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November 30, 2020
Getting Creative With Remote Learning
There's a lot of creative remote learning going on at Cherry Creek Academy! On Tuesday, November 24th, Mrs. Simmon's 2nd grade class earned all their class DOJO points winning them a remote learning day in homemade forts! This was the 2nd award day the class has earned while doing remote learning. Mrs. Simmon's and her class are working hard to make learning remote not only educational, but fun too.
Mrs. Gearke's Third grade class just finished their Viking unit. The students made a splash working hard all week to make longboats at home from recycled materials. They had so much fun creating and putting together their boats. Here's a snapshot of the students showing off their work. What a way to make learning fun and interactive from home!
In Library class with Ms. Lanyi, K-2 students listened to the book Potato Pants by Laurie Keller and then created their own potatoes! Parents sent in photos of their students with their potato creations to share with the school. What a fun way to connect reading to art. Awesome job K-2! Cherry Creek Academy sure knows how to have fun while learning!
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Advice for Screen Time

Be sure your child is following their remote learning schedule.  We have a number of breaks built in to daily schedule to help them. Make sure they take their breaks away from the screen. Sometimes children are staying online during break to socialize and that just increases their screen time. So have them walk away during breaks! 

Here are some other options we can suggest:

  • Blue light glasses
  • Adjust screen brightness
  • Allow the screen to be in high contrast mode
  • Making sure your child is working in an area with adequate lighting
  • Elevate computer screen to be more at eye-level (use books or boxes to prop underneath)
Open Library Hours at CCA!

The CCA Library will be open Wednesday and Friday afternoons in December for you to come in to check out library books.
Please sign up for a slot here: CCA December Open Library Checkout.

If you have any questions please email Sarah Lanyi at

If you would prefer to pick up a Library Book Pack at CCA please fill out this form: Library Book Request Form
Monday Teacher Letters
Please click on the links below to access Monday Newsletters from our teachers.

• 1st Grade

• 2nd Grade

• 3rd Grade

• 4th Grade

• Art

• Library

• Music

• P.E.

A Message from our PTO
Please join us Friday, December 18th for our PTO meeting at 9:05 am. Details to log in can be found on the CCA Master Calendar.

We look forward to ideas and input from many member of our community!

Here are some quick links:
Virtual Youth Art Show

Enter your western lifestyle-themed artwork in the National Western Youth Art Contest! We have gone entirely virtual for the 2021 contest. The contest is free to enter and open to students in grades 1 through 12.
Simply take a picture of your submission to enter. The Reserve and Grand Champion artwork will be displayed
January 9 through January 24, 2021.
Entries will be accepted starting November 17 through December 18, 2020.
Middle School Pick Up Days
This Week

Wednesday December 2nd-
Friday December 4th

Middle school students can pick up their school photos, unity t-shirts, awards, and other items from their teachers on these days from campus.
If you are unable to come during these pick up times please contact Dr. Schultz at
CCSD Metrics for Remote Learning
We follow the Cherry Creek School District's metrics to determine if it is safe for our K-4 learners to return in person. To access the CCSD Covid Tracker, please click here.
Breakfast and lunch at no cost!

Monday and Wednesday meals will include 2 breakfast and 2 lunches. Friday will include breakfast and lunch for Friday – Sunday
Virtual Coding Class for 5th - 8th Grade Students

We are excited to announce a free, virtual computer coding class available to CCA middle school students in November. Steel City Codes is led by a CCA alumnus and current senior at Cherry Creek High School. These lessons are open to all CCA middle school student in grades 5 - 8 and will teach coding in both Java and Python. This class will meet on Mondays from 3:45-4:45. Please click here for more information. You may click here to register.
Share your photos with us!

We would love to see your students learning remotely from home! Got a great photo we can use for the newsletter, yearbook or social media? We want to see it! Send it our way:
Be sure to include your child's name and a brief description of what is happening in the photo! Thank you in advance for sharing your memories.
A Message from Our Board of Directors
CCA holds monthly Committee meetings, tailor-made to engage our CCA community in conversations about a whole variety of topics...
  • Do you have a great idea or a special skill?
  • Are you looking to offer your volunteer hours where you have a particular interest or expertise?
  • Would you enjoy an open discussion with members of the Parent Board, Administration, and CCA Community about an issue that's important to you?

We'd love to have you join us at a CCA Committee Meeting!  CCA Committee Meetings are the BEST way to participate in active discussions about the "big-picture" issues that are near-and-dear to your heart. In addition to Committee-level projects, the work done by CCA Committees refines and prepares those issues brought to the Board as formal Action Items. Parent volunteer hours are available for attending committee meetings, and for participating in committee work.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in Committee discussions!

Anyone interested in participating in Committee Meetings can refer to the CCA Master Calendar for dates and times, or click here for more information.
Upcoming Events
For the latest schedule of events, please click here. More information on events is offered in the description section of each event on CCA's Master Google Calendar. Learn how to add events from our calendar to yours at
To Join a Meeting
  1. Please visit CCA's Master Calendar.
  2. Click on the meeting that you would like to attend.
  3. Click "More Details."
  4. Click "Join Hangouts Meet."
  5. Alternatively, you can join by phone by dialing the meeting number and entering the meeting pin.
  6. Please remember to use mute when you are not speaking. This is important and will reduce background noise and other complications.
Community Events and News
PIN Presentation:
Embracing Life's Challenges: Turning 2020 losses into 2021 gains
December 1, 2020: 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Not all of 2020 was a bust even though the year might have felt that way; in fact, we learned more about ourselves following the shutdown of the world as we once knew it than we realize. No need to rehash the challenges of our changed world, specifically the hardships, the setbacks and the unknown rather let's focus on what we have learned about ourselves, our ability to overcome, our ability to accept and our ability to persevere...thus turning the losses to gains.

Click here to learn more about this event.
December OIE Opportunities

The following opportunities will be offered during the month of December by the Office of Inclusive Excellence.  

CCSD Educator Community Forums about Race – Thursday, December 3rd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
A CCSD educator community discussion focused on current events and racialized lived experiences, both personally and professionally.
Register in advance for this meeting:

District P.A.S.S Meeting – Wednesday, December 9th , 6:00 – 8:00 pm                             Monthly District PASS meeting centering the perspectives and lived experiences of families of color in CCSD.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Parent Connection: CCSD's Newsletter
The Parent Connection is sent to parents and community subscribers twice a month with information about student, school and district achievements, financial information, staff, events, board policy and more.

Please click  here to read the latest Parent Connection newsletter from CCSD.
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