March 5, 2021

A weekly update for
Cape Cod Academy families

CCA students celebrated 100 days of in-person learning on Tuesday.
Stay Safe and Enjoy
Spring Break
A Note from Our Headmaster
Cape Cod Academy’s spring break officially begins after school today. I hope all our families are able to take some well-deserved time off together. I am mindful that many of you have plans to travel. If you do, please take the usual health precautions and you must follow the Massachusetts travel order and guidelines for gatherings. We need everyone to follow safety precautions in order for us to continue in-person learning.
Please remember that we will be conducting COVID-19 testing on our return from spring break on Monday, March 22 so there will be no school that day. You will receive an email the week before the testing date that will inform you of your child's scheduled testing time. Tuesday, March 23 will be a remote learning day for all grades, and on Wednesday, March 24, in-person learning will resume for all students who have received a negative COVID-19 test result.
Please stay safe and enjoy your break.

Jeff Thompson
Upcoming Events

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.
March Madness

This week, CCA students enjoyed a mini spirit week to celebrate their upcoming spring break. From Sports Day to Decade Day, they participated in themed dress days and fun activities. On Thursday, middle and upper school students played the coaches in a competitive basketball game. Cape Cod Academy will hold its "true" spirit week in late April when we can have more activities outside and socially distance properly.
Re-Enrollment Contracts
Are Due March 26

Re-enrollment contracts need to be returned to Cape Cod Academy by Friday, March 26. Admission decisions for the 2021-2022 academic year will be made by the end of March based upon the number of spaces available after re-enrollment contracts have been returned. Interest in Cape Cod Academy is incredibly high this year, so please return your contracts as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Newhall at
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.
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. 
As part of this initiative, some students have been raising money for the American Heart Association. To date, they have raised $709. 89! 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.
Join Us for the Annual Gala & Auction

On Saturday, June 5, the Cape Cod Academy community will come together to celebrate our students at the Annual Spring Gala & Auction. This year’s gala will be held virtually and also in-person for those who would like to see friends in a socially distance manner while dining under sparking tents across our campus. It will feature live, silent, and online auctions, so everyone can be a part of this memorable evening whether you are joining in person or online. 
Lower School Students Head Back to the Art Room

Art classes have resumed in the lower school art room. After a very successful and safe after-school art program for grades K-5 that ran this winter, we realized that it was time to resume classes in the art room instead of having art in individual classrooms. Having grade-level classes in the art room is safe as only students from the same class are in the room at one time, and there is ample time between classes for proper cleaning of spaces and surfaces. The lower school art room is now located right off of Chope Commons in a spacious room with a wall of windows. Students travel to the art room via the same pathways that they enter the building in the morning and leave in the afternoon. They are thrilled to be in the room, and Ms. Eldredge is beyond exuberant to not have to push multiple carts of art supplies throughout the building. 

-Lisa Kowaleski, Associate Head of School

CCA students from kindergarten to grade 6 participated in the 2021 Fluor® Engineering Challenge this week. This was the fifth year that CCA participated. This year's challenge was to build as tall a tower as possible out of just paper and tape and balance a can of food on it for sixty seconds. The fewer sheets of paper they used and the taller their tower, the higher their score. They had a great time.
Second-Graders Present Their
Research Projects

Last Friday, CCA’s second-graders presented their research on the New England states.
Last Call for March Vacation Camp
Registration Closes Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Come join your lower school friends at Cape Cod Academy's March Vacation Camp next week. Registration closes at 7:00 p.m. tonight, so please register today if your child would like to attend. Our experienced CCA teachers will be running the camp.
After-School Art & Sports Programs to Run Again
This Spring

CCA’s after-school programs for our lower school students will resume this spring. We will be offering both an art program and a sports program. Details are below. Registration for these activities will open after spring break.
Middle School Advisory Resumes

As we begin term three and approach warmer days and milder weather, we have decided to return to the advisory structure that was in place prior to the pandemic. Advisory groups with students from each grade in the middle school will allow us to conduct meetings and lunches that provide students the freedom and comfort to participate in activities and foster new relationships while navigating the challenges ahead. We realize it has been difficult for the students not to have the traditional advisory, and we firmly believe this modification will have a tremendous positive impact on the middle school students. In the coming weeks, we will share details about activities and onboarding events that will launch the return of our advisory program as it previously existed. 

