February 25, 2021

A weekly update for
Cape Cod Academy families
Kindergarteners enjoy Forest Fridays in February.
Professional Development and LS Parent-Teacher Conferences
March Madness is Next Week
Next week, March 1-5, CCA students in grades K-12 will enjoy a mini spirit week to celebrate our upcoming spring break. There will be special themed dress days and fun activities.

Dress Day Themes for K-12:
Monday - Cozy Day
(Please no jeans, slippers, or crocs)
Tuesday - Twin Day
Wednesday - Sports Day
(Wear gear from favorite sports team)
Thursday - Decade Day
(Decide as a grade/cohort)
Friday - MS/US: Theme Day
(Pick a theme as a grade)
Friday - LS: CCA Swag/Spirit Day

Special Activities for Middle/Upper School:
Tuesday, March 2
11:10 - 11:50 a.m.
During class meetings and into advisory lunch, students will enjoy playing Name that Tune over Zoom.

Wednesday, March 3
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
We will hold a March Madness skills competition that includes:
  - A 3-point shooting contest
  - Dunk contest
  - Skill contest
  - Knockout

Friday, March 5
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Student vs. faculty dodgeball game.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Student vs. faculty basketball game. 

Special Activities for Lower School:
Lower school students can also participate in the March Madness activities next week. If students choose to participate, they may dress according to the themes listed. Students will focus on basketball all week long in PE classes. Fresh off of his successful season with his varsity team, Coach Rose will share his basketball knowledge and skills with our lower school students. 

Cape Cod Academy will hold its "true" spirit week in late April when we can have more activities outside and socially distance properly.
Upcoming Events

Thursday, Feb. 25
Girls Hockey Semi-Final Game vs. Nauset @ 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26
Lower School Parent-Teacher Conferences, MS and US Faculty Professional Development Day

Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament Championship Game vs. St. John Paul @ 4:15 p.m.

Boys Varsity Basketball Tournament Championship Game vs. Monomoy @ CCA @ 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 2
Virtual College Panel @ 6:30 p.m. See details in article below.

Monday, Mar. 8 - Friday, Mar. 19
Spring Break

Monday, Mar. 8 - Friday, Mar. 12
March Camp for LS Students

Monday, Mar. 22
COVID-19 Testing for All Students, Faculty, Staff
Tuesday, Mar. 22
Remote Learning Day for All Students
Wednesday, Mar. 22
In-Person Learning Reconvenes

Now through April 18
CCA Students’ Work on Exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Details here.
MAP Growth Family Reports

If you are a parent of a student in grades 3 through 8, your child has recently taken the MAP Growth test. Today, MAP Growth Family reports for grades 3-5 were sent home with your child. These tests and scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers in grades 3-8 have ongoing training and support focused on how to best use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. These results provide a more complete picture of what your child knows.
The results you will see in the report are from the first round of testing. These tests establish a baseline. The students will take the test again in the spring, and at that time, we will be able to visualize the growth that your child has made in his or her class this year. The information will be critical in planning for next year and making sure that our students have everything they need for success.
I encourage you to look over the parent report and discuss the results with your child's teacher during parent-teacher conferences. Please note that there are still a small number of students who need to complete a portion of the testing due to absences. All tests will be completed early next week. Family reports for grades 6-8 will be sent home at the beginning of next week.

-Lisa Kowaleski, Associate Head of School
Kids Heart Challenge

This March, we are partnering with the American Heart Association to help educate our students on the benefits of living an active lifestyle and encouraging healthy habits. We are asking students to take their own Heart Challenge to:
  • Do a Kind Deed
  • Be Active 60 Minutes Each Day
  • Choose Water Instead of a Sugary Beverage. 
Students have been given a packet to bring home to their parents in case they would like to raise money for the American Heart Association. This is NOT an obligation. If 50% of our students sign up to take a challenge and at least $500 is raised collectively, CCA will receive $500 in US Games gift certificates to purchase more PE/recess equipment to keep our kids active. Click here to register: CCA Heart Web Page.
Summer Programs Are Happening This Year at CCA

Cape Cod Academy is pleased to announce that a variety of summer programs will take place on our expansive campus this summer. Plans are underway to provide various recreational, academic, fitness, and wellness offerings. Specifically, we will have swim programs, swimming lessons, science camps, tutoring, and various sports offerings. Details will be available in the coming weeks. You can check our website for updates.
Winter Necessity Drive to Support Greater Community

Amelia Sullivan '23 and Micah Leary '23 are sponsoring a drive to collect winter items: mittens/gloves, hats, socks, coats, and blankets. Donations will be delivered to St. Joseph House and Independence House in Hyannis. Donation boxes are available in Chope Commons and Davis Commons. Thank you in advance for your donations!
Fourth-Graders Present Proposal to Headmaster

CCA’s fourth-graders have been learning how to effectively write proposals. This year, the group decided to write one on alternative energy options and presented their proposal to Headmaster Jeff Thompson. The students met Jeff in the lower school gym this week to present their energy proposal for Jeff's consideration and to discuss various energy ideas.
After-School Art & Sports Programs to Run Again
This Spring

CCA’s After-School Art Program for our lower school students was a great success. The children enjoyed participating in an array of classes. Due to popular demand, we will run a similar art program again this spring, along with an after-school sports program that will be similar to our offering last fall. Details will be forthcoming.
Registration is Open for March Vacation Camp
Cape Cod Academy is pleased to announce that March Vacation Camp will be offered during the first week of spring break: March 8-12. The camp will run Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and include a variety of exciting and unique activities for students in grades K-5. Our experienced CCA teachers will be running the camp.
Virtual College Panel Takes Place on March 2

Please join our college counselors for an evening of questions and answers about the college admission process. Our panelists will share with you what to consider when researching colleges, standardized testing updates, what colleges are looking for in a selective admission environment, and more.

Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Panelists will include:

· Michelle Burns. Senior Admissions Counselor, University of California, Irvine
· Kate Guertin, Associate Director of New England Recruitment, Dickinson College (PA)
· Jonathan Hurt, Enrollment Services Manager, University of Pittsburgh (PA) 
Students and parents will be able to ask questions of our panelists via the Q and A function in Zoom, but please feel free to send any questions you might have in advance of the evening to Christine Brown at or Beth Farias at
This event is open to all CCA parents and students, but the junior class is expected to be in attendance. If you are unable to attend, please let Ms. Brown or Ms. Farias know by replying to their email address.
Tournament Time
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