This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 2/19/2019 – 2/25/2019

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 2/18/2019 eTales which can be found here.


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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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Final Box Top Contest


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Cottonwood’s final Box Top contest of the year ends next week! WE NEED 12,000 MORE BOXTOPS TO REACH OUR GOAL… THAT’S ONLY 20 BOX TOPS PER STUDENT!! WE CAN DO IT!  Send them in just as they are – trimming isn’t necessary. Please send in a Ziploc or similar baggie with both your child’s name and their teacher’s name to their classroom.  The class that turns in the most Box Tops between now and FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 will win a themed party, courtesy of the PTO. Winners of the fall Box Top contest were treated to a chocolate fountain with four different types of goodies! Please contact Annette at with any questions.

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Restaurant Night – Papa Murphy’s


Papa Murphy’s is making it EASY to support Cottonwood Creek this month!

Join us for Restaurant Night(s) on Thursday, February 28 or Friday, March 1st anytime from open to close, 10am-8pm.

Walk-in AND call-in orders allowed, just make sure you mention Cottonwood Creek when you place your order.

Want to make it even easier and more flexible? Go online any day of the week of the event, beginning Monday February 25th and ending Sunday, March 3rd and order your pizza for pick-up. All you have to do is enter the code THANKS.

*please note that no store coupons are accepted during this event.

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Yearbook Committee Needs Photos

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THE YEARBOOK COMMITTEE NEEDS PHOTOS! Please follow these simple instructions to upload your photos! Please make sure all photos are at school or during a school function (ie field trip, off campus school/PTO event etc.)

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

2. If you don’t already have an account, click the link to create one.

3.  Click add photos in the top right corner.

4. Select where your photos are stored and pick which photos you want to upload

5.  There will be a “Do you want to share” question.  Select yes.

6.  Click the folder where this photo belongs (either teacher’s name, special class, PTO event or lunch/recess)

7.  Add photo.

8. While the photo uploads, please “tag” who is the photo by clicking on “Who’s in this photo?” on the right.  This will help us make sure we have photos of everyone in the year book.

Haven’t ordered your student’s yearbook? There’s still time!

Click Here:

See attached flyer for more information on how to upload pictures that may be used by the yearbook committee!

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Count Me In For Cottonwood!


Volunteers needed for the Cottonwood Creek Executive Board: Nominations Due Friday, March 1st.

We need your time and talents! PTO Executive Board nominations are under way. Individuals are highly encouraged to self-nominate. Nominations for one person by another, however, are always accepted. Each position will serve 2 years on the Executive Board.

We need to fill the following positions:
•  Vice Presidents (2 people) – this serves 1 yr. as Co-VP, 1 yr. as Co-President
•  Treasurer
•  Ways and Means
•  Secretary

A completed nomination form must be submitted to the front office in hard copy or by email to by Friday, March 1st, 2019 to be eligible for a position.

Notification of the slate will take place by Friday, March 8th, 2019. The slate will be presented to the general members of our PTO for voting at the April PTO Meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Paula Hruska or Jennifer Bub at

Please find the nomination form attached.


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Running Club is Back!

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Running Club is back for another season!  Register Here: starting Monday, 3/11/19, at 8:30am until 3/25, or until available spots fill.  Registration is capped at 50 runners due to insurance requirements.  Practices will be on Mondays, April 1- May 13, from 2:45 until 3:45pm.   Please be aware that there is a mandatory volunteer requirement to ensure the safety of all our students; each registered runner is required to have an adult volunteer for at least one practice.  There will be a sign-up genius sent out after registration closes to choose your volunteer day/days.

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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 & Class Baskets donations needed!

Wine Pull: This year we are going to have a fun spin on the wine game! We’ll take donations of wine, beer or alcohol you already have at home or items you pick up at the store. Drop by DTC Wine and Spirits – purchase something -and they will hold the wine for you for us to pick-up! If you purchase it yourself or have something to donate, please coordinate with Whitney Berger at Take the stress out and just donate at the link below.

We also need your help to fill the class baskets. We are putting together great Lego, American Girl and NERF baskets. To donate for the wine pull or class baskets, please click on the following:


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Sock Hop Information


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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Family Sports Center Thursday, March 7th 11:00-3:00

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Family Sports Center Thursday, March 7th 11:00 – 3:00

Mark your Calendars! Join Cottonwood Creek at Family Sports Thursday March 7th from 11:00 – 3:00.  To purchase a fun pass, you can do so the day of the event at Family Sports for $16.95 per person.  Mention you are with Cottonwood Creek when purchasing your pass.   The 4-hour fun pass will allow you access to the rock climbing wall, bumper cars, laser tag, public skate along with a skate rental, and one jump on the Euro Bungee.

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A Day at the Capitol

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The Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network (CCCLN)The Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network (CCCLN) is again pleased to sponsor a Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 27, 2019.  This is a great opportunity for parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community members to come see first-hand what takes place at the Capitol.  Meet and hear from legislators that represent our District, and learn about current legislative proposals that may impact education. Please see attached flyer for details of the day’s events as well as online registration information.  For more information, contact CCCLN President, Laura Felix

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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.

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Jump Rope for Heart Is Here!


At the kickoff assembly on February 1st, the Jump Rope for Heart challenge was launched. For the month of February, Ms. Jehn is asking all students to record their water intake, exercise, and acts of kindness. There will be prizes awarded at the end of the month for classes with the highest participation. We hope this is a fun activity that the whole family can join in on — maybe a friendly contest, parents vs kids!

See attached sheets for more information.

Jump Rope for Heart Tips

Jump Rope for Heart Calendar

If you would like to help your kids raise more money for our American Heart Association fundraiser, please consider adding a Facebook Fundraiser to your Facebook page.  See directions below.  If 100 Cottonwood families add this, our school will earn $200 to use for Field Day!

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Also, there are still lots available to distribute prizes to students during school, throughout the month. Please see the SignUp Genius link below if you would like to help or contact Ms.Jehn at for more information.

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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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Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers. A special thank you to the awesome teachers & staff for participating in Spaghetti night and going beyond the call of duty to literally “serve” our families: Rebecca Buell, Amy Bainbridge, Tiffany Steinmetz, Natalie Morris, Heidi Burris, Royce Wiersma, Stacey Shwayder, Scott Rogers and Principal Katie Johnson! You are amazing!!!

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!

A HUGE thank you to Fire Bowl Cafe on Arapahoe Rd! For the second consecutive year, they generously donated the food for our, Cottonwood Kindergarten Enrichment,  Chinese New Year Party They were wonderful to work with and the food was delicious! Our Kindies loved the Asian culinary experience!


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Important Dates Coming Up!

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2/18-19: No School/Presidents’ Day
2/22: Box Tops Deadline- Keep clipping those box tops!
2/28 & 3/1: Papa Murphy’s Restaurant Night
3/1: Executive Board Nominations Due
3/11: Sign Ups Begin for Running Club
3/29: Sock Hop
4/3 – 4/10: Online Auction
4/12: Live Auction – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!

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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

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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 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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