-Lisa Kowaleski, Associate Head of School
Sixth-Graders Perform Original Play Production

Today, a group of CCA sixth-graders produced and performed a student-created adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's novel, Tuck Everlasting, the story of a young girl who stumbles upon a magic spring of immortality and is faced with a difficult decision. This production was entirely student created: Elise Soule wrote the script, and the rest of the cast and crew managed the sound, scenery, costumes, props, and direction. They worked very hard! 
Middle School Rock Ensemble Plays On

A group of CCA middle school students have been meeting to play as part of the Middle School Rock Ensemble. Listen to some of their latest music here.
A Math Application Becomes a Fun Exercise

Sixth-grade students have been working with integers (positive and negative numbers) with Mrs. Wiley in math class. Today they enjoyed a game of tug of war, a good activity on the "x axis"!
International Students Implement CSO Project in China

Although they are currently in another country, our international students in China are carrying out their commitment to CCA’s Community Service Organization (CSO). This is the first project that connects CCA CSO to Chinese communities. This is a large step forward because it shows that CSO projects are not only meaningful and beneficial for Cape Cod communities, but also for communities in other parts of the world.
Our three students, Michael Yin ‘21, Crystal Liu ‘21, George Zhao ‘22, have started a group project in their communities in China. Beginning on March 1, they are working in their three different hometowns in China: Qingdao, Ji’nan, and Ningbo. They are purchasing alcohol pads/cotton balls, and masks to be put in elevators so people can use them if needed. 
The students each consulted with their communities about the project and were given permission to proceed. They created posters and hung them around towns and outside of elevators to inform community members about their project and to encourage them to use the safety equipment when they enter or leave the elevators. Great work, Michael, Crystal, and George!
Chinese New Year Celebrated

Jun Song and Henri Rauschenbach, parents of Song Rauschenbach '28 and Phanuel Rauschenbach '29, hosted CCA Chinese students Sam Dai '22 and Frank Liu '23 for an authentic home-cooked Chinese New Year dinner last weekend. Sam and Frank have not been able to see their families for several months, so this was a welcome taste of home.
CCA Juniors Participate in Math Modeling Challenge

On their day off from school last Friday, Adam Hanna '22, Hunter Kadra '22, and Aidan Peck '22 participated in the M3 Math Modeling Challenge. They worked for 14 consecutive hours to create mathematical models that address the cost, needs, and distribution of high-speed internet in the US. 
On Tuesday, March 2, the College Counseling Office hosted a virtual College Panel for juniors about to enter the college search process. Admission representatives from the University of California, Irvine, Dickinson College, and the University of Pittsburgh were present to share their insights and experiences with the college admissions process.
The panelists sought to reduce the pressure students feel about applying to college. “We know this year looks different,” Kate Guertin from Dickinson College explained while addressing how the pandemic has changed school and extracurricular involvement. College admission officers are hoping students can highlight the new and different things that have been keeping them busy, such as caring for family members, exercising, or starting an outdoor book club. Michelle Burns from the University of California, Irvine, noted, “A decision about a major should not be a major decision,” citing that students have plenty of time to change their minds when they arrive at college. 
Lastly, the panelists urged juniors to take advantage of the virtual opportunities they have to connect with colleges through panels, information sessions, and especially conversations with current students. We hope our students were able to take away some key points about the application review process at selective schools. We are looking forward to helping the Class of 2022 discover what their next chapter will be.
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