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April 24 th , 2018
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In this Edition
  • April 27th Schedule Information
  • CCA Masquerade Ball: Friday, April 27th
  • Fun Run Information
  • John Irwin School of Excellence Award
  • Share a Book Fundraiser
  • Pennies for Patients Fundraiser
  • Upcoming Events
  • CCA Board Information
  • Exciting Staff Addition 2018-2019: Hillary Harding
  • Fly Like an Eagle
  • 5th Grade Math League Results
  • New Curriculum Announcement
  • Volunteer Breakfast: Thank You Hospitality Committee
  • Important Announcement from the Health Clinic
  • Important Announcements from the Library
  • CCA’s New App
  • CCA Teacher/Staff Feature
  • P.I.N. Brunch
  • CCA Cafeteria News
  • Announcements from Champions: Summer Registration
  • Hard Hat News
  • Helpful Links
Information on April 27 th Schedule
Dear CCA Parents,

As you have likely heard through Cherry Creek School District communications, Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull has cancelled school next Friday, April 27 th   for students in the district. Over 1400 teachers from Cherry Creek School District have been encouraged by the Cherry Creek Education Association (CCEA) to participate in a statewide teacher rally at the capitol. While CCA is part of of the Cherry Creek School District, as a charter school our teachers are not part of the CCEA and we do not foresee any staffing issues. We will have a normal school day.

This is a movement that is still evolving and growing in momentum.
If the schedule changes for CCA, we will make an announcement immediately.

Thank You,
CCA Leadership Team

CCA K-5 Masquerade Ball: Friday, April 27 th
The CCA K-5 Masquerade Ball will be on April 27 th  from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. 

Wear your favorite mask (nothing scary) or make one with our supplies at the ball.  Pizza and candy will be available for sale and popcorn and water will be free.
More information to come soon!

To volunteer, please click here !
Cherry Creek Academy has once again been awarded with the John Irwin School of Excellence Award . A huge thanks to everyone that makes this award a possibility every year. 
Share the Love. Share a Book!!!
Spread the joy of reading to the Boys and Girls Club of Colorado and help CCA Alumni Maddie Ford earn her
Girl Scout Gold Award.

Donate your gently worn books for children of all ages, and Maddie will see that they get to kids who need them.

Boxes will be located in the lobby during the school reading competition from April 23 rd through May 17 th .

This is what CCA is about, literacy that grows minds and imaginations. Team up with Maddie and make a difference!
CCA's Annual Pennies for Patients Fundraiser
Student Council is participating in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Pennies for Patients program again this year. We are collecting money over the next three weeks to be donated on behalf of Cherry Creek Academy. This year, we thought it would be fun to create a bracket challenge to determine which class raises the most money. The winning team will receive a wonderful prize! Let’s get excited to help those in need!
Monday, April 23
  • 3:45pm: Soccer Practice
Tuesday, April 24
  • 4:00pm: Picture Day for Soccer
Wednesday, April 25
  • 3:45pm: Soccer Practice
Friday, April 27
  • Q4 Mid-Term
  • 5:30pm: K-5 Masquerade Ball
Monday, April 30
  • 4:00pm: Home- Soccer American Academy Castle Pines
Garden Club: Tuesday, April 24 th
  • Date: Tuesday, April 24
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30p.m.
  • Location: Mr. Nolen's Room

Younger children are welcome to attend. They will need to wait in the Cafeteria at the end of the school day and a Garden Club representative will come to get them.

This is the only meeting we need to have before our Planting Event in May, on a Sunday afternoon, date to be determined.

We are excited to get growing! Please email  Kay Moriarity  with any questions.
CCA Spirit Week: Monday, April 30 th - Friday, May 4 th
for more information, please click HERE .
Junior Achievement (JA) Day: Tuesday, May 1 st
Junior Achievement's mission is to "...inspire and prepare every students, no matter what their background, to reach their potential". JA programs "equip students with the tools they need to find their own success in our competitive and challenging global workforce".  

Click here  to contact Mrs. MacFarland to volunteer or for additional information.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Friday, May 4 th
5th Annual Fun Run!!!
Friday, May 4th
We are so excited for this special event, and hope you can come out and cheer your child on! The schedule is below, and please note the fun run will begin one hour later this year due to the opening ceremony in the gym at 8:10 am.

