Sock Hop – March 9th!


Mark your calendars for our annual Sock Hop dance on March 9th (please note the date change from March 16th).  Dig up your poodle skirts and leather jackets and head to Cherry Creek High school for an evening of dancing, eating and FUN!

To pre-purchase tickets, please click on the link below.  Tickets are required for children ages 2 and up at $5 each. (If you purchased a Cougar Pride package at the beginning of the year, 2 entry tickets are included)  Adults are free – all children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the event ( i.e. NO DROP-OFFS).   Punch cards are required to participate in activities at the event and for meals at $5 per punch card.  More information is also provided in the link below!

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Box Top Collection- February 23rd!!


The second Box Top$ Collection and Contest deadline is FEBRUARY 23RD

The class that turns in the most Box Tops by February 23rd will win a themed party, courtesy of the PTO.   Winners of last year’s fall Box Top contest were treated to a chocolate fountain with five different types of goodies and spring’s lucky winners enjoyed a “make your own slime” party!

Box Tops should be sent to school in a Ziploc or similar type baggie with both your  child’s name   and your   teacher’s name.  Each class has their own special Box Tops collection envelope.  In order to ensure box tops are included in the correct classroom’s total we ask that you refrain from sending them to the office.

Please visit   Box Tops for Education    for a complete list of Box Top products, some really good coupons and information about how to score tons of free Box Tops. Signing up is simple, quick and free. Please contact Annette at   with any questions.

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Cottonwood Serves – Comfort Cases


Running this week, February 12th-February 17th, our Cottonwood Kindies are partnering with Campus Middle School to support Comfort Cases. Comfort Cases is an organization giving foster children a special bag of their own, filled with comfort and essential items, to help these brave children on their journey to find a forever home. Click here to watch a short video explaining what goes into these bags.

This is where you come in!  The kindies and your Cottonwood SERVES committee are asking for your help to fill these bags. Please see the attached flyer for the multitude of items they need. Anything you can bring will help. Also, there is an opportunity for our community to help assemble these bags as well. On Saturday, February 17th, from 8AM-12PM, at Campus Middle School, you and your kiddos can help fill these bags (a signed media waiver must be on file, as there is expected media coverage). Please click here to sign up!

Any questions, email Jennie Preece – or Mimi Skeehan –

Thank you in advance for supporting our kindies and Comfort Cases!

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Thank you!

A special thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered to make last week’s Friday Frenzy a success!  The kids had a blast and special thanks to Catherine Puttman, Deb Botton, Tracy Brunschwig and Diane Degenhart for coordinating Friday Frenzy.  A BIG thank you to Straffon Orthodontics, Dr. Derek Straffon and his entire office staff for donating snacks to support this 5th grade continuation program!

Another BIG thank you to Fire Bowl for donating fried rice and egg rolls to Mrs. McCall’s KEP class in celebration of  Chinese New Year!  We are so lucky to have such amazing local business sponsors!


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Spaghetti Dinner!

Join us on Monday, February 12, 2018, for a special Cottonwood community spaghetti dinner!!! Visit with friends, take a night off from cooking, and enjoy this great community we are a part of. Teachers will join us as well! There will be two seatings (max 100 people each) in our own cafeteria where spaghetti, salad, desserts, and drinks will be served. Gluten free food will also be available. Only $5 per person – register now on the link below as spots will go quick.

When: February 12, seating’s at 6:15 and 7:15 (max 100 per seating)
Where: Cottonwood Creek Ristorante (cafeteria)
Cost: $5/person
Gluten free spaghetti available

Register here

Many thanks to the following area restaurants for their generosity in donating food for this event:

Zane’s Italian Bistro
Noodles & Co.
Lil’ Riccis – DTC

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Upcoming Parties!

Moms’ Night Out: Come and relax and kick off the 2nd half of the year with hosts Lindsey Talaga, Molly Lamar, Stacy Johnson, Karen Laughlin-Leach and Nicole Terch at Lindsey Talaga’s house on February 22 at 7pm. Wine and dessert will be provided. $25 entry (via cheddarup link).
Sign up at:

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Jim & Nick’s BBQ-delivered right to your car!

Have a craving for BBQ? You won’t want to miss Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ Restaurant Night! On February 27th, Jim ‘N Nick’s will be at Cottonwood delivering your dinner order right to your car! Orders must be placed ahead of time – deadline is February 23rd. See 2/5 etales for more details.

