Treats for Troops



Are you worried about what to do with all the Halloween candy in your house? We have the perfect solution! Donate your candy to our US Troops. The Cottonwood Cares committee will be collecting your unwanted Halloween candy from Tuesday, November 1st thru Friday, November 4th. 

Look for donations bins at the front drop-off circle and in the front office.  Donations will be given to the National Guard of Colorado.  For more information, please contact Pam Abromowitz at or Jen Davis at

Thank you for supporting our troops!

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Box Tops Collection and Contest


Cottonwood’s first Box Top contest of the year is well underway! To achieve our goal of $1800, we ask for you to keep up the fantastic work by continuing to choose Box Top participating products- clip those coupons and send them to school! Send them in just as they are – trimming is not necessary.  The class that turns in the most Box Tops between now and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st 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 and spring’s lucky winners enjoyed a “make your own slime’ party!

Box Tops should be sent to school in a ziploc or similar type bag with both your CHILD’s NAME and your 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, as well as some great coupons and information about how to score tons of free Box Tops.  Signing up is simple, quick and free.  Please contact Annette Weiner at with any questions.

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Kindie Halloween Party

Cottonwood Parties

Don’t miss out on some great memories at some upcoming parties at Cottonwood.  All parties support the Cottonwood PTO. 


We are hosting a Halloween party for all the Kindergarteners. Crafts, snacks and games will be taking place along with “trick or treating”! This event is to support Cottonwood.

WHEN:  Thursday, October 20th, 3:30-5 pm (Inclement weather date: Thursday, Nov. 3rd)

COST:  $10haloween-party

HOSTS:  Michelle Vetter, Nicky Fleming, Jill Murphy and Susie McCarthy

WHERE:  Orchard Park (Behind CCV pool)

TO REGISTER:  Please register in advance by clicking here.

DONATIONS: There will be a “trick or treat” donation bin just outside the Kindie door from the Mon. Oct 17th – Wed Oct 19th. We would be grateful for any treats, fruit snacks, or non-food items such as pencils and erasers, thank you in advance.

We encourage all the kids to wear their Halloween outfits (to change into AFTER school), please provide a trick or treat bag for your child to collect treats.

We hope your child will be able to join in the fun. Adults are encouraged to stay. If you have any questions regarding the party or if you are willing to help please contact one of us and we would be happy to hear from you.


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The PTO would like to invite the Cottonwood community to a Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 31st from 5 to 6pm. Kids (in costumes, please!) will trick or treat in trunks in the school parking lot before heading out for the real deal later in the evening. This is a FREE event and open to all.

We need your Trunks (car trunks, that is)!! In order for this to be a success, we need you to participate! Get in the Halloween sprit and decorate your car trunks, or simply show up with your car and hand out candy! To reserve a spot for your vehicle, click here:


Also, Papa Murphy’s is willing to deliver PRE-ORDERED pizzas to Cottonwood! Form and menu are attached below. Deadline for pizza orders is October 21st.

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Congratulations Cottonwood Creek!  We reached our school goal!

Thank you to all the parents and students for working so hard to help us reach our goal. Together, we raised $40,000!  That is $11,000 more than last year. Students had a fantastic day Friday with  bounce houses, blow up slides and Kona Ice. Thanks to all for your hard work and support.



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Where Does the PTO Money Go?

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Together we can make it happen!


Your dollars go directly back to your students.  PTO funds allow for the following:

  • 6 Teacher Assistants
  • Field Trip Transportation
  • In-School Field Trip (aka: School-Wide Enrichment)
  • Subscriptions (ex: Time for Kids, Scholastic News)
  • Chrome Books for the Classroom
  • Audio Systems for the Classroom
  • Smart Boards
  • and much more…


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Check YES!

In order to receive PTO email communications for the 2016-2017 school year  you  must  select “yes” to sharing your personal information with the PTO when you complete your CCSD  online parent forms at 

All parents who select “yes” will be uploaded into our system and will receive all PTO emails, including important information about upcoming events and important dates.

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You are PTO!