9:00-9:50             Grade 3
10:00-10:50         Grades K and 1
11:00-11:50         Grades 5 and 6
1:00-1:50             Grades 2 and 4
2:00-2:50             Grades 7 and 8

Thanks to CCSD, we have a beautiful new gym, and the proceeds will go toward furnishings for the gym and new administrative areas, as well as some classrooms. Proceeds will also be used for our ongoing technology needs.

For those who want to get a head start on donations, online giving for the fun run is effective immediately at this link:

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE FUN RUN! You can work from 9-12, 1-3, or both shifts! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. It’s a FUN way to earn volunteer hours!

Please contact Cyndy Holmes if you’re interested.

THANKS TO OUR AWESOME SPONSORS that are helping make this event possible:
Colorado Auto Finders; i-Orthodontics; Academy Sports Turf; DCS; JHL Constructors; Kumon Math and Reading of Centennial-Foxfield; Champions; The Khemka Family; Four 4 Four; A&I Financial Services; Cheryl Spriggs, Photographer; RTA; The Spriggs Family
CCA Carnival: Friday, May 18 th
Come celebrate another great school year!
  • Friday, May 18th
  • 5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Volunteers Needed!
Help make this a fun event for our kids! This event requires about 80 volunteers in order to pull it off so we need lots of help. Click HERE to sign up and help out.
Lunch Recess Obstacle Course: Thursday, May 24 th
Kindergarten Graduation: Thursday, May 31 st
  • 9:00 a.m.: Graduation Ceremony at CCA
  • 10:00 a.m. Kindergarten Graduation Reception
8 th Grade Graduation: Thursday, May 31 st
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Graduation Practice
  • 12:15 p.m.: Early dismissal for 8th grade
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Graduation Ceremony at CCA
  • Immediately Following - 10:00 p.m.: Glenmoor dinner/dance
2018 CCA Board Election
We are excited to announce the end of the 2018 Cherry Creek Academy Parent Board Elections. Of the three positions available, three qualified parents submitted nomination packets therefore no election is necessary.  

Congratulations to the three new board members:
Aaron Castro, Tom Malott, and Samantha Roush!
Exciting CCA Staff Addition 2018-2019:
Hillary Harding
We're excited to announce the return of Hillary Harding for the 2018-2019 school year. We are increasing our technology teaching staff to include an elementary technology teacher. Please join us in welcoming her back to the CCA family!
Role Modeling

Parents are children’s strongest role models. Children look to the adults in their lives, especially their parents, to set positive examples and teach them how they are expected to behave. Children are constantly observing the adults in their lives and taking mental notes on what they perceive.

We all want the best for the children in our lives. We are invested in their happiness and success, but ensuring these things isn’t always straightforward. Unfortunately, the tenet “do as I say, not as I do” rarely works. Instead it is important to model the behaviors and traits we want to instill. The adage, “be the change you wish to see in the world” is a much more realistic action to follow when we want to ensure that others around us, including children, behave in a positive manner.

In order to help children embody the characteristics that we find most important, it is essential to demonstrate these qualities. Through our social interactions, children learn how to behave around others. If we are unsympathetic, inconsiderate, or critical, our children will learn that it may not be important to demonstrate encouragement, kindness and support for others including their peers and siblings. Children also pay close attention to how we treat ourselves. By modeling self-confidence and self-care, children will learn how to respect and have pride in themselves.

We all want our children to be healthy and happy. Children that have adults in their lives that make healthy dietary choices, exercise regularly, and demonstrate appropriate expression of their emotions are more likely to practice these things as well. Again, do as I say, not as I do rarely encourages children to make good choices. It is important to model the behaviors that we want our children to embody. If we want our children to be physically healthy, it is important that they are able to see us making healthy choices. We cannot expect our children to eat their fruits and veggies if we’re skipping meals or indulging in sweets and soda too often.
It is also important that we express our emotions in an appropriate and honest way. When we are able to express sadness, grief and even anger honestly and appropriately, children learn that it is okay to acknowledge their own feelings and process through them in constructive ways. This also teaches children that a wide array of emotions is normal and something that everyone experiences.

Acknowledging our own mistakes also provides a wonderful opportunity to teach our children how to deal with their own weaknesses or disappointments. It is important to apologize when we make mistakes and demonstrate the process of moving forward. This will instill a stronger sense of confidence within our children and they will see that learning from mistakes is much more significant than the mistakes that were made. This will also encourage our children to persevere through tough times in order to succeed in the long run. 
Someone asked me the other day who my role models were. The first two people that always come to mind when I’m asked this are my grandfather and my dad. Both of these men shaped and helped create my own character and enabled me to be who I am today.  Whenever I am faced with a difficult decision I almost always think about what either of these two men would have done in a similar situation. 

