Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO: Latest Happenings

Cce
What's Happening This Week?
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT
  • Lunch Menu for this week.
  • Spring Creek Barbecue Night – Monday, April 16th
  • Walk to School – Wednesday, April 18th
  • Spring Picture Day – Thursday, April 19th
  • Invitation to Genius Hour – Friday, April 20th (see article at the end of the WW)
  • Colt Stackers Competition – Friday, April 20th
Spring creek logo
Spring Creek Barbecue
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Spring Creek Barbecue will be hosting a fundraiser for Cottonwood Creek Elementary!

Be sure to take hungry family and friends as 20% of the night’s proceeds will be donated to CCE!

WHEN: Monday, April 16, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Lewisville Spring Creek Barbecue at 571 E. Round Grove Road

CCE Teachers will be helping to serve!!

Students should sign in at the door.

Walktoschool
Walk to School Wednesday!
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

We would like to encourage all of our students and parents to get out and walk to school Wednesday, April 18th to show support of our Healthy Zone School! Walk to School Wednesday is the first and third Wednesday of every month.

Staff members will be meeting student walkers at the following locations:

  • Corner of Sandy Lake and Winding Hollow
  • Corner of Sandy Lake and Old Coppell Road
  • Corner of Parkway and Graham

You are welcome to drop students off to join the teachers at these locations as we walk to school at 7:20 a.m.

Leaving cars at home saves gas, saves money, improves our air quality, and provides exercise!

Pictureday
Spring Picture Day
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Spring Picture Day is Thursday, April 19th. Come to school dressed in your best!

Kids around the world
CCE Carnival of Cultures Sign Up
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Calling all CCE Colts and families! The CCE Carnival of Cultures is coming up and it’s time to sign up to participate! You can sign up for multiple activities at the CCE Carnival of Cultures including making a booth about your culture, doing a cultural performance and participating in a fashion show. Please use the following links to sign up for the activities that you would like to participate in. The deadline to sign up is May 12th. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sophia Sircar at sds5974@g.coppellisd.com.

Booths- https://tinyurl.com/CCEbooth18
Performances- https://tinyurl.com/CCEperformance18
Fashion Shows- https://tinyurl.com/CCEfashionshow18

Cupstacks
Colt Stackers Competition!
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

2nd Annual Colt Stackers Invitational Competition vs CISD LEE Stackers

Date: Friday, April 20th
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Spectators are Welcome!!

Camper2
Teacher Appreciation Week - April 23rd - 27th
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

This year we will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with a really fun camping theme!! Hospitality has planned a treat for the staff each day in the staff lounge ending with a Campfire Cookout on Friday.

Please consider sending in an item from the following sign up to show your appreciation to our wonderful teachers and staff at CCE. Please click here. We really appreciate your donations!

Here is a rundown of our events each day:

Monday – “Happy Camper”
Hospitality will set up energy snacks in the staff lounge.

Tuesday – “Taco Tuesday”
Hospitality will be serving breakfast tacos to the staff.
Kids are asked to bring a flashlight to participate in Flashlight Reading in their classrooms.

Wednesday – “Happy Trails”
Hospitality will be setting up a trail mix station.
Kids are going to be having a picnic with their class during their lunchtime. Please have your child bring a sack lunch and a towel from home to sit on. If your child will be eating from the cafeteria this day they are welcome to bring their pizza lunch outside as well.

Thursday – “Hiking”
Hospitality will be hosting a baked potato bar luncheon.
Kids are asked to wear camping attire. Plaid clothes, camping shirts, hats, hiking shorts, etc. there will be a photo booth set up for each class to take fun class camping pictures.

Friday – “Campfire Cookout”
Hospitality will be hosting a campfire cookout. Mr. Bob will be grilling hot dogs and serving campfire food, complete with s’mores!
Kids are asked to wear any CCE shirt for Round Up this day. They can wear either CCE Spirit Wear or their class t-shirt.

