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Upcoming Events
Tech  Committee  8:05 am

Finance Committee  8:05 am

Inaugural CCA  Team Building Day 8:15-10:45 am

Student Council Elections 9:00am

Communications  Board Meeting  5:15 pm
Board Meeting  6:00 pm

Governance  Meeting  8:05am

Coffee & Donuts   8:05 am
PTO Meeting   8:05 am

Java with Jay   8:05 am
September 5, 2017
Congratulations to our Elementary School Assistant Principal, 
Travis Hargreaves and his wife Nicole 
who welcomed a new addition to the family last week!
Abigail Jean Hargreaves 
was born on Thursday, August 31st at 12:14 am.  
She weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 inches long.  
Both mom and baby are healthy! 
Mr. Hargreaves will be out for 8 school days.  During his time away, Annemarie Mahan will step in to handle K-4 teacher coaching and support issues.  Kristin Nowak will handle Human Resources. 
Sadie Jesienouski will handle Safety matters.
Dave Loomis will handle K-4 student discipline issues.

Please join all of us in congratulating the newest 
future CCA student, Abby, to the world!
Student Council elections will take place on Monday, September 11th at 9 am. We will elect a Student Council President, Vice President, and three Cabinet Members. Elections for Homeroom representatives will take place after the morning election. 
The Technology Department needs volunteers.
We need a few people to help with equipment cleaning (clearing air filters, sanitizing equipment, and recycling printer ink cartridges & batteries etc...). Hours are flexible. Contact Ash at
                               or Hethyr at
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE Team Building Day
Friday  morning, September 8th , the entire school will participate in Cherry Creek Academy's INAUGURAL Fly Like An Eagle Team Building Challenges. CCA students will partner up across the grade levels to build comradery as they tackle challenges such as untying the human knot, multiple hula-hoop passing, handless foam-ball passing, the Leaning Tower of Pizza and the wardrobe relay. We look forward to the students celebrating their first month of learning through team building fun!  

Fly Like An Eagle!
Ms. Rutz and Mrs. MacFarland
We are pleased to announce a new leader for the before and after care program here at CCA.  Champions has hired on
Jasper Jones to start transitioning in to the Site Director role 
on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 .  A Champions trainer will shadow him for the first few weeks while he gets up to speed.  He comes to us with a degree in Human Development and has been in childcare for the last four years. 
Please join us in welcoming Jasper to Champions at CCA.
girl_pile_of_books.jpg The library is looking for a few good volunteers to help shelve books. 
If you are detail oriented, love the alphabet, and think that the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System must have been a pretty cool guy, then please email Amy Larson, . Training will be on Wednesday afternoons, but after that, you can choose from a variety of days to help. Other duties may include labeling or mending books.  

The 2017 FALL FUNDRAISER runs through SEPTEMBER 14! 

In addition to the Great American Opportunities  catalog,  Great American offers another 1,500 items online!   This includes over 200 College Tumblers, NFL flags, Jewelry, personalized gifts, and TONS more! So make sure you check it out and let people know about that option.  

Visit the CCA page at  Our code is 4939096. 
You can have the items delivered to the school. This sale runs through Thursday, September 14th. This is the PTO's largest fundraiser of the year and we receive 40% to 50% of all proceeds. 
In addition to the prizes students can earn through the fund raising company, we are awarding   T arget gift cards  to the top three students selling the highest dollar amounts!  
First place - $50 gift card
Second place - $40 gift card
Third place - $30 gift card
Mr. Cerny will give a free dress day to the class with the highest sales in K-7 and 5-6.
Any support that you can give will be appreciated.  You can  have your items delivered to the school.  If you have any questions please email Lesley Temple at
Besides the events the PTO sponsors, the PTO also puts money back into the school through a grant program for teachers.  Each year the PTO provides thousands of dollars in grants, including but not limited to:

Musical instruments
Library books
Sports Equipment
3-D printer
Mobile charging cart
Samsung Galaxy Tablets
Basketball Hoop
School Zone Light

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

Attention CAA families!  On Friday, September 15, 2017, at 7:30 AM, come enjoy donuts, juice and coffee with your student while you catch up with other CCA families. 

