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American Academy News
(Weekly Newsletter Archive)
ALL CLEAR at the Castle Pines Campus!
CP - Law enforcement has given American Academy the ALL CLEAR and the after-school Lock Out at the Castle Pines campus has been lifted. Parents should pick up students remaining at the school as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with this unusual afternoon emergency procedure!
Parker Electricity is Back ON...
PKR - ...and so is school for all of our PKR campus K-8 and KindiePrep students on Wednesday, September 28! See you tomorrow, and thank you to all of our parents for their patience with the unusual circumstances (and surprise early pick-up) today!
We're Ready to Run for Fun This Week!
CP&PKR - Our KP-8 students have all kicked off the AAPTO 2016 Fun Run festivities earlier with exciting pep rallies and they are all ready to run for American Academy this week on Wednesday, September 28 (CP) and Thursday, September 29 (PKR). We are looking forward to a GREAT day with your students!

RUN TIMES: For security reasons, neither the school nor the PTOs can post student run times on the website. K-8 students are scheduled to run during their specials periods -- you can email your students' teachers for more information (they can tell you -- we just can't post it) or you can check your students' specials times on Infinite Campus. KindiePrep students will run at a specifically designated time according to the KP schedule. Plese contact Sarah Scott for more KP-specific Fun Run information.

WHAT TO WEAR: On Fun Run day, it's a Fun Run Dress of Choice! This means students (K-5 at CP, and KP-8 at PKR) should plan to dress appropriately for athletic activity (t-shirts, shorts or sweatpants, sweatshirts if it's going to be cool, running shoes, etc.) instead of uniforms! Make sure your student has sunscreen on before they leave. Castle Pines middle school students are the exception: because they will NOT be running in the Fun Run this year (see below), they must come to school in uniform as usual.

CASTLE PINES ONLY: Instead of running in the Fun Run this year, Castle Pines middle school students will be dancing the night away at the Middle School Dance-a-Thon! Save the date for the evening of Friday, October 21. Want to be on the Middle School Dance-a-Thon committee? Email Amber O’Neill and let her know! You can review the details for the Fun Run and Middle School Dance-a-Thon on the AAPTO-CP Fun Run page.

Castle Pines Student Individual Pictures on Thursday
CP&PKR - Just a reminder that Castle Pines students will have individual pictures taken on next Thursday, September 29. One more weekend left everyone all spiffed up and ready! Orders student photo packages any time by visiting VanGogh School Photography online and using the Castle Pines campus code: 30038201.
Student Support Services at K-5 Conferences
CP&PKR - Along with your student's other K-5 teachers, the Student Support Services (SSS) team will be available to meet with parents during the upcoming K-5 parent conferences on October 4 and 5. SSS conferences times are are 20 minutes each, and available from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm both nights. Pick the best time and day for you and sign-up online now to meet with an SSS team member!
Blood Drive at American Academy?
CP&PKR - With our new American Academy Character program, we've had a lot of good opportunities already to talk with our students about modeling good character. Now want to offer our parents a great opportunity to model citizenship (one of the 10 character traits) by donating blood at American Academy!

We'd like to schedule a blood drive on a Saturday at the school to make the opportunity as convenient as possible for staff and parents to participate. But before we can pick a date, Bonfils Blood needs a count of who's interested AND eligible! If you'd like to participate, please take this VERY quick survey by September 30, and let us know. Thanks, good citizens!

Parents Night Out Means Kids Fun Night In
CP&PKR - Next Friday, September 30, is the first Parents Night Out (PNO) of 2016-2017 and we still have a few open spots. The kids LOVE this event (and so do parents), so make plans for dinner and movie, drop the kids off next Friday morning and leave there at school while you enjoy your evening out. Pick them up by 10:00 pm but don’t let them miss out the fun with friends and favorite teachers -- register today!
Registrations Still Open for Fall Extracurriculars
CP&PKR - A few of our fall extracurricular activities still have open spots! Which one is right for you and your students? Find out more on the Castle Pines campus Extracurriculars web page and get registered today!

