EVERYDAY-- STUDENTS NEED TO BRING A WATER BOTTLE!!
October 11 (Tues) -- Spit Test Drop Off Day!
October 12 (Wed)---FOCSC, (PTA) Meeting 6:30 at the school
October 13 (Thurs)--School Board Meeting 4:30-6pm October 14 (Fri)--In-Service Day-No School
October 19, (Wed)--Art Park Pledges are due!!
October 20 & 21 School Photos October 24 (Mon)--Arts Park Run
This week we had ZERO reported COVID-19 cases
at Cottonwood, week ending 10/7.
Our school is a hate free zone and a violence free zone. Please talk to your kid at home to help reinforce this message. We talk about it in class meetings and individually with many students, but we need the message to come from you, too! Our society has normalized violence in a way that harms us all and can be difficult for kids to sort through. You can help model by not joking about violence or using violent language casually.
We take threats and violence seriously at school. We know different kids have different life experiences with violence. When one student might be joking or speaking lightly about violence, another student can feel threatened. Our words matter, and our kids need guidance and reminders. They need our help separating reality from fantasy. They need support about what language is appropriate for school.
We also are here to help students build the skills of taking a break when they are mad instead of resorting to violence. It is our highest priority to keep all kids safe at school. If students are violent at school, they will be sent home. To come back, the student needs to be ready to be safe and ready to repair the harm. This is not a perfect process. Life is messy and these are kids who are learning skills and bringing a variety of life experience. Our restorative justice model is a work in progress and we are always tweaking it to make it work well for our students, staff, and families. We are not here to shame people- we are here to teach and learn, listen to each other, and co-create safe spaces in classrooms. Please reach out if you have questions.
It’s almost time for our annual fall fundraiser: The Cottonwood School Arts Park Run!
The Color Edition 2022
This year, once again, we will be able to do this together, as a community at Caruthers Park!
So what will it look like? Pledges: On October 3rd, you can begin taking pledges! Here is a link to the online pledge form. Pledges can be given as an amount for each lap that your student runs, (appr. ¼ mile) or as a flat, one-time pledge. If you prefer a paper pledge sheet, you can pick one up in the school office. Pledge form need to be turned into the school by
Wed October 18th Arts Park Run is Monday October 24th. Donations: On October 31st, your student will receive their pledge sheet back to collect donations. We will soon have a direct link for people to give directly on line. Collect all donations by November 14th
Please join us in reaching our all school goal of $22,000!
If every student collects $110.00 in donations, will make our goal!! If the school makes our goal, there will be a whole school celebration, which was announced at the All School Meeting this morning... AN ALL SCHOOL CARNIVAL!!
We hope that each student will participate in collecting
pledges for our Arts Program! All students will run, (walk, skip..) with their classes and community regardless of pledges!
If you are able to volunteer to help with the ART PARK RUN, please sign up here!
SPIT TEST DROP OFF IS EVERY TUESDAY
Cottonwood is thrilled to be partnering with OHSU again this year to offer free, weekly COVID-19 testing (spit test) for students. Participation in this program is completely optional, but highly encouraged, and offered regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will drop off spit samples in pre-labeled tubes at school each Tuesday, starting this week, whether they have symptoms or not. Results are provided directly to families, not the school. If you were enrolled last year, please note, many aspects of the screening program will remain the same this year, with a few changes to make it easier for parents, students and schools.
You can enroll your kids through a convenient online portal: www.labfinder.com/ohsu. If you cannot enroll for any reason, please call OHSU support at (503) 418-8500. All participating students must enroll, even if they participated in last year's program
COTTONWOOD ADVENTURE PLAY,
OUTDOOR PLAY AND LEARNING AT ITS BEST!
Hey Families of Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade!!!
Do your kids LOVE Adventure Play?? Do they come home on Fridays excited to tell you what they made?!?
Then we need your help!
We can only do this amazing, creative, child centered learning if we have volunteers!!
That means you!!!