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

HEALTH & WELLNESS – NO SUGAR PLEDGE Jan 22-26
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
akbrooksy@yahoo.com

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Upcoming Parties!

Dads’ Night Out: Come join hosts Brett Johnson, Rob Schmela and Steve Shineman for a night of poker on January 24 at 6:30pm at Valley Country Club. $10 entry (via cheddarup link) and $25 cash buy-in for the pot at the door. Food and drink available for purchase.
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:  https://mom-dad-nights-out-2-seperate-nights.cheddarup.com

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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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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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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. 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. Look for more details in future eTales!

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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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Company Matches

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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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:  http://cottonwoodcreekpto.com/

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

PTO MEETING – THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018, AT 8:00 A.M. IN THE CAFETERIA

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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Parent Council Meeting

This month’s Parent Council meeting will be held on January 10, 2018, at the SARC Building and will feature a presentation on Elementary and Middle Schools Innovation Bond Update with CCSD Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Scott Siegfried, Executive Director of Career and Innovation, Sarah Grobbel and Career and Innovation Academy Principal, Mark Morgan.  The meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.

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Thank you!!!

Thank you to Kathleen McCrohan and Carrie Ripes and all the room parents and party parents for making the holiday season so special for our teachers and staff!!  A huge thank you to Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan and all the families who adopted a child or children through the Lend a Helping Hand program, making it possible for so many families to have a happier holiday season

Thank you also to Sandy Biley for spearheading the E-Board to clean the PTO closet!

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Holiday Gifts for Teachers & Staff

Holiday Gifts for Teachers & Staff

Hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time for winter parties and gift collections.  The Winter Party will take place on Friday, December 22nd. Party Parents have already begun the planning process and will be notifying parents about volunteer opportunities soon.  Room Parents will be notifying parents of their individual classroom gift collections after Thanksgiving break. 

We would also like to thank the Specials teachers and numerous staff members who help our amazing school to run smoothly, including our front office staff, kitchen staff, school nurse and teaching Assistants. We are requesting a $5 donation from each child, but any amount is welcome. We will pool the money received to get each of them a token of our appreciation.  Please contribute no later than Thursday, December 14th.  Go to the following link to pay via check or credit card:  https://winter-gift-collection-for-specials-and-staff.cheddarup.com.  We strongly encourage online donations!

As always, gift collections are optional. 

For classroom specific questions, please contact your teacher’s Room Parent or Party Parent.  For school-wide gift collection questions, please contact Kathleen McCrohan (ketomasula@hotmail.com) or Carrie Ripes (caripes11@gmail.com).

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Student Leadership Council Winter Celebration for New Students


A note from Mrs. Wehrle & Mrs. Derbish: Please join us! Cottonwood’s Student Leadership Council is hosting a winter celebration for Cottonwood Creek’s new 2017-2018 students.  We’ll have treats, games, and fun activities.  The celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 19 from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. in Mrs. Derbish’s classroom. RSVP to mderbish@cherrycreekschools.org. See etales from 12/17 for more information.

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Pajama Day this Friday, Dec 22nd!

Student Leadership Council is sponsoring Pajama Day this Friday, December 22nd! Who says you have to wait until winter break to wear your pajamas the entire day? Kids can get ready for a relaxing and fun break by wearing their favorite PJ’s to school.

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Junior Great Books Begins in January!

This is the LAST WEEK to sign up for Junior Great Books!  Books will be purchased over break and handed out immediately after the start of the second semester.  A laid back Q&A will be offered on January 9 at 8:00am in the cafeteria for any parents with questions regarding running a group.  Group assignments and start(s) will also occur at the beginning of January and will run for 6-8 weeks.  We look forward to seeing your child(ren) participating in this educational extracurricular activity!  Deadline to sign up is December 22nd. See etales from 12/17 for signup information or contact Erin Tobkin at etate11@aol.com.

 

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International Holidays Bulletin Board

The Cultural Connections committee is thrilled to announce that they have a new “International Holidays” bulletin board up in the hall near the lunchroom that will be left up through the first part of 2018.  The board is divided into 12 months.  They would love for the Cottonwood families to add their holidays to it! Create a 3×5 or 4×6 card with a bit of information about any holiday that you celebrate throughout the year.  You can add a picture to the card, a quote, a fact, a question/answer, etc.  Bring multiple cards for multiple holidays to add if you’d like.  The students can add them to the board at any time.

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HELP SUPPORT COTTONWOOD EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!


‘Tis the season…Did you know that if you shop online through Amazon Smile, you can help raise money for Cottonwood at the same time?!  Please remember when shopping this holiday seasons to please go to www.smile.amazon.com and select Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO and Amazon Smile will donate a portion of the profits back to Cottonwood!  It’s that easy! Also, King Soopers reloadable cards make great holiday gifts for local friends and family! Contact treasurer@cottonwoodpto.com for more information.

Don’t forget about these other ROAR Rewards, too! Earn money for Cottonwood every time you shop:  CraveIt!, Delectable Egg, My Favorite Muffin (new!) , My Salad Chop (new!) and other Restaurant Nights.

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Holiday Assistance!

If your family needs financial support for the holidays, please contact Kristina Lengerich at 720-554-3215.  All information will remain confidential.

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Thank You and Upcoming Project: Lend a Helping Hand!


1st and 3rd graders, along with Cottonwood SERVES, would love to thank everyone who participated in the New/Used Coat and Toy Drive.  We loaded up two cars to the MAX on Thursday and delivered the toys to the Denver Santa Claus Shop and the coats to Coat for Colorado. Thanks to Jon Carle and Lisa Champeau for delivering!

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If you are looking for more ways to give this season, we will be hosting our annual “LEND A HELPING HAND” project, providing holiday gifts to families within our community and a sister school.

Paper mittens will be hung on the main bulletin in the front entrance next week with a family’s holiday wish list.  We encourage sports teams, families, scout troops, neighbors, etc. to sponsor a mitten and help a family in need. See 12/4 etales for more information.

Thanks,
Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan
Cottonwood SERVES Committee Chairs

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