CASTLE PINES CAMPUS
Spanish Enrichment (1-8)
Homework Club (K-8)
Crash Club (K-8)
Mileage Club (1-5)
Girls Leadership (2-3)
Girls Leadership (4-5)
Second Grade Science Club (2)
Minecraft (1-8)
Wiz Kids Chess (K-8)


PARKER CAMPUS
Spanish Enrichment (1-8)
Homework Club (K-8)
Crash Club (K-8)
Girls Leadership (2-3)
Girls Leadership (4-5)
Wiz Kids Chess (K-8)

Grade 8 Costa Rica Trip Info Meetings Planned
CP&PKR - We have a whole new intinerary for this year's optional STEM Costa Rica trip and it's going to be AMAZING. If your 8th grade student is interested in attending this year's trip, plan to attend one of the mandatory parent information meetings listed below. We all kinds of exciting new details and really important parent information for this incredible travel opportunity with our parents!

REQUIRED COSTA RICA TRIP PARENT INFORMATION MEETINGS (CHOOSE ONE)
Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, CP cafeteria
Wednesday, October 5, 8:10 am – 9:10 am, PKR cafeteria
Meetings are not campus-specific. Parents may attend whichever meeting time and location works best.

Student Individual Pictures for CP - September 29
CP - Castle Pines students will have individual pictures taken on September 29. Get those haircuts done and spiffy uniform shirts set aside! You can place your orders for student photos anytime by visiting VanGogh School Photography online and using the Castle Pines campus code: 30038201. Student picture day is a regular uniform day. :)
Looking for Two New SAC Members
CP&PKR - The School Accountability Committee (SAC) consists of parents, staff, administrators and community members, and provides an opportunity for those stakeholders to have a part the planning and evaluation of our school’s instruction programs along with being a representative voice for the community.

American Academy's SAC is looking to fill two non-voting seats on the committee this year. Both positions will be filled by appointment of the current SAC members. If you are interested in joining this important committee, please send a short letter of interest and a brief bio to Amanda Lane-Cline. Want to know more about the SAC? Check out our school SAC website!

STEM Trip Date Changes
CP&PKR - Heads up: the middle school trip to Olympic National Park is moving for this year to April 2017. The Costa Rica trip will still be May. Informational meetings will be announced once the details for these trips are set up on the calendar. Stay tuned!
Fun Runs at the End of September
CP&PKR - The American Academy Fun Runs at each campus will both be taking place at the end of September this year!

CASTLE PINES
The AAPTO-CP Fun Run at Castle Pines is on Wednesday, September 28. This year the Fun Run will be organized and run by volunteers ONLY -- no outside company -- so the AAPTO-CP would like to thank all the volunteers who signed up during registration to make this event happen at CP! If you'd still like to help out on the day of the event, email Amber O'Neill.

PARKER
The AAPTO-PKR Fun Run at Parker will take place on Thursday, September 29, and they are looking for voluteers! If you'd like to help before, during and after the event, sign up here. If you'd like to help the day of the event, volunteer here!

Douglas County School District Community Events
CP&PKR - Through partnerships with Denver’s premier sports teams and attractions, the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) engages Douglas County residents in exciting community-building activities each year. They work with their partners to provide substantially discounted tickets to cultural venues and sporting events. A portion of the ticket price will come back to American Academy Castle Pines when you select and/or list our school when you purchase tickets. For upcoming events, check the DCEF website.
  • CU Buffs Community Night at Sports Authority Field, Sep 2, 6:00 pm
  • Colorado Rapids Community Night at Dick Sporting Goods Park, Sep 17, 7:00 pm
  • Denver Botanic Gardens (Chatfield) Corn Maze and Hay Rides at DBG - Chatfield Farms, Oct 12, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Denver Botanic Gardens (Chatfield) Corn Maze and Hay Rides at DBG - Chatfield Farms, Oct 13, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Career Connect Employer Recruitment at Douglas County Event Center, Nov 9, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Colorado Avalanche Community Night at Pepsi Center, Nov 11, 7:00 pm

Get to Know the American Academy Community
CP&PKR - Join the American Academy Community group (a Facebook "group" allows YOU to create your own posts and talk to each other) and talk to other American Academy parents anytime! We hope you will use this Facebook group to help build our already wonderful parent community by asking questions, posting ideas, selling your used uniform items -- whatever! It's YOUR community, and the group is yours to use as you wish. Click the "Join" button to start the conversation, and "Share" to get more American Academy parents talking!
Order Your 2016-2017 Yearbook Now
CP&PKR - You can place your 2016-2017 Yearbook order ANYTIME with TreeRing, our yearbook vendor! Just got to www.treering.com and enter your campus passcode to choose your items and make your purchase. The deadline to place your yearbook order is April 7, 2017 -- you've got plenty of time! Contact Carrie Sale!

