Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

January 7, 2019

Happy New Year Cougar Families!

Dear Cottonwood Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the winter break and were able to spend time with your friends and family. I certainly enjoyed the time with my friends and family. Having the time to snuggle with my little ones (even it was only for a few minutes at a time), read a few extra chapters from my book, and watch a few movie favorites with my husband was just what my heart needed this break.

As many of you do, I always start January with reflection. I reflect on the previous year and begin to set new goals for the next year. I reflected on my journey so far as Principal, and again, I am humbled to have this opportunity to serve as the Principal of Cottonwood Elementary School. I have appreciated the collegial partnership with each of you in order to meet the needs of every child, every day, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting Cottonwood, supporting our teachers and believing in the work we do.

As we enter the next few months, our weather can be unpredictable. Please know we monitor the weather through, and students come inside if they are getting wet due to snow or rain. If the wind-chill temperature is 20 degrees or below, students will come directly into the building in the morning and recess will be inside. Please make sure your child comes dressed appropriately for the cold weather. In the event of a weather delay or closure, you will be notified via the Blackboard Connect phone message system. CCSD will also post the notification on our district and school websites, Facebook, Twitter and notify the news media. Read how the district makes the decision to delay or close schools.

Again, thank you for your continued support and Happy New Year.


Katie Johnson


Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

CCSD Community Wellness Committee

The goals of the Cherry Creek Schools Comprehensive Wellness Strategy are to reduce barriers to learning and develop skills that support lifelong healthy living and the whole child and whole employee. Our framework is the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model which emphasizes the importance of community and parent partnership. As such, we are currently seeking parents interested in providing input into the district’s comprehensive wellness efforts by serving as a member of the CCSD Community Wellness Committee.

To learn more about committee participation and to access a membership application, please use the following link: CWC Application We value your ideas, feedback and interest in supporting the health and wellness of all the students, staff and families in the Cherry Creek community.

Meena Sheehan
Wellness Specialist
Cherry Creek School District

720-554-4247 direct

720-232-6005 cell

Please Join Us!

In response to our last School Accountability Committee (SAC) Meeting, we will be having a parent information night on January 17th from 6-7pm. We will be discussing the important topic of school safety, and our Security Coordinator, Mr. Steve Wallisch with be joining us. We hope to provide more detailed information about safety in our school. You do not have to be a member of the School Accountability Committee to attend; all are welcome to join us.

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Please join me in welcoming our new school nurse, Mrs. Carrie Revers. Mrs. Revers is coming to us from another Cherry Creek School District Elementary School, Cherry Hills Village. During our interview with her, I appreciated her attention to detail, emphasis on children, and her kind, calming demeanor. Mrs. Revers had the opportunity to connect with and spend time with Nurse Barb in our clinic. During this time, she was able to meet several of our students and staff. We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Carrie Revers to Cottonwod Creek.

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From the Nurse’s office…

Hi there! I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Carrie Revers, and I am taking over for Nurse Barb. I know she will be missed, so I intend to attempt to make the transition as smooth as possible. I have been a RN in the district for ten years and have raised two children of my own in Cherry Creek Schools. I remember these precious years and how much fun they were but also how challenging they could be as well. I hope that I can help support your child’s learning during this period by supporting their health. Please feel free to stop by or call me if there is anything I can do to help.

All the best in 2019,

Carrie Revers, RN, BSN

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Boodle Boxes...A big THANK YOU!

Cottonwood Creek Elementary staff & students,

I am Sergeant First Class Venegas and I just received several care packages from Cottonwood Creek Elementary. On behalf of the Troopers that will be enjoying these amazing packages, I just wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU!!! Your care packages are by far the best I have ever seen. Several of my Troopers are spending this holiday season away from their family for the first time in their life. Your support makes all the difference in the world and has a huge impact that brightens our spirits. Thank you again.

I have attached a picture of some of the Troopers that will be enjoying these packages.


Luis A. Venegas





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From the Library

Happy New Year, Cottonwood families. Thank you for the holiday gift card. I so appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity, and am thrilled to be part of this learning community.

I am looking forward to innovation and learning happening in the library in this new year. In January, students will be working on creating videos in our green screen room, classes will be building their problem-solving and teamwork skills by using our district’s breakout boxes, and research at many grade levels is going to commence. I cannot wait to get started!

Sarah Hammershaimb

The PE Post It

Happy New Year COT Families!

We will start the new year by creating health and wellness goals. We will discuss the importance of writing our goals, keeping a journal, and sharing them to inspire others. Our lessons will include discussions around nutrition and physical activity.

January- Cont. Basketball, Bowling, and Cup Stacking

Looking forward to February- Jump Rope for Heart, individual, partner, and group jump skills

The Jump Rope for Heart Program will start with the Kick Off Assembly date of February 1st.

Please reach out to me via email if you would like to help support this event for the month in the PE classroom.

Welcome back!

Ms. Jehn

From the Music Room

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. The Fifth Grade informance and Winter Choir and Band Concert were wonderfully successful as students showed of their musical skills. Having two very different formats, these presentations shared student work in very different ways. We hope all who attended both enjoyed themselves and learned something! Coming up next is the Fourth Grade informance on Thursday, February 7. Fourth Grade parents, keep an eye out for an email from me detailing the call time and dress. Also coming up is the after school choir for Second and Third graders. There will be a Tuesday group and a Thursday group that will rehearse separately most of the year, and then combine for the last couple rehearsals before the concert on May 2. Second and Third Grade parents, keep an eye out for a registration email toward the end of this month.

Mr. Pedregon

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Kindergarten registration starts Monday, February 4th!

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