In This Issue of The Cottonwood PTO News:

Hello Cottonwood Cougars!  We hope that everyone had a wonderful first week back at school for in-person learning!

We have so many exciting, new upcoming events to share with you below!

 

THE READ4FUNDS READ-A-THON IS COMING JAN. 22!

Read4Funds kicks off Friday, 1/22 with a virtual assembly for our students! The Read-a-Thon is a great challenge and motivation for students to increase their reading time (and of course earn fun prizes!!) while raising much needed funds for our school, a win-win! Students will challenge themselves to read for a combined 200 minutes between 1/26 and 2/5. Start thinking about friends and family your child can ask for donations and get their email addresses ready. Friends and family can pledge per 20 minutes of reading or make a flat donation. Our goal this year is for each student to raise $75+ in donations! This is one the largest fundraisers of the year where our students and teachers benefit directly from the pledges raised. We can also accept business donations and sponsorships (please contact Taylor Spalding at taylor369L@yahoo.com or Gretchen McGinnis at gretchen.mcginnis@coaccess.com for more information). Look out for more details coming home with your child in a parent letter on Friday, 1/22!

Friday, January 22nd:  Read4Funds Virtual Kick-off Assembly

RALLY WEEK:

Tuesday, January 26th:  In-class Read-a-Thon (wear your R4F t-shirt – which will be sent home on 1/22)

Friday, January 29th:  Pig Race Day!

Jan. 26th – Feb. 5th – Student Reading Challenge (200 minutes!!)

Friday, February 5th – Final Reading Minutes and Donations due

Wednesday, February 17th – PRIZE DELIVERY DAY!!!!!!!

THE ANNUAL AUCTION IS ROARING BACK IN 2021!

Save-the-Date for the 2021 Auction on Friday, April 16th at 6:30pm

This year’s  Auction theme is the Roaring 20s, and the Live Event will be VIRTUAL! Celebrate this annual Parents Night Out event IN this year. Even though we can’t gather together we will still make it fun! Dress up in 20s style costumes (special shout-outs for the best costume), get some cool VIP giveaways, make creative cocktails, and sit back and enjoy the entertainment with friends and family.  Leading up to the VIRTUAL LIVE AUCTION, we will also host an online Silent Auction and Wine Pull. This is the largest fundraiser of the year, and we appreciate your continued support of Cottonwood Creek. Stay tuned for more details!

A huge thank you to these special parent volunteers we appreciate you! Auction Chair Becca Cooper, Auction Volunteers Val DeGaetani, Jen Gibson, Amanda Bicker, and Clara Carpenter. Thank you, thank you!

JOIN US!  VIRTUAL PTO MEETING: FRIDAY, FEB 12 at 8:30AM-9:30AM 

Please join us at our next General PTO Meeting (held virtually) on Friday, February 12th from 8:30am – 9:30am.

Please RSVP HERE to let us know you plan to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Please join the meeting using the Zoom link HERE.  In an effort to make the speaker presentation accessible to all parents, we will be recording the presentation via Zoom, and posting the presentation on our website once the meeting has concluded.  Thank you!

GET INVOLVED IN THE PTO NEXT YEAR!

Get Involved – Wilder PTO

Looking to make a difference next year? To become more involved in our community?  Take some time to look into PTO!

Our 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:

  • Attend our PTO Information Meeting on Friday, February 12th at 8:30-9:30am: We will dedicate time in this meeting to tell you about the PTO, our openings and how to get involved.
  • Read about our Executive Board Roles: This document contains role descriptions for each Executive Board Role.
  • Fill out our Executive Board and Committee Chair Interest Form This form will be available through April as we determine where we have openings and reach out to those interested in taking on a chair role next year.  We will be reaching out to those people that express interest in the coming months.
  • Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for Executive Board:  Ready to jump in?  Submit a nomination form through March 4, 2021.  It also contains a link to all the Executive Board Roles.
  • Talk to Someone on the Executive Board about their experience.  This link will provide contact information.

We hope you take the opportunity to get involved in our community and school!

