Back to School Check In Checklist

Calling All Cottonwood Cougars!

Happy Summer Cougars! We are excited to share a summer update and some fun plans for an extra special welcome back to school for our kids!  First, we’d like to introduce The Cottonwood PTO News (formerly eTales).  Published weekly, The Cottonwood PTO News will provide information regarding PTO events and school happenings.

As different as it all feels today – we know one thing for sure – our school, our spirit, and our hearts are ready to rally around our students and teachers this year!  After an unprecedented spring, we are beyond excited to welcome the kids back for the 2020-2021 school year with a fun and spirited Welcome Back to School Week!  Please see below for information about Back to School Week along with some other important updates from the PTO.

As Dr. Scott Siegfried stated, “school will look different, and it will be great.” Please continue to refer to the Cherry Creek School District’s Planning Forward 2020-21 website HERE for more information about the start of school.  In accordance with CCSD guidelines, we are planning for our Registration/Check-In Day to be held virtually this year. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

See below for these important back to school updates:


Back to School Week Events!

The PTO is planning an awesome celebration to welcome our kids back to school with Cougar masks and gaiters, Cottonwood spirit yard signs, Chalk the Walk event, and a special welcome back surprise on the first day of school you won’t want to miss!

Cougar Masks and Gaiters! – Masks will be required inside school.  So show your Cottonwood spirit with Cougar masks and gaiters which can be personalized with your child’s name. Click HERE to order by Sunday, Aug 2nd!  Masks/gaiters will be available for pick up outside Cottonwood on Friday, Aug 14th.

Cottonwood Spirit Yard Signs! – Start spreading the positive school vibes and get kids excited for school with Cottonwood Spirit Yard Signs which can also be customized with your child’s name(s).  Click HERE to order by Sunday, Aug 2nd!  Yard signs will be available for pick up outside Cottonwood on Friday, Aug 14th.

Chalk the Walk Event! – Friday, Aug 14th through Sunday, Aug 16th – Grab your masks and your chalk, and take your kids up to Cottonwood to “Chalk the Walk”!! Decorate the sidewalk and paths with positive, welcome back messages and show your spirit for the start of school!  Kids will be excited to see their artwork and messages on the first day.  Please remember to wear masks and stay six feet apart. Thank you!

Welcome Incoming Kindergartners!

Hello Cottonwood Creek Kindergarten Families!

We are excited to get our Kindies together this summer for some park play dates!  It will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and get excited about the upcoming school year! We have three different dates to choose from, please use the Sign-Up Genius link HERE.  We are following Colorado Department of Public Health guidelines (please see details below). We greatly appreciate you adhering to this protocol! Please reach out to the Kindie Coordinators with any questions.

Kindie Park Playdates

  • July 19th, 3:00-4:00pm at Silo Park
  • August 2nd, 3:00-4:00pm at Silo Park
  • August 9th, 1:00-2:00pm at Silo Park

Sign Up Genius Link:  Click here to sign up.  (Limited to 20 students per park date, so please reserve a spot. Additional dates to be added, if needed.)

Health Guidelines to Follow:

  • Each park play date limited to 20 kids (Sign-Up Genius will limit this)
  • Please wear masks, sanitize hands before playing on equipment
  • We are asking that no siblings attend (when possible)
  • We will not be providing snacks (please bring water and eat snacks before arriving, to limit times where masks need to be removed)

To participate, please sign and bring a copy of the waiver attached HERE, thank you!

2020/2021 Kindergarten Coordinators:  Anjanette Steadman –, Bridget Gaunt –, Molly Kruljac –

A Message from Principal Johnson to Incoming Kindies

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.

Support Cottonwood at King Soopers & AmazonSmile

Did you know that by selecting Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO as your default charitable organization at King Soopers and AmazonSmile our school receives a percentage back from every purchase made?  This is SO EASY and can make SUCH A DIFFERENCE FOR OUR KIDS!

  • Amazon Smile: 
    1. Open Amazon App and select settings
    2. Select Amazon Smile
    3. Search for Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO, then select Turn on AmazonSmile
    4. Select Continue
    5. Select Got It
    6. Select Turn on Amazon Smile
  • King  
  1. Sign In \ My Account \ Account Summary \ Community Rewards 
  2. Name: Cottonwood Creek PTO 
  3. Organization Number: VD201 

Restaurant DAY at Zig Zag Smokin’ Burger and Meatball Eatery – 8/26!

Our restaurant nights are a wonderful way to support for our local community and raise money for Cottonwood at the same time! Please join us on Wednesday, August 26th for our next restaurant fundraiser!

What: Our first Restaurant fundraiser of the school year!

When: ALL DAY – Wednesday, August 26th!

WhereZig Zag Smokin’ Burger and Meatball Eatery, 9220 E Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village, 80112

**Please mention Cottonwood Creek when placing your order. Thank you!

The Yearbook is Coming & Yearbook Committee

Good news! The 2019/2020 school yearbook will be distributed in August once students return to school. 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 feel free to contact Berenice Katcher at

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2020-2021 YEARBOOK COMMITTEE!  We are in need of volunteers to lead the Yearbook Committee for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact if you are interested. Thank you!

CCSD Online Parent Forms – Check YES!!


Cottonwood Parents! Please remember to CHECK “YES” during CCSD online check-in to receive PTO email communications and to have your information included in the Cottonwood Caller (Student Directory). In order to receive PTO email communications for the 2020/2021 school year , you  must  selectYES to sharing your information with the PTO when completing CCSD Online Parent Forms –  HERE.  The deadline to submit Parent Forms is July 17th.

All parents who select “YES” will be uploaded into our system and will receive all PTO emails, including important information about upcoming events and important dates. 

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.


#CCSDTogether #CCSDK12

Thank You!

We so appreciate all of our amazing parent volunteers at Cottonwood! This community is STRONG because of you! We would like to say a special 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.

A big thank you also goes out to our Kindie Coordinators, Bridget Gaunt, Molly Kruljac, and Anjanette Steadman, for their efforts and outreach to our new incoming Kindies in coordinating summer park playdates, while ensuring everyone’s safety and care.

Important Dates

Mark your calendars for these important dates:

8/2:  Deadline to Order Masks/Gaiters and Cottonwood Spirit Yard Signs!!

8/2:  Kindie Park Playdate at Silo Park, 3pm – 4pm

8/9:  Kindie Park Playdate at Silo Park, 1pm – 2pm

8/14:  Pick up Masks/Gaiters and Cottonwood Spirit Yard Signs outside Cottonwood

8/14 thru 8/16:  “Chalk the Walk” at Cottonwood – Masks and Social Distancing Required

8/17:  First Day of School

8/26:  Restaurant Day ALL DAY, Zig Zag Burger & Meatball Eatery (dine in or carry out)

9/3:  Restaurant Night – DogHaus Take & Bake Burgers

9/9 – 9/16: Cottonwood Online Auction Event!!

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

9/18:  PTO Meeting, to be held virtually