Motivated students and responsible parents working together
with exemplary teachers for excellent education.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
October Count Day
Dress of Choice

Student/Class Photo Day

CCA Service Day
Half Day
First Quarter Ends

10/9 - 10/13
Scholastic Book Fair

Board Meeting 6pm

No School
Teacher Conferences

Gift wrap Delivery

Java with Jay 8:05am

PTO Meeting 8:05am

Fall Break
September 26, 2017
From Principal Cerny                                    
Dear Cherry Creek Academy Parent or Guardian,

Your 4th through 8th grade child will be coming home today with a white envelope that  contains their Spring 2017 CMAS/PARCC test scores. As you review these scores,  there are some things that the Cherry Creek School District and I would like for you  to keep in mind.  

The CMAS/PARCC tests are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards (CAS), a  more rigorous set of standards than the old Colorado Model Content Standards. The  new CAS standards were developed by 57 Colorado educators along with content  specialists and assessment experts to ensure that all students are on the right track for  annual growth, which ultimately prepares students for college and career readiness.

CMAS/PARCC tests were administered on computers and designed to measure a very  complex set of skills including critical thinking, persuasive writing, and problem  solving using tools not available with paper tests. The new CMAS/PARCC scores  also reflect a new 5-tier rubric of Did Not Yet Meet Expectations, Partially Met  Expectations, Approached Expectations, Met Expectations and Exceeded  Expectations.

This year's scores will be used to identify those areas where your child is doing well,  as well as strategies we need to follow and monitor at CCA to ensure that he or she  continues to be challenged and stays on a pathway to success. By combining our  CMAS/PARCC knowledge with NWEA/MAPS and iReady scores, we also will be able to  determine those areas where your child may need extra support to improve.

While the CMAS/PARCC tests are very useful for parents and educators to help  ensure that all students have the opportunity and resources needed to prepare them for  post-secondary success, the scores will not affect students' grades or be part of  transcripts they submit for college admission.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me or Assistant  Principals 
Travis Hargreaves (grades K-4) or Annemarie Mahan (grades 5-8) at (303)  779-8988.


Cherry Creek Academy

Count Day is October 2nd!                                      
Monday, October 2nd-
is the official October pupil count day to determine funding for the year. We encourage you to make sure your child      is in attendance on October 2nd if at all possible and avoid scheduling appointments on that day.  We appreciate your help!
Count Day is also
Dress of Choice Day!
Principal Cerny has decided to have a
 free dress day to encourage all students 
to be present on Monday, October 2nd.

FREE DRESS DAY :  As a reminder, no ripped jeans, tight leggings (including yoga pants), spaghetti straps,  open toed shoes, s horts or skirts shorter than fingertip length .

Accident on Dayton
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We want to inform you that there was an accident on Dayton near the school this morning.  A vehicle was exiting out of our employee lot and collided with a vehicle driving down Dayton. This incident did not involve any CCA students, staff or faculty, or our JHL Construction team or their subcontractors. The accident occurred on Dayton off school property. It did involve a CCA lunch vendor. Our thoughts are with both drivers for a speedy recovery.
Name Our CCA Mascot!

October 2nd is the 23rd birthday of our CCA Eagle Mascot. For 23 years our Eagle has not had a name. CCA administration has decided it is time to remedy that oversight.

On October 2nd this year students will be voting on a name for our Eagle. Each student will receive a ballot with a list of names nominated by the staff at CCA. The name that receives the most votes will then become the name of the CCA Eagle. 

The winning name will be announced on October 2nd . Go CCA Eagles!!!

Inclement Weather Policy
Happy Fall!
With the rain coming, we  wanted to remind everyone of t he cold/inclement weather policy we have for indoor morning coverage this year. If it is below 22 degrees and/or actively raining, students will come inside.  On EVEN days, elementary students will go to the cafeteria while middle school students will go to classrooms.  On ODD days, elementary students will go straight to their classrooms and middle school students will report to the cafeteria.
Volunteer in Tech!
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
Lunch Mobile APP is Here!
Mobile App for Android and Apple Now Available! Manage all of your school lunch orders from our new mobile app. Register, order, cancel, reset password and more, now all conveniently available from your mobile device. 
Download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store by searching "Wholesome Food Services." 
Remember, orders must be placed by 1:00pm the day before delivery. Or order up to 60 days in advance. 

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. 


 The Scholastic Book Fair V olunteer 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 

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

Enjoy your student's artwork while helping CCA!

CCA has teamed up with Original Artworks to offer this popular program again this year! 

This program offers a simple and fun way to preserve your student's artwork.  Sample items will be displayed in the hallway near the cafeteria in school.   Your student will be creating their own artwork in their art class. This artwork will be imprinted on everyday items. You can order a variety of practical items professionally made featuring your student's artwork!  
Why should you participate in this program?
This is an investment in the creativity of your student and also boosts their self-esteem! In addition, part of your purchase goes to CCA's PTO. With these funds, PTO sponsors events such as CCA Carnival, Donuts with Dads, Muffins with Moms, the CCA Multicultural Festival, Thanksgiving Baskets for Teachers, to name a few. Fundraising monies are also invested back in school through a grant program for teachers. 
Students will bring home their artwork and order forms the week of  October 2nd. More information will follow!

 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

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).

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 9:00am.
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.

Please see the letter from Ms. Rutz, our PE Teacher, which has many details and specific information.      

Come out to a game and show your Eagle Spirit! 
 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). 

Parents it is time to check your students' Milk Account. Go to: 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:  
No glass containers in the cafeteria, please and thank you.

HARD HAT NEWS -   Progress and a Crane!

Weekly Construction Update for 9/23 - 9/29 

Saturday 9/23

Shotcrete foundation wall at elevator shaft, place concrete for three micropile pier caps/column bases.

- 3-4 concrete trucks expected


Monday 9/24

Finish rebar for west foundation wall. Install formwork for foundation sections in front of window wells (one side) and hang rebar for these locations. 
- Light vehicle traffic. 
- Lane closure may be in effect if we can get masonry materials delivered early.



Tuesday 9/25

Shotcrete west foundation wall, finish formwork for foundations at window well sections. Begin basement structural masonry walls!

- Vehicle traffic will be heavy and lane closure will be in effect. 

- Several delivery trucks are expected. 

- Crane will be picking materials from trucks in closed lane on Dayton. 

- 7-10 concrete trucks are expected throughout the day.


Wednesday 9/26

Place shotcrete at window well foundation sections to COMPLETE THE FOUNDATION WORK! Continue basement level masonry walls.

- 4-5 concrete trucks are expected throughout the day.

Thursday 9/27 

Continue basement level masonry walls. Demobilize foundation crew.

- Several trucks/trailers are expected throughout the day to remove materials/tools/equipment from the jobsite for the foundation crew.

- Lane closure will likely be in effect.


Friday 9/28 

Continue basement level masonry walls.

- Light vehicle traffic expected.


Saturday 9/29

Continue basement level masonry walls. Begin prepping for fine grade and compaction of subgrade for the basement concrete 

slab on grade.

- Light traffic expected.


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.

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!

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

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!
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!
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
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 for assistance. Thank you for supporting your school lunch program! 
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.
Every Friday at 7:15 am
Upstairs Conference Room
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 or Ms. Karah Yamauchi at   We hope to see you there!
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
NICHE Results
Please review our 2018 Niche Rankings, published last week on 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., 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 .

Grades K - 8
Saturday October 7th, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 am
Come to camp and perform at a CCHS football halftime show!

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.  

15 minutes in the cafeteria eating their lunches
10 minutes where students can choose to remain in the cafeteria and finish their lunches or go out to 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.

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.