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May 30th--Extended - New due date for Annual Variety Talent Show--video submission
May 30th--Memorial Day Holiday - School Closed

June 10th--Last Day of School for Students is Field Day at Sellwood Park
June15th--Last Day of School for Teachers
       Cottonwood had 6 cases reported  
during the week of May 23rd!

results in 2 hours.
OPEN 9:00-2:30 Monday-Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Covid cases continue to rise in Multnomah County
 with a 32% increase in cases in the last two weeks.  As a result, we will continue to require masks indoors through the end of school.  We would like to keep all staff and students as healthy as possible through the remainder of the year.   

Email your video to Kathy: 
Join the Cottonwood School Board or DEI Committee

The Cottonwood School Board and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee are both recruiting for new members to join! 

Both groups are important bridges between school and community especially as the Board and Committee collaborate with staff to advance our 
Equity Work Plan.  

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. We would love to hear you from by May 27th so that we can connect with you before meetings in June. 

Learn more about the School Board and submit your interest CLICK HERE 

Learn more about the DEI Committee and submit your interest CLICK HERE

We cannot do ADVENTURE PLAY without volunteers!!
Please sign up to watch how magical this program is!!!

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


We are sad to announce that Morgen will not be returning to teach 4th/5th grade next year.  She will be taking a break from full-time classroom teaching.   Morgen has been part of our lead team helping to implement indigenous perspectives into the curriculum and has played an important role in helping to shape the 4/5 experience.  She has been such an important part of our community for the past 6 years and will be greatly missed.


We are excited to announce that Lisa will be moving up from 6th grade to take on the 8th grade homeroom position as well as teaching 7/8 Science and Project Work.  Lisa has taught the 4th-6th grade range for the past 15 years and is now excited to potentially reimagine the middle school to better fit the needs of our changing world. 

Cottonwood is Hiring! 
Please share with your family and friends!
Sixth Grade Teacher
4/5 Teacher
PE Teacher
Finance & Operations Manager

Tie Dye Volunteer Help

Needed Tues 5/31, Wed 6/1 and Thurs 6/2

Come help out in this annual tie dye tradition!  Students will come with their shirts already rubber banded and wet but will need help with dying them.  This will be set up in the side yard and students will be pulled in half classes at a time while the other half are participating in PE. Please help make this happen by reviewing the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Tie Dye Volunteer Help Link

Field Day is June 10th!

The end of the school year at Cottonwood means Field Day! The last day of school will be spent playing games, making art, and having fun together at Sellwood Park on Friday, June 10. We can't wait to have fun and celebrate the school year as a community. We will have art, adventure play, board games, lawn games, music, and lots more.  


  • Friday, June 10
  • Drop off: 9:30
  • Pick up: 12:30
  • Location: Sellwood Park

Please note that drop off and pick up are at Sellwood park, not at the school! Bring lunch as we will be eating together at the park. 
Field Day is only possible with volunteers! Please help us make the last day of school a great experience by signing up to help! 

Let us know how you can help by signing up as soon as possible.

With so much going on in the news- coverage of 3 mass shootings within 10 days: a grocery store in Buffalo, an elementary school in Texas, and a Taiwanese Church in California, it can feel like too much to process at once. It is heavy for our hearts and overloading our nervous systems. It is important to tune in to ourselves and how we feel. It is ok to feel the rage, deep sadness, and horror. These are human reactions to the unfathomable.

It can be tempting to check out. I support taking news breaks, absolutely. We may need to remind ourselves how to manage our own anxiety and set boundaries around our energy.  But please don't take breaks from your humanity and disconnect. Stay with yourself. Stay in your body.  Connect with your kids.  Give yourself grace and simplify your days to make more time for connection- with yourself, your family, your community.  There is so much work to be done.  We have to sit in the discomfort and move through it to action.  We need to untangle influences of white supremacy and violence in our culture and be brave about building something new.  We need to come together and make change. 

