New/Used Coat & Toy Drive!

The 1st and 3rd Graders invite you to participate in this year’s New/Used Coat and Toy Drive!

We have been helping Coats for Colorado and the Denver Santa Clause Shop (DSCS) in previous years, and this year we hope to make a difference again. Kids have decorated bins for the front of the school lobby (easy drop off) and 1st and 3rd grade areas for collection. Bring any used coat for all ages or toys (any condition) to donate. The DSCS has been serving more than 1 million kids since 1931! It’s a great organization that we are excited to help again this year. Go to for more info.

Collection will run from November 16th through November 30th.

The 1st and 3rd graders thank you for your support!

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Holiday Gifts for Teachers & Staff

Holiday Gifts for Teachers & Staff

Hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time for winter parties and gift collections.  The Winter Party will take place on Friday, December 22nd. Party Parents have already begun the planning process and will be notifying parents about volunteer opportunities soon.  Room Parents will be notifying parents of their individual classroom gift collections after Thanksgiving break. 

We would also like to thank the Specials teachers and numerous staff members who help our amazing school to run smoothly, including our front office staff, kitchen staff, school nurse and teaching Assistants. We are requesting a $5 donation from each child, but any amount is welcome. We will pool the money received to get each of them a token of our appreciation.  Please contribute no later than Thursday, December 14th.  Go to the following link to pay via check or credit card:  We strongly encourage online donations!

As always, gift collections are optional. 

For classroom specific questions, please contact your teacher’s Room Parent or Party Parent.  For school-wide gift collection questions, please contact Kathleen McCrohan ( or Carrie Ripes (

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International Holidays Bulletin Board

The Cultural Connections committee is thrilled to announce that they have a new “International Holidays” bulletin board up in the hall near the lunchroom that will be left up through the first part of 2018.  The board is divided into 12 months.  They would love for the Cottonwood families to add their holidays to it! Create a 3×5 or 4×6 card with a bit of information about any holiday that you celebrate throughout the year.  You can add a picture to the card, a quote, a fact, a question/answer, etc.  Bring multiple cards for multiple holidays to add if you’d like.  The students can add them to the board at any time.

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Holiday Traditions Cultural Pot Luck

An Invitation to All Cottonwood Families!
Please join us for our 5th Annual Holiday Traditions Potluck
WHEN:   Wednesday, November 15th
WHERE:  Cottonwood Cafeteria
Come share your family’s yummy holiday traditions from any season with other Cottonwood families!  We’d love to taste your favorite holiday dish. Homemade or from the store, it’s all good! There will be fun holiday crafts for the kids!
To sign up email Susan at See flyer in the November 12th etales for more details.


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Treats for Troops-Thank You!

The 2nd Graders and our National Guard want to thank Cottonwood again for the generous donations of Halloween candy for our troops. This has been a great tradition at Cottonwood, and this year it was fantastic to see how much our kids made this project their own! If you didn’t catch the feature series, called “Together 4 Colorado,” on Wednesday, here is the link to see our Cottonwood kids filling up the SUV!

2nd Graders Donate Halloween Candy For Troops

PLUS, Stay Tuned for our Gently Used Coat and Toy Drive!

Starting next week, students will be helping publicize for and collect gently used coats and toys for families in need. More info to come. So if you are cleaning out closets, keep a bin as it’s a great way to purge and help at the same time!

Jennie Preece & Mimi Skeehan

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Health & Wellness Committee Initiative

The Health & Wellness Committee is proud to introduce their first new initiative of the year, which is a student (and hopefully teacher and parent) challenge!  This first one will be to add physical fitness into your day for 5 out of 11 days.  We are asking students to track their activity on the attached form then turn it in to their teacher.  Our goal, is to get the kiddos thinking about physical fitness and how to incorporate it into their day.  Please see the flyer in your November 12th eTales for more details!

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Thank You!

