This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 11/12/2018 – 11/18/2018

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 11/11/2018 eTales located here.

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Please join us for our 7th Annual Holiday Traditions Potluck, Wednesday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Come share your family’s yummy holiday traditions from any season with other Cottonwood families! We’d love to taste your favorite holiday dish. Homemade or from the store, it’s all good! Appetizers, entrees, side dish and/or desserts are welcomed! There will be fun holiday crafts for the kids!

To sign up, email or return the bottom of the attached flyer to the front office or sign up with the SignUp Genius link here.



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Restaurant Night at Red Robin 11/15

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November 15th, 4-8 PM

Take a break from cooking and mark your calendars for November’s Restaurant Night at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews on Arapahoe and Yosemite. Enjoy dining in the restaurant or take your burgers to-go. Bring in the attached flyer or mention Cottonwood Creek Elementary when ordering.


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PTO Meeting – Special Guest: 11/16 @ 8 AM

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PTO MEETING Friday November 16th @ 8AM in the Cafeteria w/ a Special Guest

Our meeting 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 are welcome!

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The students and teachers of our kindie, 2nd and 4th grade classes invite you to participate in our fall service project – Boodle Boxes!! Our first joint campaign, we are incredibly excited to work together for our soldiers. West Point Moms (of which our fabulous art teacher, Dawn Thompson is part of!), put together items and then pack and ship them across the world to our active military. We are joining forces and have committed to filling, packing and sending off 30 boxes. This is where we need your help. Here is a supply list of requested items (which also includes donating monies for shipping charges – see cheddar up link: Click HERE).

We will be collecting these items thru Monday, November 19th. During the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, our incredible specials team will be working with our kiddos writing cards, filling, assembling and decorating the boxes. Thank you in advance for your participation, donation and involvement in this worthwhile venture


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Happy Veterans Day! THANK YOU to ALL who have served and who currently serve our great nation -we honor and appreciate you!

For those who were able to attend Thursday’s Veterans Celebration, I think you will all agree it was truly remarkable. A VERY SPECIAL Thank you to Mr. Pedregon! His hard work and dedication to our school and students is clear. If you missed the event check out the video HERE and see our amazing student body featured on the news.



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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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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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Music Room Handy Helpers Needed


Mr. Pedregon, the music teacher, is looking for a couple of handy volunteers to do some light carpentry in the music room. The work would involve covering a gap between the wall and the raised floor section of the room with molding/trim to prevent items from falling into the gap. A miter saw would be needed as this section of the music room is a half-hexagon shape. The cost of materials would be reimbursed by the school. Please contact Susan Mui ( or Winnie Chang ( if you can help.

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Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers! From the classrooms to the art room and library, and to those who provide yummy meals for our teachers…and all over Cottonwood, you can find our phenomenal group of volunteers!

Thank you to Melissa Adler for putting together the fantastic slide show and Susan Mui and Winnie Chang for the fantastic backdrops at the Veterans day celebration and to all those who volunteered before, during and after the event.

Thank you to Amanda Prager for coordinating our always popular Bookfair and Thank you to ALL the volunteers who helped make this event run smoothly!

Thank you to the Brett Johnson and  Rob Schmela who hosted the super fun dad’s night out this past week!

Thank you to Nicole Terch and Carah Gelfand who coordinated the MUCH APPRECIATED Conference snack bar for our teachers who had conferences late into the evenings! And of course THANK YOU to of you who contributed to the snack bar which was fully stocked with amazing goodies and healthy treats to get our teachers through this long week.

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!





11/14: Holiday Traditions Potluck – 6:00 p.m.

11/15: Red Robin Restaurant Night (Arapahoe/Yosemite location) – 4:00-8:00 p.m.

11/16: PTO Meeting – 8:00 a.m., Cottonwood cafeteria

11/20 – Last day to drop off Boodle Box donations

11/21-11/23: NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving!

11/29: 5th Grade Music Program

12/11: Chipotle Restaurant Night (Arapahoe/Peoria)

12/13: 4th & 5th Grade Choir Performance


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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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Thank you Cottonwood Community!!

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Thank you to the members of the Cottonwood community who came to the funds allocation meeting to vote on the various requests from our teachers, staff, and parents this past week.    In case you missed it, we are excited to announce the following items that will be allocated to Cottonwood Creek on behalf of the 2017-18 PTO.

  • Furniture to furnish 2 new Stem Labs
  • Lightspeed sound systems for 3rd thru 5th grade classrooms (PTO purchased K thru 2nd last year)
  • Science and Social Studies Book sets for each kindergarten classroom so all students can have access. Kindergarten uses the Lucy Calkins reading curriculum with amazing results!
  • A Carvey-Digital Manufacturing Tool for a Makerspace to be used in stem and innovation space.  It creates hands-on project-based learning opportunities for all grades.
  • Equipment for the new Greenscreen/Recording studio including tripod, mic, adaptors, etc.
  • Sphero Robots. The sphero education kits will be used in all grades in stem and innovation labs. They teach robotics and fundamentals of programming. The kits can also be checked out by students.
  • Dash Robots Classroom Pack. The robotic kits will be used in grades K-5 in the stem and innovation labs. Dash is a real robot that responds to voice and can be coded using blockly.
  • Vex IQ Classroom Bundle Robotic Kit. The Vex Robotics classroom set will be used with 3rd thru 5th graders in stem and innovation labs.  Hands-on learning that encompasses robotics and coding.
  • Makerbot replicator and desktop 3D printer. It will be used in stem and innovation space supporting K – 5 projects.
  • New Ice Machine in nurse’s office
  • Funding for the Cherry Creek Arts Mobile Gallery
  • And last but certainly not least….a new Cougar Mascot Costume!  Look for him in the fall!

This list is AMAZING!

What an incredible community!  Again, thank you for your support and generosity throughout the entire school year.  Our amazing parents are the cornerstone of Cottonwood.  You, along with our hard-working teachers and staff are what sets Cottonwood apart from other schools.

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