Committee Chairs needed for 2017/2018 School Year

Thinking of getting involved with PTO for the 2017/2018 school year? PTO Committees are a great way to learn about Cottonwood, give back to our community and meet great people.  Many of the positions don’t require a lot of time and can be done from home.  We have the following Committee Chair positions still open. We’d love to have you!

  • Destination Imagination (1)
  • Legislative Liaison (1)
  • Cultural Connections (2)
  • Cottonwood Caller (1)
  • Junior Great Books (1)
  • Publicity Committee (1)
  • Kid Party Chair (1)
  • Restaurant Night Chair (1)

Please contact incoming Co-Presidents Marnie Kamensky (marnie@kamensky.com) or Jennifer Feingold (Jennifer@feingoldhorton.com) for more information!

 

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Kindergarten Orientation & Summer Playdates

Do you or someone you know have an incoming Kindie?
There is a parent orientation meeting on Friday, May 19th  from 10-10:45 am at Cottonwood. Information on this meeting should have been included in your registration packet when you registered your child.

Meet other families this summer at three special playdates for you and your kindie. Contact Traci Reiter ( traci.reiter@jackson.com) or Jenny Emerson ( jennyemerson77@gmail.com ) for more info:

All playdates will take place at Orchard Park (behind the CCV Pool)

Wednesday, June 14th, 5:30 to 6:30pm

Sunday, July 23rd, 3:00 to 5:00pm

Tuesday, August 8th, 4:30-5:30pm

In addtion, we’ll be holding a Coffee and Kleenex, immediately after drop-off on the 1st day of kindergarten: Wednesday, August 16th from 8 to 9am.

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Allocations Meeting

 

As a community, we have been working hard all year to raise funds to meet our 2016-17 PTO budget. As a result of our wonderful Cottonwood community’s hard work and generosity this year, we are fortunate to be able to allocate surplus funds, $44,457 to more benefit our students.

We will be voting on allocations (grants) on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM in the Library. As members of the Cottonwood Creek PTO, you are invited and encouraged to participate in our May 18th meeting to determine how the funds will be allocated.
In order to vote, you MUST attend this meeting. No absentee or proxy ballots are available.

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PIN Annual Brunch

PIN’s Annual Brunch Will Feature Dr. Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Topic: Instagram is Eating My Daughter & My Son Won’t Stop Playing Grand Theft Auto

What do parents need to know about Twitter, Instagram and other social media tools their kids are using? What are kids really doing online and on their smart phones? How can parents effectively monitor this technology? Which video games are OK and which are not? How much video game time is too much? Dr. Sax will answer these questions and more, and empower parents with effective strategies for addressing these topics at home.

Parents of elementary, middle and high school students are encouraged to attend.

Program @ 9:00 Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church 10150 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village
For childcare, register at www.PINccsd.org by April 28.

Special Evening Presentation

Tuesday, May 2
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
SARC Building
14188 E. Briarwood Ave., Centennial

Suggested donation $10 – $20
Book signings will immediately follow both presentations.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

 

Summer is right around the corner and we would like to thank our Specials Teachers and Cottonwood Staff who contribute so much to the joy of learning in our Cougar Community. These teachers include Mr. Mundy (PE), Mrs. Lavrisha (Music), Mr. Dennstedt (Technology), Ms. Thompson (Art) and Ms. Sianko (Library). Our wonderful grade level support teachers are part of this collection, as well as the teaching assistants, principal, front office staff, building manager, cafeteria staff and our school nurse, Mrs. DeCardona. 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.

Pay online by Wednesday, May 3rd, using your credit card or echeck via the following link:

https://www.cheddarup.com/tabs/cottonwood-creek-end-of-year-gift-collection-for-specials-tea

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Fantastic Auction Week!

What a fantastic evening! We had an amazing turnout and more importantly a ton of fun at our annual live auction event on Friday evening. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $50,000 for our fabulous school. This money will go DIRECTLY to our budget that supports the salaries of our Teacher’s assistants, field trip transportation, subscription services for our students, chromebooks and much, much more.

Thank you to all of our auction sponsors:

Thank you to the following individuals/families/companies who donated items valued at $100+:

