In This Issue of The Cottonwood PTO News:

Before we say goodbye for summer, we want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to our 5TH GRADERS on your 5th Grade Continuation this week!  We wish you all the best as you move forward to middle school – your future is so bright!!  Thank you for making Cottonwood the special place it is, you will be missed!  Congratulations, and we hope you enjoy all the fun celebrations this week!

*This will be the final Cottonwood PTO News of the 2020-2021 school year.*  Please see below for important news:

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 $123,241 in Teaching Assistant and Tech salaries. This enables our 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.
    • Spring Allocations: As a community, and in addition to TA/Tech Salaries, we successfully funded just over $80,000 in spring allocations (outlined below). We are beyond grateful to our Cottonwood community for your continued support and generosity which allowed us to allocate surplus funds to benefit our students and school this year!
  • Incoming Board for 2021- 2022:  Please join us in welcoming the incoming 2021-2022 Executive Board. Thank you for volunteering your time and efforts for Cottonwood.
    • Presidents: Shanna Evans and Tina Suneja (2020 – 2022)
    • Vice Presidents: Anne Larkin and Lindsey Sousa (2021 – 2023)
    • Ways & Means: Monica Bogue (2020 – 2022) and Anjanette Steadman (2021 – 2023)
    • Treasurers: Heather Robbins (2020 – 2022) and Eva Song (2021 – 2023)
    • Secretaries: Ashley Mull (2020 – 2022) and Alice Schubert (2021 – 2023)

CLAIM YOUR LOST & FOUND ITEMS BY JUNE 1ST!

The Lost & Found has been collected from school, and items will be available for pick up until June 1st.  Please click the link HERE to see all Lost & Found items. ***More jackets added to the dropbox folder on Friday, 5/21***

To claim an item, please text Kim Olson at 303.720.4076 or email thornockolson@yahoo.com. For clothes items, please include the number on the masking tape in the picture. Kim is holding these items in her garage.

All unclaimed items will be donated after June 1st.  Thank you!

YEARBOOKS – STILL TIME TO ORDER!

BIG THANK YOU to Jessica McAllister, our Yearbook Chair, for crafting the Cottonwood Yearbook this year!!

Good News – in case you missed the deadline, you can still order the Yearbook!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

For yearbooks ordered after May 15th, shipping fees will be added, and yearbooks are shipped to directly to your home. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like custom pages after 5/15, it is possible, but you must complete those BEFORE placing your order. Contact Jessica McAllister (jessicaleighbee@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.

There is still time to CREATE CUSTOM PAGES for your child’s yearbook!!  Please find the FLIER HERE with instructions for creating your custom pages.

FIELD DATE DETAILS

Field Day / Field Day 2019

Please see below for field day details from Principal Johnson:

K, 1st and 2nd Grade – Monday, May 24th

11:30-12:30 2nd Grade

12:35-1:35 1st Grade

1:40-2:40 Kindergarten

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade- Tuesday, May 25th

8:10-9:10 5th Grade

9:15-10:15 4th Grade

10:20-11:20 3rd Grade

Students will have a picnic lunch on the day of their field day. They can bring a home lunch or the cafeteria will have a brown bag lunch available.

Reminder – We are not able to have visitors and/or volunteers this year.

COTTONWOOD CREEK COMMUNITY GARDEN – COMMUNITY SURVEY

Hello Cottonwood Families!  We are excited to be in the planning stages for a Garden at Cottonwood Creek Elementary! This is an amazing opportunity for our students, teachers, and community to experience hands-on learning. We hope it will also be a symbol of new beginnings as we start to emerge from months of challenges related to COVID. We are so grateful to the PTO, the Cottonwood community, and Principal Johnson for making this a possibility.

As part of our initial process, we would love to have any interested parents, teachers, staff, and community members fill out the following survey BY CLICKING HERE. Thank you!

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!
AAPI Heritage Month began in 1977 as a ten-day celebration of Asian Pacific American contributions to this country. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed a law expanding the celebration to the entire month of May. The observance commemorates two events: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, largely built by Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.

But what does that mean for kids? Decades of research show that representation matters: when children see themselves reflected in books, movies, and other media, it empowers them to imagine more possibilities for their future. And for all kids, learning about other cultures nurtures empathy and a broader view of the world.

Below are some fun activity options to teach kids about AAPI culture and history:
https://www.joann.com/projects-learning/projects-videos/seasonal-projects/asian-american-pacific-islander-heritage-month-projects/
https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/books-to-celebrate-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/

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/Q1xDgqy5wCPrJYEL7

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.

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CCHS JR. BRUINS CHEER CLINIC

Come join CCHS Cheer at our summer Jr. Bruins Cheer Clinic!!  Learn cheers, technique, jumps, stunting, and tumbling with a performance for family at the end! T-shirt, activities, and performance poms included.

When: June 7th & 8th (full and ½ day options available)
Where: CCHS Cheer/Dance Room

Please register HERE to receive more information. Please email cherrycreekcheerleading@gmail.com or cccheerbooster@gmail.com with any questions.  Come interact with our amazing athletes, have some fun and share in the CCHS Bruins SPIRIT!

 

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

CHESS WIZARDS – VIRTUAL CHESS CLASSES AVAILABLE

Welcome to Chess Wizards Online! We make chess fun and exciting for kids, and our classes are available online. We’ve adapted our most popular activities to fit the digital classroom including puzzles, tournaments, blitz games, and even chess variation games!

Group classes, specially designed themed classes, and private lessons are a few examples our online classes offer. Our class sizes are small, with up to 6 students per class.  Please find the FLIER attached with more details.

Registration is easy! Go to chesswizards.jumbula.com. Pick classes that match your child’s interest and skill level, and our amazing Chess Wizards staff will take care of the rest. 1 Hour, 64 Squares, Infinite Possibilities!

THIS WEEK’S THANK YOUS

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A special Thank You to Paula McAtee, our Restaurant Night Chair, for going above and beyond in this challenging year to deliver double the restaurant night events for Cottonwood!  Thank you Paula for these tasty options, and thank you to our community for supporting Cottonwood Creek!

Thank You again to Jessica McAllister, our Yearbook Chair, for organizing and designing the Cottonwood Yearbook this year!  This is a huge project with many deadlines, and we can’t thank Jessica enough for her time and expertise.  What a beautiful end product for our students and our school!

Another Thank You to our School Supply Committee Chairs, led by Jessica Rothschild, Hanh Nguyen, and Michelle Sun.  Thank you for working with our teachers to prepare school supply packs for the next school year.  Make sure you place your order by June 1st!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

5/24:  K-2ND Field Day Festivities

5/25:  3RD-5TH Field Day Festivities

5/27:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for 5TH GRADERS!

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

6/1:  Order Deadline for 2021-22 SCHOOL SUPPLY PACKS – ORDER HERE!