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American Academy News
(Weekly Newsletter Archive)
Crazy Hat Day - Monday, December 12th
CP - On Monday, December 12th, CP PTO will be carrying on the tradition to get kids in the giving spirit by having a Crazy Hat Day. If a student donates $1 to the Giving Tree he/she will be allowed to wear a crazy hat to school that day. Donations will be collected by K-8 homeroom teachers that Monday morning and distributed to families in our school on the FRL program.
T1 Report Cards Ready to View
CP&MB - Your students' first trimester report cards have been published to Infinite Campus – please log in to view and print them for your permanent records! Some classes may have no grade for a trimester if your student did not take the class that trimester. Here is how to access your student’s report card:
    1.Log into your Infinite Campus parent portal.
    2.Under your student’s name, click on Reports.
    3.Select the Report Card report appropriate for your student’s grade.
    4.You may print for your records.
If you have lost your Infinite Campus parent portal login information, please email Joanie Wherry. If you are having trouble accessing your students’ report cards, please email Denese Gardner.

Save the Date for Scholastic Book Fair and More!
MB - The Scholastic Book Fair will be December 7-14. New this year, Ms. Fenton, our librarian, is partnering with the AAPTO-PKR to bring parents and student a special Holiday Boutique and Book Fair event on Saturday, December 10! There will be amazing gift vendors in the cafeteria with fantastic items priced just right for students, books for sale in the library, gift wrapping, and breakfast and coffee for the early birds to enjoy. It's going to be a blast of fun holiday preparation for parents and kids to enjoy! Stay tuned for more info regarding this special combined holiday event from the school and the AAPTO-PKR.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
December 7-9, and 12-14 - 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
December 10 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Want to help volunteer at the Book Fair? Click here to sign up and join Ms. Fenton for all the Book Fair fun!

CP Udpate: Scholastic Book Fair -- In the Spring! In case you are wondering (and we've heard some of you are), it's still on! Do to some unforeseen circumstances, we have moved this year's Castle Pines campus Scholastic Book Fair the take place around Valentine's Day (February 8-15). Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to those dates.

Spring Musical Auditions in December
CP&MB - Auditions for the spring musical, The Little Mermaid, are rapidly approaching! If your students are interested in being "under the sea" in late April, they need to sign up and prepare an audition. Click here for audition information. Auditions will be held on December 3, 5 and 6 for CP and December 7, 8 and 9 for MB. We will have a select group of students to be called back on Sunday, December 11, to help determine roles for some of the main characters. Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, January 31, with performances taking place the last week of April at the PACE center in Parker.
Nominate a Good Egg for an Apple Award
CP&MB - Do you have a favorite teacher or staff member that you'd like to recognize for the outstanding work they do for you and your students every day? Nominate them for a 2017 Apple Award!

The Apple Awards nomination process allows parents and students to write comments to their favorite teachers and school staff and those comments are incredibly valuable – they are given directly to the nominees so they can read, in your words, what makes them special to you!

This year, parents and students will have lots of extra time to make their nominations (nine weeks). The deadline is January 13, 2017. American Academy’s Apple Awards nominees will be chosen from a list YOU create with your responses, and honored at the spring Apple Awards Gala where they will compete with other DCSD nominees for the big DCSD Apple Award. For more information, please visit the main page for the 2017 Apple Awards.

Bonfils Blood Drive in January 2017
CP&MB - American Academy is proud to host Bonfils at our campuses in January! Happily, when we polled our families last month we had more interest than time slots, so we are strongly encouraging you to sign up online (use site code B123 for CP or site code B122 for MB) or call 303-363-2300 for an appointment! We have one day scheduled at each campus for your convenience, but you are welcome to attend which every date and location works best for you.

BONFILS BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 7, at Castle Pines - 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 28, at Motsenbocker - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Student Support Services - T1 News
CP&MB - We invite you to learn more about our Student Support Services department (SSS) and their role in supporting all students at American Academy! SSS strives to provide families with information and helpful tools throughout the year and they post a newsletter at the end of every trimester. Within the SSS department, they focus on Special Education, Section 504, Colorado READ Act plans, English Language Learners, Gifted & Talented, Mental Health support, and Response-to-Intervention. We encourage you to visit our SSS website throughout the year to learn more about our team and to receive helpful tips to support your child at home. Click to read the first trimester SSS newsletter!
Reminder About School Closures and Delays
CP&MB - With all the great weather that we have been having lately it seems strange to be talking about school closures or delays, but it is November and we do live in Colorado!

Just a reminder that if any feeder area in Douglas County School District closes, American Academy, including KindiePrep will close. American Academy does reserve the right to close even if the school district remains open. All closures will be posted on the American Academy web site, sent out through our emergency messaging system, and broadcast on local television and radio stations. This includes school delays (late start) and complete closure. Should there be an early release due to weather you will be notified to pick up your child.

Prospective Employee Information Meetings Starting for 2017-2018
American Academy is growing, and as we get ready to hire for our third campus, we need YOU to help us spread the word! We are hosting a series of prospective employee information meetings to talk to interested candidates about working at American Academy. Check out all the information here!
Order Your 2016-2017 Yearbook Now
CP&PKR - You can place your 2016-2017 Yearbook order ANYTIME with TreeRing, our yearbook vendor! Just got to www.treering.com and enter your campus passcode to choose your items and make your purchase. The deadline to place your yearbook order is April 7, 2017 -- you've got plenty of time! Contact Carrie Sale!

