In This Issue of The Cottonwood PTO News:

Hello Cougars!  This week we celebrate our amazing teachers and staff with Teacher Appreciation Week!  At Cottonwood, we are so grateful for our wonderful teachers, and we have lots of fun events planned to show our thanks this week!!   Please see below for all the Teacher Appreciation Week details and for important information about upcoming events.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK IS MAY 3RD – 6TH!

This week we celebrate our amazing Cottonwood teachers and staff with Teacher Appreciation Week!!  As the school year comes to an end, we are grateful for the all the hard work our teachers and the entire Cottonwood staff have put into our children’s growth, development, and safety. The PTO has several events planned to celebrate our teachers and staff:

Mon, May 3rd – Chick-fil-A lunch for teachers and staff, courtesy of the Goettsche family!

Tues, May 4th – Specialty Coffee Cart service for our teachers and staff!

Wed, May 5th – Wear RED for ED(ucation)!! and show support for our wonderful teachers and our incredible school.  The staff break room will also be filled with snacks and treats for our teachers and staff to enjoy!

#RedForEd – A movement uniting educators, parents and communities for better school funding for our students (promoted by the National Education Association)

Thurs, May 6th – Teachers and Students will enjoy an outdoor Popsicle Social, and teachers will be presented with end of year gifts from their class!

A special thank you to Marin Hamilton and Kassie Hurley, our Hospitality Committee Chairs, for arranging special treats for our staff to enjoy during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to all our Room and Party Parents for helping to make this week possible and for taking special care and supporting our teachers all year long!  And thank you to our Volunteer Coordinators, Dana Ambler and Shari Baillargeon for coordinating Teacher Appreciation Week!

Cottonwood wouldn’t be Cottonwood without our amazing Teachers and Staff!  We can’t thank you enough, and we hope you enjoy this special week!

RESTAURANT NIGHT AT MODERN MARKET THIS TUES, MAY 4TH 5-7PM!

Join us for Restaurant Night at Modern Market Eatery supporting Cottonwood Creek!

When: Tuesday, May 4th from 5-7 pm

Where: Modern Market Eatery – 8575 E Arapahoe Road #F, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

How: Mention Cottonwood when placing order either at the restaurant or by calling 303-220-9961. Carry-out orders may also be placed online by using Promo Code: giveback003 (No delivery orders will be accepted).

FINAL PIN MEETING OF THE YEAR – THIS TUES, MAY 4TH 9:15AM

You’re invited to join PIN (CCSD Parent Information Network) for a free, online community event on how to to keep kids engaged this summer.  Join live or view later: www.pinccsd.org.  See flier HERE for more details.

When:  Tuesday, May 4 at 9:15 am

Speakers:  Andrea Pitman & Danni Gugel

Topic:  Riding the Waves:  Summer Slips and Slides

ORDER YOUR 2021-22 SCHOOL SUPPLY PACKS THRU JUNE 1ST!

Don’t stress about school supplies!  Order your grade level school supply packs for the 2021-22 school year now through June 1st, and your child’s school supplies will be delivered directly to your student’s class room before the first day of school!  See flier HERE for more details and how to order.

Order Securely Online Starting Now thru June 1st!

1. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

2. Enter the school ID, COT021 (3 letters/3 numbers)

3. Follow the directions to complete your order.

4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt. Orders will be charged tax at checkout.

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS – ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month! To find out more about how Denver is celebrating and resources on how to support the AAPI community and locally owned businesses, please click here https://www.coloradoparent.com/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-month-denver/.

Please share your celebrations of AAPI Heritage Month by emailing culturalconnectionscot@gmail.com and keep sharing your photos to our community photo album here:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/tDCBWutRWvrR6xTg9

ATTN 2ND THRU 5TH GRADERS: BOOK ILLUSTRATION ART CONTEST! 

Hello 2nd thru 5th Graders! My name is Jennie Preece, and I’m a Cottonwood mom and a Language Arts teacher in the district. A few years ago while leading a summer writing camp, I wrote a story based on my own Sofie, who has always been a superhero to me. I figured if my students were writing, I better create something too! And thus arrived this crazy tale: Super Sofie and the Disappearing Dairy. It’s been sitting in my google drive waiting to come alive, and I wanted to reach out to Cottonwood to see if your kids can help make that happen! If your students love art, drawing, stories, ice cream, soy milk or just want to join in the challenge, this is their chance!

I’m searching for 12 illustrations to use in the published version of my story. Students in grades 2nd – 5th are welcome to participate.

Each grade will be assigned a choice of three chapters (see attached docs for the summaries, quotes, assigned chapters, etc… that they can pick to submit one illustration, with a specific quote connected to each chapter and to use for their artwork. (8 ½ X 11 inches PORTRAIT). All submissions due to Mrs. Thompson by MAY 21ST. Don’t forget the submission form with the artwork!  Any questions, email jenniepreece@gmail.com.

PTO ALLOCATIONS MEETING: WED, MAY 12TH at 6:30PM 

As a result of our wonderful Cottonwood community’s hard work and generosity this year, we are happy to announce that we are able to allocate surplus funds to benefit our students. We expect to have approximately $70k in surplus funds to allocate after TA allocations.  Please refer to the email sent on April 27th (attached HERE) for further details and guidelines on the Spring Allocations process. If you are interested in submitting an allocation request, please do so by HERE by submitting a Spring Allocations Request Form.  Please adhere to the Funds Allocation Guidelines outlined in the April 27th letter when submitting allocation requests.  All allocation requests are due by Monday, May 10th at 12pm.

