In This Issue
Teacher Double Feature-Wolf & Giroue / Hargreaves invited to Leadership Institute / Eagle Awards / From The Board / STUCO T-shirts / CCA Foundation - End of Year Giving / Hard Hat News / Skate City Night and more!
11/22 - 11/26 Thanksgiving Break
12/5 . Accountability Meeting 8:05 am
12/6 · Winter Music & Band Festival
12/8 . Finance Committee Meeting 8:05 am
12/12 · CCA Board Meeting • 6:00 pm - library
12/13 . Governance Meeting 8:05 am
12/15 · PTO Meeting - 8:05 am
12/21   · 2nd Quarter Ends
12/22   - 1/5 · Winter Break
A CCA FAMILY NEEDS OUR HELP
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Dear CCA Family,
One of our families has been hit with some difficult news. The Bakhrakh family, with son, Lev, who is in 5th grade and daughter, Zoe, in 3rd grade just discovered that their father Peter has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. It is operable and surgery will be performed. We can imagine the difficult times ahead, as they travel the road to recovery. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money to help Peter and his family. If you would like to donate please click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/financial-help-for-petr-bakhrakh . Every donation helps no matter the size. Thank you and please join us in keeping Peter and is family in your thoughts in wishing him a speedy recovery.
Happy Thanksgiving! 
As we take much deserved time for family and relaxation during this season, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on our mission of Motivated Students and Responsible Parents Working Together with Exemplary Teachers for Excellent Education.
 
The mission is what motivates us—from teachers and staff, to students and parents. It inspires our teaching and it is the foundation of our school.
 
I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your commitment to CCA, and I wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving. 

Jay Cerny
Principal/CEO
Hello CCA Community,
Last week we experienced a transition with our 7/8 Spanish teacher. I realize that a change at this time in the school year is not optimal, but we are already making plans to fill the position. In the interim, Cindy Hall, one of our regular CCA substitutes, will be teaching 7/8 Spanish, and assuring the continuity of the curriculum, including Realidades.

Our search for a full time, qualified candidate is already in place, and we are contacting potential candidates. The strong tradition of excellence of our CCA Spanish program will certainly continue. 

Our 7/8 students and our amazing faculty remain flexible and are illustrating an exemplary display of respect, responsibility and leadership. I want to extend my sincerest thank you to them all.
Thank you in advance for your support and patience during this transitional time. 
 
Sincerely,
Jay Cerny
Principal/CEO
CCA Character Program
I finish what I start.
I persevere and do not give up.
I take pride in the work that I do.

Congratulations to our Fly Like an Eagle Character Program Award Recipients!



By Dave Loomis

For this Fly Like An Eagle article I wanted to talk about a fairly new club we have here at CCA.  This group is our Peer Mediation club . Peer Mediation started meeting back in March of this year. It consists of 5 th , 6 th and 7 th grade students who have been trained in the peer mediation process. The group is led by Karah Yamauchi and myself.  It meets every Friday at 7:15 am in the conference room. 

Members of this club have learned how to mediate disagreements between students and have learned how to help resolve problems and create solutions. The students started training on this back in March. They have recently begun scheduling mediations with younger students who need help resolving disagreements. Students who need help come to me and I determine if their concern is something the peer mediators can help with. A peer mediation is then scheduled and the peer mediators and Mrs. Yamauchi meet with the students that need help. 

The mediators have helped groups of students figure out how to play better.  They have resolved arguments between individual students. They have helped groups of friends get along better.  I am very proud of these students and the time and effort they have put in to this club. 

If you are interested in learning more please let me know. We are looking for more members. We are currently looking to add 4 th and 8 th grade to the membership of the club. For any questions please contact either Karah or myself at 303-779-8988. 

