This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 9/17/2018 – 9/23/2018

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 9/16/2018 eTales located here.

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Run4Fund$ Update


THANK YOU to everyone who supported Run4FUND$ this year! We are so lucky to have such caring families in our Cottonwood community. Currently we have surpassed our school goal – AMAZING! Please note: some classes have not hit their Sandy Candy and Leap and Bounds Parties – ask your student how their class is doing! Just a reminder our student goal is to have each student raise at least $100.

19 classes have earned parties!

The top 3 teachers are:
1. O’Brien (1st grade)
2. Wells (Kindie)
3. Stroeher (2nd grade)

We have extended the deadline for donations through Monday 9/17! The site is open until Monday morning and checks/cash will be accepted in the main office. Funds must be collected by 9/17 to be counted towards class and individual prizes on 9/21.

To see your student’s online totals, click on MY PLEDGES button and enter username and password below:


PASSWORD: cougars

PRIZE DAY is 9/21 — looking forward to an amazing all school celebration! The lunchroom has thermometers to track the Average $/Student to see if they raise enough for their classroom parties. Ask your student where their class stands! Also check your flyer to see what individual prizes your student has earned. As a reminder, Class parties are:

  • $85 Avg/Student = Sandy Candy
  • $95 Avg/Student = Leaps and Bounds Party

Thank you for helping your student and Cottonwood! If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Weitzenfeld or Carah Gelfand at or

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The Hospitality Committee Needs You!


The role of the hospitality committee is to pay tribute to the hardworking staff of Cottonwood Creek Elementary. Throughout the school year, we provide a series of luncheons and stock the lounge for conferences and Teacher Appreciation Week. To do this, we need your help! You can support the committee in many different ways.

The teachers really love and appreciate your homemade dishes and treats! If you don’t have time, hate to cook or just want to donate funds instead, please either use the cheddar up link below or return this form with your cash/check. Please make your check payable to Carah Gelfand. Please note the collection is non-taxable and not part of the PTO.

For more information, please see the attached flyer. Thank YOU for helping us show our Cottonwood Creek staff how much we appreciate them all year!

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

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 Wednesday, October 10th. 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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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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Order The Caller By 9/21/18!


The Caller is Cottonwood Creek’s School Directory, purchased by approximately 95% of Cottonwood families. The directory is used as a reference tool for essential school information throughout the year. See attached flyer to order your copy todayDeadline to Order is September 21st, 2018. If you have questions about The Caller, please contact Whitney Berger at 443-834-4834 or  or Susie McCarthy at 314-477-4825 or

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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.



September 22nd @ 4:00 p.m.

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.

$20 per couple, $10 per person.


MOM’S NIGHT OUT at UPSTAIRS CIRCUS-DTC & BAD DADDY                                 BURGER

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!

[Hidden image]Bad Daddy’s-Landmark is also supporting Cottonwood on October 11th, ALL DAY! Grab a bite to eat before or after the MNO or bring your family, friends, or colleagues out for lunch or dinner. Be sure to mention Cottonwood! Please see attached flyer.

[Hidden image]   X-TREME CHALLENGE ARENA  

X-TREME Challenge – Centennial, a 30,000 square foot athletic and stunt facility is offering the Cottonwoodcommunity 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.


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.

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Thank You Volunteers!


Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers. Thank you to Cherry Creek Pampered Pets, LLC for helping run another successful Doggie Dip N’ Dive! Also thank you to Matt Mundy and MPM Recreation for supporting our community, from adults to kids to pooches! Thank you to Andrea Davoll, Cottonwood’s Database Coordinator, for updating the system so we are effectively able to communicate to the community! Thank you to Stephanie Gaswirth-Fliegelman and Tina Suneja-Nagamani, Volunteer Coordinators, for organizing the Room and Party Parents and getting them off to a great start!

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Yearbook Order Information for 2018-2019


Order your yearbook now and save 15%.  This deal will last through September and you will save money AND check off an item from your to do list.  It’s a double win for you! Click Here:

Yearbook Order form 2018

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Important Dates Coming Up!


9/17: Run4Fund$ – New Pledge Deadline

9/21: Run4Fund$ – Prize Day

9/22: Bike Pub Crawl – 4:00 p.m., Cottonwood

10/5: Cottonwood Carnival – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Cottonwood

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

10/11: Mom’s Night Out – Upstairs Circle/Bad Daddy Burger

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

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

11/1: Box Top Deadline

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Carnival on Friday, October 5th

[Hidden image]CARNIVAL – OCTOBER 5TH!

This year’s Carnival will be Friday, October 5 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Tickets will be on sale at the school October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, before and after school. They’re also available for purchase at the Carnival. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Make dinner the Carnival easy and order a family pizza meal in advance from Blackjack:

Cost is $20 for a large pizza and 4 drinks. Pizza orders must be placed by October 2.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities still available, and we really need your help! IMPORTANT: WE WILL BE RELYING HEAVILY ON PARENT VOLUNTEERS FROM 2:30 TO 4PM to help run the game booths. If it’s at all possible for you to lend an hour and a half of your time, please do so!

Please consider being a sponsor for the carnival games and booths! There are different sponsorship levels being offered: $100, $50 or $25!

To sponsor, click on the following link:

If you are interested either sponsoring the event or volunteering, or if you have any questions, please contact Lauren Kimball at or Lisa Champeau at

Can’t wait to see you at the Carnival!

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Cougar Rewards!


Help support Cottonwood every time you shop at Amazon Smile, Crave-it!, Delectable Egg, Mabel’s Labels, Tea Collection, and King Soopers!

Did you know that every time you make a purchase at King Soopers using your re-loadable 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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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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Volunteer at Cottonwood!

Cottonwood is a special place due in large part to our parent community. There are multiple ways to share your time and talents at school if you so choose. To select which committees or projects you are interested in helping with this year, please visit:

If you signed up to volunteer through the website, please know committee chairs have received their lists and will begin contacting you shortly.

The Dudes and Daughter Dance committee is a recent addition to the Volunteer Interest Form. If you are interested in helping with the dance, please follow the above link and update your form. 

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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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