The leaves are falling all around! I hope you and your kiddos are enjoying the piles and all the beautiful colors. Perhaps you are making leaf rubbings. With the leaves gone, we see the bare tree branches. Dianne Curtis and I were reminded of and wanted to revisit the Native American legend of the Cottonwood Tree Star once again.

In Native American legend, cottonwood trees create the stars by holding star seeds within their branches. When the stars were formed, they didn’t dwell in the heavens. Instead, they searched beneath the soil for root systems from which to grow. (You can read our previous article, the legend, and more here.)

You see, we find this legend significant. We didn’t hear about it until we were well into building our school, and our roots began to grow more deeply into the soil. You, the parents, and your children found your way to The Cottonwood School and became our branches. Within those branches are your students, and they are stars, indeed.

Recognition and encouragement are significant to us all. Help us recognize your children and their accomplishments, big or small, by submitting this Star Student Survey. They will be highlighted in The Wednesday Weekly, our social media platforms, and our school website. Additionally, they will be given a Cottonwood Star Certificate and can claim a free book for The Lending Library! If you revisit past Star Student submissions, you will see everything from entrepreneurs, performers, athletes, musicians, artists, and more. There is no accomplishment too small. Learning to read, learning new skills, trying something you’ve never tried before, and conquering difficult math assignments are no small feats. At Cottonwood, we want to celebrate all of our students and would love the opportunity to recognize yours!
-Kara Parkins