January 16, 2018
In this Edition
  • Upcoming Events
  • MLK Assembly
  • SAC Survey
  • John Irwin Academic Excellence Award
  • Letter of Intent
  • Important Message from Champions After School Care
  • Fly Like an Eagle
  • Accelerated Reader 100 Point Club
  • Teacher Feature
  • No Name Calling Contest
  • A Message from Wholesome Food Services
  • Spring Uniform Sale Update
  • Hard Hat News
  • Helpful Links
1/16 - MLK Assembly , Girls Basketball Littleton, Boys JV Basketball Littleton, CCA Board Meeting, Boys V Basketball Littleton
1/17 - Java with Jay, Governance Meeting, Boys JV Basketball PCK, Boys V Basketball PCK
1/18 - Girls Basketball C2E
1/19 - Pastries with Parents, PTO Meeting
1/22 - Boys JV Basketball American Academy Castle, Girls Basketball PCK, Boys V Basketball American Academy Castle
1/23 - Geography Bee, Girls Basketball American Academy Castle
1/25 - Academic Awards Assembly, Boys JV Basketball C2E, Boys V Basketball C2E
Date: January 19 th , 2018
Time: 8:05 a.m.
Location: CCA Cafeteria

Coffee will be served and younger siblings are always welcome.  

Date: January 19 th , 2018
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: CCA Cafeteria .  

Students must attend with an adult.  

 Please  RSVP by Tuesday, January 16, 2018  ( www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0448A9A82CA02-pastries2 ) to confirm how many students and adults are attending. We don't want to run out of muffins or donuts!  

If anyone would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Elizabeth Gold:
Date: January 23rd
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: CCA Cafeteria
Date: January 25 th
• K-1 st grade : 9:45 - 10:15
• 2 nd -4 th grade : 9:00 - 9:30
• 5 th -8 th grade : 8:15 - 8:45
Location: CCA Cafeteria
We apologize for any inconvenience to parents who believed the Academic Awards Assembly was on January 16 th .
A Message of Hope, Perseverance, and Liberty for All
Pictured: CCA 3 rd grader Judah P., with his grandfather, Dr. Peters and father, Jasper Peters.
CCA was honored to have Dr. Peters and his son Jasper speak at our annual Martin Luther King Day assembly.

Dr. Peters' thoughtful and inspiring message captivated students and was enjoyed by all.

Dr. Peters closed his presentation with the powerful message:

"It wasn’t black against white. It was right against wrong."

Thank you to everyone who attended Reverend Dr. James Peters, Jr.'s wonderful presentation today.
Pictured: Reverend Dr. James Peters, Jr. and son Jasper Peters
Cherry Creek Academy is excited to provide the opportunity to collect feedback from you regarding teachers and the school environment.  

The Teacher Feedback Survey data is used to provide teachers feedback and is part of their performance evaluation done by the Principal and Assistant Principal. This survey contains only 5 questions.
The Climate Survey data is reviewed by the School Accountability Committee (SAC) in conjunction with CCA administration and the CCA Parent Board to help make improvements to the school. 

The Teacher Feedback Survey for Parents and the Climate Survey are being administered at the same time.

At the end of the survey, you will then click another link to go to the Climate Survey. 

The surveys work best taken from a computer rather than a phone.  

Both surveys should not take longer than 30-60 minutes to complete, but you are allowed to enter 2 hours of parent volunteer time for taking both surveys! 

As a parent-involved charter school, this is your chance to help provide both positive and constructive feedback for CCA teachers and the administration and board. 

Please note: Both surveys are intended to be filled out by parents, not students. 

Both surveys will be closed January 21 st .

Thank you,
Aaron Castro
CCA is Awarded John Irwin Academic Excellence Award
CCA has once again been honored with this prestigious award, and is one of just a handful of schools that has won the John Irwin award each and every year since inception in 1999.  

Congratulations to all CCA students, teachers, and support staff for this notable achievement!

The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. (View more information on the School Performance Framework in SchoolView.)
Letter of Intent to Withdraw 2018-2019
It is that time of the year again! 

We are beginning the enrollment process for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to ensure we have an accurate count for the upcoming school year we ask that you complete the attached form only if you do NOT plan on your child returning to Cherry Creek Academy.

For your convenience, please use this form: Intent to Withdraw

Forms must be completed by February 2 nd .

Letters can be delivered in person, by email , or fax (303-779-8817).
A few announcements from Champions.
All Champions locations will be closed on President's Day, Mon 2/19, for a professional training day.

Please mark your calendars for that day and make sure you have other plans for your child.

Champions will be offering care on half day, Friday, February 23 rd ,
and full day, Wednesday, February 28 th .
HOWEVER, we need at least 10 kids enrolled in order to offer coverage here at CCA. Otherwise, care will be offered at another location, most likely Parker Performing Arts School .

If you plan to use Champions these days, please enroll online ASAP.

Summer registration is now open!

You can register online in your parent account. Summer program will be held here at CCA, and hours will be 8a-5p 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.

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 ch002025@klcorp.com .
A Message from Mr. Loomis- Student Dean
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. I hope everyone got a chance to relax and to spend time with their families. Coming back to school after an extended break can be difficult. Students sometimes struggle reestablishing routines. Doing homework and being organized can be a struggle. 

Here are some suggestions for parents to help get your student back to being a "student."  

1.      Unplug your student from the phone, the x-box, the television, etc. Think about limiting screen time, especially during the school week.

2.      Make sure your student is getting the right amount of sleep. Breaks lead to changes in sleep schedules. Reestablish bedtime and make sure electronic devices don’t go to bed with your student. You would be surprised by the number of students that I have discovered take their phones to bed and use them after they are supposed to be asleep. Many of the discipline issues I deal with have this component as part of that behavior.

