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Count Day is October 1!
CP&PKR - Wednesday, October 1, is Count Day in Douglas County! On Count Day, every public school in the district must take a count of the number of students IN SEATS THAT DAY and then we are given funding based on that number. It is extremely important that every American Academy student is in regular attendance that day!!! Sick kids should stay home, of course, but please, no vacations. Thank you!!
Parent/Teen Connections Conference
CP&PKR - Do you feel as if two different languages are being spoken when talking with your teen? Is it difficult to recall the last time you and your teen laughed together? Does your teen speak the truth when they say to you: “You don’t get it!”

If you find yourself answering "yes" to any of those questions, please consider attending the DCSD Parent University class called Parent/Teen Connections Conference. You and your teen are invited to attend together, and through humor and play within teams, small groups and partner time, you will have a chance to reconnect with your teen as well as other parents (you're not alone!), learn more about where teen thinking comes from and the typical developmental stages for teens. Hope to see you (and your teen) there!

Parent/Teen Connections Conference
Monday, October 6
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castle View High School
RSVP to Kathy Brown

Parker Bus and Carpool Changes
BUS CHECKOUT CHANGES
Starting today, Monday, September 29, we will only be checking out Kindergarten and 1st grade students for the buses! Children in 2nd grade and older should know if they are riding the bus each day. If you need to make a change to your student’s busing plans for any given day, please be sure to contact the front office by 2:30 pm.

LANE CHANGES
Also starting Wednesday, October 1, we will be changing the order of cars released during morning and afternoon carpool. Now Row 1 (in terms of the first row released) will now be the lane closest to Motsenbocker Road. This new procedure will be the same for both morning and afternoon carpool. We will still be able to put 30 cars in the 2-lane area (5 from each row). KindiePrep families arriving after 7:30 am must go through carpool and may not bypass to the bus lane.

If you park in the school parking lots, remember to always use the crosswalks, even if you don’t have a child with you!

Walker Reminders
CP&PKR - Please remember that the neighborhoods near the AA campuses are NOT official AA school drop-off locations. Only those students whose families live in that area should have students walking from that area.

Also, if you choose to allow your children to walk to school, you are acknowledging that those children are capable of being responsible for their own safety until they arrive at AA. No matter how concerned we may be, the school cannot supervise your children until they are on school property.
Specifically, children should be conscious of using crosswalks, watching out for and anticipating cars, and able to avoid stranger danger. If you have any concerns about the safety of their walk to school, please plan to walk with them yourself, or to go through carpool instead.

Spirit Day at AA
CP&PKR - This week on October 3, we will have our first AA Spirit Day of the year! On each Spirit Day (additional to our regular Dress of Choice days), students may choose to wear, instead of a uniform top, ANY AA-associated top (t-shirt, sweatshirt) with their regular AA uniform bottoms. This includes SEACAMP sweatshirts, Crow Canyon t-shirts, Field Day t-shirts from past years, or any other American Academy top you have, as well as the t-shirts the PTO-CP has been selling all summer and fall. As with Dress of Choice days, spirit wear is OPTIONAL – students may always choose to wear a regular AA uniform top instead.

Once we roll out our new mascot in November, we will open a spirit wear website for parents to make purchases, so stay tuned!

School Conferences - Elementary and Middle School
The next set of school conferences are coming up on October 9 and October 10. In Castle Pines, there will be BOTH Elementary and Middle School conferences; in Parker, there will be ONLY Elementary School conferences - Middle School conferences for Parker have been moved to October 23.

For both campuses, most K-5 conferences will be scheduled via online sign-ups – please look for details from your K-5 student’s teacher soon. Middle School conferences take place in the cafeteria in the round, and in order of first-come, first served.

Remember that these conferences are your best opportunity to speak with your student’s teachers. We ask that you USE this opportunity, rather than scheduling an alternative time, if you have a student concern. Our busy teachers have VERY full before- and after-school schedules helping students and running clubs (and taking care of their own families), so it’s difficult for them to find time to do individual conferences for all the parents who want them. We look forward to seeing you on the 9th and 10th!

CASTLE PINES
Elementary School Conferences
October 9 - 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
October 10 - 8:00 am - noon

Middle School Conferences
October 9 - 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

High School Fair
October 9 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

PARKER
Elementary School Conferences
October 9 - 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
October 10 - 8:00 am - noon

Didn't Buy School Photos?
CP&PKR - If you didn’t get photos purchased within 48 hours after the photos were taken, please contact LifeTouch directly to see what options are still available to you for purchase photos.

If you are not satisfied with your student’s photo when you receive the prints (in a few weeks), we have picture retakes scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, at both campuses. Please plan to send the prints you DON’T like back in with your student on Picture Retake Day and have your student bring them with him/her to the photo retake.

Sept 30 - Last Day for Parker Directory Opt-Out!
This year, the PTOs at both campuses will be partnering with MyRoosterRoom to create an online school directory. All families are included in the directory by default – if you do NOT want to be in the directory this year, please OPT OUT by using the links provided on the PTO page for your campus (CP, PKR).

