Motivated students and responsible parents working together
with exemplary teachers for excellent education.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
9/20   
Java with Jay   8:05 am

9/26  
Mike Nelson Visits CCA!
10:00 am

10/2
October Count 

10/3
Student/Class Photo Day

10/6
CCA Service Day
Half Day
First Quarter Ends

10/9 - 10/13
Scholastic Book Fair

10/10
Board Meeting 6pm

10/11
No School
Teacher Conferences



September 19, 2017
MIKE NELSON TO VISIT CCA!                                        
Mike Nelson is visiting CCA! 
Denver 7's own Chief Meteorologist is coming to present some fun facts about the weather to the entire student body. 
A very special thank you to our CCA PTO for making this visit possible!

Weather Presentation by
Denver 7's Mike Nelson.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
10:00 am on the turf field.

CARPOOL MATCHING SERVICE
2017 Way to Go Schoolpool Registration
J oin Cherry Creek Academy's Schoolpool program to connect with other families to drive, walk or bike to school together.  We are pleased to partner with Schoolpool, a program to help parents get their students to/from school. It's free and there is no obligation to participate. Schoolpool is a service of Way to Go, a federally funded program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).

 
Get Ready! Scholastic Book Fair October 9th to October 13th


Set the example. Let children see you read.

Have a collection of books in your home with changing tastes and reading skills.

Support CCA's Book Fair. 

Allow your children to choose their own books to read


Volunteers Needed for the Book Fair
 The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to CCA  Monday, October 9th through Friday, October 13th. 

 We have some volunteer opportunities:
Friday, Oct. 6th - 8:00 a.m. to Noon (Set Up)
- Monday, Oct. 9th - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 10th - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct 11th - 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- Thursday, Oct 12th - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 13th - 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Break Down 1:15 p.m. until done)
- A person is needed to sort & count fliers for the classrooms, write book fair dates & hours on posters & hang up.
- Help post signs need on the outside fences and along the front sidewalk by September 29th.


Join us, have fun and meet other CCA parents while you help raise money for the school. 
Email Elizabeth at  ebyrdie123@hotmail.com 

Thank you!
Amy Larson, CCA Librarian
Elizabeth Wyatt, CCA Book Fair Coordinator

FROM THE BOARD
Next Board Meeting October 10, 2017 at 6:00pm
Next Board Communications Committee Meeting October 20, 2017 at 9:00am


The CCA Board had their monthly meeting last Tuesday evening.  Just a reminder that parents are always welcome to attend the meetings and learn more about what is happening at the board level at CCA.  

Colorado statutes require an annual financial audit be conducted of all funds by an independent auditor.  Swanhorst & Co., LLC has provided this audit for CCA.  The audit found no irregularities and a representative from Swanhorst provided a quick report on our successful audit. The Board voted to accept the audit as presented. 
 
On  October 6, the Board & Administration will honor a number of CCA teachers who have been here for 5, 10, and even 20 years!  We look forward to celebrating these dedicated and exemplary teachers. 

The Board approved a new member to the CCA Foundation Committee (responsible for raising significant funds for such purposes as enhanced technology at CCA), chaired by Cyndy Holmes, putting the committee at the optimal number of 8 members.  We appreciate the time and energy that all of these committee members put into this important part of CCA.

The CCA SAC (Student Accountability Committee) voted Aaron Castro as the chair for the 2017-2018 school year.  Again, we appreciate all of the parent volunteer members who make this an important committee and tool for feedback and improvement at CCA.

Finally, the Board Communications Committee met immediately preceding the Board meeting and discussed our communications plan for the school year, as well as goals for working with the new Communications Specialist to provide the most effective communications possible to our community.  The Communications committee welcomes and encourages parental feedback and involvement.  In an attempt to allow for more parent involvement, our next meeting will be immediately following the PTO meeting on  Friday October 20  at 9:am.

