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Homework Club and Crash Club 2014-2015
CP&PKR - Plan now to join us after school! Along with many other extracurricular activity offerings, American Academy will once again be offering Homework Club and Crash Club for the school year.

Homework Club (6.00/day) takes place immediately after school (3:35 pm - 4:25 pm) for students who would like work on homework with teacher support.

At Crash Club ($9.00/day), students can "crash" and relax and play with friends and teachers. The club runs immediately after Homework Club (4:25 pm - 6:00 pm).

Both clubs will begin on Monday, August 25, 2014, and end on Friday, May 15, 2015. Interested? This year we will be offering the option to purchase up to 30 days at time! Jump on the School Store and register TODAY!

Send Us Your Busing Info!
CP&PKR - Parents, if your student is using the DCSD bus to go home any day this year (or every day!), please take a moment to tell us the details so we can help the buses keep track!

Click here to email Castle Pines Student Bus Plans
Click here to email Parker Student Bus Plans


Get Ready for Hot Lunch!
Hot lunch starts Thursday, August 14! If you plan to allow your student to buy hot lunch at AA (through DCSD Nutrition Services), be sure to pre-load their DCSD account with money. There are new payment options available this year to make it even easier! You may have to create a new account (I did), but do not worry – any balance from last year will show up in the new account when you select your students. As always, the hot lunch menu is linked in the Quick Clicks (top left) section of the AA Website. Questions about Hot Lunch? Contact DCSD Nutrition Services. Prefer to opt out of the a la carte items?? Download this form and turn it into the front office at your campus - we’ll make sure the DCSD lunch people get it!
Way to Go/SchoolPool OPT OUT
CP&PKR - We are pleased to continue our partnership with Schoolpool to assist parents that are interested in carpooling with other families. Schoolpool is sponsored by Way to Go, a program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and was formerly known as Ride Arrangers.

All AA families will be included in Schoolpool unless you specifically request that your information is not included. Your information will only be shared with American Academy families; Way to Go will not sell it to other businesses, agencies or third parties. Likewise, we ask families to treat the information with privacy.

If you DO NOT want your information shared with Schoolpool, please send an email to Holly Landauer by Friday, August 15th. Please include your family number.

(Please reply only if you wish to refuse participation in Way to Go’s Schoolpool program, otherwise you will automatically be placed on the list.

DCSD Lunch Assistance for 2014-2015
CP&PKR - American Academy partners with Douglas County School District Nutrition Services to offer our students balanced lunches at each AA campus. Families needing assistance with DCSD school lunches may apply for help by clicking here and completing the online application. Your application will be approved by DCSD Nutrition Services, not American Academy.

PLEASE NOTE: Assistance status does not carry over from school year to school year - even if you have qualified for assistance in past years, if you would like assistance for the new school year, you will need to reapply and be reapproved for the current year.

American Academy and the PTOs are also able to provide some limited assistance to our families in need. Once your students have been approved for assitance with DCSD, you may present a copy of the confirmation letter from DCSD to Patti Rodriguez in the American Academy front office, and you will then receive an email confirmation from us letting you know about those American Academy and PTO benefits for which you qualify and how to access them. As always, your family's information will be kept absolutely confidential.

For questions about the DSCD assistance application process, please contact Susan Babineau at DCSD Nutrition Services. For questions about American Academy benefits, please contact Patti Rodriguez.

EduKit School Supplies
CP&PKR - Don't forget to order your EduKit school supplies online before July 24. The packages will be delivered to your home and you may take them to school on the first day of school (Middle School) or on the Open House night (KindiePrep - 5). If you ordered prior to June 10, your supplies will be delivered directly to AA and will be here waiting for you. Click on the link for your child's campus and follow the instructions to purchase your supplies online.

CASTLE PINES EDUKIT
- Click to buy an EduKit online; OR
- Download supply lists and shop locally!

PARKER EDUKIT
- Click to buy an EduKit online; OR
- Download supply lists and shop locally!

Summer Reading
CP&PKR - Summer reading lists have been approved and are posted below. Please be sure to check for any special instructions from the teachers in the list for your student's grade!

Castle Pines Summer Reading
Parker Summer Reading
NOTE: The Parker Grade 7 book was posted incorrectly at the beginning of the summer. The correct book is The Contest - Everest #1, by Gordon Korman.

Quick Clicks
Homework Help
Event Calendar
Aug 25
First day of Homework Club/Crash Club
Aug 25 - Sept 17
CP - 8th Grade STEM: Tetrix and Robot C
Aug 25 -Sept 11
PKR - 6th Grade STEM: Energy
Aug 25 - Sept 11
CP - 6th Grade STEM: Energy
Aug 26
Back to School Night - KindiePrep, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, KindiePrep classrooms
Aug 26
Back to School Night - Middle School (details TBA)
Aug 27
Back to School Night - Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2 (details TBA)
Aug 28
Back to School Night - Grades 3-5 (details TBA)
Aug 28
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
Sep 1
NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Sept 1-19
PKR - 5th Grade STEM: Rocketry
Sep 2
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Duke's Library
Sept 4 and Sept 9
PKR - 6th Grade Field Trip - NREL
Sep 7
PTO-CP Mother/Son Rockies Game, Coors Field, 2:10 pm (tickets)
Sept 8-12
STEM 7th Grade Trip: Sea Camp Week 1
Sept 9 and Sept 11
CP - 6th Grade Field Trip - NREL
Sep 9
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Sep 11
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Sep 11
PTO-CP Fun Run Assembly
Sept 12
PKR - 5th Grade STEM Speaker for JSS
Sept 15-19
STEM 7th Grade Trip: Sept 15-19 Week 2
Sep 18
PTO-CP K-5 Fun Run/6-8 Challenge Run Day!
Sept 22 - Oct 10
PKR - 7th Grade STEM: Tetrix and Robot C
Sept 22 - Oct 10
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM: Atmospheric Science
Sept 22 - Oct 10
CP - 7th Grade STEM: Tetrix and Robot C
Sep 25
PTO-CP Fun Run pledges due to front office
Oct 3
PTO-CP Fun Run Awards Assembly
Oct 3
AA Spirit Day!
Oct 6
PTO-CP Fun Run Prize Day
Oct 7
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Oct 7
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Duke's Library
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 - Nov 14
CP - 2nd Grade STEM: Atmospheric Science
Oct 20 - Nov 7
CP - 3rd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Oct 20- Nov 7
PKR - 3rd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Oct 21 and Oct 22
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Oct 21 & 21
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM Field Trip - NCAR
Oct 26-31
STEM 6th Grade Trip: Mount Olympic National Park
Oct 27 - Nov 14
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Rocketry
Oct 31
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Nov 4
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Duke's Library
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 21
End of First Trimester Grading Period
Nov 24-28
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 2
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Duke's Library
Dec 4
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Dec 8-19
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 8 - 19
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 9
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
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 5-23
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 5 - 23
CP - 3rd Grade STEM: Survival Engineering
Jan 5 - 20
CP - 2nd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Jan 6
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Duke's Library
Jan 6
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
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 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 26 - Feb 13
CP - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Feb 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Duke's Library
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 27
End of Second Trimester Grading Period
March 2-20
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
Mar 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Duke's Library
Mar 6
AA Spirit Day!
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 23-27
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
April 4-10
STEM 8th Grade Trip: Santa Monica Mountains & Channel Islands
Apr 7
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, 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
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
April 20-24
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
April 20-24
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 20-24
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 21-21
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
Apr 21
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
May 15
PTO-CP Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, 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
Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club
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)