Go Eagles!!! 
Teacher Double Feature
Juliana Giroue
7/8 History
Juliana Giroue

Juliana was born and raised in Colorado. She is the oldest of three children. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was 5, and has worked towards her goal from that time! Juliana attended the University of Northern Colorado and was just married this October in Littleton, Colorado! Her maiden name was Cenname and we are all getting used to the name change! Congratulations Juliana! She has a dog named Hazel and enjoys going on walks with her pup and her shiny new husband. Fun fact: One of Juliana's bucket list items is to go on safari in Kenya! She likes sewing and several other crafts and is very talented at them! Juliana is a big reader and during the summer months she enjoys reading by the pool. CCA is lucky to have Juliana as a teacher! 
Sarah Smith
3rd Grade
Sarah and her sister Macy.

This is Sarah’s first year at CCA and she absolutely LOVES it! Sarah earned her BA from the UC, Colorado Springs and then received her Masters from the University of Denver. Fun Fact: Sarah ran cross country in college for 2 years. She has a 2-year-old golden retriever named Cleo and she loves to run with her. She loves the gym and has a rigorous workout routine. During the winter months, she snowboards and in the summer she loves to be hiking, camping or wake boarding! Sarah plans to visit her sister and husband in South Korea this coming summer. Fun Fact: Sarah backpacked Europe for 6 weeks after graduation before starting grad school. She is a huge fan of non-fiction books—specifically true crime and TV shows like The Office. She plans to go back to continue her education at the University of Denver in the near future. Welcome Sarah!
Travis Hargreaves Invited
to the CSU Leadership Institute!
Travis Hargreaves with wife Nicole and daughter Abigail.
Hello!
I was invited to be a part of CSU's Leadership Institute. Top graduates from CSU's Education program, superintendents and current principals were asked to be a part of this newly implemented group that is funded by CSU.

We will meet twice a year, at a retreat to discuss educational topics such as trends, curriculum, technology etc. Our first retreat will be in Estes Park from December 1st-3rd. I am so excited to be a founder of CSU's Leadership Institute, it is an incredible opportunity to network with other principals and superintendents on current topics. 
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Dear CCA Community,
It is with full hearts and immense gratitude that we count our blessings in you, our wonderful community today. Your generous gifts of goodies for our Thanksgiving Baskets made us all smile and feel truly loved on Friday. Thank you to the PTO for organizing and all of our parents for their goodies. We wish you all a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving and break.

Grateful for you all!
CCA Staff & Faculty

Staff & Faculty - Please return all empty baskets to Leadership for reuse. Thank you.
From Your CCA Board
The Board wants to thank everyone who was able to attend our "Tuesday Night Informative Extravaganza" last week. We had a fabulous turnout!  A huge thank you to our exemplary K-4 teachers who put on fun & instructional presentations regarding each of their classrooms, as well as Mrs. Larson who shared the exciting news that CCA is going to be able to access the Overdrive online reading app through CCHS very shortly. 

We also want to thank Administration for an incredibly informative Town Hall meeting with valuable and exciting points shared regarding CCA's extraordinary standardized test results ( check them out! ) as well as the gym construction updates, Communications goals and updates ( the directory WILL be coming out shortly! and... look for our new website design that will be rolling out by the end of the year ) and so much more valuable information. 
A special thank you to Champions for offering childcare throughout the evening, and to Mile High Catering and Wholesome Foods for providing free samples throughout the meetings to keep us fed and focused.  
The Board meeting following the Town Hall was a full and valuable meeting as well this month. The Finance Committee presented three budgeted expenditures (60 new Chromebooks for student use, Administrative Office and Conference Room furniture when the new offices are complete, and payment to Keystone Science School for the 5th grade retreat) that were approved. 

The updated annual Audit and Budget was approved as well. The Governance Committee received approval to continue CCA's contract with Dennis Uniforms (one of the founding non-negotiables), adding a new navy blue unisex full-zip "hoodie" sweater for grades K-8.  In addition, some minor wording changes for the SAC survey in January were approved. And, after presentation of a few proposed school year calendars for the 2018-2019 school year, it was decided that further discussion was warranted before approval of a Calendar for next year. 
 