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Save the Date: Spring Online and Live Auction

More details to follow but for now mark your calendars for our upcoming spring Online and Live Auction! Online auction will run from Wednesday, April 11 thru April 18, and the live auction event will be held on Friday evening, April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Two Penguins. Our volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to make sure this is a MEMORABLE and FUN evening for everyone. We can’t reveal all the tricks up our sleeves just yet, but you WON’T want to miss it!!

ITEM DONATIONS: If you or someone you know is interested in donating an item or service to the auction, please stop by the front office to pick up a donation form. We have also attached an electronic copy as well.
SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION: Interested in sponsoring the live event? Sponsorship opportunities start as low as $100! See attached flyer for more details. Please contact Jenny Emerson at with any questions. Thank you in advance for your support!


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Count Me In for Cottonwood!

Volunteers needed for the Cottonwood Creek Executive Board: Nominations Due Friday, March 2nd.

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 2nd, 2018 to be eligible for a position.

Notification of the slate will take place by Friday, March 9, 2018. 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 Marnie Kamensky or Jennifer Feingold at

Please see etales from 2/5 for nomination forms.

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Sock Hop March 9th–date change!

Mark your calendars for our annual Sock Hop dance on March 9th (please note the date change from March 16th).  Dig up your poodle skirts and leather jackets and head to Cherry Creek High school for an evening of dancing, eating and FUN! More information to come.

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Personalize your yearbook!

Have you ordered your yearbook yet? 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! If you haven’t yet ordered a yearbook, you can do so now by clicking on the following link:
For detailed information on how to personalize your yearbook, see etales from 2/5.

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Thank you!

A special thanks to a few more auction team members: Romina (Zalcman) Zajd for her behind the scenes work on the online auction, and to Diana Miller and Lindsey Bye who are busy planning a fantastic live auction event. We appreciate all that you do!

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Friday Frenzy February 9th!

The 5th graders will be hosting Friday Frenzy on February 9th – save the date!  Details to follow!

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Thank You!

Thank you to Sara Smaling and Jenny Emerson for all of their work behind the scenes making sure this year’s online and live auction will be nothing short of phenomenal!

Thank you to Melissa Adler for coordinating all of the awesome Restaurant Nights for Cottonwood!

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Company Matches

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Cottonwood Creek Elementary holds multiple events throughout the year to raise funds for student education programs, equipment, supplies and services. These funds support literacy, math, science, technology, and provide additional instructional services. The money raised closes the gap between state funding and current needs of the students.  We could not accomplish our goals without your generous financial support.
Do you want to double or triple the impact of your gift? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, talk to your HR representative.
Thank you for your support and check out the attached flyer for more information to see if your company is willing to give a matching gift today!

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Health & Wellness-No Sugar Pledge 1/22-1/26

Are you ready for the next Health & Wellness challenge?  We had almost 40% participation with our students and staff for the Physical Activity Challenge.  Cottonwood challenges your student (and your family) to take the No Sugar Pledge for one week.  Commit to five days of no sugar.  You may still have leftover holiday candy or sugary treats calling your name.  It has been shown that the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it.  So challenge yourself and take a break from sugar this week. If you pledge to not eat candy, cookies, soda and sweet treats for one week you will be entered into a drawing to receive a prize. And the classroom with the most participation will win an extra recess!  So take the No Sugar Pledge starting Monday, the 22nd – Friday, the 26th!   See attached pledge form for more details.
Andrea Jones

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Restaurant Night at Cuba Cuba or Illegal Pete’s

Mark your calendars for our upcoming restaurant night on Wednesday, January 24th! Take a break from cooking and join other Cottonwood families at either CUBA CUBA or ILLEGAL PETE’s (both in the same shopping center). Please mention Cottonwood – a percentage of sales will come back to our school. See 1/15 etales for more details.

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Thank you volunteers!

Thank you to Andrea Jones & Cher Serhal for helping to raise education and awareness about our health and wellness at Cottonwood. Thank you both for all you do!

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Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you to Jennifer Abrams and Colleen Chan for making our new families feel so welcome at Cottonwood. Thank you both for all you do!

Please know we do our best to acknowledge as many volunteers as we can through eTales and on the PTO website located at:

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PTO Meeting- this Friday 1/12 at 8:00


Please join us this Friday, January 12th, for our PTO Meeting which will include a presentation on “Modern Technology & the Criminal Justice System – What Every Parent Needs to Know,” presented by Lara Baker, Esq.   You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about how technology is increasingly becoming more prevalent in our children’s lives and how we can protect them from the technological pitfalls that exist in today’s society.  There will also be an update from the PTO and coffee and bagels will be served.  All our welcome!

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