Cottonwood Cares – Lend a Helping Hand


Lend a Helping Hand To Families in Our Community 

The Community Service Committee (Cottonwood Cares) is organizing a holiday gift drive to help families in our community celebrate the holidays!



  • Mittens will be hung on the main bulletin board in the school entrance. Each mitten will list a family’s wish list for the holidays. Please consider sponsoring a family or organize a group (sports team, brownie troop, cub scouts, neighbors, etc.) to sponsor a family together.
  • Pick a mitten
  • Sign your name and contact info next to the corresponding mitten # on the sign-up sheet.
  • Purchase gifts totaling $25-$40 / child (recommended). Place all gifts in one sealed bag/box.
  • Place family’s corresponding # on the bag/box with mitten.
  • Bring gifts unwrapped between December 14th – December 16th.
  • Gifts to be delivered by Friday, December 18th.
  • If you don’t have time to do the shopping, consider a contribution (cash or checks).
  • Please make checks out Jen Davis or Pam Abromowitz – give to Deana in the Cottonwood Office.


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December Pin Meeting – Attention and Memory Critical Players in the Digital Age


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Join PIN to hear Mark Twarogowski and Philippe Ernewein of Denver Academy speak about the effect of the digital age on our children. Has your child ever struggled with paying attention or organization? Then you’ll want to join us to hear about scientific breakthroughs that shed new light on memory and attention and provide answers parents can use to better help their kids. At this presentation, you’ll hear about:

  •   The roles attention & memory play in learning
  •   Signs that your child may need help
  •   Targeted, proven strategies that can help solve memory and attention problems in children

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

  • Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC) 14188 E. Briarwood Avenue, Centennial
    (South of Arapahoe Rd., between Potomac and Jordan Roads)

    Visit for Podcasts and Meeting Highlights MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    Jan 5th, 9:15-11:15 Thinking Outside the College Box

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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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World Bread Day was a HUGE Success!

Basic RGBOn behalf of Cultural Connections and our first ever World Bread Day celebration, we want to say THANK YOU for helping us “rise” to the occasion. It was a beautiful and tasty moment to connect our families through something most of us share in common: bread.

We were overwhelmed by the amount of bread brought in by so many families. From challah to naan to pumpkin bread to gluten-free blueberry muffins, the kids were sampling a global feast! They loved it! And apparently, according to our survey, banana bread is the favorite:)

2nd grade families, you brought so much bread that we couldn’t even fit it all on the tables! In fact, the surplus of bread was donated not only to the teachers and staff at Cottonwood, but 2-3 bags full of bread will arrive at the Volunteers of America Family Shelter tomorrow.

So thank you for feeding our kids and feeding the community on World Bread Day!

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Win a Class Prize! Cartridges for Kids Collection Drive!


Don’t Throw it Away…Raise Funds Today!

Cottonwood Creek and Cartridges for Kids have partnered together to do something good for the environment!

This free electronics recycling program provides year-round fundraising opportunities for schools that collect and recycle electronics. CFK will pay schools cash for cell phones, laptops, DVD, ink cartridges, digital cameras, and more. It’s an excellent way to involve the greater school community in recycling education.

Ask your family, friends, neighbors and employer to sponsor us by saving empty cartridges & used cell phones and allowing us to recycle them.


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Peaceful Playgrounds


Moms, Dads, Grandparents

Be a Part of Our Caring Cottonwood Community by…



Peaceful Playgrounds (PP) provides organized, purposeful activities for children grades K-5 during recess.

In addition to field games, PP offers foursquare, hopscotch, bean bag toss, and more!


The program is designed to:

  • Provide the structure and adult support many kids need to comfortably join a game
  • Promote teamwork, tolerance, cooperation and inclusiveness
  • Offer opportunities for ALL children to learn and participate in recess games

What do I get to do as a Peaceful Playground Volunteer?

  • Attend a 45-minute orientation/training
  • Select a minimum of ONE day each month (once a week or twice a month if possible) to be a PP volunteer during lunch recess for one or more grades (shifts are 20-25 minutes).
  • Have fun on the playground! We are not there to enforce rules but to teach games, support peer interaction and encourage participation & problem-solving.

                 Recess Times:

KG:     12:15       (Lunch prior to recess at 11:50)

1st:     12:15        (Lunch after recess at 12:40)

2nd:   1:05         (Lunch after recess at 1:25)

3rd:     1:25         (Lunch prior to recess at 1:05)

4th:     11:50       (Lunch prior to recess at 11:25)

5th:     12:40       (Lunch prior to recess at 12:15)

Feel free to join your child for lunch on your Peaceful Playground days!



 Peaceful Playgrounds Coordinators

Cher Serhal –

Winnie Chang –

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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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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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