PTO NEWS

 Your shopping can help support CCA PTO.
 Please follow the attached link to shop  Amazon  Smile  and  CCA will receive money from  Amazon.   Amazon Smile



ONLINE FALL FUNDRAISER OPEN THROUGH THIS FRIDAY!

The online option of the Fall Fundraiser with SHIP TO SCHOOL DELIVERY is ongoing
until next Friday. So if you were swamped there is still time to get orders in!
Online Orders can still be processed through the weekend, by going to
www.gaschoolstore.com ( 4939096 is our code).
If you have paper orders please get them turned in to the front office asap!
If you have any questions please email Lesley Temple  andyandlesley@comcast.net.

CCA CHAMPIONS SITE DIRECTOR
Jasper Jones is happy to be the new Champions Site Director for CCA this year.  He has been working in preschool and after school programs for 5+ years, specializing in yoga, hoop dance, and movement with kids.  He is new to Denver, and very happy to be in the city and close to the Rockies. He is working hard to get to know you and your children, and make sure that Champions consistently meets all your needs this year.  Please stay tuned to the newsletter for new information about billing and scheduling.  

Please feel free to speak with him in person about any concerns, 
or leave a message at  720-273-9163
NEW P.E. PROGRAMS
As a part of your child's P.E. program this year, we are focusing on the five components of fitness - 
Cardio, Endurance, Strength, Flexibility, and Body Composition.
 
Get Fit for grades 1-3 and FitnessGram  for grades 4-12 are Cherry Creek School District initiatives, and while these programs are being implemented this year at CCA, they were adopted by CCSD several years ago for all CCSD schools. FitnessGram started in 2010, and is now used to measure general fitness for over 10 Million 4-12 grade US students each year. 


Students in Grades 1-3 will participate in the Get Fit Challenge during class time. The Get Fit Challenge is based on ActivityGram, which correlates with the FitnessGram assessment. The program is a collection of activities, movements, and exercises that educate students about different ways to stay active outside of PE.

Students in grades 4-8 will be participating in FitnessGram, similar to a version of the Presidential Physical Fitness Program that CCA has participated in over the years. Students will create a SMART goal, (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) setting personalized goals for themselves, and then work to accomplish those goals. By participating in the FitnessGram assessments in the Fall and Spring, the students SMART goals are realized with real data on growth and accomplishments.
 
Please see the letter from Ms. Rutz, our PE Teacher, which has many details and specific information.                    
FROM CCA ATHLETICS


Come out to a game and show your Eagle Spirit! 
     
LUNCHROOM NEWS

 Volunteer in the Cafeteria - We Need You!

Time: 10:40 am-1:00 pm. Come during your child's lunch or for the entire lunch period.
NOTE:  We are limited to the number of volunteers that can be in the lunchroom (max of 3 at any given time). 

  • Volunteer duties include helping children sit safely, open packages, get school lunch, clean up & line up when called by the cafeteria staff.
  • Do NOT give the children any additional food or drink without first checking with Ms. Kalani or Ms. Rachel with regard to food allergies.
  • Line up is usually when you'll find straggling lunch boxes and jackets - please try to make sure the kids leave with these items!
  • It is a school rule that adults are not to accompany children into the bathrooms. This is a rule of safety that must be followed WITHOUT exception.
  • If a child informs you that they need to leave the cafeteria for any reason, please send them to the cafeteria staff to get permission.
  • If you find that your child is not okay with letting you be there helping others, then think about just volunteering for the other grades as not to cause any stress for your child.
  • Please do not bring any younger siblings along while you are helping.
  • Gloves will be provided for cleaning tables and spills.
  • Finally, please resist the urge to follow the children out into the playground.
Parents it is time to check your students' Milk Account. Go to: https://my.cherrycreekschools.org and log into your youngest child's POWERSCHOOL. Click BALANCE and look at "Meal Transactions" for your total.

Glass containers are NOT allowed in the lunchroom.   Plastic or metal knives are also not allowed. 
Please make sure your child has a lunch each day, whether it is school hot lunch or a home lunch.
Please send questions to: kwaldron@cherrycreekacademy.org



No glass containers in the cafeteria, 
please and thank you!
VOLUNTEER IN TECH!

student_help.jpg
The Technology Department needs volunteers.