The third person I think of, as a role model is Abraham Lincoln.  Before I became a school administrator I was a history teacher. My history degree was in American history with an emphasis on the Civil War. I learned very quickly in my studies that Abraham Lincoln was truly a great man. My opinion of him has only grown thru the years as I’ve continued to learn about that time period and as I have continued to learn about Abraham Lincoln. 

Since our Fly Like An Eagle article this week is about role models I thought it would be appropriate to share some quotes others said about Abraham Lincoln that demonstrate ways in which he can be role model for all of us today.

10 Quotes about Abraham Lincoln

Criticized ever so unjustly, he would reply with no word of reproof, but patiently and uncomplainingly, if he answered at all, strive to prove that he stood on the rock of right.
--Address of Schuyler Colfax, April 30, 1865

Lincoln was one of the most unassuming of men. In time of success, he gave credit for it to those whom he employed, to the people, and to the Providence of God.
--Memorial Address by George Bancroft, February 12, 1866

Of all the men I ever met, he seemed to possess more of the elements of greatness, combined with goodness, than any other.
--William Sherman in  Memoirs of General William T. Sherman

I thought him always master of his subject -- He was a much more self-possessed man than I thought --  He thought  for himself, which is a rare quality nowadays.
--David Davis in  Herndon's Informants, February 22, [1866]

In conversation, he was a patient, attentive listener, rather looking for the opinion of others, than hazarding his own, and trying to view a matter in all of its phases before coming to a conclusion.
--William E. Doster in  Lincoln and Episodes of the Civil War

Many infer from his exceedingly kind disposition that he was less firm than he ought to have been ... but the truth was, that in whatever Mr. Lincoln believed to be right he was as immovable as the rock of ages.
--Cornelius Cole in  Memoirs of Cornelius Cole 

The President impressed me more favorably than I had hoped. A frank, sincere, well meaning man, with a lawyer's habit of mind, good clear statement of his fact, correct enough, not vulgar, as described, but with a boyish cheerfulness...
--Ralph Waldo Emerson's Journal

His great love, his great respect, were for the American people. The spokesman of the nation, he aspired neither to guide nor to resist it. He chose to walk by its side.
--Auguste Laugel in  The United States During the Civil War

While I was in command of the State of Missouri, there was hardly a day passed but what I saw some evidence of President Lincoln's kindness. The appeals that would go to him from the people whose sons or themselves were in trouble, would always have his attention...
--Grenville Dodge in  Personal Recollections of President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant and General William T. Sherman

Everything which made Abraham Lincoln the loved and honored man he was, it is in the power of the humblest American boy to imitate.
-- New York Times, April 19, 1865
5th Grade CCA Colorado Math League Results
1st place : Ashton C & Falisha A
2nd place : Eshan K & Pranav K
3rd place : Saksham H

It has been a really rewarding year . Thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout the year.
Fantastic New Curriculum Coming
Ms. Hornblower is pleased to announce a change in the 7 th and 8 th grade grammar curriculum that will begin in the 2018-2019 academic year. With the strong foundation set by Daily Grammar Practice in 6 th grade, incoming 7 th graders will now use the Write Source, Write 20/20 program. Similarly, rising 8 th graders will build on their DGP work in 7 th grade to use the Write Source, Write Ahead program. Due to the rigor of the grammar instruction CCA students receive, they are ready for advanced-level workbooks; 7 th graders will use the 8 th grade book, and 8 th graders will use the 9 th grade book. The 2018-2019 school year will mark the first year that Write Source will be the designated grammar curriculum that, paired with Write From the Beginning , will guide writing instruction in 7 th and 8 th grade.

Write Source provides targeted grammar, spelling, and punctuation activities alongside authentic writing tasks in a variety of genres. In addition to an individual workbook, students will utilize an updated textbook that emphasizes writing in all of their academic classes, writing for a variety of purposes & audiences, and 21 st century skills. Further benefits of this curriculum include: student-written examples of a wide range of assignments, a step-by-step process for editing & revising, a “quick reference” glossary of grammar rules, a student almanac, and helpful test-taking and studying strategies. 

Ms. Hornblower is excited to implement Write Source with 7 th and 8 th grade students!

