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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Aug 18
CSCS Office Reopens



Wednesday, September 1, 2021
School Starts for Grades 1-8



Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Sept.1, 2 & 3, 2021
Kindergarten State Testing, 1:1, by appt.



Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Kindergarten Starts



See the Full Calendar



For all of the latest school opening information, please check your weekly newsletters and other emails. If you need to sign up, please sign up here.


Traci Sorell

Please join our staff in reading Indian No More by Charlene McManis and Traci Sorell this summer.


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Cottonwood School Parents for a Chemical Weapon Free Neighborhood

Thanks to everyone who has joined us in working to address the use of tear gas and chemical munitions at the ICE building.  Our effort now has social media accounts up, and we have put out an action alert!  Please follow us on social media and share with your friends and family to help get the word out.  We’ll be highlighting different sections of the action alert on social media in the coming weeks, so if it’s too much for you to call through in one day, please follow us there and call a bit at a time!  If we all make our voices heard it can make a big difference for getting our government officials to do everything they can to resolve this situation.


Action alert –
Facebook page –
Twitter account –

Thanks all!
Parent Kate Sharaf



BLM Sign

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




Can you spare a few minutes and help the school by submitting a review online about CSCS?
We could really use some more recent reviews! THANKS!

Here are two of the web links of reviews,  Google



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 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!