Welcomesign
New CCE PTO Website!
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

The CCE PTO is proud to the launch its new PTO Membership Toolkit Website:
www.cottonwoodpto.org

Our goal was to build a community website that would be a “one stop” site for everything Cottonwood Creek. Information about important events, volunteering, our achievements, and a place where you can buy school supplies and spirit wear are just a few of the features of our new website.

All CCE families must register (it’s FREE) on this new website to have full access to all of its features, including receiving our weekly school newsletter, The Weekly Watch. In addition, you must register on this site if you plan on ordering school supplies and spirit wear for the upcoming school year.

NOTE: If you registered for our Color Run this past fall OR have a child at another school that uses Membership Toolkit, you do not need to register. You will use the same username and password. We only ask that you update your contact information and your child(ren) grade information.

Steps to Register:

  • 1) Visit www.cottonwoodpto.org
  • 2) Click on “LOGIN/REGISTER”
  • 3) Click on “NEW USER”
  • 4) Fill out ALL the registration information with your contact information and your child(ren) name(s) and current grades. This information is important when you go to purchase school supplies, spirit wear, and/or register for events, such as our Fall Color Run.
  • 5) Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email. After you have confirmed your registration, you will be able to use the username and password to our website.

If you have any issues with your registration, please contact Joey Guerra (Technology Coordinator) at cceptotechnology@gmail.com.

Cce
CCE PTO Opportunities
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

CCE Parents,

Do you have ideas that you would like to see happen? Do you have a talent for planning, spreadsheet skills, or do you just want to become more involved? Do want to know more about what is happening at our school and CISD? Do you want to meet more parents at Cottonwood and have the opportunity to get to know the staff/teachers better?

Here’s your chance! The Cottonwood Creek PTO is looking for board members for the 2018-2019 school year.

Many of our board members work outside the home, work from home, and are stay-at-home parents. So, yes, it is possible to be a board member. Board positions can be shared. The CCE PTO board meets the first Tuesday of each month.

The CCE PTO’s mission is to partner with the school in elevating experiences of our learners, parents, educators, and staff. If you want to help make a difference for our learners of CCE, become a part of the PTO!

For a description of the board positions, please click here.

If you are interested in serving on our board, please click this link and fill out the form: https://goo.gl/forms/AH8vuWy31mBBEiVK2.

After filling out the form, one our board members will contact you. If you have any questions, please contact our President, Radha Sugumaran at cceptopresident@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in serving on our board!

Honor vets
CCE WWII Veterans Time Capsule
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

CCE is passionate about honoring our veterans and we’d like to get our entire school (learners, teachers and staff) involved in a special project.

Every day, memories of World War II disappear. These men and women who served our country are now in their late 80s and 90s. According to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in WWW II are alive in 2017.

Will you help CCE create a WWII time capsule?

Do you have a living WWII veteran in your family? We’d love to interview your veteran and capture them on video. Email cceyearbook@tri-kes.com for more information.

Would you like to honor a WWII veteran in your family who has passed away? Scan or take a picture of their photograph and upload it to Dropbox. Would you prefer to submit their photo by video? Have your CCE learner (or you yourself if a teacher/staff) do a short video (15-30 seconds or less) with them showing a picture of their veteran. On video have your CCE student say their own name and explain who is in the picture, stating the veteran’s name and their service branch (air force, army, marines or navy). Then upload the video to Dropbox. A video will be put together to share on Veteran’s day next year.

 
CCE Ponytail Club
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Please click on the link below for more information on the CCE Ponytail Club.

Ponytail Club 17-18

Cce ponytail club
Cisd
Standard Response Protocols
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Lakeside Elementary has scheduled an evening session with Coppell PD Sgt. Eric Debus to discuss Standard Response Protocols. This Parent Safety training will be held at Lakeside Elementary on Wednesday, April 25th at 6pm in the cafeteria. Please bring your friends and neighbors!