Your annual activity fee covers the cost.  Students must attend with an adult.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to confirm how many students and adults are attending. We don't want to run out of donuts or muffins!   If anyone would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Elizabeth Gold

Colorful Donuts and coffee breakfast composition with different color styles of doughnuts over an aged wooden desk background.
We have numerous students at Cherry Creek Academy with food allergies.  Cherry Creek School District including Cherry Creek Academy is an "allergy aware" district, meaning we want every student and staff member to be diligent regarding classmates with food allergies. We will be placing allergy aware signs on all of the classrooms. Please see the attachment with suggested snacks, drinks and special occasion treats that will help keep all of our students safe. Thank you for your cooperation with this very important issue.
Nurse Jayne


It's OPENING WEEK for our CCA boys soccer  and girls volleyball teams! 

Girls Volleyball
Tuesday @ Challenge to Excellence
Thursday @  American Academy Castle Pines

Boys Soccer
Tuesday @ Home the boys will break in the new field!
Thursday @ American Academy Castle Pines

Both teams have been practicing hard over the last two weeks to get ready for the season. Please come and support our CCA athletics!   

During this time of year we can experience afternoon thunderstorms.  We follow the  Storm FC lightning policy which states that players and coaches will exit the field if lightning is within ten miles. We then must wait thirty minutes for the lightning to clear before we can return. If at that time it hasn't, we must give an additional thirty minutes.  Coaches will come to an agreement if postponement is problematic. 

While the volleyball team does practice indoors, they do have to jog over to High Plains  Elementary School everyday.  In the case that lightning is present at the time of their return, they will remain in the gym and parents will be instructed to pick players up at High Plains.  Mrs. Young has access to Class Dojo while at High Plains and can send out updates about changes to the pick-up location.  All of our coaches have access to the Weather-Bug app which allows us to see real time locations of lightning strikes. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but our first priority is the safety of our players and coaches.

Hope to see you all this week at one of our games!

Dakota Mahan
CCA Athletic Director 


CCA Board Communications
In an ongoing quest to improve communications at CCA, and allow the CCA Board to most effectively encourage communications between all parents and community members, we would like to invite anyone interested in being involved at the "committee level" (ie: where the "real work" gets done) to become involved in the CCA Board Communications Committee.  Our next meeting will be immediately before the Board meeting on  September 12 at 5:15 pm at CCA.  This is the perfect opportunity to share your questions and feedback regarding our school and how the Board can effectively communicate with our parents and community.  

If you're able - come for the 5:15 pm Communications Committee meeting, then stay for the Board meeting at 6:00 pm.  If you're unable to attend the meeting, but have questions, feedback or general information to share regarding board communications at CCA, feel free to send an email to Communications Committee Chair, Annie Harnett at

Sept. 6    Technology Committee Meeting -  8:05 am
Sept. 7    Finance Committee Meeting - 8:05 am
Sept. 12  Communications Committee Meeting - 5:15 pm
Sept. 12  Board Meeting -  6:00 pm

The CCA Parent Senate Board is now called the Board of Directors. The Board invites all parents to the Committee Meetings. Meeting Agendas are available on the CCA Website by clicking here

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 CCA family,
This is Amina Abdullaeva, a 6th grader in  Mr. Loomis' class. I am writing on behalf of the Colorado Spirit Sports Foundation.  We are collecting blankets and kid's clothes for the victims of the recent hurricane disaster that occurred in Texas. This natural calamity has caused so much damage to their lives and properties. Through your generous donations, victims of the disaster can begin to rebuild their lives. At times like these, simple gestures can mean so much.  Let's show our Eagle Spirit! 