CASTLE PINE CODE:1014458991442831
PARKER CODE: 1014323184062819

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Sept 5- Sept 30
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Sept 5 - Nov 11
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 6): Engineering Academy
Sept 19 - Oct 21
CP - STEM unit (Grd 2): WeDo
Sep 28
AAPTO-CP K-5 Fun Run
Sep 29
AAPTO-PKR Fun Run
Sep 29
CP - Student Individual Pictures
Sep 30
FIRST Dress of Choice Day
Sep 30
AAPTO-PKR Fun Run Rain Date
Sep 30
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Oct 4
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Oct 4
AAPTO-PKR Restaurant Night: Chick-Fil-A, Parker
Oct 4
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Oct 4
CP&PKR - Grd 8 STEM Trip - Costa Rica Information Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, CP Cafeteria
Oct 4-5
PKR - KindiePrep Student Individual Pictures
Oct 5
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Oct. 5
CP&PKR - Grd 8 STEM Trip - Costa Rica Information Meeting, 8:10-9:10 am, PKR Cafeteria
Oct 6
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Oct 7
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Comp Day
Oct 10-14
NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
Oct 17 - Nov 11
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Mechanical Engineering
Oct 18
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room in the front office, 6:30- 9:00 pm
Oct 18
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Oct 18
AAPTO-CP Staff Appreciation Lunch
Oct 18
CP&PKR - Grd 6 STEM Trip - Olympic National Park Information Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, CP Cafeteria
Oct 19
CP&PKR - Grd 6 STEM Trip - Olympic National Park Information Meeting, 8:10-9:10 am, PKR Cafeteria
Oct 21
AAPTO-CP Fun Run Awards Assembly
Oct 21
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Oct 21
AAPTO-CP Middle School Dance-a-Thon
Oct 21
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee (guest: Erin Kane & Patrick Mangan), Dazbog, 8:00 am
Oct 21
Dress of Choice Day
Oct 22
AAPTO-PKR Mother/Son Masquerade, PKR gym, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Oct 24-27
AAPTO-CP Food Drive for Molholm Elementary
Oct 24 - Nov 18
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 5): EV3
Oct 25
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Oct 26
AAPTO-PKR Fun Run Post Rally
Oct 27
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Oct 28
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Nov 1
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Nov 1
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Nov 2
AAPTO-PKR Restaurant Night: PANDA EXPRESS
Nov 4
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Nov 4
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 8
PKR - RETAKES for Student Individual Pictures
Nov 8
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Nov 10
CP - RETAKES for Student Individual Pictures
Nov 11
American Academy Spirit Day
Nov 14 - 18
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
Nov 15
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Nov 16
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Nov 16 - 18
AAPTO-PKR/Parker Task Force Food Drive
Nov 17
AAPTO-CP Staff Appreciation Lunch
Nov 17
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Nov 18
PKR - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Nov 18
END OF FIRST TRIMESTER (T1)
Nov 18
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Nov 18
Dress of Choice Day
Nov 21-25
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28 - Dec 9
AAPTO-CP Giving Tree, Holiday Fund for Teachers and Staff
Nov 28 - Dec 9
AAPTO-PKR Giving Tree & Staff Holiday Fund Collection
Dec 2
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Dec 2
American Academy Spirit Day
Dec 5 - Feb 17
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 7): Engineering Academy
Dec 5 - 9
PKR - STEM unit (KindiePrep): Curious George Builds a House
Dec 6
AAPTO-PKR Restaurant Night @ Panera Bread
Dec 6
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Dec 6
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Dec 7
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
Dec 9
American Academy Spirit Day
Dec 10
AAPTO-PKR Winter Boutique in the cafeteria from 8am-1pm
Dec 12-16
AAPTO-CP Toy Drive for Molholm Elementary
Dec 12
AAPTO-CP Crazy Hat Day
Dec 12 - Jan 24
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 4): EV3 Robotics
Dec 13
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 13
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Dec 13
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Dec 16
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Dec 16
Dress of Choice Day
Dec 19 - Jan 2
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 2 - Feb 3
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Jan 1
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Jan 3
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Jan 3
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Jan 4
FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL!
Jan 6
American Academy Spirit Day
Jan 10
