This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 10/8/2018 – 10/14/2018

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 10/7/2018 eTales.

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Thank You For An Amazing Carnival

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A huge thank you to the Carnival Co-Chairs, Lauren Kimball and Lisa Champeau, for making this year’s Carnival a great success! Their hard work and dedication were evident on the happy faces of the students! We also want to sincerely thank John and Michelle Davidson for their multiple years of Carnival service, providing delicious food and drinks; Winnie Chang and Kristen Howell for organizing and running the Taste of Cottonwood; Susan Oxman, with Susan Oxman Face and Body Art, for the incredible face painting; Melisande Holohan for coordinating the kid-favorite cake walk; and DJ Aaron Mendelsberg, with Amuse Entertainment, for the music and fun games.

A heartfelt thank you to the parent volunteers and everyone else for donating their time, talents, and money to help make this a fantastic event for the entire community. The weather was challenging but we appreciate the team effort from all in making the carnival amazing. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you!!

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Thank You to the Hospitality Committee


The hospitality committee held its first staff luncheon of the school year last week. A special thank you to Co-Chairs, Nicole Terch and Carah Gelfand, for organizing the fun and creative “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs/Strega Nona Magic Pot” pot-luck. We also want to acknowledge EVERYONE who cooked, baked or donated money to the lunch. We received wonderful feedback! Thank you for helping us recognize the amazing staff at Cottonwood and for brightening their day!


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Bike, Walk or Scoot to School Day – 10/12/18!


Join kids around the world to celebrate the benefits of physical activity and promote a healthy lifestyle! National Bike, Walk or Scoot to school day is on 

Friday, October 12th. 

Get a hand stamp when you arrive at school (at the bike rack or grade level doors). The class with the most participants gets an extra recess. Let’s get outdoors!


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Cardboard Challenge – October 10th


The 6th Annual Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Cardboard Challenge is Wednesday, October 10th at Smoky Hill High School from 4:30-7 PM. For more information please visit their website at

Interested in being a parent or community volunteer? Contact Executive Assistant Yo Grosso at or 720-554-4429.


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Tea Collection


Tea Collection is supporting Cottonwood with Tea’s School Days!

Shop from October 8th to October 15th and you will get 15% off plus free shipping! Just enter the following promo code at checkout: SDF18COTTONWOOD.


See attached flyer for more information.

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Boxtop Contest & Collection Starts This Week


Cottonwood’s first Box Top contest of the year starts this week!  To achieve our goal of $1800 we ask for you to keep up the fantastic work by continuing to choose Box Top participating products, clipping those coupons and sending them into school.  Send them in just as they are – trimming isn’t necessary.  The class that turns in the most Box Tops between now and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th will win a themed party, courtesy of the PTO.   Winners of last year’s fall Box Top contest were treated to a chocolate fountain with five different types of goodies!

Box Tops should be sent to school in a ziploc or similar type baggie with both your child’s name and their teacher’s name. Each class has their own special Box Tops collection envelope.  In order to ensure box tops are included in the correct classroom’s total we ask that you refrain from sending them to the office.

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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Don’t miss the FUN!!


Come join us for some Cottonwood fun! These events are a great way to reconnect with the Cottonwood community and build memories with your families 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.


Thursday, October 11th @ 6:00 p.m.

Upstairs Circus is a bar-meets-shop-class concept where friends can gather together to create unique leather working, woodworking, jewelry making, D.I.Y., art & design projects while enjoying craft cocktails, beer & wine. For a full description of the available projects, check out their website

Each person will pay individually the night of the event. Costs will vary depending on the project chosen and beverages ordered. Project costs typically cost $38 – $42 total per person.

Please RSVP using the link below no later than Monday, October 8th. Space is limited to 35 people!

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It’s that time of month again, time to take a break from cooking and mark your calendars for our October Restaurant Night on Thursday, October 11th! Join us at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Landmark, any time and all day! Enjoy families dining in the restaurant, or pick-up to-go and enjoy your burgers and shakes at home. You can even grab some colleagues and head over on your lunch break!

**Don’t forget to show the attached flyer or mention Cottonwood Creek at check-out.


Need a fun activity for Fall 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 Fall Break, Veteran’s Day, 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.


Don’t miss this year’s Dudes and Daughters Dance on Friday, October 26th @ 6:00 p.m.

Make memories for your daughter and the special dude in her life at the annual Dudes and Daughter Dance in the Cottonwood Gym.

$25 for the first daughter and $10 for each additional daughter. See attached flyer for more information.

Register Online by October 25th at the Cheddar Up link below (tickets will NOT be sold at the event).

