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

Upcoming Events

February 10, 1-4 pm
Student Supply pick up



February 10, 6:30 pm
Board Meeting (Zoom Call)



Feb 15
President’s Day – no school for students



March 11 & 12
Conferences – No school for students



March 19
2nd Trimester ends



Monday, March 22 – Monday, March 29
Spring Break for Students



March 29
Teacher Planning Day – No school for students



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.

Reopening Plans

We are reaffirming our announcement from earlier in the fall that we plan to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning through Spring Break.  Earlier this week, we shared a presentation at the board meeting outlining the reopening challenges we see ahead of us and the steps we are taking to meet them.  Please click here to read through this presentation for more detail about what has gone into this decision.

Our plans for the third trimester will be announced in early March.  We will be surveying our community later this month or early in February to help inform our decision-making.


The Annual Auction
Save the date – April 17, 2021


Hello Cottonwood Families.

I hope the new year finds you healthy and safe!
I am accepting items for the Cottonwood Game Show Auction through March 20th.  In past years Cottonwood has been gifted with many donations from Parent Businesses.  I know we can count on our community again this year for support.  I welcome all Gift certificates, Staycations, Services, and In Kind Donations are so appreciated.


That said, I know this is a tough time and I would also like to open up the auction for virtual community experiences. For example some Parents may have a skill they could offer; virtual yoga, meditation, workouts, specialty class or lecture? Another Parent may want to offer a virtual concert or art piece. I was also thinking for younger kids K-1 Parents maybe offering a set number of bedtime book readings.


If you have time to give please check out Cottonwood Auction Volunteers.  There are spots left including Promotion, Coordinating Class Baskets, and Procurement.


Auction proceeds will be used towards developing one or possibly two new positions next year; a full time janitorial position to support cleaning and maintenance throughout the school day and a part time Math Specialist to support students that may have fallen behind during distance learning.


I am grateful to be part of this community with you in this tough time.  I look forward to hearing your ideas and including your donations in the Cottonwood Game Show Auction.


Warm regards,
Cassidy Richey
[please find contact info in the newsletter]


PS – Big thank you to all who have volunteered and donated already!


Also, if you have any donations for the Auction, you can drop them off at the during the Student Supply pick up  on February 10th!


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)

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!