We need a few people to help with equipment cleaning (clearing air filters, sanitizing equipment, etc...).   Hours are flexible. Contact Ash at   anarayan@cherrycreekacademy.org
Drop Off & Pick Up.... or As The Car Turns
Dear Parents - Congratulations!  We are in Week 7 of school. Now that we have found our groove, we would like to give you some tips for school drop off and pick up.  School traffic gets heavy, so our goal is to be safe and to have traffic flow quickly.  read the letter or  see the website

Here's to a great year! Thank you for your help!
GEOGRAPHY CLUB
Students in grades 5-8 are invited to join Geography Club 
beginning 7:30 am Tuesday, September 19th in Ms. Cenname's room. 
We will play games and study various geographic topics in preparation for the Geography Bee. 

Geography Club will meet every  Tuesday  from 7:30-7:55 in Ms. Cenname's room. 
Please contact  Ms. Cenname or Mr. Mahan  for more details. 

See you next Tuesday!
SCHOLASTIC FENCING at CCA
Classes for students in grades 2-8
CCA Gym, Thursdays from 3:40 to 4:25 PM 

Practice will start on September 14th. 
The cost for the 8-week session, once per week, is $130. 
Class space is limited to 20 students.   more info here
 
WHOLESOME FOOD SERVICES
Lunches Kids Love. Convenience Parents Appreciate
 
We are happy to partner with Cherry Creek Academy to offer a dynamic lunch program to meet the varying needs of families.
  • We offer the flexibility of ordering 60 days in advance, or up until 1PM the day prior to delivery.
  • Late cancellations can be made until 8AM the day of delivery with the cost of your order credited back to your WFS account.
  • Our menus include a wide variety of choices and price points.
  • Order a complete meal or a la carte- we're flexible!
  • Vegetarian, gluten free, and Wholesome and Healthy choices are available across our menus.
  • Gift cards are available through our website and make great teacher appreciation, birthday, holiday or end of year gifts! Treat someone to lunch today!
If you haven't ordered in a while, log in to see new menu options and find old familiar favorites. Forgot how to log in? No problem! Email us at support@wholesomefoodservices.com for assistance. Thank you for supporting your school lunch program! 
CCA PEER HELPERS CLUB
WHAT IS PEER HELPERS?  paper_people_chain.jpg
CCA Peer Helpers is a club where students learn important conflict resolution skills in order to help their fellow CCA peers and community.
WHEN?
Every Friday at 7:15 am
WHERE?
Upstairs Conference Room
WHO?
Any Middle School student who is interested in helping 
their CCA community.  Other grades are accepted with prior approval from Mr. Loomis. 
Please email Mr. Loomis at dloomis@cherrycreekacademy.org or Ms. Karah Yamauchi at yamauchi@cherrycreekacademy.org.  
We hope to see you there!

BOX TOPS
Dear Parents, students, teachers, and friends,
Our school is actively participating in  Box Tops this year to earn money for Cherry Creek Academy .
Our goal as a school is to submit 10,000 Box Tops this fall.  If every student participates and submit's 25-50 or more this will be a success.  The school earns .10 cents per one Box Top clipping and they really add up when every single student participates.  read more here

Please get snipping!!  Thank you for your participation.
Melissa Shafi
HARD HAT NEWS - 
Existing gym demolition complete!





Weekly Construction Update for 9/16 - 9/22  
     
Saturday 9/16:  
Place elevator pit slab concrete. Prep the South Foundation wall for shotcrete. Tie rebar and set forms for interior grade beams.
Expected traffic to include concrete trucks, pump trucks, various deliveries.
 
Sunday 9/17:  
Prep for south foundation wall.
Expected traffic to be light

Monday 9/18:
Remove dirt ramp into excavation. Shotcrete part of the south foundation wall (space permitting).
Expected traffic to be several haul trucks cycling throughout the day. Second lane on Dayton to be closed to accommodate haul truck staging.
 
