This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 4/21/2019 – 4/28/2019

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 4/21/2019 eTales which can be found here.


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Sleep Challenge 2019


Ms. Jehn and the Cottonwood Health and Wellness Committee are challenging you to get 10 hours or more of sleep in 5 out of 10 days.  Mark down your days between April 8th and 17th.  Form is due on April 22nd.  The class with the most participation gets a prize!  See attached flyer for full details.

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[Hidden image]   COTTONWOOD ART SHOW – APRIL 22ND, 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Let’s celebrate the creativity of our Cottonwood students! Artwork from all grade levels will be displayed around the school on this special night. Our school is also featuring the Cherry Creek Art Festival Mobile Art Gallery from April 9-23. The Mobile Art Gallery consists of original works of art from exhibiting artists, and Cottonwood students have been trained as docents to give tours of the Gallery. See attached flyer.

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Tagawa Gardens – April & May


Support Cottonwood Creek while you shop at Tagawa Gardens this spring!  Bring in the attached flyer, or simply mention Cottonwood at checkout from April 1st – June 1st.

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[Hidden image]   RESTAURANT NIGHT

Mark your calendar and join us Wednesday, April 24th, for Restaurant Night at Illegal Pete’s! Grab a loaded burrito, bowl, salad, nachos, or quesadillas, and- of course- their signature queso. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant or grab-n-go…a delicious way to support Cottonwood Creek! Don’t forget to mention Cottonwood before paying. See you there!

Illegal Pete’s- 5312 DTC Blvd #400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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Join us for the 5th annual Spring Shopping Bazaar on Thursday, April 25th from 10am-2pm at the home of Cottonwood mom, Amy Stein, 5623 S Jamaica Way. There will be a fantastic array of items including jewelry from Onyx & Blush, skin care from In Season Beauty, clothing from The Street Boutique, and insoles for high heels from vivian lou. Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Graduation and Teacher Appreciation week.  A portion of the proceeds with benefit Cottonwood! See flyer for more details.



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Field Day May 17th – Help Needed!

Field Day is Friday, May 17th (make-up date May 20th). If you did not already sign up to be a field day volunteer on the PTO webpage, please email Tammy Damrath at if you would like to help!  Please include your children’s grade and teacher.  Grades K, 1, & 2 volunteers are needed in the morning.  Grades 3, 4, & 5 volunteers are needed in the afternoon.

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Arapahoe Bowling Center


Join Cottonwood Creek at Arapahoe Bowling Center, 6850 S. Dayton Street, Friday May 3rd from 10:00 – 12:00.  Purchase a pass good for two games of bowling and a shoe rental for $12.00.  To purchase your pass click on the link below:

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Bike, Walk or Scott to School Day – 5/10!


Join kids around the world to celebrate the benefits of physical activity and promote a healthy lifestyle, especially as the weather warms up and we can get outside more! We are hosting our annual spring Bike, Walk or Scoot to school day on Friday May 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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Kentra Scott & Evereve Shopping Night – 5/1!

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Need to freshen up your wardrobe and jewelry for the Spring/Summer? Do you need a gift for Mother’s Day? Grab a friend, relatives, or members of your book club and join us at Park Meadows Mall on Wednesday, May 1st. Shop for new trendy clothes at Evereve from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy sips, sweets, and jewels at Kendra Scott from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will support Cottonwood! See attached flyer.

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Let’s thank our wonderful specials teachers and support staff with an end of the year gift!  Please use the cheddar up link below to contribute. $5 per child is suggested but any amount is welcomed and appreciated. We will accept contributions until Friday May 10.  We strongly recommend using cheddar up to contribute to avoid lost/misplaced checks and to ensure your contribution is received in time. Alternatively, you may write a check made out to “Tina Suneja” and drop it off at the front office.

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Dad’s Night Out – 5/22!


Poker Night- Save the Date- Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-10p at Valley Country Club, Men’s Grill. Men Only. Details to follow!

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Cougar Rewards!


[Hidden image]   King Soopers rewards is changing! Loading gift cards will no longer benefit Cottonwood, but the new system will be easier after a one-time selection.  All you need to do is follow the steps below to enroll your existing Sooper Card.

  • Go to
  • Login (if you haven’t logged in before you will need to create an account).
  • On the left side of the screen under my account, choose “Community Rewards” and search for Cottonwood Creek PTO or enter code VD201.

Once you enroll your Sooper Card one time, you won’t ever have to do it again, but Cottonwood will benefit each time you shop! Ask grandparents, neighbors, etc., to do this too!

Also, when you log onto Amazon, make sure to use the Amazon Smile link. Amazon supports Cottonwood every time you shop using this link! Mabel’s Labels also supports our school! Click Here: Mabels Labels and in addition to these online retailers we also received support from our neighborhood Crave it!, and Delectable Egg.



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PTO Slide Show on Anxiety by Lauren Alpert


Thank you to all parents who attended the PTO meeting on 4/12. If you missed the presentation on anxiety by Lauren Alpert, Ed.S., School Psychologist, we have attached the slide show presentation. Thank you Lauren for sharing your knowledge on this complex topic!

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Committee Chairs Needed for the 2019-2020 School Year


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:

Click Here to Volunteer!

We Would LOVE You to Join Us – Help Chair or Co-Chair a PTO Committee!!

Cottonwood Creek is an incredible school for our teachers, children and our parents.  A big part of what makes our community so special is our parent involvement.  Believe it or not, we are already starting to think about how to continue our impact into next year.

Regardless of your past involvement or experience, we want you to be engaged!  New Committee Chair positions open up each year and they are a wonderful way to be involved your child’s Cottonwood experience, build friendships with other parents and get an inside look into how we directly impact Cottonwood’s success as a top elementary school in the state.

Did you know the parents run over 50 committees so that we can raise funds that help the school pay for Teacher Assistants, new equipment and extra-curricular programs like field trips and Jr. Great Books?   If you are interested in learning about chairing or co-chairing one of these committees for the 2019-2020 school year, please complete this form by 3/5/2019.

One of us will reach out to you to discuss your interest and the best way for you to be involved. Thank you!

Lyndee Berkley and Allison Vap

(2018-2019 CO-VP’s / 2019-2020 Co-Presidents

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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.


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5th Grade Service Project – Turn Markers into Energy!


Help support the 5th grade service project by donating your used markers. The 5th graders are partnering with Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to repurpose used and dried out markers rather than sending them to landfills!  Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included!  There is a super cool ColorCycle collection container in each classroom for your child to deposit the markers. See attached flyer for more details. 

Our wonderful Annette Weiner has reported that since starting this program they have collected an amazing 1,759 dried out markers!! Awesome!!

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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!

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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4/1 – 6/1: Tagawa Gardens Supports Cottonwood in April & May

4/18: 2nd Grade Program

4/22: COT Art Show

4/22: Sleep Challenge Form Due

4/24: Illegal Pete’s Restaurant Night

4/25: 3rd Grade Music Program

4/25: Spring Shopping Bazaar, 10AM – 2PM

5/1: Kendra Scott & Evereve Shopping Night, 6-8PM

5/2: 2nd & 3rd Grade Choir Program


5/3: Arapahoe Bowling Center, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

5/8: Mod Market Restaurant Night

5/9: 1st Grade Music Program

5/10: Support Staff Gift Collection Deadline

5/15: PTO Allocations Meeting, 6:30PM

5/17: Field Day (Rain date 5/20)

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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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