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Event Calendar
Dec 5 - Feb 17
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Dec 10
CP&MB - Winter Performing Arts Showcase, Ponderosa High School auditorium, 4:00 pm
Dec 10
AAPTO-MB Holiday Boutique in the cafeteria from 9am-1pm
Dec 12-16
AAPTO-CP Toy Drive for Molholm Elementary
Dec 12
AAPTO-CP Crazy Hat Day
Dec 12
Kindergarten Round Up 6-7:30pm Castle Pines Cafeteria BY INVITATION ONLY
Dec 12 - Jan 24
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Dec 13
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 13
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Dec 13
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Dec 14
Kindergarten Round Up 6-7:30pm Parker Cafeteria BY INVITATION ONLY
Dec 15
Prospective Employee Information Meeting, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Castle Pines campus cafeteria (RSVP)
Dec 16
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Dec 16
Dress of Choice Day
Dec 19 - Jan 2
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 2 - Feb 3
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Jan 3
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Jan 1
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Jan 3
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Jan 4
FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL!
Jan 6
American Academy Spirit Day
Jan 7
AAPTO-MB 1st Family STEM Night, 3-5pm in the gym
Jan 10
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jan 10
Prospective Employee Information Meeting, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Castle Pines cafeteria (RSVP)
Jan 11
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Jan 12
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Jan 12
AAPTO-CP Skate City Event
Jan 13
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Comp Day
Jan 16
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 17-27
AAPTO-CP Sock Drive
Jan 17
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Jan 18
Prospective Employee Information Meeting, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Motsenbocker Cafeteria (RSVP)
Jan 20
Student Council Middle School Dance, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, MB gym & cafeteria (info)
Jan 20
American Academy Spirit Day
Jan 23-29
CP&MB - Alice in Wonderland, Ponderosa High School auditorium
Jan 25
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Jan 27
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Jan 27
Dress of Choice Day
Jan 30 - Feb 24
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Jan 31
MB - Class Pictures
Feb 2
CP - Class Pictures
Feb 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 4
AAPTO-MB Father/Daughter Dance, gym, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Feb 6 - 17
AAPTO-MB Sock Drive
Feb 7
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Feb 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Feb 9
Middle School conferences, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, CP&MB cafeteria
Feb 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 11
AAPTO-CP Sweetheart Dance
Feb 13 - March 17
MB - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Feb 14
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Feb 14
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 16
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 17
MB - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 20
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 21
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 24
END OF SECOND TRIMESTER (T2)
Feb 24
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Feb 24
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 3
CP&MB - Performing Arts Solo Competition, United Methodist Church, 6:00 pm
Mar 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 6 - May 12
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Mar 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Mar 7
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Mar 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 13 - April 7
CP&MB - STEM unit (Grd 2): Claymation
Mar 14
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mar 14
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Mar 15
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Mar 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 20-24
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Mar 27 - April 7
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Mar 30
Middle School conferences, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, CP&MB cafeteria
Mar 31
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Mar 31
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 3-7
Student Council Spirit Week
Apr 4
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Apr 4
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Apr 5
BOD Retreat, TBD
Apr 7
Student Council Middle School Dance, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, MB gym & cafeteria (separate campuses) (info)
Apr 9 - 15
CP&MB - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Apr 14
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 17 - 28
MB - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Apr 17 - May 5
MB - STEM unit (Grd 3): Sphero
Apr 18
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Apr 18
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apr 21
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Apr 21
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 22
AAPTO-MB Spring Soiree, Vehicle Vault in Motsenbocker Purchase tickets
Apr 24 28
AAPTO-MB Pinwheel Garden for Child Abuse Awareness
Apr 30
CP&MB - Spring Musical, PACE Center, 4:00 pm
Apr 27
Middle School conferences, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, CP&MB cafeteria
Apr 27 - 29
Jr. FLL World Expo; St. Louis, MO
Apr 28
NO SCHOOL / Teacher comp day
May 1-5
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1 - 5
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation WEEK!
May 1-5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 2
AAPTO-MB Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
May 2
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
May 2
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
May 3
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
May 5
American Academy Spirit Day
May 5
AAPTO-MB Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Bar
May 7-14
CP&MB STEM Trip (Grd 8) Costa Rica
May 9
CP&MB - Spring Performing Arts Showcase, PACE Center, 6:30 pm
May 9
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 10
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
May 11
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
May 12
American Academy Spirit Day
May 16
AAPTO-MB Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
May 18
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
May 19
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
May 19
Dress of Choice Day
May 22
KindiePrep Field Day, 9:30am-11am
May 23
MB - Field Day (6-8), 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
May 24
MB - Field Day (K-5), 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
May 24
CP - 8th Grade Graduation, 5:00 pm, gym (reception to follow)
May 25
MB - 8th Grade Graduation, 5:00 pm, gym (reception to follow)
May 25
AAPTO-MB End-of-Year Celebration, Location: TBD, 2:00 pm
Jun 6
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Jun 6
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Jun 13
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jul 11
BOD Meeting, MB library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 9
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Castle Pines cafeteria (RSVP)
Nov 10
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Motsenbocker cafeteria (RSVP)
Nov 15
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Castle Pines cafeteria (RSVP)
Nov 18
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Motsenbocker cafeteria (RSVP)