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Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Tue, March 7th - Charter School Legislative Advocacy Day
  • Thur, March 9th - Board Meeting, 4:30pm (at school or on Zoom)
  • Wed, March 15th - Friends of Cottonwood Mixer at Elephants on Corbett, 2pm
  • March 20th - 24th - Spirit Week
  • Wed, March 22nd - CSCS Family Night: Winter Plant Teachings, 6 - 7pm, RSVP!
  • Fri, March 24th - BIPOC Affinity Club, 12:30 - 1:30pm
  • March 27th - 31st - Spring Break
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Info Sessions for Prospective Students

This past week, we held a successful (and fun!) Open House for prospective families. If you know anyone who wished they could have attended but weren't able to make it happen, good news! We will be hosting additional Info Sessions throughout the spring on 1st Tuesdays:
  • March 7, 2023 at 9:30 am
  • April 4, 2023 at 9:30 am
  • May 2, 2023 at 9:30 am
Please feel free to share this link with anyone looking for more information.
Star Thrift!
Brought to you by 7th graders, Avery, Remi, Sokhonna and Karsyn!Star Thrift - a project by Avery, Remi, Sokhonna, and Karsyn. Thursday, March 9, 1:30-2:15pm. Star Thrift is a small stand that will be held in the Great Room. You can donate as many clothes as you want, for every amount of clothing you donate you can pick out some other clothes for sale. Nothing costs money everything is free. You can also donate other things like books and toys. The reason we are doing this is to help stop climate change. Millions of clothes are thrown away yearly, by selling or giving old clothes you can reuse, all the extra clothes go to the homeless, clothes for cancer, and goodwill
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!

Spirit Week

Spirit Week March 20-24, Monday: mix it up Monday! Ideas-mismatched socks/shoes, inside out/backwards clothes, NOTHING matches! Tuesday: Color day! Dress in ONE color, all together our school will make a rainbow. Wed: Animal love! Wear your favorite animal clothing, ears, headband or jewelry or as your favorite animal. Thurs: throwback thursday, come as someone from the past - 80s, 50s, or yesterday! Fri: dress it up or down! come in your fancy outfit or your cozy clothes, you choose! Questions? Ask Kathy!

February Board Meeting Recap

The February board meeting earlier this week included discussion of the enrollment plans and policies with a focus on how best to have clear information for potential and current families, as well as practices that help us align with our equity action plan and mission. 

Weighted Lottery: The board reaffirmed our weighted lottery practice and committed to continuing to learn, evaluate, and revisit this plan annually. 

Placements During School Year: The board discussed the challenges and needs related to managing openings that arise during the school year and the different impacts on both students and staff. We affirmed our policy to fill open spots in all classrooms and grades until the last day of school before Winter break; open spots will only be filled after Winter Break if:
  • Individual grade or classroom has 3 or more openings.  
  • Cottonwood as a whole has 11 or more openings. If this is the case then the Director can prioritize grades and/or classrooms for reopening.
March Meeting

The Cottonwood School Board meets monthly and community members are always welcome. Please join us for our next meeting which will include guest presentations from Tara O’Neil, PPS Charter Program Director, and Iris Maria Chávez, Director or Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools. This meeting will include information and discussion about current state legislation related to charter schools, information about charter school boards, and more
  • When: Thursday, March 9th, at 4:30 pm. 
  • Where: At the school or via zoom 
  • Join: Please email Amy to rsvp
Thank you,
Mari and Amy, Cottonwood Board Co-Chairs

Want to learn more about Friends of Cottonwood?

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

Upcoming Community Events

More ways to get involved with activates and events around the city!
Black Portland Our Story. Crossing the red line beyond Black History Month Flier with information about a wide series of events pertaining to Black history in Portland, with a link to a website to read more information
Youth Led Cultural Conversation and Mural Project. March 24 from 4-6pm and March 25 from 11am-1:30pm. Location: Division Midway Alliance, 11721 SE DIvision St, Portland, OR 97266   Division Midway Alliance presents Culturally specific community resilience training: disaster preparedness, first AID and CPR, Neighborhood emergency teams, $25 gift card. March 17, March 18, April 21, April 22, 10-2pm. At PBEM, 9911 SE Bush St, Portland, OR 97266. Food will be provided. Email to sign up
Sprint into Spring Meditation Camp, children ages 7-9, March 27th-31st. Follow the link for more information     

BIPOC Affinity Group News

Dear BIPOC Families,

Gabby, Paola, and I have been having fun hanging out with students during the after-school BIPOC club. We have heard from two guest speakers so far. Kaen, a member of our own CSCS family, and Cay, a DJ and queer artist from Japan (who will be working with us until the end of the school year), shared their stories and artwork with us. Dr. Khalid White, a Black author from Oakland, CA, will join us via zoom for a Q&A on March 24th (this meeting is on a Friday from 12:30-1:30, instead of a Thursday). We encourage parents to come and be part of this. 

We are excited for our April 6th club meeting. We will be taking a field trip. Our BIPOC affinity club will be taking the streetcar to PSU's Art Museum. Please see the permission slip here for more info. Unfortunately, without an RSVP and permission slip your student(s) will not be able to attend. 

Upcoming meetings: 
  • Friday, March 24, 2023 (12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • Thursday, April 6, 2023 (Fieldtrip PSU's Art Museum) Please RSVP 
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • Thursday, June 8, 2023
Sade, Gabby, and Paola

2023/24 Before and After School Care

Champions enrollment starts March 13th for the 2023/2024 school year.

Hours of Operation:
7:00 am M-F
3:00 - 6 pm M-T
12:30 - 6 pm F

Tuition Rates:
AM program : 1-2 days $ 25.00/ 3-5 days $42.00
PM program : 1-2 days $ 53.00/ 3-5 days $87.00 

Additional Fees:
Registration: $50 p/child or $75 p/family
Friday Early Release: $15 p/child
Drop-in Care: $30 p/child p/session

Multi-Child, Multi-Session, Military, or School District Employee: 10%

DHS/ERDC/Subsidy Accepted. Provider Number: FOB00016

For more information, check here!
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.
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.

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:

March Plant Teaching

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

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