This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 3/18/2019 – 3/24/2019

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 3/24/2019 eTales which can be found here.


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Sock Hop Is Just Around The Corner


Mark your calendars for our annual Sock Hop dance on March 29TH from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Cherry Creek High School in the cafeteria. $5 entry fee and $5 for punch cards. We have a new and improved photo booth. So, put on your 50’s outfits and come have a fun evening! This is not a drop-off event, parental supervision is required. See the attached flyer for additional details. You can sign up by turning the flyer into the front office or by clicking on the following the link.

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Chick-fil-A Restaurant Night March 28th

Chick-fil-A is supporting Cottonwood Creek on Thursday, March 28th from 5-8pm.
 This Restaurant Night is the Thursday before our school Sock Hop, and Chick-fil-A is featuring a Root Beer Float to celebrate, just for Cottonwood Creek! The float is $3.25 (+tax) and available by request. So grab some dinner and a couple floats, and don’t forget to show this flyer or  mention Cottonwood before you pay (drive through is fine). See you there!


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Sign Up to be the Cougar Mascot at Sock Hop!

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We still need people to dress as the Cougar at Sock Hop (for a very short period of time). Please help by signing up for a shift. The kids love this!

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Friday Frenzy on April 5th

Friday Frenzy on April 5th!  Save the Date and Sign Up!

Friday Frenzy is an afternoon of supervised entertainment and fun in the comfort of Cottonwood’s Gym. We will be watching RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (Wreck-It Ralph 2), rated PG.  Cottonwood 5th graders will supervise the younger students and provide them with snacks and drinks.


WHO:  All Cottonwood Creek Students K-4

WHEN: Friday, April 5, 2019, 2:45 to 4:45pm

WHY: 5th Grade Fundraising for the 5th Grade Continuation expenses

COST: $6.00 per student. Please note: THERE IS NO PAYMENT AT THE DOOR

Click on the following link to sign up:

Please register and pay for each child on CheddarUp, making sure to complete all information for each child. Registrations due by April 3, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Shauna Sanidas at, or Annette Weiner at

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The Online Auction will run April 3-10 and the Live Auction/Parent’s Night Out Event will be held on Friday, April 12th at Chinook Tavern. Auction week is our school’s largest fundraiser. The monies raised during auction week help cover things such as Teacher Assistant salaries, school enrichment programs, subscriptions, teacher grants, buses for field trips, and much more!

Click Here to Buy Tickets, Sponsor and/or Donate!

Item Donations: We need your help! If you or someone you know is interested in donating an item or service to the auction, please see the attached donation form or stop by the front office to pick up one. We have also attached a parent letter explaining the different ways you can assist in making the auction a success.

Sponsorship Information: Interested in sponsoring the live event? Sponsorship opportunities start as low as $100!  Please see attached.

Wine Pull – Easy Ways to Donate!

  1. Simply stop by DTC Wine & Spirits (next to King Soopers at Belleview Square) for 10% OFF YOUR TOTAL PURCHASE between now and 4/11 when you donate all or a portion of your purchase to the Cottonwood Spring Auction!! We’ll take donations of wine, beer or alcohol. DTC Wine & Spirits will hold the donation, and PTO will pick it up.
  2. If you have wine or items at home to donate – that is great too! Just email Whitney Berger at to arrange pick-up.
  3. Or take the stress out and make a monetary donation via Cheddar Up at the link below.

Class Baskets – Donations needed! We need your help to fill the class baskets. We are collecting money to put together great Lego, American Girl and NERF baskets. To donate for the wine pull or class baskets, please click on the following:

NEED A SITTER?  No problem!  Greenwood Athletics will be hosting a kids night out from 5:30-10:30 for ages 3-12.  See attached flyer for more information and to sign up.  Just $35 per kid for members and non-member alike!

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Haven’t ordered your student’s yearbook? There’s still time! The deadline for creating personalized pages is MARCH 31st. Upload pictures of your most memorable moments at Cottonwood this year and create an amazing keepsake for your kids! For detailed information on how to personalize your yearbook, see the attached flyer.

The Yearbook Committee needs photos! Please follow the simple instructions on the attached flyer to upload your photos to Tree Ring! Please make sure all photos are at school or during a school function (i.e. field trip, off campus school/PTO event etc.).

Click this link to upload: If the link does not work, just copy and paste the address into the browser.


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7th Annual Multicultural Festival


Come celebrate what makes our Cottonwood community so diverse and yet so beautifully similar! Join us on April 4th from 6-8pm in the Gym for Performances ~ Cultural Displays ~ Food ~ Cultural Activities ~ and More! Share your talents and your love of all things global! We encourage EVERYONE to celebrate their own heritage or another culture/language they cherish. See attached flyer for more information.

Join in the fun! Please sign up at

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Mother/Son Kickball on April 6th!

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Join us on April 6th for our annual Mother/Son Kickball Game! Moms and other beloved ladies are invited to team up with their favorite Cottonwood boy for a fun morning together! We will be playing on the Cottonwood athletic field from 10-12, and the registration is $10. Click on the link for this fun event:

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P.I.N. Presentation March 12th


Please join the CCSD Parents Information Network for the March PIN Presentation, Marijuana: No Big Deal for Kids…Or Is It? on March 12th 6:30pm. The presentation will include a Panel of Professionals, Act on Drugs, & Smart Colorado. See the attached flyer for more information. No need to RSVP. Presentations are free and held at a NEW LOCATION 14603 E. Fremont Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112 (just south of Arapahoe Rd., off of Jordan Rd.) Prior podcasts are available here . Click for the full schedule of 2018-2019 PIN Presentations.


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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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Cougar Rewards!


Help support Cottonwood every time you shop at the following online retailers:


As well as our Neighborhood CRAVE IT! and DELECTABLE EGG Restaurants! AND Kings Soopers!

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Did you know that every time you make a purchase at King Soopers using your reloadable 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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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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Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers. A huge thank you to the Specials Chairpersons who work year-long assisting the specials teachers and coordinating the volunteers: Amy Shineman (Art), Susan Mui and Winnie Chang (Music), Amanda Prager (Library), and Tammy Damrath (PE). A special thank you to Jennifer Stern, School-wide Enrichment Chairperson, for working with the teachers and staff to provide incredible programs/events for the students throughout the school year. Thank you to our Welcoming Committee Chairs, Colleen Chan and Jenn Abrams, for their continued dedication to our newest cougars and for giving school tours all year long!

On behalf of the PTO, 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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3/28: Chick-fil-A Restaurant to kick-off Sock Hop

3/29: Sock Hop

4/3 – 4/10: Online Auction

4/4: 7th Annual Multicultural Festival

4/5: Friday Frenzy

4/6: Mother/Son Kickball

4/12: PTO Meeting – Featuring Lauren Alpert, COT Psychologist

4/12: Live Auction – Chinook Tavern, 6:00 p.m.

4/18: 2nd Grade Program

4/22: COT Art Show

4/24: Illegal Pete’s Restaurant Night

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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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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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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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