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P.I.N. Presentation


CCSD’s Parent Information Network (P.I.N.) is holding its next presentation on October 9th at 6:30 p.m. This month’s presenter is Debbie Campbell, educator, founder, Effective Technology for Learning LLC: “Maximizing Learning with Effective Technology for Various Learning Styles”. No need to RSVP. Presentations are free and held at a NEW LOCATION: 14603 E. Fremont Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112 (just south of Arapahoe Rd., off of Jordan Rd.) Click here for more information and for the full schedule of 2018-2019 PIN Presentations.



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Story Book Character Day – October 31st


On Wednesday, October 31st, students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character and bring the book to school. Students may choose any character from a book they enjoy if they follow the guidelines below.

To support students’ feelings of safety and security in our building, violent or frightening costumes are not acceptable. No weapons, masks, blood, or dangerous-looking items will be permitted to accompany a costume.

Please talk with your child about how he or she would like to participate in this event and mark your calendars.

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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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Calling on Art and Music Volunteers!


Are you looking for a time in the day when you can see your kiddo? Well, there is a great opportunity during your child’s time in art class.  Mrs. Thompson can always use an extra pair of hands during art to help organize supplies for projects. Included below is the sign up genius to volunteer for 2018 for grades 1-5. Also included in this sign up is the ability to volunteer to help behind the scenes for the music performances happening this fall. Please note that teachers Gaines, Stroeher, and Arnett split up their specials time with other teachers so if your child has one of those three teachers, be sure to ask your child which class they join for specials.

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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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Important Dates Coming Up!

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11/7: Dad’s Night Out Poker – More information coming soon!



10/10: Bike, Walk, or Scoot to School Day

10/10: Cardboard Challenge – 4:30-7:00 p.m., Smoky Hill High School

10/11: Mom’s Night Out at Upstairs Circle (DTC) – 6:00 p.m.

10/11: Restaurant Night – Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Landmark), ALL DAY

10/12: Box Top Deadline

10/15-10/19: Fall Break – No School, Sign-up for X-treme Challenge (see above)

10/25: School Accountability Committee (SAC) – 6:00-7:00 p.m., Cottonwood library

10/26: Dudes & Daughters Dance – 6:00 p.m., Cottonwood gym

11/7: Veteran’s Day Assembly

11/14: Family Holiday Potluck – 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

11/15: Red Robin Restaurant Night (Arapahoe/Yosemite location)

11/16: PTO Meeting – 8:00 a.m., Cottonwood cafeteria

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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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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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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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A Message from the 2017-2018 PTO Presidents


Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers!  From the classrooms to the art room to the school paths during walk/bike/scoot to school days and all over Cottonwood, you can find our phenomenal group of volunteers!

Special thanks to our awesome group of committee chairs who have been working hard all year!  Thank you to Nicole Terch and Molly Lamar for their awesome work chairing the Hospitality Committee, to Andrea Davoll for the countless hours she spent on the Groupvine/PEX administration system this year (no small feat), to Sue Wang for her time as Cottonwood’s School Board Representative, to Sarah Beckley and Jessica Rothschild for their efforts coordinating school supplies for this year AND next year!  A huge thank you to Jennifer Stern for managing the school wide enrichment program to Amy Shineman for chairing Spirit Wear this year, to Annette Weiner for managing Story Parents, to Susan Mui and Winnie Chang for serving as the Technology Coordinators, to Colleen Chan and Jen Abrams for so graciously spearheading the Welcoming Committee, to Caren Berger and Sara Smaling for chairing our awesome Yearbook Committee!!  A special HUGE thank you to all of this year’s Room Parents and Party Parents and especially to Carrie Ripes and Kathleen McCrohan for their time, dedication, and hard work servings as Volunteer Coordinators!!

And last, but certainly not least – there are not enough ways to express our thanks to this year’s amazing Executive Board who worked tirelessly all year to ensure that our school was supported from top to bottom!  To Jenn Bub and Paula Hruska, Co Vice-Presidents, there is no one faster than you two in terms of updating our PTO website and Facebook page – thank you for all your support this year – next year will no doubt be amazing under your leadership!  To Stacy Johnson and Sandy Biley, Ways & Means Chairs, you ladies were nothing short of phenomenal this year with your team in helping to raise the most money Cottonwood has ever raised!   Thank you for all your efforts in helping to fund our school the way we did this year!  To Lisa Farr and Kimber Foster, Co-Treasurers, thank you for your thoughtfulness and meticulous keeping of our books this year!  Your work on enhancing and improving the budget will be a benefit to Cottonwood for years to come!  To Darcy Kinnersley and Rachel Schmela, Co-Secretaries, thank you for your attention to detail in keeping our minutes, our calendar and ensuring our gratitude was shared to all who volunteered this year!

It has been our honor and pleasure serving the Cottonwood Community and working with you all this year!  THANK YOU!

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