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May 7th--Indigenous Culture Day at Tryon Creek 9-2 pm
May 9th-13th--CSCS Staff Appreciation Week
May 10th-- Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

May 14th--Lights, Camera, Action! -- The Cottonwood Auction 
May 21st--  Indigenous Games with Christine and Clifton Bruno - Albert Kelly Park
May 25th--The Enchanted Garden Art Show - 3-6 pm
May 30th--Memorial Day Holiday - School Closed
       Cottonwood had 2 cases reported  
during the week of May 2nd!

results in 2 hours.
OPEN 9:00-2:30 Monday-Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
The Classroom Basket Raffle is on! 

Buy raffle tickets for Angie’s, Dan’s, Sara’s, Laine’s and McLean’s classroom baskets now!   …more classroom baskets to be added soon!

to get in on the raffle NOW! 

Indigenous Culture Day at Tryon Creek May 7th

Culture Day is a celebration of the reclamation of traditional lands for Indigenous Peoples that provides an accurate cultural experience for the whole community. This free, all-ages event offers the chance to listen and learn from Indigenous educators in the culturally rich land now known as Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

In a short forest walk, participants can go from the Nature Center classroom, shelter and trails to see first-hand the traditional lifeways of Northwest Oregon Tribes. Indigenous educators will share examples of cordage making, carving, basketry, first foods, necklace making, and weaving.
For more information visit:

Cottonwood is celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month on Tuesday, May 10th and we need your help! Please let us know if you are available 12:45-3:00 to support a station alongside Cottonwood staff.  We will be serving vegan Vietnamese eggrolls, doing a craft with our art teacher - Melissa, and exploring World Oregon culture box items from different Asian countries. 

If you are available email Amanda  -
DEI Mixer Highlights

Thank you to all those who joined this week's DEI Mixer co-hosted by the DEI Committee and Board. We want to be sure that everyone has access to the materials and hope you will check out some of the links below. 

We shared the Equity Lens and Work Plan that includes goals and areas of investment that support students, teachers, staff, and families. These materials are also posted on the website so that you can find them and review them at any time. Visit the DEI page to view the Equity Lens and Work Plan:

One part of the Work Plan that has already started is the creation of Affinity Groups for students. Want to learn more about Affinity groups? This short video discusses the value of Affinity Groups in schools:

The Mixer was a great opportunity to talk together as a community about the ways racism shows up in our school and engage with each other about ways we can take action. Please watch this video to learn what communities can do to dismantle racism in their community:

Join the DEI Committee and Board

The DEI Committee and the Board are both recruiting for new members to join! Both groups have a monthly meeting and are deeply engaged in advancing our Equity Work Plan goals. We value diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. You are welcome to join one or even both groups. Let us know you are interested by completing the form on the website and a current member will follow up with you. 

Learn more about the Board and submit your interest at:

Learn more about the DEI Committee and submit your interest at:

Adventure Play
Every Monday and Friday 
HERE for more information and to sign up



Hi everyone!  The Cottonwood School is building a native plant garden next to our building.  The purpose of the garden will be to educate our school community, educate those who pass by the garden, to provide plants that our insects, birds, and critters need, to honor those that are indigenous to this land, and to add a place of beauty for all to enjoy.  Some students will be building this garden with me and we could use a few things to make this happen:

1.  Wheelbarrows-  to borrow for work we are doing May 11th

2.  Shovels (both hand shovels and full sized)-  to borrow for work we are doing May 11th, 18th, and 25th

3.  Large Stones and logs. These can be dropped off along the west side of the building. We are building berms to contain the plants and will use large stones and logs to build the structure for the berms.

5.  Fence Post Driver- to borrow for work we are doing June 1st (possibly earlier)


Please contact Noelle: if you have items to let us borrow.


Parents, do you have a child (or children) who loves to either perform in and/or make videos with props?? Then this is the time for them to shine!

To add some fun to this year’s auction theme “The Cottonwood Oscars”, we are asking parents/guardians to record their child’s creative idea for a movie trailer. This is voluntary, but enriching during the auction. :)

Trailers will be shown during our live auction. All genres (drama, romance, thriller, comedy, action, sci-fi) are accepted, so long as they are school appropriate. Please limit recordings to a max of 2 minutes. 

We will be accepting trailers through this week. Please send them to

Oregon Rises Above Hate

 May 14, 2022 | 10am-9pm (PT)

Join together to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the AANHPI community, its resilience, and its commitment to combating the rise in anti-Asian hate. As part of the Oregon Rises Above Hate, OJMCE admission is free on May 14, 11am-4pm. The following cultural organizations will also be offering free admission on this day in addition to OJMCHE.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Chinese Coalition
Japanese American Museum of Oregon
Portland Chinatown Museum
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine



Saturday May 21st
Indigenous Games with Christine and Clifton Bruno

Adults and children of all ages can learn and play Indigenous Games that will challenge your physical and mental skills! 

Saturday May 21st
Albert Kelly Park, SW Portland
(exact location details to come)

Clifton and Christine Bruno have worked with schools, youth and family programs for over 25 years, sharing Indigenous culture, art, history, ethnobotany, games, first foods and lifeways. The Bruno’s provide Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), for many environmental and educational projects in the Portland Metro Area with professional consultation and on site education. Clifton is a Wasco Tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and is a cultural presenter, Traditional Salmon Baker, and Men’s Talking Circle Facilitator. Christine’s heritage is Basque, Comanche and Irish. She holds degrees in Mental Health and Human Services and Social Work.

ART SHOW - MAY 25th 3-6pm
Sign Up to Help or to Donate Food/Items for Snack Table

All are invited.  Enter the school through the front gate.

 2022-23 Calendar



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