This Week’s Updates!

Weekly Updates: 5/20/2019 – 5/26/2019

Here is what you need to know this week!  The content for this update is from the 4/19/2019 eTales which can be found here.

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PTO Allocations Meeting


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 2018-19 PTO.

  • Para-educators to supervise lunch, recess and provide additional support to grade level and specials.
  • 30 Dell 2-in-1 Computers and 1 Storage Cart. Will be housed in the media center/maker space and will serve K-5.
  • 24 Dell Chromebooks for all Kindergarten classes.
  • 10 iPads, Charging system, 10 Lightspeed licenses for managing apps, iTunes gift card for purchasing apps. Will serve K-5.
  • Classroom Set of Orff Instruments (mallet instruments): xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels. Will serve K-5.
  • 4 Radio Motorola Portable Radio with charger, battery and antenna.
  • 6 Breakout EDU boxes. Will serve K-5.
  • 5 Learniture Active Learning Stools for the 3rd grade classrooms.
  • 12 Chromebooks for the 2nd grade classrooms.

Thank you to everyone for an incredibly successful year!

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Dad’s Night Out – May 22nd


Calling all Cottonwood Dads! Join hosts Rob Schmela and Brett Johnson on May 22nd 6-10pm at Valley Country Club, Men’s grill (men only).

$25 per person in advance via Cheddar Up to attend, $50 cash per person at the door for poker buy-in, $50 for taco bar buffet with beer and well drinks included. 20 spots open.

Please sign up here:

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Fourth Grade Help Needed!


Attention 4th Grade Parents! It is tradition that we coordinate and serve treats to the 5th graders and their parents after continuation. If you are able, please sign up at the link below to make/buy goodies for delivery to the front office the morning of May 23rd.

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Check Lost and Found Before May 23rd!

Don’t forget to stop by the lost and found. We have everything from sweatshirts to jackets, water bottles to lunch boxes and just about everything in between. Items not claimed by end of the day on Thursday, May 23rd will be donated.

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Order 2019-2020 School Supplies


Order school supplies now! Your child’s school supplies will be sent and delivered directly to their classroom. So simple and easy! We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this convenient service. Please note we will NOT have any extra packs for purchase during back to school week, and the deadline for ordering is June 16, 2019 with NO exceptions.

To order, go to: and enter school ID COT021

Select the grade your child will enter in August 2019.

Print or save the online confirmation as your receipt!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Sara Beckley at or Courtney Taylor at

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Welcome 2019-2020 Kindie Families!


Thanuja Zupan and Darcey Perlman, the 2019-2020 kindergarten coordinators, would like to welcome kindie families to our wonderful Cottonwood Creek Elementary community! The PTO will be sponsoring two Popsicle in the Park meet and greets over the summer! Additionally, we have coordinated a parents’ night out at the beginning of the school year. Please see the attached flyer for more information and help us spread the word to families who have incoming 2019-20 kindergartners. We look forward to meeting all of you and your kindies!

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Tagawa Gardens – April & May


Support Cottonwood Creek while you shop at Tagawa Gardens this spring!  Bring in the attached flyer, or simply mention Cottonwood at checkout from April 1st – June 1st.

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CCSD Summer Sports Camps


CCSD offers sports camps throughout the summer. Please see attached catalog for more details

Also, The Cherry Creek Basketball program would like to share our summer camp information. The Grade School Camp is June 3-6 from 9am -12pm at West Middle School. See attached flyer for more information and register HERE.


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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. 

Since starting this program, the 5th graders have collected an amazing 1,759 dried out markers!! Awesome job Cottonwood!!

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Cougar Rewards!


[Hidden image]   King Soopers rewards is changing! Loading gift cards will no longer benefit Cottonwood, but the new system will be easier after a one-time selection.  All you need to do is follow the steps below to enroll your existing Sooper Card.

  • Go to
  • Login (if you haven’t logged in before you will need to create an account).
  • On the left side of the screen under my account, choose “Community Rewards” and search for Cottonwood Creek PTO or enter code VD201.

Once you enroll your Sooper Card one time, you won’t ever have to do it again, but Cottonwood will benefit each time you shop! Ask grandparents, neighbors, etc., to do this too!

Also, when you log onto Amazon, make sure to use the Amazon Smile link. Amazon supports Cottonwood every time you shop using this link! Mabel’s Labels also supports our school! Click Here: Mabels Labels and in addition to these online retailers we also received support from our neighborhood Crave it!, and Delectable Egg.



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Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers. We sincerely thank and appreciate the amazing group of PTO committee chairs who have been working hard all year!

Thank you so much to Ms. Jehn and Tammy Damrath for organizing and orchestrating a fun filled Field Day! The stations were amazing, and the kids had a blast!

There are not enough ways to express our thanks to this year’s incredible Executive Board, who worked tirelessly all year to ensure that our school was supported from top to bottom! The Co-Vice Presidents, Allison Vap and Lyndee Berkley, were instrumental in keeping the community informed by updating the PTO website and Facebook page. We thank them for all their support. Next year will no doubt be amazing under their leadership! The Ways & Means Chairpersons, Sandy Biley and Lindsey Bye were nothing short of phenomenal in helping raise money for Cottonwood! Your team’s fundraising efforts contributed to the success of the school year – we can’t thank you enough! A huge thanks to the Co-Treasurers, Kimber Foster and Jessica Rothschild, for their insight and meticulous bookkeeping! Your work on enhancing and improving the budget will be a benefit to Cottonwood for years to come! A sincere thank you to Rachel Schmela and Meli Holohan, Co-Secretaries, for being the communication experts on the board. Their attention to detail in keeping our minutes, the school calendar, and making sure our gratitude was shared to all who volunteered this year was unparalleled.

We THANK AND APPRECIATE ALL PARENTS, TEACHERS AND STAFF for donating your time and energy to our amazing students and our incredible school!

It has been our honor and pleasure serving the Cottonwood Community this year! THANK YOU!

Paula Hruska and Jenn Bub

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Important Dates Coming Up!

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4/1 – 6/1: Tagawa Gardens Supports Cottonwood

5/22: Kindergarten Graduation, 1:00 p.m.

5/22: Dad’s Poker Night Out

5/23: Fifth Grade Continuation, 8:30 a.m.

5/23: Deadline to Collect Lost & Found

5/24: Last Day of School,11:00 a.m. dismissal

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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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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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