This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 12/10/2018 – 12/16/2018

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 12/9/2018 eTales located here.

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[Hidden image]Helping Hands: The Mittens are Up and We Need YOUR Help!

First of all, thank you to those who have already come by the school to adopt a family off the mitten board! We have already had many families adopted for the holidays. And thank you to Cottonwood’s Third Grade Girl Scout Troop, 65373, for helping make all the signs and creating the mitten board! It looks fabulous! You girls worked hard!

Each of these mittens represents a family from a sister school or even within our own Cottonwood community… and as you can see by the attached picture, we still have quite a few mittens with families on them. Please consider joining together as friends, neighbors, scout troops, sports teams, etc. and buy holiday gifts for a family. It’s a magical way to reach out and share this holiday season.

Each mitten will be labeled with a letter (i.e. Family A) and will include ages, gender, sizes, needs and wants. Take a mitten and mark your choice on the signup sheet on the display. Shop for the chosen family and bring all gifts in one bag—with items labeled and unwrapped— to Cottonwood between Dec. 17th to the 19th. If you can include a roll of wrapping paper, that would be great!

**adopt an entire family or get some friends together and combine your resources!!**

Don’t hesitate to contact Mimi Skeehan ( or Jennie Preece ( with any questions. We appreciate your generosity and giving spirits! Thank you and happy holidays!

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JGB is a low-key, relaxed time for students to get together during lunch and discuss short stories.  Volunteers are needed to lead the student groups!  Deadline to sign up is December 21st.  See attached flyer for signup information.  Questions?  Contact Erin Tobkin at

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The holidays are right around the corner and in the spirit of giving, we would like to recognize our SPECIALS staff. Each day, they contribute to the joy of learning in our Cottonwood Community in so many ways. To thank them, we’d like to present each of them with a gift card on Friday, December 21st. These teachers include Ms. Jehn (PE), Mr. Pedregon (Music), Mr. Rogers (Technology), Ms. Thompson (Art) and Ms. Hammershaimb (Library).

We would also like to thank the numerous staff members who help our amazing school to run smoothly, including our front office staff, kitchen staff, school nurse, building engineer 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 13th.  Go to the following link to pay via check or credit card:

We strongly encourage online donations, but cash or check are welcome too! As always, this is completely optional. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Stephanie Gaswirth at or Tina Nagamani at  Please see attached flyer for additional details.


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December’s Restaurant Night is Chipotle! Join us on Tuesday, December 11th from 4-8pm at the Chipotle on 12073 E. Arapahoe Rd. Unit 160, Centennial, CO 80112. Guac on, and thanks for your support!

* Online orders are NOT included.

* Please be sure to show attached flyer (on phone is OK) and let them know you support Cottonwood BEFORE paying

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Friday Frenzy on January 11th-Save the Date and Sign Up! Friday Frenzy is an afternoon of supervised entertainment and fun in the comfort of Cottonwood’s Gym. We will be watching HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, rated PG.  Cottonwood 5th graders will supervise the younger students and provide them with snacks and drinks.

WHO:  All Cottonwood Creek Students K-4

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2019, 2:45 to 4:45pm

WHY: 5th Grade Fundraising for the 5th Grade Continuation expenses

COST: $6.00 per student. Please note: THERE IS NO PAYMENT AT THE DOOR

Click on the following link to sign up:


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Shopping for the holidays?  When you log onto Amazon, make sure you use the Amazon Smile link .  Amazon supports Cottonwood every time you shop using this link!

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Need a fun activity for thanksgiving week or winter break? Gather friends and meet at X-TREME Challenge in Centennial! It’s a 30,000 square foot athletic and stunt facility is offering the Cottonwood community an opportunity to purchase drop-in passes and camp passes.

X-treme Challenge supports Cottonwood with every purchase! By clicking on the link below, you will be directed to the X-Treme Challenge website where you can purchase different passes to the arena. Options include a pass for a 1-hour drop in class, a 2-hour drop in class, a half-day camp pass, and a full-day camp pass.

The passes can then be used for drop-in and camps throughout the year.  X-Treme Challenge typically holds drop-ins and camps on days that school is not in session including Thanksgiving week, Winter Break, President’s Day and Spring Break. You may purchase as many drop-in or camp passes as you would like and any combination of the four options as well! The passes do not expire and may be applied to any dates in which there is availability. Please note that each of the four options is for children ages 6-12 years.

For more information on X-Treme Challenge Arena as well as a link to their calendar, please visit their website at Once you have made your purchase, you must contact X-Treme Challenge Arena Centennial at (303-834-1081) to reserve a date and time for your child to attend. You will need to have your confirmation number provided at check-out to make the reservation. Reservations are subject to availability.

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The Online Auction will run April 3-10 and the Live Auction/Parent’s Night Out Event will be held on Friday, April 12th at Chinook Tavern. Auction week is our school’s largest fundraiser. The monies raised during auction week help cover things such as Teacher Assistant salaries, school enrichment programs, subscriptions, teacher grants, buses for field trips, and much more!

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Deciding between products when shopping? Pick the one with Box Tops! Cottonwood’s first Box Top collection earned our school over $600. To achieve our goal of $1800 we ask for you to keep up the fantastic work by continuing to choose Box Top participating products and clip those coupons! Please visit for a complete list of Box Top products, some really good coupons and information about how to score tons of free Box Tops. Signing up is simple, quick and free. Please contact Annette at with any questions.

