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American Academy News
Summer Front Office Hours
While you are enjoying these last few weeks with your kids at home, we at the school are already starting to get ready for you and your students to arrive! And while you can count on us being available more and more in the beginning of August leading up to the first day of school, there are a few days when we’ll be off radar for a bit due to professional training, and this includes the front office staff. We know you are starting to get ready for the school year, too, and have questions to ask and forms to turn in, so please make note of the schedule below for August front office hours so you can plan.

The front office at both Castle Pines and Parker will open for the school year on August 4, 2014, and the schedule for the next few weeks will be as follows:

August 4 - 8: OPEN 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
August 11: CLOSED all day for training
August 12: OPEN 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
August 13: CLOSED all day for training
August 14 - May 21, 2015: OPEN 7:30 am - 4:30 pm on regular school days

If you have an urgent question on any of the days the front office is closed, please don’t hesitate to email us! We will respond as soon as we are able. For registration questions in particular, please be sure to email Joanie Wherry.

Parker Library Volunteers Needed
In preparation for the new school year, the Parker Library needs help putting barcodes on new textbooks. Bring your fast fingers and fun music and be prepared to stick barcodes on books!
Currently we have volunteer times available on July 31st and August 1st. If these do not work, we will be posting more times in the near future.
Thanks for your willingness to help! If you have any questions, please contact Carol Schwieterman (cschwieterman@aak8.org)
Click here to volunteer
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 takes place immediately after school (3:35 pm - 4:25 pm) for students who would like work on homework with teacher support. Crash Club, where students can "crash" and relax and play with friends and teachers, 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. Sign up will be available at the beginning of the school year and this year families will be able to purchase up to 30 days of each club at a time. Stay tuned!
DCSD Express Check-In Open Until July 30
CP&PKR - The DCSD Express Check-In registration link is now open to all American Academy K-8 parents! Here’s what you need to do next:

1) Click the link provided to log in, using your Infinite Campus Parent Portal username/password, and complete the DCSD Express Check-In registration for each of your students by July 30. This is the same username/password that you use to look at your student’s grades throughout the year. If you need an Infinite Campus password reset, click here.

2) Pay your student fees. You may pay as part of the DCSD Express Check-In process (links are provided as you go along), or at a separate time through the Student Fees. Though you are visiting the School Store to make this payment, it is being processed through the district and so you must use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal username/password.

3) Print your student fee receipt. You should receive a receipt of your student fee payment in your email immediately after you complete payment. If you can’t find the email receipt, you can also visit School Store > My Account (NOW you use your School Store username and password ?) > Order History, and then click on the date of your fee payment to open the order and print a copy of the receipt from the web.

4) Bring your student fee receipt with you to American Academy’s registration on August 6, 7, or 8! You will be required to show this receipt in order to receive your 2014-2015 Carpool ID card, and THAT will be required in order for you to pick up your children from American Academy.

If you have any questions about DCSD’s Express Check-In, please contact the American Academy registrar, Joanie Wherry.

If you have questions or issues with the School Store, please contact Trish Cummings.

New Performing Arts Program at AA

Starting in 2014-2015, we are proud to offer the Performing Arts program, a new, supplemental program designed to challenge students who want to excel in the performing arts. Students aspiring to graduate from American Academy with a Certificate in Performing Arts will formally enroll in a chosen track (Theatre, Instrumental, Vocal, Film, Dance, Technical Theatre) starting as early as 5th grade and follow that track to the completion of certification requirements as outlined.

Please visit the Performing Arts website for more detailed information. And to get started, enroll today in a Performing Arts Track on the School Store (click on the link below for your student's campus)! Registration for individual classes within each track will begin later, on July 21.

- Castle Pines Peforming Arts Track Registration

- Parker Performing Arts Track Registration

2013-2014: A Year in Review
Read all about the AA Board of Directors' review of the 2013-2014 school year. The Board Shorts includes reflections on survey results and academics.
AA Board Shorts: Year in Review
Welcome New AA Parents!
Welcome to all of our new parents. If you have not had a chance, please review the New Parent Welcome Email to read all about what happens next.
New Parent Welcome Email
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.

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.

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Homework Help
Event Calendar
Aug 5
PTO-PKR Mother/Son Rockies Game, Coors Field, 6:40 pm
Aug 6
PKR - New Parent Info Meetings:
K-7, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 6
CP - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, cafeteria
PKR - noon - 6:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 6
PKR - New Parent Reception, 7:30 pm, location TBD
Aug 7
CP - New Parent Reception, 7:30 pm, The Ridge Golf Course
Aug 7
CP - noon - 6:00 pm, cafeteria
PKR - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 7
CP - New Parent Info Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, cafeteria
Aug 8
CP - 9:00 am - noon, cafeteria
PKR - 9:00 am - noon, cafeteria
Aug 14
Aug 15
CP & PKR - K-5 and KindiePrep Open House, and PTO Social, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Aug 18
Aug 25
CP&PKR - First day of Homework Club/Crash Club
Sep 7
PTO-CP Mother/Son Rockies Game, Coors Field, 2:10 pm (tickets)
May 15
CP&PKR - Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club