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August 28 th , 2018
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Cherry Creek Academy has been ranked the
#1 Best Charter Elementary & Middle School
in the Denver Metro Area by Niche !

It is with great pride that we celebrate this amazing achievement with all of you. Thank you for making CCA so great! We are looking forward to another wonderful year.

Niche also awarded CCA #2 for both best elementary & middle school
in all of Colorado!
(Behind a magnet school with strict & exclusive admission requirements.)

Other AWESOME Rankings from Niche for Cherry Creek Academy:
  • Best Public Middle School Teachers in Denver: #1 of 204
  • Best Public Middle School Teachers in Colorado: #2 of 447
  • Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Denver: #2 of 515
  • Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Colorado: #3 of 1,000 , 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 .
In this Edition
  • Upcoming Events
  • The More You Know: Tips from Maverick
  • An Important Announcement from Wholesome Food Services
  • Helpful Links for the Beginning of the School Year
  • A Message from the CCA Board: Update & Board Vacancy
  • Student Council Information
  • Words of Wisdom: Request
  • Gifted & Talented Program Information
  • P.E. Uniforms Required (Grades 5 - 8)
  • CCA's Digital Bulletin Board
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Staff/Teacher Feature
  • A Letter from Mathletes
  • PIN Presentation Schedule
  • Chess Club Information
  • CCA Choir Information
  • Computer Club
  • Crossword Club Information
  • Cub Scout Information
  • Girl Scout Troop 3404: Looking for girls in 4th & 5th grade
  • Golf Club Information
  • Music & Tech Club Information
  • Peer Helper Information
  • Current Job Openings at CCA
  • Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
  • August 28:
Hearing & Vision Screening
  • August 30 - September 13:
CCA Gift Wrap Fundraiser
  • September 3:
Labor Day: NO SCHOOL
  • September 4:
SAC Meeting
  • September 5:
Schoolhouse Talk
  • September 6:
Finance Committee Meeting
  • September 11:
Board Meeting
  • September 12:
All School Photo
  • September 13:
Governance Meeting
  • September 14:
Constitution Day
  • September 19:
CCA Tour
  • September 21:
Pastries with Parents
PTO Meeting
The More You Know: Tips from Maverick
An Important Announcement from
Wholesome Food Services
  • 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
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.
Please take a few moments and make sure all of your student's information is correct, including updated grades. Grades are not updated automatically! Providing these important updates will ensure that your student receives their lunch on time.

Students  DO NOT  have access to a microwave;
however, we do have hot water for the students who bring their own “Cup Noodles.”

Login   to see the complete line up of menu items available each day.

Order lunch at   .

You can order up to 60 days in advance and right up until 1:00 p.m. the day before delivery. Late cancellations can be made until 8:oo a.m. the day of delivery.

Please contact us with any questions or for ordering help at
1-800- 872-0226
Helpful Links for the Beginning of the Year
Board Update & Vacancy Notice: We Need You!
As the board has communicated over the past few weeks, Dr. Ann Schultz will be joining the CCA team as our Executive Director this fall. Dr. Schultz is in the process of relocating from Wisconsin and will assume her new role as Executive Director on September 24. The Board looks forward to a successful transition, and will communicate opportunities for the CCA community to better get to know Dr. Schultz in the upcoming weeks.  
The CCA Board had a member leave over the summer and WE NEED YOU! Vacancies happen from time-to-time on the board and this summer we had a member leave. A vacancy is different than an open election. Since our board members serve three-year terms, a vacancy is tied to a specific board member’s position and therefore the vacancy would be for the remainder of that term. An open election, that we just did in May 2018, happens at the end of the three-year term. The current vacancy the board has is the last year of a term. As stated by our school by-laws, a Vacancy Committee was appointed at the August 14, 2018 meeting to govern the process to fill this vacancy.

The Vacancy Committee is soliciting nominations for the vacancy. If you are interested, please click here to download the Nomination Form

Click here to submit your completed Nomination Form.

