Community Council
Dear Parents,

The Cottonwood Elementary Community Council has already been working to make this year another great school year. You probably think, “What the heck is the Community Council?” Our goal is to ensure all parents feel informed about what it is that we do. Below is a list of facts that should help you understand the responsibilities of our school community council:

*Community Council is a committee made up of Parents and Faculty to represent the needs of your students and classes.

*We develop required state plans every year.

* You can read a copy of these plans by coming to the school and asking Mr. Hughes for one, e-mailing the council chair (address list to the right), or by visiting and looking up the info for our school.


*In our meetings, we discuss ways that Utah Land Trust monies can be and are spent for Cottonwood Elementary.

*Land Trusts are designated areas in the state of Utah where profits are devoted to education throughout Utah.

*Our school received $26,271 last school year, and we were given $29,092.10 for the 2023-2024 school year!

*The majority of the money is spent on paraprofessionals who work to support students in the classroom. It is also used to keep online programs (such as LEXIA) and classroom journals, giving students practice in writing and communication!

*We are not the same as PTO.

*If you have any questions or concerns or are just curious, anyone is welcome to attend our meetings!

Our tentative meeting schedule is as follows:

> Opening Meeting for the 2023-2024 School Year
         October 4th @ 3:30 pm
          The council Chair and Vice-Chair will be selected.
          The remaining meetings (approximately four additional meetings) will be scheduled at our opening meeting.

>November (Data Update Meeting- Attendance, Academics, SEL, Digital Citizenship)

        November 29, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

>January (Data Update Meeting- Attendance, Academics, SEL, Digital Citizenship)
          January 17, 2024 @ 3:30 pm

>March (Draft 2024-2025 Plan, option to Approve the Plan during the Meeting)
        March 6, 2024 @ 3:30 pm

>March (Review and Approve the 2024-2025 Plan). If an additional meeting is needed
          March 13, 2024 @ 3:30 pm

All meetings will be held at Cottonwood Elementary. Check the posted meeting notices on our website, our Facebook page, and/or front entrance for information on how to participate.
Any changes or additional meetings will be posted on the school's Facebook page and front door seven days before any meeting.

Please let any of the council members know if there is something we can do for our students to support their academic, social-emotional, and behavioral needs here at Cottonwood Elementary.

Elected parents serve for a two-year term. You must have a child enrolled in the school for at least one of the two years of your term to be eligible to run.
We invite parents to consider serving on the school community council. Voting is held every fall. You, as parents, can directly influence how the Lands Trust Funds are spent in our school.

Parent Members
Amber Jones (Year 2)

Jane Heiniger (Year 2)

Jenny Stoker (Year 1)

David Malley (Year 1)
Faculty/Staff Members