Super Kids

Our school is taking part in a Super Bowl project, Super Kids-Super Sharing, to help local children in need. You can help by donating new or lightly used sports equipment and/or school supplies.
Drop off boxes will be located in the front office starting Monday, December 1 until Friday, December 19.
We’re teaming up with the National Football League, the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the Salvation Army South Mountain Kroc Community Center and Verizon for Super Kids-super Sharing. Catch the Super Bowl spirit and help local children.
Thank you for your support!

UPC Shoes that Fit

Each year, United Parent Council (UPC) collects donations to benefit shoe closets in Paradise Valley Schools. Shoes that Fit provides shoes to shoe closets in the district. The closets are open to social workers, psychologists, and nurses across the district to benefit those who are in need.

Please drop the follow items off in the donation box set up in the CCES lobby any time before December 12th:

• New Athletic shoes (sizes 1-8)
• Gift cards (Payless Shoes is a great option)
• Monetary donation (check made payable to Shoes That Fit)

If you have any question about UPC or Shoes that Fit please contact Melinda Piyis or Carrie Love.

Modern Grove

Join us for Mom’s Coffee at Modern Grove on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7-11 am. 10% of sales goes back to our PTO! Grab your friends and head over after drop off for coffee, breakfast, and a great cause, next Wednesday and the second Wednesday of each month.

Mall Gift Cards

Gift cards are now available for purchase from the Paradise Valley Mall Guest Services. In addition, there is a gift with purchase offer now through December 7 to receive a $15 Mall Visa Gift Card when you purchase $150 or more of selected gift cards.

Mall Visa Gift Cards earn points for the dollar value of the card (including the $3 purchase fee) plus 1,000 bonus points per card. There is a limit of 50,000 points per school, per month. All other gift cards sold at Guest Services are fee free (full list here), and your school earns points for the dollar value of the gift card, but no additional bonus points per card. There is no points limit for purchasing these gift cards.


Support Copper Canyon by shopping at your favorite online stores through eScrip! Here’s how:

1. Go to
2. Click on ‘Sign up’ and complete the information to register.
3. Select Copper Canyon Elementary School
4. Enter information to link either your Safeway Rewards card or other card as listed in the options.
5. Once registered, click on the Online Mall logo in the upper right hand corner of
6. Shop at your favorite brand name stores (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Old Navy, Toys R Us, etc.) and automatically donate to Copper Canyon PTO!

**Don’t forget to bookmark for easy access to the Online Mall for future online shopping!

Contact Gita Kshatriya with any questions.

2nd Grade Artist in Residence

artistinresidenceThe 2nd Grade Artist in Residence Program has recently concluded and it was an amazing experience for our 2nd graders! Copper Canyon’s very own parents Christine Harthun, a Visual Artist and Educator with the Scottsdale Center for Performing Art’s Education Department, and Natalie Songco with the CCES PTO Executive Board generously donated time to oversee this program as well as to inspire and guide the students with all related aspects over the past several weeks. Also back for a second year, Jane Metzger guided the students through the process of paper making. It was a wonderful hands-on experience where the children learned how to make paper out of a cotton fiber and water pulp. Each student made a few sheets of paper and once their paper was dry, they hand-bound the paper into a book. To fill the pages of their books, the experience culminated with poetry writing sessions guided by Leslie Haddad, Youth Programs Manager at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The end result was a beautiful hand-made keepsake that the students and parents will cherish in the years to come. This is yet another example of the amazing programs fully funded by our PTO!

We wish to thank Christine Harthun, Jane Metzer and Leslie Haddad for bringing their talent and expertise to CCES for this amazing program as well as Mrs. Van Gorp, Mrs. Turner, Ms. Gilligan, Mrs. Trimble, Mrs. Bowser, and Natalie Songco and the many classroom parent volunteers for their assistance and support of this program.


Spring 2015 CoyoteFest planning is underway…. HERE WE GO!

Thank you Katherine Pipes for chairing this awesome event, we know it is going to rock! At our last meeting, we started the planning process, so Spring 2015 CoyoteFest planning is underway.

What is CoyoteFest? It’s Copper Canyon’s annual festival with carnival-type attractions and over-the-top fun! Climb a rock wall, bounce away in the cool inflatables, and enjoy delicious food while shaking your groove thang to some rockin’ tunes. That’s just a sneak-peek, there is so much more! Watch your email for a save-the-date as we change direction of CoyoteFest this year from our traditional Fall Festival to a Spring Fling.

The 2014-2015 CoyoteFest Planning Committee is seeking your time, talent, and treasure toward making this Spring’s CoyoteFest the best yet! Whether you are a first time Copper Canyon parent, like myself, or a seasoned parent who has experienced this annual community driven family-friendly event in the past, we need your support more than ever this year.

Do you have?:
• fundraising and/or volunteer experience
• an event planning background
• an eye for detail and logistics
• a personal connection to community partners that would be interested in hearing more about a sponsorship or in-kind opportunity
• an overall willingness to see this event succeed
I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of our kids as they walk-up to one of the best events to-date and I would be honored if you would consider serving as a member of this year’s CoyoteFest Planning Committee. Contact Katherine Pipes for more details.

With great appreciation,
McKenzie Simmons
First-time Kinder mom
CoyoteFest Planning Committee Member

2015 Variety Show

Save the Date! It’s that time a year again for our students in 4th through 6th grades to show off their talents! We are proud to announce the annual Copper Canyon Elementary Variety Show coming Friday, February 6th! Come and be a part of our exciting show this year, all talent is welcome, in fact, we encourage VARIETY! Auditions for the show will be held on Tuesday, January 13th from 1-5pm. Look for a SignUp genius link to sign up for your audition time!

Holiday Craft Day

HolidayCraftDay200This year’s Holiday Craft Day will be held on Saturday, December 13th. Session 1 will be from 9:00-11:30 am, and Session 2 will be from 12:30-3:00 pm. Each child will choose two crafts to make as gifts for the holidays. Please save the date so your child doesn’t miss this wonderful event. Please e-mail Jackie Burke or Nickol Petersen if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

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