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DCSD Express Check-In Registration
CP&PKR - DCSD Express Check-In online registration is now open for 2015-2016 registration! Please complete by August 11. You will need to use your Infinite Campus Portal log in information to access the registration portal - if you have forgotten your login, or are having trouble with it, please contact Joanie Wherry.

For American Academy families, there are TWO school registrations to complete each fall: the DCSD Express Check-In (now open from July 28 - Aug 11), and the American Academy All School Registration (August 12 -14). Both registration processes are REQUIRED for all new and returning American Academy families (including KindiePrep).

DCSD EXPRESS CHECK-IN QUESTIONS:
- Student- and household-related questions: 303-387-0016 (until 07/24)
- Student fees: 720-433-1244
- Login or technical issues: 303-387-0001

AMERICAN ACADEMY ALL SCHOOL REGISTRATION QUESTIONS:
Please contact Joanie Wherry, American Academy Registrar.


Student- and household-related questions: 303-387-0016 (hotline available until 07/24)
Student fees: 720-433-1244
Login or technical issues: 303-387-0001

HAPPY SUMMER!
Have a wonderful summer! The front offices will open on August 10, 2015. See you in the fall!
Got Infinite Campus on Your Mobile Device?
If not, this is a great time of year to get set up for the new school year! Our teachers post grades and homework daily to Infinite Campus and the app is MUCH easier to use on your mobile device (Apple and Android). And you and your student can easily reference grades and homework assignments on the go! Check out the step-by-step directions on the American Academy website to get set up on your device.
American Academy All School Registration
CP&PKR - In addition to the DCSD Express Check-In online registration, all American Academy families are required to attend the American Academy All School Registration in August to complete paperwork for our school year. Parents must attend in person. If you can’t attend on any of the registration dates, please contact the registrar, Joanie Wherry, and let her know.

Due the impending construction on Mira Vista Lane in Castle Pines, the American Academy All School Registration on August 12-14 will take place at the Parker campus for all American Academy families this year.

Location for ALL CP and PKR families: PARKER CAMPUS
August 12, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August 13, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
August 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dennis Uniform Open House
CP&PKR - All American Academy parents are invited to the American Academy Uniform Open House at the on Friday, August 7! The event will take place at the Dennis Uniform store in Park Meadows from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Stock up for fall without the regular weekday crowds!

Castle Pines parents: the PTO-CP will be at the store that night with Scrip certificates to purchase (cash or check only) - when you come to the front counter with your purchases, just ask to pay for your items with Dennis Uniform Scrip.

If you are in a rush and don't have time to shop, you can also take your certificates with you and use them to make uniform purchases with in the Dennis Uniform store, online or over the phone at a later time. Remember, with each scrip purchase you make, 6% will go back to your campus to benefit the students!

Dennis Uniform Open House for American Academy
Friday, August 7, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
8600 Park Meadows Drive
Suite 700
Lone Tree, CO 80124

One2One Parent Information Meetings
CP&PKR - The IT Department has scheduled One2One parent information meetings in August for parents wanting or needing more information on our laptop loan program. The meetings are optional for everyone, but recommended for parents of incoming 5th graders who will be participating in One2One for the first time. Parents may attend meetings at either campus - choose one that's convenient for you! The dates and times are below so you can plan ahead:

August 12 - CP, media lab, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
August 12 - CP, media lab, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
August 13 - PKR media lab, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
August 13 - PKR media lab, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
August 26 - CP cafeteria, 8:10 am (immediately after carpool)
August 27 - PKR cafeteria, 8:10 am (immediately after carpool)

Don't Forget - TDAP Required (Incoming Grade 6)
CP&PKR - TDAP Immunizations are now REQUIRED by Colorado State law for ALL incoming grade 6 students! If you haven’t made an appointment yet for this important vaccination, please make arrangements to do so before the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. Even if your child has been previously immunized, he or she MUST be revaccinated before the start of the 2015-2016 school year to ensure immunity and public safety. Please read the letter from our district nurse, Paulette Joswick, and contact Ms. Joswick if you have any questions about this requirement.
DCSD Hot Lunch Info
CP&PKR - American Academy has again contracted with DCSD Nutrition Services to provide our students with healthy lunch options each school day. A full lunch (with milk) is now $3.00 (down from last year!) and milk only is $0.75. Visit the My School Bucks website to create a DCSD lunch account for each of your students. Once an account has been created for them, your students can order lunch or milk at school anytime!