You are also welcome to click here to submit questions to the Vacancy Committee, as well as reach out to any existing board member to ask more about the role of a board member. There is also a Board Frequency Asked Questions document for your reference.

The overall Vacancy process will be conducted as follows:
  • Call for nominations start August 21, 2018
  • Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Vacancy Committee Review Process (after September 4th deadline)
  • Committee will review all nominations
  • Committee, if needed, will interview qualified nominees
  • Committee will decide on top candidate to put forth to the CCA Board
  • CCA Board will vote on top candidate at soonest possible board meeting (targeting September 11th but process could take until October)
Note: this timeline can be extended or the steps altered by the Vacancy Committee, if needed, but changes will be communicated via the Eagle if they are needed.

Click here to review the CCA Board pages on the CCA website for more information about the Board. To determine qualified nominees, the Vacancy Committee will consider the following:
  • Nominee meets most or all of the candidate eligibility requirements used in an open election.
  • Nominee can serve the remainder of the open term (1 year in this case)
  • Nominee fills any specified professional skills gaps the Board may currently have
  • Nominee is capable and willing to uphold the mission of CCA and abide by the laws, policies, and guidelines required of a board member.

Thank you in advance for considering serving CCA in this way,
Vacancy Committee:
Vaidee Mahadevan – Board Representative
Andrea Evashevski – Board Representative
Olga Voytashevskaya – School Accountability Committee (SAC) Representative
Natallia Prokin – PTO Representative
Annemarie Mahan – CCA Administrative Team Representative
The Student Council 2018-2019 session kicks off on Friday, August 31 st  with our election of student body president and our 3 Cabinet Members.

8 th graders are eligible to run for president, and
6 th -8 th graders may run to be on the cabinet.

5th-8th grade homeroom class representative elections will take place the week following August 31 st .

If your student is running for any Student Council position, they may make 1 poster ; they may not distribute food as part of their campaign. 
Fly Like an Eagle Committee: Seeking Students
Would you like to contribute a ‘Word of Wisdom’ to our Morning Announcements? Do you have something positive to share? Do you have a favorite quote yourself? Is there a Coach, Mentor, Tutor, who always says something that inspires you? Then, Mr. Loomis would love to hear from you!!!

This year’s Fly Like an Eagle Committee, under the direction of Mr. Loomis, would like to invite our students to contribute to our Morning Announcements. As you already know Mr. Loomis shares a quote each morning focusing on one of our Eagle Traits. This year, Mr. Loomis would love to hear what our students who like to share to their CCA community during Morning Announcements. Fill out this form and submit it to your teacher by Friday, September 7 th . Then listen each morning as Mr. Loomis reads from our submissions. It could be YOU who will inspire CCA for the day.

~The Fly Like an Eagle Committee
Information about CCA's
Gifted & Talented Program
CCA Protocol: P.E. Uniforms
Students in grades 5 - 8 are required to wear uniforms purchased from Dennis Uniforms during p.e. classes. For more information or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Rutz.
  • Great volunteer opportunity for RN’s- Nurse Jayne is looking for registered nurses to staff the clinic in her absence. This would be an 8 hour commitment. Please contact her directly if interested.
  • The Yearbook Committee is looking for volunteers to take pictures for the yearbook, if you are interested, please sign up here.
  • Monday Munchies: Looking for a way to volunteer, but you're short on time? Bring treats for our wonderful teachers on Mondays.
  • A Pack of K cups (coffee pods for our Keurig machines): 2 volunteer hours
  • A Homemade Treat: 2 volunteer hours
  • A Store-Bought Treat: 1 volunteer hour
CCA's Digital Bulletin Board:
2018-2019 Carpool Information & More
CCA's digital bulletin board offers another communication platform for our wonderful community. There you will find carpool requests, exciting local events (outside of CCA or CCSD) and more. If you would like an item to appear on CCA’s digital bulletin board , please click HERE to send an email. 
Another Means for Finding Carpools: Schoolpool
Tired of the daily drop off and pick up lines.
 We have a solution to cut down on the traffic.
Join 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).

