This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 1/21/2019 – 1/28/2019

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 1/21/2019 eTales located here.

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January Restaurant Night

January’s Restaurant Night is a 2-for-1, double the fun and join us at either Pieology or DogHaus at Peoria and Arapahoe on Thursday, January 24th between 4-8pm. Ditch the kitchen and grab dinner out to support Cottonwood Creek!

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Skate City – Aurora

SKATE CITY – Aurora

Join us for a Cottonwood Creek Skate City party! Skate City Aurora, 15100 E Girard Ave, Aurora, CO 80014, is hosting Cottonwood Creek on Tuesday, February 5th from 4:00 – 6:00.  The entire community is encouraged to join, including parents and teachers! Admission is $5.00 and skate rentals (if needed) are $2.50.  Pay at the door.  See attached flyer for more details.

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Hospitality Committee Needs Your Help!

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HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Our amazing hospitality committee needs a few more items to round out there Cottonwood Staff Luncheon January 24th— Peter Rabbit Soup and Salad Bar.

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0f4eaca82ca20-cottonwood4

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Jump Rope for Heart – Volunteers Needed!

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JUMP ROPE FOR HEART

Jump Rope for Heart begins with the kick-off assembly on February 1 and runs through February 28.  Our P.E. teacher, Ms. Jehn, would like parents to help distribute prizes to students during school throughout the month.  Please see the SignUp Genius link below if you would like to help.  Please contact Ms. Jehn at ajehn@cherrycreekschools.org for more information.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0449A9AC2FA7FA7-cottonwood4

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PTO Meeting on 2/8 – District Wellness Presentation!

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PTO MEETING

Friday February 8th @ 8AM in the Cafeteria with a Special Guest

Our meeting will include a presentation on District Wellness Efforts, presented by Janise McNally, District Wellness Coordinator. There will also be an update from the PTO and coffee and bagels will be served. All our welcome!

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Community Event – Spaghetti Dinner on 2/13!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! COMMUNITY EVENT – SPAGHETTI DINNER!

Join us for our second annual Cottonwood community spaghetti dinner Wednesday, February 13th, 2019!! Visit with friends, take a night off from cooking, and enjoy this great community we are a part of. Teachers will join us as well!  There will be two seating times (max 100 people each) in our own cafeteria where spaghetti, salad, desserts, and drinks will be served.  Gluten free food will also be available. Only $5 per person – look for registration in next week’s eTales.

When:  February 13, seating’s at 6:15 and 7:15 (max 100 per seating)

Where: Cottonwood Creek Ristorante (cafeteria)

Cost: $5/person

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Art Room Help Needed!

ART ROOM HELP NEEDED!

Please look at the following sign up for art room volunteers for the rest of 2019. The sign up is for the time that the class starts for each grade. It might be good to get to the school about 5-10 min before your specials time slot so that you can get instruction from Mrs. Thompson, prior to class time.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4aaeac2ba75-2019

 

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Lost & Found Notice

Cougar parents and students our lost and found is over flowing! There are winter coats, jackets and a plethora of sweatshirts, hats, gloves, lunch boxes, water bottles, bike helmets, a scooter, and other miscellaneous items. Please stop by and take a look if your child is missing any of these items. Thank you!

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Save the Date: Sock Hop

SAVE THE DATE: SOCK HOP

Mark your calendars for our annual Sock Hop dance on March 29TH from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Cherry Creek High School in the cafeteria. $5 entry fee and $5 for punch cards. We have a new and improved photo booth. So, put on your 50’s outfits and come have a fun evening! This is not a drop-off event, parental supervision is required. See the attached flyer for additional details. You can sign up by turning the flyer into the front office or by clicking on the following the link.

https://my.cheddarup.com/c/cottonwood-sock-hop-2019

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SAVE THE DATE: SPRING ONLINE AND LIVE AUCTION

SAVE THE DATE: SPRING ONLINE AND LIVE AUCTION

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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Cougar Rewards!

COUGAR REWARDS!!!     

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

 

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https://smile.amazon.com

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 treasurer@cottonwoodpto.com.

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THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

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!

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES AT COTTONWOOD

1/24:  DogHaus or Pieology Restaurant Night

2/4: FIFTH GRADE PARENT NIGHT AT CAMPUS 6:30-8:00 p.m.

2/5: Skate City Cottonwood Day – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

2/7: 4th Grade Music Program

2/8: General PTO Meeting – Cafeteria, 8:00 a.m.

2/13: 2nd Annual Cottonwood Spaghetti Dinner Night (6:15 & 7:15 Seatings)

2/18-19: No School/Presidents’ Day

2/28 & 3/1: Papa Murphy’s Restaurant Night

3/1: Box Tops Deadline- KEEP CLIPPING THOSE BOXTOPS!!

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Cougar Care Scholarship Fund

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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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 thornockolson@yahoo.com.  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: thornockolson@yahoo.com

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KEEP CLIPPING THOSE BOX TOPS!

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KEEP CLIPPING THOSE BOX TOPS!

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 www.boxtopsforeducation.com 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 zipspike2003@msn.com with any questions.

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WHERE DO MY PTO DOLLARS GO?

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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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WE ALLOCATED $70,504 TO COTTONWOOD CREEK!

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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