The PTO Allocations Meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 12th via zoom.  Please RSVP HERE to let us know that you plan to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Please join the meeting using the Zoom link HERE. Thank you!

PTO SPECIAL VOTING MEETING: FRI, MAY 14TH at 8:30AM

Join us on Friday, May 14th at 8:30am for a brief General PTO meeting to vote on the 2021-2022 PTO Executive Board position of incoming Vice Presidents.

Topic: PTO Special Voting Meeting

Time: May 14, 2021 08:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89618697765?pwd=bDl4MVA4UFFEN2dWWlB3dy9HVU85Zz09

Meeting ID: 896 1869 7765

Passcode: tf2UN3

LAST RESTAURANT NIGHT!!  LIL RICCI’S: TUES, MAY 18TH 4:30-8:30PM

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Cottonwood’s Last Restaurant Night for the school year is Tuesday, May 18th!

Where: Lil Ricci’s DTC (5322 DTC Blvd #100. Greenwood Village, CO 80111)

When: Tuesday, May 18th 4:30 – 8:30 pm

How: Dine in or carry out but don’t forget to mention Cottonwood!

AUCTION ITEM PICK-UP & TEACHER TREASURES

If you were a winner of an online or silent auction item and were not able to pick up your item during last week’s pick up times, please reach out to Becca at bcooperleebove@gmail.com.

If you won a Cougar Corner or Teacher Treasures item, we will provide your child’s name to the school.  As a reminder, all teacher lunches will be held on May 14th, and all class parties will take place the week of May 17th.

Thank you for supporting Cottonwood Creek!!

FIELD DAY IS COMING!

K-6 Field Day - Madison-Marietta-Nassau Elementary

Mr. Mondragon is working collaboratively with our specials team and Principal Johnson to plan a fun experience for Field Day 2021! Please note we will not able able to have visitors and/or volunteers this year.

Tentative Dates

K, 1, 2: Monday, May 24th

3, 4, 5: Tuesday, May 25th

SUMMER CAMP AND LESSON OPPORTUNITIES:

CCSD 2021 SUMMER SPORTS CAMP CATALOG

Check out the CCSD 2021 Summer Sports Camp Catalog for camp opportunities for your child this summer!  See the catalog attached HERE.

CCHS ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMPS (SOAR) FOR RISING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

For any soon-to-be middle school students, please see the attached information about the CCHS 2021 Adventure Summer Camps.

Student Outdoor Adventure Representatives (SOAR) is a youth leadership program dedicated to “building a community of leaders” through challenge course activities and programs. SOAR Summer Camps are staffed with qualified high school adventure leaders trained to facilitate challenge course and rock climbing programs. All camps and high school facilitators are supervised by qualified adult challenge course professionals.

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CITY OF AURORA SOCCER CAMPS

Please see attached flyer for information on the City of Aurora Summer Soccer Camps.

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ENROLL AT GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL & SUPPORT COTTONWOOD

Everyone wins with swim! Goldfish Swim School is coming to Centennial East and is proud to partner with Cottonwood to support our school! Follow these steps:

  1. Signup for swim lessons at https://www.goldfishswimschool.com/centennial-east/
  2. At check out, enter the promotion code:  COT2021
  3. Goldfish will donate your entire registration fee directly back to Cottonwood

REDUCE YOUR 2020 TAXES WITH YOUR PTO CONTRIBUTIONS

Did you donate to the Cottonwood PTO in 2020?  Use your Campaign for Cottonwood contributions and any other donations (less the fair market value) to reduce your taxes in 2020!

*For Campaign for Cottonwood receipts, search your email for “Campaign for Cottonwood Donation Receipt” or sender “Heather Robbins” and/or use copies of your checks.

As always, thank you for supporting Cottonwood!

SHOP WITH AMAZONSMILE & KING SOOPERS AND SUPPORT COTTONWOOD!

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

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: 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE COTTONWOOD CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YOUR CHARITY OF CHOICE ON AMAZON SMILE.  

SO EASY!!!  Please share with friends and extended family!!

THIS WEEK’S THANK YOUS

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Thank you to our awesome PE and Health and Wellness Committee Chairs, Erin Raleigh and Thanuja Zupan, for putting together our Bike, Walk, Scoot to School Day last Monday.  Everyone enjoyed getting outside to get to school!  Thank you for coordinating this fun event!

And, thank you once again to our AMAZING Auction Team for putting together an unforgettable silent/online and live virtual auction event this year!!  Thank you to Becca Cooper Leebove, Val DeGaetani, Clara Carpenter, Lydia Miller, Monica Bogue, and Lauren Kauffman.  Thanks to your efforts, we once again came together as a community and had lots of fun supporting and raising much needed funds for our school!!

 

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

5/3-5/6:  Teacher Appreciation Week!!

5/4:  Last PIN Meeting of the school year 9:15am

5/4:  Restaurant Night at Modern Market Eatery 5-7pm

5/7:  NO SCHOOL: K-8 Non-Contact Day

5/12:  PTO Allocations Meeting 6:30pm via zoom RSVP HERE

5/14:  PTO Special Voting Meeting 8:30AM via zoom

5/18:  Restaurant Night at Lil Ricci’s 4:30-8:30pm

5/24:  K-2ND Field Day Festivities

5/25:  3RD-5TH Field Day Festivities

5/28:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  School dismissal at 11am.