A HUGE Cottonwood “roaring” thank you to Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan for coordinating Troops for Treats and other Community Service/Cottonwood Serves  programs. Great work!

We’d also like to acknowledge Nicole Terch and Molly Lamar, Hospitality Committee co-chairs, for coordinating the effort to stock the teacher’s lounge with food and snacks throughout a very busy conference week. The teachers are so grateful for our support.  Thank you to all who contributed!

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Help Support Cottonwood Everytime You Shop

Did you know that every time you make a purchase at King Soopers using your reloadable card, Cottonwood receives 5% back? It’s that simple and easy. The only difficult thing is to remember to use it!  If you don’t yet have a card, please contact our treasurers, Lisa Farr and Kimber Foster at Thank you for your support!

Don’t forget about these other ROAR Rewards, too! Earn money for Cottonwood every time you shop: CraveIt!, Delectable Egg, Amazon Smile, My Favorite Muffin (new!) ,My Salad Chop (new!) and other Restaurant Nights.

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Veterans Day!

Veterans Day is this week!
As our 4th/5th grade choir prepares for their Veterans Day assembly next week, we’re asking you to submit photos/information for our special Veteran’s Day slideshow.
If you have a family member or friend who has served or currently serves in the military, please consider submitting a picture for our slideshow. Please include the following items in each submission:
1.       Name of veteran/active military person
2.       A photo of your veteran/active military person in JPEG format
3.       His/her relationship to your family/Cottonwood student (eg: Grandfather of Bob Smith)
4.       Years of service (eg: 1985-2013)
5.       Military Branch
Please email your submissions to Shelly Whitehead at by Tuesday, November 7th.
This is a very special opportunity to honor the service of the men and women who are especially dear to our community, and it is very meaningful for our Cougar students! Thank you in advance for your participation!

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CHICK-FIL-A Restaurant Night

Want a break from cooking?  Chick-Fil-A is supporting Cottonwood Creek on Thursday, November 9th.    Treat yourself to a night off from cooking while helping our school. Visit Chick-Fil-A on Arapahoe Road between 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for lunch OR dinner!  That’s right, if you’re headed out of town or want to bring your child or their teacher a special lunch from Chick-Fil-A, this restaurant special starts at 10:30 a.m.  See the attached flyer and thank you for your support!

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Hospitality Needs Help for Conference Week!

Conferences are here and we are stocking the lounge for all 80 teachers and staff during this busy week.  We still have 19 open slots and this is an easy one to contribute to! If you will be out and about this week and are able to swing by the store, please consider signing up for one or multiple days. Or if you love to bake homemade goodies are always a hit!  Thank you again to all of you who have signed up or contributed funds.

We cannot do this without you and they will all truly appreciate it!
Thanks so much!
Hospitality Committee

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The Book Fair!

The Cottonwood Creek Elementary BOOK FAIR will take place on November 6th – 9th. Monday, November 6th will be a preview day. Shopping Days will be: Tuesday, November 7th from 7:45am – 4pm, Wednesday, November 8th from 7:45am – 4 pm and Thursday, November 9th from 7:45am – 6:30pm. You may preview the books and shop online from November 1st – 12th using the following link:

We welcome volunteers! Please sign up here:


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Treats for Troops!

Did you know…
• Americans buy over 600 million pounds of Halloween candy?
• A typical child’s Halloween candy bag has about 11,000 calories?
• It takes about 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Do we really need all that candy or all that time licking a Tootsie Pop?

The 2nd Graders don’t think so! So let’s donate the extra to our TROOPS!

Our 2nd graders are sponsoring a candy drive for our troops and their families! By donating your excess Halloween candy from Nov. 1 – Nov. 6, you can help our National Guard families AND cut down a bit on those licks AND support the 2nd graders!

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Lost & Found!

Our lost & found is overflowing!  Lost & Found will be emptied after conferences. Please check to see if any of your family’s items are there before they are donated to charity.  Thank you to Janet Gamelin and Kimber Foster for overseeing this important task!