RESTAURANT NIGHT – MOD MARKET (JAN 28, 4-7PM, TAKE OUT ONLY)

Working at Modern Market | Glassdoor

WHAT:  Please support Cottonwood Creek at Modern Market!  To place orders call 303-220-9962 or place orders online using PROMO CODE: giveback003

WHEN:  January 28th, 4-7pm, Take out ONLY, delivery is not available

WHERE:  Modern Market (8575 E Arapahoe Road #F)

 

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS – PANDEMIC HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS!

Thank you for adding to our Christmas and Kwanzaa album!

Christmas is celebrated on December 25 each year– but why? Was it really because Jesus was born on this day? For some interesting facts about this universally known holiday, please click here.

Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States to honor universal African heritage and culture. People light a kinara (candle holder with seven candles) and give each other gifts. It takes place from December 26 to January 1 every year. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966 – 1967. Non-African Americans also celebrate Kwanzaa. The holiday greeting is “Joyous Kwanzaa.”
Please watch this video for a more extensive understanding of this holiday:

Please keep adding your pictures to our holiday album! CLICK HERE FOR THE ALBUM

In a nutshell, from ELLIE AND KATIE JOHNSON: “Every year Santa comes to our house before he takes off for his big trip around the world and gives us a couple of presents. He comes down the chimney while we are sleeping.”
ROSELIE and SYDNEY SACHEN: ” Our favorite memories during this time are family time during the holidays, opening gifts together, listening to our dad sing in Hebrew and singing Silent Night during the candle lighting at church.”

Next up is the Chinese New Year – the year of the Ox! This is celebrated on February 12 this year. Please send us some information and pictures on how you celebrate this holiday!

If you would like us to highlight a holiday/festival that is important to you, please email us at culturalconnectionscot@gmail.com

ONLINE AUCTION IS COMING – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Online Auction - Happy Valley Elementary School Parent Club

The Online Auction is going to be an awesome, fun, unique social (virtual) event!!  PLEASE HELP US make this year’s auction the best one yet!! We are in need of a few more volunteers who would like to join our amazing auction team!  Please email Lauren Kauffman (lauren.k.kauffman@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping out. There are a number of different options and roles available!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 AUCTION SPONSORS!!

On behalf of the Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO, we would like to recognize our amazing 2020 Auction Sponsors! During this unprecedented year, your continued support and dedication to our students and teachers is appreciated beyond words. Your donations help support the salaries of our invaluable teaching assistants, provide technology tools and educational subscriptions for our students, and so much more. We can’t thank you enough for your continued commitment and support of Cottonwood Creek.  We appreciate you so much!

TITLE CORPORATE SPONSORS:

Mike and Jean Duggan of the Premier Homes Team with Remax Professionals – premierhomesdenver.com

Hardin Waldrip Law, PLLC – hardinwaldriplaw.com

PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSORS:

Ahern Equipment Rentals – www.ahern.com

HBS Trash Services – www.hbsdumpster.com

Melissa and Pete Rogers

South Valley Drywall, Inc. – www.southvalleydrywall.com

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS:

Enquire Solutions – EnquireSolutions.com

Jennifer Bub Real Estate – www.jenniferbubrealestate.com

Lokal Homes – www.lokalhomes.com

Total Orthodontics – total-orthodontics.com

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS:

Andrea M. Shepard Agency of Allstate – www.allstate.com/andreashepard

Encyte Solutions – www.encytesolutions.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!

Order your Yearbook - Northwest High School

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!

**We will be giving away a free yearbook to one lucky person that uploads photos by 11/30!  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!

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!

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

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

1/22:  Read4Funds Read-a-Thon – Virtual Kick-off Assembly!!

1/26:  In-class Read-a-Thon!!

1/26 – 2/5:  Student Read-a-Thon Challenge (200 minutes!!)

1/28:  Restaurant Night at Modern Market

2/5:  Final Read-a-Thon Minutes and Donations Due

2/10:  Restaurant Night at Alpha Charlie’s (all day)

2/12:  General PTO Meeting (to be held virtually via Zoom)

4/16:  Save the date for the Online Cottonwood Auction!!