Calling All Cottonwood!

Week of September 14, 2020

Hello Cougars!  Please see below for important school updates!

In This Issue of The Cottonwood PTO News:

FIRST GENERAL PTO MEETING (VIRTUAL) – SEPT 18TH, 8:30-9:30am

 Every parent is part of the PTO and this year, more than ever, we want to hear your voice!  This is our first meeting and it is open to the entire Cottonwood community.  There is absolutely no obligation!  Just attend and listen or come to share your thoughts and ideas.

For this virtual meeting, our guest speaker is Principal Katie Johnson.  She will give us an update on the first month of school and then we will open the floor for questions.

We encourage everyone to attend.  Please RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

SCHOOLWIDE CONTEST – KING SOOPERS & AMAZONSMILE!! SEPT 13 – SEPT 18 (Now Extended through Sept 25)

IT’S A CONTEST! The week of September 14th we will have a Battle of the Classes!  Each class will compete to have as many people and/or families as they can sign-up for King Soopers & Amazon Smile! The classes with the most sign-ups in each grade will win an EXTRA AMAZING RECESS PARTY and the class with the most sign ups will WIN A PRIZE!! 

Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack sent home on Friday, September 11th with more detailsOR PRINT OUT THE ATTACHED FLYER!  Ask your family, friends, grandparents and neighbors to follow the steps below and SIGN-UP to support Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO at King Soopers and AmazonSmile!

Want to help raise $25,000 for our school, without donating any money?

Here’s how: Add Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO to your King Soopers and AmazonSmile accounts (absolutely FREE!), and a portion of every dollar you spend supports our school! Signup once, and you’re done.  It’s that easy!!

Follow these simple steps to link your account:

KING SOOPERS: 

  1. Sign In at  www.kingsoopers.com  \ My Account \ Account Summary \ Community Rewards
  2. Name: Cottonwood Creek PTO
  3. Organization Number: VD201

AMAZONSMILE: 

  1. Open Amazon App (from your smart phone) and select settings from bottom right hand corner
  2. Under Settings, Select AmazonSmile
  3. Choose “Add Charity” or “Change Charity”
  4. Click “Search all charitable organizations” and enter “Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO” as your charity name
  5. Select Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO – Englewood, CO
  6. Select Turn ON AmazonSmile
  7. Start Shopping!

FALL MUMS & DONUTS DRIVE – PLACE YOUR ORDERS TODAY!  9/13 – 9/28

We are excited to announce a Fall Mums & Donuts Drive supporting Cottonwood Creek (see flyer here)!! Cool weather is blowing in reminding us that fall is on the way! Support Cottonwood this fall by ordering your Mums & Donuts with us!

Thank you to our amazing event sponsors, 303 Smiles and The Mortgage Company. Proceeds benefit Cottonwood Creek Elementary School!

WHEN: Place your orders TODAY for colorful Fall Mums and Donuts starting Sunday, 9/13 running through Monday, 9/28.

WHAT:  Beautiful fall mums in small and large (fall colors) and delicious, fall themed donuts!

WHERE: Pick-up your order after school/evening on Thursday, October 1st in the CCV Pool Parking Lot, and Enjoy!!

Click HERE to place your orders!

THANK YOU AGAIN TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS!!!

 

 

 

ORDER YOUR COTTONWOOD CALLER – SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Be sure to purchase your Cottonwood Caller, our student directory! The Caller contains all essential school information, schedules, and contact information to stay connected with friends and families.

Purchase your School Directory HERE

COTTONWOOD CALLER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – DON’T MISS OUT!  FINAL DAY 9/15!

Do you want to support Cottonwood AND get your business in front of 400+ households?  Then a sponsorship in the Cottonwood Caller (student directory) is for you!  You can select your level of support for Cottonwood Creek via the Cottonwood Caller Auction Site.  ACT FAST!  LAST DAY TO BE A SPONSOR IS TUESDAY, 9/15.  Here’s how it works:

Be a Gold Sponsor:  Secure the next amazing positions in the directory, starting Monday, 8/31-9/15.  This includes the inside front cover, the inside back cover, the page adjacent to the inside front cover and the page adjacent to the inside back cover.  Purchase directly through the auction site.

Be a Silver Sponsor:  Secure a premium full-page placement (first two pages of directory).  Available for purchase directly through the auction site starting Monday, 8/31-9/15.

Be a Bronze Sponsor:  Secure a full page, half page or quarter page placement.  Available for purchase directly through the auction site starting Monday, 8/31-9/15.

