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

Upcoming Events

School Closed Through April 28, 2020 by order of the Governor



Friday, April 3, 1:30 – 3:30
Free play and open house and parent information meeting.

The Cottonwood School is partnering with Portland Free Play to create a  Loose Parts Play Pod in our play yard!



Sat., April 18, 2020

CSCS’s Annual Dinner and Auction:
Carnival Masquerade Ball

Oaks Park Dance Pavilion
You can click here to buy your tickets now!
Early bird pricing ends March 15th.


Governor Kate Brown announced that all Oregon schools will close through April 28th to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Cottonwood School is committed to continued education through this school closure. It is essential that parents and teachers work together through the closure to ensure that learning continues on regularly scheduled school days (3/17 – 3/20 and 3/30, 3/31). Our staff met to plan how to move forward with instruction. All teachers are creating home learning plans that they will be sharing with you via email.

Here is a  resource that might be helpful during this time of extended school closures:

Comcast is offering free internet packages for low-income customers for the next 60 days at the following link:

We will offer regular updates over the coming days if needed. You can also stay up-to-date by visiting the following links:

Multnomah County Health Department

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Centers for Disease Control

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance

Did you see the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Letter Amanda sent out?

If Not, Read It Here

Order Your Yearbook Today
Last day to purchase is March 20!


The Cottonwood School is partnering with Portland Free Play to create a  Loose Parts Play Pod in our play yard!

Free play and open house and parent information meeting on Friday, April 3 at 1:30 – 3:30.

Annual Auction and Dinner: Carnival Masquerade Ball


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.


Facebook Updates

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


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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.


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Family Handbook


Newsletter Archives

Make a Donation to Help Further Place-Based Education!