We can use our energy towards progress, love, and support.  We can build a culture
of antiracism, peace, and community.  We can start with our families and our school, creating a space where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging.  This doesn’t just happen automatically.  It takes work to disassemble the pieces of our culture that divide us.  It takes getting to know each other, learning together, getting out of our comfort zone and seeing beyond our own lens. 

lease join our school community.  We need help and energy to realize our goals of antiracism, social justice, community building.  It starts with relationships, conversations, bravery, and action. 

How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings
Article from Child Mind Institute:  click HERE

Resource from PPS:

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Information and Resources from PPS Student Support Services

While focusing on mental wellness is essential every month, May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. Portland Public Schools is committed to uplifting wellness and to supporting all of our students to stay healthy, mentally and physically.  

PPS Office of Student Support Services collaborates with staff and  community partners to provide a wide range of supports, from our school social workers, school counselors,  and school psychologists to our community partners. To find services available at your school, visit


Your school counselor, school social worker, or school psychologist has information about getting support, or you can always contact the following organizations if you are concerned about yourself or someone else. You can reach out to:

  • Youth Line: Text Teen to Teen 839863
    • Teens have access to texting trained teen mental health responders
  • ReachOut Oregon warmline for parents and caregivers:  1-833-732-2467
    • This is a community network where questions are answered, resources are shared, and needs are understood.
  • Lines for Life general line: Call 800-273-8255
  • Lines for Life Racial Equity Support Line staffed by and for people of Color: 503-575-3764
  • Trevor Line for LGBTQIA+ Youth: Text “START” to 678678
  • Multnomah County Crisis Line including mobile outreach: Call 503-988-4888 (interpretation available and open 24/7)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255 (interpretation available and open 24/7)
    •  Spanish speakers: 1-888-628-9454
  • SafeOregon tip line: Call or Text 844-472-3367 Email:
    • The tip line provides a secure, confidential means of alerting school administrators of explicit or potential threats to student safety. 

Additionally, here are some important resources we’d like to share with you:

We hope that you will familiarize yourself with the many ways PPS Student Support Services are available to support the wellness of your students. Thank you.


Click here for camp registration form

Contact for the details and questions:


Vanport the Musical 
is presented by World Stage Theater  in collaboration with
Northwest Children's Theater, and marks the return of performances on NWCT’s Mainstage at 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland.

Click HERE for more information.
May 20 - June 5, 2022
Most enjoyed by ages 8 and up

Audiences Love Vanport the Musical!
PDX Parent "Encourages All Families to See This Delighful Show"
"The power of the show comes from the richness of the characters and their relationships with each other. 

We see the beauty of multigenerational families, the strength of women, the joy of childhood, the importance of community, budding romances, the bonds between men, and resiliency of the human spirit."  
- Erica Vo, PDX Parent

South Waterfront Farmers Market
Reopens Thursday, June 2nd 2-7 pm
 here  for more information.


Kids N Tennis

This summer Kids N Tennis will host its 35th Annual FREE summer tennis camp at Irving Park. Lastly, registration for the upcoming Juneteenth Tennis Tournament 2022 is officially open! Please see below for details on all our latest events!

*Summer Camp Registration is now open.
click here to register**
Kids N’ Tennis Summer Camp 2022: This year marks our 35th Annual FREE summer tennis camp At Irving Park. Camp will last for two months (6/20 - 8/11/2022) and will meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 
Register here

  • Location: Irving Park Tennis Courts
  • Date: 06/20 – 8/11
  • Age: 7-21 years old
  • Time: Mon – Thurs 9:00 am – 12 Noon
  • Cost: FREE

Juneteenth Classic presented by Kids N’ Tennis: This tournament is our annual Fundraiser for our junior tennis programs: our summer tennis camp at Irving Park, and our fall/winter/spring indoor tennis programs. Last year was a huge success as we had 125 participants!! We are hoping for even more people to participate this year, so please spread the word far and wide! 
  • Location: Portland Tennis Center & Grant Park
  • Date: 6/17 – 6/19
  • Cost: Singles $40, Doubles $25 per person.


 2022-23 Calendar


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