In This Issue
Please send lunch with your students / Support PTO with Amazon / Spelling Bee Results / Yearbook Contest / Girls on the Run! / CCA Gives Back / Personnel Updates / Double Teacher Feature / Chess / Hard Hat News and more!
12/19 - Girls Basketball PCK, Boys Basketball Parker
12/20 - Java with Jay, Girls Basketball Parker
12/21   · 2nd Quarter Ends
12/22   - 1/5 · Winter Break
1/8 - Boys Basketball Parker
1/9 - SAC meeting, Girls Basketball Parker, Board Meeting
1/11 - All Basketball - American Charter Castle Rock
1/12 - Finance Meeting 8:05
1/15 - No School, MLK Day

$1 Donation: Jeans For Charity Day!

CCA is partnering with Expect Hope to provide educational opportunities for children living in extreme poverty. We are kicking off a monthly campaign for students to help raise funds for underprivileged children's education in exchange for the privilege of wearing jeans to school.

Bring in a $1 minimum donation on Thursday*, December 20th to donate to Expect Hope. Your donation allows your student(s) to wear jeans with a CCA uniform top.

We are thrilled to continue this campaign throughout the remainder of the school year. We look forward to seeing how the dollars add up and allow the CCA family to make a sizable difference in the educational opportunities of these children.  

Thank you in advance for considering a charitable contribution!

*7/8 will have the opportunity to instead participate on Wednesday.

Support the PTO when you shop at Amazon!
Yearbook Cover Artwork Contest
Congratulations to Sonakshi, winner of the CCA spelling bee. She and the other top winners, Aadya, Amelia, Sanvi & Anusree are all headed to the district competition in January! 
Wish them luck!
SAC Surveys!

CCA values feedback and provides 2 surveys for you to participate in regarding teachers and the school environment. SAC (School Accountability Committee) and the CCA Board will provide access to these surveys at the same time. The Teacher Feedback Survey for Parents, and the Climate Survey for school feedback, will be available TUESDAY JANUARY 9th, 2018. Please look for the link in future Eagles!

The fun and exciting program Girls on the Run is coming to CCA this spring! The program is geared to girls in grades 3-5. Please go to for additional information. The Spring Season program runs March thru May and girls will meet twice a week after school. The girls will participate in a 5K run at the end of the Spring Season.

ATTENTION — we need at least two parent coaches to be able to have this program. If you are a parent interested in coaching (Girls on the Run will provide training) or if your child is interested in participating in Girls on the Run this spring, please email Dave Loomis at
Personnel Updates

We are pleased to announce that Nicole Nistal has been formally promoted to CCA Assistant Business Manager beginning January 8th, 2018. Since August of this year, Nicole has begun to take on many of the responsibilities of this position, and will move to full-time status in January. We also wish to recognize Nicole for her 10 years of outstanding service as a CCA reading aide. Nicole has made such a positive impact over that time with so many CCA students. She will be greatly missed in the elementary school classrooms. Please join us in wishing Nicole well in her new position!

We are also pleased to announce that Eric Reinke will be expanding his responsibilities from recess aide to include a reading aide roll. While this is Eric's first year at CCA, he has quickly established himself as a strong contributor within the CCA family. We are thrilled to be able to promote Eric from within. Please join us in congratulating Eric on his additional CCA responsibilities, which will begin on January 8th.
CCA's New Digital Monument Sign

We are excited to share the information about our proposed new digital monument sign. Click here to read the Neighborhood letter that has been sent to our neighbors. Click here to see the site location and specifications. The sign is double sided, full color and will be illuminated during normal school operational hours (6:30 am to 6:00 pm) except when we host an evening event. The sign is slated to be installed towards the end of the project and will be located near the flag pole off of Caley.

We are thrilled to be able to install this sign as another way to communicate with our CCA community!
Chess Tournaments

Cherry Creek Academy participates in a district level chess league tournament for Kindergarten to Fifth grade students. The meets are on Thursdays beginning January 11th, 2018. If you are interested to participate in the tournament, email for further details.