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jan 11
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Jan 12
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
Jan 12
AAPTO-CP Skate City Event
Jan 13
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Comp Day
Jan 16
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 17-27
AAPTO-CP Sock Drive
Jan 17
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Jan 20
American Academy Spirit Day
Jan 25
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Jan 27
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Jan 27
Dress of Choice Day
Jan 30 - Feb 24
CP - STEM unit (Grd 3): WeDo Robotics
Jan 31
PKR - Class Pictures
Feb 2
CP - Class Pictures
Feb 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 4
AAPTO-PKR Father/Daughter Dance, gym, 4pm-6pm
Feb 6 - 17
AAPTO-PKR Sock Drive
Feb 7
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Feb 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Feb 9
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Feb 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 11
AAPTO-CP Sweetheart Dance
Feb 13 - March 17
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 1): Chemical Engineering
Feb 14
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Feb 14
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 16
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 17
PKR - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
Feb 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Feb 20
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 21
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Feb 24
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Feb 24
END OF SECOND TRIMESTER (T2)
Feb 24
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 3
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 6 - May 12
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 8): Engineering Academy
Mar 7
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Mar 7
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Mar 10
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 13 - April 7
CP & PKR - STEM unit (Grd 2): Claymation
Mar 14
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Mar 14
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Mar 15
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Mar 17
American Academy Spirit Day
Mar 20-24
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Mar 27 - April 7
CP - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Mar 30
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Mar 31
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Mar 31
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 3-7
Student Council Spirit Week
Apr 4
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Apr 4
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Apr 5
BOD Retreat, TBD
Apr 9 - 15
CP& PKR - STEM trip (Grd 6): Olympic National Park
Apr 14
American Academy Spirit Day
Apr 17 - 28
PKR - STEM unit (Kindergarten): Play STEM
Apr 17 - May 5
PKR - STEM unit (Grd 3): Sphero
Apr 18
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Apr 18
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Apr 21
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
Apr 21
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 22
AAPTO-PKR Spring Soiree, Vehicle Vault in Parker Purchase tickets
Apr 24 28
AAPTO-PKR Pinwheel Garden for Child Abuse Awareness
Apr 27
Middle School conferences, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, CP&PKR cafeteria
Apr 27 - 29
Jr. FLL World Expo; St. Louis, MO
Apr 28
NO SCHOOL / Teacher comp day
May 1 - 5
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation WEEK!
May 1-5
CP - STEM unit (Grd 1): Marine Biology
May 1-5
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
May 2
AAPTO-PKR Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
May 2
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
May 3
NO SCHOOL K-1 ONLY / Regular school day for KP & 2-8
May 5
American Academy Spirit Day
May 5
AAPTO-PKR Teacher Appreciation Ice Cream Bar
May 7-14
CP & PKR STEM Trip (Grd 8) Costa Rica
May 9
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 10
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
May 11
KP-5 conferences, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, various classrooms
May 12
American Academy Spirit Day
May 16
AAPTO-PKR Meeting, library conference room, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
May 18
CP - STEM-a-Palooza (Grd 6) Gym
May 19
AAPTO-CP Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Caps Collection
May 19
Dress of Choice Day
May 22
KindiePrep Field Day, 9:30am-11am
May 23
PKR - Field Day (6-8), 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
May 24
PKR - Field Day (K-5), 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
May 25
AAPTO-PKR End-of-Year Celebration, Location: TBD, 2 pm
Jun 6
AAPTO-CP Open Board Meeting, 7pm @ AA-CP Library
Jun 6
AAPTO-CP Meeting, CP library, 7:00 pm
Jun 13
BOD Meeting, CP admin conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jul 11
BOD Meeting, PKR library conference room, 7:30 pm (agenda)