DCSD NUTRITION SERVICES MEAL ASSISTANCE
DCSD provides lunch assistance (Free and Reduced Lunch) to interested and qualified American Academy K-8 families. To apply, please complete the online DCSD application – this application will open on July 15, 2015. If you qualify for lunch assistance, you will be notified by DCSD with a confirmation letter. For questions about DCSD’s Free and Reduced Lunch program, please contact Susan Babineau at DCSD Nutrition Services.

AMERICAN ACADEMY ASSISTANCE
American Academy also provides some small additional benefits to those families that qualify for the DCSD Free and Reduced Lunch program. Once you receive your confirmation letter from DCSD, please scan and email a copy of that letter to Jen Tucker. Once she has received that letter from you, she will send a confirmation email back to you outlining the American Academy benefits available for the school year. Please remember that even if you have previously qualified for this program, you MUST REAPPLY EACH YEAR to qualify for the new school year.

OPT-OUT FOR 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.

T1 Bus Passes Available for Purchase
CP&PKR - Want to send your student to/from school via DCSD bus in 2015-2016? Check out our Bus Schedule to see the routes offered (notes – times may change slightly for the 15-16 school year). The only way to ride is with an AA trimester bus pass. As per our new agreement with DCSD Transportation, American Academy will be selling bus passes to our parents through the AA School Store to cover the cost of running the buses. Each bus pass will be good for the current trimester ONLY, and one pass must be purchased per student. Please be sure to read the information in the School Store about using your bus passes on the School Store before you purchase!

CASTLE PINES STUDENTS - T1 BUS PASS
PARKER STUDENTS - T1 BUS PAS

Save the Date for the KindiePrep - Grade 5 Open House
CP&PKR - Plan to attend the AA Open House on Friday, August 21, at your respective campus from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. On this fun and busy evening, KP-5 students and parents are invited to come visit the school, go into classrooms, meet teachers and bring in school supplies. See you there!
Summer Reading for Parents
CP&PKR - The American Academy Parent Handbook - it's not required reading, of course, but we do ask you to sign a paper at registration that says you read and understand it! It’s important information about the schoool and we do try to keep it as short and sweet and relevant as possible, so please consider giving it the once-over if it’s been a while. If you haven’t already, we also recommend bookmarking it in your favorite browser or printing it for quick reference! As always, if you have any questions about the AA Parent Handbook, please contact the PAB.
Possible Summer Expansion of Mira Vista Lane
CP - The City of Castle Pines and the developer have scheduled the widening of Mira Vista (the road that leads to the CP campus) this summer. Construction has not yet started (it was scheduled for first week in June), and whenever it does start, it likely will run into August or even September.

The project manager has promised to have at least two lanes open by the first day of carpool (August 20, the first day of Middle School). But we are planning to stay out of the way as much as possible to facilitate faster construction, so we will be moving some events to the Parker Campus - please make a note of the dates below. The roundabout at Lagae Road and Hyland Hills is in the City's plans to be constructed in the next year or so. Stay tuned!

TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO PARKER CAMPUS:

Aug 10-20: CP Front Office services
Castle Pines front office will relocate to the Parker campus until school starts.

Aug 12-14: CP All School Registration
Registration for ALL AA families (including KindiePrep) will be at the Parker campus (dates and times are listed in the article below).

Correct School Code for Uniform Purchases
CP&PKR - Just a reminder to use the correct school code when purchasing Dennis Uniform items online! In-store clerks can help you with that when you purchase in person, but you are on your own when online, so be sure to use the following guide:

CASTLE PINES
K-5 School code: CZA
6-8 School code: CZB

PARKER
K-5 School code: CZC
6-8 School code: CZD

Order Last-Chance EduKits Through August 4
CP&PKR -Don't forget! You can still order EduKits for 2015-2016 school supplies, though orders place after June 10 will delivered to your home instead of the classroom. If you would prefer to just download the supply lists and shop locally instead, see the links below. Questions about EduKits should be directed to the front office at your campus (click for CP or PKR).