What?  I aPTO logom PTO?  You mean, you are the PTO.

Yes, I am PTO, but so are YOU!  We all are!  By nature of having a child attend Cottonwood Creek Elementary, you are a member of the Cottonwood Creek PTO!

What does that mean?  Do I have to volunteer everyday?  Go to all the meetings?  I don’t get it.

What being a member of our PTO means is Your Voice Matters!  Your opinions matter! Yes, we would love for you to come to our monthly PTO meetings.  But yes, we totally understand that meeting attendance is not possible for everyone based upon personal schedules.  We would like to keep you in the know as to what is happening around our school.  We hope you can attend a meeting or a few, but if you can not, we hope you will find this website extremely helpful.

This website will be your go to place for much of the information you need to navigate through the school year.  We will post PTO meeting minutes here, along with upcoming events, fundraising goals and events as well as volunteer opportunities.

I would like to help out; however, I work during the school day.

There are several ways to help out at Cottonwood.  Yes, daytime volunteer hours are an option, but we realize they are not convenient for everyone.  On this website, we will explain all of the possible ways to contribute to Cottonwood and the numerous ways you can get involved if you so choose.

Thank you for reading this far.  We hope you continue to explore this website now that you realize YOU ARE PTO!


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What is Amazon Smile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Cottonwood Creek PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Cottonwood Creek PTO.  Family members can also tie their Amazon Smile account to Cottonwood Creek PTO.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

How do I select a Cottonwood PTO to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile  you need to select Cottonwood Creek PTO to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Cottonwood Creek. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?
Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.

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Congratulations Kimber Foster – Exceptional Volunteer of the Year!

1volunteerWe are so pleased to announce the 2016 Cottonwood Creek Exceptional Volunteer…Kimber Foster.  Kimber has a 2nd and 4th grader at Cottonwood.  Kimber was nominated by fellow Cougar parents and staff for her exceptional contributions to our school community. She will be honored with fellow Cherry Creek Exceptional Volunteer nominees at a banquet on April 14. Through the nomination process, Cougars shared the following about Kimber:

We are continually amazed by the amount of time and energy that Kimber Foster invests at Cottonwood Creek. She is a regular face in the hallways at Cottonwood and exemplifies ‘Dedicated to Excellence’. Kimber supports our Cougar community by:

  •   creating and managing an online lost and found;
  •   managing the PTO Class Creations (26 grade-level projects) Team;
  •   facilitating the PTO Publicity Committee;
  •   helping to deliver student notes at the end of the day;
  •   volunteering in the library, in the classrooms, and in the art room;
  •   and so much more!When something needs to be done at Cottonwood Creek, Kimber steps up and exceeds expectations!

We are so lucky to have Kimber at our school!  Please be sure to congratulate Kimber when you soon her around, because we are sure you will!

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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 is Florissant, Colorado from May 2 – May 4th.  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 Jennifer Bub at  Feel free to purchase multiple card for local relatives or grandparents : )

*Please note:  The High Trails King Soopers card is separate from the PTO King Soopers card that you may have purchased on Registration Day.  The 5% for the PTO card is donated the the general Cottonwood Creek PTO fund, another great cause.

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Welcome Back to Cottonwood!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Registration Day on Monday the 10th!  We hope you found all the information you needed.  Please do not hesitate to Contact the PTO if you have any further questions.  Our first PTO meeting will be on Friday, August 28th at 8 am in the Library.  Kids are welcome.

Thank you for all of the great feedback on the website and the ROAR Reward key cards.  We hope you will continue to visit this site as it will be frequently updated with important information.   In addition, we appreciate your willingness to learn more about how our ROAR Reward partners work with our PTO.  Just a quick reminder that the key card is not a scan card for the restaurants.  The card should serve as a reminder of our partners and act as an easy way to reference our website and obtain information about how you can tie into our business partners.

In the next few weeks, you should be receiving information via email regarding how to get involved at Cottonwood.  Please be on the lookout!.  This email will inform you as to how to sign up for volunteer opportunities throughout our school.

Good luck on Thursday!!!





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