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:  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 ( or Carrie Ripes (

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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 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


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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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‘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 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 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!


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.

Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan
Cottonwood SERVES Committee Chairs

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Calling All Woodworkers!

Help Needed!  Are you handy and/or do you enjoy woodworking? Our wonderful art teacher, Dawn Thompson, needs someone to cut logs into segments approximately 1/2 inch – 1 inch thick. Photos are attached for reference.  If you’re able and willing, please contact Dawn Thompson at

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Chipotle Restaurant Night

Join us at Chipotle on Arapahoe Road on December 13th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. A percentage of all proceeds comes back to Cottonwood!   Please see the 12/4 etales for more information.


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Health and Wellness Challenge Update

Thank you to all the kiddos and adults who participated in our first Health and Wellness Physical Activity challenge in November.  We had 38% of the students and teachers participate, which is amazing!  The two classes with the highest participation were Mrs. Buell’s class for K-2 with 52% and Mr. Gaine’s class for 3-5 with 58%.  Individual winners were drawn randomly, one per grade.  They include: Holden Peterson, Oliver Hancock, Linn Videfors, Lola Bills, Sarah Ali and Andre Champeau.  The staff winner was Lynn Wagner.  Check out all their photos on the PTO bulletin board across from the check-in area.  We look forward to bringing you another fun challenge in January!
Cher Serhal & Andrea Jones
Health & Wellness Committee chairs

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Thank You Volunteers

Part of what makes the Cottonwood Community so special is its many dedicated volunteers!  From the classrooms to the art room to the school paths during walk/bike/scoot to school days and all over Cottonwood, you can find our phenomenal group of volunteers!  On behalf of the PTO, we thank all of you for donating your time and energy to our sweet students! A special thank you to Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan, along with 1st & 3rd graders and their families for organizing a wonderful Toy & Coat Drive. Thank you to all who donated or participated! Also thank you to Health and Wellness committee chairs, Cher Serhal and Andrea Jones, for a super successful Physical Activity Challenge. Way to go!

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New/Used Coat & Toy Drive!

The 1st and 3rd Graders invite you to participate in this year’s New/Used Coat and Toy Drive!

We have been helping Coats for Colorado and the Denver Santa Clause Shop (DSCS) in previous years, and this year we hope to make a difference again. Kids have decorated bins for the front of the school lobby (easy drop off) and 1st and 3rd grade areas for collection. Bring any used coat for all ages or toys (any condition) to donate. The DSCS has been serving more than 1 million kids since 1931! It’s a great organization that we are excited to help again this year. Go to for more info.

Collection will run from November 16th through November 30th.

The 1st and 3rd graders thank you for your support!

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Holiday Traditions Cultural Pot Luck

An Invitation to All Cottonwood Families!
Please join us for our 5th Annual Holiday Traditions Potluck
WHEN:   Wednesday, November 15th
WHERE:  Cottonwood 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! There will be fun holiday crafts for the kids!
To sign up email Susan at See flyer in the November 12th etales for more details.


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Treats for Troops-Thank You!

The 2nd Graders and our National Guard want to thank Cottonwood again for the generous donations of Halloween candy for our troops. This has been a great tradition at Cottonwood, and this year it was fantastic to see how much our kids made this project their own! If you didn’t catch the feature series, called “Together 4 Colorado,” on Wednesday, here is the link to see our Cottonwood kids filling up the SUV!

2nd Graders Donate Halloween Candy For Troops

PLUS, Stay Tuned for our Gently Used Coat and Toy Drive!

Starting next week, students will be helping publicize for and collect gently used coats and toys for families in need. More info to come. So if you are cleaning out closets, keep a bin as it’s a great way to purge and help at the same time!

Jennie Preece & Mimi Skeehan

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Health & Wellness Committee Initiative

The Health & Wellness Committee is proud to introduce their first new initiative of the year, which is a student (and hopefully teacher and parent) challenge!  This first one will be to add physical fitness into your day for 5 out of 11 days.  We are asking students to track their activity on the attached form then turn it in to their teacher.  Our goal, is to get the kiddos thinking about physical fitness and how to incorporate it into their day.  Please see the flyer in your November 12th eTales for more details!

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Thank You!

A HUGE Cottonwood “roaring” thank you to Jennie Preece and Mimi Skeehan for coordinating Troops for Treats and other Community Service/Cottonwood Serves  programs. Great work!

We’d also like to acknowledge Nicole Terch and Molly Lamar, Hospitality Committee co-chairs, for coordinating the effort to stock the teacher’s lounge with food and snacks throughout a very busy conference week. The teachers are so grateful for our support.  Thank you to all who contributed!

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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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