Fruitsveggies
Salad Bar Volunteers Needed!
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Grades K-2: every Tuesday
Grades 3-5: every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Students will be offered the salad bar as part of the regular lunch. There is no extra cost for this option. If your child brings a lunch from home, she or he can purchase a side Salad Bar for $1.50. Either way, your student will be able to go back to the Salad Bar as many times as they would like!

Mr. Bob and Ms. Esha will be heading up the volunteer crew at the Salad Bar. They will need some additional volunteers if you can spare some time or just want to spend lunchtime with your child. All volunteers enjoy a free Salad Bar lunch just for helping out!

Please click here, if you would like to volunteer at the CCE Salad Bar.

Please contact Bob Monroe or Esha Hirani if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for supporting this healthy lunch option for our students!

Shirtdesign
CCE Spirit Wear Available Online
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Did you know you can purchase CCE Spirit shirts at anytime online? Check out our designs and show your COLT Pride!

https://ccepto.revtrak.net/Spirit-Wear#/list

Email sara.t.ratliff@gmail.com for all questions regarding spirit wear.

Facebook logo
CCE on Facebook
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Be sure to connect with CCE on Facebook for all of the latest information by clicking here. Don’t forget to “Like” the page!

West pto
CMSW PTO
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Fifth Grade Families-

It’s that time of year for the CMSW PTO to seek out parents interested in serving on next year’s board! Do you have ideas you would like to see happen? Do you have a talent for planning, or spreadsheet skills, etc, you would like to share with the CMSW PTO? Or do you just want to become more involved?

Here’s your chance. The CMSW PTO board is looking for members for the 2018-2019 school year. Many positions held by our 8th-grade parents need to be filled, so there are many to choose from. We know there’s one to fit your talent!

Many of our board members work outside the home, work from home, and are stay-at-home parents. So, yes, it is possible to be a board member. The CMSW PTO board meets once a month during the school year.

The CMSW PTO’s mission is to partner with the school in elevating experiences of our learners, parents, educators, and staff. If you want to help make a difference for our learners of CMSW become a part of the CMSW PTO!

Please see and complete the CMSW PTO Board opportunities on the form: https://goo.gl/forms/gUJVE4uwrHnWAbpH3

 
Get Ready for the Coppell Education Foundation Run to Fund!
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

The run will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at Andy Brown East. Fun Run starts at 8am, the 5K follows at 8:30 am.

Your race entry fee includes a race t-shirt and $2 of each entry goes to the CISD PE program at the school of your choice.

The best prices for the race are available to those registered by March 31st, so register today by clicking here!

Students/CISD staff: $25, 5K General: $30, Fun Run: $20. Children 5 and under are free, but still need to be registered.

See you there!

2018 run to fund save the date
 
Thank you to our Sponsors!!
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT
Sponsors030118
Cce
Special Invitation to Genius Hour
Published: Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11:35AM CDT

Please join us on Friday morning, April 20, 7:45-10:00 a.m. as we showcase CCE’s Genius Hour! You will participate in a guided tour to see firsthand what happens during Genius Hour each Friday at CCE. During the tour, you will have an opportunity to observe our learners as they explore topics such as computer coding, recycling, gardening, sports, music, art, and many more! Genius Hour is the favorite activity of our Colts…come and see why!

Cce
What's Happening This Week?
Published: Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 01:00PM CDT
  • Lunch Menu for this week.
  • STAAR Testing – Tuesday & Wednesday – NO VISITORS on campus
  • College Shirt Day – Wednesday, April 11th
  • No School – Friday, April 13th
Staar logo
STAAR Testing
Published: Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 01:00PM CDT

 Cottonwood Creek Family,

We will be administering the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) to our fourth & fifth grade students on  Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th. Fourth graders will be taking the Writing STAAR test, and fifth graders will be taking the Math STAAR test on Tuesday. The fifth graders will then take the Reading STAAR test on Wednesday. During these days, all other grade levels will continue with a regular school day.

It is important that we have an environment that is free of interruptions to ensure that our students have the opportunity to do their best on these important days.  In order to provide a secure and quiet testing environment,  no visitors will be allowed on campus. This will also include all lunch times. You may contact the office on these days if you are in need of assistance, and our office personnel  will be happy to help you.

