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American Academy News
(Weekly Newsletter Archive)
HAPPY SUMMER BREAK, AMERICAN ACADEMY!
Enjoy the time off and we'll see you in August!
2015-2016 Survey Results
CP&PKR - In case you missed the email sent earlier this week, the American Academy Board of Directors (BOD) has published the 2015-2016 student, staff and parent survey resuts. You can download a copy of the BoardShorts email here.

Though there are always areas for improvement -- thank you, students, staff and parents, for helping us to identify those areas -- we are happy to report that overall, the story is a really good one! The students feel safe and prepared, staff thinks American Academy is a great place to work (download the staff survey), and parents are very satisfied or better with how well we are accomplishing our mission (download the parent survey)!

Enjoy the summer, know how valuable your feedback is to us, and join us in looking forward to an even better year in 2016-2017!

Important Summer Event Dates
CP&PKR - Check out the Events Calendar on the right and write them down or print this webpage out and stick it on your refrigerator. It's good information to keep you in touch with what's happening in the summer months! We also sent these dates out in the May 31 school newsletter, for your reference. Happy summer!
2015-2016 Final Report Cards
CP&PKR - Final 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.

Summer Camps
CP&PKR - We still have room in some of our summer camps and American Academy students, we want YOU! Find an American Academy friend, register today in the American Academy School Store, and join some of your favorite American Academy teachers for fun this summer as we play music, paint, draw, read, run, hike, dance, code, play and relax! All currently enrolled American Academy students from both campuses are welcome at all of our camps. The teachers running these camps need to make summer plans for themselves, though, so sign up ASAP! They will be confirming your camp registrations about 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the camp.
Summer Reading and History Assignments
CP&PKR - Pull up a hammock and get ready to read (and do a little history work if you are in Middle School) this summer! All elementary (grades K-5) have reading assignments for over the summer break, and all middle school students (grades 6-8) have reading and history assignments for over the summer break. Middle school students will also need to complete a short project related to their summer reading book to prepare for the new school year.

This year, we've got all the summer work info you need in one place -- just click on the Summer Reading and History button at the top of the American Academy News section on the front page of the school website. Check the left navigation for reading or history by campus and scroll down to find assignments by grade.

Front Office Dates and Hours
CP&PKR - Do you have paperwork to drop off? Want to see if your student left their jacket at school during field day? Have questions about next year? The Castle Pines and Parker front offices will be open for only a few days during the first week of summer break, and only for limited hours. Additionally, the front office will open again on August 8 with limited hours, but be closed for one day for professional development on August 15. Please take note of those days and hours below and come on in to get your stuff done!

Tuesday May 31 - OPEN, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, June 1 - OPEN, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday, June 2 - CLOSED for the summer
Monday, August 8 - OPEN for the new school year (limited hours)
Monday, August 15 - CLOSED (all staff professional development)

Settle Your School Store Account
CP&PKR - Need to pay a School Store balance? Download these instructions for accessing your account and making a payment or paying the whole thing off, and start the 2016-2017 school year off with a clean slate!

IMPORTANT: until your School Store balance is paid in full, your student will not be allowed to register for any new extracurriculars in 2016-2017!

Buy 2016-2017 School Supplies
CP&PKR - School supply lists and online ordering with our new vendor, School Tool Box, are ready for you to start your 2016-2017 shopping. Online ordering service is available for your convenience but it's totally optional - you are also welcome to shop locally for supplies. For the online option, visit School Tool Box online to start ordering any time and the supplies will be delivered to your home within 10 days. No need for early summer ordering - the deadine to order online is July 31.

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT ONLINE…be sure to check out the grade-level wish lists and grant some teacher wishes!

2016-2017 SCHOOL SUPPLIES Order online with School Tool Box
OR
Download lists to shop locally:
Castle Pines K-8 List
Parker PreK-8 List

Find a Teacher Tutor
CP&PKR - American Academy teachers sometimes offer private tutoring sessions during the summer hours. We listed those teachers on our list of available teachers for the subjects and grade-levels that you need, and then contact the teacher directly using the preferred communication method(s) listed. Happy summer learning!

*American Academy is not involved in these private tutoring arrangements in any way, aside from this webpage. The timing and terms of tutoring, including payment, will be a private transaction between you and the teacher.

Dennis Uniform Summer Sale
CP&PKR - While you are relaxing and enjoying summer temperatures and summer clothes, don’t forget to take advantage of the next Dennis Uniform summer deal to buy new fall uniform items! Remember, inventory tends to get low towards August, so buy earlier if you can.

