Save the Date: Spring Online and Live Auction


More details to follow but for now mark your calendars for our upcoming spring Online and Live Auction! Online auction will run from Wednesday, April 11 thru April 18, and the live auction event will be held on Friday evening, April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Two Penguins. If you or someone you know is interested in donating an item or service to the auction, please stop by the front office to pick up a donation form. Look for more details in future eTales!

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Thank You and Upcoming Project: Lend a Helping Hand!


1st and 3rd graders, along with Cottonwood SERVES, would love to thank everyone who participated in the New/Used Coat and Toy Drive.  We loaded up two cars to the MAX on Thursday and delivered the toys to the Denver Santa Claus Shop and the coats to Coat for Colorado. Thanks to Jon Carle and Lisa Champeau for delivering!

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If you are looking for more ways to give this season, we will be hosting our annual “LEND A HELPING HAND” project, providing holiday gifts to families within our community and a sister school.

Paper mittens will be hung on the main bulletin in the front entrance next week with a family’s holiday wish list.  We encourage sports teams, families, scout troops, neighbors, etc. to sponsor a mitten and help a family in need. See 12/4 etales for more information.

Thanks,
Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan
Cottonwood SERVES Committee Chairs

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Student Leadership Council Winter Celebration for New Students


A note from Mrs. Wehrle & Mrs. Derbish: Please join us! Cottonwood’s Student Leadership Council is hosting a winter celebration for Cottonwood Creek’s new 2017-2018 students.  We’ll have treats, games, and fun activities.  The celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 19 from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. in Mrs. Derbish’s classroom. RSVP to mderbish@cherrycreekschools.org. See etales from 12/4 for more information.

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Calling All Woodworkers!

Help Needed!  Are you handy and/or do you enjoy woodworking? Our wonderful art teacher, Dawn Thompson, needs someone to cut logs into segments approximately 1/2 inch – 1 inch thick. Photos are attached for reference.  If you’re able and willing, please contact Dawn Thompson at dthompson28@cherrycreekschools.org.

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Junior Great Books Begins in January!

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 Dec 22nd. See 12/4 etales for signup information or contact Erin Tobkin at etate11@aol.com.

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Chipotle Restaurant Night

Join us at Chipotle on Arapahoe Road on December 13th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A percentage of all proceeds comes back to Cottonwood!   Please see the 12/4 etales for more information.

 

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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:  https://winter-gift-collection-for-specials-and-staff.cheddarup.com.  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 (ketomasula@hotmail.com) or Carrie Ripes (caripes11@gmail.com).

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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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Health and Wellness Challenge Update


Thank you to all the kiddos and adults who participated in our first Health and Wellness Physical Activity challenge in November.  We had 38% of the students and teachers participate, which is amazing!  The two classes with the highest participation were Mrs. Buell’s class for K-2 with 52% and Mr. Gaine’s class for 3-5 with 58%.  Individual winners were drawn randomly, one per grade.  They include: Holden Peterson, Oliver Hancock, Linn Videfors, Lola Bills, Sarah Ali and Andre Champeau.  The staff winner was Lynn Wagner.  Check out all their photos on the PTO bulletin board across from the check-in area.  We look forward to bringing you another fun challenge in January!
Cher Serhal & Andrea Jones
Health & Wellness Committee chairs

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Thank You Volunteers


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!  On behalf of the PTO, we thank all of you for donating your time and energy to our sweet students! A special thank you to Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan, along with 1st & 3rd graders and their families for organizing a wonderful Toy & Coat Drive. Thank you to all who donated or participated! Also thank you to Health and Wellness committee chairs, Cher Serhal and Andrea Jones, for a super successful Physical Activity Challenge. Way to go!

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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 denversantaclausshop.org 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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HELP SUPPORT COTTONWOOD EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!


‘Tis the season…Did you know that if you shop online through Amazon Smile, you can help raise money for Cottonwood at the same time?!  Please remember when shopping this holiday seasons to please go to www.smile.amazon.com and select Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO and Amazon Smile will donate a portion of the profits back to Cottonwood!  It’s that easy! Also, King Soopers reloadable cards make great holiday gifts for local friends and family! Contact treasurer@cottonwoodpto.com for more information.

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

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Holiday Assistance!

If your family needs financial support for the holidays, please contact Kristina Lengerich at 720-554-3215.  All information will remain confidential.

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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
TIME:  6 PM
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 susanmui2@yahoo.com. 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!

Warmly,
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 treasurer@cottonwoodpto.com. 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 shelly@whitehead.com by Tuesday, November 7th.
PLEASE NOTE:    ALL PARENTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND THE ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH AT 1:45PM.
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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