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To all Cougar Families, both new and old, WELCOME BACK to school! We are excited for a great year ahead!

In this issue of eTales… 

Volunteer at Cottonwood!


Cottonwood is a special place due in large part to our amazing parent community. There are multiple ways to share your time and talents with the school. There is a committee for everyone!  This is where you will sign up for art room, carnival, Run4Fund$, the music room and so much more. In order to select which committees or projects you are interested in helping with this year, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form to sign-up by this Friday, August 23rd.

Room Parent and Party Parent Sign-up

If you are interested in either a Room Parent or Party Parent position, please sign up by clicking on the following sign up genius links.  These links are also available in the Volunteer Interest Form.

All volunteer selections should be made by Friday, August 23rd, at which time volunteer committee chairs will begin contacting you. The key to our school’s continued success lies with our amazing group of parent volunteers!

Order Your Spirit Wear and Personalized Water Bottles Today!

Be ready for Spirit Wear Fridays! Check out the amazing selections that are available for purchase this year in both youth and adult sizes – Click here .  Spirit wear orders will ship directly to your home!

Keep your water ice cold with a personalized water bottle – click here!


Cottonwood’s BIGGEST Fall fundraiser is FRIDAY, September 6th! This year’s goal is to raise $100 per student in pledges!

Mark your calendar!  Everyone is Welcome!  Come on out and cheer for your child and all of the kids running!

What is Run4Fund$? Our Fun Run program promotes fun exercise while raising money for our school.

Run 4 Fund$ Key Dates:

  • Assembly: Friday, August 23rd
  • Run: Friday, September 6th
  • Pledges Due: Friday, September 13th
  • Celebration Day (Prizes): Friday, September 20th

See attached flyer for more details on Run4Fund$.

Cottonwood Caller

The Caller is Cottonwood Creek Elementary school’s directory and is sold to 95% of our over 650 families and staff. The directory is used throughout the year as a reference tool for essential school information, which means repeated exposure for your business and brand!

Purchasing a sponsorship space in The Caller is a targeted and dynamic way to support the school and community while promoting your business!  Sponsorships start at $75.

For more information, please contact Marla Katz or Lella Lantz at today!   View flyer here.

Cottonwood Cruisers – Registration Opens 8/19!

Students in grades 1-5 lace up your running shoes and join Cottonwood’s running club for the fall season.  The club meets Monday afternoons from 2:45 to 3:45 on 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21 and 10/28.  Parents are required to volunteer at least one session per registered runner; sorry, no exceptions.

Registration is $15 per runner and is limited to 50 students, grades 1-5 (Kindies welcome if a parent runs with them each practice).  Registration begins August 19th at 8:30am and ends when the 50 spots are filled, or on August 26th.  If you have questions, please contact Jessica Rothschild at

Register here starting 8/19.

Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections is a committee that represents the fusion of nationalities, ethnicities and cultures within the US and at Cottonwood.  This committee will organize activities to celebrate our diversity and promote inclusivity through food, music and dance with the goal of building bridges and educating young minds.  Sign up for this committee by selecting it on our Volunteer Interest Form.

Co-Chairs Rachita Prakash & Sunitha Ittaman

Schedule of Events

  • Welcome Breakfast & Kick-off Meeting – August 22, 8am: Meet and Greet for all members to plan and make recommendations for the upcoming year. Breakfast provided in the cafeteria; Spouses and little kids are encouraged!
  • Taste of Cottonwood Carnival Booth – Oct 4, 3-6pm
  • Family Holiday Party – Dec 5, 6pm: Bring your favorite holiday dish and a fun holiday craft to do with the kids. Musical performances highly encouraged!
  • Multicultural Festival – March 12, 6-8pm: Celebration of Cottonwood’s cultural heterogeneity with student presentations, crafts, food potluck and cultural performances.

There will be a 30-minute planning meeting prior to every event. Timing & Location to be determined.

After School Activities and Clubs

Cottonwood has a wonderful selection of after school activities and clubs, including Aviation Club, Taekwondo Club, Sticky Fingers Cooking Club, Coding Club, Language Club and Play Well Teknologies Club.  You can learn more about what is being offered on the Cottonwood Elementary School Website.

