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Happy Thanksgiving!
See you back at school on Monday, December 1.
2015-2016 Intent to Return
Each year in December, American Academy runs an enrollment lottery for the following school year. It’s a big deal for the families waiting for their chance to enroll in the school. But first we need to know how many current AA students will be returning next year so we know how many spots we have to offer!
Please let us know what your 2015-2016 plans are for your students by completing the Intent to Return Survey here. The survey will be open until this Friday, November 21 at 5:00 pm. Don’t worry – if you want to return to AA next fall, your spot is safe! But if you’ll be moving or changing schools, we’d love to know so we can offer that spot to another family. Thanks for your help!
Rebels Uniform Sweatshirts - Status Update
CP&PKR - We know that a number of your are looking forward to purchasing a Rebels uniform-approved hoodie for your student. The artwork for the Rebels mascot is currently at the Fiberlok factory (Fiberlok is the manufacturer of the flocked, iron-on logos we use on uniform pieces) and we are (fingers crossed) about a week out from parents being able to pre-order a Rebels uniform sweatshirt.
Because it's a new logo, we must first and foremost work out how the colors we want will work best with the colors Fiberlok is capable of producing. That has required a bit of back and forth, and because we are already several rounds into this, we hope to have final approval by the end of this week or early next week. Once that proof is approved by us, then Fiberlok can start producing logos, and Dennis can start taking pre-orders from YOU!
Again, we hope Dennis can start taking pre-orders as early as next week. Once pre-ordered, you can expect delivery of the sweatshirts to be just before Christmas (best case scenario - no guarantees!) or sometime in January (worst case). And once the Fiberlok gets to the store for pre-orders, it will be available for walk-in purchases and online going forward. Thanks for your patience while we get all of our new Rebels gear up and running!
Parker Book Fair – December 1 - 5
CP&PKR - Starting to think about holiday gifts? Want to supplement your home library or fulfill your teacher's wish list book wishes? Visit the Parker library for the Scholastic Book Fair December 1 - 5! Can’t make it in? Shop the Scholastic Book Fair ONLINE! Questions? Please contact Mrs. Castillo. The book fair would not be a success without the help of you – our volunteers! If you can volunteer to help with the fair, please click here. We hope to see you there!

PARKER SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm* (Open late so you can shop after ECAs!)
Friday: 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Qualified Science Fair Judges Needed!
CP&PKR - Do you have a degree in a social science, medical or health science, Earth/space science, botany or engineering? Come earn some volunteer hours and be a Science Fair judge on February 20 for the 7th and 8th grade Science Fair at the Parker campus!

This year, 5th through 7th graders from both campuses, along with the 8th graders from CP, are designing science fair research projects that provide quantitative data through experimentation followed by analysis and application of that data. The 7th and 8th grade projects will be judged at the event on February 20 for an opportunity to move on to the next level of competition. This is the real deal!

Volunteer parent judges will work alongside other science professionals and earn volunteer hours! However, if you want to judge you must be impartial - no parents of 7th and 8th graders, please! Judges will need to arrive at 7:30 am on Feb 20 and be prepared to stay until 2:30 or 3:00 pm. We’ll provide lunch! Interested? Contact Amanda Lane-Cline and ask her to save you a spot on the judge’s panel!

Examples of student Science Fair projects include:
- Music and its effect on work pace of students with ADD
- The effect of a messy work space on efficien
- Shoulder mechanics and competitive swimmin
- The effect of electromagnetic radiation on Escherichia coli growth
- Salmonella and resistance to antiseptics
- Conditions that influence the placebo effect

…and 150 more!

Remember to Buy PAA Showcase Tix!
CP&PKR - Remember to buy your tickets for the joint-campus Performing Arts Showcase on December 9 and 10! These performances will feature our students in Band, Orchestra, Choir, Dance, and a cross-campus cast of “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office (720-509-1000).
Save the Date - Y.E.S.S. Parent Bootcamp
CP&PKR - All American Academy parents are invited to learn the truth about the dangers your students face and how your local law enforcement and the school district are empowering them to make the right choices and protect themselves. If you missed American Academy's parent cyberbullying assemblies, be sure to mark your calendars for this next event and get informed!

February 3, 2015
6:30-8:30pm
Chaparral High School
15655 Brookstone Drive
Parker, CO 80134

RSVP

Phyllis Harvey - YESS Program Coordinator
pharvey@dcsheriff.net

Ski Pass Questions?
CP&PKR - We are getting lots of questions from parents about the Colorado Ski Country 5th and 6th grade ski passes. While we certainly enjoy that this is available to 5th and 6th graders and their families, please understand that this is not a school-related event or promotion and we do not have any information about those programs. Parents interested in the 5th and 6th grade ski passports should visit the Colorado Ski Country website for information about enrollment in those private programs.
Tis the Season to Be Careful
CP&PKR - Fall marks the beginning of the cold and flu season at school, so we would like to remind parents that there is always a high risk of contagion at school this time of year. To keep that risk to students and staff to a minimum, please review the following guidelines and KEEP SICK KIDS HOME!

