Programs and Events

Copper Canyon PTO has a variety of programs for the students and school.  These programs range from creative academic programs to fun family events to behind-the-scenes administration.  Together they make Copper Canyon a special place for our children!  Below are the programs and events Copper Canyon PTO sponsors throughout the year.

If you are interested in discussing other programs that will enrich the learning experience of our students at Copper Canyon, please feel free to contact the president of the PTO Jamie Dorn.

  • Amazing Authors

This PTO program invites a children’s literature author to Copper Canyon to speak and/or conduct workshops with the students.  Students are introduced to new writing styles and are able to purchase books from these amazing authors.

  • Artist In Residence – 2nd and 5th grade

This once a year program is designed for students to experience different forms of music, dance and art.  The 2nd grade program produces art pieces the students can either take home or make permanent displays at school.  The 5th grade program culminates in a  dance performance for fellow students and families.

  • Bingo

Families come together for a night of Bingo fun organized by PTO volunteers.  Students love the prizes they can win, as well as having their favorite teachers and staff as Bingo callers and snack vendors!

  • Book Fair

The PTO will hold a Book Fair in the fall that provides an opportunity for students and families to purchase books with fantastic savings.  One of the highlights of the Book Fair is Books with Dad, a morning in which students can bring their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other special someone to the Book Fair for refreshments and browsing.

  • Box Tops for Education

The PTO collects Box Tops for Education to raise funds for PTO programs.  To encourage participation, classrooms engage in friendly competition to determine who can collect the most Box Tops.

  • Bulletin Boards

Creative PTO volunteers design and maintain PTO bulletin boards located in the main Copper Canyon lobby and hallway.  The lobby bulletin board highlights upcoming PTO programs, while the bulletin board in the hallway showcases PTO’s latest event.  The students love to see pictures of themselves!

  • Clothing Drive

The PTO hosts a clothing/household items drive where CCES families get to reap the benefits of Spring Cleaning while providing the community with donations from us.  A win-win for everyone and an opportunity for us to give back to the community in which we live and who supports our school year round.

  • CoyoteFest

This year-end event is a celebration of the school year consisting of games, entertainment, fun, food, a silent auction and prizes. Thanks to our amazing sponsors admission to this event is free.

  • Dad’s Day Recess

We welcome our dads, grandfathers and uncles to come play with the students during lunch recess a few times throughout the year. Games, play equipment and water are set out for everyone’s enjoyment.  Whether basketball is your game or you just want to play tag, come enjoy your kids and their friends during their scheduled lunch recess!

  • Family Fun Nights

Family Fun Nights allow families to gather at family- friendly local businesses for dinner or other activities.  These are excellent ways for students to see school friends and families to get to know each other outside of school.   The businesses give back a portion of the proceeds from Family Fun Nights to CCES PTO.

  • Field Day

Field Day is an annual day of outdoor sports and games.  The PTO works in cooperation with Copper Canyon’s P.E. teacher.  Parent volunteers supervise the games, and the PTO provides ribbons for the student participants.  Primary and Secondary Field Days are held in the spring

  • Field Trips

The PTO subsidizes field trips for students each year. The goal is to reduce the cost of field trips for families while providing the students with a well-rounded experience within our community.  Some of our past field trips have included visits to the Musical Instrument Museum, Tolmachoff Farms, BizTown and the Desert Botanical Garden.

  • Gift(s) to CCES

A gift is given to CCES when there are remaining  funds.  Ideas are brainstormed with guidance from our principal, our staff and the community for what will best benefit our entire student body.

  • Harkins Summer Movie Passes

The PTO participates in the Summer Movie Pass rebate program.  When you order your Summer Movie Passes through the PTO, Harkins gives money back to the school.   Passes go home with your child before school gets out for the summer, saving you a trip.

  • Historian

PTO volunteers create an annual scrapbook that is displayed for all parents and visitors to see in the Copper Canyon lobby. Check it out! They also maintain the staff pictures in the hallway.

  • Holiday Craft Day

This program allows students to choose and make crafts as gifts for loved ones for the holiday season.  Before Holiday Craft Day, students select high-quality and creative crafts to make for someone special.  PTO and staff volunteers help students make crafts, rotate through craft stations, and gift-wrap completed crafts.

  • Kindergarten Playdates

Each summer, the PTO schedules and organizes several “playdates” for incoming Kindergarten students and their families in an effort to make the transition into CCES an easier one for all.

  • Movie Night

PTO organizes and hosts a fun movie night  on the big field at Copper Canyon.  Families can bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a movie under the stars together.  Pizza, refreshments  and novelties are available for purchase, but families are welcome to bring their own food.

  • Publishing Lab

This program allows students to write, illustrate, and publish their own books.  Throughout the year, the teachers collect each student’s best work that is then hardbound into a one-of-a-kind anthology that the student will get to take home with them at the end of the year. Each anthology showcases the student’s growth they have made creatively and academically that year. What a wonderful keepsake for the family!

  • Quarterly Coffee

This program is held once each quarter of the school year. It is intended as an informal meet and greet where parents,  PTO representatives and the principal  gather in an informal setting to enjoy great conversation and ask questions  all while having that much need morning coffee.

  • School Directory

PTO assembles and distributes an annual school directory that is available to all Copper Canyon families.

  • Science Fair

In the past, PTO has provided activities and speakers for students throughout Science Week.  Each grade level has a different presentation on a variety of scientific subjects such as biology, medicine, physics, astronomy, and chemistry.  The material is engaging for students and grade appropriate.

  • Speech/Debate Course for 6th Grade

The PTO provides funding for a 6-8 week Speech/Debate Course for the 6th grade students to enhance their public speaking skills by boosting confidence in front of a crowd of their peers.

  • Star Reader and A/R incentive

The PTO recognizes and rewards students from all grade levels their reading achievement.  PTO presents PreK – 2nd grade students on a bi-monthly basis with books, ribbons and certificates to celebrate their achievement in reading. The PTO also supports all 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students with a quarterly incentive program who achieve their quarterly Accelerated Reader goals!

  • Staff Appreciation

We welcome back our amazing staff with a lunch on the day before school starts. The PTO reminds teachers and staff of their importance and value by creating monthly gifts and perks for them and planning dinner for all teachers during conference weeks. PTO Staff Appreciation also organizes a Staff Appreciation Week in the spring, and provides suggestions for showing  staff members how special they are.

  • S.T.A.R.S. (formerly K.I.S.S.)

The PTO conducts its main fundraiser of the year in the fall.  Through the  S.T.A.R.S. – Students and Teachers Achieving Resources Simply – fundraiser, the PTO simply collects donations from CCES families, relatives and corporate matches without the kids selling gift wrap or cookie dough.  The  money raised covers the cost of many PTO events and programs throughout the school year.

  • Teacher Grants

Throughout the year, the teachers provide a lot of support for the PTO by handing out flyers, sending emails, talking us up, etc., as well as  many hours of their time to volunteer at PTO events and fundraisers.  For their involvement, they can receive up to $350.00/year for their classroom to be spent at their own discretion.

  • Variety Show

Students in grades 4 – 6 form groups and create their own acts for the  Variety Show.

  • Other Services

The PTO supports many other behind the scenes administrative and school-related programs and services in the school and district-wide throughout the year, including: additional copier paper, water for the front office, district track meet, donations to Horizon and Pinnacle Peak High Schools for their graduation parties, on-site technical support for teachers, playground equipment,  spelling bee, and a principal fund for the principal to use at their discretion.