How does Schoolpool work?
Create an account and register your household address or intersection here: (To maintain the highest level of privacy and security, this link is the only way for Cherry Creek Academy participants to register.)

Add comments to indicate special requests or preferences, such as “can provide morning rides in exchange for afternoon rides,” “student is in after-school actives,” or “looking for a walk buddy in the mornings.”

Find and contact any families that are in your neighborhood or along your drive to/from school who are also looking for a carpool.

Cherry Creek Academy has partnered with Way to Go to offer this program to our parents as a free service with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and minimizing the stress of getting children to and from school. Rest assured, your information will only be shared with participating Cherry Creek Academy families. No one else will ever see your information, unless you elect to share your information with families at other schools.

Information is provided for your use only. Cherry Creek Academy and Way to Go do not run background checks, confirm valid driver’s licenses or assess insurance coverage on participants. Potential users are advised to screen participants to their personal satisfaction and check their own insurance coverage for carpooling to ensure that they are covered under these voluntary arrangements. No drivers, vehicles or insurance are provided.

The Schoolpool secure mapping service can be used for trip planning, or emergency trips and is a great resource to meet nearby families for other reasons such as play-dates and baby sitters.

The more families that register, the more likely you are to find good matches.

Contact Way to Go at 303-458-7665 or for assistance.
Teacher Feature
Katie Couyoumjian
I am so excited to join Cherry Creek Academy this year in the 4th grade! I am a Denver transplant from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue!)

I came out West to get my Masters at the University of Denver in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Aesthetic Learning. I completed my undergraduate degree at Denison University in Education and Psychology, where I played field hockey all 4 years.

Then I took a job in Chicago working for a non-profit in Chicago Public Schools. I spent some time in Armenia to volunteer and develop my Armenian language skills.

I am excited to get to know everyone and work together this year.
Jacki Nusbaum
Hello CCA! My name is Jacki Nusbaum, and I teach second grade. 

I’m originally an Iowa farm girl, and after graduating from Iowa State, I moved out to Colorado to begin teaching. I have an energetic four-year-old son, Blake, and an animal-loving one-year-old daughter, Josi. We have two fluffy cats and a big, sweet Swiss mountain dog in our family. 

In our free time, my husband and I love taking our kids hiking, swimming, biking, and going to the museum or zoo. I also love yoga, painting, reading, and trying new home-made cookie recipes with my son. 

I’ve been a teacher at Cherry Creek Academy for a total of about seven years. I love second grade and my CCA families!

A Letter from Mathletes
Choir will be starting up soon.
Do you like to sing?

  • The Eagle Singers (grades 2-4)
rehearses every Wednesday after school until 4:15.

  • The Eagle Choir (grades 5-8)
rehearses every Monday until 4:30.

We perform at school assemblies and the
Winter and Spring music festivals.

Arrangements will be made so students can do volleyball or soccer AND choir.

If you are interested see Mrs. Fitt in the gym in the morning to receive a packet with all the information you will need.
Date: September 4 th
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cherry Creek Academy
For more information, please contact Jasper Peters
Girl Scout Troop 3404

Looking for girls in 4th and 5th grades to join our troop.

Troop 3404 will have its first meeting at CCA on Monday Sept 10th after school in Mrs. Labozan's room.

If your 4th or 5th grade daughter is interested, please join us to check ot out.

Please contact Rebecca Rook at 303.596.6244 for more details.
Employment Opportunities at CCA
CCA is looking for a lunchroom aide. If interested, please contact  Nicole Nistal at

CCA is looking to bolster our list of elementary and middle school substitutes. If you are interested in being added to this list, please contact  Dave Loomis at