3.      Make sure your student eats breakfast. Breaks lead to a change in meal schedules. Make sure your student gets back to eating breakfast everyday before they come to school.

4.      Reorganize your student. Make sure they still have all the school supplies they need. Clean out their backpacks or lockers. For older students make sure they are using their agendas.

5.      Check in with their teachers. A quick email to the teacher, even if your student is doing well, is a good idea this time of year. 

6.      Help your student get back into the homework routine. Make sure there is a plan for how homework gets done. Make yourself available to help when needed. 
I hope these suggestions are useful and everyone has a great 2 nd half of the school year. 

Go Eagles!
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 thought they no longer have and Accelerated Reader requirement.

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

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?
Teacher Feature
I am Jodi Peterson, the 2 nd – 8 th grade art teacher. I joined CCA in 1997.

My younger life includes elementary through high school here in Colorado, college in Kansas and
Fort Collins, a degree awarded Magna Cum Laude from CSU and subsequent certification to teach art K-12.

After graduation, I joined my husband in Virginia,
where he was stationed after Officer Candidate School in the United States Marine Corps. I taught art at both elementary and middle school there.

We moved to Southern California when he was transferred to M.C.A.S. El Toro. I worked for the
Marine Corps in Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

We returned to Colorado in 1997 and I started teaching at CCA. Since then, I have had two fantastic children, celebrated my 25 th Wedding Anniversary, and traveled the world, including Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the Virgin Islands.

I have loved teaching thousands of children, meeting hundreds of families and working with excellent colleagues.

Aside from teaching, I create both abstract and realistic art in primarily acrylic and
watercolor. I have published art and articles, created set props and designed backdrops for various plays and performances and displayed artwork in local art shows.

I love to read, run, swim, play games with my family and attend my children’s athletic events and dance performances.

This is my 20 th year at CCA and I continue to love teaching students and being part of such an excellent community at CCA!
Seth Geltman was raised in Boulder, Colorado. As the son of a theoretical physicist and a violin teacher, he grew up with a wide variety of influences and interests. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Film.

Before joining CCA, he worked as an Writer/Producer of educational videos, and as an Exhibit Designer for the Chicago Children's Museum.

He moved to Colorado in 1997, and, a month after arriving, was hired by Dean Titterington to be Cherry Creek Academy's Computer Teacher. His work at our school crosses many disciplines, and he’s licensed to teach Instructional Technology, Elementary Education, English, Art, Gifted/Talented, and Special Ed.

Outside of teaching, he enjoys making music, solving and creating crossword puzzles, running, and spending time with his wife, son, and cat.
A Little about Which Wich:

At Which Wich, we are committed to making the world a better place. We get to do that in a small way, every day, by providing each customer with a great sandwich. But we also strive to help people outside our stores, throughout the world, through programs like Project PB&J and Flag Your Bag. Find out more about the Which Wich vibes-Smile, Love, Voice, Peace &; Global at www.whichwich.com.

At CCA, Which Wich offers a great menu, specially designed with kids in mind, every Monday!

Kidswich- Turkey, ham or roast beef with American cheese on white bread. Served with raisins and
carrots for a complete lunch. What’s not to love?

Kids Roll-up – A gluten free choice! Turkey, ham or roast beef wrapped in provolone cheese and served
with raisins and carrots.

Kids Jam Which – a grape jam sandwich on white bread with raisins and carrots. Great for the little

Signature Sandwiches – hand crafted on a 7” wheat sub roll, try a turkey, ham, club or Italian grinder sandwich and then customize the toppings for a deliciously personal lunch! Add chips and a cookie for a
real treat!

Salads- Try the Chef or Cobb Salad loaded with toppings and your choice of dressing to keep you going throughout the day! Both are GF choices.

Chips and cookies available to add to any meal (or can be ordered a la carte!).

As always, orders can be placed until 1:00 p.m. the day prior to delivery.

Thank you for supporting your school lunch program.

Please contact us with any questions or for ordering help at support@wholesomefoodservices.com
1-800- 872-0226.
No Name Calling Contest
January 15th through January 19th is “No Name Calling Week” at Cherry Creek Academy. To recognize the importance being kind to everyone and the importance of not calling each other names, we will be holding a poster contest for all students at CCA. Teachers will talk to students about no-name calling and will give students guidelines for posters.

Students will have until January 19th to turn in posters for the contest.

Winners will be chosen for K-1, 2-4 and 5-8.

Winners will be announced on January 22 nd
Used Uniform Update
Dear CCA Families,

Due to construction at CCA, Uniforms are being stored at a storage unit and other issues we regret to inform you that we are canceling The spring Used Uniform Sale.

We will be collecting used uniforms for the Fall Used Uniform Sale in May.

Dates and times TBD

Thank you,
Used Uniform Committee
  • Saturday 1/13: Finish prep for concrete. Continue roofing the east low roof.
  • Monday 1/15: Place concrete on remaining areas of slab on deck and stair treads. Continue roofing (weather permitting). Begin MEP rough in on the first floor admin areas.
  • Tuesday 1/16: Complete steel stud framing around stair 3 in the basement, continue framing on first floor. Continue roofing the east and north low roof sections. Continue MEP rough in for the first floor admin areas. Begin applying weather proofing to CMU.
  • Wednesday 1/17: Complete steel stud framing on first floor. Continue roofing, moving up to the gym roof. Continue MEP rough in on the first floor. Continue weather proofing CMU.Temp heating unit arrives. 
  • Thursday 1/18: Continue roofing on gym area. Continue MEP rough in on first floor. Begin install of gym windows.
  • Friday 1/20: Continue roofing on gym area. Continue MEP rough in on first floor. Continue gym window install.
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 next tour date will be 01 /19 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  to see all the exciting new photos we have posted!