Order a Last-Chance CASTLE PINES EduKit
Download all CASTLE PINES K-8 supply lists and shop locally

Click to order a Last-Chance PARKER EduKit
Click to download all PARKER K-8 supply lists and shop locally

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Event Calendar
Jun 1 -
Aug 7
Front offices CLOSED for Summer Break
Jul 28 - Aug 11
DCSD Express Check-In Registration open (register)
Aug 7
Dennis Uniform Open House for American Academy, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aug 10
Front Office services OPEN at PKR for both campuses
Aug 11
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Aug 12
One2One Parent Information Meeting, CP media lab, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Aug 12
One2One Parent Information Meeting, CP media lab, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Aug 12
American Academy All School Registration:
CP: noon - 6:00 pm
PKR: noon - 6:00 pm
Aug 12
PKR - New K-8 Parent Reception, The Brick House, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Aug 12
PKR - New K-8 Parent Information Meeting, cafeteria, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Aug 13
CP - New K-8 Parent Information Meeting, cafeteria, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Aug 13
American Academy All School Registration:
CP: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
PKR: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aug 13
One2One Parent Information Meeting, PKR media lab, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Aug 13
One2One Parent Information Meeting, PKR media lab, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Aug 13
CP - New K-8 Parent Information Meeting, cafeteria, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Aug 14
American Academy All School Registration:
CP: 9:00 am - noon
PKR: 9:00 am - noon
Aug 17 - 19
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
Aug 18
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Aug 20
First day of school for all Middle School (6-8) students!
Aug 21
K-5 Open House, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Aug 21
Ice Cream Social @ CP Open House, 6-8pm
Aug 24
First day of school for all Elementary (KP-5) students!
Aug 24
First day of Homework Club/Crash Club
Aug 26
One2One Parent Information Meeting, CP media lab, 8:10 am
Aug 27
One2One Parent Information Meeting, PKR media lab, 8:10 am
Aug 28
American Academy Spirit Day
Aug 31 - Sep 4
CP - STEM trip (Grd 7): Sea Camp Week 1
Aug 31 - Sep 25
CP - STEM unit (Grd 5): Aero Space Engineering
Aug 31 - Sep 11
MAP Testing (K-8)
Sep 1
Back to School Night - Grades 6-8, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Sep 2
Back to School Night - Grades K&1: 5:00 - 7:00 pm,
Grade 2: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Sep 2
Back to School Night - Grades 3&4: 5:00 - 7:00 pm,
Grade 5: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Sep 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Sep 7 - 11
PKR - STEM trip (Grd 7): Sea Camp Week 2
Sep 7
NO SCHOOL / Labor Day
Sep 11
American Academy Spirit Day
Sep 14 - 18
CP - STEM trip (Grd 7): Sea Camp Week 3
Sep 15
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Sep 15
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Sep 18
Dress of Choice Day
Sep 18
American Academy Spirit Day
Sep 18
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
Sep 21 - Oct 9
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Sep 21 - Oct 2
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 2): Atmospheric Science
Sep 23
PTOCP Fun Run Pep Rallies
Sep 23
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (students w/last names starting A-L)
Sep 24
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (students w/ last names starting M-Z)
Sep 25
NO SCHOOL for students / Professional development
Sep 21-25
Winter Clothing Drive for Molholm Elementary
Sep 28 - Oct 23
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 5): Aero Space Engineering
Sep 29
PKR - STEM activity (Grd 2): Planetarium - Gym
Oct 2
PTOCP Fun Run
Oct 2
American Academy Spirit Day
Oct 5 - 23
CP - STEM unit (Grd 2): Atmospheric Science
Oct 8
CP - STEM activity ((Grd 2): Planetarium - Gym
Oct 8
Regular school day / Evening K-5 conferences
Oct 9
NO SCHOOL / Morning K-5 conferences
Oct 12 - Oct 16
NO SCHOOL / Fall Break
Oct 18 - Oct 23
CP - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Oct 20
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Oct 20
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Oct 23
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
Oct 23
Dress of Choice Day
Oct 23
Dress of Choice Day
Oct 23
Dress of Choice Day
Oct 25 - 30
CP - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Oct 26 - Nov 13
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): Volcano Alert
Oct 26-29
Food Drive for Molholm Elementary
Oct 29
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Oct 30
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
Nov 2 - Dec 18
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 6): Engineering Academy
Nov 2 - 20