Tuesday 9/19:  
Shotcrete south foundation wall. Place concrete on grade beams. Begin prepping west foundation wall.
Expected traffic to include 5-8 concrete trucks and one pump truck.
 
Wednesday 9/20: 
Prep west foundation wall and elevator pit foundation walls.

Thursday 9/21:  
Finish west wall foundation prep
Expected traffic to be minimal
   
Friday 9/22:
Begin shotcrete on west foundation wall.
Expected traffic to include several concrete trucks and pump truck



TRAFFIC/SAFETY:
JHL has planned ahead to minimize the impact to normal school operations, including traffic. Morning drop off and afternoon pick up will not change. JHL has scheduled all deliveries and truck/equipment traffic outside of our drop off and pick up times.

JHL created a safety video for our website, highlighting the efforts JHL takes to separate students from the construction as well as their thorough background checks for their employees, and other important efforts being taken to ensure a safe construction site. 

 JHL, DCS, RTA architects, and CCA leadership meet and discuss new construction tasks that involve safety matters at weekly Owner, Architect, Constructor meetings to ensure the safest site possible.

TOURS:
We are working with JHL Constructors and DCS, CCA's Owner's Rep, to schedule monthly tours for anyone interested in walking the project to hear and see first hand the progress being made. These tours will be held immediately following our regularly scheduled monthly PTO meetings. A PTO tour was held on Friday, 9/15. The next tour date will be 10/20 immediately following the PTO meeting.   Remember to wear close-toed shoes to participate!

STAY IN TOUCH:
Questions?  Please feel free to   click here  to email or check out our project website by  clicking here. There are exciting new photos posted!


NICHE Results
Please review our 2018 Niche Rankings, published last week on Niche.com. When compared to other schools, CCA had ranked scores in the 98th or 99th percentile in all areas (Arapahoe Co., Denver, Colorado, National).  Once again, congratulations to our CCA students and teachers for this strong showing. 

Niche.com, Inc., formerly known as College Prowler, is an American company headquartered in  Pittsburgh Pennsylvania , that runs a college and school   ranking   and  review site . The company was founded in 2002 as a  publisher  of print guidebooks on  US  colleges . For the past several years,  Niche has also run a website with ranking information on  K-12 schools colleges cities , and  neighborhoods .

PARENT INFORMATION NETWORK (P.I.N.)
BRUIN CHEER CAMP
CHERRY CREEK POMS CHEER CAMP
Grades K - 8
Saturday October 7th, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 am
Come to camp and perform at a CCHS football halftime show!

RESULTS LEARNING HOMEWORK CLUB
Does your child struggle with organization and/or turning in assignments? 
Results Learning's C.E.O. (Concrete, Effective, Organizational Strategies) After School Homework Program at Cherry Creek Academy is designed to help your child build organization, time management, and study skills while completing homework.  

FLEX TIME LUNCH OPT REQUESTS
LUNCH
15 minutes in the cafeteria eating their lunches
FLEX
10 minutes where students can choose to remain in the cafeteria and finish their lunches or go out to recess
RECESS
15 minutes on the playground for recess
 
The above lists the lunchtimes for CCA students for 2017-18. If you wish to require your student(s) to dedicate the 10 minute flex time to continuing to eat their lunches, please  click here to print the necessary form. Please return the completed form to the front desk or
click here to email it.  Printed copies of this form are also available at the front desk.

CALENDARS and UPCOMING EVENTS
Click here  for the 2017-18 CCA Academic Calendar . A printed calendar was sent home in student homework folders the week before Winter break last year. New families should have received a copy with admission. You cannot miss the calendars; they are bright, key lime green!  Please make use of the  Master Calendar  on CCA's website. It is updated daily. It runs along the left-hand side of the homepage on our website under the heading  Upcoming Events.

Need the Red, White and Blue Calendar? It's right here.

303.779.8988