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Have a wonderful summer! The front offices will open on August 10, 2015. See you in the fall!
July BOD Meeting Cancelled
Due to summer scheduling conflicts, the July BOD meeting has been cancelled. The next regular BOD meeting will be on August 11. Happy summer!
Job Openings
CP&PKR - We still have a few positions open for the 2015-2016 school year. In particular, we are in need of a part-time to full-time School Nurse (RN) to oversee all of our health records and clinics as well as to liaison with DCSD. If you know anyone that fits the bill for any of our positions, please send them our way! Questions on current openings? Email our Human Resources Assistant.
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.
One2One Laptop Reading (Incoming Grades 5-8)
CP&PKR - We are happy to continue offering our One2One laptop program for 5-8th grade at American Academy. With this program, every 5-8th grade student who has met the registration and training requirements is given a school-owned laptop for their use throughout the school year. If you have any questions about the American Academy One-to-One program, please contact the IT Department!
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 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 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.

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.

Way to Go/School Pool Opt Out
CP&PKR - Each year, American Academy participates in the Denver City of Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Way to Go/School Pool carpool directory to help carpooling AA families connect and find ways to share their school commuting responsibilities with other AA parents.

IMPORTANT: All AA families will be included in School Pool unless you specifically request that your information not be included using the link below. You will need your family last name and Carpool/Family Number to complete the Opt Out.

Your information will only be shared with American Academy families; Way to Go/School Pool will not sell it to other businesses, agencies or third parties. Likewise, we ask families to treat this information with same degree of privacy.

Click to OPT OUT of the Way to Go/School Pool

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!


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!


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).

2014-2015 School Performance
CP&PKR - Interested in how our school performed last year? As you are aware, state testing is in flux, so we use the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment to make sure our kids are where we want them to be and to drive our academic priorities and decision-making. Check out our 2014-15 School Achievement and Growth Summary. As you can see, most grades/subjects made growth in the 95th percentile nationally or above – wow! We are very proud of our kids and our teachers!
2015 Registration Schedule
CP&PKR - Each fall, every AA student must be registered through the American Academy All School Registration process, including KindiePrep students. This important event is in addition to the upcoming DCSD online Express Check-In registration for which the district will send you an email link towards the end of July/beginning of August. The AA All School Registration takes place in person at American Academy and the dates and times are listed below.

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE for the Castle Pines campus registration!! To avoid ongoing construction work on Mira Vista Lane, the All School Registration days for the Castle Pines campus will take place at the Parker campus.

All Castle Pines, Parker and KindiePrep families
August 12, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August 13, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
August 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

For questions about registration days or registration paperwork, please contact AA registrar, Joanie Wherry.

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:

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

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

Used Uniform Resale - July 25
CP&PKR - Join the PTO-CP and PTO-PKR for the Uniform Resale on Saturday, July 25, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm! At this annual event, parents can plan to purchase gently-used AA uniform items at great prices, usually around 50% - 80% of the original price. The event will take place at the CP campus in the gym and cafeteria.

Whether you want to buy or sell uniform items, be sure to take the time to read the PTO Uniform Resale page. The PTOs have this amazing event down to an absolute science, and they provide great tips for buyers and very specific instructions for sellers to help you get the most out of your Uniform Resale experience.

Summer Reading Lists
CP&PKR - Download the summer reading list for your student's campus and load up on books for summer! Some grades offer options and some have specific summer reading requirements for fall projects, so be sure to look for instructions. Happy summer reading!

Castle Pines Summer Reading

Parker Summer Reading

For Your Information
CP&PKR - Though American Academy does not endorse a particular high school option for American Academy students, we occasionally receive information from schools to pass along to our parents. Please read the information below from John Adams High School:

"John Adams High School was unanimously approved by the DCSD Board of Directors on June 2nd, and will open in August of 2016 with freshman and sophomore students. JAHS will hold its first lottery this fall, and seats for the 2016 inaugural class is going fast! JAHS hopes to announce a location somewhere around the I-25, C-470 corridor later this summer.

Please visit www.johnadamshs.org today for more information on the school or to enroll a freshman or sophomore for 2016-2017."

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Homework Help
Event Calendar
Jun 1 - Aug 7
Front offices CLOSED for Summer Break
July 7
6th Grade STEM Trip - Olympic National Park, Introduction; 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Parker Cafeteria
Jul 25
PTO-CP&PKR Used Uniform Resale, 3:00 pm
Aug 10
Front Office OPEN
Aug 12-14
American Academy registration for all students / Professional development
Aug 17-19
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
Aug 20
First day of school for all Middle School (6-8) students!
Aug 24
First day of school for all Elementary School (KP-5) students!
Sep 7
NO SCHOOL / Labor Day
Sep 23
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (student last names starting A-L)
Sep 24
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (student last names starting M-Z)
Sep 25
NO SCHOOL for students / Professiona development
Oct 8
Regular school day / Evening K-5 conferences
Oct 9
NO SCHOOL / Morning K-5 conferences
Oct 12-16
NO SCHOOL / Fall Break
Oct 30
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
Nov 20
End of T1 grading period
Nov 23-27
NO SCHOOL / Thanksgiving Break
Dec 21 - Jan 1
NO SCHOOL / Winter Break
Jan 7
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (all students)
Jan 14
Regular school / Evening K-5 conferences
Jan 15
NO SCHOOL / Morning K-5 conferences
Jan 18
NO SCHOOL / Martin Luther King Day
Feb 11
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (all students)
Feb 15
NO SCHOOL / President's Day
Feb 26
End of T2 grading period
Mar 21-25
NO SCHOOL / Spring Break
Mar 31
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (all students)
Apr 7
Regular school / Evening K-5 conferences
Apr 8
NO SCHOOL / Morning K-5 conferences
Apr 28
Regular school day / Evening 6-8 conferences (all students)
Apr 29
NO SCHOOL / Professional development
May 26
End of T3 grading period