7/8th Grade Reading:
Mrs. Dilgren is happy to announce a change in the vocabulary curriculum for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students will begin the program Vocabulary from Classical Roots which will help prepare them for success in high school. Vocabulary from Classical Roots bolsters content-area vocabulary knowledge in social studies, science, literature, and mathematics. Students will unlock the meanings of thousands of words by learning how to break down complex words into prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Skills assessed in this program include: recognizing Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, word origins and etymologies, synonyms and antonyms, analogies, word usage, word forms, critical thinking, dictionary and glossary use, homophones, multiple-meaning words, and parts of speech.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Huge Thanks
Caitlin S. (left) and Natalie S. (right)
at the 2018 CCA Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
A huge thanks to the Hospitality Committee, Shaden A. (not pictured) and Natalie S. and to CCA's Executive Assistant, Caitlin S., for organizing the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.
Important Announcement from the Health Clinic
This is a reminder that all students going into the 6th grade next school year need a Tdap(Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) immunization. 
This is a required vaccine.  
Please contact your health provider early to schedule an appointment. 

Thank you,
Nurse Jayne
Important Announcements from the CCA Library
Finding AR Books Just Got a Little Easier
The BookScanner App makes it easy to find Accelerated Reader books on Apple  iPads and iPhones. Now your trip to the public library for your AR reading materials can be much more efficient.

The app lets you know if a book has an AR quiz. Just scan the ISBN number on the back. You will also get the
  • Reading level (ATOS BL)
  • Number of AR points available for taking a quiz 
  • Quiz number 

It will also keep a history on each scanned book for easy reference, which you can delete at any time.

Happy reading!
April 23 rd thru May 17 th
Two teams, the Sly Foxes and the Wise Owls will compete in an all school reading competition to see which can earn the most Accelerated Reader points. Mr. Hargreaves and Dean Loomis will co-captain the parliament of Wise Owls while Mr. Cerny and Mrs. Nowak will co-captain the Skulk of Sly Foxes. (Yes! This is what groups of owls and foxes are called!)

The Rules
Teams must maintain an 85 percent or higher quiz average to receive full credit for all points that are earned. For example, if a team has an overall quiz average of less than 85 percent, then the total team points are multiplied by that average. A team with 1,000 points and an 80 percent quiz average will only receive 800 points of the 1,000 possible points.

Students who do not adequately help their team earn points are ineligible for prizes.
Students may only take tests in their designated reading range.
An entire class may not take a quiz on the same book during the challenge period (except kindergarten).
        Prizes will be awarded for every 750 AR team points earned.

750 Points – Stuffed Animal Day Bring your favorite stuffed animal to school. Giant stuffed animals are not allowed.The award date will be announce.
1,500 Points – Crazy Hair Day Fix your hair to look like an animal or just go crazy with it. The award date will be announced.
2,250 Points – Crazy Socks and Shoes Day Students may wear any hard-soled shoes with a back, as long as they are not open toed, flip-flops, Heelies, cleats or have a heel higher than 2 inches. The award date will be announced.
3,000 Points – Pajama Day Students may not wear tank tops, spaghetti straps, tight yoga pants or anything inappropriately revealing. Use the school dress code as a guideline. All students must wear hard-soled shoes. The award date will be May 18 th .
The Ultimate Prize – The team with the most competition points will earn animal ball caps and wristbands that may be worn all day on May 18 th . The victors will also enjoy root beer floats during lunch recess.
Accelerated Reader 100 Point Club

Students who meet the following requirements by the end of the year, become members of the 100 Point Club and are awarded a customized medal engraved with their name.

Yearly Point Requirements by Grade
Kindergarten - 45 AR points
First Grade - 65 AR points
Second Grade - 90 AR points
Third through Sixth Grades - 100 AR points
Seventh and Eighth Grades - 125 AR points

Seventh and Eighth Grade students may take AR quizzes to earn points, even though they no longer have an Accelerated Reader requirement.

The points and a cumulative quiz average of 85 percent must be earned
by Friday, May 11 th .

Former CCA alumni Emma Hope, holds the record, earning a whopping 2,004 points within one year. She was only in the fifth grade, at the time, and has held the record since 2009. That is long time! Is it time for a new record holder?
Volunteer Opportunities in the CCA Library

Volunteers are needed to help with this year’s reading competition. Opportunities include purchasing and delivering ice cream cups, root beer, spoons and disposable glasses. Servers are also needed to hand out root beer and ice cream to students during recess on May 18 th from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please let Mrs. Larson know if you are interested by emailing her at . Thank you!
CCA has an AWESOME New App:
Log 1 Volunteer Hour Just for Downloading
Dear CCA Community,
We are excited to implement a wonderful new application available for both Android and Apple devices. With Cherry Creek Academy’s mobile app, parents can quickly access current news and updates, PowerSchool, teacher and staff contact information, student lunch menus, and much more from a mobile phone or device.
The Cherry Creek Academy app will offer greater convenience and easier access to many different aspects of our amazing school, but unlike other applications this platform will ensure student privacy.
Download by clicking the buttons below.
Teacher/Staff Feature
Cara Henderson grew up in a town called Danville in the California Bay Area. She moved to Fort Collins in 2011 to obtain a bachelor's degree Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education at Colorado State University. She currently lives in the University Hills neighborhood of Denver. This is Ms. Henderson’s third year as a 1st grade teacher at CCA.

