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American Academy News
Stock Up For Summer Reading!
PKR - Mark your calendar and plan on stopping by the Parker Library May 5th – 9th for an USBORNE book fair. Usborne is an independent publisher of amazing books – both fiction and non-fiction and there is sure to be something to engage your child. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on books to keep your student reading throughout the summer! The book fair will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 2:15 pm.
If you would like to volunteer to work the book fair we would love your help!
Please click here.
If you cannot make it in person, you can shop the fair online.
Just click here.
Last Days for Homework Club and Crash Club in May
CP & PKR - Just a reminder to all Homework Club and Crash Club parents that the both after-school clubs will end in May the Friday before the last week of school at their respective campuses. Please make a note of the dates below.

Any unused Homework Club or Crash Club passes still in your student registration accounts will be refunded to your credit card after the end of the school year. If you would like to have your student attend Homework Club or Crash Club next fall, you will be required to re-register and pay for the new registration - there will be no rollovers. For question, please contact Patti Rodriguez.

Last day for Homework Club and Crash Club - May 16

Last day for Homework Club and Crash Club - May 23

PTO-CP P3 a HUGE Success!
CP - A big THANK YOU to our American Academy - Castle Pines parents and teachers for making this year’s P3 event a HUGE success! We are excited to report that preliminary numbers show net proceeds at just over $120,000!!!

THANK YOU to everyone who raised their bid cards during Call for Cash! Your donations to “Call for Cash” will make updates and improvements possible for the Art, Media, Music, Library, and PE specials programs at Castle Pines. The proceeds from this year’s Wine Wall and “Heads or Tails” game will help pay for updates to the STEM program.

THANK YOU to the ALL the amazing parent voluteers who made this event possible this year! And a very special shout-out to the P3 Committee who brought all of it together: Sandra Blair-Juanillo, Marilee Mason, Sheri Myhra, Danica Justice, Traci Byrnes, Nicole Smith, Heather Tautges, Dan Juanillo, Ashley Byars, Heather Miller, and Susan Naes.

PKR Parent Help Needed
PKR - Parents, Ms. Nickerson needs your help putting up the PKR student Art Show this month! Over 650 beautiful pieces need to be hung up in the hallway of the school in time for the Art Show on May 8. Please sign up up to help if you can by clicking here!
DCSD Art Show Winners!
CP & PKR - Congratulations to all of talented art students of American Academy who received nominations at both campuses from their art teachers (Mr. Riggs, Ms. Nickerson and Ms. Allmendinger) for the District Art Show this spring! We are very proud of your hard work!

We are so proud to announce that five of our fellow middle school students won ribbons!

The 2014 big winners are:

2nd Place in District: Benjamin Herrera, Digital Photography
Honorable Mention: Charles Miskinis, Digital Photography
Honorable Mention: Jake Billings, Digital Photography
Honorable Mention: Olivia Ary, Digital Photography
Honorable Mention: Ayla Adams, Drawing

Spring Musical - Buy Your Tickets Now!
CP&PKR - Come see Peter, Wendy, Michael and John fly to Neverland in this year's AA Spring Musical, Peter Pan, Jr.! This is an event you do NOT want to miss! You will not believe what our directors - Mr. Middlebrooks and Mr. Billman - can get these kids to do on stage.

Additionally, each cast of Peter Pan, Jr. will celebrate by hosting their own Opening Night VIP Reception and you are invited to celebrate with them. The reception features a delicious “dinner by the bite” menu will be provided and appropriate for all ages. The proceeds of this benefit will benefit the American Academy Performing Arts Department.

Check out the performance dates and times available for the performances by each campus, and get your tickets today!

Friday, May 2: 5:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm performance
Saturday, May 3: 11:00 am performance AND 3:00 pm performance

Saturday, May 3: 5:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm performance
Sunday, May 4: 3:00 pm performance AND 7:00 pm performance

Buy tickets here!

DCSD Setting Up New Text Message System
CP&PKR - DCSD will be sending out a text message to all of us on April 24 to allow us to OPT IN to their new text message system. This system will serve to notify parents by text of district emergencies and other alerts. If you would like to participate, you will first need to visit your Infinite Campus account today and make sure your cell phone number is in the sytem.

To do this, log into Infinite Campus, select User Account > Contact Preferences in the left navigation, and look in the contact list to find your cell phone number. If you do not see it there and wish to add it so that you may receive DCSD text messages, please contact Joanie Wherry.

If your cell phone number is listed already, please check the boxes next to the number to select the kinds of messaging you'd like to receive as text messages from the district.

Upcoming DCSD Community Nights
CP&PKR - With spring sports in full swing and summer sports and activities gearing up, DCEF has several community nights planned for DCSD families May and early June. For each ticket sold, DCEF will receive a donation to help Fill the Gap. Check them out and come if you can!

Colorado Rapids Night
Saturday, May 3
7:00 pm
Discounted ticket pricing

Colorado Rockies Night
Sunday, May 18
2:10 pm
Discounted ticket pricing

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Friday, May 30, Saturday, May 31, or Sunday, June 1
All day Discounted ticket pricing

Denver Outlaws Night
Friday, May 30
7:30 pm
Tickets are $13.00 each

Download the flyer
New AA Family Information Meetings Scheduled
CP&PKR - New to AA next fall? Welcome and please plan to attend one of our upcoming New Family Information Meetings! We will cover AA policies, curriculum, carpool and other general AA info, as well as give you a tour of the campus where the meeting takes place. These meetings will be fairly similar to the Prospective Information Meetings we held prior to December lottery, so if you feel like you already got all of this information, you can certainly skip these meetings! But if you'd like to come, we'd love to have you. Please RSVP Joanie Wherry and let her know which date you'd like to attend.