Additionally,  cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited in a state testing environment for testing grade levels.   Please help us enforce this policy and encourage your student to leave his/her cell phone and other devices at home on testing days.  If they need to bring devices to school, please know that we will collect the phone and give it back to your child at the end of the day.  For students in testing grade levels, they will not need their typical supplies for the day, so they can leave the backpacks at home.

Please make certain that your fourth and fifth graders get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time and ready to do his/her best on the test. 

Thank you for your cooperation in helping our campus and our students be successful on our state testing days!

Sincerely,
Allison Horton
School Counselor
Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Collegelogos
College Shirt Day
Published: Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 01:00PM CDT

In celebration of higher learning, all students are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirt on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. So don’t forget to wear your favorite this Wednesday, April 11th.

Early release
No School on April 13th
Published: Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 01:00PM CDT

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 13th. Enjoy the long weekend!

Kids around the world
CCE Carnival of Cultures
Published: Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 01:00PM CDT

Attention CCE! The CCE Carnival of Cultures is coming up May 22nd. Bring your family and friends out to CCE from 6:00pm-8:00pm to explore the diverse cultures of CCE. if your family would like to participate by creating a booth showcasing a part of your culture, wearing cultural clothing in a fashion show or expressing their heritage through a performance, be on the lookout for a sign up form coming out April 15th. All kids from all countries (including North America) and grade levels are welcome to participate! Kids are welcome to participate in multiple activities!

Pto meeting
PTO Meeting
Published: Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 09:51AM CDT

Please attend the PTO meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the CCE Library. We will be discussing many issues that affect your student, and we would love to have your input and involvement. All parents are welcome!

Kids around the world
Save the Date: CCE Carnival of Cultures!
Published: Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 09:51AM CDT

Save the Date: CCE Carnival of Cultures! May 22nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Bring family and friends to explore more about the diverse cultures in the Cottonwood community. Culture booths, performances, games, food and more! Be on the lookout for more information regarding participation in sharing your culture and heritage with the CCE community!

Pawsforbooks2
Thank You!
Published: Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 09:51AM CDT

Along with our Book Fair Coordinators, Mrs. Pazhayidathu and Mrs. Hirani, I wanted to express my sincerest thanks to the entire CCE community for their generous support of our Spring Fair. Thank you as well to Mr. Bob, our Dad’s Club, and our PTO volunteers who helped decorate, set up, run, and take down the book fair! You made it all possible, and I could not have done it without you! Our fair was a successful one, and our Colts will reap the benefits for years to come.

With much gratitude,

Mrs. Alaniz
CCE Librarian

Internet safety
Internet Safety Presentation
Published: Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 09:51AM CDT

Please click on the link below to download Officer Freeman’s presentation on Internet Safety presented to CCE’s 4th & 5th grade students.

Internet Safety

Staar logo
STAAR Test
Published: Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 09:51AM CDT

Learners in 4th and 5th grade will be taking the STAAR test on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th. The campus will be closed to parents, volunteers, and visitors both days. If your child will be taking STAAR, please make every effort for him/her to be present during testing. Please schedule doctor’s appointments and out of town trips on other days. In order for your child to be at his/her best, please make sure they get a good night’s sleep, have a nutritious breakfast, and arrive at school on time.

April 10: 4th Grade Writing & 5th Grade Math
April 11: 5th Grade Reading

Hospitality
Hospitality Coordinator
Published: Sun, Apr 1, 2018, 09:51AM CDT

The Hospitality Committee is looking for a new Coordinator for next year. Training will start this year. The Coordinator position will oversee the Hospitality Committee and conduct planning meetings each month. The committee will host several staff functions, including Teacher Appreciation Week, Back to School Breakfast, Veteran’s Day and several other events throughout the school year.

If you are interested in joining the committee or learning more about the Coordinator position, please contact Dawn Johnson at triplecfarm2016@gmail.com or 214-558-9442.