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

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 12
Last call for completed pledge forms for the Arts Park Run *Twilight Zone Edition
(Online Pledge Form  Here  or email to
or drop off at school)


October 12th-16th
Arts Park Run *Twilight Zone Edition
See more details in the announcement section –>



Thursday, October 22, 6:30-8:00
Let’s Talk: A Cottonwood Social Justice Mixer
Come and hear more about Cottonwood’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the work we are committed to doing. Participate in conversation around race and social justice.*Zoom link TBA



Thursday & Friday, Oct. 29 & 30
Goal Setting Conferences – no school for students



Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day – Holiday – school closed



Tuesday, November 17th

Exciting news! As part of our first ever Cottonwood Reads! program, we are beyond THRILLED to host an evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass from 6pm-7:30

Learn More



Monday, November 23 – Friday, November 27
Fall Break



See the Full Calendar


All Cottonwood students will participate in an online learning model from September 8th until at least November 27, which is the end of the first trimester.

Arts Park Run

Pledge Video Here

Online Pledge Form  Here

Information Letter to Parents Here



Social Justice Mixer

Thursday, October 22 from 6:30-8pm on Zoom
Let’s Talk: A Cottonwood Social Justice Mixer:

Cottonwood’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee invites you to listen and learn with us.
The Committee has been working over the summer to address Cottonwood DEI goals, and we are excited to open space for your involvement.

We will facilitate engaging small group conversations; building our community in the first of this series of evening events!

We encourage all of our families to attend and want to particularly invite our BIPOC families and new community members to attend.

Check your email for the Zoom link.



Board Recruit


Exciting news! As part of our first ever Cottonwood Reads! program, we are beyond THRILLED to host an evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass from 6pm-7:30 on Tuesday, November 17th!
Learn More



Thank you to everyone who made donations to the community
at the McKenzie School.
Our community gathered clothing, household items, toiletries, toys, books, school supplies and food for the families who were devastated by the Holiday Farm Fire. We are so proud of how our community responded to the needs of others.

We can still help!
The McKenzie Education Foundation is accepting cash donations. The MEF is a 501c3 committed to supporting the students in the McKenzie River Valley. You can donate here

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!