using the gifts of different plants, they will learn about wellness and self-care practices.   Phase 3: July 17 - July 21. Puppetry & Performance. Led by a professional puppeteer, we'll learn the basics of creating characters, sets, exciting storylines, and engaging performances. Both future-performers and future-technicians are welcome!   Phase 4: July 24 - July 28. Elements and Simple Machines. Using the elements of wind, water, and willpower, we will learn the basic concepts of a Rube Goldberg machine. We'll incorporate water play, basic engineering and team building.  Phase 5: July 31 - August 4. Build our Utopia. What is home? What is there and who are you with? How do we build a world that serves us? We will discuss what a utopia is, and how we can bring it to our community.

Save the Date

When: March 15th at 2:00pm
What: Join Friends of Cottonwood/PTO for a mixer before school pick up!
Where: Elephants on Corbett

Black History Month Events

More ways to get involved with Black History Month events and initiatives around the city!
   Black History Month film showcase - I Rise documentary. Hillsdale Library, Feb. 23, 3:30-5:30pm and Feb. 25, 4-6pm.  Black Resistance Storytime! A celebration of Black folks for children age 0-6. Sat, Feb 25, 2-3pm, N Portland Library Young Gifted & Black Cohort; series 1: a digital abolition study circle for young Black youth of pdx-metro area. Paid leadership opportunity

Share Your Photos

Have you taken photos of the Arts Park Run, when you volunteered for Adventure Play or Field Work? Did you volunteer and get photos in the classroom or at an "all hands" or animal family meetings? How about the play? Any photos of your child(ren) at school with friends/classmates or staff?

We would love your photos for our yearbook! You can upload your photos here:

BIPOC Affinity Group Dates

The BIPOC affinity club will meet after school (on the school patio) for a light snack followed by greetings, games and activities from 3:00-4:00 on the following dates: 
  • Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Friday, March 24, 2023 (12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • Thursday, April 6, 2023
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • Thursday, June 8, 2023

Our team is looking for a few parent volunteers of color, especially men of color to join the affinity group leaders. Please let us know if you are interested. We invite all students of color to participate in the affinity space and encourage parents to talk with their children about participating. 

Please RSVP  and send any questions to If your student(s) have any food allergies and sensitivities please add that when you RSVP. We want to make sure we accommodate and honor any food allergies or preferences. 

February Plant Teaching

plant teachings flyer for willow, which represents flexibility

The Cottonwood School 2022-23 Calendar

Did you know you can import the school calendar to your own Google calendar by clicking here? No more wondering if there is school, or when something is due! 
The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science 2022-2023 school calendar

See the full calendar here

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