Girls on the Run

Cottonwood Creek Girls on the Run chapter will be taking a break this year.  We look forward to revisiting the program in 2020.  If you have questions, please reach out to Kim Olson (

Upcoming Events

Come join us for some Cottonwood fun! These events are a great way to connect with the Cottonwood community and build memories with your family while giving back at the same time!

To register for these fun events just click on the link…then put it in your calendar and enjoy the fun!  Feel free to pass on to other families that may have missed the link.

KIindie Parents’ Night Out

  • Date: August 21st, 6:30 p.m.
  • Details: Take a night off and mingle with other Kindie moms and dads on August 21st, 6:30 p.m. at Zane’s Bistro.
  • Cost: $17 for soda, salad and unlimited pizza
  • SIgn Up HERE

Back to School Pool Party

  • Date: August 25th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Details: Grab your suits, gather your friends, and head to the CCV pool for a back to school pool party!  Free Ice cream sundaes for everyone in attendance provided by Epic Home Repairs and Remodeling.
  • Lil Ricci’s DTC will be delivering pizza and salads for the Back to School Pool Party!  Please place your order by August 22 using the cheddar up link below.
  • Cost: $10/per child (plus the option to order Lil Ricci’s pizza and have it delivered right to the pool!)
  • Sign Up HERE
  • Flyer HERE

Doggie Dip and Dive

  • Date: September 8th
    • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Dogs under 20 pounds
    • 5:30-7:00 p.m. Dogs of all sizes
  • Details: Bring your dogs for a fun family event at the CCV pool. Watch the dogs dive in before the pool is winterized for the season. All-sized, vaccinated, nice dogs are welcome!
  • Cost: $15 per dog; $20 for household of dogs; No dog, no problem! Come participate for $5/family.
  • Sign Up HERE

Skate City

  • Date: September 11th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Details: Root Beer Float Skating Party!  A free root beer float for every skater during our party hours!
  • Cost: $5.00 Admission $3.00 Skate Rental Fee
  • Sign Up:  Pay at the door.  Students, Parents and Teachers encouraged to attend!
  • Flyer HERE

Bike Pub Crawl

  • Date: September 14th @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Details: Meet at Cottonwood on your bike, trike or unicycle for a fun ride! We will proceed to area bars and restaurants for cocktails and food. Hosted by the Johnson, Talaga, Lauber and Eggers families.
  • Cost: $20 per couple, $10 per person.
  • Sign Up HERE

1st PTO Meeting of the Year


Please mark your calendars and join us for the first PTO meeting of the year on Friday, September 13th at 8:00am in the cafeteria. Our Principal, Katie Johnson and new Assistant to the Principal, Alison Berner, will join us for an informal meet and greet. We will also be approving the 2019/2020 PTO Budget, which is available for review on our website. Coffee and light refreshments will be served!

Thank You!

Thank you to Darcey Perlman and Thanuja Zupan for organizing the Kindie Coffee and Kleenex.  Thank you to Sara Beckley and Heather Robbins for organizing the New Family Breakfast.  Thank you to the Kauffmann, Miller and Gehrmann families for hosting the Parents Night Out BBQ!  We are so appreciative to our Cottonwood Community of volunteers.  Thank You!

Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for these important dates.   You can also download and print our major events calendar here:

8/21: Kindie Parents’ Night Out – 6:30 p.m., Zane’s Bistro

8/22: Cultural Connections Welcome Breakfast – 8:00 a.m., Cottonwood Cafeteria

8/25: Back to School Pool Party – 7:00-9:00 p.m., CCV pool

9/4: Picture Day

9/6: Run4Funds Run Day

9/8: Doggie Dip & Dive – 5:00-7:00 p.m., CCV pool

9/11: Skate City – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

9/13: PTO Meeting – 8:00 a.m. – Cottonwood Cafeteria

9/14: Bike Pub Crawl – 4:00 p.m., Cottonwood Parking Lot

10/4: Fall Carnival – 3:00 p.m., Cottonwood Lawn

10/14: Fall Break Starts

PTO Impact

If you missed Back to School Night, take a moment to watch our short video describing the impact of the PTO through the teachers point of view.  

To stay informed throughout the year, be sure to visit our Cottonwood PTO website and follow us on Facebook.

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