June 21-28: 15% off all uniform items purchased online and in-store, FREE SHIPPING for all online orders (shop online).

PTO Uniform Resale - July 30
CP&PKR - The annual Uniform Resale is on Saturday, July 30, from noon – 3:00 pm at the Parker campus. Did you miss the chance to drop off your uniform items during carpool? No worries! Until Wednesday, June 1, you can still drop donated or tagged-for-sale items off at each school in the front lobby between 9:00 am – noon. On Thursday, June 2, you can drop off at GreenEarth Cleaners in Castle Pines. You can also still register for VIP parking privileges on the day of the Uniform Resale – the deadline for entry is June 2.

Download instructions for registering to sell and tagging items here, or visit the Uniform Resale webpage for more information. Questions? Email the Uniform Resale committee.

Free Kids' Summer Lunches
CP&PKR - DCSD Nutrition Services is offering all students 18 years old and under free lunch throughout the summer. The lunches will be served at various locations and time, Monday through Friday, June 6 - July 29. Download the flyer and note the lunch locations listed below:

CASTLE ROCK
Centennial Park, 22 Gilbert Street
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
The Pines at Castle Rock Apartments, 6221
Castlegate Drive
Serving 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

PARKER
Watermark Apartments, 18588 Mainstreet
Serving 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Parker Hilltop Apartments, 19600 Clubhouse Drive
Serving 11:00 am - 11:45 am

2015-2016 Yearbooks Still Available
CP&PKR - Just visit TreeRing online and have it shipped to your home. Be sure to use the correct American Academy campus passcode!

Castle Pines campus code: 1014458991442831
Parker campus code: 1014323184062819

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Event Calendar
Jul 12
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jul 30
American Academy Uniform Resale, 12:00 - 3:00 pm, PKR cafeteria
Jul 31
School Tool Box online ordering deadline (order)
Aug 8
CP&PKR - Front offices OPEN for the school year (limited hours)
Aug 10-12
CP&PKR - American Academy All School Registration
Aug 15-17
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Aug 18
FIRST DAY OF MIDDLE SCHOOL!
Aug 22
FIRST DAY OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!
Aug 26
PKR - Student Individual Pictures
Aug 28 - Sep 2
CP&PKR - STEM trip (Grd 7): Catalina Island Marine Institute
Aug 31
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
Sep 5
NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Sept 5 - 16
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): Return to the Moon
Sept 5- Sept 30
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Sept 5 - Nov 11
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 6): Engineering Academy
Sep 14
Middle School Conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Sep 15
Middle School Conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Sept 19 - Oct 21
CP - STEM unit (Grd 2): WeDo
Sept 19 & 20
CP - STEM Field Trip (Grd 4): Challenger Learning Center
Sept 21 & 22
PKR - STEM Field Trip (Grd 4): Challenger Learning Center
Sep 23
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Sep 29
CP - Student Individual Pictures
Oct 4-5
PKR - KindiePrep Student Individual Pictures
Oct 5
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Oct 6
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Oct 7
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Comp Day
Oct 10-14
NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
Oct 17 - Nov 11
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Oct 24 - Nov 18
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 5): EV3
Oct 27
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Oct 28
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Nov 8
PKR - RETAKES for Student Individual Pictures
Nov 10
CP - RETAKES for Student Individual Pictures
Nov 14 - 18
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
Nov 17
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Nov 18
PKR - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Nov 18
END OF FIRST TRIMESTER (T1)
Nov 25
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 5 - 9
PKR - STEM unit (KindiePrep): Curious George Builds a House
Dec 5 - Feb 17
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Dec 7
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
Dec 12 - Jan 24
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
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 4
FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL!
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 13
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Comp Day
Jan 16
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 30 - Feb 24
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Jan 31
PKR - Class Pictures
Feb 2
CP - Class Pictures
Feb 9
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Feb 13 - March 17
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Feb 16
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 17
PKR - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 20
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 24
END OF SECOND TRIMESTER (T2)
Mar 6 - May 12
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Mar 13 - April 7
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 2): Claymation
Mar 20-24
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Mar 27 - April 7
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Mar 30
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Apr 9 - 15
CP& PKR - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Apr 17 - May 5
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 3): Sphero
Apr 17 - 28
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Apr 27
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Apr 27 - 29
Jr. FLL World Expo; St. Louis, MO
Apr 28
NO SCHOOL / Teacher comp day
May 1-5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 3
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
May 7-14
CP & PKR STEM Trip (Grd 8) Costa Rica
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 18
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym