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American Academy News
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Buy 2016-2017 School Supplies
CP&PKR - Online ordering for school supplies with School Tool Box has closed for 2016-2017. But you can still download the school supply lists below and shop locally!

2016-2017 SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Castle Pines K-8 List
Parker PreK-8 List

Castle Pines Construction Update
CP - We know that by now, the majority of you have had the opportunity to travel along Mira Vista while it's under construction. And we are very happy to report that construction is coming along right on schedule for our first day of Middle School this Thursday!

But Mira Vista isn't the end of the construction. We received a letter last Thursday from the City of Castle Pines explaining the scope of the continuing construction activities as they finish Mira Vista improvements and begin improvements to Lagae Road (roundabout) and Monarch Boulevard over the next several weeks/months. You can download that letter here.

Regarding the construction and the construction fence at the top of Monarch Blvd., we are asking for the cooperation of EVERY SINGLE family at the Castle Pines campus to help us all get through it with the least amount of pain. Please talk to each other (we suggest joining other parents on American Academy Community) and look for ways to participate in some good solutions (the Way to Go/School Pool link for parents who didn't opt out will be receiving information and carpool maps soon in either email or regular mail).

The extra lane on Mira Vista will be a huge improvement for us but it’s going to be a tough few months while the other construction on Lagae and then Monarch is underway, so we need to work together to reduce the discomfort.

Please remember that carpool is really challenging during the first two weeks of school during the best of circumstances -- and it will be doubly so this year -- but it will get better if we can all just get the first couple of weeks under our belts.

PLEASE ALSO be respectful of our American Academy carpool attendants, construction crew members, each other, and our neighbors. We can't control construction but we CAN control how we behave and respond to it as a community! And your students will notice and model your good behavior, so thank you in advance for that, too!

Get to Know the American Academy Community
CP&PKR - Join the American Academy Community group (a Facebook "group" allows YOU to create your own posts and talk to each other) and talk to other American Academy parents anytime! We hope you will use this Facebook group to help build our already wonderful parent community by asking questions, posting ideas, selling your used uniform items -- whatever! It's YOUR community, and the group is yours to use as you wish. Click the "Join" button to start the conversation, and "Share" to get more American Academy parents talking!
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!

CASTLE PINE CODE:1014458991442831
PARKER CODE: 1014323184062819

Back-to-School Nights Coming Soon
CP&PKR - Back-to-School Nights are reserved for all KP-8 parents so they can hear more formally from their students' teachers about curriculum, grade-level expectations for homework and classroom behavior, and what to expect overall in the year to come. It's an important night for setting expectations and getting information, and we recommend that ALL parents attend if possible. We also encourage you to leave children at home that night so everyone can get the most out of the teacher presentations.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
Back-to-School Night for KindiePrep, Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2, and Specials

KindiePrep: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Kindergarten: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Grade 1: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Grade 2: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Grades K-2 Informal Meet & Greet with Ginger Norton, Elementary Principal: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Back-to-School Night for Grades 3, 4 & 5, and Specials

Grade 3: 5:00 pm – 6:00pm
Grade 4: 5:00 pm – 6:00pm
Grade 5: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Grades 3-5 Informal Meet & Greet with Ginger Norton, Elementary Principal: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

*TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Back-to-School Night for Middle School, STEM Certification, and Specials

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

*IMPORTANT SCHEDULING CHANGE
Due to a number of last-minute conflicts this year, we are moving the Middle School Back-to-School Night to Tuesday, September 6 (right after Labor Day weekend). Please make a note of this change!

Ask the Parent Advisory Board (PAB)
CP&PKR - Do you have some “little” questions about school, like, “what color socks can my student wear with his uniform?” or “how long does carpool take?” Email the PAB! The PAB is a group of parent volunteers from each campus who respond to parent questions and feedback pertaining school policies and procedures. They are a GREAT resource for new and returning parents! If you have questions. If they don’t know the answer themselves, they will find out or help connect you to the right resource.

Click here to email the PAB-Castle Pines
Click here to email the PAB-Parker

Choose DCSD Hot Lunch Options
CP&PKR - GET A HOT LUNCH ACCOUNT
American Academy has contracted with DCSD Nutrition Services to provide our students with healthy lunch options each school day in 2016-2017. A full lunch (with milk) is $3.00 and milk only is $0.75. Visit the My School Bucks Website to sign up for a DCSD lunch account. Once you are signed up, your student can order lunch or milk anytime!

OPT OUT FOR DCSD LUNCH EXTRAS
DCSD provides a number of a la carte lunch options for students to choose while they are moving through the lunch line. If you’d prefer to NOT allow your student to buy any of those a la carte items, you can just say “no!” Download the DCSD opt-out form, complete and print, and turn into your campus front office. We will pass it along to the DCSD lunch staff and it will be noted in your student’s DCSD lunch account.

Review the Parent Handbook for 2016-2017
CP&PKR - Summer reading for parents! We don’t require anyone to memorize the American Academy Parent Handbook or the KindiePrep Parent Handbook, and there won’t be a quiz, but during the All School registration we do ask you to sign a form that says you have read it and understand it. :) It’s important information about American Academy, so please make sure you are familiar with the content.
Settle Your 2015-2016 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!

2015-2016 Parent Survey Results
In case you are curious, the SAC is proud to share the results of the 2015-2016 American Academy staff and parent surveys!
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Event Calendar
Aug 26
American Academy Spirit Day
Aug 26
PKR - Student Individual Pictures
Aug 28 - Sep 2
CP&PKR - STEM trip (Grd 7): Catalina Island Marine Institute
Aug 29
BOD Special Meeting (LM Financing), PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Aug 31
PKR: KindiePrep Back to School Night, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Aug 31
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
Aug 31
CP&PKR: Back to School Night: K-2, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sep 1
CP&PKR: Back to School Night: 3-5, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sep 2
American Academy Spirit Day
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 6
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Sep 6
NEW DATE!! CP&PKR: Back to School Night: Middle School
Sep 9
American Academy Spirit Day
Sep 13
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Sep 14
Middle School Conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Sep 14
CP - High School Fair, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, gym
Sep 15
PKR - High School Fair, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, gym
Sep 15
Middle School Conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Sep 16
American Academy Spirit Day
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
Sep 30
FIRST Dress of Choice Day
Oct 4
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
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 18
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Oct 21
Dress of Choice Day
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 1
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Nov 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 8
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 8
PKR - RETAKES for Student Individual Pictures
Nov 10
CP - RETAKES for Student Individual Pictures
Nov 11
American Academy Spirit Day
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 18
Dress of Choice Day
Nov 18
Dress of Choice Day
Nov 21-25
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 2
American Academy Spirit Day
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 6
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Dec 7
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
Dec 9
American Academy Spirit Day
Dec 12 - Jan 24
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Dec 13
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 16
Dress of Choice Day
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 3
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Jan 4
FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL!
Jan 6
American Academy Spirit Day
Jan 10
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
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 20
American Academy Spirit Day
Jan 27
Dress of Choice Day
Jan 30 - Feb 24
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Jan 31
PKR - Class Pictures
Feb 2
CP - Class Pictures
Feb 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Feb 9
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Feb 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 13 - March 17
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Feb 14
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 16
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 17
PKR - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 20
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 24
END OF SECOND TRIMESTER (T2)
Feb 24
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 6 - May 12
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Mar 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Mar 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 13 - April 7
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 2): Claymation
Mar 14
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
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 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Mar 31
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 4
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Apr 5
BOD Retreat, TBD
Apr 7
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 9 - 15
CP& PKR - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Apr 14
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 17 - May 5
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 3): Sphero
Apr 17 - 28
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Apr 21
Dress of Choice Day
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 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 7-14
CP & PKR STEM Trip (Grd 8) Costa Rica
May 9
BOD Meeting, PKR 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 18
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
May 19
Dress of Choice Day
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, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)