CP - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Nov 2 - 20
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Nov 2 - Dec 18
CP - STEM unit (Grd 6): Engineering Academy
Nov 6
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 10
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 13
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Nov 20
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
Nov 20
Dress of Choice Day
Nov 20
End of T1 grading period
Nov 23 - Nov 27
NO SCHOOL / Thanksgiving Break
Nov 30 - Dec 4
CP - STEM unit (KindiePrep): Curious George Builds a House
Dec 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Dec 7 - 19
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Dec 8
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 11
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 30 - Dec 15
Giving Tree, Holiday Fund for Teachers and Staff
Dec 15
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Dec 14-18
Toy Drive for Molholm Elementary
Dec 18
Dress of Choice Day
Dec 18
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
Dec 21 - Jan 1
NO SCHOOL / Winter Break
Jan 4 - 22
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Jan 4 - Feb 19
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Jan 4 - 22
CP - STEM unit (Grd 5): Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 4 - Feb 19
CP - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Jan 7
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Jan 11 - 22
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Jan 12
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jan 11-04
Dress Sale for Sweetheart Dance
Jan 14
Skate City Event
Jan 15
NO SCHOOL / Morning K-5 conferences
Jan 18
NO SCHOOL / Martin Luther King Day
Jan 19
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Jan 25 - Feb 5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 2): Beginning Robotics
Jan 25 - Feb 12
CP - STEM unit (Grd 4): Volcano Alert
Jan 25 - Feb 5
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 3): Environmental Engineering
Jan 25 - Feb 5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Jan 20-29
Sock Drive
Jan 29
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
Jan 29
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 5
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 6
Sweetheart Dance @ CP Campus, 4:30-7pm
Feb 8 - 12
CP&PKR - STEM Trip (Grd 8): Crystal River, FL
Feb 9
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 11
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Feb 12
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 15
NO SCHOOL / Presidents Day
Feb 15 - March 4 - Feb 13
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 5): Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Feb 15 - March 4
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Feb 19
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 23
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Feb 16
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 26
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
Feb 16
End of T2 grading period
Feb 29 - May 20
CP - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Feb 29 - May 20
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Mar 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 8
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Mar 11
American Academy Spirit Day
March 14 - 18
PKR - STEM unit (KindiePrep): Curious George Builds a House
Mar 15
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Mar 18
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
Mar 18
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 21 - Mar 25
NO SCHOOL / Spring Break
Mar 31
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Apr 1
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 1
BOD Spring Retreat and BOD Meeting (agenda)
Apr 7
Regular school day / Evening K-5 conferences
Apr 15
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 18 - May 13
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 2): Beginning Robotics
Apr 19
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Apr 22
Dress of Choice Day,
Apr 22
P3 - Parents Partnering for a Purpose, 6-11pm
Apr 22
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 23 - 30
CP&PKR - STEM trip (Grd 8): Costa Rica
Apr 28
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences
Apr 29
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
Apr 29
American Academy Spirit Day
May 6
American Academy Spirit Day
May 2-6
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9 - 13
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 10
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 13
American Academy Spirit Day
May 16 - 20
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
May 20
Box Tops and LMD Caps Collection
May 20
Dress of Choice Day
Sep 20
Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club
May 26
End of T3 grading period / Last day of school for all students
May 25&26
Field Day
May 27
First day of Summer Break!
Jun 14
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jul 12
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)