Final Days to Order School Supplies – Deadline is Tues, 7/7!!

ORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THE 2020/21 SCHOOL YEAR

In light of the recent communication from CCSD clarifying the plans for the fall return to school for elementary schools, our school supplies vendor, EPI, has extended the deadline for ordering school supplies online to July 7th!  Follow the link below to order your 2020/21 school supplies online:

  • What: All individual grade level packs are $50! All packs will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom this fall or will be made available for school pick-up.
  • When: Online sale runs through Tuesday, July 7th!
  • Where: Click HERE enter the school ID COT021 (3 letters/3numbers)
  • Why: Save time, stay safe, and save $ by ordering school packs online through EPI. The PTO has secured excellent pricing on these all-inclusive supply packs so students have everything they need for Back to School!
  • See flyer here

Grade level supply lists are also attached here and posted to the PTO website for those wishing to purchase individually.

Cherry Creek Schools – Planning Forward 2020/21

The Cherry Creek School District is pleased to announce a new option for in-person learning, five days a week, for all students in preschool through 12th grade. This is in addition to an online learning option for families who do not want to send their children to school for health or any other reasons. There will no longer be a blended learning option.

Please read this letter from Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried and visit the website for more information about both the in-person and online learning options.

READ: www.cherrycreekschools.org/Page/12487

#CCSDTogether #CCSDK12

Welcome Cottonwood Creek Incoming Kindergartners!

A very warm welcome to our incoming Kindergarten Class! Our Kindergarten Coordinators are busy planning some fun events to welcome our incoming Kindie families to Cottonwood. Please Save the Date for these fun upcoming events and click here for more information:

When: July 19th and August 2nd – Park Play Dates, and August 21st – Kindie Parents Restaurant Night Out (times to be announced)

Where: Location, times and details of these events are to be determined, as current health regulations continue to change. Please stay tuned for more information as these dates approach, and we look forward to welcoming our incoming kindies to Cottonwood Creek!

Kindergarten Orientation and Message from Katie Johnson, Principal

I’d like to welcome our Class of 2033 to the Cottonwood Creek family.  Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we were unable to hold our Kindergarten Orientation on May 5th.  However, it is important that we continue to plan for the 2020-21 school year, and we’d like to take the opportunity to welcome you and your children to our Cougar family.  Click here to view our Kindergarten Orientation.  We invite you to take time to learn a little more about the kindergarten experience at Cottonwood Creek.  Please be sure to check our website regularly as we will keep it updated with information and/or changes.

PTO Volunteers Needed!

Cottonwood community, we need you!  We are looking for a few more volunteers to help fill some important roles at the school next year!  If you have interest, email us at vicepresidents@cottonwoodpto.com.

  • YEARBOOK: (2 of 2 needed):  Work with the yearbook company throughout the year, determine the design and format of the yearbook, and take pictures of school events or delegate others to take such pictures. The Chairperson will be responsible for taking yearbook orders for and distributing yearbooks.​
  • Cottonwood AUCTION:  The venue is locked! The band is booked!  Now we just need an individual or a group of friends to plan the party and gather auction items!  This is a great opportunity to be involved in our single largest fundraiser of the year! (And, some of the work is already done!)

PTO Year End Wrap Up

As we wrap up the year, see the below for our final updates:

  • End of Year Contribution:
    • TA/Tech Salaries: As a community, we successfully funded the school $117,761 in Teacher Assistant and Tech salaries.  As a result, next year we will be able to maintain our small class sizes.  This also enables the teachers to spend more time to directly with the kids.  This is a great achievement and will make an enormous impact for our school next year.
    • Allocation: The Executive Board approved $11,496 to be allocated for TA/Tech Salaries (for a total of $117,761) .  Please see the  attached letter.
  • Online Auction:  We were hoping to launch the online portion of our Auction at the end of our virtual school year.  Unfortunately, the current environment has made this an impracticable solution.  After much thought and discussion, we decided to move our Online Auction to Fall 2020.  Although we are disappointed, we feel confident this is the right decision for our school, our fundraising goals, and our community.
  • Yearbooks: You will receive more information regarding yearbook distribution in the coming weeks.
  • Incoming Board for 2020 – 2021: We are grateful for the strong, capable and energetic Board taking over next month.  This community is in the best hands, and we know they will be able to navigate these times with excellence and grace.  Please join us in welcoming the incoming 2020-2021 Executive Board:
    • Presidents: Whitney Berger and Lindsey Talaga (2019 – 2021)
    • Vice Presidents: Tina Suneja​ and Shanna Evans (2020 – 2022)
    • Ways & Means: Lauren Kauffman (2019 – 2021) and Monica Bogue (2020 – 2022)
    • Treasures: Diana Miller (2019 – 2021) and Heather Robbins (2020 – 2022)
    • Secretaries: Colleen Chan (2019 – 2021) and Ashley Mull (2020 – 2022)

Thank You!

As we complete this year as your Presidents, the feeling is surreal and bittersweet. It has been a year of wonderful celebrations, hard work and grand achievement.  It has also been a year of unforeseen challenges, deep disappointment and heart aching loss. But, most importantly, we are deeply grateful for the opportunity and honor to serve this community.

Thank you to Paula McAtee for organizing Restaurant Nights all year long!  We appreciate everyone who enjoyed Lil Ricci’s Pizza last Tuesday in support of our school.  Especially now, it is humbling to see the community turn out and support the local businesses who have always been so loyal to Cottonwood.

Thank you to the 5th Grade Continuation Committee who has made a pivot and been working hard these last few weeks with the school to come up with the 5th Grade Continuation Parade.  We can’t wait to celebrate this milestone and have fun next Tuesday as we wish these students farewell and good luck on their next chapter!

Thank you to Courtney Taylor and Jessica Rothschild for organizing the on-line school supply sale. We appreciate your patience and organizing the details of this sale during our current environment.

Finally, thank you to our fellow Executive Board Members.  There aren’t words to express our sincerest gratitude for those who held leadership positions this year.  Your dedication, intuition and knowledge made our role as Co-Presidents unforgettable.

  • For the five of us that came in two years ago as acquaintances, we are leaving with deep admiration, mutual respect and heartfelt friendships.  We will miss our effortless camaraderie. Thank you for your service, your time and energy – Jessica Rothschild, Treasurer, Lindsey Bye, Ways and Means, Melisande Holohan, Secretary.
  • For the five forging on, we are so excited for the great things to come under your continued leadership.  We will be your biggest supporters and number one fans!  Whitney Berger and Lindsey Talaga, Co-Presidents, Diana Miller, Treasurer, Lauren Kauffman, Ways and Means, Colleen Chan, Secretary.
  • For the five incoming board members, thank you for stepping up and volunteering.  We are grateful for your enthusiasm and fresh perspective. Tina Suneja​ and Shanna Evans, ​Co-Vice Presidents, Monica Bogue, ​Ways and Means, Heather Robbins, Treasurer, and Ashley MullSecretary.

To everyone in the Cottonwood Community, we wish you moments of peace this summer.  We will miss our time volunteering as your Co-Presidents.  Take care and be safe!

Important Dates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

7/7: School Supply Order Deadline

7/19: Park Play Date for Incoming Kindies – time and location TBA

8/2: Park Play Date for Incoming Kindies – time and location TBA

8/21: Kindie Parents Restaurant Night Out – time and location TBA