Finally, the Board wants to remind all parents that it's not too late to fulfull your requirements to run for the Board of Directors this Spring for the 2018 - 2019 school year . In order to qualify, candidates must have attended at least two Board meetings this school year and personally completed at least half of their family's mandatory volunteer hours prior to the election process. You can begin fulfilling these requirements now!  See the full Election Policy and list of Eligibility Requirements  HERE . There's no better way to be involved at CCA. 
Show Your Eagle Pride!
Attention Student Council representatives and volunteers! Show off your StuCo pride with this year's tee shirt to be worn on Fridays. The more orders we receive, the lower the cost will be. Click this link to reserve your Student Council shirt: 

Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser

Our Annual Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser will be kicking off this week!  It's your one stop shop for gift cards! Please check your child's backpack for the CCA Staff Wish List and order form.  All orders are due Dec 4  and will be available for pick up before school on Dec 11. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Haynes at  kcalcounter@hotmail.com



King Soopers Cards
Visualize this...if 150 CCA families commit to spending $250 with a King Soopers shopping card each month, our school will earn $22,500 in one year!  You can help CCA fund raise as you shop for food for your family! If you have any questions, please  contact Rebecca Rook .

Earning money for the school is simple:
1. Reload your card at the cashier before check out.
2. Pay for your groceries with the card.
3. Reload again next time you shop.
4. King Soopers will pay CCA PTO 5% of every dollar spent every 4 weeks, if we collectively reload $5,000  in a 4 week period.
If you're looking for a tax write-off as the end of the year approaches, or want to give back to our school, look no further! The CCA FOUNDATION is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established by our founders to provide ongoing financial support to Cherry Creek Academy. All donations are used toward education and/or facility improvements so that CCA may carry out its mission of “Motivated students and responsible parents working together with exemplary teachers for excellent education." DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE! If you would like to give, you can pay via check or credit card (see the "Support CCA" tab and click on the paypal link )
Please make checks payable to CCA Foundation and either bring into the office or mail to the school at:
CCA Foundation
c/o Cherry Creek Academy
6260 S. Dayton St.
Englewood CO 80111

TAX ID# 84-1431830

Many companies participate in CORPORATE MATCHING! Please check with your employer to see if they will provide some percentage of a match to your gift. To make Corporate Matching easy, just give the above information to your employer.   If you need more information, please contact Cyndy Holmes: cholmes@cherrycreekacademy.org
Hard Hat News
Kristin Nowak, Business Directo r
 Weekly Construction Update for 11/18 - 11/24

Saturday 11/18 : Concrete touch ups and misc framing items in the basement level.

Monday 11/20: Masonry continues on the first floor focusing on the east and north gym walls. HVAC rough in for the basement level begins.Several deliveries anticipated, lane closure will be set up at 9 am.

Tuesday 11/21: Masonry continues on the first floor (east and north gym walls). HVAC rough in continues in the basement level.No major traffic or deliveries anticipated.

Wednesday 11/22: Masonry continues on the first floor (east and north gym walls). HVAC rough in continues in the basement.No major traffic or deliveries anticipated.

Thursday 11/23: No work on site. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday 11/24: No work on site anticipated at this time although that may change depending on production levels.
TR AFFIC/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  to email  or check out our  project website . There are exciting new photos posted!
Skate City Dates Set!
Save the Date! CCA Skate City nights are set!  
A fun way for students and families to get together and play outside of school hours. Each night will have discounted pricing, special themes and food specials.

December 21 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
February 7 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
March 13 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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. 
P.I.N. Parent Information Network
Parent Information Network tackles tough issues and provides parent support.

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The Eagle is published every Tuesday at 12:30 pm  when school is in session.

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Phone  303-779-8988  | Fax:  303-779-8817  

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