In This Issue of The Cottonwood PTO News:

Week of February 28, 2021

Hello Cougars!  Please see below for important information about upcoming events.

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE IS ON!

Please see below for important information from Mr. Mondragon…

Who – The entire school will be participating in the kids heart challenge . Students are encouraged to register online where they will get access a ton of fun challenges, lessons and tools through the American heart association. You can also register through the kids heart challenge app or sign up right on the packet that was sent home.

What – The kids heart challenge (formerly jump rope for heart) is an event this school has a long history of participating. Cottonwood has been a top school in the entire state for many years. The kids heart challenge is all about getting active, having fun and saving lives. The program includes cardio-pumping activities that go beyond the simple joy of exercise and has kids pledge to be more physically active, drink more water and do a good deed. Kids learn about the importance of physical activity and how it helps their bodies. This is an important lifelong lesson; kids understanding heart health early can help prevent a myriad health problems, including heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world.

When – February 19 – March 26

Where – Students will not be able to have an assembly for kickoff this year so they will watch a kickoff video in their class and have weekly updates and challenges.

Why – Heart disease and childhood obesity are major problems in America that continue to rise in number. Participating in the kids heart challenge is a way for our school community to come together to help fight heart disease and have a sense of something that is bigger than just our school and give back. Every student will benefit from the daily and weekly missions that will teach them about HOW and WHY they need to take care of their hearts.

This year the goal is to raise $32,166 

More information about Kids Heart Challenge is available online at heart.org/kidsheartchallenge.

How do you register? 

visit www.heart.org/khc to register under our school.

MASKS AND SPIRIT WEAR ARE BACK! ORDER BY FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH

Back by popular demand, masks, gaiters and Cottonwood Spirit Wear are back!!  Gear up your cougar for winter and spring activities with awesome cougar spirit gear – sweatshirts, sweatpants, shorts, tops and more!

CLICK HERE to view the full spirit wear site. Please place orders by Friday, March 5th.

THE ANNUAL AUCTION IS ROARING BACK IN 2021!

THE ANNUAL AUCTION IS ROARING BACK IN 2021!

In April the Annual Auction finally returns! This will be our first time hosting our Auction VIRTUALLY and we are excited to celebrate with a Roaring 20s theme!  There are so many ways to participate and contribute to making this year’s auction a success – CLICK HERE for more information.

Here’s how YOU can help:  

1.Sponsor the Auction. We have a range of Auction Sponsorship Levels available, each with unique exposure opportunities. CLICK HERE or see the attached Sponsor Form for more information. To donate, fill out the attached form and mail a check to the front office or use the Event link on the form.  

2. Ask for a donation from a business that you already use. Request a gift card from places you frequent: restaurants, kids activities, car washes, nail salons, etc!

3. Make a donation from your own business. Donate goods or services from your own business or a business you have a relationship with.

4. Donate use of your condo, gift cards, or tickets you already have. Is there a weekend that you can’t make it to your condo? Gift cards sitting in your drawer? Season tickets for the theatre or a sports team not sure you can attend? Pay it forward and help support the school.

5. LAST BUT NOT LEAST…PARTICIPATE IN AUCTION WEEK! Purchase items during the Online Auction (4/9-4/16) & buy chances at our Wine Pull & Attend the (FREE) Live Virtual Event on April 16th. Shop for loved ones or treat yourself (while supporting your local community businesses). Share the Online Auction with friends and family!

*Be a VIP! VIP Tickets will go on sale 4-weeks prior to the event, which includes a VIP Gift Bag with Roaring 20s swag and more. More details to come.

We look forward to “seeing” you in there!  Please CLICK HERE to see “How can you help?” for additional information.

Questions? Contact Becca Cooper or Lauren Kauffman (bcooperleebove@gmail.com and lauren.k.kauffman@gmail.com).

STEP UP FOR COTTONWOOD – GET INVOLVED IN THE PTO NEXT YEAR!

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STEP UP FOR COTTONWOOD – GET INVOLVED IN THE PTO NEXT YEAR!

Looking to make a difference next year and want to get more involved? Join the PTO, and make a positive impact in the community and in the lives of our children!

Our wonderful Cottonwood Creek Community is built and cultivated through the involvement of our parents. Together, we have the opportunity to make an impact in the resources available to our kids and to the environment they grow in every day.  As we start the new year, the PTO is beginning our process to build our team of Committee Chairs and Executive Board members for the 2021/2022 school year.  Over the next couple months, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what we do, the roles that are available and how you can help us make an impact.

To learn more:

We hope you take the opportunity to get involved at Cottonwood and make a difference in the lives of our children!

UPCOMING PIN MEETING – MARCH 2ND 9:15AM-11:15AM

 

UPCOMING PIN MEETING – MARCH 2nd 9:15-11:15am

Join other parents at the upcoming Parent Information Network (PIN) presentation.
Tuesday, March 2, 9:15am-11:15am
Speaker: Dr. Jacaranda Palmateer
Topic:  Once Year Later, Coping During & After Covid
Please see attached PDF for additional information.

RESTAURANT NIGHT – CHIC-FIL-A (MARCH 11TH, 5-8PM)

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RESTAURANT NIGHT – CHICK-FIL-A (MARCH 11TH, 5-8PM)

Cottonwood‘s next restaurant night is at Chick-fil-A at 9331 E. Arapahoe Rd on March 11th from 5-8pm.  Please print the attached flyer or show on your mobile device when ordering.

TAX TIME

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!

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

We are next planning to celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Color on March 28. If you have a special occasion you want represented please email us at culturalconnectionscot@gmail.com.

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!!

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE 2020-21 YEARBOOK!

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Share photos of your Cottonwood Cougars for the yearbook!  Please use the link below to SHARE and UPLOAD your photos of 1st Day of School, Spirit Wear Fridays, Spirit Week, and Remote Learning. Let’s embrace this different year and share those screenshots, pod learning activities, share pics of parents with their “co-workers,” and any other remote learning fun! Thank you to the parents and teachers who have already provided photos for the yearbook!

Upload your photos here: https://tr5.treering.com/school/139988/photos/shared-photo-folders

THE 2020-21 YEARBOOK IS IN THE WORKS!

The 2020-21 yearbook is well under way and available to pre-order. Be sure to capture the memories, and share your photos. Check it off your To-Do List, and order your yearbook today!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

DIGITAL LIBRARY CHECK OUT!

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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!

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

Kids for Our Community

This Week’s Thank Yous!

THIS WEEK’S THANK YOUS

Thank you to our amazing welcoming committee chairs, Jenn Abrams and Darcey Perlman for all of your work throughout the entirety of this year!  You always do such an amazing job welcoming new families to Cottonwood and we are so grateful to have you in this role.

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

2/19 – 3/26:  Kids’ Heart Challenge

2/24:  Restaurant Night at Nonna’s Italian Bistro (4-8pm)

3/4 – 3/5:  NO SCHOOL – K-8 Non-Contact Days/Conferences

3/5:  Cottonwood Spirit Wear orders due today – CLICK HERE!

3/11:  Restaurant Night at Chic-fil-A (5-8pm)

4/9 – 4/16:  Annual Online Auction Bidding!

4/16:  SAVE THE DATE for the Virtual Cottonwood Auction!!