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Cougar Care Scholarship Fund


Cottonwood Creek Elementary is excited to announce the creation of the Cougar Care Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to help some of our own Cougar families who may lack the resources to participate in various opportunities offered to our students throughout the year. The scholarship fund would provide financial assistance for school and/or PTO sponsored events such as field trips, community events, and fundraisers to those who would like to attend, but might not have the financial resources to do so. Parents, staff and other members of our community are welcome to contribute to the scholarship fund.

All donations must be made by check, made payable to Cottonwood Creek Elementary, and dropped off to Joan in the front office. Please note scholarship fund on the memo line. The Cougar Care Scholarship Fund will be managed by the principal’s office manager, and the school administration and mental health team will distribute funds as needed.  Contributions will be accepted throughout the year and the fund will roll over from year to year with any unused funds.  Any amount is appreciated.  If most families contributed $5, we will be able to make a significant impact on those who may need assistance within our community. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. It is genuinely appreciated as Cottonwood expands our efforts to give back to our Cougar community.


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Cougar Rewards!


Help support Cottonwood every time you shop at the following online retailers:






As well as our Neighborhood CRAVE IT! and DELECTABLE EGG Restaurants! AND Kings Soopers!

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Did you know that every time you make a purchase at King Soopers using your reloadable card, Cottonwood receives a portion of what you load on to your card 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 treasurer, Kimber Foster at

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Week of December 3rd, 2018

Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers. From the classrooms to the library, and to those who work behind the scenes for our teachers and community, we have such a phenomenal group of volunteers!

On behalf of the PTO, we THANK AND APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU for donating your time and energy to our amazing students and our incredible school!



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Important Dates Coming Up!





12/11: Chipotle Restaurant Night (Arapahoe/Peoria)

12/13: 4th & 5th Grade Choir Performance

12/19: Helping Hand donations due!

12/21: JGB signup deadline


1/11: Friday Frenzy


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5th Grade Parents – Earn Money Toward High Trails

High Trails

Are you the parent of a 5th grader?  As you may know the 5th graders go to High Trails on a camp retreat in Florissant, Colorado each Spring.  This is a fabulous trip that the kids look forward to all year long.  The cost of the trip is approximately $250.00.

As a parent, you can earn money toward your child’s trip fee by shopping at King Soopers.   Purchase a High Trails King Soopers Card for $5 (pre-loaded with $5), and use this card when you grocery shop or buy gas at King Soopers.  King Soopers will donate 5% of your purchases to your own child’s trip fee!!!  You can reload the card as often as you like.  In past year, some children have had their entire trip paid for!

To purchase a High Trails King Soopers Card please contact Kim Olson at  Feel free to purchase multiple card for local relatives or grandparents : )

**Please note this card is different than the King Soopers cards sold by the PTO. Contact Kim Olson for more information or to purchase a card:

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Have you ever wondered what the PTO does with the money we raise? We have a proposed budget of approximately $146,000 for the 2018/2019 school year.

The largest piece of our budget is to provide teacher assistance – TA’s and para-professionals – to our amazing Cottonwood teaching staff (48% of budget)!  Without the support of you – our Cottonwood community – our school would not benefit from the teacher’s assistants which enhance our entire learning community!  This is just one very BIG example of your generosity and dollars helping the PTO enhance our Cottonwood community every single day!  If you ever have questions about the budget or where the PTO dollars go, please do not hesitate to ask any eBoard member!

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Thank you Cottonwood Community!!

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Thank you to the members of the Cottonwood community who came to the funds allocation meeting to vote on the various requests from our teachers, staff, and parents this past week.    In case you missed it, we are excited to announce the following items that will be allocated to Cottonwood Creek on behalf of the 2017-18 PTO.

  • Furniture to furnish 2 new Stem Labs
  • Lightspeed sound systems for 3rd thru 5th grade classrooms (PTO purchased K thru 2nd last year)
  • Science and Social Studies Book sets for each kindergarten classroom so all students can have access. Kindergarten uses the Lucy Calkins reading curriculum with amazing results!
  • A Carvey-Digital Manufacturing Tool for a Makerspace to be used in stem and innovation space.  It creates hands-on project-based learning opportunities for all grades.
  • Equipment for the new Greenscreen/Recording studio including tripod, mic, adaptors, etc.
  • Sphero Robots. The sphero education kits will be used in all grades in stem and innovation labs. They teach robotics and fundamentals of programming. The kits can also be checked out by students.
  • Dash Robots Classroom Pack. The robotic kits will be used in grades K-5 in the stem and innovation labs. Dash is a real robot that responds to voice and can be coded using blockly.
  • Vex IQ Classroom Bundle Robotic Kit. The Vex Robotics classroom set will be used with 3rd thru 5th graders in stem and innovation labs.  Hands-on learning that encompasses robotics and coding.
  • Makerbot replicator and desktop 3D printer. It will be used in stem and innovation space supporting K – 5 projects.
  • New Ice Machine in nurse’s office
  • Funding for the Cherry Creek Arts Mobile Gallery
  • And last but certainly not least….a new Cougar Mascot Costume!  Look for him in the fall!

This list is AMAZING!

What an incredible community!  Again, thank you for your support and generosity throughout the entire school year.  Our amazing parents are the cornerstone of Cottonwood.  You, along with our hard-working teachers and staff are what sets Cottonwood apart from other schools.

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