Music Volunteers Needed for Veteran’s Day Program

Veteran’s Day will be here soon and the choir is busy preparing for their daytime assembly at school on November 9th honoring our veterans and military.  Mrs. Lavrisha is looking for a volunteer to create a slideshow of our veteran/military family members/friends.  Cottonwood families would send their photos and info about their veteran/military family members/friends to this person, and then he/she would organize it into a slideshow and put it to background music.  If you can help, please contact music volunteer coordinators Susan Mui and Winnie Chang at or ASAP so they can send out an email to Cottonwood families to send in their photos/info.  Thank you!

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Do you have a kindie or 1st grader?  Do they love Halloween?  Well if so, good news as we are hosting two separate costume parties for all Kindergartners and First Graders on October 19th for Kindies from 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm and for 1st graders from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at Orchard Park (behind CCV pool). Crafts, snacks and games will be provided along with “trick or treating”! The cost is $10.00 per person and ALL proceeds go to support Cottonwood Creek Elementary.

We encourage all children to wear their costume (to change into AFTER school). Please provide a trick or treat bag for your child to collect treats.

There will be a “trick or treat” donation bin just outside each grade-level door from Monday, Oct. 16th – Wednesday, Oct. 18th. We would be grateful for any donations of treats, fruit snacks, or non-food items such as pencils and erasers. Thank you in advance and please see the attached flyer for more details!  To sign up, go to:

Kindie :

1st Grade:

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Thank you for an amazing Carnival!

Thank You for an Amazing Carnival!

A very special shout out to our fabulous Carnival Co-Chairs, Chareese Lopez & Lauren Kimball for making this year’s Carnival a smashing success! We also want to acknowledge Sarah White for all her help and for spinning that cotton candy all day, Jon and Michelle Davidson for the delicious food and drinks, Winnie Chang and Kristen Howell for the Taste of Cottonwood, Amy Shineman for face painting, Melisande Holihan for organizing the cake walk, DJ Aron Mendelsberg, our student and parent volunteers and everyone else for donating their time, talents and money to help make this a fantastic event for our entire Community.   It definitely takes a village, and we are so appreciative of everyone. Thank you!


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Trunk or Treat!

The PTO would like to invite all Cottonwood families to a Trunk or Treat on Tuesday October  31, 2017 from 4:30-5:30 pm.  Have the kiddos dress in costume and trick or treat in trunks in our school parking lot before heading out for more trick or treating!  This is a FREE event.

Calling all trunks!  In order for this event to be a success, we need trunks.  Decorate your trunk to a theme or just bring your car and hand out candy.  See the attached flyer for more information!

Sign up at to reserve a parking spot to hand out candy or to decorate your trunk.

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Thank you to the Hospitality Committee

The hospitality committee coordinated its first pot-luck of the school year for the teachers and it was a HUGE success! We received wonderful feedback from so many. Amazing work and a special thank you to Nicole Terch and Molly Lamar, for chairing this important committee and organizing the pot-luck. We also want to acknowledge EVERYONE who cooked, baked or donated money to the cause. Thank you for helping us acknowledge our amazing teaching staff at Cottonwood and for brightening their day.

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Hurricane Harvey Project

A special thank you from the 3rd Grade Destination Imagination Team:
Dear Parents and Staff,
Thank you so much for all your generous donations to the Hurricane Harvey Drive.  With your help, we are now able to provide a devastated school in Texas with 1600 items, including library books, PE supplies, arts and crafts supplies, books, binders, folders, backpacks, lunchboxes and water bottles.  We are overwhelmed by your support and generosity.  From the bottom of all of our hearts, we are truly grateful and we thank you so much!
P.S. On behalf of the PTO, we’d like to acknowledge to Amy Stein and the rest of the 3rd grade DI team parents for encouraging the kids to take on such an important and meaningful project and seeing it through. GREAT JOB!


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Box Top Contest!!

