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

Upcoming Events

July 14, 2020, 4:30 pm
Join us for a peaceful family protest for Black Lives.
Start at the Cottonwood School.
Please wear masks and practice physical distancing.



Aug 13, 2020, 4:30 pm
Join us for a peaceful family protest for Black Lives.
Start at the Cottonwood School.
Please wear masks and practice physical distancing.



Have a great summer!
See you in the fall of 2020.





Announcing our first summer Cottonwood Reads! book: 
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer


Braiding Sweetgrass




July Aug BLM Protests
Join us for peaceful family protests for Black Lives.



Stronger Together
Stronger Together
: Community Fundraiser for the The Cottonwood School



Thanks to the generosity of our community and a generous donation by our sponsor, H&R Block, we exceeded our goal one and a half times over! These results will allow Cottonwood to finish the school year with solid financial performance that will put us in a better position to weather next year’s budget cuts with less impacts.  Didn’t make it and want to donate?  You can click here now to donate to our school!

We know this wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have the best group of teachers and staff on the planet, so the Fundraising Committee would like to thank them for their contributions to this work. We would also like to recognize the amazingness of Chris Wyland, Lisa Colombo and Amanda McAdoo in sharing their love for the school with us that night.

It was certainly a great way to end the school year. Although we couldn’t all be together as we had originally planned, it was the next best thing.

If you have any questions about donations, receipts or receiving auction items, please contact auction [at]




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

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.


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!