Parents should remind students to:
- Wash hands frequently
- Cover coughs and sneezes

Parents should be aware of the early signs and symptoms of illness such as:
- Decreased activity – droopy, tired appearance
- Irritable behavior – sleepy
- Sore throat / swollen glands
- Runny nose / cough
- Skin eruptions / rashes (students with undiagnosed rashes are not allowed to be in school)
- Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Fever (100º or higher is considered a fever in Douglas County Schools and student is not allowed to be at school)

Parents can help:
- Check students health before they leave home
- Keep students home when they have signs / symptoms of illness
- Be sure your student knows where you are
- Give school office current emergency contact information
- Make arrangements with relatives / friends to take care of sick children if unable to do so yourself

Returning to school after an illness:
- Student must be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication
- Student must stay home for 24 hours after last episode of vomiting
- Student must stay at home for 48 hours after last episode of diarrhea

Thank you for helping to keep ALL of us healthy!

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Event Calendar
Nov 14 - Dec 5
PKR - 4th Grade STEM: NXT-G Robotics
Nov 10 - Dec 5
CP - 4th Grade STEM: NXT-G Robotics
Nov 24-28
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 1
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Dec 1-5
PKR - Book Fair, see published schedule
Dec 2
Prospective Parent Information Meeting, PKR cafeteria, 5:30 - 6:30pm Click here to RSVP
Dec 2
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, CP Library
Dec 5
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Erin Kane, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Dec 8 - 19
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 8-19
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Mechanical Engineering
Dec 9-10
CP&PKR Performing Arts Showcase, Lone Tree Arts Center
Dec 9
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Dec 12
Dress of Choice Day
Dec 16
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Dec 18
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Dec 19
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Dec 22-Jan 2
NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 22 - Feb 6
PKR - 2nd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Jan 5-23
PKR - 3rd Grade STEM: Survival Engineering
Jan 5 - 23
CP - 3rd Grade STEM: Survival Engineering
Jan 5 - 20
CP - 2nd Grade STEM: Beginning Robotics
Jan 5
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
Jan 5-23
CP - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 6
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Jan 6
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
Jan 9
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Jan 9
AA Spirit Day!
Jan 13
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Jan 15
Regular school day for all students / Evening KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Jan 16
NO SCHOOL / Morning KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Jan 19
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 20
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Jan 23
PTO-PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
Jan 23
CP&PKR - Middle School Dance, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, CP gym, $5 admission
Jan 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 5th Grade STEM: Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Vehicles
Jan 26 - Feb 13
PKR - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 26 - Feb 13
CP - 6th Grade STEM: Operation Montserrat
Jan 30
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 2
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
Feb 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Feb 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Ron Smith & Tami Bostick, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Feb 9-23
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
Feb 10
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
Feb 5
Regular school day for all students / Evening Middle School conferences
Feb 13
NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Feb 16
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Feb 16 - March 6
CP - 7th Grade STEM: TBD
Feb 16 - March 6
PKR - 7th Grade STEM: TBD
Feb 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Feb 23
CP - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 2:45 pm
Feb 23
CP - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 1:55 pm
Feb 25
PKR - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 8:15 am
Feb 25
PKR - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 2:45 pm
Feb 27
Dress of Choice Day
Feb 27
End of Second Trimester Grading Period
Mar 2
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
March 2-20
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
Mar 3
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Mar 6
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Erin Kane, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Mar 6
AA Spirit Day!
Mar 10
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
March 16 - April 10
CP - 4th Grade STEM: Volcano Alert
March 16 - April 10
PKR - 4th Grade STEM: Volcano Alert
Mar 17
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
Mar 20
Dress of Choice Day
Mar 23-27
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Apr 3
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/BOD, Dazbog, 8:00 am
Apr 3
PTO-PKR Coffee Chat, PKR cafeteria, 8:15 am
Apr 6
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, PKR library conference room
April 4-10
STEM 8th Grade Trip: Santa Monica Mountains & Channel Islands
Apr 7
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
Apr 9
Regular school day for all students / Evening KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
Apr 10
NO SCHOOL / Morning KindiePrep and K-5 conferences
April 20-24
PKR - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
April 20-24
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 20-24
CP - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
April 20-24
CP - 1st Grade STEM: Marine Biology
Apr 21
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
April 21-21
PKR - Kindergarten STEM: Animals
Apr 21
NO SCHOOL K-3 only for K-3 Testing /
Regular school day 4-8
Apr 24
Dress of Choice Day
Apr 24
CP&PKR - Middle School Dance, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, CP gym, $5 admission
Apr 29
PKR - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 2:45 pm
Apr 29
PKR - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, PKR gym, 1:00 pm
May 1
PAB-CP After Carpool Coffee w/Jeff Renfrow, Dazbog, 8:00 am
May 4
SAC Meeting, 4:30 pm, CP conference room
May 4
CP - K-5 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 8:15 am
May 4
CP - 6-8 Leadership Awards Assembly, CP gym, 1:55 pm
May 5
PTO-CP Meeting, 7:00, Duke's Library
May 9 - 16
8th Grade STEM Trip: Costa Rica
May 12
BOD Meeting, PKR Library Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)
May 15
Dress of Choice Day
May 15
Last day of Homework Club/Crash Club
May 19
PTO-PKR Meeting, Vines in Parker, 7:00 pm
May 21
End of Third Trimester Grading Period
May 22
NO SCHOOL / First Day of Summer Break!
Jun 1 - Aug 1
Front offices CLOSED for Summer Break
Jun 9
BOD Meeting, CP Admin Conference Room, 7:30 pm (agenda)