Again, the Cottonwood Caller Auction Site will be open for sponsorship bidding on Monday, 8/31-9/15. https://cottonwoodcaller.ptapal.com

Your Business + Support for Cottonwood = We All Win!  Questions? Please send to cottonwoodcaller@gmail.comThanks for your support!

CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT NIGHT – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH

Chipotle restaurant night is Wednesday, September 16th from 4:00-8:00 at the Arapahoe and Peoria location!

This year it is SUPER easy! Order online for pickup to avoid the line or order at the store.

For online orders, use Promo Code ZYH2EXT on the Chipotle app or website.  The attached flyer includes instructions.

 

DIGITAL LIBRARY CHECK OUT!

Digital Library | Providing Access to All | York County Libraries

Now you can check out books digitally!  EBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos are available from the CCSD Overdrive Digital Library for download to PCs, Macs, Kindles, iPads, smartphones, MP3 players and hundreds of other devices!

Here’s how:

* Log in to the Overdrive catalog at: my.cherrycreekschools.org

* Select the myLibrary tab at the bottom

* Select the image for Overdrive

* Log in with your school computer username (active directory) and password (active directory). Remember, you set your own active directory password. Library staff have no way of knowing what it is.

Click here for on instructional video!

PTO BUDGET FOR THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR

The 2020/2021 PTO Budget has been approved by the PTO Executive Board.  Please click HERE to review the PTO Budget for the 2020/2021 school year. The budget has also been posted to the PTO website. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email treasurer@cottonwoodpto.com.  Thank you.

THE YEARBOOK IS COMING

Good news! The 2019/2020 school yearbook will be distributed in early October. We apologize for the delay!

If you purchased a yearbook for your 5th grader and your child has a younger sibling at Cottonwood, your 5th grader’s yearbook will be sent home with the younger sibling. If you purchased a yearbook for your 5th grader and you no longer have children attending Cottonwood, the yearbook committee will coordinate getting those yearbooks delivered to your home. If your child will be participating in full-time remote learning in the 2020-21 school year, the yearbook committee will also make sure your yearbook is delivered to your home.  Should you have any further questions, please contact Berenice Katcher at bsk22la@gmail.com.

ONLINE COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND LINKS

Use these helpful links to stay informed on the latest developments in the Cherry Creek School District.

CCSD Planning Forward Website

CCSD COVID Tracker and Public Health Metrics

CCSD Planning Forward – Frequently Asked Questions

Citizens for Cherry Creek Schools

CITIZENS FOR CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS SUPPORT MEASURES 4A & 4B THIS FALL!


Support Measures 4A & 4B on your ballot this fall! It is up to us to preserve excellence for Cherry Creek Schools! 4A will help keep our excellent teachers and maintain small class sizes. Learn more at citizensforcherrycreekschools.com.

Measure 4A would raise $35 million in operational revenue to maintain teachers, nurses, and mental health workers and stave off the worst impacts of our budget deficit.

Measure 4B would raise $150 million for bond projects, including a mental health day treatment facility, security upgrades, innovative renovations at high schools, critical maintenance projects at schools, and a possible new school in the eastern part of the district to alleviate overcrowding.

PTO CALENDAR SUBSCRIPTION INSTRUCTIONS AND FIX 

Do you ever wish you had an easy way to keep track of all the school events?  Wish no more! 

Follow these easy steps to subscribe to our PTO calendar so that school events appear on your phone:

  1. From your phone, navigate to our website at: http://cottonwoodcreekpto.com/
  2. Subscribe to the calendar using the “Add” button on the calendar located on the left side of the home page

*You can also add a shortcut icon to your phone’s home screen.  Go to our home page and create a shortcut by clicking the “share icon” then “add to home screen”

Are you seeing two PTO Calendars on your phone? No problem, we have a fix for that – click here.

Important Dates

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

8/31 – 9/15:  Sponsorship Pages available for purchase in the Cottonwood Caller

9/8-9/11:  5th Graders – Submit Your Artwork for the Cottonwood Caller Art Contest!!

9/13-9/18:  King Soopers/Amazon Smile SCHOOLWIDE CONTEST WEEK!

9/13 – 9/28:  Fall Mums & Donuts Drive – Place your orders!

9/16:  Restaurant Night at Chipotle, 4pm – 8pm

9/18:  PTO Meeting, to be held virtually RSVP HERE

10/1:  Pick-up Day for Mum & Donuts Drive after school/evening at CCV Pool Parking Lot

10/1:  PASS Committee Meeting 8:30am (virtual)

10/6:  PIN (Parent Information Network) Meeting, Topic – ADHD (online event)

10/7:  Restaurant Night – Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 5pm – 10pm (drive thru only)

10/12 – 10/16:  NO SCHOOL – Fall Break!