Apr 22 – 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, PKR cafeteria
Apr 24 – 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, CP cafeteria
Apr 29 – 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, PKR cafeteria
RSVP to attend!

AA Summer Camps Open for Registration
Visit the Extracurricular Activities > Summer Camps page for a list of all the amazing offerings our teachers have for you and your students this summer! We are offering 27 camps and they start as early as June 2 and end on July 28.

This year, thanks to your survey responses, teachers have created camps that run a little closer to parent work day hours to accommodate as many work schedules as they can. All camps are open to students at both Castle Pines and Parker, but participants MUST be enrolled American Academy students only (no non-AA friends or relatives – sorry!) who will be at least 5 years old by June 6, 2014.

Take a look and click on the registration links, or visit the School Store under “Summer Camps” to sign up today! Registration ends for all camps on May 31.

Get Your Tix Here for the AA Film Festival!
CP & PKR - All AA students, families and friends are invited to view Grade 3-6 (CP & PKR) film work on the big screen at the AMC Twenty Mile 10 Theater. Students will be showcasing film-making skills learned in media specials classes throughout the year. Grade 3 work concentrates on computer-generated animation, grade 4 focus will be stop-motion animation, and grades 5 and 6 will be a combination of live-action, computer-generated, or stop-motion animation. Seating is limited so buy your tickets on the School Store today!

AMC Twenty Mile 10 Theater 18625 Stage Run Road Parker, CO 80134

Stay tuned for a more detailed time schedule coming out closer to event date.

For questions about this activity, please contact Kim Davidson.

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Event Calendar
Apr 14-24
CP - TCAP Testing, 4th-8th Grades
Apr 14 - May 16
CP - 8th Grade STEM: Rapid Prototyping
Apr 14-May 2
PKR- TCAP Testing 4th & 5th Grades
Apr 16-30
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM: Industrial Engineering
April 21-25
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
Apr 24
PAB - PKR After Carpool Coffee, Panera, 8:15 am
Apr 24
New AA Family Information Meeting, CP cafeteria, 6:30 pm
Apr 24
CP - T3/2 Middle School Conferences
Apr 24
CP - EXTRA Dress of Choice Day (for P3 Event)
Apr 24
DCSD Text Message Opt-In
Apr 25
CP - NO SCHOOL, Holiday
Apr 25
PKR - Dress of Choice Day!
April 28-May 2
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 28
CP - 1st Grade STEM Field Trip: Denver Aquarium
April 28 & April 29
CP - 5th Grade STEM Trip: Denver Zoo
Apr 29
New AA Family Information Meeting, PKR cafeteria, 6:00 pm
April 30
CP & PKR - 7th Grade STEM Trip Introduction; 6:00-7:00 pm, PARKER Cafeteria
May 1-9
PKR - 5th/6th Grade STEM: NXT-G Robotics
May 1-16
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Bio Engineering
May 1 & 2
CP - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip: Celestial Seasonings
May 2-4
Spring Musical: Peter Pan, Parker Pace
May 5
PTO - CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
May 5-9
PTO - CP & PKR Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5-9
PKR - Usborne Book Fair, PKR Library
May 5
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
May 7
CP & PKR - 6th Grade STEM Trips Introduction; 6:00-7:00 pm, PARKER Cafeteria
May 8
CP - Art Show, 5:00 -8:00 pm, Performing Arts Concert, 6:00 pm
May 9
PTO - CP Last Box Top Collection for the school year
May 9
PTO/PAB/SAC - PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
May 10-17
CP - 8th Grade STEM Trip: Costa Rica
May 11-16
CP - 6th Grade STEM Trip - Crow Canyon Archeological Center
May 13-16
CP & PKR - 5th Grade Civil War Trip: Washington, D.C.
May 13
BOD Meeting, 7:30 pm, PKR library conference room (agenda)
May 15
PKR - 1st Inaugural Art Show, PKR 1st floor hallway, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
May 16
CP - Last day of Kindie LunchBunch
May 16
CP - Last day of Homework Club and Crash Clubs!
May 16
PKR - Parents Night Out, PKR cafeteria/gym, 3:35 pm - 10:00 pm
May 16
PKR - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 8:15 - 9:15 am, PKR cafeteria
May 16
CP - Dress of Choice Day!
May 19-23
PKR - 6th Grade STEM Trip: Crow Canyon Archeological Center
May 20
PTO - PKR Meeting, PKR Cafeteria, 7:00 pm
May 21
CP - Field Day Grades 3-8
May 22
CP - Field Day K-2
May 22
CP - Last Day of school for Elementary and Middle School
May 22
CP - Grade 8 Graduation, gym, 5:00 pm
May 23
PKR - Last day of Homework and Crash Club!
May 26
NO SCHOOL / Memorial Day
May 30
PKR - Dress of Choice Day!
Jun 5
Last day of KindiePrep!
Jun 5
PKR - Last Day of School for All Students
Jun 10
BOD Meeting, 7:30 pm, CP library (agenda)
June 10
AA Film Festival, AMC 20-Mile 10 Theater in Parker, 9:00 am
Jul 8
BOD Meeting, 7:30 pm, PKR library conference room (agenda)
Jul 26
CP & PKR PTO Used Uniform Sale, CP gym, time TBD