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Thank You!

A HUGE Cottonwood “roaring” thank you to Heather Dolan for coordinating this year’s Trunk or Treat and to all the families that volunteered with their awesome trunks and to the families that came for treats!  It was so great to see all the Halloween spirit!

Thank you for all your efforts in collecting and sending in Box Tops.  We collected 8,363 Box Tops!  Way to go Cougars and thank you Annette Weiner!

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Music Volunteers Needed for Veteran’s Day Program

Veteran’s Day will be here soon and the choir is busy preparing for their daytime assembly at school on November 9th honoring our veterans and military.  Mrs. Lavrisha is looking for a volunteer to create a slideshow of our veteran/military family members/friends.  Cottonwood families would send their photos and info about their veteran/military family members/friends to this person, and then he/she would organize it into a slideshow and put it to background music.  If you can help, please contact music volunteer coordinators Susan Mui and Winnie Chang at or ASAP so they can send out an email to Cottonwood families to send in their photos/info.  Thank you!

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Papa John’s Restaurant Night

Want a break from cooking? PAPA JOHN’s pizza is supporting Cottonwood Creek on Tuesday, October 31st. Treat yourself to a night off of cooking while helping our school. Orders must be placed in advance with our school order form (available soon!). Pizzas will be available for express pick-up at the Cottonwood “kiss-and-go” lane on Tuesday evening (10/31) from 4:30-5pm. No need to get out of your car. Orders of $15+ will receive a coupon for a free large 3-topping pizza on a future order! Papa John’s will also support our wonderful teachers by providing them with a coupon for a free pizza! Thank you for your support!

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Trunk or Treat!

The PTO would like to invite all Cottonwood families to a Trunk or Treat on Tuesday October  31, 2017 from 4:30-5:30 pm.  Have the kiddos dress in costume and trick or treat in trunks in our school parking lot before heading out for more trick or treating!  This is a FREE event.

Calling all trunks!  In order for this event to be a success, we need trunks.  Decorate your trunk to a theme or just bring your car and hand out candy.  See the attached flyer for more information!

Sign up at to reserve a parking spot to hand out candy or to decorate your trunk.

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Cottonwood Spirit Days!

October 31, 2017 –  Storybook Character Day – As part of our drive to maintain, promote and engage student interest in reading and celebrate literacy and literature, our school is having a Storybook Character Day on Tuesday, October 31st. On that day, each student is welcome to come to school dressed up as a character from a favorite book. The character must be from a book they have read recently (not just from a movie or cartoon they have watched), and your child should be prepared to describe both the character and the book. Your student must bring the book on the day of the celebration. While we understand that some characters in books are traditionally seen with certain props, costumes cannot include masks, weapons, or inappropriate language or content. As on any other day at Cottonwood Creek, Storybook Character attire must meet dress code expectations.
The dressing up possibilities are endless: Oliver Twist, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Twits, Cinderella, Elmer the Elephant, Three Little Pigs, Harry Potter etc…

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P.I.N. Meeting

Is your adolescent rushing in on you like a high tide? Come learn how you can be the safe harbor, a lighthouse, a beacon, the safety of home and shore. Is your teenager driving you crazy? Don’t take it personally. Discover the signs of trouble and understand when they might need help! There is hope for frazzled families! Join Lisa Lane Filholm, a high school teacher (and parent) who has seen it all, at the next PIN presentation for some some frank, funny, practical advice for staying vigilant during these topsy-turvy years. Lisa will share how the role of parenting must change from “mama bear,” when our kids are cubs, to a peregrine falcon (to watch them), a ninja (to disarm them), a personal trainer (to work them), and a mentor (to guide them) as they become teenagers. Parents who know, protect and honor their teenagers can find balance for the whole family.  Please see the attached flyer for more details!

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