Please remember Eagle submissions need to be sent to by 8:00 am Monday morning in order to be in the Tuesday Eagle. Thank you!
Lukas M in 1st grade created this great reminder of cross walk safety
Double Teacher Feature
Kelley Goodwin - Kindergarten

Kelley Goodwin is happy to have joined the CCA family 3 years ago. She moved to Colorado in 2005, from California, with her husband, Michael and daughters, Devon and Emma. They added a third daughter, Macy, in 2006.
Kelley was very happy raising her three daughters, but missed teaching. She decided to come back into Education in 2013, where she was a substitute teacher for Cherry Creek School District. When the opportunity came for Kelley to become a Kindergarten teacher at CCA, she felt it was the right move.
Kelley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, where they hike, attend sporting events, and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer.
Chaz Gunning - 5/6 Science

Chaz Gunning grew up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, and never saw a reason to leave this incredible state. Always fascinated by Science and the outdoors, he studied Physical Geography and Environmental Science at CU Boulder. He was lucky enough to work for the CU Biogeography Lab and spent his summers getting paid to camp and hike while studying forest fires and beetle outbreaks. After college he spent several years working as an Environmental Scientist for an environmental consulting firm, operating groundwater treatment systems at Rocky Flats, a former nuclear weapons plant. He continues this work each summer, which keeps him busy and outside. After realizing that he would really rather teach kids about all the cool science out there, he received his teaching license and Master’s in Science Education from UCD. This is his sixth year at CCA and he’s loved every minute of it. Outside of school he loves to hike, fish, read, and relax in his backyard with his wife and two dogs.
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: . 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.

Click here to learn more about the Grandview High Welcome Night on January 16, 2018.
Math Competition

We recently received some information about an additional math competition held in the Springs, known as Colorado Math League. This is a school competition, much like the Math Olympiad and can be conducted during school hours.  This competition is open to 4th-8th grade only.  
For more information, please log onto .

We have received interest from our Math club students, but still have more slots available. We will register students on a first come, first serve basis. Please let us know if you are interested as soon as possible as the registration deadline is quickly approaching. 

CCA administration has graciously agreed to cover the costs for registration. Please note that we will not be offering additional coaching for this competition as we have two other competitions that our Mathletes are already preparing for. We will provide worksheets as means of independent practice if you are interested.

If you would like your student to participate, please send an email with your student’s name and grade by the 21st of December to Mrs. Priya Nair at .
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: 

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.
5. If you use clicklist, please remember to pay with your King Soopers card.
6. Place your order using your credit card, and when you pay at pickup be sure you use your King Soopers gift card to support CCA.
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:
Hard Hat News
Kristin Nowak, Business Directo r
 Weekly Construction Update for 12/16 - 12/22

Saturday 12/16 : Complete masonry on first floor!
Monday 12/18 : Resume steel erection. Stairs and remaining first floor deck near stair 3 will be the first priority. Stair delivery expected in the AM.
Tuesday 12/19 : Steel erection continues, complete stair 3 and begin stair 5. Movers will be on site to clear existing admin offices of furniture and boxes. No major deliveries anticipated.
Wednesday 12/20 : Steel erection continues, complete stair 5 and first floor deck. Begin setting bar joists east of the gym. Prep for final interior concrete pour. Finish removing furniture and boxes from existing admin offices. No major deliveries anticipated.
Thursday 12/21 : Steel erection continues with bar joists north of the gym, begin setting long span roof beams in the gym. Place concrete for stairs, remaining slab on deck, fire riser room, and window well slabs. 2-3 Concrete trucks expected starting at 9 am.
Friday 12/22 : Begin demolition in the school lobby; temp wall to be removed, existing admin office carpet to be removed, and demo to start on existing VTC in lobby. Continue steel erection on the gym roof. A dumpster will be set in the AM in the front parking lot for this demo work.
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 12/15 immediately following the PTO meeting. Remember to wear close-toed shoes to participate!

Questions? Please feel free to  to email  or check out our  project website . There are exciting new photos posted!
Skate City Dates!
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.

Click here for the December Winter Wonderland ” theme poster! We’ll have some great contests, games, and giveaways for the skate party event, as the more staff and teachers we can get involved to help talk up and promote the back to school event, the better turnout we can generate! To help build up the involvement with the staff, once we hit 100 total skaters, we will donate an additional $100, directly to the teachers’ classroom with the biggest attendance at the event next week!

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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Cherry Creek Academy
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