Resources and information for current families of The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science.

Upcoming Events


Monday, November 23 – Friday, November 27
Fall Break



Monday, December 21 – Monday, January 4, 2021
Winter Break


Monday, January 4, 2021
Teacher Planning Day – no school for students


Monday, January 18, 2021
MLK Day – Holiday – school closed


See the Full Calendar



All Cottonwood students will participate in an online learning model until at least March 19, which is the end of the second trimester.


BLM Sign

CSCS Supports our Black families!
Our fence needs your signs!

Please keep making signs!! Come hang your signs on the fence!
Remember to make your signs as water proof as possible!



How are you and your family doing?

We want to check in and continue to support you through this difficult time.
Please drop in just to say “hi”, or bring your praises or bring your struggles so we can help find solutions. No need to stay the whole time.

Please join Amanda & Susan, for informal conversation, every Wednesday, 12:00-12:30 on Zoom.

(Zoom link found in newsletter)



Board Recruit


Provided by the same company that brought you the Cottonwood theater program for the last 2 years!  We have classes for All Grades!
Classes taught by Molly Gilbert.

Register  HERE


The Annual Auction date has been set!
Save the date April 17th! More information to come!!



CSCS Family Handbook
Comprehensive Distance Learning 20/21

Please read!
It includes the school calendar, staff email addresses, rules and protocols, and lots of new information!




Stay up-to-date by visiting the following links:

CSCS COVID-19 Information

Multnomah County Health Department

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Centers for Disease Control

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance

Friends of Cottonwood (PTO)

Friends of Cottonwood is the parent-teacher organization, with a mission of supporting volunteer and fundraising efforts on behalf of the school.


Weekly Newsletter

For updates and other general school information, we send out a newsletter weekly. If you gave your email address during enrollment, we have already added you to the list, but if you need to add an email, sign up below.


Facebook Updates

If you like to connect with the school and other parents via Facebook, here is your chance.


Grade 6, Civil Rights in Portland

Class Info Pages

Each classroom has individual pages dedicated to sharing information regarding that class about field work, class updates, student pictures, volunteer opportunities and more.



Fieldwork Updates

Want to see what your kids are up to in the field? Check out the fieldwork updates with images by CSCS Fieldwork Coordinator and Place-Based Education Specialist, Sarah K. Anderson.



View the static PDF of the school calendar to find out what days school is in session and what days there are no school for the current school year.





Each family is expected to volunteer 24 hours (per student) throughout the school year and there are plenty of opportunities for anyone willing to give the time. Examples include (but are not limited to):


Benefits of Volunteering 🙂


  • You are setting a good example for your child
  • When parents get involved, children do better
  • You are helping your community
  • Meet other parents

CSCS In the News

CSCS gets covered in the news often, so if you would like to keep up the latest, you will find the articles listed on the ‘In the News’ page.

Learn More About Place-Based Education


The overarching philosophy of The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science is to create a community of learners that are deeply involved in developing a sense of place.


grades 1-2, mountains

Family Handbook


Newsletter Archives

Make a Donation to Help Further Place-Based Education!