The deadline to opt out of the PTO-CP directory will be September 15; the deadline to opt out of the PTO-PKR directory will be September 30. A directory PDF (and for CP, an app for Android/iPhone) should be available in late September. If you have any questions about the directories, please contact the PTOs!

Quick Clicks
Homework Help
Event Calendar
Sept 22 - Oct 10
CP - 7th Grade STEM: Tetrix and Robot C
Sept 22 - Oct 10
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM: Atmospheric Science
Sept 22 - Oct 10
PKR - 7th Grade STEM: Tetrix and Robot C
Oct 3
AA Spirit Day!
Oct 3
PTO-CP Fun Run Awards Assembly
Oct 3
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee, w/Ron Smith & Tami Bostick, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Oct 3
PTO-PKR Fun Run Rain Date (only if necessary)
Oct 3
PTO-PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
Oct 6
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Oct 6
PTO-CP Fun Run Prize Day
Oct 6
CP - 8th Grade STEM Trips Introduction; 5:00-6:00pm, Cafeteria
Oct 7
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Oct 7
CP - 8th Grade STEM Trips Introduction; 9:00-10:00 AM, Cafeteria
Oct 7
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Oct 9
CP - High School Fair, gym, 5:00 pm
Oct 9
Regular school day for all students / Evening KindiePrep, K-5 and Middle School conferences
Oct 10
NO SCHOOL / Morning KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Oct 13-17
NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
Oct 20
CP - 2nd Grade Speaker: Chris Tomer, Channel 2 Meteorologist
Oct 20 - Nov 7
CP - 3rd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Oct 20- Nov 7
PKR - 3rd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Oct 20 - Nov 14
CP - 2nd Grade STEM: Atmospheric Science
Oct 21
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, CP cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Oct 21
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Oct 21 and Oct 22
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Oct 21 & 21
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Oct 24
PTO-PKR Fun Run Awards Assembly
Oct 24
Dress of Choice Day
Oct 26-31
STEM 6th Grade Trip: Olympic National Park
Oct 27 - Nov 14
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Rocketry
Oct 31
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Nov 3
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
Nov 3
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, PKR cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Nov 4
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Nov 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Nov 7
CP - 5th Grade STEM Speaker for JSS
Nov 10 - Dec 5
CP - 4th Grade STEM: NXT-G Robotics
Nov 10 - 17
CP - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Nov 14 - Dec 5
PKR - 4th Grade STEM: NXT-G Robotics
Nov 11
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 12 and 13
CP - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Nov 17 & 21
STEM 7th Grade Trip: Sea Camp Week 3
Nov 18
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, CP cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Nov 18
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Nov 21
Dress of Choice Day
Nov 21
End of First Trimester Grading Period
Nov 24-28
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 1
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Dec 2
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, PKR cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Dec 2
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Dec 4
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Dec 5
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Erin Kane, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Dec 8 - 19
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 8-19
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 9
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 12
Dress of Choice Day
Dec 16
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Dec 19
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Dec 22-Jan 2
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 22 - Feb 6
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Jan 5-23
PKR - 3rd Grade STEM: Survival Engineering
Jan 5
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
Jan 5-23
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 5 - 20
CP - 2nd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Jan 5 - 23
CP - 3rd Grade STEM: Survival Engineering
Jan 6
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Jan 6
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
Jan 9
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Jan 9
AA Spirit Day!
Jan 13
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jan 15
Regular school day for all students / Evening KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Jan 16
NO SCHOOL / Morning KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Jan 19
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 20
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Jan 23
PTO-PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
Jan 26 - Feb 13
CP - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 30
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 2
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Feb 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Feb 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Ron Smith & Tami Bostick, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Feb 9-23
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
Feb 10
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 12
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Feb 13
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Feb 16
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 16 - March 6
CP - 7th Grade STEM: TBD
Feb 16 - March 6
PKR - 7th Grade STEM: TBD
Feb 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Feb 27
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 27
End of Second Trimester Grading Period
Mar 2
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
March 2-20
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
Mar 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Mar 6
AA Spirit Day!
Mar 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Erin Kane, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Mar 10
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
March 16 - April 10
CP - 4th Grade STEM: Volcano Alert
March 16 - April 10
PKR - 4th Grade STEM: Volcano Alert
Mar 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Mar 20
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 23-27
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Apr 3
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/BOD, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Apr 3
PTO-PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
April 4-10
STEM 8th Grade Trip: Santa Monica Mountains & Channel Islands
Apr 6
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Apr 7
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Apr 9
Regular school day for all students / Evening KindiePrep, K-5 and Middle School conferences
Apr 10
NO SCHOOL / Morning KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
April 20-24
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
April 20-24
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 20-24
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 20-24
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
April 21-21
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
Apr 21
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Apr 21
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
Apr 24
Dress of Choice Day
May 1
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
May 4
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
May 5
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
May 9 - 16
STEM 8th Grade STEM Trip: Costa Rica
May 10-16
STEM 6th Grade Trip: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
May 12
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 15
Dress of Choice Day
May 15
Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club
May 19
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
May 21
End of Third Trimester Grading Period
May 22
NO SCHOOL / First Day of Summer Break!
Jun 1 - Aug 1
Front offices CLOSED for Summer Break
Jun 9
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)