Cottonwood’s first Box Top contest of the year is well underway!  To achieve our goal of $1800 we ask for you to keep up the fantastic work by continuing to choose Box Top participating products, clipping those coupons and sending them into school.  Send them in just as they are – trimming isn’t necessary.  The class that turns in the most Box Tops between now and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 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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A Taste of Cottonwood at the Carnival

A TASTE OF COTTONWOOD at the Carnival – sponsored by the Cultural Connections Committee. Come share your love of food and Cottonwood at the Carnival on October 13th from 3-6pm. Cultural Connections will be hosting its 4th annual “Taste of Cottonwood” food tent and we would love everyone to participate! Simply share a food item from your favorite country or a family recipe. See the attached flyer for all the details including signups. Please contact Winnie Chang or Kristen Howell for questions or more information at

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Cottonwood Spirit Days!

COTTONWOOD SPIRIT DAYS! This year Cottonwood’s Student Council, led by Ms. Wehrle and Ms. Derbish, are planning some super fun spirit days.  Here’s what in store for October:
October 13, 2017 – Cottonwood Spirit Wear – wear your blue and green or any Cougar clothes and sprit wear!  Sutdents can show off their Cougar Pride at the Carnival after school.
October 31, 2017 – Storybook Character Day – this day students are invited to celebrate a book by wearing a costume of a favorite storybook character.  The kids have to either bring in the book or be able to say what book their character came from.


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Help Support Cottonwood Everytime You Shop

Did you know that every time you make a purchase at King Soopers using your reloadable card, Cottonwood receives 5% 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 treasurers, Lisa Farr and Kimber Foster at Thank you for your support!
Don’t forget about these other ROAR Rewards, too! Earn money for Cottonwood every time you shop: CraveIt!, Delectable Egg,  Amazon Smile, My Favorite Muffin (new!) ,My Salad Chop (new!) and other Restaurant Nights.

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Upcoming Restaurant Night

Want a break from cooking? PAPA JOHN’s pizza is supporting Cottonwood Creek on Tuesday, October 31st. Treat yourself to a night off of cooking while helping our school. Orders must be placed in advance with our school order form (available soon!). Pizzas will be available for express pick-up at the Cottonwood “kiss-and-go” lane on Tuesday evening (10/31) from 4:30-5pm. No need to get out of your car. Orders of $15+ will receive a coupon for a free large 3-topping pizza on a future order! Papa John’s will also support our wonderful teachers by providing them with a coupon for a free pizza! Thank you for your support!

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Tea Collection and Evereve Shopping Events

Do you shop at Tea Collection? If so, it’s time to stock up and save and support Cottonwood at the same time! From October 9th thru October 16th,  visit (not and enter the following promo code in apply code: SDF17COTTONWOOD.  All Tea Collection items (excluding non-Tea merchandise or Tea clothing sets) will be marked down 15% and once you apply the code, Cottonwood will also receive a percentage back of our final order total before tax and shipping.  Plus, you will receive FREE 6-10 business day shipping (6-10 business day shipping must be checked for code to apply)!   Orders placed without this code cannot be adjusted.

Also, don’t forget about our upcoming shopping event at EVEREVE, this Wednesday, October 4th from 3:30 to 7:30p.m.

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Upcoming PIN Meeting

ADHD or Just Lost, Late, and Unorganized? Have you been told your child is lazy, unorganized, inattentive or only puts effort into things that he/ she is interested in? Please join Cyle Feingold, Executive Director of Results Learning, to learn more about ADHD, executive functioning and the distinction between the two. Two times: Tuesday, October 3rd from 9:15a.m. to 11:15a.m. or Wednesday, October 4th from 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. Both meetings are held at the SARC building. Please see attached flyer for more information. For a list of all upcoming PIN meetings, look for the flyer in the front lobby of school.

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Promote a healthy lifestyle!  Bike, Scoot or Walk to school will be on Tuesday, October 3rd!  Get a hand stamp when you arrive at school.  The class with the most participants will win a prize!