A donation box is by the office for this next week.  Drop your new blankets and kids clothes in the box and I will collect them and add them to our drive. 
Thank you for your generous donation!
- Amina
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.  

We are asking for you to send them in a baggie with your student.  They will put them in the BOX TOPS giant canister.  If they give them to there teacher, he or she may tell the student to bring them to the canister.  The BOX TOPS receiving canister will be located near the entrance to the school near lost and found, in bright purple.  This way teachers don't have to collect them and the front office does not get cluttered and overwhelmed with bags.  
There are 2 submission times per year.  One in fall, right before fall break on  Oct. 21 and again in Spring in March.  So please submit your box tops already cut.  Please do not cut the expiration date off the edge.  We are currently trying to reach 10,000 Box Tops.  We have a school committee that will be counting every week.  These next 4 weeks will be important to buy participating foods and cut them and submit them. 

If the school reaches 10,000 then Mr. Cerny has approved a free dress day TBD!!!  
You can find BOX TOPS on all different foods, and kleenex boxes, and other popular family brand names.   Please get snipping!!
Thank you for your participation.
Melissa Shafi
Gift Cards Available Say "Thank you!" with a Free Lunch!
Are you looking for a way to thank a teacher, staff person or friend at Cherry Creek Academy? Wholesome Food Services can help! We offer the ability to purchase gift cards online to send to a special someone throughout the year.  Simply log on to your account (or register if you haven't already), select "Gift Cards" from the left navigation menu and complete the simple form to have your gift emailed to the lucky recipient. You may choose to include a personal note when submitting the form. Check out using our secure system, and your gift is on its way.
Wholesome Food Services gift cards make great teacher appreciation, birthday, holiday, or end of year gifts! Treat someone to lunch today! 

Weekly Construction Update for 9/2 - 9/9  construction_hard_hat.jpg

Saturday 9/2:
Continue drilling and grouting micropiles. Continue forming top of foundation walls along the south and west foundations.
  • Work will be focused along the east and north foundation lines near the existing building.
  • Minimal traffic anticipated.
Monday 9/4: Labor Day, no work on site.

Tuesday 9/5: 
Continue micropile installation at elevator pit and west foundation wall. Continue forming top of foundation walls along west foundation. Begin drainage board installation/perime ter drain.
  • No major vehicle traffic anticipated.
  • Delivery of drainage board and perimeter drain rock between 9 am and 2 pm.
  • Man power on site expected to increase to around 20 employees. 
Wednesday 9/6: Continue micropile installation along grade beams at interior of building footprint. Continue drainage board/perimeter drain installation. Complete top of foundation wall forming.
  • No major vehicle traffic/deliveries anticipated
  • Student "tour" at 3:00 PM, outside the construction area.
Thursday 9/7: Continue micropile installation along grade beams. Continue drainage board/perimeter drain installation. Begin tying rebar for foundations. Begin setting foundation embeds and anchor bolts for structural steel connections.
  • No major vehicle traffic/deliveries anticipated.
Friday 9/8: Complete micropile installation. Complete drainage board/perimeter drain installation (with exception of the ramp location). Continue tying rebar for foundations.
  • No major vehicle traffic/deliveries anticipated.
  • If rebar is far enough along on Thursday, the crew will push to begin foundation shotcrete on 9/8. If this is achieved, we can expect several concrete trucks between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm, with more after 4 PM.  
Saturday 9/9: Begin foundation shotcrete. Continue tying rebar for foundations.
Several concrete trucks anticipated throughout the day. Vehicle traffic to/from site expected to be heavy.

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. The first tour was held on Friday, August 18th at approximately  9:00 am .  

Next tour is scheduled for Friday, September 15th 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!

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 .

Empowering Kids with Confidence, Power and Passion
Wednesday September 13th, 2017
7:00 - 8:45 pm

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.
Read More Here

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 . The 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.

The  Red, White, and Blue CCA events calendar is complete. If you wish to download a copy, please click here . 

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