A+ Athletics, AEG Live, Alisa’s Dance Party, A-Team Taekwondo, Autawash, Avid 4 Adventure Day Camp, Bike Path Learning, Brakes Plus, Gold Family, Karen Leight with CBS Channel 4, Chick-Fil-A, Classic Dance Academy, Closet Factory, Clue Room Escape Game, Colorado Athletic Club, Colorado Symphony, Comedy Works, Continuum Search, Core Power Yoga, Corinne’s Pawsome Pals, DCPA, Denver Skin Aesthetics, Designs by LeAnn Sisson, Digital DJ, Dimentions In Sight Distinctive Eyewear, Dr. Gary Radz – Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado, Dream Big Day Camp, Dynamix Body Solutions, Eco Salon, Ethereal Day Spa, Studio Cheveux, Face Painting by Susan Oxman, Feingold Family, Funko Pop and the Beckley Family, Girardot Orthodontics, Glacier Ice Cream, Granby Ranch, Gold Family, Greenwood Athletic Club, HMart, Holyer Family, InSeason Beauty, Incredible Wine & Spirits, Inspirato, Jackson’s Sports Grill, Jana Kim, Jensen and Webb Families, Johnson Family, JTA Coaching, Kokomo, Lauber Family, Learning RX, Loveland Ski Resort, Lyfe Kitchen, Mats on the Move, Mile High Dance Center, Mile High Stars Athletics Rhythmic Gymnasstics, Mmart, MPM Recreation, Noteable Kids, One Yoga, Orange Theory, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill Dinner, Ready, Sit Go, Retro Room, Robinson & Henry, PC/Nikki Royer, Schmela Family, Rock Solid Services, Rock’n & Jam’n, Solar Nails, South Valley Drywall & the Vap Family, Sunset World, Taziki’s, Tennis Kids with Diane Daniles, Title Boxing Club, Total Orthodontics, Trice Jewelers, Valley Country Club, VCA Wingate Animal Hospital, Walt Disney World, Waterway, West Metro Pediatric Dentistry Basket, Woody Creek, Young Rembrandts.

 

A tremendous amount of time and energy was put into making this a fantastic auction and we have many dedicated volunteers.  A special thank you goes out to Amy Shineman, Stacy Johnson, Heather Dolan, Jenny Emerson, Sara Smaling, Samantha Webb and everyone else who helped solicit donations, organize and list the items, plan the live auction event and contributed in any way to make this past week run smoothly.  WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR HELP!

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5th Annual Multicultural Arts Festival

 

 

What a great evening! Thank you to everyone who contributed and those who attended to make this a wonderful event.

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5th Grade News

Lots of fun stuff happening in 5th Grade

 

[Hidden image]  5th GRADE BAKE SALE

It’s time to help our 5th graders raise money for Continuation through a school-wide bake sale!  The bake sale will take place on Monday, March 13th from 3:30pm-4:15pm. Tables will be set up at each grade level door. Items will be $.25 each. We’ll have allergy friendly options clearly marked. If your child has a food allergy, please supervise their selections.

  • In order to make this a huge success, we need 5th Grade volunteers to help with selling baked goods and clean up.

5th GRADER SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0448A9A823AB9-cottonwood12

  • We also need parent help by volunteering with set up, clean up, or monitoring the kids during the bake sale.

PARENT SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0448A9A823AB9-cottonwood

  • If you want to participate, but cannot make the bake sale, PLEASE DONATE BAKED GOODS!  Please make wrapped portions small, since each item will be $0.25.
  • We need ALLERGY FRIENDLY ITEMS.  Nut Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free.  If you decide to bring allergy friendly items, please bring STORE BOUGHT ITEMS ONLY and send in the label with the items.  We will clearly mark them with the appropriate warning.
  • Deliver items to the front office no later than 2:30pm on March 13th

SIGN UP FOR BAKED GOODS HERE:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0448A9A823AB9-cottonwood13

Help make this the best bake sale at Cottonwood Creek!

Questions?  Contact Kathleen McCrohan at ketomasula@hotmail.com

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Evereve Shopping Event

Evereve, a hip women’s boutique in the Vistas at Park Meadows, is helping support Cottonwood.  Visit Evereve on March 16th (one day ONLY) and say you are with Cottonwood Creek)and  portion of the proceeds will benefit Cottonwood!

Spread the word to your friends.  In the evening there will be snacks and wine!

 

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King Soopers and other Roar REWARDS

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Are you using your King Soopers rewards card? This is such a fantastic, simple and easy way to raise money for Cottonwood. When you shop and pay for your purchases using the King Soopers card, Cottonwood Creek Elementary will receives 5% back. Rewards are calculated monthly, and we must reach a goal of $5000 per month in order to receive the awards, so we need EVERYONE’s help! 

Buy a reward cards for friends, college students and members of your extended family! Each card purchased will be linked to Cottonwood.

If you already have one, please use it! If you don’t, you can purchase a pre-loaded reloadable gift card for $5 from Cat Sinclair or Lisa Farr (treasurers@cottonwoodpto.com).  RELOAD (add value to) the card with any amount up to $500 per transaction, BEFORE grocery scanning begins at King Soopers.

In addition to King Soopers, don’t forget about our other rewards programs. A percentage of what we spend comes back to our school. Just mention Cottonwood Creek!

Amazon Smile, Delectable Egg, Crave-It, and Red Robin. See link for more information: http://cottonwoodcreekpto.com/fundraising-giving-back/give-back-to-cottonwood/

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Where Does the PTO Money Go?

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Together we can make it happen!

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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!

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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  https://my.cherrycreekschools.org/. 

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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Amazon.com Shopper? Try Amazon Smile!

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ABOUT AMAZON SMILE 

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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com 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 Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com 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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5th Grade Parents – Earn Money Toward High Trails

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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 bub_jennifer@msn.com.  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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