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The Hospitality Committee Needs You!

The role of the hospitality committee is to pay tribute to the hardworking staff of Cottonwood Creek Elementary. Throughout the school year, we provide a series of luncheons and stock the lounge for conferences and Teacher Appreciation Week. To do this, we need your help! You can support the committee in many different ways.

The teachers really love and appreciate your homemade dishes and treats!  If you love to cook, bake or shop, and are interested in helping, please see the attached flyer and fill out the form!  If you don’t have time, hate to cook or just want to donate funds instead, please either use the cheddar up link below or return the attached flyer with your cash/check. Please make your check payable to Cottonwood Creek PTO.

Thank YOU for helping us show our Cottonwood Creek staff how much we appreciate them all year!!

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Destination Imagination

Please join us and Amy Stein in Cottonwood’s library on September 19th at 6:30 p.m. to hear about this year’s Destination Imagination program!  Destination Imagination is a team based program that builds creativity, leadership and teamwork skills.  It is a yearly program based on teams of 5-7 kids and 1-2 Team Managers. Teams usually start in late fall to prepare for competition in mid-March.

Teams work together on both a Team Challenge and an Instant Challenge using their problem-solving skills and teamwork.  It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to challenge themselves, build friendships and teamwork skills and represent Cottonwood Creek!

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Thank You!!

What a busy week it has been!  First, thank you to Stacy Johnson and Sandy Biley for coordinating last week’s Doggie Dip N’ Dive!  It was a blast watching all the dogs in doggie heaven both in and out of the pool!  Thank you also to Matt Mundy and MPM Recreation for helping our community – from adults to kids to pooches – close out the summer season!

Thank you also to Kareen Shapiro and Jill Marks for chairing this year’s Dudes & Daughters Dance!  It was a wonderful night filled with wonderful memories.  A HUGE shout out and thank you to our own Cottonwood dad, Aaron Mendelsberg with DTP Events/Dance Trax for stepping in at the last minute when the DJ had an emergency and ensuring that all the dudes and daughters had a BLAST on the dance floor!  If you would like to thank Aaron personally or need a DJ in the future, you can contact him at  Aaron, we are very grateful for your willingness to help make the dance so memorable!

And last but certainly not least, thank you to Amy Lauber for chairing this year’s Mother Son kickball games!  There was a great turnout of boys from all grades and it was a beautiful morning to be at Cottonwood!

These parents work so hard to make sure these events become wonderful memories for our kiddos so please thank them the next time you see them!

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Upcoming Cottonwood Parties!



There’s still time to sign up for Dudes and Daughters Dance and Mother-Son Kickball!

Dudes and Daughters Dance. September 15th at 6:00p.m.   Attention all Dudes/Dads: Make memories with your daughter at the annual Cottonwood Creek Dudes & Daughter dance.  Dance will take place on Friday, September 15th at 6pm. $25 per couple. To sign up, click on the following link: .   This is a wonderful event for the Cottonwood daughters out there and we hope you will join us!  Register now!

Mother-Son Kickball Game.  September 16th at 10:00a.m.   Moms, make memories with your son at the annual Mother/Son Kickball game. This will be held on September 16th at 10am on the Cottonwood Creek fields. $15 per couple. Click here to sign up:

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Have you ever wondered what the PTO does with the money we raise? We have a budget of approximately $140,000 for the 2017/2018 school year. Here’s a snapshot of where it all goes:

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You can see that the largest piece of our budget is to provide teacher assistance – TA’s and para-professionals – to our amazing Cottonwood teaching staff!  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, one last time, to everyone who supported Run4Fund$ this year!  We are so lucky to have such caring families in our Cottonwood community. A hearty thanks to the Run4Fund$ Co-Chairs – Nicole Terch and Carah Gelfand and all of the volunteers who helped at the fun run, prize day and those who worked behind the scenes!  We surpassed our school goal this year – AMAZING! And prize day was lots of fun so thank you!!!

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