Ms. Henderson is an animal lover and outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, and whitewater kayaking. She has two dogs, Archer and Georgie, and a cat named Henry who all join in on outdoor adventures whenever possible. During the summers when she’s not spending time with her wonderful students, Ms. Henderson likes to travel to new places and go to Phish concerts.

Ms. Henderson absolutely loves CCA and hopes to return after completing a graduate program at the University of Oregon!
Sadie Jesienouski was born and raised in Colorado. She attended six different
schools between elementary and middle school, finally finding a “home” at Bear
Creek High School. After high school Sadie went to college to get her Associates of Arts degree and attended classes in Early Childhood Education.

Sadie started at Cherry Creek Academy when her daughter, Kaylee, was in second grade and her son, Marek “Bear”, was just starting Kindergarten. Sadie is now a reading aide and traffic supervisor, along with
other jobs at CCA. She truly loves her job and the students at Cherry Creek Academy!

When Sadie is not at CCA, she is living life as a single mom to Kaylee and Marek.
Together they enjoy playing with their cats (Batman and Hawkeye) and their dog (Phoenix), hiking, biking and enjoying nature.
Tracy Pasca is the Kindergarten through 3 rd grade math aide. This is
her fifteenth year at CCA. She began as a full-time 3 rd grade teacher, and then moved into various part time positions after her son was born. She worked as a 3 rd grade support teacher, a primary reading aide, and as the school’s Admissions Director before stepping in to her latest role.

After growing up in the Aurora area, Tracy moved and eventually attended Mississippi College, receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in
Elementary Education there. Years later, she returned to the beautiful state of Colorado, where she met and married her husband. They are very involved in their church, and love spending time with their son, Brady, who is a second grader at CCA.
Parent Information Network
CCA Cafeteria News
We Need You!
Volunteer in the Cafeteria
10:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

For clarification or to review CCA policies about lunch, please view pages 8-9 and 34 in the CCA Parent Student Handbook .

Please send questions to: .
Login to see the complete line up of menu items available each day.

As always, you can order up to 60 days in advance and right up until 1pm the day before delivery. Late cancellationscan be made until 8AM the day of delivery.

We hope you enjoy these healthy new additions to your lunch menus !

Please contact us with any questions or for ordering help at
1-800- 872-0226
Summer Registration
Champions is looking forward to some great activities and trips this summer! Thursdays will be our day for field trips, including the Butterfly Pavilion, Splash and Swim days, a Rockies game, the Zoo, Putt-Putt, as well as local parks and resource centers. The kids will also enjoy on site visits from Mad Science, the Fire Department, local museums and more. 

Teachers will also be leading weekly activities in Garage Band, Yoga, Sports, and Fitness. We will have kid-formed club activities on Mondays. Each regularly scheduled day will include individual and group activities based on weekly themes. Please see the board posted at Champions, or contact Jasper for more details.

You can register online in your parent account. Summer program will be held here at CCA, and hours will be 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday. We will be closed July 4 th . We will be hosting other schools here as well, and we anticipate some of these other schools will have a high enrollment.

Champions Summer Break Daily hours are officially 7am-6pm . This should give most of you enough time to drop-off and pick-up around your work schedules. (Hours may have been wrongly quoted previously, apologies!)

If you plan to use Champions for summer break,
please enroll online ASAP.

Please sign up as soon as you can to ensure a spot!
If you have questions, please ask Mr. Jasper !

As always, you can reach us at 720-273-9163 or .

  • Monday, 4/23: Inspections
  • Fire Alarm System
  • Sprinklers System
  • Elevator

  • Tuesday, 4/24: Final State Inspection
  • Piano Delivery

  • Wednesday, 4/25- Friday 4/27: Punch List Work
  • Gym Floor Curing

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.


Questions? Please feel free to  email   or check out our  project website  to see all the exciting new photos we have posted!